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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

422 Reviews
THE BROS
80
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Reviews: 422
Hads: 788
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 6.35%
Wants: 439
Gots: 121 | FT: 4
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Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren) visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2002

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Photo of gr0g
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy and golden in color, traces of sediment. A tall, pillowy head lasts for ages and leaves plenty of lacing. Some mustiness on the aroma as though Brett has contributed. Light floral hops and green apple. Some lemon zest notes and faint spices.

Moderately dry and slightly bitter, the flavor profile is pretty complex for a sub-6% ABV beer. Light, basic malt profile of cracker-like grain. A trace of clove. Unripe apple and pear. Soft, slick mouthfeel with sudsy carbonation. This isn't intensely flavorful but everything comes together very nicely.

Westy Blonde is a top-notch BPA that packs a lot of flavor into a relatively "light" beer. Certainly among the top examples of the style. (692 characters)

Photo of icehawk
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (2008 vintage)

Appearance: Slightly cloudy straw

Aroma: Very effervescent bananas and other light fruits

Taste: Slightly sweet with flavors of fresh fruit; bananas, apples

Palate: Medium/Light body with a fairly lively mouthfeel. Smooth finish with a slight pepper sensation

Overall: Amazing aroma and flavors; very enjoyable and complex for a relatively light ABV. (387 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear, bright wheat gold body with lively carbonation. Great white head great retention and lace.

S - Banana, white bread, pear, white grape, cardamon. Soft and well integrated.

T - Honeydew, bosh pear, mellon rind, bitter rosewater, dandelion. Soft bready center. Awesome staying power for the ABV, with a white fruit and water cracker finish.

M - Creamy, medium-light frame. Nice carbonation.

O - This is stellar for the session brew that it's meant to be. (475 characters)

Photo of Dreizhen
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Cantillon chalice from a bottle.

A: Poured one finger head, stayed firm but gradually diminished to just a thick coating of foam on the top of the beer. Lots of carbonation/steady bubbles.. Beautiful gold. One of the prettiest looking beers I've ever seen.

S: Mild, light, citrusy. More orange. Subtle. If there was such a thing as a "silky" scent, this would be it. Delicate and refreshing, but not as present as I would like.

T: Citrus fades from the scent. Light, wheat and very subtle hops with a slightly crisp finish. AT first taste, it's rather bland for what I expected, but definitely enjoyable. Incredibly drinkable beer. As I drink more, I'm starting to get more of a hang on the flavor profile. I swear there's some subtle Cantillon funk going on in here. My first thought was there was some carry over from the glass, but it's freshly washed and hasn't had Cantillon in it for weeks. Anyways, this funk flows into the wheat and a little herbal something at the end. This beer is hard to figure out. Complexity (and nothing else) reminds me of green Chartreuse. Lots going on. Like, a shit load. It's just very subtle. Next time I'm in Belgium I'm going to spend some serious time In de Verde figuring this one out.

M: Very smooth. Very silky. Liquid bliss.

O: Not what I expected. To be honest, I'm not sure what I expected. But I really liked it. Very complex in a subtle way. Throw your expectations to the wind and just role with it. Let the little monk beer do little monk beer things to your palette and enjoy the ride. (1,556 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden; medium head; long lasting

Aroma: Spicy; peppery; malty; coriander

Taste: Creamy; peppery; slightly hoppy; very smooth; man this is good

Remarks: Drank at In de Vrede; these beers certainly live up to their hype.

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores (300 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Westvleteren chalice by the staff at Cafe In de Vrede, on to the beer;

An electric blonde shade colors the beer. There is a little visible sediment which sits at the bottom of the glass. Visible bubbles and a poofywhite head adds texture to the look. The aroma is somewhat straightforward and fun; bringing the aromas of farmhouse, lemon, and fresh grass.

What a vibrant taste! A lot of fresh cut grass and fresh hops are hitting the palate. It's not all hoppy though, as notes of hay and wool crawl through the dominance and create a little attraction to itself. It's a lighter medium bodied beer, with a somewaht creamy feel, with a crisp and bitter aftertaste.

Is it possible that Westvleteren Blonde is overlooked? This is simply an outstanding blonde which is easy to drink, but doesn't receive the same kind of love as its siblings. If you're at In de Vrede, you want to start your engine with this. (923 characters)

Photo of deebo
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On first trip to Belgium in late 2010. A road trip from Bruges to the cafe next to the Monastery on a pilgrimage for the quadruple but lets start with the Blond first. Appearance is cloudy with a light foam. Looks like an unfiltered wheat. Aromas of wheat with an estery banana note. Taste is smooth with a nice balance of wheat and a hop end note. Mouthfeel is complex and rich for a low alcohol beer with a medium level of carbonation. Super drinkable beer. (459 characters)

Photo of Nesued
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Lovely golden color, nice head formed upon the pour. Yeast sediment present. Good carbonation that continues to be refreshed as

Smell: A clean, grassy aroma. Light and bright nose. Some spices and yeast add to overall floral profile.

