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

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Ratings: 672
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 380
Gots: 85 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren) visit their website

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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Photo of tburkhart


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
Photo of MacDomer


4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My second Westy Blonde - thanks, Flup. Poured into my Westy chalise from the standard non-descript brown 33cl bottle.

A - Great frothy, white head. It lasts literally until the last sip. Staw/golden color. Decent, but not outstanding lacing. A bit hazy. Looks refreshing.

S - A bit spicy, like a triple, with ripe pear, candied lemon, herbal hops, and some nice yeastiness.

T - Very tasty. Very refreshing. Mild spices, light fruits including pears and lemon, some herbal hops. A bit of that Belgian yeast/wheat flavor on the finish. Quite delicious.

M - Very smooth, nice level of carbonation. Light to medium body.

D - Very drinkable, and with great flavor and mouthfeel, it's a pleasure to drink. Nice time I'm in Belgium I'll seek this out and bring several more home.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 04:55:16 | More by MacDomer
Photo of Greggy


4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Murky blond color with a nice lacing

S- Grainy, medicinal, slight peppermint, floral and graham cracker notes.

T- A bit of melon right off the bat then some buttery notes, and then a finish of graphite. Very reminiscent of Orval in the finish.

M- Low carbonation is nice. Smooth.

D- Drinkable! A trappist monks lawnmower beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 06:15:24 | More by Greggy
Photo of KarlHungus


4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to isubsmith for hooking up his fellow Rochester BAs with this rare beer. The color is a clear shinny blonde. The head is a firm white cap of foam, that recedes slowly leaving wonderful lacing all over the glass. The aroma is yeast, leathery, breay, and barnyard funky. The taste is like the aroma, but more in depth. There is a nice mild sourness that reminds me a lot of Orval but with a more malty tone. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a silky texture, and lively, fine carbonation. Overall, this is a great Belgian Pale Ale. I would love for this beer to be a regular in my drinking rotation.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 23:49:57 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of NCSUdo


4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

0.33L bottle

A: Pours a murky golden yellow under a large, chunky white head. Very nice lace and retention.

S: Sweet, fruity, a bit of banana and bubble gum, a hint of hay, earthy yeast. Relatively simple yet very pleasing.

T: A bit more funky than the nose. A bit sweet up front with some fruitiness but those two quickly take a back seat to a nice earthy yeast and a bit of hay. Mildly bitter, more than I expected, with the fruity aspects returning a bit after the finish. Very nice.

M/D: Light bodied, carbonation is near perfect level. Drinability is as good as it gets. Easy to go down, not so easy to get your hands on. A great beer, through and through.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 02:07:16 | More by NCSUdo
Photo of midaszero


4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date on cap is 18.10.08

A - Hazy golden straw with two finger with fluffy white head and good lacing

S - Lemon and yeast with a little funk to it. Kinda faint

T - Lemon and yeast just like the nose. Also some spice and light malt flavors

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Pretty enjoyable and easy to drink. An interesting try but I don't think I'd try to get another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 01:04:07 | More by midaszero
Photo of MiScusi


3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

13.12.08 on the cap

A- clear straw pale yellow, streams of bubbles, lively. Foamy white head.

S- has similarities to macro lager type beers from around the world, but also has some light fruit, and a very light earthiness. Really liked the fruit notes here.

T- very pale in taste, lagerish, moderate bitterness with minimal earthy Belgian yeast character.

M - very light, effervescent (fizzy), dry

Not bad for the style, but not very interesting to me either.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 05:20:47 | More by MiScusi
Photo of spointon


4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from an 11.2oz brown bottle into a stemmed tulip snifter glass. Thanks to fellow BA roadhouse for sharing this one!

A= When I held the bottle up to the light, this beer appeared to be extremely clear with a small amount of sediment on the bottom. Upon opening and pouring, this ale was a pleasantly hazy pale golden color (almost like a chill haze). The white head started at about 3/4" and quickly dropped to a skim.

S= Aromas were fairly soft and comprised of malty sweetness, orchard fruits, candi sugar, and a funky yeastiness. Some alcohol near the end, but nothing overpowering.

