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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

422 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 422
Hads: 797
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.71%
Wants: 445
Gots: 123 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren) visit their website
Belgium

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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Photo of mdaschaf
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pour a rather hazy light yellow/peach color with a very thick one finger head, one of the whitest I have ever seen. Great head retention with lacing forming all around the entire glass.

S: Right away there is some lemon and lemon zest mixed with some light spice, mostly pepper. It is rather fruity overall with some grassy hops and a bit of graham cracker malt.

T: Grassy/herbal hops mixed with some more lemon, a bit of apple, and some bready malt. There is some orange zest and spice underneath, mostly pepper and a little coriander.

M: Medium bodied with surprisingly creamy, slightly dry finish.

O: Great flavor profile and incredibly drinkable, could sit back and relax with this beer all night. (712 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Happy anniversary to my girlfriend, Erin, and I. About to crack open one of her presents to me.

Pouring into an Orval chalice. I believe the best before date on the cap reads 10/06/11.

Pours a very hazy chamomile tea color. The head that somewhat formed has dwindled down to a thin splotchy ring.

Bright apple-y/pear aroma that is pure yeast ester. Malts resemble a delicate combo of wheat and caramelly barley grains. Some sweetness is pulling through. Hushed aromas intensity-wise. Complexities include candi sugar, medicinal notes, white grape juice, and light vanilla.

Quince, pear, white grape, lemon/lime, and tart apple make up the prominent fruity yeast esters. There's a carefully doled-out spice element that is like a dissolved gram of finely-granulated white pepper. Bready malts that are sweet and almost issue a faint cola flavor. Somewhat of an herbal finish.

Medium body with all of the fullness of the suspended yeast that spilled into the goblet. Carbonation is very mild, yet airy. Great feel.

A long time want. Happy to have five more. (1,061 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Trappist. Pour is a bright golden orange with yellow edges. The head is creamy white leaving a thick lace. The nose has a subtle yeast, light spice, lots of lemon zest and light floral hop in the back. The taste has a faint spice, lots of yeast, lemon zest, and some juicy orange cirtrus with a light hop bitterness. Body is light and refreshing, a bit juicy and prickly carbonation. (401 characters)

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

Bought this in Belgium in a beer shop and poured it into a Westvleteren glassware

Aromatic cloves and very effervescent.

Taste was above average so much that my wife that does not like beer loved it.

Mouthful is one of the best. I tried the 8 also and both of them had great carbonation. Not rough like a Pils but very suble.

Great beer if you ever have the chance. Very enjoyable. (388 characters)

Photo of rapidsequence
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle, bought at the cafe across from the abbey one week ago.

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold color with a truly beautiful head-- thick and creamy, like marshmallow creme. Incredibly thick curtains of lace. When served on draft this was very clear, but as above, this bottle is a little hazy.

Smell: Fruity, spicy, yeasty, and surprisingly hoppy. Pears, white wine grapes, yeasty spice and a trace of musty funk. Hops are a bit earthy as well as some fresh cut grass. Complex notes somewhat like a saison.

Taste: Dry, spicy, and hoppy. This is a very interesting BPA, again somewhat like a saison. Hops are flavorful (grass and earth) and a little bitter. White wine like fruit notes and yeasty spice and mustiness.

Mouthfeel: Soft, creamy carbonation with a slick body and dry finish. Very drinkable.

Overall: A very different blonde ale with less sweet fruitiness than you often get. This one is complex, yet crisp and refreshing, and begs to be consumed in quantity. (982 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into matching Westvleteren goblet. Cap date reads 15.12.12.

A: Pours a deep glowing golden color that was clear until I added a tiny bit of the yeast that had settled on the bottom of the glass. The bright white head is thick and dense and slowly faded into a fuzzy film after a few minutes.
S: Rich notes of bread dough, crackery yeast, pale grains, and various earthy, peppery, spices. I get hints of clove, coriander and all-spices. Hops are light, leafy and earthy. Nose is very earthy all-around actually. Smells a bit like a saison.
T: More light malts and dry grains just like the nose. Very bready, crackery, earthy and dry. Hops are low in flavor but I get a hint of lemon zest and a vague leafiness near the finish. The beer is slightly sweet overall, but the aftertaste is quick and drying. I get faint flavors of golden fruits, apricots, and even a hint of bubblegum.
M: Very frothy carbonation that bubbles up in my mouth, but it’s smooth, soft, and airy. The body is on the full side and the mouthfeel is drying and smooth.
O: I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The balance and complexities and the dry yet frothiness of the mouthfeel were blended perfectly. This trappistry truly makes world-class beers. (1,236 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At In De Vrede on 6/6/12

The glass arrives with a thick white head, a cloudy golden color. It has a delicately perfumed floral aroma with secondary aromas of spicy, earthy hops. It has a subtle floral taste, which is slightly soapy but not unpleasantly. It's slightly sweet and spicy. The body is light and it lingers nicely but not excessively. This beer was a pleasant surprise, quite delicious and very easy to drink. (421 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another Westy thanks to totoropanda!
Opened on 5.16.12.

