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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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JEdmund

Kansas

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance
Rich straw yellow, lively carbonation, moderate white head

Smell
Belgian yeast mixed with some dough and a hint of fruit

Taste & Mouthfeel
Interesting play of flavors here as the Belgian yeast bananas and spice compete with mixture of hops; the start and middle flavors are smooth and sweet malts, but then the spicy hops punch their way through on the finish; medium bodied and medium level of carbonation (would like a bit more carbonation); I don't get a big presence of American hops, so overall it seems like a spicy Belgian style ale

Overall
I was underwhelmed by the first few of these I drank, but now I'm appreciating it a bit more for what it is. I'd prefer it to have a stronger American hop presence, like Chouffe's Houblon. It's enjoyable and certainly a break from the norm, though I don't see myself buying it on a frequent basis.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 19:48:18 | More by JEdmund
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Pencible

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured clear gold with some white head. It smelled like wild yeast and cereal grain, with some banana and coriander and lemon, and a bit of alcohol. It tasted like lemon and copper hops with some sour wild yeast and coriander. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a sour/bitter aftertaste. Overall this beer smelled and tasted pretty good but not great; I preferred the smell over the taste. It was lacking malt character, which would have added depth and balance. The body was nice but also not great. It was very clean and hid the alcohol decently, so it was reasonably easy to drink. Neither exciting nor terrible.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 17:44:13 | More by Pencible
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zeff80

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a thick, two-finger head of khaki foam. It left some thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of yeast, spice and sweet floral notes. There is a touch of caramel in the nose.

T - This has a spicy, yeasty flavor with just enough bitter hops. It has a nice burnt toast caramel flavor, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied IPA.

D - Yet another great brew from Great Divide!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 12:59:15 | More by zeff80
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mikecharley

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Look is a crystal clear with a foamy ivory cap. Spots some lace as it recedes.
nose is musty belgian yeast. Very small amount of bitter hops detectable. The nose is much more belgian than ipa.
The taste is much more balanced between the two styles. Great belgian yeastiness up front, which is followed with some citrus, and moreso floral, hops on the back end of this brew. This is just what the dr. ordered for 85 on the deck after some landscaping.
The drinkability really suffered due to the belgian yeast coming on strong after a full glass. Couldnt see myself drinking more than one of these. Time to move on to a Dale's.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 19:34:48 | More by mikecharley
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froghop

Washington

3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear yellow-orange with a small white fluffy head that dissipates leaving a good lacing.

smell is of fruit, malt, a touch of caramel, hops in the back, a little spice, and some bubble gum.

taste is tangy, some grain, malt, some fruit, and nutty, ends with a strange aftertaste, dry, and slightly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 17:07:20 | More by froghop
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It poured two fingers' worth of eggnog-colored head with excellent retention. Its color was a deep-gold with NE-quality clarity and lots of CO2 bubbles. The nose had an interesting mix of saison yeast-like pepperiness with Cascade (?) hops, very citrusy. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with all of the carbonation acting as a natural palate scrubber. The taste was bothj spicy and hoppy as if the "unique Belgian yeast strain" and the "generous amount of American and European hops" were battling for supremacy with neither getting the upper hand. The result, on the finish, was a dryness rivalling the zephyr winds blowing across the Sahara. Veddy dry. It was released in the spring, but I think that it would make a fine summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 20:12:38 | More by woodychandler
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange color, almost like an unfiltered wheat beer at first and then it clears up. The head is thick and there seems to be a good deal of carbonation.

The smell is the Belgian yeast right off the bat, its almost saison-like in aroma. Very earthy and almost musty. As it warms it gets a bit spicey and sweet. No major hoppiness in the nose.

Taste is a very unique combination of the sweet, spicey, earthiness of the Belgian yeast and the bitter, citrusy hops that definitely play a part on the palate. For me, it works quite well despite there being a bit of a sharp bit in the finish as well as some lingering dryness.

I enjoy beers like this one because it shows a brewery's willingness to push the envelope and try something new. I also really like the label on this one, its simple yet very artistic. Great job Great Divide!