T= Much like the aroma, I found bakery malt sweetness, sugars, green apples, pears, and the tiniest bit of spiciness. The yeast added quite a bit to the flavor profile with a nice musty funkiness. Mildly dry alcohol finish.

MF= Medium bodied. Feel was soft despite a moderate amount of carbonation.

D= Though not as well reviewed or thought of as the Westy 8 and 12 here on BA, I thought this was a great beer (albeit hard to get and thus way overpriced).

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 05:40:24 | More by spointon
Photo of beckje01


4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice gold color with light on the edges darker in the middle, nice creamy white head tons of lacing.

S- Lots of hops in the nose very big beer from the nose, it's very exciting.

T- It's very good malty taste with a kick of hops not overpowering very smooth going down with a touch of hop after taste.

M- Creamy texture fills mouth with small tingle very good.

D- Very drinkable which is bad considering how hard it is to get.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 16:25:39 | More by beckje01
Photo of roadhouse


4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle with best by date of 02/28/09 into a tulip glass. Thanks to ygtbsm94 for the trade. Damn this one's lively, foamed up right when I opened it.

Appears golden in color, cloudy because when it foamed up it brought up some of the sediment. Big soapy one and a half inch white head gradually sinks down to a centimeter skim. Leaves some decent lacing behind.

Aroma is a tad citrusy like lemon with a bit of phenols. A bit of apples perhaps and light herbal hop aroma.

Taste initially has a light sweetness that is taken over by the a light fruitiness and then phenols creep in and there is a spicy finish along with a slight breadiness and herbal hops.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, smooth and easy drinking, nice carbonation.

Not quite as good as I was hoping it would be but the stuff is pretty damn tasty and easy to drink. If it was available I would session it.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 05:29:45 | More by roadhouse
Photo of Bitterbill


3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the cap 13 12 08, so this must be a bottle from 2005.

This pours a hazy straw gold with a 2 finger lus head of foam. Niced lacing and head retention looks like it's going to be great.

The smell is lightish but I get a decent citrus lemon smell and slight yeast.

The taste is much better than the smell. Nice lemon citrus notes with a bit of spice, mostly pepper, a good yeasty backbone, and some light earthy malt. Interesting flavours going on here but the sum total would *not* drive me to seek out more of this brew.

Mouthfeel borders on the light/medium side, carbonation is fairly lively, and it finishes on the bitter side. Oh, and the foam did last the entire session...

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 17:53:18 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of BeerBelcher


3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I had this at the In de Vrede cafe across the street from the St. Sixtus abbey at Westvleteren immediately after the 12. And while I expected to be let down, drinking this beer right after the Abt (which I thought was awesome), this beer is still wonderful.

Perfect durable white foam with a dark tinge in the middle. Hazy yellow color. Aroma was spicy with the same boiling mash cereal smell that I found so appealing in the 12. Mouthfeel was a bit thin. Flavor was malt bitterness with some very light spiciness. There was a touch of metal, and that boiling mash aroma carried a touch into the flavor. Mouthfeel was a bit sticky.

A definite step-down from the 12, but definitely not a disappointment. I would highly recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 13:13:24 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of ThirstyBird


3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle - Thanks to RomanW70 for sharing!

A- Poured a cloudy pale yellow. Head falls away to a ring.
S- Spicy, malty
T- Toasted malts, coriander spice a little metallic with a dry finish and a little bitter.
MF- Carbonated frothy but fairly smooth.
D- It is a nice blonde. Clean and crisp.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 17:26:19 | More by ThirstyBird
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New Jersey

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

11.2oz bottle purchased from In De Vrede, Westvleteren, BE.

served in a Westvleteren goblet

Pours a pale yellow color, slightly hazy, with lots of soda-like bubbles of carbonation and a strong white head that gets a little sticky towards the end of the glass. Bitter hops with citrus esters and lots of bready yeast in the nose. Pale malt sweetness sweeps in and out quickly in the beginning of the quaff followed by tons of drying bitter hops and a strong yeast character. Alcohol is an after thought. Sweet but bitter after taste. Very well made beer, nothing to write home about like the 8 or 12 but incredible all the same. Shit yea i recommend it, unfortunately, good luck finding a bottle...

