Belgian Style Golden Ale | Lazy Boy Brewing

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Belgian Style Golden AleBelgian Style Golden Ale

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Lazy Boy Brewing
Washington, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by mattmaples:
Photo of mattmaples
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright gold in color, it pours with a reputable three fingers of foam. The aroma is slightly sweet with big fruity esters and a general spice character. The flavors are of fruity peach and yellow plum with an easy grassy hop. Maybe a little more hop that a true Belgain but what does one expect from the NW.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #61 (Feb 2012):

LOOK: Deep, clear, brassy gold

SMELL: Taffy, lemon zest, green peppercorn, nougat, ripe plantains, perry, shortbread

TASTE: Creamy body, cake batter, lemongrass, peppery, chalky, cherries, toasted bread, warming esters, faint Band-Aid, powdered clove, plums, dry finish

We get the whole “Belgian” thing, and perhaps therein lies the “style,” but this is clearly American brewed vs. an attempt at a specific Belgian style. Semi-complex, wild, but quite clean, too. Not a bad beer, just different. Regardless, we enjoyed the attempt.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to SuzyGreenberg for this extra.

Im not sure what sort of style I would call this but the bottle says its a belgian style golden ale. Pours a pale color with nice fluffy head. the nose is of malty hops and spice with heavy barnyard funk. At first it smells like a belgian style single ale to me. (reminiscent of midnight sun greed, but better) A good crisp taste with a good balance of malt and hops. Very spicy through the middle, like an overspiced saison with less carbonation. the finish has a crisp hop taste. quite refreshing with good mouthfeel and session drinkability. A good beer, the first lazy boy ive had, and i would try the other brews based on this one. Not spectacular but good. defenitely worth a try.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lazy Boy Belgian Style Golden Ale

A: Clear orange body beneath a short head of off-white foam. The head slowly dwindles = good retention. Average lacing.

S: Yeasty fruit and chalk. Typical Belgian yeast - I can't remember which strain.

T: Yeasty and fruity. Chalky yeast, apricot-like fruitiness. Seemingly wheaty base. Mild bitterness lies underneath. Finishes mostly dry with the chalkiness of the yeast drying it, and a delicate spritz of alcohol adding to it.

M: Medium bodied with a median carbonation level. Smooth.

D: Drinkaable in that it offers no roadblocks, except maybe alcohol content. But it's not really very interesting as far as Belgian-style golden ales go.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle - found its way back from seattle in a suitcase...reviewed from cellphone notes

appearance: served in a standard pint, hazy copper body with a foamy white lace,

smell: bready and sweet, notes of sweet yeast

taste: not very well developed for the style - this one is way to sweet and the yeast presence isnt very zesty...this beer has a sweet bready chew, with notes of apple and nut

mouthfeel: sweet and filling

Drinkability: ok

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Photo of cannabanaceae
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip shaped glass Ala Wholefoods for $4.99. The appearance was copper brown with a light white head. Smell was fruity, yeasty with a dash of wheat. Carbonation was strong with a bread'y alcohol taste slight bitter in the back. A lot going on in the mouth with the subtle Belgium yeasty flavor, balanced with low hops and sweet candy. Left lacing in glass when all gone. Alcohol hidden pretty well, an easy sipper. Not sure if true to style but this is a ok american Belgium not bad.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a beautiful orangey-copper hue with active carbonation and a light and beautiful haze throughout. A vigorous pour yields a three-finger off-white fluffy head fades relatively quickly but leaves behind some fairly impressive lacing.

aroma is surprisingly rich and belgian-esque. spicy, fruity, yeasty and doughy. melon, pear, apple, pineapple and citrus with subtle hints of banana. some nice spicing to go along. A touch mild, but it's delicious enough I'm not raising a stink.

Taste is a bit of a letdown from the aroma. Decent breadiness with some honey and candi sugar sweetness. Fruit is up front, with apples, pineapple, grapefruit and lemons. A citrusy spiciness - almost pepper and cloves, drowns out all subtleties, leaving spice, lemon, and sugar. A fair dose of hops create another level of flavor, with a bit of pine astringency and almost medicinal herbal notes. Interesting, but not exactly one I can see craving.

mouthfeel is a bit undercarbonated, allowing the sweet and slickness to pull through... a bit too syrupy without the full carbonation and creaminess to cut through. Not rich enough or clean enough without the carbonation.

