Trappist Westvleteren Blonde - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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Reviews by erz316:
4.5/5 rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
date on cap 31.03.10, poured into leffe glass.
A - big sound when I take the cap off. dark straw colour, hazy, bordering on a shade of yellow. head is big, fluffy, and bright white; retains very well. the top of the head is smooth, but bumpy with big popped bubbles in the middle. abundant lacing. maybe i disturbed the yeast when i poured it, but the only thing keeping the beer back from a heavenly perfect score is the darkness of the body.
S - grassy hops, slight twangy fruit, sweet malt, slight spiciness. undeniably one of the best smelling beers, but each one of the notes is extremely evasive and the whole aroma is not very powerful. the hops are quite amazing in their versatility, grassy and slightly floral, while the sweetness of the malt invites this dried apricot flavour to come out. despite this, it needs to be a lot more powerful to really have that wow factor in the nose.
T - this is one of the most apricot like beers i've ever had. the initial tastes are apricot, yeast, and malts. one can sense the hop bitterness but there is no discernible flavour. wow, the apricot thing is quite good; this yeast strain is quite amazing. the finish is more citrusy than apricot: grapefruit and lightly floral hops. the hops are much more delicate in this stage than any other. the aftertaste is bitter from the hops and just as equally sweet from the malts, a masterful blend. this apricot flavour comes out with the malts when one chooses to switch back from taking in the hops. this beer is a very delicate customer, and should not be expected to knock out your tastebuds, but despite that it still gets a high rating because of the sheer variety of flavours and complexity to the flavor.
MF&D - the feel is absolutely amazing: the head is thick and creamy like a nitro head; the body itself is a bit too thick, and the carbonation is almost crisp enough. the carbonation is ample, it just doesnt bite through hard enough for me. needless to say, i would gladly have another, or a whole sixer by myself.
Serving type: bottle
08-05-2009 22:16:16 | More by erz316
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4.95/5 rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
super nice aroma. not glaringly rich and sweet like many of the BPAs I've had. nice head on top with sediment specks all throughout the head and glass. I guess it WAS a long ride, but I did give it a few days to settle. head simmers to just a fine layer. very nice and very beautiful on the pour. the sediment is very excusable considering its journey. mild hops in the taste. almost a pilsner kind of hoppiness to the taste, but otherwise pilsner-like. smooth and very refreshing, this is a wonderful brew. some green apple, some hay. reminiscent of a run through a field in Nebraska (I have never been anywhere near Nebraska- maybe it's all the movies?) my vocabulary isn't nearly as refined as some of these other reviewers, but this is very special. it's not overwhelmingly rich and sweet like some of the 'wannabe' American Belgians (or even some of the other Belgians) and they have just got this one simply right. the shipping was a bit extraordinary, but worth it considering I always wanted to try these brews. this would be the PERFECT lawnmower beer if it were available around the block!!! licking the yeasty sediment of the bottle it's very sweet! alright, I admit, I French licked the bottle. not to be gross but there is a huge amount of flavor on the inside of this bottle neck! mouthfeel is above medium in heaviness but feels really good and satisfies almost as if I had eaten a small meal. I may be starstruck due to the celebrity, but this gets very high ratings from me. if it were of the same difficulty in finding as Pliny, I would say this one would get my attention a little bit more. for awhile, at least....
Serving type: bottle
02-15-2014 22:30:40 | More by pkalix
Trappist Westvleteren Blonde from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
95 out of 100 based on 619 ratings.