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 23:20:46 | More by ATPete
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4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Westvleteren glass. 09/24/08. Looks like the cap has 10.12.09 printed on it - can't quite make it out though.

Pours a bright golden yellow color with about a finger and a half of bubbly white head. The head quickly dropped to a thin layer. Aroma is of Belgian yeast, sweet candied sugar, lemony citrus, wheat malt, and a bit of peppery spice.

Taste has a lot of wheat flavor and peppery spices. Sweet biscuit-like malt and floral hops round out the flavor profile. Not the most complex taste, but nice.

Feel is light, dry, and crisp, very refreshing. It's well-carbonated, perhaps a bit too much. Drinkability is great. The ABV is low and it goes down real easy. I could easily drink lots of this.

Overall, a good Belgian pale ale. A bit difficult to obtain, but worth a try if you get a chance.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 02:06:06 | More by bkilpatr
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A : Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with some sediment floating around. It had a decent head that faded rather quickly

S : Belgian yeast aromas, some citrus aromas, a hint of spice

T : A smooth maltiness, grapefruit flavors, a nice hop bitterness

M : Light-bodied, good carbonation

D : Easy to drink and no trace of the alcohol. It's a great beer but not sure if it's worth the amount of money it takes to have shipped over from Belgium. It's one that I would definitely seek out if I was in Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 13:48:26 | More by mhewes


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Three fingers of rocky off white head crests the top of the glass and leaves a bit of scattered lace. Body is a murky straw gold in color. Nose is crisp and has a nice fresh wheat feel with a bit of a raw hop presence. A big creamy citrus hop feel enters the mouth with first sip. But instead of turning harshly bitter it is balanced by smooth wheat and slight malt. This reminds me greatly of a hopenwezen in a good way. Mouthfeel is slightly thick but nicely balanced. Super easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 15:31:23 | More by SPLITGRIN
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Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to RomanW70 for the opportunity to try this one. Poured a hazy gold with a white head that dissipated quickly; foam coalesced around the shoulders before completely disappearing. Smell is very subdued; picked up lemon and wheat (fairly grassy). Taste follows nose, but grainy quality is more pronounced and lingers at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-bodied and tingly with a residual astringency. Excellent drinkability. Easy drinking and light

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 01:36:40 | More by Jwale73
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New Jersey

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

Poured a brown labeless bottle into a Chimay Goblet.

Appearance: rich golden chilly hazy looking beer with a good head. Not as much retention as I thought it would have ( the stemware is probably a factor) but a pretty glass of liquid indeed.

Smell: Nice floral note over a gentle hay grass quality.

Taste: fairly complex for a blond showing hints of hay, wheat, grass, malt, and yeast. A slight hop note as well.

Mouthfeel: Not the smoothest or most creamy blond but an excellent one none the less.

Drinkability: Good

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 18:23:36 | More by koopa
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a cloudy golden straw color with some sediment floating about. A nice white head sprouts up and turns into a layer of bubbles across the top of the brew that stayed around the entire time.

S- Reminds me of a Hefe. Some yeasty notes, grassy/wheat, citrus, banana, and a bit of spice.

T- Rich and full of flavour. Tartness gives way to a light malty, slightly bready sweetness. Also there is the pronounced taste of citrus bananas and lemons. A very great tasting brew.

M- Medium in body and good carbonation.

D- Way too easy to drink. I really wish I had some more. Highly recommended.

My first Westy. Poured into a Westy chalice both brought back from Beligum by a good friend's Mother. Thanks!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 22:38:47 | More by nrbw23
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1.7/5  rDev -60.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Review from Inaugural Issue of Beeradvocate Magazine.

