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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Schlafly 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.

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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. A: Pours a mildly hazed golden color. The head is a two finger white shade that does a good job of staying around. This one really looks at home in a Duvel tulip. S: There is quite a bit of spicy yeast and grassy hops on the nose. Also noted are some characteristics of grape, apple, and pear. Pretty typical for the style. Still, Schlafly did a good job of pulling off the distinctive notes. T: A fruity sweetness is the first thing noted - this has a strong cherry quality to it that the nose didn’t indicate. Later on, notes of (well handled) butterscotch and earthy hops help to balance out the apple/pear/cherry qualities; after a while, citrusy hints enter the palate, as well. It’s fairly sweet, yet well balanced all the same. M: This one could be dryer, and in fact, probably should be. Also a bit under-carbonated. I kind of hoped that the hops would cleanse some of the sweetness a little better, but it’s still quite easy to drink. O: I reckon this one is a little too sweet to be in Duvel’s pantheon, but that doesn’t mean it’s not good. Really, this is the kind of brew I want to be drinking on a warm day like this one. A solid BPA that could benefit from a few tweaks.


3
nuplastikk (6456) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2017
750ml bottle. Spring seasonal and it is now fall, so a little past its prime maybe. Doesn't really come off as that impressive of a Belgian in mouthfeel. It isn't really that big for the style, but still full bodied. Not really that impressive at all, the devolved vegetal aroma really brings it down. Drinkable, but not that great.

3.4
Clareeses (160) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 21, 2017
Bottle purchased at Randall’s. Wheat and mild yeast aroma, but not necessarily in a pleasant way. Pours clear golden yellow with little head and minimal carbonation, is relatively easy on the palate. However this is partly because it tastes quite watery - initially has taste if yeast and wheat but lacks complexity as it sits on the palate. I wish there was something else notable in here... Spice? Floral? Fruit? There’s not a whole lot to go on here. I expect a little more from a Belgian, though I guess it makes sense this is only 7% abv - low for the style.

3
FROTHINGSLOSH (8150) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2015
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a hazy orange-amber color with a medium sized creamy-soapy white head that left decent lacing. The aroma was yeasty, sweet-tart candies and citrus. The flavor was tart, chalky and citric with a lemon Pez note followed by dust, must and pepper. Medium length finish. Medium body. Disappointing.

4
tsd08460 (1247) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2015
Aroma: banana, Belgian yeast Appearance: clear, golden, white head Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter, Belgian yeast Palate: medium body, sticky, soft carbonation, long finish, Nice.

3.6
Maverick34 (3305) - New York, USA - JUN 7, 2015
Cleat clear gold pour from bottle. Fruit forward. Apples pears and a sugary spice. Pretty well done.

3.7
jgb9348 (6486) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2015
Hazy copper and orange-tinted golden body with a very nice glow and a single centimetre tall off-white head. Aroma of bright yeast, wheat, alcohol, coriander seed, a bit of cloves and a decent amount of curacao - very nice indeed. Medium-bodied; Deep chewy yeastie and wheat flavours up front with the large presence of full oranges, some white pepper, a touch of grass and herbal elements and a good wheat and coriander seed freshness at the tail end. Aftertaste is quite complex with a good deal of bite to the finish, showing some orange sweetness, spice complexities and a pleasant and long-lasting malt profile that really shows off the wheat. Overall, a belgie ale that shows itself as truly belgian - you wouldn’t have guessed this came from Saint Louis if you were sipping this while eating a box of frites at Friterie Tabora in Bruxelles. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Clarendon (Arlington), Virginia on 26-April-2015 for US$12,99 for a six pack sampled at home in Washington on 24-May-2015.

4
alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAY 21, 2015
Goblet on tap. Dull gold color. Aroma of bubble gum and wheat with sweetness. Great banana flavor, sweet and fruity. Could drink a lot of this. Light palate. Like a good tripel

3.2
p0rkch0p (134) - Missouri, USA - APR 17, 2015
Golden and smooth. Sweet with mild fruit. Nice to have now and then, each one seems to be better than the first.

3.6
Dr_Fellini (1020) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2015
Bottle to glass. Pours a slightly hazy light orangish-yellow color with a frothy off white head. Aroma is a mild fruit, belgian yeast, touch of spice. Similar in the flavor. Light and very drinkable. I’m not a big belgian ale drinker, but this is tasty.

3
BeerScout49 (49) - - APR 2, 2015
Light and bubbly with a yellow color and whit foam. Peppery taste. Good basic intro beer for the Belgian style but not one I would immediately go back to again.


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