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

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

671 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 671
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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capra12

New York

3.18/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this shipped from Amsterdam to my front door and crack it open today.
Served out of a wide mouthed chalice.
Reviewed with the help of wheatman106 and Jimmy

Appearance - The first thing about this beer is its carbonation, it seemed endless. The head formation was thick and frothy. It lingered for at least 25 minutes and stayed tight leaving a magnificent head of about 1 finger. The color is a slightly cloudy, golden and yellow leaving a web-like lacing which was quite pleasing.

Smell - This brew gave me hints of Belgium yeast, citrus, slight traces of hops and malt.

Taste - Surprisingly, as opposed to the hints of malt the initial taste that came though was the Belgium yeast and hops, but the hops were not over bearing. I would say this brew is balanced but in a sense bland from start to finish.

Mouthfeel - Upon entry this brew is very light in body and leaves a nice beer mustache. Although contrary to the carbonation it flattens and mellows out and leave no after taste.

Drinkability - The drinkability of this beer is average to high but the mellow flavors and the availability make me seek other blonds to satiate my palates desires.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 02:49:05 | More by capra12
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ibbjamin

California

3.05/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Paid $27.99 for an 11.2oz bottle from Perry's Liquor in Livermore, CA. Poured into a snifter to review.

Leaves a very light and pillowey head of about an inch and a half. Nice retention, thick lacing. So cloudy it is opaque. Well carbonated, but this certainly was not a gusher. Light golden straw color.

Smells of mild Belgian yeast and some spice. Light, refreshing and clean. Sweet malts backing the wheat base. The light breadiness and yeast appeals to me as these dominating elements to the style are usually a turnoff for me. Light fruit tones of white grape and banana.

I begin to taste at 51°F. Taste is similar in character to the nose yet much more subdued.

Light-bodied, rather fizzy and somewhat watery feel for a Belgian of this apparent caliber. Short, crisp finish. The mouthfeel really is what turned me off of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 02:04:57 | More by ibbjamin
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ghostwalker

Massachusetts

4.93/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to juicestam for his round the world odyssey that led to this 3-way all Westy tasting.

Appearance - Frothy white head. Light golden body.

Nose: Honey and light dry malt. Candi sugar puts in an appearance. A wonderful aroma, so light, but so complex.

Taste: Amazing for the style. I was really taken aback at the depth and complexity of the flavors. Smooth, sweet honey. Lemon zest. Sweetness is present, but restrained. Mellow, but really complex. Why can't everyone make a blonde like this? Why can't I?

Mouthfeel: Slickly smooth, high carb.

Drinkability: Wow! Really top notch. Deceptively light, but plenty of flavor and body. If I could, but of course we can't, this would be a great everyday beach beer for me.

The monks know...

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 05:57:59 | More by ghostwalker
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willjschmidt

California

4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle (date on cap read 18.10.08) into a Westvleteren chalice.

A: Pours a straw gold with a white head.

S: Hops and some spicy yeast in the nose.

T: This is a truly excellent beer. There is some light bread and dough in the middle finished with a great mix of spicy hops and yeast. The smooth and tasty beginning and middle with the spicy finish is delectable.

M: Medium bodied, high carbonation.

D: A great beer. Too bad this beer is nearly impossible to find or it would be a regular. It disappeared far too fast.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 02:58:19 | More by willjschmidt
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alphanon

Washington

4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After popping the cap on this we had kind of a gusher. Poured into a glass with a big whitehead, a golden orange color, and the familiar haze of yeast. This beer has a great complex nose, notes of fruit, spice , and yeast. After the nose I expected this to be a heavier beer in taste then it is. It was quite light and clean and crisp, it's the kind of beer I love to sit at the local pub and enjoy several pints of.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 23:44:21 | More by alphanon
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

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

We asked the waiter at the Erasmus in Brugge as to whether they had any of the Westy beers. This was the only one they had and at 5 euros it was worth it.

Pours a nice, clean dark yellow to gold with a decent sized head.

Smell is biscuity, spicy with some herbal hop aromas.

Taste is very smooth, sweet, spicy, yeasty, biscuity and almost creamy in mouthfeel. Very tasty beer with more complexity than its looks might be showing.

