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RATINGS: 504   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fletchfighters (1410) - 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 (1500) - 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 (11372) - 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 (22493) - , 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 (6291) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - MAY 6, 2012
Pours a clear and golden beer with a white head. The aroma is malt, sweetness and coriander. The flavor follows the nose with additional hops. The palate is sweetness and bitterness. Overall a good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sfhodense (4789) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2012
Pours golden with a white head. Aroma is malt, fruity yeast and orange. Flavour is malt, citrus, yeast and orange.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cameraman (9) - Crestwood, Kentucky, USA - APR 3, 2012 does not count
It is poured a medium golden color, with touches of amber along the sides of the glass. A head forms a half to three quarters of an inch high, white in color, staying there for sometime. The spicy, sweet, fragrances of the Belgian yeast is at the front of the aroma. That is followed by a mild grassy scent, along with a soft citrus fragrance. The yeasty esters are strong at the beginning of each taste. That is soon followed by hearty bread and mild malt flavors. Then at the halfway point across the palate, the growing flavor of grapefruit hits. Brought along for the ride are grassy and earthy flavors, which linger on the palate for sometime. A heavy watery feel at the front, it then gradually gains weight as it rolls to the back. It finishes with an arid dryness on the back of the palate. This is a strong Belgian IPA, bringing the unique flavors from the yeast and the added intensity of hops; make this a very worldly beer. I throw it at some spicy Mexican or Chinese dishes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16529) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 30, 2012
Bottle. An unclear, golden colored beer with a medium sized off-white head. Some alcohol on the nose, followed by sweetness, fruityness, a touch of spicyness and pine cones, and also a little cellar hint and some orange. Sweet, citrusy flavor with piney bitterness, a touch of spicyness and some orange. Full-bodied, warming and pleasantly carbonated. Bitter, fruity and sweet finish. A nice Belgian style American. 110610

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 28, 2012
Okay, so this beer got the ax and my bottle is more than a year old. It is supposed to be an India pale with Belgian lager yeast. I’d say it has the floral nose and flushing body of a saison. There’s some white pepper in there too. Tastes sweet and bitter, but not a knock out either way. Thin yet chalky somehow. Oh well, can’t win them all.

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