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21st Anniversary Sour Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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3.71/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
greatdivide.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This American sour is a celebration of 21 years of brewing. Soured with lactobacillus and brettanomyces and aged for 9 months in wine barrels.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
143
pDev:
9.97%
 
 
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Ratings: 143 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by Canada_Dan:
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3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of StraightNoChaser
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

look: Very clear delicate light yellow-gold. Full and delicate white head with lacing that sticks around.
smell: Gonna use delicate again, as it is delicately tart citrus with subtle barrel notes.
taste: Creamy and yes delicately tart with complimentary white wine and barrel notes.
overall: A fine work of brewing art this. I'm usually a high abv in your face huge stout barbarian but this is a really nice alternative.

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Photo of MikesnoHSL
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This is more of a farmhouse or saison than a "sour" beer. In fact it's not sout at all. For a farmhouse it's pretty good actually but the label is very misleading

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Photo of WynnO
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a modest head; the bubbles pop quickly as the head recedes to a film all the while leaving some splashy lace

Smell: Grainy malts with a lactic kiwi and strawberry element; a white wine character might fool a blindfolded drinker

Taste: Grainy, with white wine grapes and a lactic tropical fruit flavor developing - kiwi and, to a lesser extent, strawberry; slightly acetic through the middle with more funk than sour elements through the finish; as with the aroma, this beer brings a lot of white wine elements to the palate

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; hardly puckery

Overall: A pleasant drinker and I won't knock it down as much as others who are looking for something more sour; the Brett has more to do with the flavor profile here than the Lacto; the white wine barrels also make a statement; this would be a good beer to use to introduce a white wine drinker to sour beers

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Photo of Magery
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of russpowell
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Jun 30 15

Pours a semi-hazed honey color with a pinky of beige colored head. Head drops of rapidly, carbonation fades, near zero head retention & lacing

S: Slight sourness & pears

T: Follows the nose, some earthy brett funk as well. Pears, white grapeskins & a little mustiness as this warms. Finishes fruity, a little tart, some grape sweetness & a whisper of oaky dryness & funk

MF: Light body, delicate carbonation, carbonation picks up once warm

Drinks very easy, this is sort of a basic sour, not really worth of a GD Anniversary slot, but I guess everyone has to get in on sours. These guys make some great beer, but this falls short

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Gold in color with a light haziness. A fingernail of off white surrounds the rim and half of the middle of the glass. The aroma is green apples and tart Brett. I taste dry sparkling apple juice and just a hint of acidic tart Brett. Honestly for a sour it seems a bit one note. The mouth is highly carbonated, but extremely dry.

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Photo of aggiearcher13
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

L: Pale, a little hazy, pretty decent foam for a wild ale. Recedes quickly to a thin layer of lacing that hangs around for the entire time. Looks tasty.
A: White grape, musty, citrus and green apple. I can smell the lacto, almost a sour milk aroma in there.
T: Some oak and a sour milk taste. Most unusual for a sour beer for me, I can't say I've had the aroma and taste of sour milk in a beer before, but it's there. Not off-putting, but faint and interesting. Some good tartness but not that sour for the style.
F: Really good body for the style, I'm pretty impressed by this. Lower carbonation than most in the style. More carbonation might lend a little more acidity that would improve that overall profile, but I'm not sure it would do enough.
O: I'm glad I tried this, but I wouldn't seek it out again. Or even get it again, really, when you consider the other options out there. I would rate it an average effort from a brewery that has been decidedly average over the past few years. Somehow it manages to be less than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle. Poured out a burgundy color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled sour with some malty notes. Some cherry aroma. Tasted fairly tart and sour but not overdone. A touch of cherry and apple with a sweet bready malt backbone.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of soupyman10
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of halo913
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kornkid8600
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of charlzm
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of nmann08
3.39/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hypersomnia
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of snaotheus
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2016-02-14
750ml capped/foiled bottle split between a pair of large snifters. Most sediment left in the bottle. I got the glass with less sediment. Bottled on June 30, 2015.

Pours clear golden with little to no head. Carbonation is nearly nonexistent. Smell is tart, lemons and apricots.

Taste is moderately tart and a little on the sweet side. Focus is more on the apricot, most of the lemon is lost.

Mouthfeel is rich and silky. Overall, it's not bad, but not nearly as tart as the sweetness demands.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
4.49/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've tried to actually refrain from taking the time to write reviews since I generally keep track here for myself and my own records. However, in looking at the score for this beer it is MY OPINION that this is an extremely under rated beer.

It is a wonderfully drinkable wild ale in every respect. I suspect that because it says "sour" on the label drinkers/reviewers want more sour and acidic tones. Perhaps Great Divide should not have used "sour" on the label. It is a light but complex brew with layers of elegant flavors, stone fruit, fruity funk and sweet yeast notes. It has hints of sour but more like a good acidic funk than anything else. It is remarkably balanced, integrated and especially drinkable.

This is one of Great Divides best in my opinion and very well worth a try.

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Photo of JamFuel
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of madpentzer
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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21st Anniversary Sour Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 143 ratings