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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4.95/5 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.