BeerCritic


Great Divide Belgica Belgian IPA

Great Divide Belgica Belgian IPA

Style & glass: Belgian Ale, Trappist

12 fl oz x 7.2% ABV = 86.4 / 60 = 1.44 beers * 150 C = 216  calories (est.)

Available at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $8.99

Scent of leather, centennial hops, fruit, and decay, visuals are a brilliant golden body with a long lasting white head, taste is begian sweetness, bananas, and biscuits, with IPA citrus, bitterness, and presence. Palate is drying, active carbonation, and creamy. Overall, a very good beer. I hope it’s regularly available, because I’d like to have it all the time.

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Victory Wild Devil Ale
Victory Wild Devil

Victory Wild Devil

Style; glass: Belgian Ale, Trappist
22 fl oz x 6.7% ABV = 147.4 / 60 = 2.45 beers * 150 C = 367.5 calories (est.)
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $9.99

It’s a deep bitter style that eludes traditional style descriptions – not quite an IPA, not quite a Belgian, but delicious, dank, and a bit soapy. Recommended as a different direction for hop lovers and Belgian lovers.



St. Bernardus Pater 6

Style and Glass: Belgian Ale, Trappist
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6% in 11.2 fl oz. estimated at 150 C
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ as part of a $17.00 gift pack with glass.

Aroma: beautiful scent, flowery, cherries, peach, cloves, spicy, fruity, oak.

Visuals: simple, beautiful packaging, cloudy iced tea, deep reddish brown, nearly opaque, staying white head, intricate fresh lace.

Taste: deep and balanced, hearty fruity malt, some fleeting hops, lighter body than expected.

Palate: crisp, clean, but obviously unfiltered, longer fruit based finish.

Overall: A wonderful brew. A bit expensive for what it is, understandably so, but a very nice experience.



Orval Trappist

Style and Glass: Trappist; trappist, tulip, tumbler, wine
ABV, Volume & Calories:6.2  % in 11.2 fl oz. estimated at 160 C
Purchased at: Super Saver, Pennington, NJ

Aroma: floral, metallic, banana, hops. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: minimal design, orange, thick, hazy, no head, little lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: unbalanced, metallic, little malt, no hops, weak strength, bad craft. 6 out of 10.

Palate: low quality, smooth texture, watery finish. 2 out of 5.

Overall: I’m very disappointed. Something’s wrong here — what am I missing about why everyone loves this? Not a repeat, not nearly a favorite, little value, low craft. 12 out of 20.



Flying Fish Grand Cru Winter Reserve

Flying Fish Grand Cru Winter Reserve Bottle conditioned Belgian Style.
ABV: 5.5%
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Glendale on special
Price per fl oz: $5.99 / 72 fl oz = $0.08 per fl oz
Consumed at: Home

sensory first impression: Clear, golden with impressive aroma of banana and apple. Well rounded flavor – a bit metallic, and astringent. Delicious, but not to the level of Golden Monkey, Aventinus, or River Horse Tripel. Bypasses Hoegaarten.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt flavor is: syrupy, nutty, toasted, and rich.
Hop flavor is: citrus, pear, orange, very nice.
Yeast flavor is: doughy, cheese, mold, wet, slip, clay.
Other flavors include: banana, apple, string beans, raisin, smoke, vanilla.

Visuals/Appearance:
Color is: pale, golden, orange, bright
Liquid is: clear, clean
Head and lace are: bumpy, white

Taste/Flavor:
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: heavy
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: light
Sour level is: medium

Palate/Tactile:
Body or Mouthfeel is: medium
Texture is: thin, creamy, slick, salty
Carbonation is: flat
Finish is: long, thick, clayey.

Overall experience: An enjoyable beer, but not at the top of its class, though not a bad bargain on special. I liked the Belgian style, fruity overtones, cherry and banana infusion, and depth. I did not like the average color. A very nice ale.



De Ranke XX Bitter

ABV: 6.2%
RateBeer rating: 93
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 11.2 fl oz
Glass: trappist, tulip, tumbler
Purchased at: Circle Liquors super saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $4.19
Consumed at: home

First Impression: Aroma is fruity and Belgian styled, but a bit chemical.  Visuals are beautiful deep hazy gold with a long lasting thick head. Taste is dark, hoppy, and fruity. Well done. Palate is crisp and with a long dark bitter finish. Second Impression. A well crafted brew. Expensive, but enjoyable. Hoppy and deep, with good texture.

Aroma: 8 out of 10

Visuals: 5 out of 5

Taste: 8 out of 10

Palate: 4 out of 5

Overall: 17 out of 20



Struise Struiselensis Belgian Ale

Glass: Trappist
Purchased at: Canal’s Discount Liquors, Burlington, NJ (Thanks, Mike!)
Price: $6.64
Size: 11.2 fl oz
ABV: 6%
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 150 C
RateBeer Rating: 95

Aural: gentle opening, light carbonation, quiet pour

Aroma 8 out of 10
Intensity: middle
Balance: sweet
Impression: nice

Malt Flavor: grain bread sweet toast
Hops Flavor:
floral herbal spice
Other:
fruit
Notes: A nice aroma – definitely in the Belgian style.

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color: amber copper
Clarity: hazy
Head Retention: poor
Notes: An interesting looking body, but no head whatsoever.

Flavor 8 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sour
Impression: surprising
Malt Flavor: grain bread sweet toast
Hops Flavor:
dirt floral citrus
Other:
sour cherry, peach, kiwi, lime
Notes: An interesting flavor – this should be served colder than this.

Palate 4 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: slick
Body: light
Carbonation: faint
Finish

Length: medium
Intensity: medium
Balance: sour
Notes: Definitely the sort of beer Mike from Canal’s would enjoy, though I’m not as much of a fan of sour beers. It’s interesting, but not really my thing. Noticed that it has a salivating effect on me in the finish. Weird.

General Impression: 15 out of 20
Craftmanship: interesting
Freshness: fresh
Personal Taste: liked.
Notes: This was an experience I was glad to try, but I really prefer extreme beers to this kind of subtlety, beautiful though it is.




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