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Belgian Style Golden Ale - Lazy Boy Brewing

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32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.93%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lazy Boy Brewing visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: AKBelgianBeast on 12-31-2007)
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #61 (Feb 2012):

LOOK: Deep, clear, brassy gold

SMELL: Taffy, lemon zest, green peppercorn, nougat, ripe plantains, perry, shortbread

TASTE: Creamy body, cake batter, lemongrass, peppery, chalky, cherries, toasted bread, warming esters, faint Band-Aid, powdered clove, plums, dry finish

We get the whole “Belgian” thing, and perhaps therein lies the “style,” but this is clearly American brewed vs. an attempt at a specific Belgian style. Semi-complex, wild, but quite clean, too. Not a bad beer, just different. Regardless, we enjoyed the attempt.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 17:36:38 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Sound_Explorer

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

01-05-2014 21:11:41 | More by Sound_Explorer
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twelveinches

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

10-29-2013 05:41:18 | More by twelveinches
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MacStinson

Michigan

3/5  rDev -15.5%

05-05-2013 01:22:25 | More by MacStinson
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1234Jack


3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Initial aromas are malty, and the color in the glass is a nice golden orange color.

The head and lacing are not too prominent.

On first swig, there is an initial bite on the mouth which turns into a smoothness by the third drink or so.

The taste is sweet, malt, with very subtle apricot apple underneath.

Any hops are very subtle.

There is the presence of a kind of hearty, wheaty after taste, which I like.

I think the higher alcohol content is evenly balanced to the point where it's not overly noticeable that this is a 8.7% beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 03:24:48 | More by 1234Jack
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Birdlegs

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

01-27-2013 15:46:35 | More by Birdlegs
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beertunes

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clear, clean, golden honey/amber color with just a thin ring of white head that had no retention and the bare minimum of lace.

The aroma was pretty much what I expected, a bit sweet and some yeasty spiciness. The flavors were the same, sweet and a bit spicy, with an interesting tang on the finish.

The body was good, solid without being heavy, smooth and not sticky. Drinkability was good, the beer went down easily and I wanted another. Overall, a solid, decent brew. Certainly worth trying when you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2011 01:42:20 | More by beertunes
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Ghenna

California

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice copper color, long standing white layer of foam atop the beer.

smells of malt and belgian spice

taste- I'm kind of meh about this beer. decent belgian spice flavor, odd aftertaste, kind of a dull malt flavor.

MF is ok, not super sticky or anything, and nice level of carb.

Generally speaking, I'm pretty indifferent about this one. I mean it isn't bad, but it isn't good either. There are a lot better offerings in this category of beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 02:31:14 | More by Ghenna
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Bfarr

Washington

3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy orange and thin tannish head with little retention. Sweet booze, yeast and wheat. Bready with sweet alcohol and significant saltiness and a slighty medicinal aftertaste. Smooth fuzzy and a light mouthcoating.

An okay sipping beer although not a whole lot of taste but decent. It does seem to have a bit of a watery consistency from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 23:34:12 | More by Bfarr
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blackc5

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip at 50F.

A - Definitely a disappointing aspect of this beer. Although it has the expected deep gold color, with a slighly hazy cloudiness, it lacks any significant head and had next to no lacing.

S - Pretty strong aromas here of yeast and spice. Just a touch of earthy hops. Not exactly fragrant however.

T - Better than expected given the appearance. For the price ($3.75), it is quite acceptable, and actually decent. Lots of clove spice and yeast to balance the crispness and sweetness of the malts (getting sweeter as it warms). Just a bit of apricot fruit.

M - Nice light-to-medium body, but apparently lacking in carbonation. Could use some work, or I had an off bottle carbonation-wise.

D- Can't taste the 8.7% at all, so that is good. Flavors are there, so overall this is quite decent. Not the best example of the style by any stretch, but what can you expect given the bargain price. I will buy it again for that very reason...

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 21:24:14 | More by blackc5
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flagmantho

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: deep gold color; relatively haze-free. No appreciable head after the initial pour.

Smell: aroma is sweet, floral and slightly chalky. Aroma includes flowers, pear and maybe a little peach. Very spring-y.

Taste: very much like the aroma. I like it, but it almost seems a little strongly one-dimensional. It reminds me a lot of those Candian candies called floral gums; kind of sweet and perfume-y. Not horrible, but not exactly what I'm seeking.

Mouthfeel: rather disappointing. I like my Belgians to be bottle conditioned or carbonated like crazy to yield a creamy delicious mouthfeel. This beer is almost flat.

Drinkability: pretty drinkable. You don't taste the 8.7%, so it has that going for it, but it also lacks the complexity that keeps me wanting more. It's almost a Belgian with training wheels.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 06:07:48 | More by flagmantho
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RedDiamond

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The taste and smell of this aptly named beer were well directed and reminded me a bit of Pranqster. The aroma held pepper and clove and the taste fell into that comforting ideal of sharp, but not too sharp. Good stuff.

