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

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Reviews: 424
Hads: 823
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 453
Gots: 135 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren) visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2002

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Photo of hefevice
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at the In De Vrede cafe over the road from the brewery. Presented in a Westvleteren challis, hazy straw yellow with plenty of bright white compact head perfectly filling the challis. Aroma is of honey and feint cloves, with the very slightest hint of flowery hops - subtle and nicely balanced. Taste is so well balanced it is hard to pick out individual flavours, maybe some orange peel over the malt background, with a little light clove spiciness. Finish is nicely balanced with crisp refreshing bitterness from the hops, but beyond that there is no hops flavour dominance noticeable. Mouth was light and fluffy, but not watery. Complemented the flavours nicely. Very drinkable on a hot day (which it was when I visited). A pity I was limited to only one as I had to drive back to Paris. Looking forward to trying the 8 and 12's I have brought home.

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Photo of scooter231
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A BA pal brought this guy, the 8, and the 12 from England to New York, just for me. You rock, dude. That having been said...

I was all excited about these guys. And, thus far into this rating, I have had the 6 and the 8. So far, I am pleased with them, though not overly... thrilled, I'd say. Good beers, but I don't seem to enjoy them as much as others have. But, I am still very happy and thankful for the experience.

Now, the review... Pours a cloudy, hazy, golden color, very muddy, with lots of white head and tons of lacing. Smells like... Hennepin? La Fin? Sweet, malty, fruity, with a sour/sweet thing going on.

Tastes dry, light sweet maltyness. There's a crackery type aftertaste at the end, slightly toasty. Mouthfeel is smooth and not watery, but extremely dry at the end- like, I want to reach for water type dry. Fairly drinkable, but the dryness thing is just... I don't know, maybe one has to be in the mood for it. A good brew.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy with kick ass lacing, good head, fluffy white foam. I like what I see. Smells sharp and yeasty... a very inviting odor.
The taste and mouthfeel dont quite match the smell and appearance. There's a roasty/toasty crackery thing going on.
I haven't had too many belgian pale ales and it strikes me that this is as it's meant to me... so this may be better as per style than I'm giving it credit for but there is something a bit lacking for me.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle from Vienna Whole Foods, Vienna, VA.

Poured into a Rapscallion snifter, formed a 3/4" bright white head over the translucent golden brew. The head stays as is, and lacing is sticky and prevalent. Aroma is sweet pale maltiness with a tinge of spicing and a touch of some citrus. Taste starts with some light malt sweetness, touches on the spices and citrus again, and closes with a combination of these flavors lingering on the tongue. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is great. Least favorite of the three, but the bar had been set pretty high by the other two.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well I have worked my way "down" the Westy ladder and enjoyed the trip! While not as good as the 8 or 12, you can still tell that this beer is crafted with skill and care. Hazy golden yellow with a super thick white head that lasts a long time. Thick sheets of lacing. Aroma of citrus and floral hops. Medium-bodied and dry with spicy hops and citrus flavoring. Wonderful balance throughout. The finish is lightly bitter with yeast and spice flavors. I’d love to have any of the Westy brews again but considering the hefty price tag I’ll probably stick with the 12 from here on out.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Holy Frikin floaties. I have never seen so many floaties outside a Fantome brew. big white fluffy head, stubborn carbonation, yellow body darkened by the floaties.
S - loral hops on a light biscuity background.
T - Slightly sweet (but not by Belgian standards, which is why I like this one so much). Elegant long lasting bitterness. This may be my favorite Westvleteren.
MF- Medium bodied, smooth.
D - This is a great beer, goes with food, or on its own. GREAT!

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Photo of watermelonman
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a bright but solid gold with a medium head that slowly faded. Lace is somewhat minimal but looks nice.

The smell is very nice, bringing a nice combination of herbs and hops on top of a light malt base. The taste is crisp, and the hops definitely stick out. The mouthfeel is fairly full for the style, while drinkability is very good.

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No label, just the famous green cap. Pours a hazy yellow like any blonde with little head. Smells strongly of hops. The initial taste on the tongue is definitely very hoppy, almost like an american Pale Ale. It lingers for a long time. The more and more sips you have it begins to loose its hop and starts to evolve into more of a traditional blonde flavor.

