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

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Ratings: 745
Reviews: 418
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 418
Gots: 114 | FT: 3
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Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren) visit their website

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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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of MEsquandoles
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought at a bottle shop in Brussels in May. Wish I had bought more than one.

Gorgeous foam and lacing, excellent head retention.

Smells of brett and some other funk. Lots of different fruit and spice flavours, but hard to distinguish specifics. Nice hop presence - grassy and floral. Dry. Lingering bitterness.

Lots of flavor for only 5.8%

The only thing wrong with this beer is it's small size and lack of availability!

Def. worth seeking out. I think I prefer this to the Quad.

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

Thank you harrymel for bringing this one back from Belgium for me. You rock dude!

19-10-11 (whatever that means?)

A: It was almost as if a bright, unfiltered orange was infused with Alka-Seltzer. Cloudy as hell, and the head was both frothily white and glorious!

S: Weird how it contains a mild bit of fruity sourness, along with a fresh yeasty quality that was a great substitute for the hop bombs that we (Americans) often produce and pass off as a Begian PA.

T: Completely devoid of sugar and has sort of a "chalky" finish. Slightly mothball-esque in its disposition, slightly hoppy and citrusy (but the Belgian-y character wins out overall).

M: The more I drank of this, I got a great bit of white pepper added to the soft citrus, and the yeast wasn't like anything found in America. The lacing was splotchy.

O: This is the "anti-American" Belgian PA for sure... and, to my mind and tastes, it's infinitely more drinkable than anything that American produces also.

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

My first experience with this beer was at In De Vrede. I, like any self respecting quad lover, ordered the westy 12, whilst my wife ordered the Blonde, after all I was driving...

It had a very light look, but almost a sediment type look to it, a little cloudy.

The taste of this was just really great. Even after my palate was quote unquote tainted by my 12, it was very smooth and crisp. Definitely a beer i would crave after a long day of work, very refreshing.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours murky straw-colored - almost like a Witbier. The enormous white head is thick at first then airy. Dissipation takes some time and leaves fantastic lacings.

S: Dry malt and perhaps some wheat. Kind of sour and yeasty (almost like the Brett in Orval). Lots of citric notes. Spicy.

T: Dry and sour. Malty and yeasty, even here the Brett-like yeast is dominating. Peppery and citirc. A faint tone of wheat as well.

M: Long sour lovely aftertaste - reminds me of a Gueuze but stays longer. Body is smooth and medium. Carbonation very moderate. DRY!

O: My expectations were high, and still not high enough...

4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought at Beer Temple in Brussels for 8 euros. Drunk on 10/25/11 at 11:30pm in Paris, France out of a Rochefort chalice for the glass's christening.

A - Light golden color. Slightly hazy. Short, creamy head.

S - Citrus, refreshing, subtle.

T - Imagine a salad of fresh hops with lemon drizzled over top. The citrus flavors grab your attention up front, but the hops are there. As the citrus fades, the hops come out and leave a wonderfully dry, hoppy aftertaste that isn't abrasively overdone like with most American IPAs. This is what I've been looking for all these years, but have never found with all the IPAs and BPAs I've had.

M - Smooth as a baby's bottom. Light, but not too. Great for any occasion.

O - What more can one say? Never had a better beer. American Pale Ales are either too sweet or too abrasively hopped - or not interesting enough. Belgians are too boozy or also too sweet. I don't like sweet things, so the citrus provides a perfect refreshing replacement for sugariness. I love hops, but have never had a beer this light, refreshing, and balanced with enough hoppiness. Drinking this made my eyes water like when I read a great poem or see one of my favorite paintings in person. I doubt I'll ever have another blonde this good. Well worth every penny. Overhyped due to its rarity? Of course. Deserving of its fame? You bet.

Photo of tenaciousp65
4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had the pleasure of traveling to the Westvletern brewery and had a glass of this at In Dre Verde, the monk's tiny restaurant and bar. This was by far the sexiest blonde i've ever seen in a glass. It was very cloudy and had a beautiful head and just from looking at it I could tell that it would be delicious. Not only was this beer rich and complex but it was smooth as hell too. It really flowed down my throat and i was pleasently surprised by the least known of the three offerings from this magical brewery. can't wait to try the bottle i brought home

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BrahnSolo
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into signature Westy glass

Golden straw color, creamy white head leaves minimal lacing.

Lemon zest, banana, and spice shine. Earthy almost musty brett like on the nose, and of course, that distinct Belgian yeast smell (saison like).

Heavily spiced, peppery, lemon, and banana up front. Very earthy. Sweet hops on the back end finish it out into clean, crisp, dry finish.

Clean dry finish, high carbonation, spicy on the palate.

What a treat! Very clean, crisp dry ale. Refreshing if nothing else. Unfortunately that was the last of the Westy Blondes, onto the 8's and 12's I guess.

Photo of theboozecruise
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Rochefort goblet with two bottles split among a few friends.

The color is a hazy golden yellow with a small amount of head and decent lacing.

The smell definitely has a little bit of a Belgian characteristic funk to it. Very earthy and grassy with some slight hop tones and spice.

The taste has some good citric notes to it that compliment the earthy body very well. Other spices come through in a smaller way as well as a pretty heavy hop bitterness at the end.

A very nice mouthfeel might even be the standout characteristic of this beer. The body and carbonation are perfect for the style and it's a real pleasure to drink.

This beer isn't the best I've ever tried, but I have the 8 and 12 waiting so it's a great first taste of Westvleteren.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, yeasty dryness. In the taste, quite yeasty and refreshing, with a small dry hop in the end. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry hop in the aftertaste. Nice hops in a blonde, and nice body too.

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

Received in trade with Erzengel, cheers mate!

