Trappist Westvleteren Blonde - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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Reviews by rapidsequence:
4.23/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
11.2 oz bottle, bought at the cafe across from the abbey one week ago.
Appearance: Slightly hazy gold color with a truly beautiful head-- thick and creamy, like marshmallow creme. Incredibly thick curtains of lace. When served on draft this was very clear, but as above, this bottle is a little hazy.
Smell: Fruity, spicy, yeasty, and surprisingly hoppy. Pears, white wine grapes, yeasty spice and a trace of musty funk. Hops are a bit earthy as well as some fresh cut grass. Complex notes somewhat like a saison.
Taste: Dry, spicy, and hoppy. This is a very interesting BPA, again somewhat like a saison. Hops are flavorful (grass and earth) and a little bitter. White wine like fruit notes and yeasty spice and mustiness.
Mouthfeel: Soft, creamy carbonation with a slick body and dry finish. Very drinkable.
Overall: A very different blonde ale with less sweet fruitiness than you often get. This one is complex, yet crisp and refreshing, and begs to be consumed in quantity.
Serving type: bottle
06-15-2012 01:05:21 | More by rapidsequence
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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.