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Belgian Blonde Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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82
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122 Ratings
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 42
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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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -16.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of hu5om
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of knepper
3/5  rDev -16.2%
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 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 TheDTrain
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
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 anglagard1
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
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 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 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 SykDoc
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
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 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.

Photo of mobius387
2.55/5  rDev -28.8%
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 crossovert
2.45/5  rDev -31.6%
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 pmarlowe
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
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 adman08
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
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 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%.

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 mariposafan
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
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 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 johnkale
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
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 EliteDigger
2.55/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

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Belgian Blonde Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.