Schlafly Belgian Golden Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 166
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 7
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: zeff80 on 03-31-2013

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
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Reviews: 34 | Hads: 166
Photo of dab922
4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice golden straw color. Moderate lacing. Poured approximately half a finger of suds.

S: A very short but immediate presence of silver that dissipates to ripe fruit aromas. Peach stones come to mind. Slightly floral.

T: Full flavor, rich and smooth. The alcohol on this does not come across as a 7%. Melds well with the full flavors of stonefruit and Belgian yeast.

M: Medium body. Coats the palate well though with a nice finish.

O: Nice job Schlafly. I would certainly recommend and will revisit very soon. (515 characters)

Photo of 1fastz28
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a straw golden color like any regular lager. has a small white head with no lacing. It has a great yeasty smell to it, definitely sweet. Taste is really good, has a wonderful body and a fruity/sweet flavor to it. The yeast is very present in the taste. Mouthfeel is bubbly like most strong Belgian ales. I REALLY enjoy this beer for the price. I think it is on par with Duvel and Piraat and other Belgian ales but is a bargain at the price point. Highly recommended. (472 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A fairly new offering (at least around here) from Schlafly and with the weather getting warmer, I am all in for a nice Belgian Pale...

Lots of spicy yeast and sweet fruitiness present on the nose... touches of barnyard here and there... peaches, apricots, perhaps some grapes? Very pleasant aroma... I like so far...

A wave of semi-sweet fruitiness mingles with the earthy yeast components perfectly with each sip of this beer... I thoroughly enjoyed this offering from start to finish... it hit all the right notes and never let up...

Very very well done... (562 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, pale gold color with a one-finger, bubbly white head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - Spicy aroma with fruity notes. Some caramel and bready aromas.

T - It tasted of spicy, yeastiness. Fruity sweetness with caramel and a touch of hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale.

O - This is a really good Belgian-style ale from Schlafly. Very nice. (431 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (401 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 3/25/13. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy straw gold color with a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. Aroma is fruity and spicy, it smells like pears, Belgian yeast, apricots, straw and bready malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some cloves, apples, candy sugar and coriander noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and has moderate carbonation. I like this brew, it's nice and tasty. Too bad I only bought a single bottle of this, I'll buy a 6-pack next time. $2.75 a single at Liquor Barn. (591 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a clear and bright straw yellow with two fingers of bright white head. Nice lacing left behind.

Aroma of pear and floral hops, cloves, spearmint, Belgian yeast and table crackers.

The taste was a medley of floral hops, juicy pear, yeast, cloves, and spearmint along with a bit of light grainy cracker at the finish. The 7% abv is well hidden in this one.

Lighter bodied and crisp with a sharp carbonation.

A tasty Belgian ale from the folks at Schlafly. (480 characters)

Photo of nevillejohn
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (524 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This Belgian style golden pours a very light golden color with a moderate white head of foam that dissipates to a thin ring and pooling layer of foam with excellent lacing. Nose of spicy yeast, sweet light bread, light banana, candy sugar, and light hops. Flavors follow the nose with sweet Belgian candy sugar notes on all sides, light citrus and banana notes to the rear, and a light spicy yeast note mingling with subtle bittering hops. Substantial and refreshing with moderate carbonation keeps the mouth feel lively with a moderately sweet and lightly bitter finish. An excellent brew made right here in the USA from a great brewery.

Cheers (695 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 4-25-13. Healthy pour into a tulip.

Refreshing, good for the summer except for the high 7% ABV (which is sneaky). A very tasty beer. I would classify this beer as more of a saison than a Belgian Pale Ale.

A – Pours a pale yellow/straw colored, slightly cloudy with a white rocky one-finger head. Average lacing.

S – Farmyard, yeasty, peppery, citrusy (lemon).

T – A clean taste, slightly astringent. A balanced Belgian Pale Ale. Citrusy/bitter finish. Well hidden ABV.