A - Pours a very cloudy, pale light yellowish orange with a big foamy head. Great retention here.

S - Subtle Belgian yeast, lemon and light wheat.

T - Just like the nose, but more yeast and pepper come through.

D - Light body and medium carbonation. Very soft in the mouth.

O - A light and refreshing Westy. Nice, but no 12 or 8. (390 characters)

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

Poured into a large globe glass from a 33 cl. bottle, and side by side with a go to Belgian Blonde. Pours a nice golden with a pinch of haze and offers a nice white cap of foam. Moderate retention and good lacing follow.

Aroma of yeast and a bit of earthy funk going on. Peaty in fact. Lacks the 'brightness' of a few of the stlye yet offers an intriguing earthy hop funk character as a balance. Bit of lemon is prevalent as well.

Flavor is lightly coarse and grainy with more lemon notes and subtle spice. Minimal esters of alcohol. Touch of apparent sweetness on the finish, coarse and grainy, with lemon notes again. Body is quite full for the ABV. Quite dry and well fermented actually.

Overall an interesting Blonde with a unique aroma for the style. Quite musty yet hoppy and dry. Offers a nice subtle carbonation and effervescence without being too boisterous on the pour. A bit untraditional. (903 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this at the cafe across the street from St. Sixtus. Poured into a Westvleteren goblet.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a finger of cloudy like white head. The head fades, but leaves a nice layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Sweet malt with some candy sugar and spices. I'm getting some banana notes and mild citrus.

Taste: Light and crisp. Belgian yeast spice notes. The beer is a bit herbal with some banana and a touch of sweetness. The finish is crisp and just a little bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a super dry finish. Very nice.

Overall: This is a really nice beer. Pours from the bottle beautifully and stays wonderful from there. Big fan. (694 characters)

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

Consumed and documented around a 2 months back. A huge thanks to Kevin for granting me such a privilege.

A - Cloudy golden yellow. A nice pale head. Near perfect for a blonde.

S - Warm earthy lemon/citrus zest followed by some notes yeast. The best blonde my nose has ever had the pleasure to smell.

T - Absolutely appeasing. Light and crisp as it hits the palette and progresses with a soft, sweet bready malt. As the beer recedes it leaves a crisp sensation.

M - Very light body, which alongside the bready malts makes it extraordinarily drinkable. Overall, an ideal body for a blonde.

O - Simply, this is the best blonde I have ever had. If you can get your hands on one, properly store and enjoy at the appropriate temperature. (737 characters)

Photo of DARIVA
3.56/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice bright yellow beer with a good head.

S: The smells of hops, nothing else to recognize.

T: The taste of hops and some light sour. A bitter aftertaste.

M: Good carbonation and foam a good feeling.

O: Good drinking beer and a very refreshing beer. (256 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

5.0 A: Super pale and super clear until you get to the yeast. Two and a half fingers of creamy/frothy white head. Retention is very good and tons of lacing is left. Can't ask for much more.

5.0 S: Wow. This smells better than both of its big brothers. Great mix of fruit, spice, and a touch of funk. Big hit of green apple followed by hay and peppery spiciness. Sugary citrus orange, lots of esters, and clove underneath. Powerful and well integrated.

3.5 T: Tasty, but missing the power and integration of the nose. Surprisingly bitter as well. Hay, wet grassy, earthy and grassy hops. Light peppery spiciness. Apple fruitiness with a touch of citrus. Woodsy funk and herbal lemongrass.

4.5 M: Lighter body. Active, spritzy carbonation. Plenty of creaminess for how light it is.

4.0 D: This would have a shot at a perfect beer if it tasted more like it smelled. In any case, glad I got to try it. (925 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle into a Duvel tulip. Huge thanks to my buddy Jim for busting this out as a welcome-to-Europe gift. F yeah.

A: Hazy gold body with some sediment getting swirled around by a constant stream of carbonation; 1" head of ultrafine white foam. Good retention and lacing. Very nice indeed.

