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

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

672 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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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)

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Chizoad

California

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet. Cloudy golden beer with a 1 cm head that settled into a thin layer on the top. Almost some pink hues in there.

Bready aromas dominate, some banana.

When cold, bitterness nearly overwhelmed the yeasty characteristics of this beer. As it warmed and worked its way into the palate, it became incredibly well balanced, if not overly complex. Good yeast flavor with a little sweetness, backed perfectly by a straight bittering hops. Quite dry.

Excellent and refreshing mouthfeel. Substantial body but tight and bright carbonation keeps it from bogging down throughout the bottle.

Fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 21:10:46 | More by Chizoad
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loobear

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a huge fluffy/foamy white head. Hazy ruby-orange body.

S - Sweet and malty. Reminds me of tamarindo with hints of honey.

T - Dry front that rounds out nicely. Notes of oak and hops in the middle with a slightly less dry finish.

M - Very light bodied, almost foamy. Really amazing. Quite refreshing with a slightly dry, alcoholic finish.

O - Such a stand out in its category. It seriously goes above and beyond any blonde I've ever tried.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 05:54:18 | More by loobear
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chrislouden

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from http://shop.belgianshop.com/ $30+shipping

Bottle stamped 19.10.11

Appearance: light amber. 2 bottle were shared among 3 people.

Smell: A floral malt smell.

Taste: smooth dry beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Nice dry finish

Overall:. Only downside was price. Worth it for the experience.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 05:16:56 | More by chrislouden
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle stamped 19.10.11, poured into a wine glass. Thanks to Chris for this one, you're an awesome guy!

Appearance - Big silky white head with decent retention. The head is gorgeous. Hazy light amber body.

Smell - Slightly cardboardy at first. Corn as it warms in the mouth. A bit of malt. Not much hop. Somewhat floral.

Taste - No off flavors. Great balanced. Light and refreshing. Lightly grassy body with a honey finish.

Mouthfeel - Nice medium body. Silky smooth. Considerably foamy.

Overall Drinkability - Great balance. Best blonde I've ever had. No offense, Emily.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 04:04:41 | More by ZenAgnostic
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davidfortunato

Germany

4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle.

I have noticed that Westvleteren beers seem to score, perhaps, a little higher than I would rate them. I was astonished, however, to see that this beer scored significantly lower than I would rate it.

This is the absolute gold standard in the Belgian Blonde. It does not offer anything that you have not had before, it just offers it at a higher quality.

I maintain that high alcohol beers are comparatively easier to make than low alcohol beers. At 5.8, this is a very low alcohol Belgian beer, but it has a fantastic nose, great mouthfeel, and the closest thing to a perfect flavor that I have had from a textbook blonde. For the style, I think that this is the best of the Westvleteren beers. It was by far the highlight of the trip to Sint Sixtus.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 18:33:40 | More by davidfortunato
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Trizzle

United Kingdom (England)

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw yellow body, a tad murky. A generous head that retains beautifully and leaves a good slather of chunky lace.

Not much to be had on the nose, a light lemon and ginger with some bretanomyces-esque barnyard funk.

Sweet and straw like malts with subtle lemon and ginger notes, nice dry hop, more bretanomyces hints and some other bread like yeastie goodness.

Medium-light bodied thickened up with a good level of champagne like tight bubbly carbonation.

Good stuff. I quite like it. Comparable to an Orval, but not quite the complexity.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 14:46:18 | More by Trizzle
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schlimenhaumer

New York

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Delirium tulip glass at low altitude.

A: Dark wheat color with a one finger white head. Good lacing as well.

S: Really fruity and citrusy. It smells most like a pomelo to me.

T: The fruitiness comes through really strongly up front with some nice citrus. Wheat follows up, with bitterness from the hops to round it out.

