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20th Anniversary Belgian-Style Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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20th Anniversary Belgian-Style Ale20th Anniversary Belgian-Style Ale

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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 0
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Kramerbarthomer on 03-27-2014)
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Reviews by MattyG85:
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4.35/5  rDev +16.9%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and fairly hazy yellowish golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. One finger of white head that slowly fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty and fruity Belgian style aroma with good hints of grape juice and spice. Upfront scent of Belgian yeast with hints of clove, funk, coriander, and white pepper. Big presence of fruit esters with big hints of white grapes giving a white wine like aroma. Other fruit hints include banana, pear, orange, lemon, and slight apple. Subtle hints of noble hops. Solid scent of malt with hints of straw, cracker, and biscuit. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a fruity and fairly spicy Belgian yeast driven taste with good notes of grape and other fruit. Upfront taste of Belgian yeast along with notes of clove, funk, white pepper, and coriander spicing. Big taste of musty white grape juice giving a wine like taste. Also good fruit notes of banana, orange, lemon, pear, and apple. Some bubblegum notes as well. Notes of noble hops. Pale malt with notes of straw, grains, cracker, and biscuit. A pretty solid Belgian style taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Juicy but pretty drying. Booze heat is pretty tame.

Overall: A pretty solid twist on a Strong Belgian Pale Ale. Good yeasty and spicy notes with a big kick from the added grape juice.

05-02-2014 07:29:56 | More by MattyG85
More User Reviews:
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North Carolina

3.54/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours more of a lemon yellow color with a half finger bone white head that leaves a ring of lace as it settles pretty quickly.Some lemon pith and chalk stand out in the nose with some sweetish white grape detected.A little sharp perhaps in the mouth for a bigger beer,just a little prickly and on the lighter side.Grainy and slightly medicinal on the palate with that grape juice playing a role in the finish giving some richness and mild sweetness,some phenols are present but not over the top.A decent beer but the feel is not the greatest and the flavors are mid-range for the style.

04-06-2014 22:38:49 | More by oberon
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

05-21-2014 23:41:33 | More by TimBeaulieu
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

06-03-2014 18:53:26 | More by mverity
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

05-26-2014 23:39:46 | More by ImFlyerThanYou
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North Carolina

3.16/5  rDev -15.1%

Draft pour at Duckworth's, Huntersville North Cackalacky.

Pours much lighter than I expected, looks like a pils in the glass, with minimal snow-white head and lacing. The nose is underwhelming, bit soapy and bready and the taste is similar. The alcohol is very well hidden and the beer is quite drinkable. I'm baffled why this brew would serve as their 20th Anniversary offering.

07-14-2014 22:33:19 | More by Mantooth
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

05-07-2014 05:34:20 | More by Cynic-ale
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

05-12-2014 14:36:15 | More by timontheroad
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3.83/5  rDev +3%

This ale is pale gold, almost white gold, bright though extremely hazy. The white head is small but shows resilience, though it eventually fades to a ring. Better than decent spotting is left behind as it goes.
The aroma is spicy and earthy with lots of tart and zesty lemon balanced but sweeter elements of clove and green grape, even as a hint of dryness comes in with the latter.
Clove and bubblegum are more prominent in the taste, which is less sweet overall but more bright, spicy and lightly tart. A very light leafy hops bitterness comes through that offers a touch of herb as well, complementing the generally earthy character.
A good bite of crispness on the palate gets softer but doesn't drop. It's fluffy, and the carbonation keeps up. It's not exactly smooth but not bad. The body feels like it straddles the border between light and medium.

05-21-2014 19:12:15 | More by Brenden
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

06-24-2014 19:05:05 | More by ltdantheman
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

07-12-2014 16:53:23 | More by Iparedman
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3.89/5  rDev +4.6%

Bomber with bottled on date of 4/3/2014.

Served chilled into a goblet, Great Divide's 20th Anniversary ale is a pale hazy yellow color with thick white head. It has good retention and leaves some spotty lacing behind.

Aroma is similar to some of their other Belgian ales like Colette. It has some fruity hops and some spice from the yeast.

Flavor is similar to those others as well. Probably due to the yeast strain. Floral, fruity, and spice notes all one through over a pale pilsner malt back bone. The white grape juice doesn't seem to add a lot, from what I can tell.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and heavily carbonated.

Overall a solid beer but too similar to their year round saison and tripel. I expected more from a major milestone celebration. Oh well, they still make excellent beers so I shouldn't complain. Here's to another 20 years.

05-28-2014 01:04:02 | More by GilGarp
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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

07-18-2014 03:49:36 | More by cjgator3
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-17-2014 16:15:23 | More by aztraz
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

05-14-2014 23:58:58 | More by BigJim5021
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3.96/5  rDev +6.5%

Bottled Mar 20 2014...

Pours a very effervescent & chill-hazed gold with a thumb of pearl colored head. Pretty nice lacing & head retention

S: Green apple peels, grassiness & a whisper of barnyard

T: Pears, a little mango, juicy-fruit, dryness & a touch of funkiness & white grape up front. Boozey pears as this warms, a little bit of green melon & golden delicious apple & other over-ripe orchard fruits & pineapple. Finishes with a nice pineapple flourish, white grapes & dryness & pears., plus green bananas

MF: Light bodied, delicate carbonation, nice balance

Drinks very easy for the ABV & style. Not really Great Divide's strength doing Belgian styled offerings, but this one pleased me

05-09-2014 04:31:53 | More by russpowell
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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

05-12-2014 22:21:45 | More by Alby402
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

08-07-2014 14:19:41 | More by JT99125
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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

07-30-2014 01:57:37 | More by robgage
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

06-13-2014 22:49:17 | More by zonker17
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

04-28-2014 05:51:04 | More by BKotch
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

07-02-2014 22:35:03 | More by Golferallen54
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

06-14-2014 13:32:58 | More by erialbill
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

04-21-2014 12:18:05 | More by waddellc2
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3.53/5  rDev -5.1%

22 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (3/21/14)

A: Bright straw color that is hazy. Decent head that has a collar and almost no lacing.

S: Straw and belgian candi smells. Quite farmhouse.

T: Farmhouse with this like freshly mown grass. Gets better as you drink it, but it is just this very earthy belgian strong pale ale. Yet it is still light. Almost like a saison pale ale. Just a weird flavor.

M: Smooth with rolling, massaging carbonation.

O: Just not my style. Darn anniversary beers being so tempting. I worry that I won't be able to find one if I wait to buy it, but then it starts popping up to try as samples. Ugh.

06-17-2014 06:22:22 | More by gillagorilla
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20th Anniversary Belgian-Style Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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