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: 221
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 2
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Kramerbarthomer on 03-27-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy straw gold, 1” sudsy white foam cap.
S: grapey, fruity, some Belgian yeast
T: smooth, white wine, light caramel, Belgian yeast, pineapple with some definite citrus notes, orange to lemon without the acid or rind flavors.
F: medium high carbonation, medium body, very fine soft carbonation
O: This is a summer beer well worth repeating.

Photo of MattyG85
4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of Mantooth
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle; bottled in March 2014; served in a Belgian snifter.

Poured pale golden with alight haze and small head. The aroma is fruity and has the unmistakable character of Belgian yeast. Some light funk and heavy yeast reduce its attraction but this aspect does not carry over to the flavor. Complex with very good balance and a mix of tropical and other fruity flavors, including white grapes and faint banana. Neither bitter nor sweet, with light spiciness.

O: this is a quite enjoyable Belgian style ale worth seeking out.

Photo of Brenden
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of GilGarp
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Experienced from the 22 oz bomber in a snifter. This Belgian style ale pours a hazy yellow with tinges of amber, and a light frothy white head that dissipates to a moderately thick ring, spider webbed lacing, and thin pool of foam. Nose of lemons, Belgian yeast funkiness, sweet Belgian candy sugar, and white zinfandel wine un oaked wine. Flavors are spicy and effervescent with very light swwet candy sugars on the front and back, lemon zest and grapes to the sides, and light stone fruits and grapes on the aftertaste. The finish of the beer is lightly dry with a seltzer like, effervescent, prickly champagne note. Unique. I am a huge fan of this brewery, and totally understand the negative notes, yet this is pretty unique and boundary pushing. Everyone's cup of tea, no, BUT it is unique without blasting one's tastes totally out of the water.


Photo of gillagorilla
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of beersdmf17
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a light hazy, straw colored body with a nice amount of head that settles quickly. Lacing is okay.

Smell: Lots of fruit, mainly green apples and yeast notes.

Taste: Sweet, tart fruit notes, mainly green apple, with some banana and maybe some pear notes as well. Peppery spice like you would expect with a belgian strong pale ale. Progresses to cloves and yeasty notes towards the end. The grape juice is not massively apparent, not overpowering the base beer but complementing the beer and adding another layer of fruit notes. bringing some champagne notes. Little bit of breadiness as well.

Feel: Lasts on the tongue for a bit, with a bright, crisp finish. Low carbonation and some dryness. Alcohol hidden nicely. Very refreshing beer that works well for summer.

Interesting beer, good Belgian Strong Pale Ale, similar to DFH Noble Rot, but not nearly as boozy. Not quite what I would expect from an anniversary beer but still a well done beer.

Photo of puboflyons
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 650 ml. bomber bottled on Mar 21, 2014. Sampled on August 10, 2014.

The pour is straw to golden yellow with a modest white, fizzy head settling on top and leaving decent lacing on the glass as it fades. Highly carbonated.

The aroma begins with the Belgian esters I would expect including toasted bread, toasted biscuit, yeast, citrus, and sweetness. But there is a kind of distracting vegetable oil note.

Light and refreshing champagne-like body.

The taste echoes the aroma but the vegetable oil sensations seems to go away. A clean, crisp hop finish. A good way for Great Divide to celebrate 20 years I imagine.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, pale golden color with a frothy white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of bright fruits and grass.

Tastes of the grass and fruits mostly with a little pale malt. Grass notes lead off with some hay as well. Fruits come next with white grapes, apples, and pears. Grainy malts come through and add some sweetness adding to the fruits. A bit of spicy yeast comes towards the end before a second wave of fruits and a little alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is solid, but I don't appreciate the grainy malts and want more yeast notes.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a fine two finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Classic aroma of Belgain yeast and spicing, emphasizing clove and coriander, light fresh fruit; peppery and spicy, leaning towards a tripel profile. Flavor also starts off resembling a tripel, with apple and pear juice, light stone fruit, coriander and clove forward, Belgian saison style yeast. Flavor dries out and subsides in the finish, which is heavy in coriander and hop bitterness. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A nice fruit and spice forward Belgian, leaning in the direction of a triple profile. The finish is a bit stark with strong spicining not quite supported by the earlier good fruit flavors. Otherwise balanced and a pleasant Belgian style sipper.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Pours a hazy straw yellow with a touch of brown in it. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retetntion is below average and a half finger of bubbly lacing is left.

3.75 S: Smells like an imperial saison to me. First thing that sticks out is a grassy hay and a ruddy earthiness. White grape follows behind with peppery spicy undertones. Lemon, a touch of bready yeast, cake frosting, and banana.

3.5 T: Well this tastes nothing like it smells. Foremost, there's a pretty healthy bitterness that comes out of nowhere. The saison flavors are still right there. Hay, earth, even a touch of funk. The white grapes probably have something to do with this. Peppery underneath. Much of the fruitiness found in the nose is diminished.

