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

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

695 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 695
Reviews: 408
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 394
Gots: 92 | FT: 1
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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Photo of Goliath
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Westvleteren Blonde is a truly underappreciated beer. Although is still rates fairly high on BA, it still sits in the shadows behind the more well known 12 and 8. I would recommend pursuing this beer, it is definitely worthwhile.

Pours a hazy golden color with one inch of foamy white head. There is decent retention and some nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma holds some typical scents. Some nice citrus notes, showing a slight bitter grapefruit. There is also some spices and a light malt profile in the background.

Taste is very nice. There is a slight bitterness, but the citrusy quality dominates showing a little grapefruit as well as a little spiciness. The light maltiness is present on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a really bright carbonation punch. A perfect summer beer indeed.

Drinkability is high as the beer has great flavor profile and low alcohol. Could sit by the pool and drink them all day.

Goliath, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of brentk56
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale honey color with an extraordinary cap that sticks lacing all over the chalice

Smell: Baryard funk, yeast and herbal grassiness

Taste: Bready up front, with a developing herbal bitterness arriving by mid-palate; some serious almost medicinal hop elements arrive with the swallow, with the yeasty flavors taking over the parade to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and incredibly creamy; light but assertive carbonation

Drinkability: As others have said, this is a complex but almost sessionable beer

Thank, unholy2, for the opportunity to complete the Westvleteren trifecta

brentk56, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of John_M
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer with Jeff at TJ'sEveryday the other day. Many thanks to Jeff for sharing this beer, which was just excellent.

The beer pours a cloudy honey color with great head retention and lacing. This beer looks great, but it smells and tastes even better. There is an aroma of lemon/lime, intermixed with fresh green hops and clover. This beer is very aromatic and smells terrific. The beer is light and citrusy on the palate and finishes very crisply. It is so well balanced, with just the right amount of light sweet malt and hops. This beer is so quaffable, so easy to drink. There is just a hint of funkiness, which makes the flavors even more intriguing.

Screw American macros. I'll take this any day as MY lawnmower beer. Absolutely delicious. Just stunning.

John_M, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of jaxon53
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Westvleteren Blonde, Green Cap. Served this slightly chilled, in an Ommegang chalice, from a 33cl brown bottle with no label.

Appearance: This one pours out a slightly hazy golden straw color, a few shades lighter than honey. A rather easy pour yields a massive three finger, superwhite head. Head was thick and rocky. Great head retention here, head just didn't want to fade. Each sip left gobs on top of gobs of thick, almost creamy lace. Tons of tiny carbonation bubbles were noticed quickly rising to the top of the glass.

Smell: Had a somewhat strong nose to it. Smelled sugary sweet with hints of raw honey. Almost has a hay like aroma to it. Malty with a strong Trappist yeast smell. Maybe just a touch of fruit in the background.

Taste: Some of the earthy hay like notes that were noted in the nose. Nice smooth maltiness here. Not a single trace of the almost six percent ABV. Yeasty with a mild sweetness. Not quite what I expected. Very tame, but almost perfectly balanced. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied mouthfeel. Has a certain thinness to it. Very well carbonated as expected.

Drinkability: Great drinkability. Very crisp and clean. Very refreshing.

jaxon53, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best By Date February 2009, Bottled February of 2006; Sampled November 2008
I didn't even have a slight chance of getting a clear pour. The full bottle looked quite clear when held up to the light, but as soon as I popped the cap the yeast started to get mixed in to the beer, it even foamed up a bit. The beer, as it sits in my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip, has a fat two-finger thick, light cream / off-white colored head. The head is fairly dense and takes quite some time to subside, it forms a varied surface as it does and also leaves some fat lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a muddy, murky, really down-right ugly, pale tan / amber color, that shows a deeply hazed (can't see through it), more orangish color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite nice though, vibrant fermentation character, a touch of hops and a solid pale malt / grain character comes through quite nicely in the nose. Aromatic notes of hay, lemon grass, Meyer lemon zest, a light green-herbal note, distinct star-fruit, a hint of ripe melon, pear, spicy clove, white pepper, a hint of ginger, whole wheat dough, sweet wheat, a touch of honey-like malt, soda crackers, . The nose is quite vibrant and has me quite pleased to taste the beer.