MF – Medium bodied, good carbonation resulting in a slightly sharpness, dry finish. (576 characters)

Photo of Zaktcc
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint glass. Bottled on 03/10/2015.

A - Pours an opaque, golden color with a white fluffy, 1 and 1/2 finger head. Great head retention with lacing.

S - An interesting blend of aromas with nothing in particular that really stands out to me. Overall a fairly herbal scent with hints of fruits; malts more present than hops - sweeter overall scent. Wish had a little more distinction in scents.

T - Thankfully unlike the aromas, the flavorings were much more distinctive. Fairly plain and malty at first than you're hit with a blend of various flavors. The most distinctive flavor I can pick up on is that of pear and apple, giving the beer a more bitter yet still sweet taste. It finishes up with a very sweet, sugary taste that lingers in the mouth for a while. Overall quite interesting yet quite enjoyable.

M - Medium bodied beer with average carbonation. Very smooth and enjoyable feeling beer. No harsh aftertastes; just a mild lingering sweetness.

O - A fairly unique beer out of the ones I've had thus far. Enjoyable and very drinkable; I particularly like the sugary sweet aftertaste. Personally I don't think pear and or apple is my favorite flavoring in beer. (1,183 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium gold with a thin, white head that is barely half a finger. It fades away quickly just leaving some light lacing.

Aroma is very fruity with peach, pear and orange along with some coriander spiciness from the yeast.

Flavor closely follows the aroma with fruit being very dominant. There is almost a little bit of tartness present. Malt is very light with just a slight bit of bread detectable in the background. Mouthfeel is on the thin side and bitterness is light with some stickiness and sweetness lingering.

Overall, a decent try at a Belgian Pale Ale but it is a notch below the authentic versions. Schlafly did a good job with this, though, and it is worth picking up should you see it. (746 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a nice golden color with a fair head and bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of mild citrus, fresh fruit, with a hint of malt sweetness.

T: Taste is quit clean with a mild fruit sweetness, with a bit of citrus and malt sweetness. Mild bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Fairly moderate body, crisp and refreshing. The 7% ABV is very well hidden. Nicely balanced.

O: Enjoyable beer that goes down way too easy. (412 characters)

Photo of whynot44
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy golden color with a decent off-white head that persists fairly well and does produce some nice lacing.

The aroma is yeasty with hints of fruit- apple, banana, citrus - and cloves.

The taste follows the aroma with apple or pear notes, a touch of citrus - lemon/grapefruit, banana and cloves, not overpowering, just enough for interest. Starts slightly sweet but smooths out and finishes slightly dry.

Medium bodied, smoothy and very drinkable with a well hidden ABV.

Maybe not quite Belgian, but well worth trying. (535 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (290 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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 (570 characters)

Photo of powerss13
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: Bottle poured into a glass

A:Light bright pale gold color. Pretty decent head

S: Light bright aroma, has an obvious Belgian aroma, with nice fruity notes. Definitely get a sweet aroma along with it.

T: Sweeter flavor with good fruity flavors. Get some pear in it myself. Hides the 7% alcohol very well.

MF: Very light body with a strong Belgian feel. Has a light crisp finish, not a dry finish.

O: Very well put together beer. Has a very good balance of flavors and aromas. Great beer, give it a try (509 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant light golden with a one inch frothy white head that dissipates somewhat slowly, leaving modest lacing.

Belgian yeast, mustiness, pear, tangerine, and peach form the initial aroma. Confectioners sugar sweetness, coriander, and floral hops add complexity.

Flavor reveals more fruity character, somewhat tart initially, fading to lightly bready malt, and finishing somewhat powdery and dry. Tart green apple, tangerine, pear, pineapple, and confectioners sugar underlie the malt backbone. Very fruity. A touch on the sweet side.

Body is moderate, with carbonation on the high side, and light alcohol warmth.

Very fruit dominant brew with a lightly bitter, dry finish. Earthy. Carbonation is a touch high for my liking. (737 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on March 3rd 2015.