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 02:20:00 | More by indiapaleale
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an effervescent honey color with 1+ fingers of fluffy ivory head. Effervescence persists throughout the whole 12 ounces; superior lacing & good head retention

S: Apricot juice, dirt, & banana

T: Follows the nose, along with dryness & green banana & cloves upfront. Lemons, grapefruit & slight breadyness fight through as this warms along with more dryness & mushroomy taste, plus a light honey flavor. Finishes dry with much green banana, honey dryness & grapefruit

MF: Medium bodied, semi-sticky, soft carbonation

ABV is well hidden, but this one doesn't rate drinking more than one or two at a sitting, flavors aren't melding well at all, just a bit too funky for me. Duvel is my benchmark for this style, this isn't quite scracthing the same itch. Despite the close ratings, I'd rather have Stone Soup from NG all in all....

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 04:24:13 | More by russpowell
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praufs01

Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Clear Yellow with a frothy white head.

Aroma - Very floral... Almost like smelling potpourri.

Taste - The flavor was of sour citrus and a little coriander.

Overall - Unusual brew in aroma and flavor. I was not overly impressed with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2009 19:01:26 | More by praufs01
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farrago

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Even with an average pour the head froths up to over three fingers, slowly dissolving into dimpled white foam which steadily maintains a finger plus level, the lacing is thin but quite sticky. The nose does express a sort of split personality, raw grainy hops, pine and sour orange peel while also providing a leavening nutmeg, coriander, cinnamon spice with sweet yeasts and a hint of banana to the apricot, peach fruit scents, there's a strong drying sensation which perhaps ends things before the constitutive parts can knit into a whole. Medium-bodied, light foaminess more than a prickle. There is an ester-like sweetness, banana, fruit bread and fig alongside peach, apricot, yellow apple fruit flavors. Then the hoppiness steamrolls this with cut grass, pine cone, sour lemon and aspirin. White pepper accents build steam with each sip. While it is interesting, it never flows in an unconscious natural manner.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 03:53:43 | More by farrago
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For whatever reason... maybe it was the nonchalant lable, maybe it was the lack of publicity: but I somewhat dismissed the credibility of this new beer. I should not have done that.

The beer barely begins to flow into the glass before strong corriander and floral aromas flow as well. Further examination finds heavy confection sweetness, citrusy orange peel, perfume, light grasses, and a pungent-fruity character as only Belgian yeasts can.

Nice appearance as well with a bright straw color that hinges on golden hues. A light sheet of foam covers the beer but never wows me, but laces and retains well enough to garner respect.

Flavors are even more bright, deep, and vibrant than the aroma suggests. Under-rippened berries, orange peel, grapefruit, nectar-like sweetness, white pepper, corriander, ginger, cumin... (the list of fruity esters and peppery phenols can go on and on) ...all this wrapped in a cotton candy-like confectionate taste. Super clean and crisp flavors could show more Belgian-y character.

In true Trappist Tripel fashion, the beer is very dry and spicy for its thin sweetness, making it very drinkable and sessionable. Spices and bitterness weave in and out of the well-attenuated pilsner malts for a varying complexity and layers upon layers of depth. The beer has great drinkability for its sharp bitterness.

The beer is very fresh and vibrant in all its profile. Very Witbier-ish with the heavy aromatic and flavor additions of corriander and orange zest. Consistent from scent to finish, this beer is challenging, juicy, and inviting throughout. Great brew Great Divide!

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 03:36:48 | More by BEERchitect
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a really pleasant Belgian ale, although I have to say that like other "Belgian IPAs" I've had, I find the IPA part of the equation to be missing. A nice beer, but I don't detect any of the hoppiness that I'd associate with an IPA.

Nice clear, bright, golden body with pretty average head. Aroma is a little mercaptan-y (vegetables), with Belgian yeast inspired fruity esters that I found pretty pleasant. Flavor is more of that characteristic Belgian yeast and spiciness (clove and coriander), and is pretty pleasant, although some of that mercaptan-iness remains. Mouthfeel is a touch sticky.