M: I felt that this was dry all the way through, with a refreshing amount of carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable considering the low alcohol content, but I think this would be a bit dry to drink over and over. Not to mention it's not the easiest beer in the world to come by.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 20:51:15 | More by schlimenhaumer
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mikeyv35

New York

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Date: 04/10/2011
Type: 11.2oz. Trappist Bottle
Vintage: 18.06.11 Best By Date On Cap
Glass: Chimay Chalice

Poured a light golden straw in color w/ a 1/4 finger bubbly white head that left nice lacing. Aromas of banana, clove, orange peel, and breadiness. Tasted of refreshing banana and citrus fruits up front, and backed by breadiness and sufficient hop bite. Thin bodied and clean w/ spot on carbonation. Easy as hell to drink and makes for a great summer brew.

Overall, I am into big beers, so this is really not my thing, but for what it is it is tremendous! Would never turn down a glass.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 23:50:55 | More by mikeyv35
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter glass from a bottle with a best by date of 06.08.11. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a bright, very lightly hazed, golden yellow color with a ¾” white head that soon recedes to a ring around the glass and a thin layer of foam on the surface. Sipping leaves a ring and some thick patchy legs of lacing that slide back down the glass into the ring of foam.

Smell: The aroma has traces of citrus and hints of the Belgian yeast. It seems a bit more hoppy than the typical Belgian Pale Ale. It is definitely grassy and herbal in character.

Taste: The flavors are dominated by a slightly earthy and grassy character that adds some bitterness but doesn’t conceal a bit of citric character of the beer, nor does it completely conceal some bready sweetness from the malts.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and the carbonation is adequate but soft and gentle giving the beer a nice creamy smoothness. The finish is medium to long, beginning in the front of the mouth with the faint bready sweetness from the malts and then moving back across the palate as it becomes a bit more citric, a wee bit funky, grassy, and dryer. Eventually it ends with a light dry bitterness that invites another sip.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: Each sip follows the last quite naturally and I’m more than happy to have more. I certainly would drink more of these if I were able and I could imagine being quite happy if this were the daily beer that went with my meals. My overall impression is of a first rate pale ale with just enough Belgian yeast character to differentiate it from other styles of pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 15:40:54 | More by drtth
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khumbard

Indiana

4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First beer poured into my new Westy chalice. Thanks Matt for the beer and the glass!

Pours a pale yellow with a one inch white fluffy head, looks very refreshing. Smell is full of belgian yeast, earthy, a little funky, and maybe a slight hop character. Taste is great: a light spice character, earthy yeast, a lemon fruitiness but without the sour, and finishes with a small hoppy bite. Mouthfeel is excellent for such a light beer. It is creamy, carbonation is perfect, and finishes crisp and clean. Overall this beer really impresses me for such a light beer. It is so well crafted it's ridiculous. If it was easy to find, I could easily go through a sixer in a session during the summer. Bravo St. Sixtus!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 01:32:23 | More by khumbard
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BeerMaverick

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ccm414 for this amazing beer! Enjoy the KBS!

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

A - Pretty much a perfect representation of what a Belgian pale ale should look like...very aesthetically pleasing. Extremely modest bottle with no label, merely "Trappistenbier" engraved in the glass...mysterious...and a sweet logo on the cap. Completely opaque yellowish golden hue with a 1/2" of white head. Very good retention and moderate speckled lacing.

S - Pure Belgian yeast...mmmm...unparalleled. Earthy and woody scents with a slight hint of citrus and perhaps pine from the hops.

T - This is just awesome. The Belgian yeast dominates as in the aroma with a slight citrusy taste. Very complex spiciness that only Belgian trappist beers are capable of...go monks! Very earthy tones take over the background.

M - This is where the Belgian spices really steal the show. The natural spices are present immediately, through the experience, and in the aftertaste. The unique yeast strain plays a role here as well...it seems as though it's still fermenting in my mouth.

O - Overall I believe that this beer is the pioneer of the style. Not my favorite style, but the leader nonetheless. It is the perfect spring beer and I wish I had more than one to drink! Thanks again ccm414!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 01:16:09 | More by BeerMaverick
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ccm414

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from their 10 oz bottle...

A- Pours with about a 3 finger head that lingers for a while. The lacing it leaves is not uniform around the glass, but almost leaves "clumps" of foam around the majority of the glass. It is a hazy golden/straw color.

S- The smells tend to be rather fruity and yeasty, pleasant on the nose. Seems to be well balanced.

