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Belgica - Great Divide Brewing Company

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393 Ratings
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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 308
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 04-28-2009)
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Reaper16

Alabama

2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served into a pint glass

Pours a straw yellow color with touches of honey giving it some added definition. Not too hazy; certainly not pretty. Less than a finger of eggshell head at its apex, the foam doesn't retain whatsoever. This is a big ol' glass of meh.

The nose is not complex or challenging. I get some apple core aroma, some Juicy Fruit chewing gum action. For a Belgian "IPA," the hops are subdued. I'm smelling some Dandelions, some lawn weeds, coming from the hops and that's it. Lots of medicinal astringency in the nose, too. I worry about the amount of phenols in the beer.

Yup. First sip confirms my suspicions about the phenols being thrown off by the Belgian yeast strain. Total Band-Aid action going on. This is too phenolic. The plasticy, medicinal, Band-Aid like phenolic character (which is not in any sense an inherently bad flavor) dominates the appleskin and bubblegum flavors. What little hop bitterness is present in Belgica is masked by the phenolic character. This doesn't taste bad, but it is severely imbalanced (and not what a Belgian IPA should taste like).

The mouthfeel is pretty decent. It isn't heavy (though certainly medium-bodied), and there is more effervescence than the appearance of the beer had me believe. The drinkability is kind of alright, actually, if you like phenols (and me being a Saison fan, I do). But the ABV% is not in a session range, and the imbalance of flavor would prevent most people from making a night of this beer even if it had less alcohol.

Though I like Great Divide a lot, I've never been impressed with their Belgian inspired offerings. It isn't the brewery's strong suit. Belgica does nothing to change my mind.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 20:57:09 | More by Reaper16
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Belgica from Great Divide Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.