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Trappist Westvleteren Blonde - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

631 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 631
Reviews: 402
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren) visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
(Green Cap)

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2002)
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Trappist Westvleteren Blonde

LeftMindedRighty is as great a friend a guy could ask for. Thank you sir for sharing this with me. After a Saturday full of drinking we passed out. Sunday morning we foolishly agreed to run around in the 90 degree heat playing a silly game of old fart, soccer LOL. Actually it was kind of fun but exhausting. Coming in from the heat. Sitting in the A/C on a Sunday afternoon this kind Gentleman agreed to crack a Westy Blonde and share it with me. A treat indeed. Aaron posed the point that the proper occasion for this beer is hard to find since it runs the same price as the 8 and the 12 but it is hardly worthy of a tasting. I see that point. A blonde ale a simple Belgian Pale, is not as much of a wow you type beer. That said. This is a very good one!

served at 67 degrees in a Westvleteren Chalice.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous clear gold color with a thick white head and absolutely magnificent lacing.

Smell: It has a very gentle aroma of pale malts citrus and Belgian yeast. A bit of lemon a cloves creep through the nose with a grassy hop presence as well.

Taste: This is a very well crafted Pale Ale that is literally packed with subtleties but they are just that, subtleties making nothing (in the 2 dollars an ounce priced beer) really jump out and grab you. It has light wheat feel with some grain and lemon with gentle citrus presence and a bit of herbal minty flavor and a true bone dry finish. The aftertaste lasts forever. Delightful, but hard to call exceptional partly because of the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and very smooth with a soft touch but a bone dry feel left behind on every spot of the palate the beer contacts.

Drinkability: It is pleasant and magnificently drinkable, I could easily put back a 6pack of this beer, and in doing so drink half of my monthly beer budget in one sitting. It is simply not practical to session but if you are blessed with the opportunity to try it like I was, I suggest you take it while you can.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2007 06:19:50 | More by Phatz
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A- Pours a yellowish golden with a finger's worth of white foamy head that has great retention. A bit hazy with a considerable amount of carbonation.

S- Esters, clove, Belgian spices, bready yeast, fairly floral smelling. Pleasant, complex, great for the style.

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Trappist Westvleteren Blonde from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
95 out of 100 based on 631 ratings.