The least sought-after of the Trappist Westvleteren beers. This bottle was purchased in 2003 at Café in de Vrede--which is across the street from the monastery--and has been cellared since. Poured into a silver-rimmed Westvleteren chalice, the beer pours a dirty blonde, tainted by a bit of chill haze. Head is very tight and creamy, settling to an eternal milky-colored, ringed lace. Surprisingly malty in the nose, with a unique honey-on-toast aroma, and undertones of toffee and grass. Palate is insanely creamy, with a light body and silky mouth feel. A quick and sharp citric acid enlivens things, fading into a soft rind character. Faint honey notes pull through a pale sweetness of malted milk. Finish is bone-dry, with a lingering wet, husky, tannin flavor, some medicinal phenols, and notes of wet paper oxidation coming forth as the beer warms.

After having a 3-year-old bottle, and a 25-year-old bottle a couple of years back, we don't recommend aging this beer at all. Everyone, please stop. It's obvious that much of the hop character has been muted, with oxidation taking over the beer and creating new and unwanted flavors. Drink it fresh, with its clean bitterness and thirst-quenching bliss intact.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 18:28:46 | More by BeerAdvocate
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4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark gold with a nice puffy white head that's quite resilient leaves brilliant lacing. Some sediment. Smells fantastic. Citric, floral, and tart, along with some earthy malt. Somewhat spicy. The taste is fruity, floral, and quite hoppy. A kind of bubblegum character is present, along with some spicy yeast. Medium body with a fair amount of carbonation. Complex and nuanced, refined, and refreshing.

*After having this quite a few times at different ages, it's pretty evident that it's best at its freshest when the hops are most evident.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 17:10:31 | More by philipquarles
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light golden with elegant white head.

Nose is of lighter fruits such as grannysmith apple, pear, and canteloupe rind.

Palate has a nice sour taste, highly carbonated, and a luscious body. Lighter fruits are there with the sour flavors and mix nicely, and the finish is medium to long.

Very easy to drink and quite refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 05:26:33 | More by yemenmocha
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Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fresh 33cl, green capped bottle. Purchased at the Bier Tempel in Brussels, enjoyed the last night of my first trip to Belgium. Maybe good things really do come to those who wait...

Feathery, peach skinned head is in good standing and continues to be for the course of the tasting. Sheets of lacing sprawl about the glass. The occasional bubble drifts about the light haze of a golden blond body.

The aroma has a small ounce of antiquated mustiness to it. It is aggressively hoppy (in Belgian terms) and abounds a bouquet of ripening fruits: pears, apples, passionfruit and honeydew. Pleasant but minimal.

The beer is good part hop and malt, but the yeast finds itself foremost in the taste. It seems infused with a slate full of wonderfully fruity esters, which play well into the beer's character. It also deceives just a hint of spice onto the palate.

Again we taste gentle, passing notes of passionfruit, yellow apple and pear. The pale malts stand back and allow some considerable hop character to come forth. A little bit of grass and straw as well. High carbonation pricks the tongue with a pinch of fizzyness. Like champagne, it is a highly sociable drink that ends on a brut, dry finish.

I think in anticipation of this rare treat I had prepared myself to look for something that simply isn't there. Rightfully so however, all beer deserves much thought, and anything this rare and revered certainly warrants a long search. But all I could turn up was a well malted, well hopped, impressively balanced pale ale that made for an easily enjoyed Belgian blonde.

I would probably consider this among the best of Belgian pale ales, but that said, it's nothing special per se. Westvleteren Blonde is simply a well crafted, good tasting, highly drinkable mark of time-tested skill and command from a group of masterful brewers...

...But hey, aren't all Trappists beers?

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 17:35:07 | More by biegaman
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of deepsouth poured into a snifter.

Pours a beautiful hazy golden straw with a two finger fluffy white head. Retention and lacing are very good. Smell is earthy with lots of spices and a strong citrus hop presence, mainly lemons. There is also a slightly sweet bready malt undertone to the aroma. Taste pops with the lemon up front which gives way to the sweet wheat flavor before finishing with a very crisp light finish. There is a spiciness that remains throughout. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied and seriously crisp. Drinkability is great with this one and I could drink this all day and night on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 03:08:12 | More by gford217
Trappist Westvleteren Blonde from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
95 out of 100 based on 672 ratings.