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Schlafly Belgian Golden Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
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3.61/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

04-09-2013 20:10:28 | More by ThisWangsChung
More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

04-13-2013 01:40:19 | More by cschepers
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3.81/5  rDev +3%

Light carbonation dissipates rather quickly. Golden yellow hue. Heavenly sweet candy sugar smell beckons you to taste. The tongue confirms the nose: Sweet candy sugar that quickly fades. Simple, smooth, and refreshing. An excellent thirst quencher for a typical hot, humid St. Louis summer.

06-23-2013 03:36:23 | More by Franziskaner
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South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%

12 oz bottle, Bottled on 25 April 13, served in a Belgian snifter.

Pours a hazy yellow-golden with a small head. The head soon reduces to a ring but manages to produce average lacing.

S/T: Lemon, pear, starfruit & apple plus spicy hops. Some subtle banana and clove come to the fore in tasting. Like many Belgians, this one tastes better than it smells. Lightly tart and sweet: good balance.

Feel: Medium-light body; crisp carbonation; finishes semi-dry

O: easy to drink; a very solid example of style that could readily pass for an actual Belgian. Well hidden ABV

08-20-2013 23:12:51 | More by chinchill
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

07-22-2013 19:15:55 | More by valkyre65
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

04-04-2014 23:08:28 | More by cmwilliq
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

06-09-2014 23:58:11 | More by sgttibbs
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

04-19-2013 14:52:08 | More by Schlafly33
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

04-04-2013 16:46:45 | More by Loveyourbeer
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

09-08-2013 16:16:00 | More by skloeff
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4.06/5  rDev +9.7%

Pours a pale gold, with moderate carbonation and attractive tree-line lace.

Nose is sweet and spiced. Definite tones of Belgian candy sugar.

Taste is strong on the spice up front, with a touch of citrus and darker fruit near the finish. There's also a slight warmth at the end, as well.

Overall, a superb Belgian-style ale, and this one is packed with rich flavor. Superb and faithful to the style.

04-27-2013 12:48:11 | More by secondtooth
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

05-04-2013 08:29:36 | More by BigJim5021
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

09-07-2013 20:15:04 | More by KMcG
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3.73/5  rDev +0.8%

Bottled on 7 May 13...

Pours an effervescent golden/bronze with a thumb of pearl colored head. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Pears & apple peel, plus perfumy hops

T: Follows the nose, a touch of lemon, honey suckle & a touch of peaches up front. Some lemon peel & grapefruit as this warms, some pear, white grape & honey crisp apple as well. Finishes slightly dry, fruitty, with a touch of lemony hops

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, nice balance

Pretty easy to drink, nothing mid-blowing here, but very solid

07-14-2013 05:14:39 | More by russpowell
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

08-26-2014 20:51:35 | More by atlbravsrno1
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

05-26-2013 21:39:11 | More by zillo043068
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

07-18-2013 03:32:20 | More by leinie13
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

05-30-2013 21:59:54 | More by cwd
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District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%

Bottle -> Chalice

Pours a pale transparent "champagne" gold color. Very little head. Consistent but few bubbles rise.

Faint banana smell, not much else and not strong (may be that it's very cold here right now).

Really pleasant taste. Crisp and light without any overwhelming flavors. Might be a little bland compared to others. Some sourness lingers in the mouth.

Mouthfeel is great. Perfect carbonation and bite. Does not coat the mouth much.

Very good overall. Could be a little less watery and be more flavorful.

10-25-2013 00:40:53 | More by nevillejohn
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

05-03-2014 18:37:54 | More by jwerner23
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

06-07-2014 20:38:01 | More by caustin90
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

06-20-2014 22:16:44 | More by Ursch79
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Bright golden color yields an effervescent head that had a light color and stacked above the rim of the glass.

The scent is quite clovey with an air of doughy malt. Very light and airy it's predominately clovish.

The flavors are sweet with doughy malt and a bubblegum-like finish. The flavors are so strong to the bubblegum-like that I catch a literal Juicy-Fruit flavor. That's not a bad thing it's just strong and unlike most Golden Ales.

The feel is sufficiently carbonated with a nice crispness.

Overall, this is a nice ale with an easy sweetness and drinkability but perhaps not the complexities needed to set it apart.

09-21-2013 02:46:39 | More by KYGunner
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

04-16-2013 17:38:33 | More by Eaglefan344
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

08-21-2014 22:09:47 | More by Hockey_Fan
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Schlafly Belgian Golden Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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