Trappist Westvleteren Blonde - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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Reviews by hreb:
4.3/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Bottles found to be in stock at Belgobaren in Stockholm, SE on July 26, 2012. Unlabeled brown bottle of impressive heft with "trappistenbier" emblazened around the neck. Green cap which identifies the beer is dated "19.10.11" and reports 5.8% ABV. Poured into one of Belgobaren's house chalices.
Beer pours blonde and slightly hazey. Dark, grainy sediment sinks to the bottom while a thin white head forms on top. My pour doesn't yield any of the huge-headed beauty reported in other Westvleterens.
This is simply classic Belgian blonde ale, executed perfectly. The smell is light and faintly hoppy and funky in the nose. The beer is slightly bitter, slightly sour, and slightly funky as well. There beer's not spicy, but there is a note of lemon or orange zest. There's also a distinct suggestion of sweetness in the brew, but no detectable residual sugar. Like a really awesome Leffe Blonde. Finishes perfectly dry and leaves a slight bitterness on the lips. Combined with moderate carbonation this is one of the most supremely drinkable beers I've ever tasted. Not the best, but quite likely the best in its genre.
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2012 22:45:18 | More by hreb
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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.