Belgica - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 309
Hads: 396
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 04-28-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of barczar
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Rated as average because of age. Vintage is 2009.

Big Belgian aroma is still there. Green apple, pear, and caramel malt dominate. There's a touch of cardboard and I get a whiff of plasticy phenols initially, but the fruity esters really dominate.

Flavor is somewhat lacking, in comparison. The caramel malt dominates here, with green apple and pear accenting, but fading to a touch of cardboard in the finish.

Wish I'd tried it fresh. (437 characters)

Photo of IPA1978
3.04/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Big disapointment!! Stone cali-belgo is lightyears ahead of this! Average in every aspect and I think great divide is an excellent brewery but they missed on this one. !... i guess thats why they no longer make this one. Just trying to get to 250 characters at this point. (272 characters)

Photo of hopfacebrew
2.81/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle to pint glass the beer pours a hazy and opaque yellow golden color with a huge 2.5 finger white head, good retention and lacing, looks good. The aroma starts off with a strong belgian yeast along with fruity character: citrus, pears, apples along with clove and hints of bubblegum and pepper. However the alcohol emerges and starts to dominate and thus makes the beer less approachable. The flavor follows suit with an initial rush of belgian clove and bubblegum. Hints of fruit found in the nose as well as a more pronounced pepper flavor. The malt doesn't seem to work with these flavors and doesn't come across balanced, like the flavors are fighting one another and not in a pleasant fashion. Medium bitterness. Alcohol again emerges at the end and as the beer warms. Turn off. Fairly smooth and lighter side of medium bodied. Good carbonation. Overall, I was less than impressed with this beer. Too boozy, flavor doesn't mesh well. Won't return. (969 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy gold with a compact, lingering white head. Head retention is pretty good, with a thin coating of sticky white lace going pretty deep into the glass.

S: Aromas of spicy Belgian yeast, lemon, grapefruit, bitter orange, caramel, and biscuity malt. Really nice depth and intensity.

T: Opens malty and spicy with notes of biscuits, caramel, and spice with grapefruit, lemon, and orange flavors from the hops kicking in a little later. The finish is intense, hoppy, and puckering with notes of peppery spice and citrus lingering on the palate.

M: Medium-to-full bodied, dry, and spritzy. The carbonation here is up-front without being distracting. The alcohol is hidden well making this beer dangerously drinkable and very deceptive with regard to its strength.

O: This is a really nice Belgian IPA that is more straight-forward than many of its European cousins. I would recommend it to those new to the style or for those wanting a flavorful ale that does not sacrifice drinkability. (999 characters)

Photo of lovindahops
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

another great divid brew!

a- straw yellow that is very clear. Almost looks macro and thirst quenching

s- spice, straw, and a little bready yeast. Not what I want in a BIPA. It's a little too weak on the profile

t- more spices and dry flavor to mesh with the citric presence. Definitely lemony

m- massive carbonation

o- great divide does better. Get some aggressive yeast on this and I will be happier (405 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 12/2010

A - Nice easy pour. Head is fluffy white and brew is foggy orange-yellow. Nice light consistency.

S - Big Belgian nose. Lots of orange, lemon, banana, and lighter fruits. Some light clove too

T - WOW! Fantastic! Some awesome belgian flavors with subtle and remote IPA flavor.

M - Perfect carbonation, slightly over bitter... I wonder what another 3-6 months will do to the bitterness...?

O - An awesome example of a well aged brew! Nice work GDB! (472 characters)

Photo of haazer
2.58/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured out into a tulip glass.

A- Holy head. A titled pour produces a huge bubbly white monster. Some patchy webs of lace are left, but damnit it takes forever. The brew itself is a dirty cloudy yellow color. Pretty opaque.

S- Strong belgian yeast scent. Fruity aroma's of pear, lemon and some clove. Some spices are present, perhaps some white pepper. Alcohol phenols in the nose weaken the overall aroma.