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Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of mschofield
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy yellowish amber, topped with a two finger marshmallowy white head, highly carbonated with a mass of bubble streams, leaves webs of lacing. Grows cloudy when the yeast is swirled and added from the bottle.
Tart aroma, wet hay, fruity, with a slightly 'lambicish' nose.
Flowers, leaves, hay and tobacco on the taste, it tingles my lips a little. It's quite malty, deceptive given the color, some spices, strong cheese, with a nutty aftertaste. Unplaceable leather/pine taste.
Medium bodied.

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Photo of isubsmith
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Golden yellow with creamy white head. Tons of lace. Lots of initial carbonation. Slightly hazy body.

Smell: Very earthy, grass/hay filled nose.

Taste: Dry, slightly bitter hoppy taste. Herbal.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body. Very nice mouthfeel. Wonderful on the palate. Very clean.

Drinkability: Very drinkable beer. I could drink this all night. Too bad I only have one bottle left.

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Photo of LarryKemp
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a bottle that I brought back from Belgium last summer so there ain't no label or born on date.

Rock hard white head that last along time and collapses into what looks like a volcano of head in the center of the glass. A cloudy golden liquid supports this heavenly head.

The aroma is very earthy but as the beer warms, other phenolic start to climb out of hiding. The aroma is in no way BIG, but it is very complex.

This is very subtle tasting beer. It is not sweet but does not finish paticularly dry. The hop bitterness beats up the roof of my mouth and lingers well past the last of the liquid. This post finish is probably the thing I like best about this beer. The spiciness plays more and more with my tongue as I drink more of it.

The mouthfeel is tricky. It starts highly carbonated which almost makes the mouthfeel light, but as the carbonation dies and the liquid lays upon the tongue, the fullness can be appreciated and I would call it medium.

A very nice beer to enjoy on a rainy day. The beer is not big in any aspect but makes up for any lacking in its mixture of elements. The spicy taste and the subtle phenolics are my favorites.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label Lingo and bottle babble: Uhhh….I could describe the plain brown brown bottle if ya want? Just the cap is all there is to describe.

Light straw hay hues with bubbly retained eggshell head cap scattered across the surface. Cloudy haze with bits and pieces of yeasty particles settling to the bottom of the glass. Steady carbonation streams rising up in a mini tulip glass. Head cap rises with swirls leaving some lace.

Phenolic aromas and barnyard saison like airy with some medicinal wafts.

First Swigs: Brisk yeasty bone dry lingering aftertaste. Medicinal with a touch of bananas. Some leafy suggestion and light herbal vegetal spice notes of cloves and celery. Clean malt background followed by whisps of vanilla peeking out. Towards the finish, some awl-kee-hawl esters evolving.

Flows like liquid air (As strange as that sounds,) which fits the style perfectly. Goes back way too easily. Bone dry. Zesty. Plenty of lingering carbonation. Little traces of awl-kee-hawl and clean ending.

Last Swigs: My Christmas present to me. Dry light airy hay. This is a saison, cloves & light funky “stinky feet.”

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of shapudding
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Done in a vertical X-mas Day tasting as a special treat from my beerbud! Thanks to the BlitheringIdiot for the Westy 6,8, and 12 that we shared for a Christmas day celebration!

Bottle dated 12-08-05
Poured out a cloudy lemon yellow with a ton of yeasty chunks floating throughout. Very thick and creamy white head that was only a thin, but nice and consistant layer. Wonderful scents of saisons, belgian yeast, bananas, chardonnay, and spices. Dry and slightly bitter at the edges. Black unsweetened tea. The flavors get better with each sip. Good amount of carbination, but yet it is not too much. Bit of foaming up over your tongue, but nothing too extreme. The feel is just right for the style. Light feeling, it just flows through your mouth. Very easy drinker, but not one I would pick for a regular drinker -if it was one that was just normally sitting around here and there that is.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the green-capped bottle into a chalice. A clean orange color with a white frothy head. The aroma on this beer is outstanding. Lots of apple, pear, and sweet alcohol aromas dance together up to my nose. The flavor is outstanding as well. It is malty, bready, and sweet all the time. There are a few light fruit flavors noticable in the beer. I can't pin down exactly what kind of fruit, but I think there is some pear and a touch of orangy citrus. This beer very clean on the palate and I could drink it all day if I could find that kind of supply.

Notes: I had been wanting to try the Westvleteren 12, 8, and Blonde for a long time. I had all three on the same day and the Blonde is by far my favorite of the 3 despite the hype around the Westvleteren 12.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear pale golden straw and then chunky and hazy when the sediment decided to leave the bottle and enter the glass. The head was comprised of very fine bubbles which persistently stayed around to lace the glass.

