Trappist Westvleteren Blonde - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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3.76/5 rDev -11.9%
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.
05-01-2014 02:28:47 | More by kevanb
4.33/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
04-16-2014 23:33:49 | More by jaasen64
United Kingdom (England)
4.56/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
04-10-2014 22:43:40 | More by EdKing
3.93/5 rDev -8%
A: doesn't look great; pale blonde colour; clear, white head, not too big
S: floral hops, spices, hints of apple and honey
T: once again the floral hops; the spices, apple and honey are still there, but are countered by the bitterness, pretty good
M: I'd like a bit more body, carbonation is fine
O: really good beer, but slightly overrated
03-19-2014 22:04:07 | More by benfons
4.95/5 rDev +15.9%
super nice aroma. not glaringly rich and sweet like many of the BPAs I've had. nice head on top with sediment specks all throughout the head and glass. I guess it WAS a long ride, but I did give it a few days to settle. head simmers to just a fine layer. very nice and very beautiful on the pour. the sediment is very excusable considering its journey. mild hops in the taste. almost a pilsner kind of hoppiness to the taste, but otherwise pilsner-like. smooth and very refreshing, this is a wonderful brew. some green apple, some hay. reminiscent of a run through a field in Nebraska (I have never been anywhere near Nebraska- maybe it's all the movies?) my vocabulary isn't nearly as refined as some of these other reviewers, but this is very special. it's not overwhelmingly rich and sweet like some of the 'wannabe' American Belgians (or even some of the other Belgians) and they have just got this one simply right. the shipping was a bit extraordinary, but worth it considering I always wanted to try these brews. this would be the PERFECT lawnmower beer if it were available around the block!!! licking the yeasty sediment of the bottle it's very sweet! alright, I admit, I French licked the bottle. not to be gross but there is a huge amount of flavor on the inside of this bottle neck! mouthfeel is above medium in heaviness but feels really good and satisfies almost as if I had eaten a small meal. I may be starstruck due to the celebrity, but this gets very high ratings from me. if it were of the same difficulty in finding as Pliny, I would say this one would get my attention a little bit more. for awhile, at least....
02-15-2014 22:30:40 | More by pkalix
Trappist Westvleteren Blonde from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
95 out of 100 based on 683 ratings.