Taste: Toasty malt presence is added to what is found it the aroma. Subtle grassy hop contribution that does not overpower the balance.

Mouthfeel: Just enough linger on the tongue. A crisp and clean light cleansing allowing proper prep for the next sip.

Overall: What a pleasure. A well-made brew for such a soft style. As others of said, drink this as fresh as you can get it. Overshadowed by it's bigger brothers, but a beer that should not be overlooked. Wish I could get more, for it would make a great table beer. (770 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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. (608 characters)

Photo of gory4d
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light golden with a touch of haze; nice foamy white head, a good bit of lacing. Smell is some grass, a little mustiness, something like honey. The taste is funky up front, but mildly so; it's grassy and biscuity in the middle, with a nice sharp tang at the end. It's moderately carbonated, with a full body for a blonde beer. All in all very nice, a lot like Orval but a little brighter. I had three of these and now they're gone - wish I had another. (459 characters)

Photo of Ryanm1
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle at beer temple in Amsterdam to a chalice glass. Quarter inch of white lacing that dissipates in time. Golden color. Bits of carbonation hanging in the glass frothing hundred of stagnant bubbles. Slightly sweet honey smell. Other notes typical to Belgian blondes, floral. Taste is wheat slight honey, spicy finish. Moderate abv. (348 characters)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle 5,8% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Best Before: 07/07/2012.

Before someone tells me that this is expired and should not be reviewed, I have had it fresh and this bottle was purposely aged.

Thanks to Brabander for this and the last bottle I had.

Appearance: Westy blonde pours out a lightly clouded golden yellow, with a standard pour yielding a massive white head. As one would expect from any good Belgian ale; the head retention is incredible and thick chunks of lacing are left clinging to the glass when it finally begins to recede.

Smell: Mmmm, this smells delicious and quite complex for an abbey single. Lemon is the stand out aroma on the first few sniffs, but it is quickly joined by apple, a little banana, some white grape, pale malt, a bready quality, a hint of peach, a faint sprinkling of spices (cloves and white pepper come to mind) an earthiness and a hint of herbal hops. I remember thinking that my fresh bottle had a hint of brett in the nose, but there is nothing horsey present here.

Taste: As the nose promised, this is a really delicious Belgian ale - though I think I preferred the hoppy character and bitterness present in the fresh bottle to the fruitier flavours here. Notes include: Lemon, some banana like yeast notes, a little apple, peach, some spices, a grassy note, pale malt and a bready quality.

Mouthfeel: Just about bang on for the style - light bodied, with a high level of expansive, but creamy carbonation. This is certainly one of the most refreshing and easy drinking beers around.

Overall: Westy blonde is a fantastic abbey single and is right up there with Orval for the best in the style. I have to say though, I did prefer the fresh bottle I had in 2010.

Please note that the ratings above were taken from notes for the fresh bottle that I had in 2010, the ratings for this bottle are as follows: 4/4.5/4/4.5/4 (1,906 characters)

Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 330ml bottle into a goblet glass. Thanks to Ruds for trading this.

Pours a slightly hazy golden colour, with a great head that lasts absolutely ages.

Smells of mid-light malts and light hops. Faint yeast too.

Tastes extremely smooth, biscuity malts balancing with subtley spicy/herbal hops, with great texture and body.

Overall a really nice beer, balanced and a general pleasure to drink. I could quaff this all day and not get bored. (451 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Bryan for this one. (Thanks, man!!!!)

A - Crisp, bright gold color with a generous two fingered head, moderate carbonation is steady and even, and looks like vibrant white cotton candy.

S - Lemons, light earthy straw, biscuity, light floral, pears, and white grapes.

T - Pears, white grapes, lemons, and a mild pine finish; lightly earthy, mild Belgian spice in the middle, not overly sweet or bready, but perfectly blended with a delicate tang.

M - Light medium body, with crisp and gentle carbonation on the tongue.

O - One of the finest blonde ales I've had the enjoyment of trying. (606 characters)

Photo of GJ40
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled in a chalice from a bottle with a cap date of "3/9/13".

