Double Bean Blonde Ale | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Double Bean Blonde AleDouble Bean Blonde Ale
BA SCORE
3.93/5
Very Good
184 Ratings
Double Bean Blonde AleDouble Bean Blonde Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
schlafly.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Darkness and romance lurk beneath the golden exterior of this ale that combines the prominent flavors and aromas of coffee and the smooth richness of chocolate. We use simple, straightforward malts and hops to keep the focus on the notable characteristics of the featured ingredients. After the beer is fermented, we let it rest on cocoa nibs sourced from Ghana—one of the world’s largest chocolate exporters. In the final stage of production we add a cold coffee toddy made from filtered water and finely ground beans roasted by St. Louis’ own Kaldi’s Coffee and sourced directly from the Shiwanda Estate in Africa’s southeastern Tanzania.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 10-01-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,387
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
184
pDev:
9.41%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
47
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 184 |  Reviews: 44
Photo of Walnut
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DigitGrowler
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of barnzy78
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz, "bottled with love on 12082017". Hazy golden body with a persistent off-white head. Intriguing aroma of pale malt, chocolate, and coffee. A modest meld of chocolate, coffee, grain, toffee, and grassy herbal hops. Medium body, moderate carbonation, finishing well balanced. An easy drinking blonde ale with nice coffee and chocolate additions; worth the try but I can't see myself getting it again.

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Photo of Livyatan1996
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chris826
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rolltide8425
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love the sweet chocolate and bitter coffee added to a straightforward blonde ale. Dark beer flavors in a light base.

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Photo of FrauTotenkinder
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

One of Schlafly's best. Quite unique. Light and coffee like a breakfast coffee blend.

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Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Batman11
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cp45
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Saint Louis Brewery, LLC "Schlafly Double Bean Blonde Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "Bottled With Love on 12082017 12:29"
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Nice label picturing a bar of chocolate and coffee beans. Is there really chocolate in it? The label doesn't say anything about ingredients so I'm not sure. It's poured a very hazy medium amber colored body beneath a short head of white that's dropped to become a creamy cap. The aroma displays a pepperiness like green pepper, and coffee beans. Unfortunately the pepperiness is the stronger of the two. It's not bad, it's just a little weird, you're not expecting that peppery note. Moving on to the flavor... the pepper unfortunately remains, but it's not nearly as strong as it is in the aroma. I'm still getting some coffee, and there is chocolate - I didn't find any in the nose. That's a little weird with it being light in color, you expect brown for chocolate, but it's there. There's also a little bit of yeasty fruitiness, or, for all I know, that could be coming from the coffee beans; and there's some background vanilla. Overall I like it but it's far from the best blonde coffee ale I've ever had. Medium leaning towards medium-light in body and perhaps a bit too carbonated for what it is. Maybe that's to offset the lack of head retention caused by the oils in the beans and chocolate? I don't know. Nor do I know that I'd buy this again. At least it's interesting, but I certainly wouldn't want to drink two in a row which is one of the ways I judge "drinkability". If you haven't had it I suggest you try it but don't go out of your way to find it.

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3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerucee
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First sip from bottle was not special. Subsequent sips had coffee and a slight bitterness.

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Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid example of a blonde stout. Tastes a bit like an excellent cup of coffee with sugar dumped in for added body and sweetness. That said, I wouldn't mind if this were a bit drier and lighter bodied. I'd love to taste the coffee and chocolate used here.

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Photo of drewskihausen
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KLHBB
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Murky gold, smell of mocha, taste of sweet chocolate coffee, a little malt to remind me this is a beer. Light, crisp feel, overall quite festive.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of socon67
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
2.97/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Artificial-looking orange-yellow body with some static-like sediment, white head fizzes away to nothing. Artificial- smelling chocolate is on the nose, in a weird overly-sweet way that makes it smell like vanilla, or a Hershey's Cookies and Cream bar. The taste is better, the coffee is mild but at least apparent, and every now and again there's a hint of wheat and real beer flavor. It's still overly sweet, but tolerable. Feels overly carbonated, coarse, and fizzy.
Schlafly has a style. It isn't my style. But it's something.

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Photo of Datdubj1988
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of coz
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of whit_knee_41
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VoxRationis
2.81/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a Weissbier vase; bottled on 12/19/2016.
A: Pours a lightly hazy, straw to golden color.  Quarter inch off white head with little retention.  Minimal Belgian lacing.
S: Aromas of crackers and café au lait predominate.
T: Burnt coffee grounds and some unsweetened chocolate hit up front, but creamier biscuit flavor shows through during warming and consumption.
M: Medium bodied with very persistent and robust carbonation.
O: Almost a burnt taste greets the palate, which frankly just doesn’t add much and really detracts.  The unusual combination of scent and flavor characteristics make me wonder if there is any context in which this would be suitable, certainly more dessert than dinner.  Not surprised it has been retired.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

DATE: June 11, 2017... OCCASION: finishing a whirlwind weekend with Lord of the Rings and the boys....GLASSWARE: Stoudt's autographed pint... pours a cloudy golden body with enough bubbles to produce a steady stream,,, off-white head is perfunctory, thinning off at once to a pencil-thin, even ring... definite, brash coffee bean, light chocolate and lighter vanilla bean give an awakening, abrasive aroma... the earthiness and spiciness tantalize a bit... a smooth, medium-bodied draw ensues, with a lingering strength of bitter pepper and roasted bean... a light citrus brightens the cocoa and coffee that otherwise punches the drinker with an audacious strength... the overall drinkability surprises, even at 6.3% ABV, which is where the blonde comes in.... refreshing and flavorful in balance--may be the finest Schlafly I have had to this point...

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Photo of mfigueroa713
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Double Bean Blonde Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 184 ratings