T- Ahhhh, if only I read the side of this thing. Pilsner malt is used in this guy and its noticeable in the flavor. Call it what you will but I just can't stand anything Pilsner. Other flavors include the white pepper and clove. There is a pleasant aftertaste of citrus. Just can't get over the initial pilsner.

M- Mouthfeel is nice when you take away the flavor. Good feel of carbonation on the tongue, and the brew drinks fairly smooth. Light to medium in body, but closer to medium.

O- Get rid of the pilsner malt, use any other malt bill but that and this would be a much better beer. That killed it for me. Normally I love Great Divide, and I'd like to say nicer things, but get rid of that Pils crap!!! (1,121 characters)

Photo of Zimbo
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This gets a raw deal here on BA. No doubt in my mind.

Distinctive appearance of clear faded yellw but vibrant yellow with some loose beading and a thick creamy head.
Firm and robust with a degree of lean chewy bitterness and not at all citric (despite assertions on the label) but pretty long and pretty lingering. Restrained and persistant with just a trace of sweetness at the end to add to that persistent hybrid of American and Belgian style IPA. Leaves layers of lacing rings as drunk.
The negative reviews of it are total BS. Undoubtedly one of the better American attempts I have tried. Another top notch Great Divide beer. No surprise there. (651 characters)

Photo of FattyJLE
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

S - Spicy Belgian phenolics, pepper, malt sweetness and a hint of raisin-like fruitiness.

A - Clear golden color with a thin white head and sticky lacing.

T - Earthy and spicy hops upfront. Smooth bitterness with a peppery bite. Bitterness subsides to a rather dull malt presence. Lingering toasted malt flavor comes through on the end. Dry finish. For 7.2%, no booze was present.

M - Moderate body with medium carbonation. Smooth.

O - A good beer for what it was. I was, however, expecting a bit more hops presence and complexity given that it was an "IPA" in the belgian style. Definitely more belgian than IPA. (665 characters)

Photo of Kuromaru
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance--Pours a slightly hazy, deep golden, with a thick, foamy head that dissipates somewhat, but remains throughout. Pretty appealing.

Smell--Fairly complex--clean hops are succeeded by notes of creamy banana, distant citrus and some spice. A very inviting combination.

Mouthfeel--Crisp, tart, and refreshing. The body is light, with good carbonation. This beer finishes cleanly with a slightly bitter, hoppy/ tangy edge. Excellent.

Taste--A bitter punch and tart citusy hops roll into light, somewhat fresh-bready sweetness.

Overall--Just complex enough, cafefully balanced and refreshing. Highly drinkable. (619 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.14/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into my Mad Fox glass. It poured a pale golden color with a thick, pillowy, white head to it. The head retention was very good as I drank it and it left behind some great lacing as well.

The aroma has a pretty big, citrusy, orange peel flavor to it with some coriander definitely there as well. A little bit of a Belgian yeast spice comes through as well.

The taste shows a lot of bitter, citrus rind flavors to it throughout the beer. Some coriander comes through along with some other herbal like flavors. The Belgian yeast adds a little spice but seems overshadowed by the bright citrus flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style and carbonation is moderate. Overall it was a decent beer but it seemed a little overpowering on the orange peel and coriander for me. The bitter rind like quality especially seemed a little overdone. (862 characters)

Photo of chocosushi
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single from Freeman's for 1.99
Poured into Fuller's Pint

A ~ Nice Gold great "soft" lacing. Small bubbles.

S ~ Floral Hops, Straw, Fresh Grain. . . not too much yeast

T ~ Lemon zest & American hops start it off, progressing into black pepper, apricot jam, and toasted bread w/ butter & honey. I Like the spicyness, but there just is not enough of that yeast flavor for me.

M ~ Spicy and floral, but kinda sleek. Can taste the ABV.

D ~ Would buy as a single when I was in the mood for a BIPA, being unable to afford a bomber of something better, but this one just didn't have enough of all the components for me to dig it.
I really love Great Divide, but this just wasn't enough for me to love it. Would be a good "starter" BIPA. (739 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy orange/deep yellow, trace head, solid lacing

S: belgian yeast, lemon grassy, spices

T: sweet citrus, yeast, big spicy finish

M: med, mild oily mouth

O: Yum; Great Divide again delivers a solid
brew. Alcohol well hidden, but still a sipper.
I would get this Belgian style bad boy again.

