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Schlafly Belgian Golden Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 4
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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2/5  rDev -45.9%

SkylerMartin, Jun 23, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

longbongsilver, Mar 24, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

Cris4545, Aug 31, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

ChrisGuck, Jun 21, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

This beer is about as Belgian as my butthole, and any reviewer from Missouri who describes a Missouri beer with the words "sea air" should think again about how close he's keeping his intellectual creations to his own butthole. I suggest they are not as far apart as they were intended to be.
This beer is a Belgian beer with a domestic nose and aftertaste. If you ever wondered where the brewer got, or what is was he did to, his water the first time you tasted a Budweiser, you will not be surprised by the finish of this beer. It's fine, but not a good "Golden Ale in the Belgian Style."
It is fine if you like to drink, but Belgians aren't supposed to be clear, son.

Mymoneyfatboy, Aug 20, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

thefluker, Sep 28, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

30helens, Aug 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

Oops, Oct 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

atlbravsrno1, Aug 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

crbnfbr, Oct 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

ThatOneBeerGuy, Dec 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

Florida_guy03, Aug 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

mikeherrera, Apr 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Schlafly33, Apr 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

ygtbsm94, Jul 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

memphischas, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of Goosehunter75
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a soft honey color that has a slight haze to it. It does have a good 1 1/2 finger white head that has good retention

S - Smells sweet but yeasty. I also detected peaches and apricots in the aroma.

T - Spicy upfront which surprised me. Perhaps a hint of coriander. This is followed by a yeastiness that has a slight peachy and apricot flavor to it

M - A lighter beer. It does go down quiet smooth. Lower carbonation than I would like. I do have to say you cannot detect the alcohol and it is a 7% beer

O - This is an OK. Not really my style. I will say it has a unique flavor. I don't know that it is one I will look for, but offered to me at a friends house or at a restaurant I would try again.

Goosehunter75, Aug 23, 2013
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3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A 12 oz bottle. I thought I would try this since it said Belgian on it.

Poured rather briskly and got a white head with lacing. Very clear yellow and bubbles.

Nose is not right. Sulfur, grain.

Taste is grainy and acidic with Belgian hops. Got some apple and pear mixed in. I can't get past the base flavor of grainy macro lager. This is just OK beer; far from balanced.

Mouth feel is pretty good with nice carbonation.

Won't be buying this again.

daledeee, Apr 19, 2013
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3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's kinda how ya know that the stinkiest cheese is the best cheese. They smell earthy, tangy, and sometimes putrid, but you can't wait to try it. This is how this Belgian-style Golden Ale turns out.

Pouring a creamy and voluminous golden straw color, the ale is sufficiently hazed for a starchy, bready visual texture. Its long lasting ivory foam laces the glass intermittently with each sip. Looking more "American" than "Belgian", the beer favors creamy appearances over the vibrant and spritzy ones.

Highly pungent in its aroma, the musty grain scent is of wheat and husk. Starchy-sweet aromas mingle with more earthen tones of sea air, sweat, and parmesan. Fruit and spice interplay pins apple, pear, and grape up against peppercorn, clove, and dry straw.

And with a much less earthen taste, the creamy smooth flavor of malt is sweet like cookie dough and fresh bread. Dried oranges, pears, and apples spring from the malt and balance the finish of clove, white pepper and fresh baled hay.

Firm and medium in texture, the beer retains much of its starchy texture even late. Slowly drifting carbonation causes the beer to keep its structure deep into the finish- delaying its dry and quick finish. Light wine-like acidity, alcohol warmth, and semi-dry is how the beer concludes.

Sure, all the pieces and parts of Belgian Blonde Ales are all there, but they are simple, uncomplicated, and subdued in taste and texture. Its aromas need more roundness and less grain must- but these are all common attributes of most American brewers making beers inspired by Belgium.

BEERchitect, Apr 16, 2013
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3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a frothy beaten egg white head; decent stickage along with some dribbly lace but, honestly, this looks more like a pilsener than a Belgian

Smell: Rotting pears, and grassy hop tones; grainy, as well

Taste: A bit of biscuity malt and then the fruitiness overpowers the tastebuds, bringing overripe pear, primarily; the grassy and grainy flavors build, after the swallow, and the malt gets a bit sugary, as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Can't say I am a big fan of this beer; Schlafly brews some nice beers but this Belgian style is not among them, to my tastebuds

brentk56, Oct 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

cmwilliq, Apr 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

zillo043068, May 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

caustin90, Jun 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Kubrickx, May 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

LambicPentameter, Jul 16, 2013
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Schlafly Belgian Golden Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
84 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.