Definitely the lightest and most refreshing of the three and not to be passed over.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 15:55:41 | More by indiapaleale
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Brew33

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I recently traded for all 3 Westy beers. This was the first one I cracked. Drank from my Duvel tulip glass.

It pours a pale yellow color, slightly cloudy, huge head that reminded me of Duvel. The aroma was very yeasty. Slightly fruity,a little spicy.

The taste was great. Butter smooth, the yeast plays a huge role in the flavor. Nice tight, dry finish. It's great. So easy to drink. It's an outstanding beer but sadly not worth the trouble to retrieve for most. I was lucky enough to get this beer with the Westy 8 and 12 and I'm very happy I was able to try it. A damn fine brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 13:51:58 | More by Brew33
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twelvsies

Maine

4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

33cl bottle with the signature ring around the neck, green cap. Thanks to Alen for the trade. I was told this bottle recently came from the source in Belgium so it is a fresh sample, for what it's worth. Beautiful golden hue, slightly yeasty after the second pour, large sticky white head lasting a while. Smell is all soft honey and milk with a nice bit of yeasty bread and a good bit of dry herbal hop bouquet in there. This is phenomenal. Wow, I really didn't expect this to be so hoppy. I assumed it would be more "blonde" as the name implies but I guess I didn't notice that it was categorized as a Belgian Pale. While it does share an excellent crispness and pale malt with something like a blonde German lager, it also has a great dry, bitter, spicy and herbal hop profile. Really great and unexpected. So subtly complex but what makes this beer great is that it's just so simple and tasty. Delicious. Smooth, substantial, and crisp on the palate. Utterly quenching and refreshing. I will have to go to Belgium one day and drink many of these. One is not hardly enough. To quote my lady: "This beer is beyond awesome."

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 17:21:27 | More by twelvsies
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Haystack gold with multiple fine bubble streams leading up to one of the best looking caps that I've seen in quite some time. The foam is lustery pearl in color, has a creamy texture and is wonderously stickilicious. A masterpiece in lace is beginning to appear on the upper reaches of the glass. What a great way to start.

Although this offering doesn't get much love compared to its bigger brothers, the nose is outstanding. It's grassy and musky and herbal and spicy, all at once. The bottle must be pretty fresh because a lot of those qualities have to coming from the hops. I'm sure the yeast strain is world-class as well.

For some reason, I was shocked upon discovering that Trappist Westvleteren Blonde is the highest ranking BPA on this site. Truthfully, I haven't paid it much attention until now. Any doubts that I may have had about the beer's true worthiness disappeared after the first mouthful. This may not be the best Belgian ale that I've ever imbibed, but it is the best Belgian pale ale.

Beer of this style isn't usually this mind-blowingly complex. I wonder if the Trappist monks at Brouwerij Westvletern brew any other complex ale? Hops and estery yeast combine in remarkable fashion. The final result is a beautifully bitter, splendidly spicy melange that is disappearing at an alarming rate. Too bad I don't have another bottle. Or twenty-four.

Flavors include French bread crust, grassy hops, new-mown hay and a perfect amount of yeasty spiciness that provides generous sprinklings of clove, cardamom and white pepper. Okay, I'll say it: there has *never* been a more complex 5.8% ale in the history of beer. As for drinkability, I am rarely almost through with an entire bottle at this point in the review. One last ounce will have to suffice for assessing the mouthfeel.

Like everything else about this stupendous beer, the mouthfeel oozes quality. It's at least medium-full for the style and is as creamy as they come. The carbonation is spot-on, which is the key to the whole shootin' match.

Never in a million years did I think that this beer would be this good. Try this on for size... Trappist Westvletern Blonde is a better Belgian pale ale than Trappist Westvleteren 12 is a quadrupel. Find a fresh (hoppy) bottle and prepare to enter beer heaven.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 12:18:56 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Jablonski

Louisiana

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Note: This beer was not fresh, and was aged about 11 months.

