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

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

631 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 631
Reviews: 402
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%


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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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

1.7/5  rDev -60.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Review from Inaugural Issue of Beeradvocate Magazine.

The least sought-after of the Trappist Westvleteren beers. This bottle was purchased in 2003 at Café in de Vrede--which is across the street from the monastery--and has been cellared since. Poured into a silver-rimmed Westvleteren chalice, the beer pours a dirty blonde, tainted by a bit of chill haze. Head is very tight and creamy, settling to an eternal milky-colored, ringed lace. Surprisingly malty in the nose, with a unique honey-on-toast aroma, and undertones of toffee and grass. Palate is insanely creamy, with a light body and silky mouth feel. A quick and sharp citric acid enlivens things, fading into a soft rind character. Faint honey notes pull through a pale sweetness of malted milk. Finish is bone-dry, with a lingering wet, husky, tannin flavor, some medicinal phenols, and notes of wet paper oxidation coming forth as the beer warms.

After having a 3-year-old bottle, and a 25-year-old bottle a couple of years back, we don't recommend aging this beer at all. Everyone, please stop. It's obvious that much of the hop character has been muted, with oxidation taking over the beer and creating new and unwanted flavors. Drink it fresh, with its clean bitterness and thirst-quenching bliss intact.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 18:28:46 | More by BeerAdvocate
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ibbjamin

California

3.05/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Paid $27.99 for an 11.2oz bottle from Perry's Liquor in Livermore, CA. Poured into a snifter to review.

Leaves a very light and pillowey head of about an inch and a half. Nice retention, thick lacing. So cloudy it is opaque. Well carbonated, but this certainly was not a gusher. Light golden straw color.

Smells of mild Belgian yeast and some spice. Light, refreshing and clean. Sweet malts backing the wheat base. The light breadiness and yeast appeals to me as these dominating elements to the style are usually a turnoff for me. Light fruit tones of white grape and banana.

I begin to taste at 51°F. Taste is similar in character to the nose yet much more subdued.

Light-bodied, rather fizzy and somewhat watery feel for a Belgian of this apparent caliber. Short, crisp finish. The mouthfeel really is what turned me off of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 02:04:57 | More by ibbjamin
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sacfly

Maryland

3.1/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to gdogalishus for splitting this with me.

Pours a hazy yellow/straw color. Plenty of yeast visible in suspension. Large white head of medium bubbles. Aroma was… well… Hefeweizen. Mild clove and banana mixed with a grassy undertone. The taste was a hybrid Belgian pale/hefe… Odd. Dry and grassy, yeasty. Strange astringency set in as I drank, especially noticeable in the aftertaste.

Not what I expected or wanted in a Belgian pale ale. I’ll still keep my eyes out for the Westy 8 and 12, but I would skip this one in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2006 22:02:23 | More by sacfly
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle poured into a Westvleteren chalice. Big thanks to Brabander for this bottle through a very complicated chain of events... cheers!

My last of three current Westvleteren offerings.

A - Pours a very faint yellow, almost completely straw-colored. Nearly see-through, there is just a bit of haze that keeps it from being fully transparent. About a finger of cream-colored head with nice retention. Lots of carbonation activity can be seen through the glass. Lacing is pretty good as well, as it finally starts to stick as the beer is consumed, leaving a nice slant pattern.

S - The aroma is quite subtle compared to the rather boisterous noses on the Westvleteren 12 and 8, but it doesn't go without notice. A bit more bready than I was expecting, before jumping into the more traditional Belgian qualities in a slight spice and bubblegum smell. A hint of banana at the end.

T - The flavor is bolstered at the start again with a big breadiness that lasts throughout the beer. As in the nose, the middle gives way to a somewhat fruity note, bringing bubblegum, lemon, and even a slight skunkiness to it as well. Finishes with that skunk, bread, and a dash of pepper.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with good carbonation. Surprisingly full-bodied given the style thanks to the bready malts in here. The head lends some creaminess to start. Relatively dry finish.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. This is a tricky one. It certainly is very easy to drink, but that could be more in part due to the surprisingly lack of boldness in the nose and flavor rather than an eagerness to quaff it on my end. Just a bit too bready for my liking and certainly doesn't resonate on the same level as the 12 and 8 by Westvleteren. Those beers are world class and unique, while I feel this beer is rather pedestrian, and even moreso considering the pedigree behind the name. I'm not slamming the beer's score just based on who brews it, but I can't help but feel it is in a separate realm compared to the 12 and 8. Maybe a fresher bottle would preserve some of those flavors better, but as it stands, I will stick to the other two Westvleteren beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 03:00:29 | More by nhindian
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capra12

