Double Bean Blonde Ale | The Schlafly Tap Room

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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
Ratings:
167
Reviews:
41
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
9.69%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
40
For Trade:
1
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Photo of socon67
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
2.97/5  rDev -24.2%
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 +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of coz
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of whit_knee_41
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VoxRationis
2.56/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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 +0.8%
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 +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jelitikasez
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EdFed
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucoli
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of craigbelly
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of TBonez477
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dcotom
4/5  rDev +2%
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,

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Photo of smithj4
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of MJ64
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent.

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

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Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MemphisSooner
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of willcumbie
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WhiteHendrix
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Dum3z
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bigdadhausmann
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of FrancisM12
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Double Bean Blonde Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
3.92 out of 5 based on 167 ratings.
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