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Schlafly Belgian Golden Ale | The Schlafly Tap Room

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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:
#27,369
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
179
pDev:
12.13%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 179 |  Reviews: 36
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of imbibehour
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on March 3rd 2015.

A perfect shimmering brass and crystal bright clear body. Nice simple rising middle column of carbonation, very fine pinhead and even on the sides a little bit as well. Head manages only two fingers, basic white, a little creamy but very soapy and fine with little retention. Goes down a good sized puck and collar always getting repopulated. Great looking beer.

Aroma hints at some sweet sucrose but also a real perfume like quality. There's almost a soapy and briny smell to this which is kind of odd almost like pollen and floral. Kind of odd and strange but inviting. Not much else, going on.

Light bodied and very crisp carbonation on the palate on first sip. More sweeter than the aroma indicates, a basic honey sweetness in the mid palate washes nicely. Aftertaste comes quite carbonated and almost a little saison peppery. Finish really seems to hint at some distinction with a mild sense of bitterness and earth perhaps hop variety accenting, or some interesting yeast strain maybe? Quite fun. Moderate crispness and minerality in the mix as well.

Overall kind of an interesting spin on a Belgian Ale, also a bit memorable, one that sort of awakens the palate about what a Belgian pale ale can be.

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3.76/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hendy011
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, Bottled on 25 April 13, served in a Belgian snifter.

Pours a hazy yellow-golden with a small head. The head soon reduces to a ring but manages to produce average lacing.

S/T: Lemon, pear, starfruit & apple plus spicy hops. Some subtle banana and clove come to the fore in tasting. Like many Belgians, this one tastes better than it smells. Lightly tart and sweet: good balance.

Feel: Medium-light body; crisp carbonation; finishes semi-dry

O: easy to drink; a very solid example of style that could readily pass for an actual Belgian. Well hidden ABV

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3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: Bottle poured into a glass

A:Light bright pale gold color. Pretty decent head

S: Light bright aroma, has an obvious Belgian aroma, with nice fruity notes. Definitely get a sweet aroma along with it.

T: Sweeter flavor with good fruity flavors. Get some pear in it myself. Hides the 7% alcohol very well.

MF: Very light body with a strong Belgian feel. Has a light crisp finish, not a dry finish.

O: Very well put together beer. Has a very good balance of flavors and aromas. Great beer, give it a try

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3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant light golden with a one inch frothy white head that dissipates somewhat slowly, leaving modest lacing.

Belgian yeast, mustiness, pear, tangerine, and peach form the initial aroma. Confectioners sugar sweetness, coriander, and floral hops add complexity.

Flavor reveals more fruity character, somewhat tart initially, fading to lightly bready malt, and finishing somewhat powdery and dry. Tart green apple, tangerine, pear, pineapple, and confectioners sugar underlie the malt backbone. Very fruity. A touch on the sweet side.

Body is moderate, with carbonation on the high side, and light alcohol warmth.

Very fruit dominant brew with a lightly bitter, dry finish. Earthy. Carbonation is a touch high for my liking.

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3.82/5  rDev +3%
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.

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3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of soju6
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a nice golden color with a fair head and bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of mild citrus, fresh fruit, with a hint of malt sweetness.

T: Taste is quit clean with a mild fruit sweetness, with a bit of citrus and malt sweetness. Mild bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Fairly moderate body, crisp and refreshing. The 7% ABV is very well hidden. Nicely balanced.

O: Enjoyable beer that goes down way too easy.

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3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JoshuaWilkins-38
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zaktcc
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint glass. Bottled on 03/10/2015.

A - Pours an opaque, golden color with a white fluffy, 1 and 1/2 finger head. Great head retention with lacing.

S - An interesting blend of aromas with nothing in particular that really stands out to me. Overall a fairly herbal scent with hints of fruits; malts more present than hops - sweeter overall scent. Wish had a little more distinction in scents.

T - Thankfully unlike the aromas, the flavorings were much more distinctive. Fairly plain and malty at first than you're hit with a blend of various flavors. The most distinctive flavor I can pick up on is that of pear and apple, giving the beer a more bitter yet still sweet taste. It finishes up with a very sweet, sugary taste that lingers in the mouth for a while. Overall quite interesting yet quite enjoyable.

M - Medium bodied beer with average carbonation. Very smooth and enjoyable feeling beer. No harsh aftertastes; just a mild lingering sweetness.

O - A fairly unique beer out of the ones I've had thus far. Enjoyable and very drinkable; I particularly like the sugary sweet aftertaste. Personally I don't think pear and or apple is my favorite flavoring in beer.

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3.86/5  rDev +4%
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.

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3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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