New York

3.18/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this shipped from Amsterdam to my front door and crack it open today.
Served out of a wide mouthed chalice.
Reviewed with the help of wheatman106 and Jimmy

Appearance - The first thing about this beer is its carbonation, it seemed endless. The head formation was thick and frothy. It lingered for at least 25 minutes and stayed tight leaving a magnificent head of about 1 finger. The color is a slightly cloudy, golden and yellow leaving a web-like lacing which was quite pleasing.

Smell - This brew gave me hints of Belgium yeast, citrus, slight traces of hops and malt.

Taste - Surprisingly, as opposed to the hints of malt the initial taste that came though was the Belgium yeast and hops, but the hops were not over bearing. I would say this brew is balanced but in a sense bland from start to finish.

Mouthfeel - Upon entry this brew is very light in body and leaves a nice beer mustache. Although contrary to the carbonation it flattens and mellows out and leave no after taste.

Drinkability - The drinkability of this beer is average to high but the mellow flavors and the availability make me seek other blonds to satiate my palates desires.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 02:49:05 | More by capra12
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BMan1113VR

California

3.25/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Multiple bottles, this one was a gusher. Pours with a large creamy white head and good lacing left by the collapsing head. Clear golden body speckled with small yeasties. Aroma of corn, corn nuts, astringent malt, alcohol, citrus zest, spices and pepper. Taste is astringent malt and spices, corn nuts, with a lot of barely. Fizzy and astringent mouthfeel. Not very impressed to be perfectly honest.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 21:42:24 | More by BMan1113VR
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Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

3.33/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

10/19/2011 date on the bottle

Appearance: Cloudy pale straw colored. No head. Flat looking

Smell: Awkward smells here. Doesn't really fit the style. May be to age

Taste: Best part of this beer. Good but not great.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied. again nothing special here.

Overall: I think I may have a bottle past its prime. These seemed so much better when I drank it at In De Vrede. I'll try another and update my review when I get a chance.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 17:10:36 | More by Squelch
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jasonjlewis

Texas

3.35/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first westy. I'm very excited. Poured into my chimay glass.

Very cloudy appearance. Nice head and retention.

Good strong initial smell. Banana phenol and cloves. Nicely spiced on the nose.

Dry hopped bitterness comes out, but spiciness does not really hold up. Some sweetness comes up on the front with a dry hopped bitterness. This beer is really over rated, there are a little out of whack tannins on it too.

I'm really disappointed in this beer, but I'm glad I tried it.

Decent mouthfeel. Clings fair, but no crispness. Carbonation could be better.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 05:46:18 | More by jasonjlewis
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Floydster

California

3.35/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle purchased from Cracked Kettle for about ten dollars, poured into my Westvleteren chalice, consumed 12/29/08, reviewed from notes, color is a golden yellow with some orange tint, one inch fluffy white head with great retention and lacing, aroma is lots of Belgian yeast, lemon and other citrus, grapefruit rind, bread, straw, and mild floral notes, taste is dry at first, chewy in the middle with lots of biscuit-like malts, sweet Belgian yeast and citrus make up the finish and balance things out, I was expecting a stronger flavor overall but it is a little light on the palate, mouthfeel is yeasty, slightly sweet, and dry at times, thinner body than you would think, taste did not linger long, could drink a lot of this as alcohol is hidden almost completely, light on the stomach, just missing something that makes it really stand out like the other beer this brewery makes, would drink again but expensive for what it is, worth trying

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 03:34:19 | More by Floydster
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gdogalishus

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served from chilled bottle into a snifter glass. In the bottle, the beer appeared a hazy deep yellow to straw color with a light dusting of yeast on the bottom. The yeast were not chunky, but reminded me of grains of salt. It poured a similar deep straw color, very hazy with a robust head of medium sized bubbles that stuck to the side of the glass. This beer changed significantly in both aroma and flavor as I drank it.

