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Belgian Blonde Ale | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
centralwaters.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by EliteDigger on 07-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
125
pDev:
12.01%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

July 2011 bottling

A - orange straw, slightly cloudy, two fingers of head quickly subside to a sticky half centimeter with good lacing, rising bubbles put on a show for quite a while

S - caramel, clove, pepper, wet hay, with some apricot and floral hops, super inviting

T - very sweet, caramel tones hit the tongue immediately, bitterness is low, finish is fairly dry with pepper, citrus, and a little funk with just a hint of alcohol warmth

M - prickly carbonation, medium-light body but a slightly syrupy viscosity, pretty smooth

O - this is a great summer beer, not too heavy but with a ton of flavors going on, the Belgian yeast character is there but not overpowering, definitely a winner

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4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
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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4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This perhaps is not one of the most popular Central Waters brews, which is what caught my eye while looking for beer. At that point I had never tried it or even heard of it so my decision to buy it was instantaneous. This is supposedly advertised at their “New Summer Seasonal” so you may have a while to wait a few months before you will see this again.

It pours a clear, golden color with a slight white head. There is a great, classic Belgian scent. Yeast, hibiscus, floral, and citrus hints are all evident. This is a very inviting smell that is complex and hopefully indicates a good taste.

The first taste that comes to mind is the yeast and there is a lot of it. There is the great blend of yeast, citrus, and bready tones. It drinks quite nicely as a Belgian style brew with a smooth, creamy texture. Compared to a real Belgian beer however, it is a fair amount weaker in flavor and thinner in texture. It finishes with a pretty good lingering after taste that indices you for another sip.

Overall this is a pretty neat and interesting brew from Central Waters. It seems to be a new addition as of the 2011 to the summer seasonal selection but still lacks the popularity of other CW beers. I thought this was a pretty decent brew that lived up to its title. Definitely something I would recommend and drink again.

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4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.
Bottled on Jul notched on the label. "Summer seasonal", no info.

A - This clear goldenrod-hued beer pours with a billowing white head with solid retention and a full collar of delicate Belgian lace. That's one sexy blonde!

S - Belgian yeast is strong in this one. Lots of esters pour fourth; clay and earth, white pepper spice, lemongrass notes, and a pinch of clove. Interestingly, there's a slight hint of marijuana-like skunkiness to it. Spicy noble hops and sweet Belgian carapils malt provide a good base for the yeast esters. Very faint buttery diactyl comes through further on in the beer.

T - Crisp, clean carapils and pale malt allow other flavors to pop forward like the spicy noble Saaz-like hops and a plethora of more nuanced yeast esters. Like the aroma but toned down, the Belgian Blonde has quite a bit of spiciness. White pepper, lemongrass, and clove alike. Flavorful but certainly not overbearing.

M - Like a light summer breeze, Central Waters' Belgian Style Blonde Ale is crisp and refreshing with just a touch of dryness coming through the finish. Well-balanced between the sweet-ish malt and spicy hops, the finish begs for another sip.

O - A fantastic summer brew for the new brewmaster to bring to the table, Belgian Style Blonde Ale is a great beer for this unusually, and unwelcome, hot September afternoon. Nuanced Belgian characteristics and spicy hops give this delicious pale some good qualities!

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4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours hazy gold with a light tea tint under a 1” offwhite foam cap. Smell: Almost smells like oysters to the point where you want to go out and buy some Taste: Large pitted fruit becomes especially big in the middle and then earthy European hops provide a bitter accent on the finish. Malt in the background provides balancing biscuit flavors. Mouthfeel: Medium body, carbonation above medium. Overall: This is a yeast driven beer that captures many Belgian qualities. Very drinkable.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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Belgian Blonde Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 125 ratings
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