S: Fresh, hoppy, spicy, and amazing. Green apple, hay, and pepper notes blend effortlessly in an aroma that is both delicate and powerful. Splendid.

T: Starts out fruity (lots of apple), then develops some dry minerality and spiciness. It's not quite as vivacious as the aroma, but it's still one of the tastiest BPAs I've ever had. Delicious.

M: Soft, creamy, nicely carbonated. No complaints here.

O: Spot on. The monks can do no wrong.

Cheers! (745 characters)

Photo of Docrock
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Bottle, cap dated 11-10-12 from my new best friend in Belgium, Cristof.

Served in a Westy Chalice at 52F.

A - Beautiful Golden hue, nice 2" head, nice retention, great lacing, can't wait to taste. beer.

S - Pleasant citrus nose, minimal hop fragrance

T - A slight bread note, hops well balanced from tip of tongue all the way through aftertaste, a clean fresh taste with mininal citrus flavoring.

M - Carbonation is nearly perfect. Lighter body than I expected but the finish is dry with a lingering hop bitterness.

O - A very fine beer, goes well with seafood and cheese.

Notes: I wish it weren't so hard to get in the US. Not the 12 but a really enjoyable drink. If I had to compare to another Trappist I would say it is closest to Orval. will try my second bottle in about 6 months..:) (801 characters)

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

At in de vrede. White fluffy head, medium retention.  Cloudy golden body.  Soapy sticky lacing. Some suspended particles. Fruity aroma, mainly old banana and a Belgian yeast. Tasted mainly of light banana, candi sugar, no alcohol noted. Smooth. Delicious.  (259 characters)

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite blond beer. Not because it is a Westvleteren, but because it truly has a great taste and it so (too easily) drinkable. Not the most popular of the Westy's (and certainly not the best) this has a nice grainy, awesome-on-a-summer-day taste!

A: Nice blond color
S: Sweet start; nice bitter middle and finish
T: Great
M: Nice and smooth
O: My favorite blond

Wish it was not so hard to get!!! (410 characters)

Photo of jhtipton
3.44/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not my favorite of the Trappiste but fortunately I have tried others from W. split one with my battle buddy in pint glasses. Loved the immense milky white head and the large amount of floating sediment and the golden color. The smell was okay but not really spectacular. I really didn't smell much from it a bit grassy and fruity but nothing overly compelling. Taste was somewhat sour and citrusy. Unfortunately we compared it to drinking orange juice in a milk glass. The bitterness was fine but something was not quite right. This was purchased from a specialty shop and could not find a best before date and that could be the problem. Not a bad experience but I was hoping for better fr this buxom blonde. Overall not my best Trappiste experience but might try againsithsome assurance of freshness as I see better opinions by others. (836 characters)

Photo of Mar02x
3.44/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - By poring this beer in my Struise glass I am doing sacrilege. I know, but don't really care. As long as it tastes good. By the looks of it; it will deliver. What a feast is going on in my glass, a nice happy yellow fluid, with tiny yeast snow whirling down, carbonation bubbles racing up, nice white head which slowly turns to fluffy and leaves a thick lacing against the glass.

S - A good hoppy aroma with a little sour twist along with some malt odor.

T - A strong taste of bitter hop and a tiny sweetness upfront, rather dry. The bitterness lingers around for quite some time.

M - A pleasant carbonation tickles my palate. The finish is dry and bitter.

O - A good and easy to drink blonde, but not my favorite though. (730 characters)

Photo of JayQue
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle with freshness date of 03 12 11 into a Stone Imperial Stout tulip. Good dark gold hazy color. Big inviting white bubbly head. Head retention is great and the appearance of the head changes from bubbly to frothy as the bubbles die down. Some lacing on the glass.

Smell is pretty good. Belgian yeast is prominent as well as some citrus (lemon) aroma.

Taste is outstanding. Belgian yeast, spices, some grassy hops, malt and lemon are all featured here.

Mouthfeel is light and tart...perfect for a session beer.

