Last year I brewed up a Saison that incorporated some white wine juice in the recipe, and tonight I will be checking out what looks to be a fairly similar beer. Brewed with Viognier grape juice, Great Divide 20th Anniversary Belgian Style Ale is a Belgian Strong Pale Ale with 8.2% Alcohol By Volume (ABV).
Great Divide 20th Anniversary Belgian Style Ale is a pale golden colored beer, hazy complexion, with a small, ephemeral white head topping it off. Lacing is minimal.
The nose has grainy and bready malts, lighter fruity esters, grassy, white grapes, with underlying spicy notes.
Sweet malts start off the taste, lightly grainy, with apples, apricots, peaches and hints of peppery spice from the yeast, fruity grapes, very faint alcohol spice, low hop bitterness with medium-low grassy and spicy hop flavor. Mouth is medium bodied, moderately carbonated, with a dry finish.
Although the grape juice plays a supporting role in Great Divide 20th Anniversary Ale, it does give it a nice twist, complementing the fruity notes derived from the Belgian yeast. Adding grape juice to the wort is a nice idea that I wish more commercial breweries would play around with, and this beer is worth a look just to get a preview of what I predict you will see more of in the future.
Great Divide 20th Anniversary Belgian Style Ale : B+
Beer Reviews by Prof Sudz