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Belgica | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Summer

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Added by Bitterbill on 04-28-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

On tap at Hopcat. Yeast in aroma. Light yellow body with foaming head, and you an see the carbonation bubbles, with spidery lacing following. Above-average mouthfeel. Dry and very hoppy. Missing balance of good malting, a problem I often attribute to this brewery.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer, like most of the stuff from this brewery. To me, it tastes like a mix of a nice, hoppy American IPA with a dash of Belgian influence there, some nice yeasty tastes come through in the end. Nice medium bodied beer, great mouthfeel, nice and balanced and smooth... just a good beer all around. Not too many around of this style but this is something refreshing and different.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
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!

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a rocky meringue head that leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: Bready malt, with a yeasty phenols adding a peppery, herbal character; a rather grassy aspect as well

Taste: Opens with the bready character of a pilsner, but the spicy Belgian yeast quickly takes center stage, adding white pepper, jasmine and stone fruit to the mix; by mid-palate, the hops add an earthy bitterness; the aftertaste is herbacious and grassy, with undertones of sweet Belgian malts

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate, but prickly, carbonation

Drinkability: I kept going back and forth on this beer, disliking it at first, then warming to it but finally winding up somewhere in the middle - I think it is the Germanic elements of bread and grass that keep throwing me off

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Photo of oline73
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass at Max's Taphouse.

Appearance: A very bright golden, almost looks like the beer is radiating. One finger of white head goes away fairly quickly.

Smell: Herbal hops with a fruity, almost tropical sweetness. There is also some Belgian spice from the yeast.

Taste: Just like it smells. Herbal hops with some citrus fruity sweetness and Belgian spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Good but not great. I'm a sucker for this style, so I'd have another, but there are better choices that I would make first.

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Photo of zeff80
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | 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!

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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.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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

Poured into Ommegang 10th Anniversary Chalice

Pours a 1 and 1/2 finger white head. Decent retention, but great lace walls. Color is a clear golden straw yellow. Fairly simple looking beer, but I love the lacing.

Aroma: It definitely has the Belgian yeast aroma to it. Kind of like a saison, but this beast is hopped up. Bitter floral hops with a farmhouse aroma mixed in. I like it! Very unique.

Taste: Just like the aroma! A juicy hoppy funky bomb. A lot of floral hops. A lot of resemblance of the Belgium yeast and funk. It tastes like I am eating a flower on a farm almost.

Mouthfeel: A little bitter, but mainly funkiness going on here. Medium bodied. A decent amount of carbonation. Leaves a hoppy yeasty aftertaste. Not my favorite part of the beer.

Overall, I really enjoyed this style of a beer. I had never had it before, but I like it a lot. Unique, but I could see it being great on a hot summer day.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, caramelized malts, spices, floral hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus, spices and bananas. Then there's a Belgian yeast breadiness and a hearty malt character that comes in along with a strong but not over-powering hops presence. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, not one of the better Belgian IPA's that I've, there are several others I would choose first.

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

Not a style that I venture into very often because usually I am not a fan of Belgian yeast and or the hop profiles of them.Poured into a standard pint glass a honey tinged light golden with a very thin white wich surprised me a little.Spicy yeast aromas with citrus oil as well,flavors are spicy and lightly phenolic up front with a good shot of citrus in the finish.I liked this more than many others of the style I have, had but still a little heavy on the Belgian yeast flavors.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy golden color with a short white head and just a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose brings some light citrus hops along with a bit of a floral character. There is some nice pepper and yeast character. The taste is really overcome by a bit of pepper and the yeast. Not terribly complex and a bit one-dimensional. Pepper and a bit of bitterness in the feel. Drinkability is okay, but not one of the better BIPAs that I've come across.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the Pour House, Westmont, NJ

Poured a slightly hazy straw-yellow with a nice white head that receded fairly quickly. Aroma was of bread, biscuits, yeasts...BREAD. Breadiest aroma ever, and it actually fascinated me. Nothing else but bread and yeast in the nose. The taste wasn't as extreme as that, but there was yeasty breadiness up front with earthy tones following, a little grassiness, and just a tad of sugar and spice in the background. Light mouthfeel, smooth and easily drinkable. Nice.

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

12 oz bottle into a goblet.

Pours a beautiful clear coppery gold, with a solid finger stiff bright-white foam. This retains with a smooth and creamy layer of froth that leaves behind a huge sticky latticwork of lacing. The aroma is grassy and citric in the nose from the hops but that Belgian yeast is keeping pace with some notes of earthy spice and fleshy fruit. Sugary bread hangs on the edges of the nose, add a sweet tang to the proceedings.