This beer pours an opaque deep golden color with a small head. There lacing on the side of the glass is above average. It smells a bit sour, but there are spices and pear aromas as well. This is one of the best tasting blondes I've had, and my biggest regret is that I wasn't able to get a fresh bottle. The spices were notable in this beer in the taste, and the base taste in this beer seemed to be like a sour apple. Overall, this beer was mild, but it tasted great. The mouthfeel was near perfect, but maybe a bit undercarbonated. This was one of the most drinkable beers I have ever had, and I wish I had regular access to this.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 05:35:29 | More by Jablonski
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jjanega08

Minnesota

4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A= Pours a hazy golden color that's almost pushing orange with a huge three finger head that has small bubbles and great retention and lacing is beautiful. Damn fine looking Belgian
S= The dominating odor I think is a spicy yeasty green apple odor. A little barnyardy. The yeast comes through a little doughy.
T= The hoppiest Belgian I have ever had! The hops come through up front big with delicious green apple and spice to follow. The finish is a doughy taste.
M= Great feeling. High carbonation and dry finish.
D= High. This is the best Belgian I have had to date. Really smooth and solid. Not too complex but just right. Also very hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 00:53:42 | More by jjanega08
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Nickls

District of Columbia

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

(From notes - can't resist reviewing even though my input is negligible with so many reviews already)

A - Light hazy, straw yellow with a fizzier looking frothy white head. Decent head retention.

S - Very mild yeastiness, a bit of sour fruit aromas, and some hay-like aromas. Very mild touch of hop bitterness toward the end.

T - Pretty representative of the style in that there is a wheaty yeastiness, very muted touch of hops, lightish malt presence. Didn't get the sour that was present in the nose. Actually, not overly complex but very nice and refreshing.

M - Ligther/thinner body and a bit of carbonation that tends to be a bit snappier for the style, but still ok IMO.

D - Really drinkable and refreshing, but since it wasn't overly complex I wasn't coming back expecting my palate to be intrigued with every sip.

Overall, this is certainly more than a solid brew, but I have to say not one of the best Belgian Pales that I've had. I am still more than happy to have tried the ever elusive Westvleteren's take on the style. Really good stuff, but I wouldn't recommend anyone jumping over a cliff to obtain this.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 14:50:29 | More by Nickls
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thierrynantes

France

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

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2002.

Appearance : golden clear color with abundant foamy head clear and tight.
Smell : excellent nose and intense hopped herbaceous, spicy, licorice caramel smell pretty sweet.
Taste and mouthfeel : malty body, mild bitterness well hoped, mouth finely spicy.
Drinkability : very good beer in the style Trappist, despite it's relative lightness.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 17:27:55 | More by thierrynantes
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PeprSprYoFace

California

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a very nice wit beer color with a nice frothy head that lasts the duration of the beers life. Nice lacing.

Smell is not strong. It smells just like a good wit beer or pilsner.

Taste is awesome. If I ever had somewhere I could go to drink several bottles of this or on tap, I would drink it all night every day. It's so easy to drink yet has so much great flavor. Nice light pilsner bready flavor is most apparent and the Belgian yeast strain is nice and fruity in the finish. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Very nice malt to carbonation ratio

Man I could drink this all day. It is truely a wonderful light beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 19:50:13 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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SacoDeToro

California

4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle at Cafe In De Vrede (Westvleteren Cafe) and many bottles at Cambrinus in Brugge.

The beer poured a hazy blond with a foamy white head.

The aroma of the beer was bright and lively with floral hops, mildly phenolic yeast, and light pilsner malt. I'm a big fan of the Westy/Westmalle yeast... yum...

The flavor of the beer had an assertive floral hoppy bite up front. This was followed by a light pilsner malt base with a faint huskiness in the finish, which actually worked well in this beer and accentuated it's dry finish. There were some crushed mineral notes in there as well. The fruitiness of the beer was relatively low.

The mouthfeel and body were light and refreshing. The carbonation was prickly and perfectly matched to the flavors. While there may not have been any wheat in the grain bill, there seemed to be a slight creaminess in the beer. The finish was very dry, making this beer incredibly drinkable and refreshing. This was a masterfully crafted hoppy blond ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 17:14:44 | More by SacoDeToro
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Cresant

Kentucky

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

Poured this 33 cL bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Dated 04.07.08. The body was a golden "blond" with a light haze. A careful pour created three fingers of white, tight foam that eventually sank to a film.

