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%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
24
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 179 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of Eagleyes
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smakawhat
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
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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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 kingjohnh
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Suds
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of trcoster
5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best beer I've had in a long time

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Photo of Tafyob41
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dlmvh5150
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KShophead
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Psberrier
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of brock125
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of IpeeA
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of swgwilt
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of FreshZ
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Ngntjp
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of brentk56
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
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

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Photo of Oops
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of beb86
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of thefluker
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Volsdawg10
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Bierwolf
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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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Photo of dmartin118
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of stumac
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -19.4%

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