All in all, a valiant effort from a northwest brewery, but it just doesn't quite hit the target in my mind. not bad, but just a bit too funky and not quite enough to really keep me interested. Drinks well, but a bit too sweet and tart to really be highly drinkable. Glad I gave it a shot, and I'm always interested in what Lazy Boy puts out, but this one needs just a bit of tweaking to be able to compete with the top-notch american-belgian brews.

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Photo of Birdlegs
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Ghenna
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice copper color, long standing white layer of foam atop the beer.

smells of malt and belgian spice

taste- I'm kind of meh about this beer. decent belgian spice flavor, odd aftertaste, kind of a dull malt flavor.

MF is ok, not super sticky or anything, and nice level of carb.

Generally speaking, I'm pretty indifferent about this one. I mean it isn't bad, but it isn't good either. There are a lot better offerings in this category of beer.

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Photo of Braz
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RonTugnutt
1.47/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Infected. I debated whether or not to review this beer but in the end I decided that if they didn't keep their equipment sanitary that isn't something to excuse. I'm sure that the beer is generally fine (other reviews gave me high hopes) and I plan on trying it again but this was terrible, sour, biting, the kind of taste that doesn't leave your mouth.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard to know for sure, but I assume this is what I had at Jake's in Steilacoom the other day. The beer list simply described the beer as a Belgian ale from Lazy Boy.

The beer pours a tawny light brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty attractive, consisting of a light aroma of rootbeer and citrus. On the palate there is more rootbeer, with some cherry and a touch of vanilla and hoppy bitterness as well. The beer is moderately sweet and is medium to full bodied. Abv. is a bit warming, but is otherwise pretty well disguised. The beer is pretty drinkable and is not the least bit heavy or tiring.

Nice solid effort from Lazy Boy.

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Photo of froghop
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a semi-clear pale orange with a small off-white head, and some lacing.

smell is of peanut butter, fruit, caramel, and some malt.

taste is oily, peanuts, wheat, some fruits, a touch of citrus, and some roasted malt.

overall very average in a brew, i thought that the peanut smell and taste was different, but it added character to the brew.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: deep gold color; relatively haze-free. No appreciable head after the initial pour.

Smell: aroma is sweet, floral and slightly chalky. Aroma includes flowers, pear and maybe a little peach. Very spring-y.

Taste: very much like the aroma. I like it, but it almost seems a little strongly one-dimensional. It reminds me a lot of those Candian candies called floral gums; kind of sweet and perfume-y. Not horrible, but not exactly what I'm seeking.

Mouthfeel: rather disappointing. I like my Belgians to be bottle conditioned or carbonated like crazy to yield a creamy delicious mouthfeel. This beer is almost flat.

Drinkability: pretty drinkable. You don't taste the 8.7%, so it has that going for it, but it also lacks the complexity that keeps me wanting more. It's almost a Belgian with training wheels.

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Photo of MacStinson
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice a nice hazy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger fizzy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast notes, fruity (grapes), slight spice. The taste is sweet, malty, with some nice yeast notes, a nice grape/fruitness in this brew, slight spice. Medium body. Drinkable, a very tasty brew, quite different in my book, glad I picked this one out.

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Photo of Briken
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy orange and thin tannish head with little retention. Sweet booze, yeast and wheat. Bready with sweet alcohol and significant saltiness and a slighty medicinal aftertaste. Smooth fuzzy and a light mouthcoating.

An okay sipping beer although not a whole lot of taste but decent. It does seem to have a bit of a watery consistency from time to time.

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Photo of NickThePyro
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ccrida
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at the Dog & Pony, served in a goblet, Lazy Boy's Belgian is a murky dark gold with a small off-white collar that leaves very light, scattered lace.

Smell is a kind of damp sour citruss, wheat and spices, with a yeasty (rather then estery) bit as well some clean alcohol as it warms.

Taste is a little saions like, a big citrus spice flavor (but doesn't have that coriander bite, I'm thinking actually fruit peel or a lemony herb) to it for sure, but also a nice pithy mineral bite, drier, very nice. A little bit of a bready malt backbone as well.

Mouthfeel is crisp, nice carbonation, dry, medium body.

Drinkability is pretty high, I was really digging it. Saison style for sure, which is my favorite style. Very well done, I always underestimate Lazy Boy and then when I get around to having one, I'm blown away. Factor in local availability and price and you've got a real winner.