But the body was too lacking in vigor to accommodate. It was pure copper with sluggish carbonation and left no head or lace at all. Zip. I suppose that's a bottling issue as opposed to a more strictly defined brewing issue. But until it's resolved the beer can't earn the marks it otherwise probably deserves.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 04:41:59 | More by RedDiamond
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jampics2

Ohio

2.58/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle into a tulip. This is probably a year old.

Looks ok. Nice color, carb, and head but clear and filtered.

Smell is Belgian yeast, wet cardboard, cherry.

Taste follows, ends in buttery malt. Diacryl

mouthfeel is average. Ok carb, unfiltered would be better.

Meh - forgettable at best. Maybe this obviously filtered "Belgian" should be drank fresh, but I just get an extremely mediocre, stale mess.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 01:36:02 | More by jampics2
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lazy Boy Belgian Style Golden Ale

A: Clear orange body beneath a short head of off-white foam. The head slowly dwindles = good retention. Average lacing.

S: Yeasty fruit and chalk. Typical Belgian yeast - I can't remember which strain.

T: Yeasty and fruity. Chalky yeast, apricot-like fruitiness. Seemingly wheaty base. Mild bitterness lies underneath. Finishes mostly dry with the chalkiness of the yeast drying it, and a delicate spritz of alcohol adding to it.

M: Medium bodied with a median carbonation level. Smooth.

D: Drinkaable in that it offers no roadblocks, except maybe alcohol content. But it's not really very interesting as far as Belgian-style golden ales go.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 03:45:18 | More by NeroFiddled
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Wasatch

Utah

4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice a nice hazy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger fizzy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast notes, fruity (grapes), slight spice. The taste is sweet, malty, with some nice yeast notes, a nice grape/fruitness in this brew, slight spice. Medium body. Drinkable, a very tasty brew, quite different in my book, glad I picked this one out.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 00:02:41 | More by Wasatch
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A reasonable pour summons forth a three-finger thick, lightly tan colored head as well as sticky, sweet aromas of honey. The beer is a full gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright gold color when held up to the light. The big honey note seems to fade quickly and I am left with notes of pear, an herbal sort of malt note, some spicy clove and a dry cracker like grain character. The finish has a touch of alcohol spiciness / heat to it, but this is fairly soft. The aroma is a bit on the muted side with the fruitiness being the most dominant note.

Fairly dry, in fact quite dry, the beer even has a tartness to it that lightly influences the flavor. This has enough carbonation to provide a bit of a peppery bite as well as some texture. There is also a fermentation derived spiciness to this brew that provides / boosts the pepper note as well as providing some clove notes, a touch of ginger and some earthy spiciness. This beer is quite light bodied which makes it quite quaffable. As the beer warms up it picks up just a hint of sweetness in the finish. There is also a soft fruitiness here that reminds me of pears and green apples and perhaps a touch of floral honey in the finish.

This is an interesting beer, I wasn't expecting very much from this, so it has exceeded my expectations. I definitely like how dry it is and even the hint of tartness just makes this a little more interesting and quaffable. This beer is decent, even if not overly interesting.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 15:58:29 | More by Gueuzedude
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ccrida

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at the Dog & Pony, served in a goblet, Lazy Boy's Belgian is a murky dark gold with a small off-white collar that leaves very light, scattered lace.

Smell is a kind of damp sour citruss, wheat and spices, with a yeasty (rather then estery) bit as well some clean alcohol as it warms.

Taste is a little saions like, a big citrus spice flavor (but doesn't have that coriander bite, I'm thinking actually fruit peel or a lemony herb) to it for sure, but also a nice pithy mineral bite, drier, very nice. A little bit of a bready malt backbone as well.

Mouthfeel is crisp, nice carbonation, dry, medium body.

Drinkability is pretty high, I was really digging it. Saison style for sure, which is my favorite style. Very well done, I always underestimate Lazy Boy and then when I get around to having one, I'm blown away. Factor in local availability and price and you've got a real winner.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2009 02:10:52 | More by ccrida
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a beautiful orangey-copper hue with active carbonation and a light and beautiful haze throughout. A vigorous pour yields a three-finger off-white fluffy head fades relatively quickly but leaves behind some fairly impressive lacing.

aroma is surprisingly rich and belgian-esque. spicy, fruity, yeasty and doughy. melon, pear, apple, pineapple and citrus with subtle hints of banana. some nice spicing to go along. A touch mild, but it's delicious enough I'm not raising a stink.

Taste is a bit of a letdown from the aroma. Decent breadiness with some honey and candi sugar sweetness. Fruit is up front, with apples, pineapple, grapefruit and lemons. A citrusy spiciness - almost pepper and cloves, drowns out all subtleties, leaving spice, lemon, and sugar. A fair dose of hops create another level of flavor, with a bit of pine astringency and almost medicinal herbal notes. Interesting, but not exactly one I can see craving.

mouthfeel is a bit undercarbonated, allowing the sweet and slickness to pull through... a bit too syrupy without the full carbonation and creaminess to cut through. Not rich enough or clean enough without the carbonation.

