Trappist Westvleteren Blonde - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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4.15/5 rDev -2.8%
Yeast and malt that is consistent in a medium grainy but smooth mouthfeel. If only I could have this all night. Very fresh from Belgium and worth the shipping. Some floral and yeast aroma.
Five and a half years later, second bottle aged for the same amount of time, either 2003 and 2004. Beautiful blond, creamy, delicate.A little yeast in sediment.
03-20-2005 02:39:32 | More by Sammy
4.08/5 rDev -4.4%
Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.
Cap is dated 29.04.07.
Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down either. Smell is of malt, honey, grape juice, and lots of fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with an earthy spice finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell and some very nice flavors.
01-29-2013 03:58:19 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.25/5 rDev -0.5%
Pours a light, creamy blonde with a nice white head. Smell is quite complex with notes of light fruits, citrus peel, hops, and a bit of bready dough. Taste is quite similar, with some of the drier, white stone fruits taking over a little bit and fading into a nice, hoppy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is quite light and well carbonated with a nice dry finish. Excellent drinkability. Can only dream of sitting in Belgium drinking a few of these.
09-24-2010 11:22:22 | More by Thorpe429
4.6/5 rDev +7.7%
Haystack gold with multiple fine bubble streams leading up to one of the best looking caps that I've seen in quite some time. The foam is lustery pearl in color, has a creamy texture and is wonderously stickilicious. A masterpiece in lace is beginning to appear on the upper reaches of the glass. What a great way to start.
Although this offering doesn't get much love compared to its bigger brothers, the nose is outstanding. It's grassy and musky and herbal and spicy, all at once. The bottle must be pretty fresh because a lot of those qualities have to coming from the hops. I'm sure the yeast strain is world-class as well.
For some reason, I was shocked upon discovering that Trappist Westvleteren Blonde is the highest ranking BPA on this site. Truthfully, I haven't paid it much attention until now. Any doubts that I may have had about the beer's true worthiness disappeared after the first mouthful. This may not be the best Belgian ale that I've ever imbibed, but it is the best Belgian pale ale.
Beer of this style isn't usually this mind-blowingly complex. I wonder if the Trappist monks at Brouwerij Westvletern brew any other complex ale? Hops and estery yeast combine in remarkable fashion. The final result is a beautifully bitter, splendidly spicy melange that is disappearing at an alarming rate. Too bad I don't have another bottle. Or twenty-four.
Flavors include French bread crust, grassy hops, new-mown hay and a perfect amount of yeasty spiciness that provides generous sprinklings of clove, cardamom and white pepper. Okay, I'll say it: there has *never* been a more complex 5.8% ale in the history of beer. As for drinkability, I am rarely almost through with an entire bottle at this point in the review. One last ounce will have to suffice for assessing the mouthfeel.
Like everything else about this stupendous beer, the mouthfeel oozes quality. It's at least medium-full for the style and is as creamy as they come. The carbonation is spot-on, which is the key to the whole shootin' match.
Never in a million years did I think that this beer would be this good. Try this on for size... Trappist Westvletern Blonde is a better Belgian pale ale than Trappist Westvleteren 12 is a quadrupel. Find a fresh (hoppy) bottle and prepare to enter beer heaven.
05-10-2009 12:18:56 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.53/5 rDev +6.1%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale honey color with an extraordinary cap that sticks lacing all over the chalice
Smell: Baryard funk, yeast and herbal grassiness
Taste: Bready up front, with a developing herbal bitterness arriving by mid-palate; some serious almost medicinal hop elements arrive with the swallow, with the yeasty flavors taking over the parade to the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and incredibly creamy; light but assertive carbonation
Drinkability: As others have said, this is a complex but almost sessionable beer
Thank, unholy2, for the opportunity to complete the Westvleteren trifecta
04-26-2008 01:44:50 | More by brentk56
4.3/5 rDev +0.7%
Huge white head the stayed till the end. A very nice pale amber color, that was nice and cloudy, mostly due to the carbonation. This was the most insanely carbonated brew I have ever seen! Huge chains and streams of bubble, unreal. So active and lively looking, easily a top 5 best looking beer I have ever scene, could not have made it look better!
Smell was off the hook! Tons of fruits. Predominate pears, apricots, figs. Hints of apples, bread and grains, grass. Smell was almost too complex to describe, incredible again.