The first aroma was of bitter lemon zest. This quickly dissipated into an extremely familiar aroma... I brewed a hefe weizen that smelled EXACTLY like this. The yeasts aroma was unmistakable, it was Weihenstephan Weizen Yeast.

The flavor was more of a banana and mild clove with hop bitterness way in the background. This also changed and the second sip gave way to more hops. The third sip to even more. It was a dry grassy type of hop flavor, but there was something else there. A strange sensation that I have never tasted in another beer. Not that it was a good sensation, it was numbing the back of my tongue. I continued to have this sensation throughout the beer and it was kind of upsetting. I didn't want my senses numbed since I will have a hard time ever locating another bottle of this.

I liked the hefe I brewed better... same banana/yeasty aroma and flavor without the concerning numbing characteristic.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2006 21:05:39 | More by gdogalishus
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elvisnj

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this along with both the 8 and the 12 for some website work done for a Belgian beer shop.

Bottle poured into a generic Belgian beer goblet.

Straw colored beer. Looks slightly darker than a typical pale ale. Nice tight head with lacing happening from beginning to end.

Nose is distantly reminiscent of the Westy 8 but not as full. Scent of banana and sarsaparilla. Almost reminds me of a Heineken. This was strike 1.

It has some hops in the nose and some small hint in the taste. Too much carbonation for the style in my opinion. Subsequently it is a bit acidic going down. Not even a hint of the smoothness of its bigger brother, the Westy 8. Its taste has hints of banana, and clove.

Also a mild cidery thing going on along with some apricot on the tongue. It left an aftertaste of mild bitterness that was a bit unpleasant.

I would not say its a bad beer. I have only tried the 8 previously and I absolutely loved it. Subsequently, I expected sooo much more of this. It did not even come close to what I had hoped.

I am sure that I will be much happier in a week or 2 with the Westy 12 that is sitting in my basement.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 05:40:48 | More by elvisnj
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

3.43/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
DATE ON CAP: 17.09.09 (I think, anyway. It was hard to read.)

This pours up a hazy, to the point of being opaque, golden yellowish orange color. The color makes me think of straw, or wheat. A little more than two-fingers worth of creamy white foam make the head. It recedes to about half a fingers worth, fairly quickly, but then it sticks around to the end. Lacing is thick and sticky.
So far, this is starting out very well.

Wonderful balance of wheat and begian yeast notes. Light hints of bananas and white grapes, along with mild hints of other orchard fruits. Wonderful spice presence that is in so many belgian brews. Mild notes of candi sugar. While it's not powerful, you can tell that there is a nice malt presence, here, also.

Huge presence of wheat dominance, combined with a big yeastiness. This really kind of throws the flavor profile out-of-balance, for me. Yes, it's good, but it's almost all dryness, and just not much sweetness to balance it out. Light spice notes add to this feeling. The drying, biting, hops notes aren't really helping much, either. I can tell that there are some fruit notes in here, but they are buried so deep, they don't really affect the flavor profile.
Sadly, after that wonderful nose, this one turns out to be fairly lackluster.

This is smooth and mildly creamy. Medium bodied. Probably overly carbonated, for the style.

Would I drink this again? Yes. Would I reach for some other brewerys blond/belgian pale before this one? Yes.
Fairly unimpressive, overall. It started out great and full of promise, but failed to deliver.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 15:13:35 | More by coldmeat23
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Mar02x

Netherlands

3.45/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - By poring this beer in my Struise glass I am doing sacrilege. I know, but don't really care. As long as it tastes good. By the looks of it; it will deliver. What a feast is going on in my glass, a nice happy yellow fluid, with tiny yeast snow whirling down, carbonation bubbles racing up, nice white head which slowly turns to fluffy and leaves a thick lacing against the glass.

S - A good hoppy aroma with a little sour twist along with some malt odor.

T - A strong taste of bitter hop and a tiny sweetness upfront, rather dry. The bitterness lingers around for quite some time.

M - A pleasant carbonation tickles my palate. The finish is dry and bitter.

