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RATINGS: 502   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WakeandBake (549) - Greenville, Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2009
Bottle. A clear light golden color body withy a small fizzy white head,medium carbonation, tuns of sticky lace left all over the walls of my glass. Aroma is zesty ,lots of yeasty funk,some banana,clove and floral hops. Flavor is yeasty with a pretty good malt backbone,hints of grapefruit and lemony hops,some yeasty spice and a little grain, maybe a touch grassy, crisp clean mouthfeel,meduim body, with a lasting floral finish, quite drinkable and a pretty good brew all around.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BOLTZ7555 (2999) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 3, 2009
This beer exhibits a real vegetal quality...and the aftertaste isn’t exactly pleasant. Starts out with hints of banana, clove, yeast, and candied sugar. Flavor is similar to others of the style, then turns into an odd, bitter, medicinal mess. Ample carbonation...nice head that left significant lacing. Just not right...off.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2009
Fresh dough and cloves, slight lime notes. Shiny clear deep gold, big frothy head. Slight funk dough sweetness, big bitter bite, not terribly balanced. It might benefit from more aroma hops instead of bittering and/or some more residual sweetness. Big carbonation, medium mouth feel, bitter finish. Has some great components, but the combination is not quite right. Something is needed to provide a little more balance and harmony. It’s a decent beer, but far from great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GMCC2181 (1561) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JUN 3, 2009
Bottle picked up at SL. Light orange, decent aroma of some hops and yeast characteristics. Taste is a hoppy, sugary with some spices not bad just nothing special... I usually like these hybrid ipa-belgians but this didnt do much for me... Overall just ok...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2009
brilliant golden brown with large white head. moderate to high carbonation. mostly citrusy hops in the nose, but some fruity belgian esters as it warms. flavor has some, but not overwhelming bitterness, a lot of citrusy hop flavor results in a dificulty differentiating between the yeasty esters, which for the most part seem to be overwhelmed, but as the beer warms they are more noticed towards the very end of the taste, with a lingering quality. not a bad beer, but it could be better designed with less citrusy hops to make the esters more prevalent. not bad

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 2, 2009
bottle. Pours a clear golden orange color, thin bubbly quarter inch of head that clears quick to leave a thin ring and some sparse foamy bubbles. Aromas of sticky fruity sweetness and phenols, some light spicy citrus bitterness. For something that supposedly started with Titan, the sweetness sure has taken over the nose. Not bad, but definitely not heavy on the hop aromas. Flavor shows more bitterness than the nose- a healthy bite of spicy, floral and citrus hop notes right up front. Yeasty twang up front too, followed by some bready malt notes. Hop profile full and relatively deep- spicy hop notes blend with yeast notes, and sharp citrus shows up in the background. Palate is sharp and crisp, even light carbonation, mild grainy yeast on the finish. Overall, a pretty good "belgian american ipa".

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUN 1, 2009
Tap at Capones. Pours a lightly hazy golden with a medium creamy white head that left tons of lacing. Aroma of various fruity and spicy Belgian yeast esters, light citrus and floral hoppy notes along with some bready malt. Flavor of the same fruity and spicy Belgian yeast esters, bread dough, fresh hops, good heavy dose of hop bitterness. Like the idea but would have liked some more dry hopping to complete this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 30, 2009
Golden beer with thick white head. Yeasty and lightly fruity aroma. For some reason I thought this would be hoppy. Instead the flavor is simply a lightly fruity more yeasty belgian sorta thing. Totally forgettable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 30, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear glowing medium gold with a half finger white head that leaves spotty lacing. The nose is fruit and Belgian yeast with some citrus in the background. The taste is weird. Starts out vegetal before finishing with spice and a tart grapefruit bite. Medium bodied. Interesting beer to say the least.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (12406) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2009
Bottle from Hyde Park. Poured clear amber color with a large frothy white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate citrus, spice and yeasty aroma. Medium body with soft carbonation and smooth texture. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Complex drinkable brew.

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