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

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

700 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 700
Reviews: 409
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 396
Gots: 92 | 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)

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2002)
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

kingjohnh, Jun 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

udubdawg, Jun 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

timmynyc, May 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

jlisuk, May 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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Maillard, May 06, 2014
Photo of Jonada
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a Rochefort goblet. Best before 11/21/2014

Appearance: Pours a hazy light orange color with 1 finger of a white head. Good retention and lacing. Body is very hazy with a quite a bit of visible yeast sediment and lots of visible carbonation.

Smell: Apple, pear, pepper, clove, banana and a slight grassy character.

Taste: Banana, big spicy Belgian yeast character, a touch of grassy hops, crackery malt and maybe a touch of lemon in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel. Carbonation is medium, bordering on high. Finishes dry with a very mild bitterness.

Overall: A really nice Belgian pale ale, and if this were available on a shelf, I'd probably pick it up with semi regularity. However, since it's not, I wouldn't recommend going to any great lengths to obtain it.

Jonada, May 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

DCLAguy11, May 01, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

kevanb, May 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

PretzelCity, Apr 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

DarthGuitarHero, Apr 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

MNMike, Apr 18, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

jaasen64, Apr 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

freemanj, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of EdKing
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

EdKing, Apr 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

ricecracker420, Apr 10, 2014
Trappist Westvleteren Blonde from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
95 out of 100 based on 700 ratings.