O - A good and easy to drink blonde, but not my favorite though.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 15:37:07 | More by Mar02x
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jhtipton

Spain

3.45/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not my favorite of the Trappiste but fortunately I have tried others from W. split one with my battle buddy in pint glasses. Loved the immense milky white head and the large amount of floating sediment and the golden color. The smell was okay but not really spectacular. I really didn't smell much from it a bit grassy and fruity but nothing overly compelling. Taste was somewhat sour and citrusy. Unfortunately we compared it to drinking orange juice in a milk glass. The bitterness was fine but something was not quite right. This was purchased from a specialty shop and could not find a best before date and that could be the problem. Not a bad experience but I was hoping for better fr this buxom blonde. Overall not my best Trappiste experience but might try againsithsome assurance of freshness as I see better opinions by others.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 16:14:52 | More by jhtipton
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bennetj17

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received from Prufrock in No-BS BIF. Pale/dull yellow color with high clarity and light wispy foam. The aroma is mild with notes of citrus melon, and coriander spice all with a lightly sweet bready character.

More bready malt in the taste with a hint of lemon zest and a faint sourness. Finishes with a light dryness, mildly bitter, with a touch of oxidation. The light body is softly carbonated, very average.

I wasn't too impressed by this Trappist Ale. Worth a try, but doesn't live up to the name expectations...

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2007 02:54:12 | More by bennetj17
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beerisheaven & the Minnesota Twins for my second bottle of a Westvleteren on this planet. My Twins beat the Phillies & I don't know if this was the bottle I won or not, but I'm going to call it! Thanks Brian (& Pavano).

Pours a golden sunset color with hazy, high clouds, I can almost see the water glistening underneath it. Smell comes down a notch, too much yeast, weird clay that makes me think of that scene in that movie (you know that one).

Westy Blonde tastes like a laundry list of tastes in my mouth. Lemon, citrus, wet/musty spices, touch of hops, yeast. The lemon comes out a bit as it warms & gives it a better profile. Plenty of things going on here but it's like someone hit the mute button.

Good beer. Nothing like Westy 12, this is a good pale & solidly reps the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 02:43:27 | More by maximum12
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MiScusi

California

3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

13.12.08 on the cap

A- clear straw pale yellow, streams of bubbles, lively. Foamy white head.

S- has similarities to macro lager type beers from around the world, but also has some light fruit, and a very light earthiness. Really liked the fruit notes here.

T- very pale in taste, lagerish, moderate bitterness with minimal earthy Belgian yeast character.

M - very light, effervescent (fizzy), dry

Not bad for the style, but not very interesting to me either.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 05:20:47 | More by MiScusi
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Blakaeris

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very hazy dark yellow with plenty of suspended yeasty chunks. Head is brilliantly white, initially thick but quickly becoming a thin sheen leaving sticky lacing.

Aroma is earthy and citrusy, but still holds and underlying yeasty musty quality.

Taste is mild caramel and pale malt sweetness balanced with an orange rind bitterness. Finishes with a dry musty quality, and a touch of herbal character.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Worth a try. Very mellow and musty.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 22:40:15 | More by Blakaeris
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Westsidethreat

California

3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to JeffKrenner for this beer

A: Dull lemon meringue color with hay aspects. Lots of laxadazical bubbles meander too and fro. Head is good ½ inch of snowy white creamy bubbles.

S: Pear, red apple, grass clippings, bone dry biscuits and coriander.

T: Begins with gentle green fruit sweetness and mild honeycomb. Green apple is the primary player here but under ripe pear and green grapes aid to the balance. A very floral and spicy hop variety with moments of dry hay, dandelions and pollen. Surprising bitterness begins to take shape and frolics near the back of the tongue. Overall a sense of mineral lasted water adds a limestone dimension. Finishes with creamed corn and sugar snap peas.

M: Medium body, slight hard across the palate with some carbo sting.

D: This was good but fairly standard. Over rated for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 03:35:07 | More by Westsidethreat
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sfprint

