Double Bean Blonde Ale | The Schlafly Tap Room

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3.93/5
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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:
#11,434
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
185
pDev:
9.41%
 
 
Wants:
7
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Trade:
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Reviews by NeroFiddled:
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of RJQ3
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light copper color with some moderate sediment haziness. There's a fingernail of off white covering the rim and the vast majority of the top. Aroma is of dark chocolate, lightly bitter coffee, and caramel. I taste an intensely sweet blend of dark chocolate, caramel, and lightly bitter coffee. The mouth is lightly oily and yet viscous.

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Photo of Mscarpen
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clocking in at 6.3% ABV, this blonde, as one would expect, pours pineapple yellow/orange in color. What you don’t see coming around the bend are the cocoa nibs and fresh roast coffee, the real stars in this beer. The first whiff of Double Bean Blonde produces a sweet, cold-pressed coffee nose with a creamy first sip… with loads of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla to follow. When you set down your glass the incongruence is hard to downplay… as you would expect to see a dark, roasty beer but instead find a hazy orange yellow. Oddly, this disconnect continued to knock me off track as I drank the beer, but in the end served only to highlight the genius of how it was crafted. The beer closes with a sweet dessert-like finish which lingers, but only for a bit. Color and flavor incongruences, combined with the sweet, creamy deep notes of chocolate and coffee, make this my favorite Schlafly beer next to their Pumpkin Ale seasonal.

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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 Andnkuhn
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of alyssa1224
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gibgink
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a typical dark golden hue with a head size depending on the aggressiveness of the pour. Head dies down fairly quickly. Smells more like a coffee stout than anything else. Taste is pretty close to a mocha, with the coffee dominating just a little more than the chocolate. Overall I liked this beer. It would be in my fridge right now if it was the same price as Schlafly six packs.

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Photo of juicebox
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of WoodBrew
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Double Bean Blonde Ale is awesome. Thank you good neighbor....who not only has to endure an invasion of lil' girls sleepover....he gave me a wonderful beer to try. This one poured a cloudy copper with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent....chocolate and coffee! The taste....also chocolate and coffee....big coffee finish....linger like a mochachino. The mouthfeel was lighter than expected with smooth carbonation. Overall the brewer nailed his mark. Definitely worth a try for those that love coffee/chocolate mix.

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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 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 mlockman
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Really odd, this tastes exactly like what you'd expect a lower-ABV chocolate-coffee stout or porter to taste like. The flavors aren't overwhelming or intense, and are rather subtle and nuanced, but they're definitely discernible on the palate. Looking down at the beer to see a blonde ale when tasting those kinds of flavors is very odd and almost unsettling; but I liked it.

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Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of russpowell
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed amber with a pinky of beige colored head. Decent head retention & lacing

S: Coffee & more coffee

T: Coffee & dryness up front. More of the same as this warms, with a slight coffee ground & vanilla tinge. Finishes with lots of coffee, a little lactic creaminess & dryness

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation

Pretty drinkable, sure delivers on the coffee

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Photo of hophugger
3.22/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of richj1970
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bigdadhausmann
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice blonde ale pours a lightly hazy peach tinged amber with a moderate head of white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin layer, and light lacing. Nose is heavy on the cold pressed coffee with a touch of vanilla and caramel malts. No cocoa is detectable in the nose. Flavors lightly exceed the nose with with generous amounts of cold pressed coffee on the front, subtle cocoa on the middle to back, and notes of vanilla and caramel on the sides with a lightly bitter sweet cocoa/coffee aftertaste. Nice mouth feel, medium carbonation to keep it lively. Overall a very nice brew.

Cheers

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Photo of jsh420
2.84/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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Double Bean Blonde Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 185 ratings