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Schlafly Belgian Golden Ale | The Schlafly Tap Room

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3.71/5
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179 Ratings
Schlafly Belgian Golden AleSchlafly Belgian Golden Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
schlafly.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by zeff80 on 03-31-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27,454
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
179
pDev:
12.13%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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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.

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3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Snagged a bottle of this for the typical single price of $2.50. Into a pint glass.

A - Got very little head from this thinner than a 1/4 inch with a pretty good pour. Pulls back to a very thin lace ring with a semi hazy bright yellow orange beer.
S - Smell is pretty good very vibrant fruit notes similar to a Tripel but I can't really pick up anything other than that fruit sweetness no bread or hops. Must be very faint.
T - Ah the taste actually does have a bitter edge I didn't expect that sort of clashes with the fruit and leave the palate mildly sweet and slightly chalky. Repeated sips are pretty much the same just a touch more fruity yeasts.
M - For 7% to me it drinks very heavy not as "crisp" as they say. In fact its pretty much drinks the same as their tripel with less hops.

Overall its OK nothing really to faun over like say their pumpkin ale but its still a decent beer I will not be picking up again.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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.

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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

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3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a mildly hazed golden color. The head is a two finger white shade that does a good job of staying around. This one really looks at home in a Duvel tulip.

S: There is quite a bit of spicy yeast and grassy hops on the nose. Also noted are some characteristics of grape, apple, and pear. Pretty typical for the style. Still, Schlafly did a good job of pulling off the distinctive notes.

T: A fruity sweetness is the first thing noted - this has a strong cherry quality to it that the nose didn't indicate. Later on, notes of (well handled) butterscotch and earthy hops help to balance out the apple/pear/cherry qualities; after a while, citrusy hints enter the palate, as well. It's fairly sweet, yet well balanced all the same.

M: This one could be drier, and in fact, probably should be. Also a bit under-carbonated. I kind of hoped that the hops would cleanse some of the sweetness a little better, but it's still quite easy to drink.

O: I reckon this one is a little too sweet to be in Duvel's pantheon, but that doesn't mean it's not good. Really, this is the kind of brew I want to be drinking on a warm day like this one. A solid BPA that could benefit from a few tweaks.

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3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Straw with 1 finger of white head. Good clarity and low carbonation.

Nose
Pear, gold apple and Brett.

Taste
Golden delicious apple, pear and Belgian yeast. This does carry a Brett yeast character. Light notes of hay and potpourri.

Mouthfeel
Light-medium bodied, smooth and dry.

Overall
On par with other Belgian Golden Ales. Nothing too special.

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Schlafly Belgian Golden Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 179 ratings
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