Belgica | Great Divide Brewing Company

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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 biggred1
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated May 5, 2009 (only 6 days old!)

Clear golden with a fluffy, pockmarked white head that leaves sticky lace on the glass. Belgian yeast, coriander, clove, floral hops and honeycomb make up the nose. The flavor is much like the smell with more fresh leafy hops up front. Slippery hop oil mouthfeel, nice resinous hops in the finish. Nice flavor concentration with well hidden alcohol. A gem.

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Photo of bsp77
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Bright orange yellow with billowing head and great lacing.

Smell: All Belgian - banana, cloves, pepper, pulpy ripe fruits. Some citrus hops, but they take a backseat to all the Belgian stuff. Slight detection of alcohol.

Taste: Starts peppery, turns more sweet in the middle (banana and other fruit), with a strong bitterness in the aftertaste that gets stronger and stronger after taking each sip. Despite a little bit of pine, the bitterness almost reminds me more of a very dry Pilsner than an IPA. Something doesn't quite gel here, making the beer a little harsh.

Feel: High carbonation, relatively light body, and very dry.

Drinkability: Needs some refinement to stand up to some of the other Belgian IPAs out there. Great Divide's weakest beer.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yellow gold color with a gorgeous ivory head. Smooth and foamy, with a little pitting and more than a smattering of sticky lace, this is one beautiful brew.

The nose is floral, lightly sweet, and with a good nose of spices in there. Initially, the flavor is similar, with the pale Pils malt sweetness up front leading into flowery, fruity hop notes.The spicing comes up too hard towards the finish, though. Lots of white pepper, cardamom, and ester alcohols.

Basically a really good beer, although the flavor is somewhat unbalanced. It's clearly remarkably well crafted, from the head to the mouthfeel that manages to be both thin and creamy, with a peppery dry finish. I will definitely keep an eye out for a keg, but I don't know if I would want more than one at a time - not something I say about Houblon Chouffe or Le Freak.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

belgian pilsner malt
us & euro hops
"unique belgian yeast strain"

peppery, floral aroma with a healthy yeast presence. powerful, lasting bitterness of fresh, orangey hops which become earthy in the finish. big body, slightly sweet, which counters the ibu onslaught. and at 7.2%, this is both sippable and refreshing. this recently arrived in 6ers along with bombers of saison and dunkel weiss. at $8~/6pk, i will keep buying this all summer. perhaps not the most innovative or original, but notable nonetheless.

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Photo of shivtim
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprised to see this on-tap at The Porter in L5P, Atlanta. Had to try it! Served up in a snifter. Straw/copper in color, hazy, with a nice fluffy head that gradually recedes.

Nose is fantastic - Heavy pine forest IPA notes mix with wonderful grassy spicy wet hay and plum earthy sweetness. The smells interweave dramatically.

Taste is a bit subdued compared to the smell, but still good. More of the IPA characteristics come through in the taste. Citrus hops and the like.

Above average mouthfeel and drinkability. Great new brew.

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Photo of bigbelcher
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drinking this beer reminded me of the old Wendys commercial "where is the beef"? Where is the Belgium? It has all the charecteristics of a good IPA with good hop aroma and bitterness but is missing any real Belgian charecter. Color was a yellowish golden color. Hazy, not brillant. Aroma was of slightly grassy hops. Not much legs. Flavor was all hops, very low malt. Tasted a lot like a homebrewed IPA. For the style I would much rather drink an Urthel Hopit.

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Photo of glid02
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a light copper color with a one-finger white head that slowly recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of faint light fruits with a good deal of pine and citrus hops. As it warms a bit of spiciness wafts out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The sweet Belgian base and light fruits are overtaken quickly by citrus hops that carry through until a light spiciness comes in right before a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit on the light side, but active carbonation makes it go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem with one glass and could have another.

Overall this is a good beer, but I was a bit let down considering the source. There just wasn't enough Belgian in the Belgian IPA.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another solid brew from Great Divide. This beer is golden, slight haze topped with a nice 2 finger foam, somewhat sticky and medium lacing.
A good combination of initial spice and fruit with some aromatic hops. Clove and coriander turn into green pine and slight resin. Nice carbo to quench the thirst. A great summer brew or a "tweeny" with a Wit and AIPA.

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4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice bright light golden colored body. Head is white and small on initial pour, that turns to a slight lacing and rimming on the glass.

S: Big, rich full smell of Belgian yeast. Nice fresh baked bread, light fruits, spice and some hop.

T: Again big Belgian yeast in the forefront. Nice spice notes and light fruitiness. The hops play a deffinate roll in the make up of the beer but take a back seat to full Belgian style flavor.

M: Mouthfeel is good and light bodied with little carbonation and nice slick movement.

D: A shame it's only going to be a seasonal. Good thing it's 7.2% abv will let it sit around all year. Killer beer.

Props to Great Divide for a wonderful follow up to Claymore. The seasonal line-up is damn good.

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Belgica from Great Divide Brewing Company
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