Belgian Blonde Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.01%
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

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Beer added by: EliteDigger on 07-16-2011

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Ratings: 125 | Reviews: 43
Reviews by sweethome:
Photo of sweethome
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a La Chouffe tulip glass. Bright golden/orange color. Large white head as great retention. Very firm.

Nose of sweet malts, apricots, and belgian ale yeast esters. Soft entry, sweetness builds. Apples and apricots, honey malts - crisp hop bite cleanses the palate a bit. Alcohol is evident late.

Nice full mouthfeel.

Finish has residual sweetness, a bit of yeasty funk, and alcohol warmth.

Overall - it hits on many positive notes. Flavor profile is just a bit lacking for me - tried to walk a line between a crisp belgian golden and a more wild belgian ale.

Another well crafted beer from Central Waters and one I would surely drink again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of deebo
2.4/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours hazy gold with a light tea tint under a 1” offwhite foam cap. Smell: Almost smells like oysters to the point where you want to go out and buy some Taste: Large pitted fruit becomes especially big in the middle and then earthy European hops provide a bitter accent on the finish. Malt in the background provides balancing biscuit flavors. Mouthfeel: Medium body, carbonation above medium. Overall: This is a yeast driven beer that captures many Belgian qualities. Very drinkable.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(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.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mobius387
2.6/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of morimech
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of KTCamm
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of emerge077
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%.

Photo of TheDTrain
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of scaliasux
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of cptnspeed1
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
2.66/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Ri0
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

poured 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip

A - Hazy dark off color yellow with a 1.5 finger bubbly white head. Dissipates quickly leaving a thin collar and no lacing.

S - Some bubble gum, sweet corn, wheat, buttered bread and yeast.

T - Tastes like bubble gum, sweet corn, wheat, buttered bread and some Belgian yeast. Hops aren't very present.

M - Light and creamy with some carbonation. Finish is somewhat buttery.

O - It's an attempt at a Belgian style PA from CW. Not great, rather average and a bit too sweet.

Photo of gatornation
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from 12 oz bottle

A -pours a slightly hazed golden yellow color with a fast dissapearing head and very little lacing

S- white fruits,sweet malts wheat clove

T- fruity notes up front like apples pears and grapes slight taste of clove a little sour musty bread

M- low carbonation with a sweet fruit feel

O-its good but noy one that i would search for would try a couple more singles when out shopping for mix sixers

Photo of crossovert
2.54/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Bottled in JUL 11.

Timidly I'm pouring this into a Duvel glass. It produces a nice, large white head that sticks for a long time and leaves nice lacing. But it doesn't look quite as nice as a Duvel. The beer is a hazy light amber.

The smell is pretty good. It is a bit syrupy but other than that it has some nice spice aromas, fruit, and a hint of hops of the herbal variety.

The flavor is a letdown. It is watery and just off. There is a very low level of carbonation. It actually tastes like a homebrew I once made.

It was promising at first, then it fell hard.

Photo of PDXHops
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from Ryan011235, poured into a Maudite snifter. "Hazy" isn't quite adequate enough to describe what's going on here; this stuff is chock full of floaties. Modest bright white head with little in the way of lacing.

Fresh bready nose with candi sugar, green apple, lemon and floral notes. It doesn't taste nearly as tangy as smells, interestingly enough. Plentiful herbal and botanical flavors among the sweet malt and cloves. Tingly carbonation with something akin to tonic in there. Crisp finish with a brief bitter bite, then lingering breadiness. It's a fairly hearty brew, but the 8.5% ABV is alarmingly well hidden; polishing off a few of these wouldn't be a bad time at all.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Delirium snifter on 10/2/12

Bottled on: Jun

Medium shade of gold. Mildly hazy with an awful lot of sediment floating. One half inch head dissipates to a wispy island with bubbles grouped around the collar. Thin drapes of lace.

Toasted grain aromas jump out of the glass. Perhaps some wheat? Notes of banana, apple, clove and prairie grass. Tame, but it smells pretty good. The flavor focuses on tart apple and light fruit juiciness. There is a modest grainy middle and a rather spicy and peppery finish. Hints of over ripe fruit, too. Nippy hops build over time. The feel is fairly light with pointed, deliberate carbonation. Though move vigorous than I prefer, it's appropriate for the beer.

I really like this one; it's a well-crafted beer all around. Well, except for the floaties. I'd like to have this again some day.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Been tending this bottle for a while, courting it, if you will, until the time was just right. But then I just found myself drinking it on a lark... It pours a clear golden topped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises clove, light white bread, sweet caramel, light Belgian candi sugar, light orange zest, light black pepper, and a bit of cinnamon. The taste brings in more of the same, though the bread is replaced by straight wheat, and the spices converge to form a somehow sweeter effect, especially when some sweet banana comes waltzing into the party. It's pretty nice, really. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, a very nice Belgian pale, something I'd like to see more of from CW.

Photo of johnkale
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

July 2011 bottling

A - orange straw, slightly cloudy, two fingers of head quickly subside to a sticky half centimeter with good lacing, rising bubbles put on a show for quite a while

S - caramel, clove, pepper, wet hay, with some apricot and floral hops, super inviting

T - very sweet, caramel tones hit the tongue immediately, bitterness is low, finish is fairly dry with pepper, citrus, and a little funk with just a hint of alcohol warmth

M - prickly carbonation, medium-light body but a slightly syrupy viscosity, pretty smooth

O - this is a great summer beer, not too heavy but with a ton of flavors going on, the Belgian yeast character is there but not overpowering, definitely a winner

Photo of mariposafan
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear amber. Very bright with a short creamy head that disapates a bit too quickly.

The aroma is very Belgian - sweet, fruity esters, some spiciness. A bit of alcohol there, though.

The taste is again sweet and the typical Belgian esters are there, but they're overshadowed for me by a little hint of the barnyard and some lingering bitterness. The bitterness isn't to the point of being a real problem but it's not all that pleasant. A serious case of alcohol as well. I read elsewhere that this is 8.5% (though I didn't see it on the bottle and I didn't find anything about the beer on their website) and it tastes like it.

Well carbonated - possibly too well. More viscous than I really want for this type of beer.

Overall it's OK, but only OK. If they thinned it out some and cut the bitterness a lot it would be much better but it still lacks the crisp, clean flavor of my favorite Belgian Pale Ale.

Photo of knepper
3.01/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer tastes just fine but its kind of boring. Run of the mill. A bit too heavy, lacks a nice dryness that balances Belgians. Smells and tastes good; pineapple, clove and banana round out a sweet and slightly heavy body which is relatively flat, not spritzy and lively. Great orange to golden hue. Where's the creativity and "make-it-mine" attitude that comes with brewing a Belgian beer?

Photo of garymuchow
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottles for summer in late May early June, as best as I can tell. Poured into Boulevard tulip.
Nice sweet malt with nice layer of spicing (a little pepper, but more than that too.).
Slightly cloudy golden and firm mostly white head. Some small lacing.
Reasonably complex flavors with good drying in the finish. Sweet up front. Mix of alcohol and spice towards the beginning too. As warms a bit the pale malt takes on oddish flavor. Maybe it's the mixing of the hops with the malt, but it's a bit off - not a flaw, just not a great mix.
Carbonation towards higher level on moderate to slightly less body.

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Belgian Blonde Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.