Schlafly Belgian Golden Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | 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 russpowell:
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3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

More User Reviews:
Photo of cschepers
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of valkyre65
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of cmwilliq
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of sgttibbs
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Schlafly33
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of skloeff
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Psberrier
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of secondtooth
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BigJim5021
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Oops
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of KMcG
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of zillo043068
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of leinie13
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of cwd
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of nevillejohn
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jwerner23
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of caustin90
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of brock125
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Ursch79
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Schlafly Belgian Golden Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
84 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.