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 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 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 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 facundoCNB
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

a hazy golden pour with a finger of head which quickly diminished. smells of honey, grass, coriander, cinnamon. a slight grassy bitterness in the flavor, tea leaves, peppery yeast. medium body with a sweet finish.. medium carbonation.
this is a decent blonde ale, nothing really outstanding about it, but pretty tasty and refreshing.

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 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 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 SerialHiker
3.04/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a classic golden color…fairly transparent with a few bubbles percolating…no real head to speak of…(2/5)

Smell: Classic blonde Belgian ale aroma…sweet malts, yeast, citrus and floral hops throughout…wheat, banana, lemon, grapefruit, toasted grains, clove and a couple other spices…lots going on here when I get my nose deep in there…(3.5/5)

Taste: Sweet malt, yeast and tons of hoppy bitterness…citrus and floral hops all over this…malt is sweet and balances the hoppy bitterness really well…then fades, allowing floral bitterness to extend further unimpeded…the after taste does settle, not leaving anything overly bitter on the palate…finishes really clean for what’s going on here with the ingredients…(3/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body…crisp flavor…carbonation does fluff a bit on the tongue and isn’t overly bitter which is nice…floral finish…(2.75/5)

Overall: This is good…it’s light, crisp and refreshing…a summer seasonal that would be fantastic on a hot day chillin’ by the beach…it’s still good now as the weather is turning…the sweet floral, citrus and bitterness all play well together, there isn’t too much of anything even though there is a ton happening…absolutely no sign of alcohol heat in the taste…classic Belgian blonde, it’s a flavor that's worth dabbling into…there could be a bit more spice added that would take this to another level, but it is solid for what it’s trying to do and worth drinking again in the future…(3/5)

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 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!

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Duff27
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled April 2012

A- Half inch white head that recedes to a small cap and collar. Murky, sediment-filled golden body. Splotchy lacing.

S- Lovely fruit aroma from the Belgian yeast, can smell some pineapples in there.

T- Bright citrus fruits at first, turning into a yeasty character. Leaves a grainy/biscuity aftertaste, something I'm not used to in this style of beer. Very well hidden 8.5%ABV.

M- A little thinn on the mouthfeel with just enough carbonation (low end).

D/O- Crazy drinkable for the relatively high alcohol, if only because the lack of flavor. Decent, kind of makes me sad because I know Central Waters can do better! I like the artwork.

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 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 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 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 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.

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