This is pretty good - I'd recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 00:59:41 | More by BeerBelcher
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rapidsequence

Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, bought at Sams in Durham.

Appearance: Barely hazy yellow orange with a nice thick thats a little rocky and leaves some lacing as we go. Looks great.

Smell: The smell is mostly very grassy smelling hops. Going back for another smell, there is some obvious Belgian yeast smell and some sweetness. The smell is earthy and almost a little funky. Almost like the way old mown grass smells thats stuck to the bottom of your mower.

Taste: Very grassy hops bitterness up front. It does become a Belgian pale in the middle there-- spicy, peppery, a little yeasty, and a little sweet. The bitterness asserts itself again on the back. The taste is interesting, but not as weird and mixed up as the smell.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is just fine. Nice carbonation like you expect from a BSPA. Nothing to complain about.

Drinkability: I mean, I like it. I think the idea of a Belgian IPA could make the perfect beer. This is not it however. Its not Belgian enough (I want it sweeter and breadier) and the hops is weird-- I like the bitterness, but the old grass smell/taste is not great. Overall, I enjoyed it, but I wanted so much more.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 02:50:30 | More by rapidsequence
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UnionMade

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear, pale gold with a thick puff of white foam. Great sheeting lace clings to the glass.

Soapy, floral hop aroma with sweet, candied belgian pale maltiness. Fruity and estery, with a bit of spicy phenols. Kind of a strange combination, because the peppery hops don't exactly meld with the peppery yeast aromas.

The flavor opens with a bit of toasty, caramelized malt, and moves almost immediately into floral, peppery hops with a good bit of bitterness. Spicy yeast flavors, with some clove phenols. A good bit of estery fruit. Somewhat of a pilsner quality, with the saazy hops. Medium bodied with active carbonation. Feels pretty light on the tongue, and has a light, summery, refreshing quality despite the abv. Unusual, and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 09:46:41 | More by UnionMade
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dino213aa

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours clear and golden with a rocky head and even, clingy rings of lacing. I was hoping something hazier with the belgian yeasts involved.

S: Sour belgian yeasts. Nothing more, nothing less.

T&M: works out to be sort of a mild IPA. The yeast sourness cancels out some of the hoppiness. The IPA part could be more interesting.

D: Overall this one goes down okay. Love some belgian yeasts.. nice on this lighter platform.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 02:59:48 | More by dino213aa
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argock

Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Bottled-on date on front label. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.10.

A: Crisp, clear golden hue with 2-finger nearly white rocky head with good retention and lacing. A very attractive package.

S: Musty and slightly funky with earthy, leafy hoppiness and a hefty dose of pale malts

T: This is a style I just can't get into, as the flavors don't seem to blend well with fruity and musty Belgian yeast flavors playing off of loads of pale malt sweetness and spicy, herbal, earthy hops flavors. While this is plenty palatable, the blend of flavors is not smooth but rather jagged and not a composite.

M: Crisp and dry with medium-full body and higher-than-IPA carbonation.

D: Belgica's crispness and better melded flavor and aroma profile is a better one than average for the style, I still can't really say that I am a fan as the sweetness and light funk of the Belgian yeast doesn't play all that well with the earthy, spicy hops.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 02:33:50 | More by argock
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an amazingly pale golden crystal clear hue with a bright white thick foaming head. Aroma had a large amount of Belgian yeast notes workin' with a spicy clove fruity character. In addition I could smell some seriou green raw herbal and citrus hops. Flavor was a clashing with the yeast strain and those American hops, but this one is the closest US versions I've had to Houblen Chouffe, really grassy citrus hop bitterness throughout each sip. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with a dry bitter finish. Drinkability overall was solid but not one that I will be searching for in number, a nice every once in a while kinda brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 21:01:11 | More by WVbeergeek
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cdpike

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into tulip glass.

