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
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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
Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a chance to have this beer while I was camping over the summer and it was one of the best beers I had all summer and one of the best Cental Waters beers I've had. July 27 I got the beer in Minacqua Wisconsin. Great smell. Great taste. Good yeastiness. Doughy malt center with some spicy yeastiness and hoppiness. Indcredibly drinkable. Hope they bring this one back next summer.

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 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 cdkrenz
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A crisp golden color with a solid amount of rising carbonation. The foamy white head starts out around a 1/2 inch and fades only to a 1/4 inch before settling in for the duration. This is a good looking beverage.

S - Malty and sweet with a noticeable sweet, candy-like scent.

T - malty and sweet with the signature flavor of a good Belgian pale. The malts are pale and left sweet. I enjoy the flavors here very much.

M - Smooth with a light to medium body. It goes down with no coarse feel at all.

~ I really think this is a good beer. It serves for a nice sessionable beer that offers quality in all characteristics.

Photo of Lemke10
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This perhaps is not one of the most popular Central Waters brews, which is what caught my eye while looking for beer. At that point I had never tried it or even heard of it so my decision to buy it was instantaneous. This is supposedly advertised at their “New Summer Seasonal” so you may have a while to wait a few months before you will see this again.

It pours a clear, golden color with a slight white head. There is a great, classic Belgian scent. Yeast, hibiscus, floral, and citrus hints are all evident. This is a very inviting smell that is complex and hopefully indicates a good taste.

The first taste that comes to mind is the yeast and there is a lot of it. There is the great blend of yeast, citrus, and bready tones. It drinks quite nicely as a Belgian style brew with a smooth, creamy texture. Compared to a real Belgian beer however, it is a fair amount weaker in flavor and thinner in texture. It finishes with a pretty good lingering after taste that indices you for another sip.

Overall this is a pretty neat and interesting brew from Central Waters. It seems to be a new addition as of the 2011 to the summer seasonal selection but still lacks the popularity of other CW beers. I thought this was a pretty decent brew that lived up to its title. Definitely something I would recommend and drink again.

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 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 WastingFreetime
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken at a cask party.

The placard in front of this cask stated that the contents had been cask-conditioned with honey and grains of paradise.

My glassful of this brew had a lightly hazed yellowish straw color and a brief burst of white fluff for a head, yet no real lacing to speak of. Just as advertised the main aroma and flavor emphasis was on peppered honey notes overlaid on candi sugar, light bananas / pears, and just a touch of tea-like herbal hopping and lemon zest. It danced constantly right on the razor edge of being too sweet for me with all the honey, but it never fell over the edge because of how intense the peppery spice levels were at. It was very smart of them to add the extra spice of the grains of paradise to counterbalance that honey....it certainly did wonders for the aroma. Body is lighter but it was slightly undercarbonated, even by cask standards.

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 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.

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

I am a huge fan of Central Waters so when I saw their summer offering hit the shelves, I grabbed a six pack. I was excited to learn that it was an 8.5 abv beer at a pretty good price. The appearance in the glass was rather weak and light but after that, I have nothing but good things to say about this beer. The smell and taste have a prominent yeast taste. To me that should be expected in a summer brew. There are also some interesting spicy sweet tastes which I think I saw some people describe as a peppery honey. If I need to bring a six pack to a summer gathering, I will for sure be buying this one again.

Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a modest head that quickly fades to a ringlet; plenty of lacing dots on the side of the glass

Smell: Pound cake and vanilla, with hints of stone fruit and clove

Taste: Pound cake and vanilla, slight diacetyl, with spicy yeast phenols developing; hints of clove, stone fruit and banana linger into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A much better beer than I was anticipating as Belgian styles from brewers who don't concentrate on them often fall short; pleasantly surprised at the flavors, though the mouthfeel falls a little short

Thanks, Wi-Beer-Man. for the opportunity

Photo of anglagard1
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass. 1 1/2 fingered head with small amounts of carbonation to maintain it. Not the buble factory I'd expect from a Belgian. Pronounced but not overpowering pepper taste and smell. For as little carbonation as this seems to have, it still gives this a very full mouthfeel. I for some reason find myself biting into every mouthful I take.
Holy s***, this is 8.5% alcohol? I would not have expected that. Alcohol is very well hidden. This is a solid Belgian at a good price. If you like Delerium Tremens, I suggest you try this. I would have definitely gone for a second if I didn't know about the alcohol content. As it is, I'm still thinking about it.

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 danedelman
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to maximum12 for supplying this one. I am reviewing this one as a Belgian Blonde Ale not a Pale Ale like this BA says.

A-deep yellow with a orange hue, very hazy. nice 1 finger head.

S-very bready smell with some toasted malt and some citrus notes probably from the hops. Maybe saaz?

T-just looked at abv and wow!! Does not taste like that one bit. Very bready with a hint of citrus. I actually really enjoy this one a lot. Too easy to drink though.

M-medium body with great carbonation for the style. Great lacing.

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

Served at a good temperature with a nice foamy, frothy, off white head that settles down and some lace. Color is a clear gold amber. Aroma is malt, yeast, fruit. Flavor is similar to nose, with sweet on top, followed by yeast flavs and bitterness and a little carbonic tang. Body is a tad flat, other wise full, and a little heavy. Finish is like flavor, on the short side in length. Fairly unremarkable, but not bad.

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.

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 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 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 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 ChiPool
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into snifter glass. Bottled in April, consumed & reviewed on 10/29/12.

Strawberry bolnde in color, this pours with a half inch of snow white head. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy for the style, but I don't mind it. Others in this class seem to have a champagne-like mouthfeel. Also, not quite as clove/banana heavy as others. Actually, a touch more citrus sweetness to it (peach/apricot). I had to do a double take when I saw this as am 8.5%...no booziness detected in this. It has a few months on it, so that might account for it.

Solid offering. This was left in my gf's fridge after her Halloween party, so I am the lucky beneficiary!

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