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
Ratings:
125
Reviews:
43
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
12.15%
 
 
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1
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3
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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken at a cask party.

The placard in front of this cask stated that the contents had been cask-conditioned with honey and grains of paradise.

My glassful of this brew had a lightly hazed yellowish straw color and a brief burst of white fluff for a head, yet no real lacing to speak of. Just as advertised the main aroma and flavor emphasis was on peppered honey notes overlaid on candi sugar, light bananas / pears, and just a touch of tea-like herbal hopping and lemon zest. It danced constantly right on the razor edge of being too sweet for me with all the honey, but it never fell over the edge because of how intense the peppery spice levels were at. It was very smart of them to add the extra spice of the grains of paradise to counterbalance that honey....it certainly did wonders for the aroma. Body is lighter but it was slightly undercarbonated, even by cask standards.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Been tending this bottle for a while, courting it, if you will, until the time was just right. But then I just found myself drinking it on a lark... It pours a clear golden topped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises clove, light white bread, sweet caramel, light Belgian candi sugar, light orange zest, light black pepper, and a bit of cinnamon. The taste brings in more of the same, though the bread is replaced by straight wheat, and the spices converge to form a somehow sweeter effect, especially when some sweet banana comes waltzing into the party. It's pretty nice, really. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, a very nice Belgian pale, something I'd like to see more of from CW.

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Photo of sweethome
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
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 +7.9%
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 mjpolzin
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a huge fan of Central Waters so when I saw their summer offering hit the shelves, I grabbed a six pack. I was excited to learn that it was an 8.5 abv beer at a pretty good price. The appearance in the glass was rather weak and light but after that, I have nothing but good things to say about this beer. The smell and taste have a prominent yeast taste. To me that should be expected in a summer brew. There are also some interesting spicy sweet tastes which I think I saw some people describe as a peppery honey. If I need to bring a six pack to a summer gathering, I will for sure be buying this one again.

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Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
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 anglagard1
3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass. 1 1/2 fingered head with small amounts of carbonation to maintain it. Not the buble factory I'd expect from a Belgian. Pronounced but not overpowering pepper taste and smell. For as little carbonation as this seems to have, it still gives this a very full mouthfeel. I for some reason find myself biting into every mouthful I take.
Holy s***, this is 8.5% alcohol? I would not have expected that. Alcohol is very well hidden. This is a solid Belgian at a good price. If you like Delerium Tremens, I suggest you try this. I would have definitely gone for a second if I didn't know about the alcohol content. As it is, I'm still thinking about it.

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Photo of TheDTrain
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Central Waters Belgian-style blonde is a great interpretation, holding its own with the big boys of Belgium. It clearly doesn't contend with a Duvel, but considering the price point, this is a good substitute. Belgian yeast is strong in nose & taste. Clean and crisp with lemon, earth, & mild spice along with a pale malt & fresh hops round out this summertime brew. Sip it.

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Belgian Blonde Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
3.54 out of 5 based on 125 ratings.
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