PRETTY GOOD, WORTH TRYING! (328 characters)

Photo of csiewert
2.66/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy pale golden color with little to no head. The aroma has hints of caramel and earthy floral hops. The taste is fairly strange... It starts with some citrus and caramel, then becomes floral and finishes very earthy, and leaves a very harsh aftertaste. The mouthfeel is kind of empty as well. Overall not great divides greatest effort. (355 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip, bottled 12-20-2010. Pours slightly cloudy amber color with a fairly dense 2 finger white head with good retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap that lasts. A small amount of lacing is left on the glass. Aromas of orange, pine, spices, and lemon. Nice balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of bread, with lots of spices on the front. A bit of citrus and pine in the back with some spices and a decent amount of bitterness that lingers on the finish with spice and citrus notes. Medium body and medium-high carbonation. Nice and smooth drinking, with no alcohol in the taste and a small warming on the finish. Overall I definitely enjoyed this one, very nice Belgian IPA. (713 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-orange color with a thick finger of frothy white head. The head hangs around for quite a while leaving behind some thick lacing as it finally fades.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts and some light citrus hops and yeast. There is also a touch of banana and some spices.

T - Starts off with a nice balance of sweet lightly toasted caramel malts and some citrus hop flavor. There is a bit of yeast hanging in the background. Through the middle, a mix of some light spices, some honey sweetness and a bit of banana flavor come through. The finish is a mix of citrus hop flavor and some caramel malt that linger nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Has a nice slightly dry mouthfeel that finishes fairly clean. Overall, very smooth.

D - Very drinkable. The booze level is a bit high but not very noticeable. The Belgian elements are not all that strong, but mix very well with the IPA elements in the beer. (955 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this Belgian IPA pours out as a bright yellow color with foamy white head. The lacing doesn't do too much here. The smell is a little floral and the Belgian yeast is prominent. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth, a light carbonation. Overall I've had better Belgian Ipa's but this is a decent brew. (294 characters)

Photo of Glibber
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I happened to be in Papogos on my recent trip to Scottsdale during Great Divide night- I had been drinking Belgians all week and immediately tried the Belgica.
Light yellow color like an american ale with a thick white head that left plenty of lacing on the glass. Floral overtones with some hints of plum, hops and orange. This was a light Belgian offering but had the citrus hop kick like an IPA.
Not too bad, could have drank a few. (435 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer's carbonation and luster look worn right out; it reminds me of a hard-working, middle-aged mom of four that stopped buying new clothes or taking care of herself years before. It's in definite need of a makeover. Where's Sam Saboura when you need him? Let's brighten this colour, bump up the bubbles and do something about that clarity.

Belgica has a good amount of character in the nose, but considering it contains both American hops and Belgian yeast - two of the most boastfully aromatic ingredients there is - I'm a bit surprised at how much of it comes from biscuity, lightly toasty pale malts. Green (minty) plant leaves, over-ripened orchard fruit and candied citrus are in there too, mind you.

Each sip drags your tongue along the forest floor; it has a taste that is distinctively earthy and leafy, with traces of pine and flowers and an almost woody dryness similar to what you'd find in a lightly oaked chardonnay. Flavours of apricot, melon, mango, gooseberry, a teeny splash of alcohol and a bit of buttery sweetness all intensify that likeness.

After a brief succession of yeasty spiciness and a quick citrusy acidic kick from the hops, the swallow and aftertaste are both pleasantly full of wholesome and bready malts. A little residual zest sticks around, as does a peachy fruitiness, both catering well to one another as well as the few droplets of alcohol that register. Indeed, it is light enough and has enough fruitiness and sweetness that cocktail lovers would enjoy it too.

