Smoky, beefy aroma. Clear, brilliant deep amber color under a tan head. Flavor is oak, bitterness, and smoke. Texture is crisp, thick, and warming. Some sourness. Overall, exactly as the label conveys. Cheers to Great Divide.
Filed under: Belgian Ale (trappist, tulip, tumbler), Great Divide | Tags: Alcohol by volume, beer, Belgian beer, Canal's Lawrenceville, hops, India Pale Ale, Lawrenceville New Jersey, Palate
Style & glass: Belgian Ale, Trappist
12 fl oz x 7.2% ABV = 86.4 / 60 = 1.44 beers * 150 C = 216 calories (est.)
Available at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $8.99
Scent of leather, centennial hops, fruit, and decay, visuals are a brilliant golden body with a long lasting white head, taste is begian sweetness, bananas, and biscuits, with IPA citrus, bitterness, and presence. Palate is drying, active carbonation, and creamy. Overall, a very good beer. I hope it’s regularly available, because I’d like to have it all the time.
Filed under: American Strong Ale (trappist), Great Divide | Tags: beautiful, caramel, citrus, clear, contemplative, crisp, deep, fresh, intricate lace, long lasting, mahogany, malt, nice, pepper, roasted, ruby, spice, strong, thin tan head, well balanced
Style and Glass: American Strong, Trappist
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8.1 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $1.83
Aroma: caramel, syrup and roasted malts. Some pepper, spice, and citrus.
Visuals: Beautiful packaging, recently redesigned cohesive brand from Great Divide. It does the beer within the bottles justice. The ruby mahogany body is deep and contemplative. hard to see through, but clear rather than hazy. Thin tan head is long lasting, lace is intricate and shows this brew’s freshness.
Taste: Well balanced flavor starts with roasted malt, follows with a rush of crispness from carbonation, and finishes long with a dark roasty deliciousness. Sugar overtones, followed quickly by a light sourness. Easily drinkable. Alcohol is quiet and well hidden.
Palate: Smooth, crisp, drying, and long fantastic finish add up to a wonderful session brew, despite the high ABV, so beware!
Overall: A beautiful, enticing, delicious beer, affordable, from a great brewer, and entices the senses. I’ll have it again, for sure.
Filed under: American Pale Ale (lager glass, shaker), Great Divide | Tags: anise, bitter, bronze, cascade hops, cloudy with fresh hop floaters, crisp, delicious finish, electric, fantastic, golden, great lace, honey, hoppy, long, rough, sandy, so very deeply bitter, strong, sweet, well crafted, wispy white head
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.1 % in 22fl oz. estimated at 300 C
Purchased at: OakTree in South Plainsfield, NJ for $7.49
Aroma: sweet, cascade hops, honey, anise. 9 out of 10.
Visuals: cloudy with fresh hop floaters, golden, bronze, strong, wispy white head, great lace. 5 out of 5.
Taste: so very deeply bitter, hoppy, fantastic, well crafted. 10 out of 10.
Palate: crisp, sandy, rough, electric, long, bitter, delicious finish. 5 out of 5.
Overall: Wow. Great Divide just doesn’t make a bad brew. The floating bittering hops do the job completely. I will most definitely seek this out again. It’s an absolute favorite, and very well crafted. 20 out of 20.
Filed under: Dogfish Head, Great Divide, Nogne O, North Coast, Oskar Blues, Rogue, Smuttynose, Southern Tier, Stone, Victory