The beer has a peppery note to it that is a combination of the suspended yeast, the carbonation and the fermentation character. Soft and doughy feeling up front (can I actually feel the yeast or am I just imagining it), the beer picks up texture from the carbonation as it rolls across the tongue. The beer finishes with a green hop bitterness and a bit of yeasty astringency. As the beer warms a bit fruity notes of honeydew, a touch of pear and perhaps some apple start to become noticeable under the more dominant hop and spicy-fermentation notes. This beer is actually fairly hoppy (despite being two and a half years old) with lots of herbal notes, a substantial bitterness throughout the flavor profile and a touch of soft lemon zest citrus character. Nice and light bodied, makes this quite easy to drink, in fact I wouldn't mind having a couple bottles of this over an afternoon / evening; it is not thin though as it has some texture and body to it. The malt character, while more supporting, contributes nice bread-like notes, a touch of sweet whole grain, as well as a touch of toasty cracker-like flavors.

The aroma of this beer is quite fantastic, but it needs to really be warmed up for the flavor to start to open up (It started out at 50°F / 10°C so wasn't really cold even). This is still quite hoppy, and I would really like to try a fresh bottle to really get the most of the hop character.

December 2006 cap date; Sampled April 2008
Rating: 4/4/4/4/4, Total 4.00
A fairly soft pour summons forth a full three-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head that recedes with a dense textured surface all the while leaving some nice Belgian lace on the sides of my glass. The beer is a honey color, but shows a lightly hazed, bright gold color when held up to the light. Aromas of sweet, honey-infused grain with a backdrop of fruit aromatics like pear, apple, ripe-melon and sweet grape greet my nose. Some sharp spice and phenolics provide a bit of structure with aromas of black pepper, ginger, sweet clove and maybe a hint of anise. There is a light grassy note as well as some crushed malt, cracker-like aromas. I really like the mix of sweet malt, with the fermentation driven esters & phenolics; this is an awfully appetizing balanced beer in the nose.

Only lightly sweet & it has a soft hop character that provides a bit of herbal & hay-like notes that provides an easy balance to the sweetness. The sweetness accents fruit-like notes of ripe pears, a touch of lemon zest and some white-wine grape character. The beer finishes with a sharpness that is a combination of hop bitterness and spicy fermentation character; reminds me a bit of white pepper, ginger and tongue-tickling clove. A zippy carbonation provides a tickle to the tongue and makes this quaffable beer seem a touch lighter on the tongue; this has enough body for sweet, grassy grain notes to stick to the palate after the beer has left my mouth, but nothing so much that this beer ever feels heavy. The beer shows a touch of age around the edges with some light sherry notes and some dusty malt flavors. As the beer warms some honey flavors become a bit more evident, though of a herbal varietal.

Nothing bombastic about this brew, but it is quite solid, eminently quaffable and a beer that is quite enjoyable.

Gueuzedude, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of HumuloneRed
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Slightly murky golden hue with immense creamy head and silky lacing.

Spice (coriander/citrus) and malt aroma with notes of tobacco and leather. I also get hints of black pepper and fresh green chilies in the aroma.

Hoppy grapefruit bitterness that is not overwhelming but balances the flavor and fades into a nice malt and spice background.

This bottle is from Belgium Shop and seems to be "young". It is a great beer now and I only see it getting better.

HumuloneRed, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of YonderWanderer
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pale. straw color, with a thin layer of foam. The head could have been massive with an aggressive pour, but a slow pour reigned it in.

S: Some bread and yeast smells, almost a hint of the farmhouse funk Belgium is known for.

T: Taste is a bit of malty sweetness, some bread/dough taste, some Belgian yeast, and a hint of funk. No hops to be found, but that in no way takes away from this brew. It's very solid and delicious.

M: Very nicely carbonated, a full mouthfeel, yet a thin feeling brew as expected.

D: This is a great Belgian pale. Truly, it's one I would gladly drink all the time. It's balanced and delicious.

YonderWanderer, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of PartyHatjo
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled In De Vrede across from the Sint-Sixtusabdij...right after its "big brother", Westvleteren 12.

