1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Trappist Westvleteren BlondeTrappist Westvleteren Blonde

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
95
world-class

672 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 672
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 380
Gots: 85 | FT: 0
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)
View: Beers (3) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Trappist Westvleteren Blonde Alström Bros
Ratings: 672 | Reviews: 405 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of carmike813
carmike813

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

06-11-2014 00:05:58 | More by carmike813
Photo of Walkerjgt
Walkerjgt

Ohio

4/5  rDev -6.3%

06-09-2014 22:34:11 | More by Walkerjgt
Photo of ari32
ari32

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

06-09-2014 19:11:30 | More by ari32
Photo of Leftofthedial
Leftofthedial

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

06-05-2014 04:53:14 | More by Leftofthedial
Photo of udubdawg
udubdawg

Kansas

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

06-01-2014 21:15:39 | More by udubdawg
Photo of timmynyc
timmynyc

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

05-31-2014 01:59:53 | More by timmynyc
Photo of jlisuk
jlisuk

California

4/5  rDev -6.3%

05-26-2014 19:14:28 | More by jlisuk
Photo of BeerOps
BeerOps

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

05-24-2014 02:04:58 | More by BeerOps
Photo of Twal
Twal

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

05-21-2014 17:38:28 | More by Twal
Photo of brbrocc
brbrocc

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

05-17-2014 09:20:03 | More by brbrocc
Photo of BraisingCain
BraisingCain

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

05-08-2014 03:14:31 | More by BraisingCain
Photo of Maillard
Maillard

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

05-06-2014 03:04:43 | More by Maillard
Photo of Jonada
Jonada

New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a Rochefort goblet. Best before 11/21/2014

Appearance: Pours a hazy light orange color with 1 finger of a white head. Good retention and lacing. Body is very hazy with a quite a bit of visible yeast sediment and lots of visible carbonation.

Smell: Apple, pear, pepper, clove, banana and a slight grassy character.

Taste: Banana, big spicy Belgian yeast character, a touch of grassy hops, crackery malt and maybe a touch of lemon in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel. Carbonation is medium, bordering on high. Finishes dry with a very mild bitterness.

Overall: A really nice Belgian pale ale, and if this were available on a shelf, I'd probably pick it up with semi regularity. However, since it's not, I wouldn't recommend going to any great lengths to obtain it.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2014 18:21:49 | More by Jonada
Photo of DCLAguy11
DCLAguy11

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

05-01-2014 03:38:19 | More by DCLAguy11
Photo of kevanb
kevanb

Illinois

3.76/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

335ml bottle, best before march 2015, leading me to believe this is 2 years old, poured into a 33cl Westvleteren silver rimmed goblet.

The beer pours a hazy straw color, hues of gold with a loose, fizzy, white head, nearly 2 fingers high that has decent retention yielding a nice amount of spotted lace. The aroma is yeasty, nice amount of spice, but with some sweet and light fruit, peppery with some earthy pale grain. It's straightforward and simple, but inviting nonetheless. The flavors match well, peppery spice, strong belgian yeast that brings out some light fruit, maybe a bit of white peach, but also light berry that ranges to banana, with plenty of cracked pale grain that is a bit musty. The body is lively, good zip, perhaps a bit abrasive, but the finish is moderately creamy, but feels a bit thin.

Verdict: A nice and enjoyable Belgian Pale Ale, simple and refreshing with a nice balance of flavors. I'm not convinced this is the freshest bottle, and this is not a style I believe fares well with age so I'd love to revisit this beer again when I can guarantee freshness. Still, I enjoyed this and would definitely enjoy it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2014 02:28:47 | More by kevanb
Photo of PretzelCity
PretzelCity

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

04-27-2014 08:29:47 | More by PretzelCity
Photo of DarthGuitarHero
DarthGuitarHero

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

04-18-2014 17:12:22 | More by DarthGuitarHero
Photo of MNMike
MNMike

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

04-17-2014 23:11:19 | More by MNMike
Photo of jaasen64
jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Short's chalice. Green cap dated 21.03.14 which I believe is supposed to be more of a "best before" date, not sure when this was bottled though.

A- Pours a yellowish golden with a finger's worth of white foamy head that has great retention. A bit hazy with a considerable amount of carbonation.

S- Esters, clove, Belgian spices, bready yeast, fairly floral smelling. Pleasant, complex, great for the style.

T- Esters, clove, healthy dose of Belgian spices, lightly bitter (fades as it warms), bready yeast, bananas, pineapple, floral notes. Complex, very well balanced, don't drink this style often but this is easily the best I've had of it.

M- Medium bodied, very smooth and drinkable, carbonation adds a nice presence.

O- I've never been a huge fan of blonde ales, but this was awesome for the style and I wouldn't mind drinking these on a regular basis. Nice complexity, flavorful, and extremely drinkable. Definitely worth seeking it out. I'd recommend drinking this around room temperature as the bitterness fades and the flavors come out a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 23:33:49 | More by jaasen64
Photo of freemanj
freemanj

Missouri

4/5  rDev -6.3%

04-16-2014 16:54:55 | More by freemanj
Photo of EdKing
EdKing

United Kingdom (England)

4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared with harrisoni in the Westvleteren Cafe. Wow, what a beer. So Ian built this one up for me as an amazing beer and to be honest I was sceptical about a Belgian blond. However it is a revelation and took some of the shine off my crates of Westy 12, as I suddenly wanted some of this to take home too. Gives me something to look forward to next time. Very bright amber and fresh looking beer. Up close there’s tiny specks of grain in the hazy beer. Bright head is medium to full, and fluffy and light. Nose is a big burst of fresh citrousy lemony hops, with citrous acidic, pithy lemon and satsuma, crisp yeast. Taste is a big burst of lemony hops, crisp Belgian yeast. It’s light, effervescent and leaves a tingling lemon citrous bitterness on the tongue well after sipping. Lovely finish. There’s also a little bit of lemon curd creaminess to it. Light as a feather and bursting with citrousy hop. This is a great beer and probably the best Belgian blonde beer I’ve had by a long way.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 22:43:40 | More by EdKing
Photo of ricecracker420
ricecracker420

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

04-10-2014 20:07:19 | More by ricecracker420
Photo of bunbury
bunbury

Panama

5/5  rDev +17.1%

04-09-2014 14:59:44 | More by bunbury
Photo of darcange
darcange

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

04-07-2014 23:34:40 | More by darcange
Photo of mancallede
mancallede

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

03-28-2014 13:51:52 | More by mancallede
Trappist Westvleteren Blonde from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
95 out of 100 based on 672 ratings.