Trappist Westvleteren Blonde - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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Reviews by zealot:
4.43/5 rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Had this from a shared bottle at plan b in Copenhagen. The owner has this as his session beer whenever he's in the mood for a nice, light beer (US light beer drinkers, take note), and was nice enough to let me in on one.
With the expectations thrust upon the Westvleteren series, this is good, but very understated. It is light in color and on the palate, with a hint of farmhouse ale character, although not nearly the strong flavors or spices associated with Saisons or Lamics. I was surprised at how light it actually was. It was extraordinarily clear and very dry. Final gravity must be REALLY low in this beer. And even more surprising, the flavor was reminiscent of a pilsner. It sounds like heresy, but that's what I got.
Overall, this beer is very refreshing and clean tasting. Some complexity, but it almost begs to be left alone and enjoyed without pomp or attention. Spendy for what it is, but worth a try when you are wanting a light-er beer and can get one.
Serving type: bottle
11-19-2007 13:22:33 | More by zealot
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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.