Appearance: Hazy pale yellow color, catching the light shining through the windows nicely, topped with a fluffy, half inch head that retains better than its brother and laces all the way down the glass.

Aroma: Definite yeast character (clove, slight banana ester), some malt as well as a grassy, spicey hop aroma. Some baked bread character as well.

Flavor & Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a balanced bitterness. Highly effervescent. Citrus flavor (moreso lemon than your typical hoppy grapefruit). Clove character blends well with the grassy hoppiness and the biscuit/bread flavor.

Drinkability: Easy to quaff, the glass went by too quickly for me. If only I lived in West Flanders, I'd be stopping by every day.

PartyHatjo, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of joepais
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks goes out to leftmindedrighty for this opportunity to sample such a fine brew
The classic Westvleteren bottle poured into my chalice produced a good fingers worth of white fluffy head that turns into a thick lace that last till the end. The body on it is a hazy (I swirled the yeast) apricot color with fine yeast particles floating through out

The aromas of bananas, yeast, grass and hops come through wonderfully. There is also some spice to it cloves and pepper

Flavors of yeast and pepper, along with its almost earthiness of the other spices hit me first. Then other flavors, sweetness of fruit and a dryness of some hops in the end. Yes complex is a good word for this beer.

Light and smooth mouthfeel with a light crispness due to the carbonation would sum this up

Now let me say it is very drinkable. And I love to have it again . Due to its rarity and price I don't think I'll be having many more though. If I lived in close to the monastery it would be a great session beer. So I guess I'll stick with my Orval the next time I need a fix
Thanks again Aaron

joepais, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Straw-colored, hazy and bright. A gentle pour produced a soft 1/2 inch head with solid retention.

Smell - Yeasty and phenolic. Hay, fresh grass, clove and piquant hops.

Taste - Lemon rind bitterness meets banana and clove. Extremely dry and refreshing. Lots of hoppy and husky bitterness in the finish. Quite unlike any other Belgian ale I've had - the only thing I can liken it to is Orval minus the funk.

Mouthfeel - Light, crisp and drying to the palate. High carbonation gives an almost champagne-like mouthfeel.

Notes - Excellent stuff. A beer I could drink frequently if not for the rarity and cost.

largadeer, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of pwoods
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2oz. brown bottle, green cap - no label, poured into a tulip. Best before 13.12.08

A: Pours a very light apricot color with some chill hazy. A big 2 finger pearly white tight head forms after a gentle pour and has excellent retention. The head leaves nice lacing while it's up and continues with decent lacing once it dies.

S: Very fruity. Green apples and bananas play a big role with a pleasant coriander and clove background. Plenty of yeast and a touch of floral hops.

T/M: More of the green apples and bananas but the yeast plays a much larger role; peppery and tart. Some earthy hops add a nice freshness to everything and maybe a bit of enhancement to the yeast with a little spiciness. Body is nice and light and carbonation helps with that.

D: Tasty and extremely drinkable. One down, two to go.

pwoods, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of wingman14
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A huge thanks to my brother in law for bringing this one back from Belgium.

Pours a straw yellow with a large white head that left some lacing. The smell is yeasty and doughy, with some sweet fruit and spice notes, maybe some hops. The taste is great, I cannot believe how much flavor they packed in this beer. It is different because the flavor is not super intense or overpowering, but has multiple layers. A bit of hops, some malt and yeasty characters and a bitter aftertaste that comes on slow. The mouthfeel is smooth with a medium/light body. This one is very drinkable and very tasty. If you have the rare opportunity to try one, I highly suggest it. Enjoy.

wingman14, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Always a pleasure to sit down with legendary beers like these. This Blonde displays what's best about beer.

Beginning with a glowing and hazy hue, the Blonde has deep straw, light golden colors and with a lively efforvescent appearance. Bright white foam settles on the beer in very sturdy and structured fashion while leaving an ordinate amount of lacing behind. A near-perfect look for anything Wibier, Hefeweizen, or Belgian Pale.

Solid aromas of lemons, pepper, spice, earthy hops, light must, and light vinous notes (white wine). The phenolic-fruity blend balances the nose while the surprise of aromatic hops add even more decoration for the olfactory senses.

