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Schlafly Belgian Golden Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

Schlafly Belgian Golden AleSchlafly Belgian Golden Ale

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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 9.92%


Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Belgian-Style Golden Ale opens with a fruity nose and rounded sweetness that compose a pale and balanced beer. Hallertau hops lend a hint of spice that balances the aroma and flavor of orchard fruit. Similar to our Belgian Tripel, but with a lighter body and a crisper finish, it is the perfect introduction to the family of Belgian beers renowned for their complexity and delicacy.

Beers from this region reflected the diversity of Belgium itself, a nation that has three official languages (Dutch, French, and German). Bordering Germany and France, Belgian ales incorporate the complex flavors of French wine into the German brewing heritage. In Post World War II Europe, Belgian brewers developed golden strong ales to compete with the rising popularity of lighter Pilsner style beers.

23 IBU

(Beer added by: zeff80 on 03-31-2013)
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a mildly hazed golden color. The head is a two finger white shade that does a good job of staying around. This one really looks at home in a Duvel tulip.

S: There is quite a bit of spicy yeast and grassy hops on the nose. Also noted are some characteristics of grape, apple, and pear. Pretty typical for the style. Still, Schlafly did a good job of pulling off the distinctive notes.

T: A fruity sweetness is the first thing noted - this has a strong cherry quality to it that the nose didn't indicate. Later on, notes of (well handled) butterscotch and earthy hops help to balance out the apple/pear/cherry qualities; after a while, citrusy hints enter the palate, as well. It's fairly sweet, yet well balanced all the same.

M: This one could be dryer, and in fact, probably should be. Also a bit under-carbonated. I kind of hoped that the hops would cleanse some of the sweetness a little better, but it's still quite easy to drink.

O: I reckon this one is a little too sweet to be in Duvel's pantheon, but that doesn't mean it's not good. Really, this is the kind of brew I want to be drinking on a warm day like this one. A solid BPA that could benefit from a few tweaks.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 20:10:28 | More by ThisWangsChung
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Schlafly Belgian Golden Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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