33cl bottle poured into Grimbergen chalice

BBE 18 June 2011

A- Straw blonde body with slight haze, 2 finger creamy head has excellent retention and lacing.

S- Lemon zest and brett horse blanket quality. Reminds me of Orval. Hint of grain

T- Lemon zest and brett come through strong again, has a delicate creamy quality which prevents it having an astringent quality. Semi dry finish.

M- Medium/high carbonation and medium body, semi dry finish.

D- Great depth of character in nose and palate than expected. Smooth creaminess with a solid refreshing semi dry finish makes it very refreshing. Overall, a superb complexity. Age has definitely not harmed it, excellent cellaring no doubt aided this.

Photo of aficionado
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Old tasting notes from last year...

Served in a Duvel Tulip.

Golden light body. Moderately high lacing. Moderately low white lingering head.

Smells like a BSPA mixed with a Saison. Yeast, banana, clove spice, barnyard funk, straw hay, wet dog.

This beer probably tastes better when very fresh. The taste is much like the aroma. Not too sweet, which gives it some points because I hate sweet beers. A tiny bit of bitterness on the aftertaste. Achel Blond shits all over this.

Silky medium body with perfect carbonation.

A decent balanced beer, but it's nothing special. I've had better American interpretations of the style.

Photo of azorie
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes from 2008 visit to cafe or the source as they say. Going to add all beers I have tasted and have good notes on. and I hope this web/cloud saves them better than I have on paper so far.

A: I order 6 of these @ 1 time, for the gang as the first beer of many. Golden cloudy beer with a nice head of about 1.5 inches.
the lacing is excellent. Perfect.

S: I get cereal and malt, Flowery herb like hops notes, reminds me of Orval without the brett. Also Saison like but more hoppy.
Its very complex and I am getting more but lacks words to describe it, its sweet and good. Perfect.

T: ahh well I drank a good half of it in 1 pass. Heaven. Of course @ the source you get crazy emotion at times. anyway.
malty rich flavors, pale ale yeast mixed with fruit like esters.
Hops and malt perfect balance, so much to taste here, so little time to want to linger on it, I will get another is the thought.

M: Medium carbonation, and medium body. Dry finish. Perfect.

O: perfect beer what is there to say.

Photo of smakawhat
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks kindly to Jeffo for the Westvleteren trade and bottles. Poured into an official Westvleteren chalice glass from the bottle. Dated on cap 17.03.12

Out of the bottle this thing pours exceptionaly. An incredibly rich and creamy head of white that forms so uniform. A texture that looks so whipped up and creamy, giving to peaks all over if you move the pour. I literally want to go skiing on this. Body color is a golden amber yellow, cloudy but orb glowing somewhat, giving to orange hues on the edge of the glass. Once again another example of a glass that shows off a beer tremendously. Lacing stickiness for a head that barely quits, with creamy thick foam that clings all over the glass. This looks amazing, just flat out stunning.

Nose is interesting but very unexpected to me. I am going to keep repeating pilsner it feels like an earth grassy hopped pilsner, with dry ripping grain. The smell is just noticeable even as you pop the cap open, and certainly more so just on the pour. It feels like Saaz sense, just a wild guess but that's what it feels like. Pleasant and solid. I would rate it higher but the unexpectedness threw me a bit.

As for taste, it's the texture that really becomes noticeable first. An absolutely creamy smooth texture, mixing in a hint of Belgian malt density, but still a taste of ripping grain and grass hop pilsner sense. The smoothness makes me think something sweet is coming but that doesn't happen it is unreal. I know I am going to be saying Pilsner over and over but it keeps jumping up, but with a twist. Finish brings a great hop bitter, but tolerable. Grass mutes and also gives a sense to Belgian IPA style but not as big.

Overall this is one of the most interesting Belgian beers I have had so far. I am shocked what the 8 and 12 taste like and can't wait to experience them. The listed 5.8 abv seems small as the beer feels much bigger. This is one incredibly impressive piece of work.

Photo of sfprint
3.54/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

exp 12/13/11

A: 2 finger creamy head, beautiful hazy apricot/golden yellow color, fair amount of sediment, no visible rising carbonation.
S: Two layers, a chemically one that hits you immediately which has a certain plastic quality to it, and beneath that, a yeasty, tripel like flavor. seaweed. I would have to rate them separately, 1.5 and 4.5.
T: The chemical/plastic smell (phenol?) is retained in the flavor and is fairly strong. It's both there initially and then in the aftertaste. But again the middle is quite nice. Though the warmer the beer gets, the more these flavors blend and the harshness of the chemical edge mellows down. Or maybe my tastebuds sensors are just used to it. The aftertaste is starting to register as bitterness. I really hate to dis a beer when it's actually good but there's one particular characteristic that really sticks out and borderline ruins it. It's also sad and frustrating. I can now understand why some people don't like hefeweizens because there's one particular thing that just ruins it for them. For me this is almost the same. But also this flavor is very familiar to me. I swear I've had an nearly identical one. It actually gets better and better the warmer it becomes. It's nearly room temperature now and it's tasting the best now. Actually now it's pretty good. Chemicalliness mellows down. Important to drink warmer than you would guess it should be. Citrus and apricot and yeast.
M: The head is very soft and creamy as is the body. Very nice.
O: Not worth the 8 Euros I paid for it, but I'm glad I tried it. Curious about the other two.

Photo of brew3crew
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by Eric at jackie o's latest release

A- hazy yellow with a nice amount of head on it

S-nice lemony zest to it. Some yeast comes out as well

T-light and follows the nose. Earthy yeast makes a nice compliment

M-light body and smooth

O- pretty epic for the style. Will see how it holds up with age

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