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Belgian Blonde Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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82
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121 Ratings
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Ratings: 121
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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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.

Sammy, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

spycow, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

TMoney2591, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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%.

emerge077, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

rhoadsrage, Jun 28, 2012
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.

Bighuge, Sep 30, 2011
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!

BeerFMAndy, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of Duff27
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Duff27, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

bsuedekum, May 26, 2012
Photo of ZEB89
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

ZEB89, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -16.2%

barnzy78, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev +11.7%

enelson, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of drpimento
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

drpimento, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of mynie
3.33/5  rDev -7%
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.

mynie, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of bpfrush
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

bpfrush, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of morimech
3.33/5  rDev -7%
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.

morimech, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of jera1350
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

jera1350, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

TX-Badger, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of garymuchow
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

garymuchow, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Molson2000, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of atone315
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

atone315, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of hoppymcgee
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

hoppymcgee, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of seeswo
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

seeswo, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of KTCamm
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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

jzlyo, Jun 17, 2014
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Belgian Blonde Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.