T- A little spicy with much of the yeast characteristics coming through. A grapefruit bitterness is also noticeable.

M- A rather lighter feel to this beer, very crisp feeling. Nothing too overpowering with the carbonation, either.

D- I would love to be able to reach into my fridge and grab one of these over and over again. Very drinkable with the mouthfeel and flavor offerings.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 03:42:11 | More by ccm414
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Beerenauslese

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Westvleteren chalice. Body is a hazy blond color, with a white head that lasts awhile, dissipating to a cap and ring, leaving lots of lacing. A little yeast sediment escaped from the bottle into the glass.

Nose is bready malty with hints of fruit, candi sugar, and green hops.

Starts with a bready malty taste, pretty hoppy in the mid-palate with some tropical fruit undertones, ends with a long dry hoppy finish. This is a pretty hoppy beer--actually tongue-numbingly so--and is quite delicious.

Body is light and carbonation is crisp and refreshing but also provides a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

This is a delightful belgian blond ale that is very drinkable at 5.8%.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 01:01:33 | More by Beerenauslese
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cpmichael

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone snifter, Bottle date says 19/06/10

A: Pours a pretty light golden-yellow, with a minimal amount of white foam that quickly dissipates.

S: The nose has a rich malt characteristic that gives way to some hops in it. There are some fruits in there too, perhaps lemon and grapefruit. The ever present, belgian yeast comes through on the end.

T: The front end of the beer has a noticeable malt flavor a little on the grainy side as well, there is a hint of lemon, but a fair amount of grapefruit flavor in this. The back end of the beer has a pretty strong hop profile to it, which surprised me.

M/D: This is a very light bodied, but crisp beer. The flavors on this were really surprising to me, especially the hops, but my bottle was pretty recent, so I assume that with some age it would balance out a little more, but I loved it. I wish I could get this more often.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 15:29:17 | More by cpmichael
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mattdev

Oregon

4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a dense white head that lasted the entire glass. Aroma- lots of citrus, grapefruit, dust, pine, and slight funk. Intense hallertauer(?) hop aroma. Taste- Light to medium body with HUGE funk and citrusy fruits. Finish - beautiful hop bitterness, crisp, clean, dry and wonderful funk on the back of the tongue. A nearly flawless beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 08:32:31 | More by mattdev
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rye726

Colorado

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always a pleasure to try anything from Westvleteren. Truly a world class brewery. Pours from a 330ml bottle into a chalice at cellar temp.

Pours a hazy straw with a thin cream colored head. Nose has light fruity malts, spicy yeast and perhaps a bit of sourness. Taste definately a bit tart. This was an older bottle that doesn't seem to have aged very well.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 01:38:49 | More by rye726
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle split, as part of Westy Wednesday at Volo. Served in a flute.

Poured a pale yellow, with a finger of head. Dense head with some sticky lace, filtered. Nose of light sugar candy, pale fruits and a touch of spice. Taste is of the pale malts, dry leafy hops, light spicing and a long dry (almost parching finish), leaving one longing for the next sip. Low carbonation, great body and mouthfeel. Drinks exceptionally, subtle and sophisticated.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 23:34:05 | More by liamt07
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n2185

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a lovely hazy gold with about two fingers of dense, white head. The head gradually recedes into a solid white cap with good lacing.

S: Smells of sweet candy sugar and a spicy Belgian yeast. There's also a bit of skunk to it as well. Fairly simple, but it smells quite appetizing and refreshing.

T: There is a nice, malty sweetness up front that is quickly followed by the spicy Belgian yeast flavors. There is a touch of the skunk flavor as well, but it goes well with this beer. The finish is very dry with some lightly bitter hop and yeasty notes to it.

M: Light body with high carbonation. The beer is very dry and crisp--very refreshing.

D: With the light body, tasty flavors, crispness, and low abv, this is a very drinkable beer. I only wish it were a bit easier to obtain because I would love to have a sixer of this to put back on a hot summer afternoon around the grill. Not a very complex beer, but delicious and very drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 21:47:22 | More by n2185
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Gmann

New York

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a huge pure white head that left webby lacing on the tulip glass.