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Photo of Vancer
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lazy boy beer, for a lazy beer guy on a nice fall day. Pours a clear golden straw, ivory head that died quickly - maybe due to the high abv.

Sweet smelling spicy malt in the aroma. Quaff was a shockingly funky orange malt bomb. I don't get this one - it has to be off, no way should a tripel taste like this. Kinda sticky sweet in the finish, too - I'm glad this is only one bomber to go through. No hint of the alcohol - and after a glass, the funk settles into a decent drinker.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried a 4 oz. sample of this at the Spring Beer & Wine Fest (Portland) in March; thought I'd grab a 22 oz. bottle of it when I spotted it recently at Beaumont Market. Poured to a 'La Chouffe' tulip glass..

A: Looks very nice in the glass, poured right up to the 25 cl line: a vibrant golden, with chill haze and a modest rising carbonation. Head is a fine, tight cream - nearly white and topping off at about 1-finger high.

S: Moderately strong smell of Belgian candi sugar and bready yeast. I don't detect much difference at all between this and a good SPA from Belgium - soft fruit (pear, apple, date) and a restrained sweetness. Just a little shy of a strong aroma. As it warms, a slightly musty 'rustic' aroma creeps in, building on the illusion that Belgium has arrived in Everett, WA.

T: Semi-tart apple and light peach, vague berry flavor. Grainy malt, starting reasonably sweet and ending a bit chalky/dry. Hops are used fairly liberally, herbal and a little medicinal - a nice (appropriate balance) to the sweeter malts.

M: Crisp, slightly effervescent carbonation. Medium mouthfeel, with a creeping alcohol warmth and a dry bittering in the finish.

D: A good example of a Belgian Strong Pale. I wasn't nearly as impressed with the sample I tried in March (which, in part, made me question my choice to grab a bottle from the shelf); glad I gave this a second try. Nice job, Lazy Boy - I would get this again and recommend it.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear gold with a slight haze.
A white two inch froth swelled up with a moderate pour.
The foam settled after the first few sips and left behind a myriad of lacing.
Aromatics are on-spot for a belgian golden.
Light malt with fruity esters, clovey phenols, and a little spicy.
An American slant steps forward with some additional tropical hops. Peaches, tangerines, and grassy undertones. Subdued, but they are there, along with a crisp mineral note.
Mouthfeel is medium and somewhat crisp. Not quite as creamy or effervescent as would expected from the style.
The pallet is very fruity and pretty hoppy.
Mangos, peaches, and citrus oil ride atop the light malt base.
Bitterness is firm and substantial for the style.
Alcohol is present but not offensive.

A nice belgian with plenty of Pacific northwest flair.

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Photo of Donnie2112
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orangish, Yellow in collor and a nice film of head on top

citric and yeasty aromas and a hint of pumpkin

nice yeasty bitterness, it's a little nutty, a bit sweet and citric and a bit of pepperiness from the alcohol mixed in with a hint of some grassy piney hoppiness

medium light body snappy carbonation and a light astringence

Really solid beer and impressively strong and smooth. Really refreshing.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A reasonable pour summons forth a three-finger thick, lightly tan colored head as well as sticky, sweet aromas of honey. The beer is a full gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright gold color when held up to the light. The big honey note seems to fade quickly and I am left with notes of pear, an herbal sort of malt note, some spicy clove and a dry cracker like grain character. The finish has a touch of alcohol spiciness / heat to it, but this is fairly soft. The aroma is a bit on the muted side with the fruitiness being the most dominant note.

Fairly dry, in fact quite dry, the beer even has a tartness to it that lightly influences the flavor. This has enough carbonation to provide a bit of a peppery bite as well as some texture. There is also a fermentation derived spiciness to this brew that provides / boosts the pepper note as well as providing some clove notes, a touch of ginger and some earthy spiciness. This beer is quite light bodied which makes it quite quaffable. As the beer warms up it picks up just a hint of sweetness in the finish. There is also a soft fruitiness here that reminds me of pears and green apples and perhaps a touch of floral honey in the finish.

This is an interesting beer, I wasn't expecting very much from this, so it has exceeded my expectations. I definitely like how dry it is and even the hint of tartness just makes this a little more interesting and quaffable. This beer is decent, even if not overly interesting.

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Photo of twelveinches
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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Belgian Style Golden Ale from Lazy Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 35 ratings