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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.


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (4650) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 7, 2011
An excellent aroma, both Belgian spices and lots of hops. This has a ton of Belgian spice right from the first sip. A nice dry hp finish. Pretty darn good. This beer makes me crave for GD in Las Vegas!! I’d buy this one all the time!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2009
Style & glass: Belgian Ale, Trappist 12 fl oz x 7.2% ABV = 86.4 / 60 = 1.44 beers * 150 C = 216 calories (est.) Available at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $8.99 Scent of leather, centennial hops, fruit, and decay, visuals are a brilliant golden body with a long lasting white head, taste is begian sweetness, bananas, and biscuits, with IPA citrus, bitterness, and presence. Palate is drying, active carbonation, and creamy. Overall, a very good beer. I hope it’s regularly available, because I’d like to have it all the time.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (3503) - Georgia, USA - MAY 30, 2010
Pours a beautiful clear golden yellow with a fine-bubbled persistent white head. Fruity and malty flavor is somewhat sweet and inviting. Mouth-filling flavor is mainly fruity and has a good malty undertone. Texture is not smooth at all - strongly edgy and fizzy, it leaves a lively, tingly, malty, fruity and slightly bitter finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - APR 16, 2011
Golden Yellow with soft pillowy white head--what one would expect for a Belgian. Aromas of baking spice, citrus peel and bread. Full-bodied, with flavors of candied citrus, banana, spice and toast. Strong finish of candied citrus. I may be biased to the style, but I really like this beer--the flavors of the Belgian yeast combined with the hoppiness of an IPA...beautiful. This could be a new go-to summer beer.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
poisoneddwarf (1762) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - NOV 20, 2009
12 oz bottle. This is the first Belgian IPA I’ve ever experienced and it seems to mash the two styles together very well. It has the hoppiness and bitterness of a great IPA and that hallmark Belgian taste with definable banana esters. Smells and tastes exactly like what the label describes: a combination of IPA and Belgian-style ale. What a unique combo! I love it. I definitely taste a hint of wood here, too, like pencil shavings or something. Aromas of grapefruit, pine. A worthy experiment.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 10, 2009
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a stemmed glass. The color is a clear golden with about two fingers of white foamy head and some nice lacing. The smell is fruity with some tangerine and peppery hop bitterness. The taste is pooped in my mouth and I was pushed back for a sec, the sugar flavor, like candy, bring about pictures of sweet tarts. Fruity flavors just pop on the tongue as it goes down and really feels like a treat to the taste buds. The feel is mid to medium bodied. It starts out like it will feel heavier that it ends up being on the way down. This is a strong beer but does not take you off your feet. It is warming and keeps you entertained to the last sip.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidm (1943) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 20, 2010
Bottle 330ml. Great beer. Aromas of apple, bread, and spice. Taste is sweet and sour, with bitterness at the end. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Dark yellow, with a frothy white head.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jseifer (62) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2010
The label wasnt lying when it said it was the best blend of American and Belgian style beers. Very floral and very hoppy. It’s a really smooth Belgian blonde style ale with a hint of ipa.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AZmatt25 (5) - USA - JUN 14, 2010 does not count
Smell is very sweet. It has a fresh aroma like you can imagine fruit was hiding in the grain, or better yet, that a bowl of cold strawberries is hiding somewhere in your imagination. Taste is a wonderful combination. Light and airy flavor with a sweet curl on the tongue (the yeast strain?) and subdued, but pleasant hop finish. I think of summer days and rotisserie chicken when I drink this beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsmerig (1291) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2011
Pours a straw yellow with minimal head yet active carbonation. Aroma is of Orange rind and lemon. Anticipating a very tart beer. I’m very glad that I was wrong Very complex. Tastes of malt and honey offset by a hop effect which isn’t bitter, but crisp. The final part of the taste is a lingering version of the orange/lemon aroma. Very interesting.


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