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Belgian Blonde Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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81
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118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: EliteDigger on 07-16-2011)
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Reviews by hu5om:
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

hu5om, Nov 14, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of deebo
2.35/5  rDev -34.4%

A-cloudy straw yellow with a thin white film that laces the pint glass
S-Belgian estery yeast dominates the aroma. Some clove like esters noted too
T-upfront yeasty esters that are quickly overshadowed by a a malt and then a hoppy almost smoky finish
M- a long bitter almost astringent finish
O- a complex beer that has a long drying finish. I have not been a fan of CW beers and this one although a style I am a fan of is no different

deebo, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of bpfrush
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

bpfrush, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of tyleeis
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

tyleeis, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy yellow body with a thin sticky white film that forms lacing on the glass with each sip. There is a gentle carbonation of microbubbles gliding to the surface.

S- The clean club soda aroma has some nice yeasty esters and a finish of green fresh hops.

T- The yeast esters have a floral fruity quality to them with a slight dry finish. There is a spicy hop note and a club soda wheat dough hint in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a gentle fizz that cleans the finish. There is no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer really has a great yeasty ester profile with nice depth but it all blends very nicely. This is a delicious beer that really hides its alcohol.

rhoadsrage, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +2%

On tap at the Bomb Shelter. Good yeasty above average mouthfeel, pleasant aroma. Golden bodied appearance with a little white head. Decent drinkability. Nothing extraordinary, just something to drink anytime anywhere.Surprisingly strong alcohol without complexity, this is more a common blonde.

Sammy, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of pmcadamis
3.58/5  rDev 0%

A - Cloudy and yeasty bronze-range brew with a relatively unimpressive head for the style, even with an aggressive pour. The white head stands at about a 1/2 inch with some good lace on the glass.

S - Nice yeasty notes with some tangerine and melon. Warm freshly baked bread.... airy doughy soft bread. Stewed apples. Glazed donuts. Nice! Definitely a good job on getting the Belgian feel to the nose.

T - Soft and fruity flavors with a background of yeasty bread. Apple for sure. Alcohol is hidden extremely well. Lacks the deep complexity of the best pale Belgians, but not bad at all. Gets more and more hoppy as it warms.

M - Light bodied and creamy at first, progressing to a slightly dry finish with just the faintest hint of alcohol.

A hoppy and light hearted (but heavy hitting ABV) Belgian style brew. Would be nice in the summer. Sort of reminds me of Celis White.

pmcadamis, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of mobius387
2.55/5  rDev -28.8%

Bottling date of July

Appearance: golden color, translucent, little to no head.

Aroma: pick up a hint of fruits, spices, overall light, but nice

Palate: light feel in the mouth, the carbonation is noticeable on the tongue.

Taste: pretty bland here. can pick up some fruitiness and spice right at the end. too watery to be memorable

Overall: not very impressed with this compared to other CW brews. it wasn't bad, a fairly decent option for refreshing beers on a hot day, but i probably wont come back on my own bill.

mobius387, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of Bunuelian
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Bunuelian, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of morimech
3.33/5  rDev -7%

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with just over one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin cap. Light lacing is left down the glass.

Belgian yeast aroma of cloves and phenols. Just a little bit of fruity esters. Slightly sweet malt with hints of honey.

Rather uninspired flavor. A little heavy on the phenols and lacks anything interesting. Dry malt with notes of cloves. No sign of the rather intimidating ABV.

Solid body and carbonation. Too bad the body does not have better flavor to compliment.

Nothing wrong with the beer but also rather boring. Tastes like a lot of American attempts at a Belgian Pale Ale. Good price point but really no reason to revisit.

morimech, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of KTCamm
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass. Pours hazy dark yellow. Some white foam sits atop. Gritty yeasty nose. Chalky. Taste is a light malt. Belgian yeast throughout. Smooth mouthfeel, no evident carbonation. Good beer, not great. Nice example of the belgian pale style.

KTCamm, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of wmobley
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

wmobley, Mar 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Kunstman, Jun 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

jdkitchi, Jun 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

wibrewer, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%

Hazy, saturated golden orange, with an inch of soapy white foam on top. A canopy of lacing speckles the glass, irregular seafoam spotty edges. Retention is good, an unbroken veil remains on the surface.

