Schlafly Belgian Golden Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room
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3.3/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
04-16-2013 17:42:20 | More by BEERchitect
4.1/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
03-31-2013 19:04:38 | More by zeff80
3.73/5 rDev +0.5%
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
3.83/5 rDev +3.2%
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
3.74/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
08-09-2014 04:47:25 | More by DrDemento456
3.99/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
05-17-2013 21:31:51 | More by bluejacket74
3.79/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
05-03-2013 02:20:21 | More by barczar
3.96/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
04-13-2013 00:20:58 | More by Monkeyknife
3.55/5 rDev -4.3%
12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.
Straw with 1 finger of white head. Good clarity and low carbonation.
Pear, gold apple and Brett.
Golden delicious apple, pear and Belgian yeast. This does carry a Brett yeast character. Light notes of hay and potpourri.
Light-medium bodied, smooth and dry.
On par with other Belgian Golden Ales. Nothing too special.
09-01-2013 01:09:08 | More by justintcoons
3.85/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
08-17-2013 14:40:30 | More by soju6
3.61/5 rDev -2.7%
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
3.75/5 rDev +1.1%
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
Schlafly Belgian Golden Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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