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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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4/5  rDev +11.7%

rocklibster, May 31, 2012
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 WastingFreetime
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

WastingFreetime, May 06, 2012
Photo of scaliasux
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

scaliasux, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of mjpolzin
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

mjpolzin, May 26, 2012
Photo of sweethome
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

sweethome, Dec 03, 2011
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.

anglagard1, Sep 16, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Bunuelian, Oct 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Kunstman, Jun 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

robear, May 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

atone315, Apr 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Watershed, Jul 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

cadaugherty, May 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

RobinLee, May 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

jabo134, Jul 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

esullivan880, Nov 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

smogfood, Dec 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

tbergsli, Jul 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

ithinkimasofa, Apr 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

seeswo, Feb 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

wiscokid920, Aug 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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

GennyCreamAle, Oct 03, 2013
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
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

ZEB89, Apr 04, 2014
Belgian Blonde Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.