Schlafly Belgian Golden Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 7
Gots: 20 | 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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Ratings: 161 | Reviews: 35
Photo of Tilley4
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
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...

Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of secondtooth
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
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 1fastz28
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Photo of daledeee
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of dab922
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Photo of zeff80
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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