Double Bean Blonde Ale
The Schlafly Tap Room

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Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #27
Ranked #12,467
3.94 | pDev: 10.15%
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
Very Good
Notes: 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.
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3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This even-keeled malt/hop fermentation has nearly been perfected what bitterness should taste like. Clear cut that they take their time making this brew.

Dec 22, 2019
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Taste: gentle coffee, cocoa, malty, nutty, wheat, cracker, bitter, toothy notes. golden hue, slight haze, tall foamy head with a sticky lace. Medium body.

Jul 09, 2019
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Trarmer007 from Mississippi

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - coffee bean and cocoa is moderate but fades. Low malt aroma.
A - gold color probably a little higher srm for American blonde. Mild haze. Low head and retention
T- mild malt with bread notes. Low pepper spice and coffee taste.
MF- medium body with a low tacky feel finishing moderate dry
OI - the use of cocoa and coffee was just right. Not too much or too little. But the blonde base itself was average. Probably could be a cleaner dryer body

Apr 16, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

2/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottled 2/2/16; drank 3/20/16 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy dull orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice off-white head; nice, frothy lace.

Trash water, coffee & caramel notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Caramel & creamed coffee flavors up front; trash water notes on the finish. Gross.

Mar 06, 2019
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Apr 24, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Jan 29, 2018
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tempest from New York

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Jan 11, 2018
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1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

2.97/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

Aug 03, 2017
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VoxRationis from New York

2.81/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

Jul 03, 2017
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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...

Jun 12, 2017
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craigbelly from Iowa

4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a light head, hints of coffee and chocolate are perfectly represented. The aroma is subtle, but the coffee has some tasty bitterness to it.

May 01, 2017
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dcotom from Iowa

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a Craft Beer Club sampling glass. Clear golden-colored pour, with a two-finger white head. Aromas and flavors are just what the brewer intended, based on the commercial description. The base beer provides a rather unobtrusive vehicle for the big coffee and cocoa on the nose and palate. Very clean finish, with a little burnt-coffee bitterness on the finish. Schlafly admirably demonstrates that this flavor profile works for a blonde ale as well as it does for a porter / stout,

Apr 17, 2017
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BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75


Look: Pours a straw color with a big two finger off white head of foam.

Aroma: Hints of condensed cream, lots of chocolate, pale malt, and subtle notes of coffee.

Taste: Sweet notes of pale malt and vanilla with a mildly dry, bitter coffee and dark chocolate flavor. The flavors are well balanced and work well together, nothing is overpowering.

Feel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Would deffinately repurchase. One of the better coffee blondes I've had. This one isn't too in your face with the vanilla and malt flavors. Packs a decently dry and bitter roasted coffee and dark chocolate aftertaste

Apr 13, 2017
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a golden body with minimal head and no lace. The aroma has slight sweet chocolate aspect as well as some mild coffee bean aroma that is sweet than dry. The beer is mild itself and again more of a sweet beer as the coffee beans and vanilla offer a sweetness (not really getting any chocolate) over any dry flavors that could present themselves - clean finish and easy to drink.

Mar 18, 2017
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RJQ3 from New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Bottle poured into a 18. oz Wine glass. Bottle dated 1/27/17.

L: Golden straw with a half finger frothy white head that lingers with some great lacing on the glass, the look can completely fool you. Head only lasts a few minutes.
A: Oh my, if my eyes were closed I think I was smelling a dark roasted coffee porter or stout. Immediately get tons of coffee with subtle hints of chocolate and maybe vanilla.
T: I would suggest drinking this beer with your eyes closed. Get immediate coffee flavor but not overly powerful with a touch of chocolate, but also a slight grassy clean finish which is wonderful on the palate. Its refreshing but also so flavorful that I could session the whole six pack. I was having trouble deciding to choose this or Schlafly's Coffee Stout and very happy I chose this even though their coffee stout is excellent.
MF: Its much lighter but also very creamy, almost confused how Schlafly did this. Its crisp and refreshing but also creamy and decadent and the excellent coffee taste lingers for minutes.
Overall: One of the best coffee ales out there that rival Founders Pale Joe and Ommegang's Joemmegang and not too high of an abv that is completely masked in this brew. Very, very impressed with this beer. Hope it sells well and they make this a year round staple offering.

Mar 06, 2017
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vabeerguy from Virginia

3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a nonic glass. The first thing that struck me was a coffee smell Did not expect that from a blonde ale. Has a hazy golden color. Did not have much of a head or lacing. Could be the pour. The only downside was that the beer was bottled a year ago and was still on the shelf. Perhaps it did not matter. The beer was a gift but I would definitely buy it.

Jan 31, 2017
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Try-em-all from Missouri

3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours nice to a golden cloud with a light head, hints of coffee a day chocolate are perfect and it goes down smooth, the aroma subtle enough to generate acceptance of an invite, a real winner.