Light gold in color with very good clarity and a small white head. An aggressive yet well behaved barrage of tiny rising bubbles. Aroma is spicy with some fruit. Taste follows with a mild spicy bite and a hint of fruit. It's not dry and not sweet but carefully hidden in between. It's so smooth and easy from start to finish. No rough edges whatsoever. It's so light and airy, especially at first, that it seems to evaporate in your mouth.

This is an enjoyable beer that's flavorful, refreshing and smooth without any taking away from the other. (611 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is clear golden with a small to medium sized white head. Head fades quickly, leaving a bit of lace.

Very nice smell and surprisingly potent. Yeast is the standout scent, but light fruit (peach and apple) are there as well. I don't believe there is any brett in the beer, but the yeast scent is very reminiscent of brett to my nose, with a bit of funk and similar fruity notes. Orval is the closest comparator I know of for the smell.

Taste follows suit. A bit of yeasty funk and some light fruit flavours. Orval is again a reference, but it does not have the same incredibly dryness that I associate with Orval. Certainly more sweetness, but not a sweet beer. Again, it has characteristics that make me think of brett.

Medium bodied, highly carbonated. A bit on the irritating side.

Overall very good. The focus on the yeast really improves what seems to me to otherwise be a straightforward (but high quality) Belgian pale. (934 characters)

Photo of spdyfire83
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

279th Review
33cl poured into a (small) Westy XII chalice - I think the Bros at the Abbey need to make a Blonde and an 8 glass.
Didn't catch the stamp date on the cap, but I picked this bottle up at the Abbey in June 2012 on an excellent visit to SW Belgium with Brabander. Thanks for the lift, Thijs - can't wait to roadtrip again!

Should be noted that I have enjoyed this beer several times previously, but just getting around to reviewing it proper now. On this occasion, it was enjoyed with my wife as her celebration beer for the birth of our first kiddoe. Cheer Babe & Izzy!

A: Medium golden hay; a bit murky. 1.5 (white) fingernail head on gentle pour.

S: Smells of cracked hay, soft cracked pepper, and Belgian yeast. Touch of floral scent as well. Nice!

T: Smooth, clean, and crisp. Notes follow smell and the balance here is wonderful. I could tell it was slightly aged, but that surely did not divert from the overall enjoy of this occasion!

M: Medium bodied with balanced carbonation.

O: Very easy to drink and just an all-around great beer! Drink it fresh though as that is when it is most enjoyable. (1,119 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received two bottles of this from super-BA Brabander when I visited him at his home on 05OCT12. All bottles made it home safely! Time to indulge!

Poured into a small DT tulip, it is a medium golden color, with a touch of haze, even without the yeasties swirled in. Head is fluffy and white, starting at 1" but rapidly ebbing to a fine layer. Decent lacing is seen in the glass, along with some sparse, slow-moving carbonation. Nose is a bit bready and crackery, along with some grassy, spicy notes. The body is medium, and it has a light, airy feel on the tongue without being too prickly.

Has subtle, mild sweetness, and is very crackery. A little bit of light fruit and lemon rind is present, but more prevalent is the spicy character. Lots of earthy, grassy hops hit the palate, with some bitterness present. Finish is dry and a touch peppery. A solid albeit unspectacular Belgian Pale. Big time thnx, Thijs!! Prosit!!

4/5 rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer from a great brewery, a beer I wish I could have a case of instead of just being able to bring back one from Belgium.

The beer pours a really delicate hazy soft gold color with a small ring of bone white head. Some lacing as well, a nice appearance.

The beer has a very subtle smell but it is very nice with dry straw and slight barnyard notes and a slight light citrus with other spices like a coriander and very slight clove. A little bit of grassy hop aromas come through which is quite nice.

The taste is subtle but the more you taste it the more complex it gets, it really starts to open up with the spice notes the more you drink it, an elusive beer that is really interesting. Has that overall straw malt and grassy hop taste with plenty of yeast but the aftertaste opens up a world of kitchen spice and earth that is very nice.

The feel is nice and light, plenty of carbonation.

Again, a very nice beer worth seeking out! (958 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle at the cafe across the street from the Abbey on 9/8/12. Pours a hazy golden with a bit of white head. Really nice yeasty floral aromas, some citrus. Taste is smooth, citrusy, yeasty, and slight hop finish. Its very smooth and full bodied and feels bigger than 5.8% but a great belgian pale ale...dissapointingly not the best I ever had, but amazing nonetheless. Well worth a visit! (400 characters)

Photo of gfreed
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Brace yourselves... in my opinion, this is the best of the Westvletern line. Even though it says "blond" on the cap, to me this tastes like an excellent tripel. It has all the lemony, hammy, salty characteristics but at a lower ABV that doesn't leave much of a burn behind. Nice foggy-yellow color, and the light fizz is a bonus, too. Plus it has-- I say this in a good way-- the aroma of Murphy's oil soap. Admit it: *you*, too, inhale deeply when when you open the Murphy's bottle. Save the cap, attach a magnet to it and put it on the fridge as a memento. (558 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for having the mad connections to procure this beer... legally, too!

