Trappist Westvleteren Blonde - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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Reviews by DaPeculierDane:
4.08/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I seem to come across the other two Westys at least a couple times a year in the states but I have never seen the Blonde here so when I had the chance to go to Belgium, the Blonde came in very near the top of my list of 20 beers I must try while in country. It didn't disappoint. Bottle purchased at Beer Mania at the beginning of my trip. I must say that I was happy that I made that purchase because it turns out that the Blonde is almost as rare in Belgium as it is in America. The 8 and 12 can be found in most tourist trap liquor stores if you're willing to pay enough and they're pretty common in good beer bars too, but the Blonde...I only saw it sold at two or three places my entire trip and I was looking.
Though not quite a gusher, the bottle popped a bit when I removed the cap and the beer poured with a very healthy white head and large carbonation streams. The body was opaque golden straw, not the best looker but not terrible either - just very yeasty.
Aroma had a strong corn flake malt presence and contained some expected fruit notes of pear, honey-dew melon, lemon zest, star fruit, and honey and some surprisingly nice spicy hop character that smelled distinctly of white pepper and tobacco smoke. This smoke would come through in the finish of the flavor as well. The majority of the body tastes of fruity yeast - pear and apricot mostly and some sweet bready grain. Doughy feel from all the yeast sediment but the carbonation does add some levity. Certainly drinkable.
Serving type: bottle
11-25-2009 16:00:08 | More by DaPeculierDane
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4.25/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A: Cloudy yellow brown oxidated pineapple juice colour, a finger of creamy yellowish white head. Sexy whipped cream like lacing and a ton of yellowish floaties settled after a few minutes.
S: Cereal malts, sweet, light, fruity
T: A song in my mind goes lalalalala- its so fresh, sweet, and balances with bitter hops, caramel and a little fruitiness, slight blue cheese like bite.
M: Thick, slightly syrupy, bready body.
O: Drank at In De Vred, Vleteren, Nov 27, 2013. I am loving this experience. Like a ride through farmers fields to get here. I had a plate of their cheese and bread with it.
Serving type: bottle
06-18-2014 03:05:24 | More by patre_tim
Trappist Westvleteren Blonde from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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