Jan 27, 2017
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RAFH from Michigan

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Split a sixer with my cousin Michelle's husband Rob. He drank it first and, as a new microbrew drinker, loved it. I tried it the next day, during the 2017 US Figure Skating championships in Kansas City, Missouri. It was excellent and a pleasant surprise, since I was trying beers from the area. Great aftertaste. Highly recommend this blonde.

Jan 25, 2017
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hophugger from Virginia

3.22/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Golden in color with heavy malt aroma and some coffee backgrounds. Taste has much more of the coffee yet not overpowering. Not a lot of complexity to this beer, but a good coffee presence, clean, slightly malty and bitter finish.

Jan 04, 2017
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kevanb from Illinois

3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, poured into a 16oz tumbler glass. Enjoyed on 9.23.16, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a golden straw color, orange and copper hues, haze but with some faint clarity with a finger of foamy white head, decent retention and nice swatches of soapy lace. The aroma has plenty of chocolate, almost like a milk chocolate, white chocolate mix, very rich and sweet with strong coffee roast, big vanilla bean, soft pale grains, very "stout" esque, but the adjuncts feel somewhat artificial. The flavors are nice, loads of chocolate, strong milk chocolate that's sweet and rich and also creamy with assertive roasted coffee, a bit fruit forward that also brings out some vanilla with some pale grains offering a bit more sweetness. The flavors are a bit more natural and less artificial than the nose suggests. The mouthfeel is good, medium body, oddly viscous with lower carbonation that feels gentle, coats extremely well with a smooth finish.

Verdict: A nice adjunct forward blonde ale from Schlafly. It drinks like a stout, perhaps a bit artificial, at least in the aroma but overall this was an enjoyable beer that was definitely an interesting sensory experience. While it's probably not a beer I'd race out to find again, it was a cool experiment and successful perhaps as a novelty.

Oct 16, 2016
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leantom from Indiana

3.19/5  rDev -19%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a very impressive offering from Schlafly, IMHO. Here goes:

A: Opaque, turbid yellow. Almost no head and no lacing. Very unappetizing.

S: Better than the appearance. Lemon from the hops and some coffee notes. However, the coffee's rather muted, especially compared to the FFF that I had a year ago.

T: Like a pale ale mixed with coffee. Hops at the front end; coffee predominates at the back on the pallet (most notable after swallowing). Besides being a weird combination, the flavors aren't nearly robust enough. The only coffee I get is after swallowing, and even that flavor dissipates readily.

F: Good.

O: Not my cup of tea.

Aug 06, 2016
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

part of a mix a six from the casual pint last weekend down in Knoxville.

Looks really good, pale yellow with generous white head. Good carbonation and nice lacing.

Aroma is mostly coffee with a hint of chocolate and a slight grassiness.

This is really nicely balanced. Comes through as a blond, but the coffee is a tad stronger than the chocolate. really tasty brew.

Finish is clean, mouth is maybe a tad below medium.

All in all, very enjoyable. Sorry to see it's only a one-off.

Jul 12, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

so cool to see these types of flavors getting popular in the blonde and pale ale styles. i think you dont necessarily need the roasted barley and chocolate malts to get a righteously deep and interesting beer. schlafly proves that here. this is nice in warmer weather brew with all of the comforting richness of some really high quality chocolate and roasty earthy coffee beans. i love it. its like tollhouse semisweet chocolate chips in the nose, bitter and sweet at the same time, but in the flavor its the coffee that stands out the most. well in front of the chocolate. fresh roasted, just just ground, quality beans. without all the dark malts that usually come in coffee beers, the flavor of the coffee itself really stands out, you can see just how much of an impact it has through just a light pale malt base. a little sweeter than it needs to be, but not so sugary that i wouldnt drink three or four of these happily. maybe less complete on the fermentation, i am reluctant to blame the chocolate for the sugar because its more bitter than that in the taste. dramatically flavored and really delicious, i think the coffee and chocolate go well together, like this might be far less compelling if it was either one of those in isolation in this medium bodied blonde ale. fun and innovative stuff from these guys!

Jul 09, 2016
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mdfb79 from New York

3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat transparent yellow low carb white head
Nose is light coffee grind so is taste plus wheat and dough med body mod carb
Overall a decent beer and nose but nothing great.

Jun 24, 2016
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JuicesFlowing from Kansas

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Look: The beer is opaque honey gold with a white head that recedes to a tiny circle of white foam in the center of the beer and little or no lacing.

Aroma: Rich chocolate fudge emerges and intertwines with rich, freshly ground coffee beans. The chocolate component of this is rich a decadent, like a well made cake.

Taste: Immediately, a robust (so cliche) coffee profile emerges and tells you this coffee ale is for real, but before you know it your tongue is actually swimming in lactose sugar and velvety fudge. The finish is more roasted malt territory with a little hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth.

Overall: I'm always skeptical of coffee beers that aren't black or brown, because that's how my dinosaur beer brain works. This beer passes expectations.

May 28, 2016
Double Bean Blonde Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 194 ratings