3.5 M: Lighter body. Good spritzy carbonation. Even a touch of creaminess. The finish I don't care much for. It's bitter and has an almost industrial component to it.

3.5 D: I wouldn't have made this for a 20th anniversary, but it's okay for a try I guess.

Edit: This tastes a million times better with all of the yeast mixed in. The supreme bitterness is gone. The finish is much improved and offers some sweetness canceling out most of the harsh flavors. It tastes pretty much the same, but the sweetness somehow trapped in the yeast brings a good balance. I adjusted my scores to be the median between the original review and this update.

Photo of utfiero
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color- hazy light gold. Huge head.

Aroma- dusty yeast, coriander, light grains, and hint of canned olive juice.

Taste- A refreshing change from last year's anniversary brew. Starts wheaty, crisp with white grape notes and hints of lemon peel, clove, pine needle,and pepper. Finishes with dry long clean hop note. A nice, refreshing strong brew. Sooo much better than last year's anniversary brew from Great Divide!

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted 6/10/14. Purchased from Western Beverages next to Costco in NW Austin.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle a cloudy pale yellow with one finger of white head. No real lacing to speak of.

Earthy aroma of yeast, lemon and spice.

Tasted of lemon zest, yeast, white grape, and light spices.

Medium bodied and crisp with a moderate carbonation.

Not a bad take on the Belgian Tripel.

Photo of Rifugium
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Capone's.

Hazy, golden yellow pour with a thin cap of white bubbles. In the nose, toasted grains, bready Belgian yeast, light fruity esters. Pretty typical for the style. Taste was similar, quite yeasty, toasted grains, notes of overripe stone fruit, Chardonnay, light spice. Mouthfeel was smooth, with the higher ABV just about undetectable, body was medium. There's really nothing amazing going on here, but it's still pretty spot-on for a BPA.

Photo of chanokokoro
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Great Divide Brewing Co. branded snifter/short stemmed tulip

Pours a slightly hazy medium golden with a two and half finger fluffy white lacing. Plenty of string lacing, above average retention. Pears, mixed fruit notes, juicy fruit bubblegum notes, and white wine notes on the nose. Opens with hints of white wine, floral notes, pears, and "juicy fruit." Belgian yeast and alcohol join midpalate and carry through the finish. Medium bodied; medium to higher medium level of carbonation. Slick and smooth on the palate. Another solid beer; tasty way to celebrate their 20th Anniversary.

Photo of Gavage
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a cloudy yellowish color with a 1/2" head that falls quickly. Moderate lace develops.

Smell: grass, green apples, citrus, and a bit of yeast is detectable by the nose.

Taste: crisp malt goodness, crackers, grass, green grapes, green apples, and pepper, Yeast flavors are mild and bitterness is moderate.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish with a dry finish. Long lasting crisp finish that is refreshing.

Overall: I found this to be flavorful and slow drinking. Pretty refreshing on a hot afternoon.

Photo of avalon07
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A fairly sweet, fruity aroma, with hints of yeast.

T: Tasted of light fruit (apples, especially), yeast, phenols, some spices (cloves), and malt as well. The flavor on this beer started off a little weak and watery and slowly got better. Still felt a little unformed and in need of a little push.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is an OK beer. It's worth a shot, but needs a bit of work. Drinkable nonetheless.

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/21/2014. Pours lightly hazy bright gold color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, apricot, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, white wine, wheat, biscuit, clove, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and grape juice notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, apricot, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, white wine, wheat, biscuit, clove, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Slight yeast spice and fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, apricot, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, white wine, wheat, biscuit, clove, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and grape juice flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian strong pale ale. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and grape juice flavors; and extremely smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of mactrail
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Sweet, buttery, and flowery. This is like an amped up Saison with a deep fruity flavor. Some bubblegum and spice, distinct cloves in the finish. Apple and pear flavors along that intense phenolic taste. This seems drier than Duvel, for instance, but more intensely yeasty.

This pours a yellow gold color with bubbles streaming in the New Belgium snifter. Sharply carbonated on the tongue. Spicy nose.

This has its flavorful pleasures, but I think the yeast has just been jacked up for some reason that it borders on undrinkable. This is another chemistry lesson in a bottle. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Olive Tree Market in San Diego.

Photo of Clints1991
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had from 22oz bottle. It pours a nice golden color with a white head that doesn't dissipate quickly. It doesn't have a great nose though. It does have some hop nose to it. I do like the taste though. Get some hops to it not very much. A nice grape taste to it. Has a medium body mouth feel. I love Great Divide. It isn't the best beer I have had by them. A good one to try. Some nice hops with some grape taste to it.

Photo of ONUMello
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle dated 3/21/14 poured into a tulip
A: Hazy yellow with a one-finger head
S: Wheat, apple and coriander
T: Wheat, grass, fruit esters... but feels disconnected somehow
M: Fairly light-bodied but again disjointed in a way I can't explain
O: Pleasant flavors they just need integration

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