Belgian Golden Ale
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Belgian Golden AleBelgian Golden Ale
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Style:
Pale Ale - Belgian
Ranked #129
ABV:
7%
Score:
84
Ranked #33,746
Avg:
3.75 | pDev: 12%
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
180
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Missouri, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
84
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Belgian Golden AleBelgian Golden Ale
Notes: Our Belgian-Style Golden Ale opens with a fruity nose and rounded sweetness that compose a pale and balanced beer. Hallertau hops lend a hint of spice that balances the aroma and flavor of orchard fruit. Similar to our Belgian Tripel, but with a lighter body and a crisper finish, it is the perfect introduction to the family of Belgian beers renowned for their complexity and delicacy.

Beers from this region reflected the diversity of Belgium itself, a nation that has three official languages (Dutch, French, and German). Bordering Germany and France, Belgian ales incorporate the complex flavors of French wine into the German brewing heritage. In Post World War II Europe, Belgian brewers developed golden strong ales to compete with the rising popularity of lighter Pilsner style beers.

23 IBU
Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 180 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Bierwolf:
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Bierwolf from Missouri

3.75/5  rDev 0%

Appearance: Mine poured a hazy yellow gold with about a half a finger of white foam that quickly thinned to a thin layer. Thin lacing and nice bubbles.

Aroma: A full nose of ripe citrusy fruit.

Taste: Lemony and orange flavors with some hops at the end. The hops were not overpowering but they were there.

Mouth Feel: Light to the medium light side with a smooth semi-dry finish.

Sep 01, 2014
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 3/25/13. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy straw gold color with a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. Aroma is fruity and spicy, it smells like pears, Belgian yeast, apricots, straw and bready malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some cloves, apples, candy sugar and coriander noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and has moderate carbonation. I like this brew, it's nice and tasty. Too bad I only bought a single bottle of this, I'll buy a 6-pack next time. $2.75 a single at Liquor Barn.

May 17, 2013
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Suds from Missouri

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ultra-pale and yellow-golden, this brew has a slim white head. Good aroma...yeast and fruit...estery and somewhat spicy. The taste is sweet and fruity. Finish has spice and a lingering sweetness. Very Belgian in style. This is drinkable and worth a try.

Mar 22, 2015
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daledeee from Iowa

3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A 12 oz bottle. I thought I would try this since it said Belgian on it.

Poured rather briskly and got a white head with lacing. Very clear yellow and bubbles.

Nose is not right. Sulfur, grain.

Taste is grainy and acidic with Belgian hops. Got some apple and pear mixed in. I can't get past the base flavor of grainy macro lager. This is just OK beer; far from balanced.

Mouth feel is pretty good with nice carbonation.

Won't be buying this again.

Apr 19, 2013
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whynot44 from Missouri

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy golden color with a decent off-white head that persists fairly well and does produce some nice lacing.

The aroma is yeasty with hints of fruit- apple, banana, citrus - and cloves.

The taste follows the aroma with apple or pear notes, a touch of citrus - lemon/grapefruit, banana and cloves, not overpowering, just enough for interest. Starts slightly sweet but smooths out and finishes slightly dry.

Medium bodied, smoothy and very drinkable with a well hidden ABV.

Maybe not quite Belgian, but well worth trying.

Oct 05, 2013
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WynnO from Florida

3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 17, 2018
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Walnut from Missouri

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 04, 2016
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a frothy beaten egg white head; decent stickage along with some dribbly lace but, honestly, this looks more like a pilsener than a Belgian

Smell: Rotting pears, and grassy hop tones; grainy, as well

Taste: A bit of biscuity malt and then the fruitiness overpowers the tastebuds, bringing overripe pear, primarily; the grassy and grainy flavors build, after the swallow, and the malt gets a bit sugary, as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Can't say I am a big fan of this beer; Schlafly brews some nice beers but this Belgian style is not among them, to my tastebuds

Oct 08, 2014
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Magery from Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev 0%

Jun 01, 2013
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's kinda how ya know that the stinkiest cheese is the best cheese. They smell earthy, tangy, and sometimes putrid, but you can't wait to try it. This is how this Belgian-style Golden Ale turns out.

Pouring a creamy and voluminous golden straw color, the ale is sufficiently hazed for a starchy, bready visual texture. Its long lasting ivory foam laces the glass intermittently with each sip. Looking more "American" than "Belgian", the beer favors creamy appearances over the vibrant and spritzy ones.

Highly pungent in its aroma, the musty grain scent is of wheat and husk. Starchy-sweet aromas mingle with more earthen tones of sea air, sweat, and parmesan. Fruit and spice interplay pins apple, pear, and grape up against peppercorn, clove, and dry straw.

And with a much less earthen taste, the creamy smooth flavor of malt is sweet like cookie dough and fresh bread. Dried oranges, pears, and apples spring from the malt and balance the finish of clove, white pepper and fresh baled hay.

Firm and medium in texture, the beer retains much of its starchy texture even late. Slowly drifting carbonation causes the beer to keep its structure deep into the finish- delaying its dry and quick finish. Light wine-like acidity, alcohol warmth, and semi-dry is how the beer concludes.

