Belgian Blonde Ale
Central Waters Brewing Co.

Belgian Blonde AleBelgian Blonde Ale
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Style:
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
82
Avg:
3.59 | pDev: 11.98%
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
125
From:
Central Waters Brewing Co.
 
Wisconsin, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
82
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Reviews by PDXHops:
Photo of PDXHops
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from Ryan011235, poured into a Maudite snifter. "Hazy" isn't quite adequate enough to describe what's going on here; this stuff is chock full of floaties. Modest bright white head with little in the way of lacing.

Fresh bready nose with candi sugar, green apple, lemon and floral notes. It doesn't taste nearly as tangy as smells, interestingly enough. Plentiful herbal and botanical flavors among the sweet malt and cloves. Tingly carbonation with something akin to tonic in there. Crisp finish with a brief bitter bite, then lingering breadiness. It's a fairly hearty brew, but the 8.5% ABV is alarmingly well hidden; polishing off a few of these wouldn't be a bad time at all.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottles for summer in late May early June, as best as I can tell. Poured into Boulevard tulip.
Nice sweet malt with nice layer of spicing (a little pepper, but more than that too.).
Slightly cloudy golden and firm mostly white head. Some small lacing.
Reasonably complex flavors with good drying in the finish. Sweet up front. Mix of alcohol and spice towards the beginning too. As warms a bit the pale malt takes on oddish flavor. Maybe it's the mixing of the hops with the malt, but it's a bit off - not a flaw, just not a great mix.
Carbonation towards higher level on moderate to slightly less body.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a chance to have this beer while I was camping over the summer and it was one of the best beers I had all summer and one of the best Cental Waters beers I've had. July 27 I got the beer in Minacqua Wisconsin. Great smell. Great taste. Good yeastiness. Doughy malt center with some spicy yeastiness and hoppiness. Indcredibly drinkable. Hope they bring this one back next summer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bomb Shelter. Good yeasty above average mouthfeel, pleasant aroma. Golden bodied appearance with a little white head. Decent drinkability. Nothing extraordinary, just something to drink anytime anywhere.Surprisingly strong alcohol without complexity, this is more a common blonde.

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Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a modest head that quickly fades to a ringlet; plenty of lacing dots on the side of the glass

Smell: Pound cake and vanilla, with hints of stone fruit and clove

Taste: Pound cake and vanilla, slight diacetyl, with spicy yeast phenols developing; hints of clove, stone fruit and banana linger into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A much better beer than I was anticipating as Belgian styles from brewers who don't concentrate on them often fall short; pleasantly surprised at the flavors, though the mouthfeel falls a little short

Thanks, Wi-Beer-Man. for the opportunity

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Photo of drpimento
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at a good temperature with a nice foamy, frothy, off white head that settles down and some lace. Color is a clear gold amber. Aroma is malt, yeast, fruit. Flavor is similar to nose, with sweet on top, followed by yeast flavs and bitterness and a little carbonic tang. Body is a tad flat, other wise full, and a little heavy. Finish is like flavor, on the short side in length. Fairly unremarkable, but not bad.

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Photo of mynie
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought this at 3 Cellars, where they make a point of selling the beer fresh. It's notched to say it was bottled in July, but there's no year and the website don't make no mention of it. So, I don't know.

As the for the beer itself. Boilerplate pour, promising aroma. Smells like a light Belgian Blonde. Nicely aggressive yeast, good light spice profile, and enough maltiness to keep you interested.

Flavor ain't bad, but don't live up to the aroma. The spice profile starts things off--nice and light, a little peppery--then it goes into a middle that's a little fruity and a little medicinal and ends on cereal a node that's pretty much like you're drinking an American all malt. A burnier yeast or some more accentuated nodes of alcohol would have really tied this together.

The only thing that really bothers me is the aftertaste, but it's not so bad as to make the beer any worse than okay.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy yellow body with a thin sticky white film that forms lacing on the glass with each sip. There is a gentle carbonation of microbubbles gliding to the surface.

S- The clean club soda aroma has some nice yeasty esters and a finish of green fresh hops.

T- The yeast esters have a floral fruity quality to them with a slight dry finish. There is a spicy hop note and a club soda wheat dough hint in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a gentle fizz that cleans the finish. There is no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer really has a great yeasty ester profile with nice depth but it all blends very nicely. This is a delicious beer that really hides its alcohol.

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Photo of sweethome
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a La Chouffe tulip glass. Bright golden/orange color. Large white head as great retention. Very firm.

Nose of sweet malts, apricots, and belgian ale yeast esters. Soft entry, sweetness builds. Apples and apricots, honey malts - crisp hop bite cleanses the palate a bit. Alcohol is evident late.

Nice full mouthfeel.

Finish has residual sweetness, a bit of yeasty funk, and alcohol warmth.

Overall - it hits on many positive notes. Flavor profile is just a bit lacking for me - tried to walk a line between a crisp belgian golden and a more wild belgian ale.

Another well crafted beer from Central Waters and one I would surely drink again.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Orange-gold. Quite hazy, nearly opaque. Thin white head with little persistence.

Smell - Fruit and white bread. A spicy orange is probably most prominent.