A perfect shimmering brass and crystal bright clear body. Nice simple rising middle column of carbonation, very fine pinhead and even on the sides a little bit as well. Head manages only two fingers, basic white, a little creamy but very soapy and fine with little retention. Goes down a good sized puck and collar always getting repopulated. Great looking beer.

Aroma hints at some sweet sucrose but also a real perfume like quality. There's almost a soapy and briny smell to this which is kind of odd almost like pollen and floral. Kind of odd and strange but inviting. Not much else, going on.

Light bodied and very crisp carbonation on the palate on first sip. More sweeter than the aroma indicates, a basic honey sweetness in the mid palate washes nicely. Aftertaste comes quite carbonated and almost a little saison peppery. Finish really seems to hint at some distinction with a mild sense of bitterness and earth perhaps hop variety accenting, or some interesting yeast strain maybe? Quite fun. Moderate crispness and minerality in the mix as well.

Overall kind of an interesting spin on a Belgian Ale, also a bit memorable, one that sort of awakens the palate about what a Belgian pale ale can be. (1,296 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of Bierwolf
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Appearance: Mine poured a hazy yellow gold with about a half a finger of white foam that quickly thinned to a thin layer. Thin lacing and nice bubbles.

Aroma: A full nose of ripe citrusy fruit.

Taste: Lemony and orange flavors with some hops at the end. The hops were not overpowering but they were there.

Mouth Feel: Light to the medium light side with a smooth semi-dry finish. (385 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Snagged a bottle of this for the typical single price of $2.50. Into a pint glass.

A - Got very little head from this thinner than a 1/4 inch with a pretty good pour. Pulls back to a very thin lace ring with a semi hazy bright yellow orange beer.
S - Smell is pretty good very vibrant fruit notes similar to a Tripel but I can't really pick up anything other than that fruit sweetness no bread or hops. Must be very faint.
T - Ah the taste actually does have a bitter edge I didn't expect that sort of clashes with the fruit and leave the palate mildly sweet and slightly chalky. Repeated sips are pretty much the same just a touch more fruity yeasts.
M - For 7% to me it drinks very heavy not as "crisp" as they say. In fact its pretty much drinks the same as their tripel with less hops.

Overall its OK nothing really to faun over like say their pumpkin ale but its still a decent beer I will not be picking up again. (921 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this beer up from Totowa, as a total crapshoot. I hadn't had anything from these guys in ages and I wasn't expecting much when I pulled this off of the single bottle shelf. This was one of the few beers left that I hadn't tried from there and I didn't think that something from the Midwest could be as enjoyable as an original from overseas. Although the spice, strength, and complexity weren't as strong as a European counterpart, this caught me by surprise and was a good take on what a laid-back version of this beer should be like. The body and taste were strong enough while not being terribly strong in the booze department!

The pour to this was decent, as this beer had a fairly radiant golden hue that was almost clear, with a head that wasn't thick nor long-lasting. What little lacing on on the sides of my pint glass didn't last long either, as it quickly slid down after each sip. There was lot of candied sugar, pear, banana, apple, and a lemon zest-like spice to this that combined for a relatively easygoing drinking experience. Only the sugar and banana stuck around during the aftertaste while this seemingly had a bit of wheat to round things and give this beer some body. This has quite a "bright" feel to it and wasn't overpowering in terms of taste or alcohol.

Even though this wasn't a session beer, I regret only buying one of these. It's not something I'd chug down or enjoy in mass quantities and there could have been more yeast here but there was enough to like and for a Summer beer, this would be a solid choice. Not as intense or filling as other examples that I've tried but there's enough fruit and body here to savor, while enjoying this unexpected surprise. (1,701 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
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 (540 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ultra-pale and yellow-golden, this brew has a slim white head. Good aroma...yeast and fruit...estery and somewhat spicy. The taste is sweet and fruity. Finish has spice and a lingering sweetness. Very Belgian in style. This is drinkable and worth a try. (258 characters)

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Schlafly Belgian Golden Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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