The taste is assertive up front, giving off a bite of spice, bitter citrus rind, and some fleshy tropical fruits. Yeast adds an extra layer of fruit and some earthy grit to the profile, mixing with the sugary doughs of the malts to impart a tangy backdrop to this. Spice and yeast spread dryness across the back of the palate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with some sharpness up front that then gets smoother and more bubbly feeling towards the back of the swallow. I am getting some warmth out of the body but it's overall not bad.

Solid take on the American Belgian-Style IPA kick that everyone seems to be on right now. The hops and yeast had this coming off as a little more fruity than what I was looking for but the body and feel helped this one stay fairly drinkable. Worth a look.

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Photo of smcolw
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite clear (slight chill haze); Good initial head that settles into a single bubble layer. Leaves good streaky lace.

Attractive blend of floral hop, pale malts and a low level yeasty smell.

Very nice fusion of high hops and definitive Belgian yeast bite. Reminiscent of some of the home brews I made, which means there's plenty of yeast flavor on the tongue. Moderate body and a high carbonation level. This is a hop lovers Belgian.

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Photo of russpowell
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
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....

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Photo of woodychandler
4.57/5  rDev +24.9%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.6/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Burnished gold with a generous splash of orange juice. Despite fitting the entire beer into the pint glass on one smooth pour, there's only a barely perceptible yeasty haziness. No matter, the absolutely gorgeous cap of alablaster colored cream more than makes up for any slight visual shortcomings. Finely stenciled stripes of lace look amazing as well.

This offering is a Belgian yeast-added version of Titan IPA, which is a fantastic beer to use as a launching point. It smells like there's more Euro hoppiness in this brew, which makes sense. It's primarily lemony, fruit peel musky and spicy. Right on the money for the style.

Belgica Belgian Style India Pale Ale is the real deal. The hoppiness is almost up there with most good American IPAs... and if I had been able to drink it fresh rather than 5 months along, it might have been. Sorry, but the yeast can't be the only difference between this stuff and Titan.

Belgian pilsner malt plays a secondary role (or is that tertiary?) in the flavor profile. That said, it contributes a sugary sweetness that is gangbusters in combination with the rest of the ingredients. Hops and yeast are the stars of the show. If this delicious and delectable ale was released in corked-and-caged 750s with 'brewed in Belgium' on the label, it would get much more love and respect.

Top notes include candided lemon peel, sweet grasses, warm clove, cardamom and white pepper. Whatever yeast strain the brewers came up with is a certified killer-diller. I would hate to think they filtered out some of that flavor, but clear beer doesn't lie. Since plenty of it survived, no complaints here.

When there's only one measly mouthful left to assess mouthfeel, you know that drinkability is stratospheric. The beer feels Belgianesque, which is the highest compliment that I can pay. It's silky smooth and has a sparkly sort of energy that is... well... perfect.

I feel like a broken record sometimes when extolling the virtues of Great Divide. To cut to the chase, this is a world-class craft brewery and Belgica is a world-class Belgian-style IPA. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for the chance to try this. Poured chilled in a double walled tumbler.

A - A very clear golden w/ 2 fingers of rocky snowy head fromm a vigorous pour. Sheets and streems of lace cling + hold, the bead is fine

S - A spiced and floral hop aroma w/ hints of white pepper and mild lemony hop aroma w/ sweet malt undercurrent in the nose.

M - Crisp medium body w/ plenty of spice from hops and yeast moderately malty finish w/ a yeasty feel

T - A yeast and spice note upfront w/ nutty malt and gentle pine from the hops w/ biscuity taste and mild grainy maltiness. There is a crisp citrus in the middle into the hopped finish

D - A great and drinkable belgian IPA, the drinkability is the key sweet malt mixed w/ moderate hopping makes this easy to quaff -seems like a summer beer and the flavor keeps you coming back

Re-review 1/24 = bottle at Cobbletsone's in York

A -3.5 S 3.5 M 3 T 3 D 3.0

I am not sure if it was an old bottle or what, but it didn't measure up to my prior review.
The color is hazed gold w/ light pale white cap and bead is uneven sized w/ lace that is spotty.
Smell is ery light but grassy / spiced combo with a phenolic and light earthy odor w/ nutty berry essence that has light grainy odor w/ it. Feel is dry and bitter w/ spicy accent and strong vegetal quality w/ moderately dry middle and grassy astringency w/ slight sharpness in the finish

The taste is a good belgian yeast taste, but not great w/ phenolic and dry aspects over the top w/ grassy/vegetal hops scattered across the palate and slight dry yeastiness w/ mild fruity edge, which seems kind of grapey. The flavor is like a PBJ with wierd fruit/nutty malt combo. I am not sure what happened, but this is either an old bottle or something went haywire, not sure -either way I won't try this again unless I know it is fresh.

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Belgica from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 397 ratings
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