Schlafly Belgian Golden Ale | The Schlafly Tap Room

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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
Ratings:
179
Reviews:
36
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
12.1%
 
 
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8
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Ratings: 179 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of SkylerMartin
2/5  rDev -46.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

Photo of Sweffin
2.29/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Photo of schematix
2.41/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

It has a strong belgian funk taste and smell with minimal fruity esters to balance. Ugh. 1 down, 5 to go.

Perhaps I was expecting something different. I'm not a big fan.

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Photo of Mymoneyfatboy
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

This beer is about as Belgian as my butthole, and any reviewer from Missouri who describes a Missouri beer with the words "sea air" should think again about how close he's keeping his intellectual creations to his own butthole. I suggest they are not as far apart as they were intended to be.
This beer is a Belgian beer with a domestic nose and aftertaste. If you ever wondered where the brewer got, or what is was he did to, his water the first time you tasted a Budweiser, you will not be surprised by the finish of this beer. It's fine, but not a good "Golden Ale in the Belgian Style."
It is fine if you like to drink, but Belgians aren't supposed to be clear, son.

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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled two days ago on 12/5/15. Comes in a 12 ounce bottle from the Saint Louis Brewery, LLC in St. Louis, Missouri. Bottled dated: 03/03/2015. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage 10-ounce "Bud" handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a hazy golden yellow in color with a good 1+-finger foamy white head. A decent amount of lacing is seen that sticks to the sides of the glass when sipped. Aroma is of sweet grains with a light hint of floral hops also. Taste is different from the smell actually with some sweet light fruit is up front with some hops. Slight bitter finish but decent overall.Lighter-side of medium-bodied with good carbonation. Overall it was decent, though not a big fan of this style of brew.

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3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a soft honey color that has a slight haze to it. It does have a good 1 1/2 finger white head that has good retention

S - Smells sweet but yeasty. I also detected peaches and apricots in the aroma.

T - Spicy upfront which surprised me. Perhaps a hint of coriander. This is followed by a yeastiness that has a slight peachy and apricot flavor to it

M - A lighter beer. It does go down quiet smooth. Lower carbonation than I would like. I do have to say you cannot detect the alcohol and it is a 7% beer

O - This is an OK. Not really my style. I will say it has a unique flavor. I don't know that it is one I will look for, but offered to me at a friends house or at a restaurant I would try again.

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3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Schlafly Belgian Golden Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
3.72 out of 5 based on 179 ratings.
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