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 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 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 EliteDigger
2.56/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Wandered around the liquor store tonight looking for some beer for the weekend. Saw this on the shelves and hadn't heard of it yet, but decided to give it a try anyway.
A-Best part about this beer...a nice honey color with a hint of amber, slightly cloudy with a white head that slowly fades to nothing.
S-Fruits, grain and barnyard straw with some clovelike spice...none of this in a good way though.
T-More of the same but the straw now tastes like my sheep from the farm have slept in it for the night. Medicinal banana w/cloves, some bread and stale wheat chex cereal with hints of overripe apple and rotten lemon. Starts off a hair sweet but quickly turns into a dry stale finish.
M-A hair on the thicker side of medium with good carbonation.
O-Not impressed and won't be buying again.
Disappointed in this beer. While Central Waters can do no wrong in my eyes with their barrel aged beers (love them!), their Illumination DIPA is underrated and one of my favorites, and their regular lineup is solid, this beer is on the complete opposite end of the spectrum. I'll continue to buy the aforementioned beers by the case, but this one will not appear in my refrigerator again.

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 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 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 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 SykDoc
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. It pours a clear straw colol and forms a 1/4 inch almost white head that reduces to a nice lacing. Carbonation is readily visible.

The aroma is yeasty and some grassy notes with some spice components and just a hint of malty backbone.

The taste is a bit fruity and just a touch of spice, but quite a bit lighter than ideal. Minimal hops presence right at the end.

The mouthfeel is light bodied and thin. Carbonation is adequate. It goes down clean leaving little behing.

This beer is okay. I can see how they would say a good summer beer because it is light and does not do much to the palate, however, that also prevents it from being real strong in components, as well.

Photo of adman08
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a cloudy golden color with about a half inch of fluffy white head that leaves a nice curtain of lace on the glass.
S-Aromas of bread and cloves.
T-Similar flavors to a saison. Bread with cloves and a slight coriander flavor. Fairly high alcohol.
M-Light body, almost watered down. Obvious alcohol.
Overall, not so great for the style. Seems too light bodied even though the alcohol is prominent. The flavors are ok, they just seem a little off to me.

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 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 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 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 mynie
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought this at 3 Cellars, where they make a point of selling the beer fresh. It's notched to say it was bottled in July, but there's no year and the website don't make no mention of it. So, I don't know.

As the for the beer itself. Boilerplate pour, promising aroma. Smells like a light Belgian Blonde. Nicely aggressive yeast, good light spice profile, and enough maltiness to keep you interested.

Flavor ain't bad, but don't live up to the aroma. The spice profile starts things off--nice and light, a little peppery--then it goes into a middle that's a little fruity and a little medicinal and ends on cereal a node that's pretty much like you're drinking an American all malt. A burnier yeast or some more accentuated nodes of alcohol would have really tied this together.

The only thing that really bothers me is the aftertaste, but it's not so bad as to make the beer any worse than okay.

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

Pint glass.

Pours light golden with a small amount of white head. Little retention save the ring, and no lacing. Smells and tastes like black pepper and clove, banana, and lemon. Slightly sweet and definitely spice-forward; could do with a little more citrus. High carbonation, maybe a tad too high, and medium bodied. Overall, this is a pretty good saison-type ale, nice for warmer weather.

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!

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 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 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 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.

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