A really outstanding Pale Ale. (569 characters)

Photo of czfreeman
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Post notes.
Given to me during my time in Belgium by a kid that staged at the restaurant I was working at the time...his uncle is a monk at Westvleteren!
Opening the bottle, nice carbonated hiss.Pours a beautiful murky hay tone of hazy wheat goodness.Head is gorgeous, light, effervescent.
Smell is phenominal.Grass, oat, hay,pears, apple, honey.A huge mix of fruit meets grainy biscuit.
Taste..I know this brewery is hyped, but they produce hype-worthy beer. The little guy of the Westy trilogy packs so much flavor it is simply amazing.Pear, crusty bread, pepper, grains, citrusy lemon, white pepper,clove.Spicy yeast and grassiness really round out and take it to the next level.
I simply have never tasted a better Belgian blonde ale.The aroma, flavor complexity and overall intense balance create a beer thet seems much bigger than 5.8% abv
A great experience, and simply wonderful beer.
What an awesome gift. My friend said his uncle prefers champagne, because they get so much beer he is tired of it! (1,013 characters)

Photo of Sarlacc83
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, brought home from Belgium where it was gifted by my new friend Mathieu. Poured into my .3L tulip.

Appearance: Gold and partially cloudy. Lots of bubbles cascading through the body and up to the half inch thick head.

Smell: Not the most overwhelming array of aromas, but the yeast is definitely there. Citrus and wild fields.

Taste: Excellent. Peppery and wild and funky and refreshing. Another review mentioned a hint of Orval, and I'd say that's pretty spot on. The floral components from the hops have a nice balance. I get a little bit of the pine and dryness, but only as a compliment to the base of the beer (which is the yeasty profile.) The back end suitably lingers for a bit, begging me to take another sip.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent and crisp.

Overall: I could drink a lot of this. Well worth seeking out. Especially if you're going to go through the trouble of tracking down its older brothers. (920 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Etre Gourmet.
Marked 04.08.12 on bottle.
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

Westvleteren's Blonde is a delicious Belgian Pale Ale with detectable contributions from pleasantly grainy malt, floral and spicy hops, and a solid Belgian yeast strain. While I haven't had many BPA's, this clearly still stands as what should be highly regarded amongst them. It would be nice if it were more readily available in the US and at an affordable price.

Pours a 1cm head of whitish bubbles, small in size, that compresses, over a few minutes, to a permanent 0.5cm head of very dense foam, like heavily whipped egg whites, atop the body. Leaves excellent streaks and spots of lacing along the sides of the glass. The body is a semi-hazy golden yellow color away from light; held to the window, this is a hazy, pale yellow with orange highlights. Carbonation is active and very visible within the glass. An excellent-looking beer.

Aroma of Belgian yeast, drying grass cuttings, floral and bright hops, honey.

The taste features a pleasant, clean malt component alongside mild honey, caramel, floral hops at first. Gentle, crisp bitterness from hops then arises, which also contribute herbal and spicy qualities. Winds down with a tingle of bitterness across the entire tongue, fading to an aftertaste of pleasant malt graininess with slight yeast and floral components.

Beer is medium bodied throughout, with slightly high carbonation levels initially, over time fading to a fairly mild-feeling carbonation, leading to a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Finish has tannins and enough hop elements to be quite dry. (1,621 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A beautiful Belgian blonde ale with fresh and memorable funky and hoppy touches over a dry finish.

Presentation: 33 cl brown capped bottle. Characteristic lack of label or marking other than the cap, which shows in black, silver and green the name, seal, faintly legible date, and 5,8% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Soft hazed gold pour. Towering frothy head, rich retention, great surface memory and lacing. Top tier looking beer.

S - Rich tart nose, citric touches, funky and fresh...

T - Nice funky sense, soft and nicely woven with a fresh hoppy sense, slightly acidic and citric, grassy notes, slight bready touches in the backbone.

M - Light-medium to medium body held with generous carbonation that woks in tune with a nice long lingering bitter and dry finish.

O - Spectacular brew, unique, refreshing, and a delight to the palate.

Notes: Hmmm, maybe the least sought after of the Westvleteren brews but this is quite stellar. A bit Orvalesque in the initial memory, if this were not so scarce and pricey I´d love to have plenty handy. (1,063 characters)

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

Have had this now many times and may just be my favorite of the three, well it is fresh anyway!
A - blonde (duh!) straw color with a decent head and quite a bit of lacing, the head lasted almost the entire beer.
S - Grassy field, a bit floural, pale malt
T - Again, grassy, crisp, a bit floural but more earthy flavors and a bit of hop kick balancing it al out.
MF - light bodied with great smooth and soft carbonation, fantastic, just as it should be.
O - Crisp, clean, refreshing, and perfect with my dinner. A beer that is better than the desciption as there is nothing that jumps out at you but it all works so wonderfully together still. (643 characters)

Trappist Westvleteren Blonde from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
94 out of 100 based on 422 ratings.