Taste - Pale malt and citrus. Quite fruity with a good deal of sweet orange character. A little bread, a little spice.

Mouthfeel - Medium - light.

Overall - A nice refreshing summer option. Fruity and light while still identifiably beer.

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Photo of emerge077
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, saturated golden orange, with an inch of soapy white foam on top. A canopy of lacing speckles the glass, irregular seafoam spotty edges. Retention is good, an unbroken veil remains on the surface.

Soft malty sweetness, mild herbals, coriander, bread dough, cloves.

Flavors are similarly spicy, lightly sweet and mellow. Traces of bread dough, grassy herbs, a little rustic but nothing funky in here. First one seemed a bit phenolic, but drinking at a cooler temp, it's not noticeable. Lighter smooth feel, moderate carbonation, easy enough to drink. The abv is deceptive, reported to be 9.5%.

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Photo of ramblerfan
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of knepper
3.01/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer tastes just fine but its kind of boring. Run of the mill. A bit too heavy, lacks a nice dryness that balances Belgians. Smells and tastes good; pineapple, clove and banana round out a sweet and slightly heavy body which is relatively flat, not spritzy and lively. Great orange to golden hue. Where's the creativity and "make-it-mine" attitude that comes with brewing a Belgian beer?

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Photo of EliteDigger
2.56/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Wandered around the liquor store tonight looking for some beer for the weekend. Saw this on the shelves and hadn't heard of it yet, but decided to give it a try anyway.
A-Best part about this beer...a nice honey color with a hint of amber, slightly cloudy with a white head that slowly fades to nothing.
S-Fruits, grain and barnyard straw with some clovelike spice...none of this in a good way though.
T-More of the same but the straw now tastes like my sheep from the farm have slept in it for the night. Medicinal banana w/cloves, some bread and stale wheat chex cereal with hints of overripe apple and rotten lemon. Starts off a hair sweet but quickly turns into a dry stale finish.
M-A hair on the thicker side of medium with good carbonation.
O-Not impressed and won't be buying again.
Disappointed in this beer. While Central Waters can do no wrong in my eyes with their barrel aged beers (love them!), their Illumination DIPA is underrated and one of my favorites, and their regular lineup is solid, this beer is on the complete opposite end of the spectrum. I'll continue to buy the aforementioned beers by the case, but this one will not appear in my refrigerator again.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy and yeasty bronze-range brew with a relatively unimpressive head for the style, even with an aggressive pour. The white head stands at about a 1/2 inch with some good lace on the glass.

S - Nice yeasty notes with some tangerine and melon. Warm freshly baked bread.... airy doughy soft bread. Stewed apples. Glazed donuts. Nice! Definitely a good job on getting the Belgian feel to the nose.

T - Soft and fruity flavors with a background of yeasty bread. Apple for sure. Alcohol is hidden extremely well. Lacks the deep complexity of the best pale Belgians, but not bad at all. Gets more and more hoppy as it warms.

M - Light bodied and creamy at first, progressing to a slightly dry finish with just the faintest hint of alcohol.

A hoppy and light hearted (but heavy hitting ABV) Belgian style brew. Would be nice in the summer. Sort of reminds me of Celis White.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A crisp golden color with a solid amount of rising carbonation. The foamy white head starts out around a 1/2 inch and fades only to a 1/4 inch before settling in for the duration. This is a good looking beverage.

S - Malty and sweet with a noticeable sweet, candy-like scent.

T - malty and sweet with the signature flavor of a good Belgian pale. The malts are pale and left sweet. I enjoy the flavors here very much.

M - Smooth with a light to medium body. It goes down with no coarse feel at all.

~ I really think this is a good beer. It serves for a nice sessionable beer that offers quality in all characteristics.

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Photo of deebo
2.4/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A-cloudy straw yellow with a thin white film that laces the pint glass
S-Belgian estery yeast dominates the aroma. Some clove like esters noted too
T-upfront yeasty esters that are quickly overshadowed by a a malt and then a hoppy almost smoky finish
M- a long bitter almost astringent finish
O- a complex beer that has a long drying finish. I have not been a fan of CW beers and this one although a style I am a fan of is no different

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Photo of morimech
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with just over one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin cap. Light lacing is left down the glass.

Belgian yeast aroma of cloves and phenols. Just a little bit of fruity esters. Slightly sweet malt with hints of honey.

Rather uninspired flavor. A little heavy on the phenols and lacks anything interesting. Dry malt with notes of cloves. No sign of the rather intimidating ABV.

Solid body and carbonation. Too bad the body does not have better flavor to compliment.

Nothing wrong with the beer but also rather boring. Tastes like a lot of American attempts at a Belgian Pale Ale. Good price point but really no reason to revisit.

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Photo of ithinkimasofa
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of lccrunchy
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of gatornation
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from 12 oz bottle

A -pours a slightly hazed golden yellow color with a fast dissapearing head and very little lacing

S- white fruits,sweet malts wheat clove

T- fruity notes up front like apples pears and grapes slight taste of clove a little sour musty bread

M- low carbonation with a sweet fruit feel

O-its good but noy one that i would search for would try a couple more singles when out shopping for mix sixers

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Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of jera1350
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Belgian Blonde Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 125 ratings