Soft malty sweetness, mild herbals, coriander, bread dough, cloves.

Flavors are similarly spicy, lightly sweet and mellow. Traces of bread dough, grassy herbs, a little rustic but nothing funky in here. First one seemed a bit phenolic, but drinking at a cooler temp, it's not noticeable. Lighter smooth feel, moderate carbonation, easy enough to drink. The abv is deceptive, reported to be 9.5%.

emerge077, Aug 19, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

theminutemen, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of TheDTrain
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%

Central Waters Belgian-style blonde is a great interpretation, holding its own with the big boys of Belgium. It clearly doesn't contend with a Duvel, but considering the price point, this is a good substitute. Belgian yeast is strong in nose & taste. Clean and crisp with lemon, earth, & mild spice along with a pale malt & fresh hops round out this summertime brew. Sip it.

TheDTrain, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.08/5  rDev +14%

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.
Bottled on Jul notched on the label. "Summer seasonal", no info.

A - This clear goldenrod-hued beer pours with a billowing white head with solid retention and a full collar of delicate Belgian lace. That's one sexy blonde!

S - Belgian yeast is strong in this one. Lots of esters pour fourth; clay and earth, white pepper spice, lemongrass notes, and a pinch of clove. Interestingly, there's a slight hint of marijuana-like skunkiness to it. Spicy noble hops and sweet Belgian carapils malt provide a good base for the yeast esters. Very faint buttery diactyl comes through further on in the beer.

T - Crisp, clean carapils and pale malt allow other flavors to pop forward like the spicy noble Saaz-like hops and a plethora of more nuanced yeast esters. Like the aroma but toned down, the Belgian Blonde has quite a bit of spiciness. White pepper, lemongrass, and clove alike. Flavorful but certainly not overbearing.

M - Like a light summer breeze, Central Waters' Belgian Style Blonde Ale is crisp and refreshing with just a touch of dryness coming through the finish. Well-balanced between the sweet-ish malt and spicy hops, the finish begs for another sip.

O - A fantastic summer brew for the new brewmaster to bring to the table, Belgian Style Blonde Ale is a great beer for this unusually, and unwelcome, hot September afternoon. Nuanced Belgian characteristics and spicy hops give this delicious pale some good qualities!

BeerFMAndy, Sep 03, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

hoppymcgee, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev +11.7%

enelson, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of scaliasux
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%

Appearance - Orange-gold. Quite hazy, nearly opaque. Thin white head with little persistence.

Smell - Fruit and white bread. A spicy orange is probably most prominent.

Taste - Pale malt and citrus. Quite fruity with a good deal of sweet orange character. A little bread, a little spice.

Mouthfeel - Medium - light.

Overall - A nice refreshing summer option. Fruity and light while still identifiably beer.

scaliasux, Aug 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

kdwruck, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of cptnspeed1
3.58/5  rDev 0%

Poured into a Central Waters tulip.

A: Pours a goldenrod color with a 3/4 inch slightly off white head. Looks filtered.

S: Belgian style spice, with clove, banana, and a hint of orange and hay.

T: Pretty similar to the smell. I get the spice, the banana esters, the orange, the hay. I also get a hint of apple. I feel like this is the base for a future sour. It would take to some Brett/Lacto nicely.

M: Nice and smooth. It seems I'm in the minority when I say I like my medium bodied beers filtered, but I have to lean that way. Anything under 8% that isn't thickity thick I tend to like to be clean.

O: An above average take on the style, but nothing mindblowing.

cptnspeed1, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of JohnnyChicago
2.7/5  rDev -24.6%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a dull amber with ugly massive bubbles instead of a tight foam.

S: Bad. Smells like week-old bubblegum and rotting fruits. No hops, no malt...just nastiness.

T: Not much better. That rotting fruit flavour is too strong and the phenols are out of control and abrasive.

D: Bad drinkability and I seriously considered dumping this one. Nasty, sticky and boozy.

Overall: I really hope I got a bad bottle, because this was a bad beer. I've liked everything else from Central Waters, but this beer was very poor. Doesn't hold a candle to a good BSPA like Duvel.

JohnnyChicago, Jan 26, 2012
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Belgian Blonde Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.