The taste was a bit of a let down after the look and smell from the start, but still very very good! Taste dances around the palate with pear and apple fruit hints the biggest players. Nice smooth maltiness with the bread and grain tastes coming through again. Slight taste of alcohol but only slight. Nice well rounded and complex taste, just not as powerful as I thought.
Mouthfeel was again superb, very light and frothy with lots of carbonation. Easy to drink and wonderfully complex and alive on the tongue.
Iverall this was a great beer, hugely enjoyable, but the price really cuts the drinkabilty down for me. Awesome nonetheless and glad to have had some, off to the rest of the westy!
02-13-2007 01:50:36 | More by mikesgroove
4.4/5 rDev +3%
Always a pleasure to sit down with legendary beers like these. This Blonde displays what's best about beer.
Beginning with a glowing and hazy hue, the Blonde has deep straw, light golden colors and with a lively efforvescent appearance. Bright white foam settles on the beer in very sturdy and structured fashion while leaving an ordinate amount of lacing behind. A near-perfect look for anything Wibier, Hefeweizen, or Belgian Pale.
Solid aromas of lemons, pepper, spice, earthy hops, light must, and light vinous notes (white wine). The phenolic-fruity blend balances the nose while the surprise of aromatic hops add even more decoration for the olfactory senses.
Soft sweetness of pilsner malts coat the mouth with a creamy, fresh bread tastes. White pepper, oranze zest, and corriander make a quick transition towards the earthy and pungent hop flavors. The bitterness of hops weaves beautifully in and out of the lemon and vinous tastes, making for a very complex buffer to the malts. As the beer warms, the musty, sweaty, salty notes grow, giving even more variety to the beer. I am quite surprised at the bright hop flavor and bitterness- didn't see that one comming.
Medium bodied and creamy up front but the malt character fades very quickly into a bitter, dry, and evaporative finish. Decidedly spicy and dry in the end but the aftertaste returns to the lemon and vinous flavors. Very palatable and sessionable.
Ya know, I think this Westvletern brewery has gotten the brewing thing all figured out. Thanks Pwoody, you're a world class trader!
01-23-2008 18:56:22 | More by BEERchitect
4.15/5 rDev -2.8%
Bottle: Poured a beautiful lightly hazy blonde with a huge bubbly head with perfect retention. Aroma is floral with some light spices in the undertone. Taste is very refreshing with the malts coming out first followed by some hard to distinguish spices followed by a sweet ending. Body is medium with great carbonation and alcohol is not detectable. Wow! This is one great light Belgian ale. Too bad I cannot get my hand on this stuff more regularly.
05-03-2004 16:14:19 | More by Phyl21ca
4.38/5 rDev +2.6%
Cap dated xx.09.05, so, this is a 6 year old bottle. Have had this one fresh before, but tasting an aged one should be interesting. Thanks for a great extra, Greg!
A: The pour is the typical hazy golden straw color with a fluffy white head.
S: The nose is very floral and sweet, very honey-like to be frank. A nice orange note to it as well. A bit of yeast and perhaps some light fruit and spice esters.
T: Honey is definitely the primary flavor here, which is a stark contrast to a fresh bottle. Great honey, orange, and floral sweetness that is quite refreshing, actually.
M: The body is light with a crisp carbonation to it. Quite light on the tongue like you would expect.
D: I think I might actually like this aged version better than the fresh ones that I have tried. A really big difference in terms of flavor, and a beer that you generally would not recommend cellaring for this long, but I think it worked very nicely.
08-04-2010 03:16:17 | More by womencantsail
4.8/5 rDev +12.4%
Appearance: Pours a beaming straw-colored body with a bright white, head.
Smell: Aroma is chock full of vibrant fruity esters as well as some faintly grassy, citrus notes.
Taste: Skillfully crafted, this beer is rich and full of flavor. Initial tartness gives way to a light malty, slightly bready sweetness. Also there is the pronounced taste of peaches and oranges - like an albariño, but with a more pronounced, sharper carbonation. Finishes dry with just a touch of spiciness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and is quite crisp, marked by a constant, but fine champange-like carbonation.
Drinkability: Outstanding. This beer is the greatest invention since wood.
07-04-2006 02:36:30 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.13/5 rDev -3.3%
Shared this recently, review from written notes. BBD: 19.10.11
Into a tulip glass it pours a pastel gold, bright clarity, rising trails of carbonation visible. Over time it forms uniform rows of spotty lace, and cascading tiny rivulets.
