Trappist Westvleteren Blonde - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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Reviews by swid:
4.58/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Opened this bottle in honor of my first nephew being born this weekend; bottled May 2008.
Westvleteren Blonde pours a hazy, light-tan color into my chalice. The two years of aging first became evident by the excessive carbonation; the bottle foamed over. By the time it died down and I was able to pour it, it was only able to create a 3/4", nearly-white head that collapsed down to a 1/8" remainder after 5-10 minutes. Little carbonation and lacing. The aroma was somewhat restrained and seemed to alternate between the typical Belgian sweet and spicy notes. Interestingly, this beer had the aroma profile that's more along the lines of a beer with a higher alcohol content, which was a theme that continued in the taste and mouthfeel.
The taste of this beer makes up for the mild letdown in the appearance and smell. The aging has smoothed out the flavor notes considerably, creating a mix of spiciness, candy- and alcohol-like sweetness, a whiff of the earthy "Belgian funk" and a faint floral hops taste. In this case, the sum is well beyond the total of the parts. Each sip brings something new: a bit of carmel this time, a more noticeable hoppiness the next. The amount of complexity layered into this beer, despite its alcohol content, is a testament of the brewers' skill. The mouthfeel is very light on the tongue, and finishes with an earthy, slightly tart aftertaste.
Overall, a great beer, and one well worth seeking out. My bottle may have been aged a bit longer than optimal, but the additional research to confirm/deny this...another Belgium visit...will have to wait for the time being.
Serving type: bottle
04-26-2010 05:19:17 | More by swid
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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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