Germany

3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

exp 12/13/11

A: 2 finger creamy head, beautiful hazy apricot/golden yellow color, fair amount of sediment, no visible rising carbonation.
S: Two layers, a chemically one that hits you immediately which has a certain plastic quality to it, and beneath that, a yeasty, tripel like flavor. seaweed. I would have to rate them separately, 1.5 and 4.5.
T: The chemical/plastic smell (phenol?) is retained in the flavor and is fairly strong. It's both there initially and then in the aftertaste. But again the middle is quite nice. Though the warmer the beer gets, the more these flavors blend and the harshness of the chemical edge mellows down. Or maybe my tastebuds sensors are just used to it. The aftertaste is starting to register as bitterness. I really hate to dis a beer when it's actually good but there's one particular characteristic that really sticks out and borderline ruins it. It's also sad and frustrating. I can now understand why some people don't like hefeweizens because there's one particular thing that just ruins it for them. For me this is almost the same. But also this flavor is very familiar to me. I swear I've had an nearly identical one. It actually gets better and better the warmer it becomes. It's nearly room temperature now and it's tasting the best now. Actually now it's pretty good. Chemicalliness mellows down. Important to drink warmer than you would guess it should be. Citrus and apricot and yeast.
M: The head is very soft and creamy as is the body. Very nice.
O: Not worth the 8 Euros I paid for it, but I'm glad I tried it. Curious about the other two.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 01:02:03 | More by sfprint
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DARIVA

Netherlands

3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice bright yellow beer with a good head.

S: The smells of hops, nothing else to recognize.

T: The taste of hops and some light sour. A bitter aftertaste.

M: Good carbonation and foam a good feeling.

O: Good drinking beer and a very refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 09:28:23 | More by DARIVA
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dogfooddog

Panama

3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

cap dated xx.11.04, so brewed in nov 2003. this beer is 2 1/4 years old. has been stored in mostly dark (incandescent only) and temp-controlled enviroment since being shipped from belgium.

large head poured in chalice glass. this beer has distinct odor of the westvleteren yeast, sort of odd without the other backing odors in the 8 and 12. yeast is very compact on bottom of bottle and does not get in glass.

very pleasant smell. much fresher than the taste itself.

I do not find this beer as easily drinkable as it should be at this alcohol level. IT is curious to taste the westvleteren yeast without the stronger elements in their other beers.

aftertaste typical westvleteren, if i didnt' know better might think it was the darker beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2006 00:34:52 | More by dogfooddog
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jaxon53

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Westvleteren Blonde, Green Cap. Served this slightly chilled, in an Ommegang chalice, from a 33cl brown bottle with no label.

Appearance: This one pours out a slightly hazy golden straw color, a few shades lighter than honey. A rather easy pour yields a massive three finger, superwhite head. Head was thick and rocky. Great head retention here, head just didn't want to fade. Each sip left gobs on top of gobs of thick, almost creamy lace. Tons of tiny carbonation bubbles were noticed quickly rising to the top of the glass.

Smell: Had a somewhat strong nose to it. Smelled sugary sweet with hints of raw honey. Almost has a hay like aroma to it. Malty with a strong Trappist yeast smell. Maybe just a touch of fruit in the background.

Taste: Some of the earthy hay like notes that were noted in the nose. Nice smooth maltiness here. Not a single trace of the almost six percent ABV. Yeasty with a mild sweetness. Not quite what I expected. Very tame, but almost perfectly balanced. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied mouthfeel. Has a certain thinness to it. Very well carbonated as expected.

Drinkability: Great drinkability. Very crisp and clean. Very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 20:40:27 | More by jaxon53
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Time to finish off the review trifecta of the three Westy items. This is the second time I've had this beer two times, but this is the first opportunity to sit with a bottle and write a review.

Pours into my snifter glass with a finger of foamy white head. This fades to a thin film of foam across the top of the beer. The beer is a slightly hazy golden color with some sparse carbonation.

Aroma is of sweet candied sugar, yeast and some light fruit.

Flavor also prominently shows some candied sugar along with some rubber notes and perhaps a touch of almond. There is a touch of yeast in the background as well. Some light malt plays in the background just below the surface. Getting a bit of pear here.

Carbonation is prickly on the tip of your tongue. Very dry on your tongue as well. Fairly light bodied.

While this is a decent beer, it does not live up to the 8 or 12... I think I'd rather have a Taras Boulba..

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 23:45:05 | More by Reagan1984
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Joss

Germany

3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fruity (peach, citrus) belgian yeast aroma
laced with spices and a very sligt bitter note.
Slightly hazy amber, quite a bit carbonation and a big rocky head.
Taste starts out a bit neutral, getting a bit of the sediment in helps. Notes of
Pine-needles, honey and spice.
Fairly light body and a slightly watery mouthfeel.
Spicy aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2003 21:45:05 | More by Joss
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