dwyerpg (6432) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Not much aroma and very yellow in color with lots of head. Beside the aroma and color though, I loved this. A good light Belgian spice, reminiscent of saisons. Nice and sweet, smooth. stlrules (1) - Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2012 does not count
Darn good beer. Spicey I wouldn’t call this a traditional belgian but tastes great, is refreshing, good aftertaste. Suprisingly crisp and balanced. rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2011
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Information on the bottle includes a short description of the beer, a "Bottled On" date and the abv% (7.8). MacBoost (1948) - Victor, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Appearance: The body has a light golden color with very fine sediment hanging around inside giving it a slight haze. The head is bright white, about an inch tall from the pour and slowly fads to a thin light cap. This cap hangs on well and it also makes some cool lacy fingers on the glass.
Smell: The aroma has solid fruity, yeasty and slightly funky character over a light pale biscuity maltiness.
Taste/Palate: The flavor reflects this with a fruity and dusty yeast showing notes of pear and spice with mild floral/herbal hop bitterness over a pale malty base. Dry spicy yeast and mild hop bitterness linger on in the finish which sets you up for the next sip.
Notes: I am very impressed with this great example of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale from Great Divide!!!
I was completely surprised by this beer. I was going in thinking, "well, another shitty American copy of a Belgian". Boy, was I wrong. For me, this beer rivals anything Belgian ale out there - except Orval. To me, clocking in at 7.3% (my bottle dated June 22, 2011 says 7.8%), this is almost a Belgian Strong Ale. Anyway, they only thing that detracted from this beer being world class is the appearance. No head, very clear, pale straw color. Looks like a Bud Light in a glass and if you put the two side by side without smelling them, you probably wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. Other than that, this beer is exceptional in every way. Bravo! Well done, Great Divide. Cobra (1100) - - AUG 6, 2007
22 oz. brown bomber bottle. No freshness date seen. Pours out a light straw color, with a fizzy white head.
thebusstop (178) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 2, 2010
Aromas are of sulfur, Belgian funk, musty basements, malts & earthy hops.
Musty tasting, some Belgian funk in the flavors, along with yeasty biscuits. Earthy hops round out the flavors. Decent mouthfeel, medium body. Great summer time beer overall.
Not sure why the reviews have been so mediocre with this beer. It was delightful. The nose was full of sweet and sour aromas perfectly balanced. The taste left a little to be desired as Belgian-style ales go, but still complex. The palate was crisp and dry with soft carbonation. I thought this was a very well crafted brew. Very drinkable, I’ll take another! mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2010
A wonderful interpretation of a belgian strong golden ale. Very light yellow colored. Lacey white head, spritzy carbonation. Lemon, ginger and a lactic sourness on the nose and follow through in the flavor. Sweet/sour fruity finish. Like a Duval with more character.