Double Bean Blonde Ale
The Schlafly Tap Room

Double Bean Blonde AleDouble Bean Blonde Ale
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American Blonde Ale
Ranked #22
Ranked #10,307
3.95 | pDev: 9.87%
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
Very Good
Double Bean Blonde AleDouble Bean Blonde Ale
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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Reviews by qchic:
Photo of qchic
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice gold appearance with ample head and lacing. Nice smooth coffee aroma with hints of fruit. The chocolate is more apparent in the flavor, supported by earthy flavor. Moderate ABV and fine carbonation have made this one go down too easily. This exceeded my expectations, and I can't help but wonder if a Triple bean made with some vanilla bean would be out of this world. Schlafly, what say you?

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Photo of RJQ3
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
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 Mscarpen
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Franziskaner
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
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 seedyone
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Wow! What a surprise. Blonde as blonde can be... in appearence, but the aroma & Taste?...Looks are deceiving.

The 2 beans? Rumor has it they are coffee & chocolate. In my glass the coffee is king. The chocolate is barely an also ran.

That being said, this is a great event to witness.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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

Photo of kingjohnh
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Chocolate dominates the aroma, though coffee mixes in nicely. There's a touch of grain that shines through.

Flavor reveals a grainy malt backbone, with mostly coffee roasty character and a bit of acidity that's somewhat misplaced.

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Photo of smithj4
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mdfb79
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Still too much blonde ale base for it to be good.

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Photo of sendbeer
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RAFH
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of socon67
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Majestic
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Eager to try this latest edition in a growing number of blonde stouts and coffee beers. The pour is as expected, with a translucent body that is a light to medium golden in color. The head is average in size, retention, and lacing. Fairly dark and moderately bitter coffee greet the nose right up front. The overall impression is very close to the first sniff of a can of Foldgers as you open it up. Very light and slightly sweet chocolate make a brief appearance at the end of the scent. Taking a drink, the flavors reverse their order from the scent, with the chocolate appearing first. It starts out with a small bit of semi-sweet chocolate flavor before moving on to the coffee. The coffee flavor matches the scent, kind of cheap, but fairly dark and bitter. In the latter half of the drink, the coffee dominates and also hangs around a little bit after the drink. As far as weight goes, this one feels and drinks like your average 5% ABV stout. It is smooth and easy to drink, yet still has a good does of carbonation.

Overall, I think I am really starting to enjoy this trend of golden "dark" beers. This is next in a line of solid offerings in the style that already includes Fulton Street Blend and Stone Master of Disguise. As long as brewers are keeping the quality of this style at or exceeding the likes of these beers, I will continue to drink them.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Savor 2016

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Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattXT
3.02/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of WoodBrew
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
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 rolltide8425
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
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 kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Double Bean Blonde Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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