This so-called "Belgian-Style India Pale Ale" is one beer, but a combination of three distinct elements: pale malts, zesty yeast and fruity hops. Each come together and interfuse so well that Belgica tastes almost less like the craft of a brewer, and more that of a masterful and innovative mixologist. Either way, it's a delight to drink, a quality example of the style and every bit worthy of its spot in the lineup of the great Great Divide portfolio of beers. (1,975 characters)

Photo of NEhophead
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown bottle served in a snifter.

Bottled on 1/5/2011.

Pours a slightly hazy pale wheat in color; light copper highlights. Foamy and creamy, bright white head with good retention leaving the walls of the snifter plastered with sturdy lacing.

Moderately sweet candied sugar that is cut by a slightly musty, floral hop aroma. Notes of citrus: orange peel, lemon zest, and lime. The spices are clean and mild: clove, peppercorn.

Bright citrus up front: lemon and orange; joined by peppercorn, saffron, and clove. The sweetness is less than the aroma foreshadows, but provides enough to balance the citrus. The primary flavors are floral hops and dried spices; pleasant, but leaves an odd aftertaste.

A light, medium bodied; clean, yet dry on the palate which provides spots of film.

A pretty good Belgian IPA, but a few flavor flaws that linger. (857 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Divide night on May 18th, 2011 at Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, AZ. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Light golden hazy yellow. Much lighter than a typical American IPA and more vibrant in color than the yellow American lagers.

S - Sour smell with some strong malt. Burnt sugar.

T - You can almost taste the yeast because you know they used unique yeast strains during the brewing process. There's a bit of alcohol. Fermented summer fruits. Not much hop presence.

M - Refreshing but cloying at the same time. Very drinkable and pleasant.

Highly recommended. Great Divide is a consistent brewery. (601 characters)

Photo of patreely12
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a large wine glass.

A - pours a murky straw colored yellow. a finger and a half of fluffy white head. some fast streaming carbonation. nice web lacing.

S - citrus and a very faint apple note. spice and a hint of grassy hops. belgian yeast, but not as much as expected.

T/M - light bready malts and some of the belgian yeast up front. a smooth combination of spice, citrus and some floral notes make way for a slight bite of bitter hops on the back end. finishes mildly dry. the mouthfeel reminds me a bit of how wine feels. light bodied, moderate carbonation.

tastes like a witbier mixed with an IPA, which I'm assuming is how it should taste. surprisingly light and easy to drink for the 7.2%, no real alcohol presence. Overall I was very pleased with Belgica. (790 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasty golden ale with Belgian notes.

Yellow-gold in the Duvel tulip glass. Nice head and lacing lasts well. Decent carbonation in the mouth. Crisp and sprightly at first sip. Yeasty, fruity nose. Just the right touch of malty sweetness but bitterness is right behind. Sharp flavors with a touch of grapefruit. Thin body but lots of flavor without the sticky malt bomb. Touch of pine and bitterness like salad greens.

Overall, I think this is a very pleasing beer with lots of complexity and great drinkability. I like this style a lot, for having good Belgian flavors without overdoing the hops. (597 characters)

Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Surf Taco in Jackson, NJ. Paired well with the garlic shrimp burrito.

Appearance: Light yellow color, minimal head (bartender did not pour it to get any head) it left good lacing.

Smell: Spice, citrus, a little pine. Hoppy with a Belgian flair.

Taste: Hoppiness with some nice Belgian yeast tones. Spicy, citrusy (closer to orange than grapefruit), some hints of pine.

Moutfeel: Light to medium body, just right carbonation

Overall: Makes for a great summer beer. Not your average IPA, which is good because it is a style that is done to death. Very enjoyable, glad to see it on tap. (598 characters)

Photo of burkyburk
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very little head. Nice yellow wheat color.

The aroma has a strong presence of citrus-y fruits. I couldn't pick up any hops. Light bready smell.

This beer is very drinkable and refreshing. A summer beer that has a light hoppiness, complimented well by the citrus content.
I'm also really impressed with the carbonation. Just about perfect. (341 characters)

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Belgica from Great Divide Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.