The aroma is full of floral and clove notes, pepper, and a hint of bubblegum. Green apple gives the beer some tartness.

The taste is fairly dry. Big on the clove and perfumey wild flowers. Candi sugar provides a good shot of sweetness and there is a light peppery hop. Some green apple and lemon. Spot on BPA.

The feel is light to moderate with prickly carbonation. Sweet on the palate but is offset by light hop bitterness and tart flavors.

A very flavorful BPA, I could drinks these all day. Perhaps not as robust as their stronger counterparts but still packs a lot of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 02:05:02 | More by Gmann
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale blond, slightly hazy but quite clear really, small white head, traces of lace show up on the glass. Smells slightly spicy, mild yeast, detectable hop presence and some citrus. Tastes of pale malt, a touch of yeast, quite hoppy I found, solid bitterness and at some points faint traces of alcohol. Good mouthfeel, medium weight, understated carbonation. Very drinkable, could very well drink this all night. Good stuff and not at like what I thought it would be.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 01:41:33 | More by peensteen
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gamwich

Hawaii

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The cap has a freshness date of 31.03.11

The beer poured quite cloudy with a thick white head. It is straw-colored and hazy, with ample and tenacious lacing. The nose has aromas of lemon, hay, and the yeast. The flavor is very nicely balanced with good hop flavors up front and at the finish, and a doughy/ yeasty flavor with some malt character in the middle. The mouthfeel is creamy, with a lively carbonation pricking through. The finish is dry. A very drinkable beer, I had to force myself to slow down and savor it.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 01:03:39 | More by gamwich
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

33cl bottle poured into a St. Bernardus chalice. Brought back from Brussels.

Pours a hazy bright yellow amber with a big beautiful pillowy white head thats full of craters and is very sticky. Nose is light, sweet, a bit fruity and bready.

Taste is right on target, it's a bit spicy and citrusy with some tart almost funky flavors to it, but they're fairly subtle, reminiscent of Orval. Mouthfeel is really light, crisp and super dry on the finish. Overall super well done, easy drinking beer. I'm glad I was finally able to try this fantastic beer!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 21:40:20 | More by kingcrowing
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a ridiculously huge head in my snifter. Actually had to let it settle down a bit and do a soft pour on it to empty the bottle. Some minor lacing.

S - Lemon, citrus, candied fruit, not as soapy smelling as other blonde ales, and actually quite pleasant.

T - Has the yeast present that a lot of this style has, nice and sweet to offsetting some of the astringent qualities. Some decently fruity and tart notes on this. For style, this is one of the best of this type I have ever had.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied, solid carbonation, finishes quite dry.

D - I actually find this drinks slightly hard for a 5.8%, but tastes good enough that it warrants a higher than average drinkability. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 22:20:01 | More by AgentZero
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Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bequeathed to me by our own patron saint of Beer Advocate (St Thijs of course) this had a yeasty creamy nose once opened.

Once poured the bouquet also took on a banana element and looked superficially like a pilsner though without much beading. The head also remained modest.

Very clean and very pure to taste with a heavish start followed by a light smooth cream middle before ending complex, herbally and long. Concludes with a single point of carbonation.

I use to think this needed to be drunk quickly from my first experience but my impression after my second bottle is that it requires about a year standing before it gains its appetising maturity and composure. A gentle and humane beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 22:26:54 | More by Zimbo
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 rate.

Thanks Brad! Really beautiful hazy apricot with a creamy meringue head. Aroma is yeasty, with an impression of orange and lemon pulp, and some really soft spices. Interesting yeast interplay is the first thought upon sipping. Kind of reminiscent of an aged De Dolle offering. The yeast is too heavy at times for my taste. Soft lemons creep around, but can't really shine through the yeast. There's a purity and freshness to this brew. Quite a bit of citrus fruit, like grapefruits, oranges, and lemons. This is interesting, definitely very good, with a really refreshing quality.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 01:55:38 | More by JAXSON
Trappist Westvleteren Blonde from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
95 out of 100 based on 672 ratings.