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

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

671 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 671
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 378
Gots: 85 | FT: 0
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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swid

Missouri

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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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.

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Trappist Westvleteren Blonde from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
95 out of 100 based on 671 ratings.