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Great Divide Belgica



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RATINGS: 499   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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The Roman name for the Low Countries–is a marriage of the best in American and Belgian brewing traditions. Belgian pilsner malt, a generous amount of American and European hops and a unique Belgian yeast strain combine to give Belgica big notes of citrus and spice, creating a lively concoction perfect for spring in the Rockies–or the Ardennes. 7.2% ABV.

First released as Belgian IPA:
Just for fun, the brewers took our Titan, a hop forward American IPA and introduced a Belgian yeast strain to it. The result is unique Belgian-style ale with lots of fruity esters, a citrus hop flavor and nice hop bitterness that’s surprisingly smooth. 7.5% alcohol by volume.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zgaier (1537) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Pours a hazy yellow orange with a frothy white head and aroma of hops, yeast and floral notes. Taste is of sweet, of hops, yeast, fruits, peach, malt, and floral notes with bitter, sweet, medium finish. Different, nice brew, very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dalekliz (888) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear light amber with a huge fluffy white head that lingers. Aroma is sharp and yeasty, with malt, sugar, grass. Taste is sweet and bitter, with sugar, yeast, and bit of hops. Lingering light bitterness. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arve_Christian (3488) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 20, 2012
On bottle at Cerveceria Europa, Madrid Golden color, intense carbonation- 10 minutes to settle in glass. Nice yeast, medium intensity hops- some fruit aromas. Full body & high complexity. Solid bitterness. Very enjoyable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonusWagner (1680) - Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2012
In typical GD fashion, this was a pretty much "to expectations" beer with a nice citrus hopy taste lightly obscured by Belgian yeast spiciness. Good effort, sad it is apparently gone long after my drinking and reviewing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
teddybeer (2473) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 17, 2012
[Sample thanks to Arve_Christian at L’Europe (Madrid)]. Cloudy golden colour with an excesive carbonic. White head, perfect lasting, foamy and nice lacework. Aroma has citrus notes, yeast and cinnamon. Flavour is alcoholic, slightly citrus and lime hints with a decent duration on palate. Carbonation and body is medium.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fletchfighters (1189) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 7, 2012
A-- Poured yellow, like the label. Small head, cloud white in color and it had good head retention and left no lacing. S-- Slightly sweet with a touch of malt. Slight bit of sugar and bread, Not a big smell, very faint. T-- A little more hop forward in the taste. Still get the bread and sugar smell but the hops are there off the bat. Not a big but it is there. Also get a little bit of citrus in this. Nice surprise. M-- Different but good. Like how it is hops at first then the Belgian style comes out.A little different to get hops, then bread and sugar, followed by dryness and citrus. D-- Decent Belgian IPA. nothing more

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
prawlie (1227) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2012
355 mL bottle at York Tap into a fluted glass. Cloudy orange colour with a bubbly, foamy head. Verry hoppy, light, dry, citrus, lime and orange, spiced. A tasty beer. A cross between IPA and witbier in taste. Hoppy and wheaty aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (8828) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 4, 2012
355ml bottle kindly shared by Finn at a tasting session. Dense, rocky, white head that laces well. Cloudy golden body. Fresh fruity aroma with a spiced wheaty touch. Ripe fruits like dry lemon and oranges in flavour with spices playing second fiddle. Earthy malts beneath. Smooth bitter ending with a long tail. Well balanced and good to drink (Tromsø,30.05.2012).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (16867) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2012
19th December 2009
Hazy gold beer. Yeasty orange citrus nose. Semi dry and semi soft palate, turns light and frothy. Honey - orange and then a blossoming bittering coriander spice that really takes over and leaves a bitter aftertaste past the dry finish. Aquired taste but not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Finn (4531) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 31, 2012
Flaske 0,355l fra Utobeer, Borough Market. Delt med Rune under rateseanse i WC-veien 30 Mai 12. Veldig lys gylden. Høyt kremaktig betongskum. En har følelsen av at dersom en vender glasset opp ned vil ingenting renne ut. Litt uklar. Sterk & god krydderaroma. Smaken er ekstremt velbalansert. Appelsinskall, druer & litt krydderFin syrlighet i ettersmaken. Rett og slett et forfriskende og godt øl.

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