The aroma was spicy and lightly fruity. Some citrus notes and grassy aromas were present.

The flavor was grassy and hoppy with a citrus bittering and brash hoppiness. The spice presence in the nose was present in the flavor and contributed to the complexity.

The finish was dry and hoppy with lasting hop bittering and lasting spice that stayed long into the aftertaste. The body was medium and crisp due to the carbonation.

33 cl bottle. Still has price tag on back of $8.99. Code on top of cap says 17.10.03. A nice Belgian Pale Ale. Not worth the coin it took to purchase however, but very nice to drink. Better BPA can be found for much less money.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at the Moan and Dove. Nice pour. It’s a mysterious cloudy golden, obviously bottle-conditioned. The nice lasting 1cm cover of moon white head makes the westmalle chalice looks particularly attractive. Aroma is surprisingly hoppy, I’m first striked by a wave of floral goodness complemented by grassy undertones. Definite champaign qualities despite the big malty sweet components. Candi sugar is not used with moderation for a 6% ale, malt is honeyish, pilsner malt? and imparts coconut and bready aromas. Very yeasty palate all around, dry all the way. Spicy (pepper, mint, sage). Delicately flowery. Balancing mild tartness, mostly on the citric lemon side, salty finished with very restrained bitterness. You’re welcomed in my glass anywhen my dear. A good dose of various herbs is always a pleasure to taste as long as it’s more of a complement than the unique focus. No alcohol is noticeable in there. That’s their session beer? It just made a monk out of me.

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Photo of Goldorak
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Beer Mania, Brussels. Served in the Westy chalice.

Appearance: Almost opaque yellow, with big, thick white head.

Smell: I found it to be quite hoppy, almost piney.

Taste: A slow malt start, but with a nice dry finish and mild hop bite to it. Mouthfeel was obviously less present than the 12, but I thought it held up really well and I regret not bringing some back with me from my trip.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Euro size bottle with freshness date of 12/11/04.
This beer pours a straw color with some chill haze and plentiful carbonation rolling up from the bottom; the head is bright white with fair retention and slippery lace. Aroma is of fruity esters (citrus) and malt, with a crisp fresh aroma hop background. Flavor has a sharp hoppy start a tart middle and a biting hop finish. Mouthfeel is effervescent and crisp.
IMHO: Not well balanced ? not what I expected.

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Photo of Crosling
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at Beer Mania in Brussels, Belgium.


Commanding and focused aroma. Quite floral and sweet, with honey, lemon, herbs and banana.

Enormous for its size and full of flavor. Dry malt, very pale, with a unique fruitiness of banana, lemon and clove accompanied by various spices, candy sugar and bready yeast.

Lovely, but this replaced the red cap? Why?

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Photo of donnebaby
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gold opaque body a serious, thick white foam head. Delicate cotton lacing.

Smell is minimal and mostly weedy hops with a rich sweet element and some yeast puffiness.

Taste is like drinking dark chocolate hop whipped cream. Not sweet and altogether smooth. Very gentle and quiet, this beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth foaminess all the way, soft in the mouth, throat, and beyond. Occasionally hits on the throat and tongue. Leaves behind a bitter dryness throughout the mouth and on the tongue.

Superbly well-put-together.

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Photo of hobbes2112
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one at the cafe across from the brewery on April 24th of this year.

The color was a nice bright gold, with a yeast speckled white head. I'd have to agree with the Fish113d's review, it did look quite a bit like a cappuccino. The head went away much faster than the 8 or the 12, but stuck in there long enough.

I tasted this in between the 12 and the 8, so my main impression was it was a nice mild beer with less yeast and a little more malt present. Pleasant hops that round the taste for me, nothing too over the top.

I wouldn't say this is a spectacular beer, but it is certainly in the upper tier of the style. Worth a try if you get the chance.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sharp hop nose with some earthy and grassy overtones. Golden champagne look in the goblet with lots of tiny bubbles and a very dense and lasting snow white head. Great lacing as well. Peachy juicyfruit taste upfront on the tip of the tongue initially. Then the brew morphs into a rustic earthy slightly barnyard grass finish. Medium to light on the mouth. Very attractive beer, with great complexity in its taste.

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Trappist Westvleteren Blonde from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
94 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.