Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Grand Cru Belgian Dark Ale ~ Great Divide

Appearance: clear deep mahogany with richness belying an older time of sophistication and powdered wigs (minus the powder). Smooth velveteen head of tan leathers. Full circle collar with a puddly puff in the middle. Swirls smooth and creamy.

Nose: dark breads and dark fruits. Singed twigs and sticks. Dates, prunes, and raisins ohmy. Black bread. Tar lurks in the back. Fruitcake. Licorice root and brewers licorice. Dried ginger root and cumin in the back for a final kick of spice.

Palate: meaty, chewy, and rich. Chocolate mingles with dark fruits and dark breads – inseparable. Richly decadent. Tart tannins along the edges – plum skins, black cherry skins, and rhubarb. Brewers licorice and black root mingle with char and smoke which weaves in and out of black earthiness. Dry nutty stones.

Final Thoughts: delicious! I don’t get my hands on Great Divide beers very often which is just sacrilegious because I can therefore I have been willfully negligent. But! It is a hard job I am more than capable of to rectify this wrong.


(an original written work by Kristyn Lier. plagiarism is not tolerated)

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