Smell was rich and spritzy. Fruity. Peppery. Pears and earth.

Taste was lightly bitter and spicy. Beautifully balanced. There was a softness to the flavors and very well hidden alcohol.

Mouthfeel was full and prickly. All of the element of this beer fit together well.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 21:21:33 | More by Cresant
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

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

Purchased from the Belgium-based "Belgian Shop", at whopping US$20! BB 17/05/09, served lightly chilled in Orval's broad-rimmed chalice.

A: pours a slightly murky, dark yellow-ish honey hue, coming with a thin fluffy white head with pretty decent retention on top of a semi-lively carbonated body.
S: the aroma shows a beautiful blend of honey-ish malts, fragrant "Sweet Osmanthus" as well as tangy zesty citrus like hoppiness, and lightly savoury+sulphurous yeastiness with a mild funky edge and touches of spices, almost like Orval in a sense. Neither too yeasty nor candy-ish sweet - all's in a nice balance here, with a deep imprint of a bucketful of hops.
T: a truly refreshing swallow of yellow-grapefruit's fruit-bits & peels and mild honey-water-like maltiness has lots and lots of delicious floral-tea flavour to boot (exactly like "Sweet Osmanthus"-tea that people enjoy in the Chinese culture), then slowly it turns slightly tangy, with a commendable level of hop bitterness to intertwine with the much lighter undertones of spicy yeasts. Overall, this is very much like a potent, hoppy and sulphurous English Pale Bitter with all the floral hoppiness and tangy bitterness to offer, while the yeastiness provides a salty-spicy twist and a chewy palate that refuse to budge well into the finish.
M&D: very soothing on the carbonation, full of spongey-soft bubbles to caress the taste buds, the body is medium at most, against a superbly balanced flavour profile, this ale overall is simply a bliss. I don't think it would do this ale any justice to compare it with any other Belgian Pale Ales I've had, as this is truly unique; but in some apartments it does strike a chord more with the hoppier ones like De Ranke XX Bitter than with harshly-estery counterparts like Orval.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 17:39:07 | More by wl0307
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to my Secret Santa Raznug for sending this to me! Very excited to try this! Poured into my Chimay Chalice.

A- Body is a very cloudy, translucent golden yellow. Pours with a beautiful creamy 1/2 finger white head that has perfect retention. A white film is left all the way down the glass. When held up to the light one can see that the cloudiness is thick and dynamic with some dark yeast sediment lingering throughout as billowing bubbles rise from the center of the glass.

S- A soft fruity presence is the first thing detected in the nose. The fruitiness is mellow but offers hints of pear, white grape, and exotic fruit. This is accented by a peppery spice and soft floral hops.

T-The flavor upfront is very mild with peppery spice, bubblegum, pear, and exotic fruit all mixing together wonderfully and there is a slight earthy, musty background. A distinctive soft floral hop flavor comes through for the finish along with a mild bready yeast sweetness. The finish is pretty dry and all that lingers is a mild to moderate floral hop bitterness in the back of the palate.

M- Medium to high carbonation and wonderful light to medium weight, smooth, yeasty body.

D- This is a wonderful blonde ale that has a very soft character. Well put together and very drinkable. I would love to try this fresh and would definitely have it again. Now the search is on for Trappist Westvleteren 8. Too bad these are so expensive...

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 20:08:47 | More by PittBeerGirl
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brendanos

Australia

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy straw/orange (bottle disturbed in transit) with a thin but very persistant fine white head.
Aroma is quite muted, with a chalky, soft malt note dominating. A slightly herbal hop presence.
Flavours are light, with fine malt (german pils?) and a subtle fruitiness, finishing very dry with a light but discernable bitterness. Light - med carbonation with a med-full creamy mouthfeel.

Not as funky and exciting as the last bottle I had (exp 10/08, tasted 1/09) but showing very good balance and drinkability.

Expiry 18/12/08

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 08:26:34 | More by brendanos
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thekanna

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at Cafe "In de Vrede" near the Sint-Sixtusabdij in Westvleteren, Belgium.

A: Poured a radiant cloudy gold with a nice, white head resembling the cream on a lemon meringue pie.

