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Schlafly Belgian Golden Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
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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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

cjgiant, Aug 19, 2013
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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.

soju6, Aug 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

007rtw, Aug 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

firstlighthiker, Aug 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

grahamboudreaux, Aug 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Florida_guy03, Aug 04, 2013
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3.76/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

JerzDevl2000, Aug 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

cfinch2, Jul 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Zimm, Jul 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

valkyre65, Jul 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Lukass, Jul 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

ygtbsm94, Jul 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

leinie13, Jul 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

leroybrown10, Jul 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

LambicPentameter, Jul 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

jharris0624, Jul 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Hellpop65, Jul 14, 2013
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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

russpowell, Jul 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

GoGators, Jul 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

MaseFace, Jul 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

bigred89, Jul 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

EvanWilliams, Jun 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

JustOneMorePlz, Jun 25, 2013
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3.81/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

Franziskaner, Jun 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

M1k3y, Jun 16, 2013
Schlafly Belgian Golden Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
84 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.