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Belgian Blonde Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
81
good

118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
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 pmcadamis
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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.

pmcadamis, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of esullivan880
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

esullivan880, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of TheRuss9585
3/5  rDev -16.2%

TheRuss9585, Nov 17, 2012
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!

ChiPool, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of Lemke10
4.08/5  rDev +14%
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.

Lemke10, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of elcrawl
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

elcrawl, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of Ryan011235
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Ryan011235, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of JamesShoemaker
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

JamesShoemaker, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of gatornation
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
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

gatornation, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of ystazi
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

ystazi, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of PDXHops
3.65/5  rDev +2%
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.

PDXHops, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of bpfrush
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

bpfrush, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of dorkinajeep
4/5  rDev +11.7%

dorkinajeep, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of deebo
2.35/5  rDev -34.4%
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

deebo, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of tyleeis
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

tyleeis, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev +11.7%

enelson, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of Joeyuwp
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Joeyuwp, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of wibrewer
4/5  rDev +11.7%

wibrewer, Jun 30, 2012
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 danedelman
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

danedelman, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of stpaulsipper07
4/5  rDev +11.7%

stpaulsipper07, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of KCM
4/5  rDev +11.7%

KCM, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of Localdrinklax
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Localdrinklax, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of wfcubsfan
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

wfcubsfan, Jun 10, 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
Belgian Blonde Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.