Pours a fairly hazy golden with modest foam. Nose is fruity and spicy, definitely Belgian. There's a touch of banana and clove with just a bit of hop aroma. Medium light body, and very crisp and refreshing. Pretty carbonated, but just right for me. The taste is predominantly Belgian with a nice dry bitter hop finish. The flavor not nearly as robust as many American made Belgians are. This is a very nice looking beer that didn't blow me away but I will definitely be getting it again soon! Furthermore, it's a great way to satisfy the hophead in me while also making for a crip lighter-bodied beer that's great for the summer months.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 17:22:04 | More by cdpike
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jdubjacket

Georgia

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a typical pint glass. Pours a transparent yellow color with no head... not the appearance I was expecting. Very spicy smell. Taste is decent - sort of an incomprehensible combination of Belgian yeast, hops and spices. Not terrible, just not great either. Well carbonated and has a good mouthfeel. Overall, a decent beer, but I've definitely had better Belgian IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 14:15:55 | More by jdubjacket
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BeerSox

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into 8oz snifter.

Crystal clear with a one finger white head that ends up as a rim along the glass.

Spicy phenols mixed with a good amount of herbal and bitter hop aromas.

Very clean malts, only adding a touch of bready sweetness. The hops add a little bit of a citrus touch under the phenols. A little bit of a peppery flavor is in the background. Full bodied, high carbonation.

Not the hoppiest BIPA but still a good wone, well rounded. Very enjoyable. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 22:04:31 | More by BeerSox
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Anthony1

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a perfect pint

pours a clear golden tone, with a slim white head that sticks around the rim. mild lace, seems scattered, heavy in parts, none in others.

like someone poured a wheat beer into an ipa, its great. smells like citrus, banana, some bread, and mild spice. tastes more of a wheat beer with a ipa feel. fruity and spicy with a nice level of bitterness to the finish. medium body with a dry finish

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 15:45:59 | More by Anthony1
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Seru1

Alabama

3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured in a tulip

Appearance- Golden with decent carbonation and a healthy white head over a finger in thickness. Very beautiful, very clear.

Nose- Notes of sweet and sour citrus. with hints of cinnamon and clothes and abit of a saline note when first poured. An interesting nose.

Taste- such an odd taste, a Belgian wit and an IPA, married really perfectly. Belgium up front, India bringing up the rear. Up front is a creamy sweetness I can taste that Belgian yeast, hints of citrus break into a very floral spiciness.

Mouthfeel- Such a thick mouthfeel for such a hoppy finish. I wish I had a little food with this.

Drinkability- By itself I could probably do with 2 I think. I say this because the taste and mouthfeel of this beer is so foriegn to me.

Can't make up my mind on this beer. It's worth trying just once because the taste is just so special! I think the next time I try this beer, it will surely be with a meal, one with cheese to compliment the mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 03:58:04 | More by Seru1
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cameraman

Kentucky

4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 03:55:45 | More by cameraman
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pwoods

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a Leffe chalice.

A: Pours a cloudy glowing yellow. Short head on the pour but has a bit of retention. Decent lacing.

S: Spicy hops and yeast. Saaz would be a safe guess. Some fruity esters from the yeast but subdued. Belgian Candi Sugar.

T/M: Pretty decent bitterness level. Good fruitiness but a bit hidden behind the Candi sweetness and spicy yeast. Dry with lingering bitterness. Body is medium with somewhat strong carbonation.

D: I'd probably stick to one at a time.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 01:00:44 | More by pwoods
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BirdFlu

New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In what is the only real disappointing beer I've come across from GD, Belgica is sort of a bomb of spicy, peppery flavor which may be percieved as somewhat excessive to some (me included). Many of the characteristics of the beer are the enjoyable norm for a Belgian pale with yeasty, peppery presence in the aroma. The pepper is very overpowering in the flavor, to an extent which decreases the drinkability of the beer. The marketing of it as a Belgian IPA is a bit lost on me as I find very little (if any) hoppy notes but rather just a very, very spicy belgian pale. A disappointing offering from a brewery which I take no pleasure in insulting.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 05:23:22 | More by BirdFlu
Belgica from Great Divide Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.