Wet hay, wildflowers, weeds, dried hops, rustic and floral aromatics.
Dry and herbal bitterness to the aftertaste, some pale malt sweetness at first, with more wet hay and herbs in the middle. A light barnyard funk, more subdued taste than the nose suggests. Creamy feel, well carbed, bright, crisp, and refreshing on a warm day. Flavor was focused more on subtlety and simple rustic elements, thankfully not sweet, as many BPA's tend to be.
Thanks to Denise for the surprise box from Belgium.
10-22-2011 19:26:07 | More by emerge077
4.5/5 rDev +5.4%
Appearance - Straw-colored, hazy and bright. A gentle pour produced a soft 1/2 inch head with solid retention.
Smell - Yeasty and phenolic. Hay, fresh grass, clove and piquant hops.
Taste - Lemon rind bitterness meets banana and clove. Extremely dry and refreshing. Lots of hoppy and husky bitterness in the finish. Quite unlike any other Belgian ale I've had - the only thing I can liken it to is Orval minus the funk.
Mouthfeel - Light, crisp and drying to the palate. High carbonation gives an almost champagne-like mouthfeel.
Notes - Excellent stuff. A beer I could drink frequently if not for the rarity and cost.
02-21-2008 22:55:33 | More by largadeer
4.65/5 rDev +8.9%
33 cl slender brown bottle with a freshness date of 17.10.03 (Oct 17th 2003), no label. Just the cap denotes what brew this is
Appearance: A lace worthy of no other, cloaked within the glass it sits there and forces respect. Its pale colour shows a light haze but a very active carbonation.
Smell: Sweet grassy herbal aroma, hints of honey and faint tobacco come to mind.
Taste: Lightly coarse hop rakes across the tongue as well as some herbal phenols, fresh grain flows deep even into the eternal dryness. Bitterness and dryness are most of the traits but do not overwhelm, small burst of hop leaf flavour in the end.
Mouthfeel: Perfectly complexly layered smoothness, crispness need only to clean the palate for the next sip but goes even further by invigorating the taste buds as well. Moderate body.
Drinkability & Notes: This one is off the charts as far as a session brew for me, I simply could drink this all night. By far one of the best beers I have run into and would travel (and have) far for.
01-24-2003 15:07:42 | More by Jason
4.38/5 rDev +2.6%
Picked this up in Belgium in summer 2009. No obvious date on the cap. Served in my Westvleteren chalice.
A - Pours with a finger of soapy white foam that slowly dissipates to a thin cap and a ton of lace. Nearly opaque hazed golden peach color. Excellent looking brew.
S - Smells like an abbey single. Lemony citrus, grassy hops, graham cracker pale malt backbone, a touch of honey and banana, and some Belgian-style yeast. As it warms there are some slight medicinal notes.
T - The taste is a little more smoothed out, with a good amount of bread, light pepper, some hay and floral hoppiness, and a tiny touch of sourness in the finish. The near 6% is imperceptible.
M - Soft tingly carbonation, light-medium body that is quite smooth. Dry finish, with only light residual stickiness. Quite refreshing!
D - It's the session beer of the Westvleteren monks - if it's good enough for them, it's good enough for me. I'll always have fond memories of sipping this with Urbain, Bryna, and Dave Schuster at Cafe In De Vrede.
02-10-2010 05:31:06 | More by MasterSki
4.5/5 rDev +5.4%
Label-less bottle, brought over from Belgium by da Bum...bless you, good sir!
Lovely pale orange hue, cloudy, resting under a thick, tapioca-ish, creamy crown of foam...angelic aroma, a zesty, spicy, but still mellow blend, soft and slightly citric, bits of lemon rind and ginger flit about...good stuff.
Sweetness on the tongue, too, rich and creamy mouthfeel, wondrous texture, really fills the mouth, and stays long on the palate. Light bodied, exquisite drinkability, a beer any good monk (and I'm tryin' to be one, lord, I am!) should surely deserve to luxuriate with throughout the remainder of a well-won day.
Probably the finest session ale ever brewed...no stretch here!
A superb little beer, absolutely delightful!
10-22-2004 10:44:08 | More by feloniousmonk
Trappist Westvleteren Blonde from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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