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Great Divide Sour Brown Ale

Great Divide Sour Brown Ale
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RATINGS: 3   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Small batch sour brown ale infected with lactobacillus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2009
tap at brewery. I was pretty fired up to see this. IT is great to see GD pumping out another style. hazy chestnut/orange pour with thin head. sour apple in aroma. sour up fronth, caramel maltiness, light nut, and some sour apple. I was really in the mood for a sour and it hit the spot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Pint @ the tap room @ Great Divide. Hazy orange brown with a 2 finger beige head, low retention. Tart lactic aroma up front with some earth, some lemon and light mustiness. Flavor has some grapefruit/lemon fruitiness and tartness. There is also some light toasted malts. Semi-dry finish, lactic sourness peaked @ a 4-5. Light to moderate carbonation with a light body. Pretty good beer. The bartender told me this was ~6.5% ABV. I sense nowhere near 8-9%, so I?m going to believe her, not what the site is stating.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9137) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2009
More aptly described in appearance as red, the hazed and unfiltered maraschino cherry red body is topped by a finely bubbled nearly pure white head. Having never touched wood it would be a stretch to classify this as a Flemish red style, even though there is a definite cherry note (creamed, lactic cherries) from the malt (no fruit). Sour brown describes Oud Bruin but this beer is not even an attempt to style the classic east flanders sour brown. It’s an American sour, meaning, it really has no style. It’s an experiment, the first soured beer from Great Divide. For a first attempt it’s admirable - slightly sweet, a little prickly, moderately tart, straight lacto character - fatty, sulfuric, milk powder, etc., but it’s not really what I would call intense. The sourness and acidity is muted as is the malt. Finishes with a mild sweetness and a lasting prickliness, but the body dissolves over the middle and it ends weak and thin, transparent. Interesting beer, but certainly not revolutionary. Was told by the bartender that this was between 8-9% ABV. Doubt it.

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