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RATINGS: 497   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.


3.7
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (13108) - 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

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Scrapersnbeer (1465) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut (1595) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2012
bottle at La Cave Du Vin, poured into a tuliup glass a: light hazy gold color, light off white 1/2" head with good retention. Lacing coats the glass s: light yeast, citrus, and flowery hop aroma t: slightly spicy with a nice light grain bill. slight lemon. Not as bitter as I was expecting but hop presence is nice and flowery. Very nice m&d: light to medium bodied, finishes slightly drying. Very drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ross (2073) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2012
Bottle. Pours out a yellow color with a white head on it. Smell is yeasty and fruity with a pretty decent hop aroma. Taste smooth and lively with plenty of carbonation. An interesting beer, but I am glad I only bought a single.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6180) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Bottle:   Dirty golden, slight sediment, huge fluffy white head, very nice lacing.   Bright and tart floral nose, barnish, certainly smells more Belgian than IPA.   Very barnish on the tongue, musty, some floral notes, semi-sweet hop bite.   Seems decent enough, not a brute on either side of the Belgian IPA fence.   Backside loses its sweetness and becomes slightly dry, and even more musty.   IPA aspect seems to come and go rather quickly.   Becomes a bit more mealy at the finish.   Had a great start, but the backside leaves a bit to be desired.   Aftertaste is a little rough.   Smelled and started out fairly well, but finished in the toilet.   The floral aspect needed to be brighter, less mealiness, and perhaps a bit more hop bite.   Then it would be something to seek out.   Otherwise it was okay.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
coldbrewky (1418) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2011
All they did was add a different yeast strain to the Titan? Really? Yeah there is a hellacious yeast front that hits you like a tempur-pedic pillow. It turned to butter for me after the initial wave. I did not get much Titian form this because there was so much feckin yeast tang! The third one from the variety pack settled down some but by then it was a moot point. Nose of .... you guessed it. Cloudy....yup, Meh.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrotherLogic (252) - California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Funny one. All yeast but the yeast flavour isn’t particularly pleasant. Body is thin and the yeast flavour is sharp so everything clashes ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JDBaker11058 (1204) - Maryland, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Appearance: lightly hazed deep gold, short creamy white head, some shimmery lace. Aroma: a little pilsner-y, with definite citrus notes of lemon peel and orange zest, and some fresh-cut flowers too. Taste: starts a little sweet, with notes of wonder bread and pie crust, and smoothly flows into a citrusy, flowery hop profile. Finish: smooth and clean, with lingering notes of citrus and floral hops that are only lightly bitter, almost delicate. Notes: A very nice beer. Palate was soft and silky. Hops were very present, but did not overpower the flavor. Extremely drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - NOV 7, 2011
RBESG 09 Grand Tasting @ The Harlequin. Clear golden with big white head. Sweet fruity hoppy aroma. Sweet malty taste very fruity both in malts and hops. Nice.


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