All in all, a valiant effort from a northwest brewery, but it just doesn't quite hit the target in my mind. not bad, but just a bit too funky and not quite enough to really keep me interested. Drinks well, but a bit too sweet and tart to really be highly drinkable. Glad I gave it a shot, and I'm always interested in what Lazy Boy puts out, but this one needs just a bit of tweaking to be able to compete with the top-notch american-belgian brews.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 06:54:11 | More by djeucalyptus
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jdense

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange fairly clear brew with very minimal head and lacing. Orange peel and coriander up front, candi sugar throughout. Bubble gum sweetness, fairly strong citrusy mouthfeel, and a strong astringent alcohol aftertaste. Needs a bit of warming for full bouquet to develop. To be honest, this isn't Duvel, nor one of American's better interpretations of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 06:10:48 | More by jdense
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RonTugnutt

Oregon

1.4/5  rDev -60.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Infected. I debated whether or not to review this beer but in the end I decided that if they didn't keep their equipment sanitary that isn't something to excuse. I'm sure that the beer is generally fine (other reviews gave me high hopes) and I plan on trying it again but this was terrible, sour, biting, the kind of taste that doesn't leave your mouth.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 06:55:14 | More by RonTugnutt
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dirtylou

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle - found its way back from seattle in a suitcase...reviewed from cellphone notes

appearance: served in a standard pint, hazy copper body with a foamy white lace,

smell: bready and sweet, notes of sweet yeast

taste: not very well developed for the style - this one is way to sweet and the yeast presence isnt very zesty...this beer has a sweet bready chew, with notes of apple and nut

mouthfeel: sweet and filling

Drinkability: ok

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 20:40:10 | More by dirtylou
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froghop

Washington

3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a semi-clear pale orange with a small off-white head, and some lacing.

smell is of peanut butter, fruit, caramel, and some malt.

taste is oily, peanuts, wheat, some fruits, a touch of citrus, and some roasted malt.

overall very average in a brew, i thought that the peanut smell and taste was different, but it added character to the brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 20:37:35 | More by froghop
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Donnie2112

Alaska

4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orangish, Yellow in collor and a nice film of head on top

citric and yeasty aromas and a hint of pumpkin

nice yeasty bitterness, it's a little nutty, a bit sweet and citric and a bit of pepperiness from the alcohol mixed in with a hint of some grassy piney hoppiness

medium light body snappy carbonation and a light astringence

Really solid beer and impressively strong and smooth. Really refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 01:05:22 | More by Donnie2112
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Vancer

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lazy boy beer, for a lazy beer guy on a nice fall day. Pours a clear golden straw, ivory head that died quickly - maybe due to the high abv.

Sweet smelling spicy malt in the aroma. Quaff was a shockingly funky orange malt bomb. I don't get this one - it has to be off, no way should a tripel taste like this. Kinda sticky sweet in the finish, too - I'm glad this is only one bomber to go through. No hint of the alcohol - and after a glass, the funk settles into a decent drinker.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 18:56:25 | More by Vancer
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much more orange than amber, thanks to the use of Munich and crystal malt. It would be nice to see a little yeasty haziness, but the ale is perfectly clear so far. Even though the aged ivory crown can't keep pace with the best Belgians, it has a quality look. It's thickly creamy and is sticky enough to result in an extensive array of attractive lace.

The aroma does the beer and the style proud. It's fruity and spicy in equal measure and smells like it uses a kickin' yeast strain. Power is not an issue. My hopes were just raised for the impending taste bud submersion.

Belgian Style Golden Ale delivers the goods. Again, it isn't up there with the Continent's best, but it's a damn fine beer and is one of the better American-brewed Belgian-style ales that I've had in quite some time. The yeast, as suspected, is adding a wonderful amount of depth and complexity.

Despite the use of the more toasted malts mentioned above, the flavor is mostly pale malty and candi sugar sweet. The dominant flavor, however, is ripe fruit... bananas, pears and maybe even apricots. A light sprinkling of coriander (although it probably wasn't used) puts the finishing touches on this surprisingly tasty tripel-ish, BSPA-ish, Pacific Northwest brew.

Alcohol adds power without adding any heat. Well, maybe a little warmth, but that's a good thing. The mouthfeel is midway between 'American big beer' and 'Belgian big beer'. In other words, it isn't as full as the former and it isn't as supremely creamy and light as the latter. Whatever it is, it works. Jump into this Lazy Boy and get comfortable.

With the exception of Porter, there's a lot to like when it comes to LBB beer (especially IPA). Belgian Style Golden Ale won't make anyone forget Tripel Karmeliet, but it's still delicious and enjoyable. These guys need to branch out a little and put their brewing talents to use. How about an Imperial pilsner? Or a double stout? Or a quadrupel?

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 15:11:01 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Belgian Style Golden Ale from Lazy Boy Brewing
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