The lawyer made a beer run for me last week. She picked up a bunch of things for me (which I’ve updated on the “Beers In Waiting” page. This was a brew that I couldn’t wait to have, so I popped it open that night. Let’s see how this one was.
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This Belgian-style Ale is a golden example of our traditional bold character, but with a little something special to commemorate this milestone. Fermented with Viognier grape juice, 20th Anniversary is both delicate and assertive. Big without being brutish, cunning without being cloying, this is a grown-up beer for a big-time celebration.”
Random: It’s rare that I find a Great Divide beer that I don’t like. This will be the 20th beer that I review from them.
This brew poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a slightly cloudy, light yellow color with very light carbonation visible. The nose was really fragrant. There was Belgian yeast and golden raisins with white grape juice. The taste was just like the nose. The dominant flavors were golden raisins, Belgian yeast, clove and grapes. There was some green apples as well. The body was dry and had low carbonation. The alcohol was really well hidden, as I’ve come to expect from Great Divide. It had a quick finish with Belgian yeast and clove. This brew was really, really good and well-balanced. Yet another standout from Great Divide.
Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0