Sure, all the pieces and parts of Belgian Blonde Ales are all there, but they are simple, uncomplicated, and subdued in taste and texture. Its aromas need more roundness and less grain must- but these are all common attributes of most American brewers making beers inspired by Belgium.

Apr 16, 2013
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 7 May 13...

Pours an effervescent golden/bronze with a thumb of pearl colored head. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Pears & apple peel, plus perfumy hops

T: Follows the nose, a touch of lemon, honey suckle & a touch of peaches up front. Some lemon peel & grapefruit as this warms, some pear, white grape & honey crisp apple as well. Finishes slightly dry, fruitty, with a touch of lemony hops

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, nice balance

Pretty easy to drink, nothing mid-blowing here, but very solid

Jul 14, 2013
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light carbonation dissipates rather quickly. Golden yellow hue. Heavenly sweet candy sugar smell beckons you to taste. The tongue confirms the nose: Sweet candy sugar that quickly fades. Simple, smooth, and refreshing. An excellent thirst quencher for a typical hot, humid St. Louis summer.

Jun 23, 2013
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cschepers from Missouri

3.75/5  rDev 0%

Apr 13, 2013
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longbongsilver from Missouri

2.25/5  rDev -40%

Mar 24, 2014
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1fastz28 from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a straw golden color like any regular lager. has a small white head with no lacing. It has a great yeasty smell to it, definitely sweet. Taste is really good, has a wonderful body and a fruity/sweet flavor to it. The yeast is very present in the taste. Mouthfeel is bubbly like most strong Belgian ales. I REALLY enjoy this beer for the price. I think it is on par with Duvel and Piraat and other Belgian ales but is a bargain at the price point. Highly recommended.

Apr 26, 2013
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this beer up from Totowa, as a total crapshoot. I hadn't had anything from these guys in ages and I wasn't expecting much when I pulled this off of the single bottle shelf. This was one of the few beers left that I hadn't tried from there and I didn't think that something from the Midwest could be as enjoyable as an original from overseas. Although the spice, strength, and complexity weren't as strong as a European counterpart, this caught me by surprise and was a good take on what a laid-back version of this beer should be like. The body and taste were strong enough while not being terribly strong in the booze department!

The pour to this was decent, as this beer had a fairly radiant golden hue that was almost clear, with a head that wasn't thick nor long-lasting. What little lacing on on the sides of my pint glass didn't last long either, as it quickly slid down after each sip. There was lot of candied sugar, pear, banana, apple, and a lemon zest-like spice to this that combined for a relatively easygoing drinking experience. Only the sugar and banana stuck around during the aftertaste while this seemingly had a bit of wheat to round things and give this beer some body. This has quite a "bright" feel to it and wasn't overpowering in terms of taste or alcohol.

Even though this wasn't a session beer, I regret only buying one of these. It's not something I'd chug down or enjoy in mass quantities and there could have been more yeast here but there was enough to like and for a Summer beer, this would be a solid choice. Not as intense or filling as other examples that I've tried but there's enough fruit and body here to savor, while enjoying this unexpected surprise.

Aug 03, 2013
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Hellpop65 from Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Jul 14, 2013
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ygtbsm94 from Utah

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Jul 20, 2013
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, pale gold color with a one-finger, bubbly white head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - Spicy aroma with fruity notes. Some caramel and bready aromas.

T - It tasted of spicy, yeastiness. Fruity sweetness with caramel and a touch of hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale.

O - This is a really good Belgian-style ale from Schlafly. Very nice.

Mar 31, 2013
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ROGUE16 from Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Oct 07, 2013
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BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev 0%

Sep 28, 2013
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rangerred from Tennessee

3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium gold with a thin, white head that is barely half a finger. It fades away quickly just leaving some light lacing.

Aroma is very fruity with peach, pear and orange along with some coriander spiciness from the yeast.

Flavor closely follows the aroma with fruit being very dominant. There is almost a little bit of tartness present. Malt is very light with just a slight bit of bread detectable in the background. Mouthfeel is on the thin side and bitterness is light with some stickiness and sweetness lingering.

Overall, a decent try at a Belgian Pale Ale but it is a notch below the authentic versions. Schlafly did a good job with this, though, and it is worth picking up should you see it.

May 17, 2014
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vw72 from Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Apr 01, 2013
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Monkeyknife from Missouri

3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a clear and bright straw yellow with two fingers of bright white head. Nice lacing left behind.

Aroma of pear and floral hops, cloves, spearmint, Belgian yeast and table crackers.

The taste was a medley of floral hops, juicy pear, yeast, cloves, and spearmint along with a bit of light grainy cracker at the finish. The 7% abv is well hidden in this one.

Lighter bodied and crisp with a sharp carbonation.

A tasty Belgian ale from the folks at Schlafly.

Apr 13, 2013
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EvanWilliams from Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.7%

Jul 01, 2013
Belgian Golden Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 180 ratings