Appearance: Cloudy, golden straw color - pours with a nice, white head, fades to a fizzy cap, leaves some streaks of lacing

Smell: So Belgian! I don't even know how else to describe it, as this smells like a packet of Belgian yeast, if not more potent - Belgian yeast funk, clove, banana esters, bubblegum, and more yeast - some very pale malts, some candi sugar, some light grains, and some herbal/floral notes

Taste: Belgian yeast and light malts - Belgian yeast funk, cloves, bananas, bubblegum, pepper, phenols, with some herbal and floral notes - slightly bitter - grainy, pale malts, decidedly blonde with some light sweetness

Mouthfeel: Light, smooth, nicely carbonated, very drinkable despite the massive amounts of yeast

Overall: A very interesting Belgian blonde

Who would have thought that Westvleteren could make an interesting beer? This is easily one of the most straight-up Belgian beers I have ever tasted. So much yeast! The pale malts can barely handle the yeast explosion. But it works. And I'm happy I could try this. (1,136 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Epic level hookup. Sharing the bottle with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Pale gold. Hazy. Head is tiny, bright-white and bubbly.

Smell: Heavy Belgian yeast. Clove an banana layered over a faint pepper note. Lemon and grass. Hay and bright melon. Yeast dominates and gives moderate ground to sweet pale malts. Esters. Apple.

Taste: Aggressive yeast from the start. Clove, banana and slight bubblegum. So much spice. Faint hints of lemon and pale malt, but it's all about the yeast. Aggressively Belgian. Slight hay and tons of fresh cut grass. Earthy. It's like a handful of spiced sand.

Mouthfeel: Light and dry. Moderate to high carbonation. Lingering yeast.

Overall: This is single-handedly the most Belgian beer I've ever tasted. Unrelenting and intense. Even though I'm not a fan of the style, this really shows how you craft it. Crazy flavor but nice and drinkable. (876 characters)

Photo of IPA35
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold with a frothy white head with good retention. Tried to pour the yeast but there's still quite alot in the bottle. Even as it warms up there remains a millimeter of head.

Looks nice.

This smells of a very nice mix of fruits and spice.
Soft citrus peel, pear, soft pepper, some honey and some leafy hops.
Light malts.

Smells just as good as at In De Vrede!

This beer is not a big beer like the other two, mind you. This is a well made, subtile tasting pale or blonde ale. A session beer if you wish and much more suited for this hot summer than the 8 and 12. Soft lemon, light but rather present malts and a creamy mouthfeel describe this beer well. The aftertaste is quite dry with soft hops.

As I said the mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with rather low, or rather soft, carbonation.

Overall this is a very nice beer, as I said this is not a big beer, a nice refreshing beer for the summer. I would recommend drinking this moderately cold, chilling it too much subdues the already subtile flavours. One of the best Belgian blonde/pale ales I have had.

I reviewed it for what it is (as I always do), hench the high notes. I might still prefer a dark ale with a 4. (1,186 characters)

Photo of hreb
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottles found to be in stock at Belgobaren in Stockholm, SE on July 26, 2012. Unlabeled brown bottle of impressive heft with "trappistenbier" emblazened around the neck. Green cap which identifies the beer is dated "19.10.11" and reports 5.8% ABV. Poured into one of Belgobaren's house chalices.

Beer pours blonde and slightly hazey. Dark, grainy sediment sinks to the bottom while a thin white head forms on top. My pour doesn't yield any of the huge-headed beauty reported in other Westvleterens.

This is simply classic Belgian blonde ale, executed perfectly. The smell is light and faintly hoppy and funky in the nose. The beer is slightly bitter, slightly sour, and slightly funky as well. There beer's not spicy, but there is a note of lemon or orange zest. There's also a distinct suggestion of sweetness in the brew, but no detectable residual sugar. Like a really awesome Leffe Blonde. Finishes perfectly dry and leaves a slight bitterness on the lips. Combined with moderate carbonation this is one of the most supremely drinkable beers I've ever tasted. Not the best, but quite likely the best in its genre. (1,119 characters)

Trappist Westvleteren Blonde from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
94 out of 100 based on 422 ratings.