S: Nice light floral aroma with an overall lemon zest. Refreshing.

T: Subtle, yet delicate balance of fresh cut grass, citrus fruits, pepper, and yeast. Hops first arise in the background and then crescendo into a memorable, dry bitterness.

M: Light and crisp. Mouthfeel is more reminiscent of a good hefeweizen than a Belgian blonde, which sometimes tend to be on the heavier side.

D: Goes down wonderfully well. I could kick back with a couple of these... if only I lived near the abbey.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 04:31:57 | More by thekanna
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Floydster

California

3.35/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle purchased from Cracked Kettle for about ten dollars, poured into my Westvleteren chalice, consumed 12/29/08, reviewed from notes, color is a golden yellow with some orange tint, one inch fluffy white head with great retention and lacing, aroma is lots of Belgian yeast, lemon and other citrus, grapefruit rind, bread, straw, and mild floral notes, taste is dry at first, chewy in the middle with lots of biscuit-like malts, sweet Belgian yeast and citrus make up the finish and balance things out, I was expecting a stronger flavor overall but it is a little light on the palate, mouthfeel is yeasty, slightly sweet, and dry at times, thinner body than you would think, taste did not linger long, could drink a lot of this as alcohol is hidden almost completely, light on the stomach, just missing something that makes it really stand out like the other beer this brewery makes, would drink again but expensive for what it is, worth trying

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 03:34:19 | More by Floydster
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atigerlife

Hawaii

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

Poured into a Westy chalice. Have had this in my cellar for a couple years.

Pours a cloudy, light golden/brown [like light apple cider]. 1 finger amazingly creamy white head. Very good retention. Good lacing.

Aroma is rather grassy, some tart green apples and light citrus.

Taste is hay, yeast, malt and some pepper. Light citrus and hops in there also. Interesting.

Mouthfeel is medium/light and nicely cleansing.

Overall, a very drinkable brew. Definitely sessionable. Good social beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 20:17:37 | More by atigerlife
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LittleCreature

Australia

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 5.0
A thick, frothy thumbs thickness of white head sits above an almost luminous golden yellow body with a tinge of orange. The head reduced to a thin layer that left consistent lace.

Smell - 4.0
Slightly musky with light spice lingering in the background. Honey is the main aroma, although it does not smell very sweet. A little herbal hops give balance to a very subtle aroma.

Taste - 4.0
Again subtelty is the key. Much drier and more bitter than a typical blonde ale, but well balanced from the bready pilsener malt. A little honey and spice, then finishes dry and crisp with little noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel - 5.0
Very light and crisp, carbonation is fine and persistent.

Drinkability - 4.5
This would be highly sessionable for just about any beer drinker. Especially me.

OVERALL - 4.35
This highly enjoyable Belgian pale ale stands head and shoulders above most beers of its style. Having sampled a two-year-old bottle, I would suggest that it gains complexity from a short stay in the cellar (the aroma in particular was more powerful and complex).

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 18:44:51 | More by LittleCreature
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craytonic

District of Columbia

4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Perfect head and lace down my Westvleteren chalice. An angelic golden haze.

Smell: Sweet Grass, honey, tobacco, pear, honey suckle, golden apples. Amazing zesty (but mellow) yeast funky spice. Some quality grain aromas, pepper, ginger, everything!

Taste: The perfectly hopped beer. Amazing, cloying complexity. There is so, so much going on. All the smells plus fresh cookie dough.

Mouthfeel: Perfect; fills the mouth and hangs, tempting another sip. The zippy carbonation is perfect as well.

Drinkability: Ultimate session beer, and an amazing beer. Great fermentation character. A great argument for becoming a monk!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 04:50:09 | More by craytonic
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tburkhart

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle with BA raznug.

Pours a straw golden with very nice carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. Very nice Beligan head with big bubbles. Nice lacing as well.

Smells of sweet malt with a slight citrus. Couldn't quite place the smell but I've had it before.

Tastes a bit bitter/sour with a citrus bite.

Slightly thin on the mouthfeel, but not bad at all.

I could drink a few of these in a night if they were easier to obtain.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 05:20:02 | More by tburkhart
Trappist Westvleteren Blonde from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
95 out of 100 based on 671 ratings.