Belgian Blonde Ale | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Belgian Blonde AleBelgian Blonde Ale

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Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by EliteDigger on 07-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 125 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of deebo
2.4/5  rDev -33%
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 crossovert
2.54/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Bottled in JUL 11.

Timidly I'm pouring this into a Duvel glass. It produces a nice, large white head that sticks for a long time and leaves nice lacing. But it doesn't look quite as nice as a Duvel. The beer is a hazy light amber.

The smell is pretty good. It is a bit syrupy but other than that it has some nice spice aromas, fruit, and a hint of hops of the herbal variety.

The flavor is a letdown. It is watery and just off. There is a very low level of carbonation. It actually tastes like a homebrew I once made.

It was promising at first, then it fell hard.

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Photo of EliteDigger
2.56/5  rDev -28.5%
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 mobius387
2.6/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottling date of July

Appearance: golden color, translucent, little to no head.

Aroma: pick up a hint of fruits, spices, overall light, but nice

Palate: light feel in the mouth, the carbonation is noticeable on the tongue.

Taste: pretty bland here. can pick up some fruitiness and spice right at the end. too watery to be memorable

Overall: not very impressed with this compared to other CW brews. it wasn't bad, a fairly decent option for refreshing beers on a hot day, but i probably wont come back on my own bill.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
2.66/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a dull amber with ugly massive bubbles instead of a tight foam.

S: Bad. Smells like week-old bubblegum and rotting fruits. No hops, no malt...just nastiness.

T: Not much better. That rotting fruit flavour is too strong and the phenols are out of control and abrasive.

D: Bad drinkability and I seriously considered dumping this one. Nasty, sticky and boozy.

Overall: I really hope I got a bad bottle, because this was a bad beer. I've liked everything else from Central Waters, but this beer was very poor. Doesn't hold a candle to a good BSPA like Duvel.

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Photo of Hugonaut13
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of mariposafan
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear amber. Very bright with a short creamy head that disapates a bit too quickly.

The aroma is very Belgian - sweet, fruity esters, some spiciness. A bit of alcohol there, though.

The taste is again sweet and the typical Belgian esters are there, but they're overshadowed for me by a little hint of the barnyard and some lingering bitterness. The bitterness isn't to the point of being a real problem but it's not all that pleasant. A serious case of alcohol as well. I read elsewhere that this is 8.5% (though I didn't see it on the bottle and I didn't find anything about the beer on their website) and it tastes like it.

Well carbonated - possibly too well. More viscous than I really want for this type of beer.

Overall it's OK, but only OK. If they thinned it out some and cut the bitterness a lot it would be much better but it still lacks the crisp, clean flavor of my favorite Belgian Pale Ale.

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of knepper
3.01/5  rDev -15.9%
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 SerialHiker
3.04/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a classic golden color…fairly transparent with a few bubbles percolating…no real head to speak of…(2/5)

Smell: Classic blonde Belgian ale aroma…sweet malts, yeast, citrus and floral hops throughout…wheat, banana, lemon, grapefruit, toasted grains, clove and a couple other spices…lots going on here when I get my nose deep in there…(3.5/5)

Taste: Sweet malt, yeast and tons of hoppy bitterness…citrus and floral hops all over this…malt is sweet and balances the hoppy bitterness really well…then fades, allowing floral bitterness to extend further unimpeded…the after taste does settle, not leaving anything overly bitter on the palate…finishes really clean for what’s going on here with the ingredients…(3/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body…crisp flavor…carbonation does fluff a bit on the tongue and isn’t overly bitter which is nice…floral finish…(2.75/5)

Overall: This is good…it’s light, crisp and refreshing…a summer seasonal that would be fantastic on a hot day chillin’ by the beach…it’s still good now as the weather is turning…the sweet floral, citrus and bitterness all play well together, there isn’t too much of anything even though there is a ton happening…absolutely no sign of alcohol heat in the taste…classic Belgian blonde, it’s a flavor that's worth dabbling into…there could be a bit more spice added that would take this to another level, but it is solid for what it’s trying to do and worth drinking again in the future…(3/5)

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Photo of SykDoc
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. It pours a clear straw colol and forms a 1/4 inch almost white head that reduces to a nice lacing. Carbonation is readily visible.

The aroma is yeasty and some grassy notes with some spice components and just a hint of malty backbone.

The taste is a bit fruity and just a touch of spice, but quite a bit lighter than ideal. Minimal hops presence right at the end.

The mouthfeel is light bodied and thin. Carbonation is adequate. It goes down clean leaving little behing.

This beer is okay. I can see how they would say a good summer beer because it is light and does not do much to the palate, however, that also prevents it from being real strong in components, as well.

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Photo of adman08
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a cloudy golden color with about a half inch of fluffy white head that leaves a nice curtain of lace on the glass.
S-Aromas of bread and cloves.
T-Similar flavors to a saison. Bread with cloves and a slight coriander flavor. Fairly high alcohol.
M-Light body, almost watered down. Obvious alcohol.
Overall, not so great for the style. Seems too light bodied even though the alcohol is prominent. The flavors are ok, they just seem a little off to me.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

a hazy golden pour with a finger of head which quickly diminished. smells of honey, grass, coriander, cinnamon. a slight grassy bitterness in the flavor, tea leaves, peppery yeast. medium body with a sweet finish.. medium carbonation.
this is a decent blonde ale, nothing really outstanding about it, but pretty tasty and refreshing.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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Belgian Blonde Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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