Soft sweetness of pilsner malts coat the mouth with a creamy, fresh bread tastes. White pepper, oranze zest, and corriander make a quick transition towards the earthy and pungent hop flavors. The bitterness of hops weaves beautifully in and out of the lemon and vinous tastes, making for a very complex buffer to the malts. As the beer warms, the musty, sweaty, salty notes grow, giving even more variety to the beer. I am quite surprised at the bright hop flavor and bitterness- didn't see that one comming.

Medium bodied and creamy up front but the malt character fades very quickly into a bitter, dry, and evaporative finish. Decidedly spicy and dry in the end but the aftertaste returns to the lemon and vinous flavors. Very palatable and sessionable.

Ya know, I think this Westvletern brewery has gotten the brewing thing all figured out. Thanks Pwoody, you're a world class trader!

BEERchitect, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of TheSarge
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After reading the article in December 2007's BeerAdvocate mag, written by the Bros concerning the hype of this brewery, I had to try it for myself.

Appearance wise this has the characteristics typical of Belgian pale ale: Nice sticky white foam and the body is somewhat whitish tan in color.

The Blonde gives of honey like aromas, with yeasty undertones. There are citrusy characteristics here too.

The hops are what come through initially to me. I'm surprised at how bitter this brew is, and I'm quite happy with that. There is a sense of pine and grassiness as well.

At first the oily hops was what I detected, but I can sense a coarse dryness to this brew as well. This beer gives off a nice warming effect too, which is surprising for as little ABV there is.

Overall I'm impressed. This is one of the most complex beers I've had in about the six months I've been back in Germany. It is definitely worth making a trip to the Westvleteren monastery for.

TheSarge, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of JBogan
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a slightly cloudy medium golden color with a foamy two finger head. Left a good amount of lacing in the St Sixtus glass.

Smelled of fresh wheat and grains with a grassy scent as well

Fresh tasting citrus and wheat. Not really very complex but still a solid tasting brew.

Good mouthfeel with enough carbonation to keep it interesting. Light body and fairly smooth.

This was a very refreshing beer, one of the best of it's kind I've ever had. No sign ofalcohol present so it would be easy to drink more than a few, if only they were a bit easier to come by.

JBogan, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of ggaughan
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my first bottle from 2 crates I recently picked up at the abbay. The beer poured a hazy golden color, straw like color. The pour produced a one inch thick head that later gave way to a thick, sticky ring on the edge of the glass. The aroma was pleasing to my nose with a balance of citrus and spice along with a good wheat character and yeast as well. The taste was a very nice mix of the sweet with a good dose of citrus but also a good backbone of hop bitterness. The beer produces a very solid wheat character that is refreshing but makes for a medium bodied beer.

ggaughan, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of brdc
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Small capped bottle, poured very slowly into a goblet, keeping the yeats in the bottle.

Beautiful, pale golden and clear, with a thick, fluffy white head that lasts forever, with nice lacing.
Aroma is earthy, herbal and spicy, some citric notes.
Light bodied, but still firm and smooth, lively carbonated, brings herbal and yeasty notes, a hoppy, dry finish. As an appetizer or a session beer, it is an amazing brew.

brdc, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of MurphysIrish
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So what does a twelve-euro beer taste like? Surely I paid a premium at Beer Mania in Brussels this summer when I picked up a bottle each of Westy Blonde plus an 8 and a 12, but what the hell? I may never get back there and there are no channels for purchasing it here in Boston that I know of, though the Publick House (Brookline, MA) teasingly lists it on their beer menu. ("We're out," the barkeep said with a slight smile on his face. "We're always out.").

It has been cellared ever since August, but I was advised (again tip o' the cap to Publick) to drink the Blonde sooner rather than later. Hopefully I haven't waited too long.

Pouring into a tulip, head came right up more quickly than I had expected and I had to put my mouth on the lip of the glass to stop overflow, but once it settled down, the color was light straw, almost a "light beer" (no offense) color but that is fine for the style, if I'm not mistaken. The lacing is dense down the sides of the tulip. Looks nice.

Absolute earthy bouquet with a strong lemony presence and almost iodine sharpness. So far, so good.

Hit with some sourness at first taste and some metallic notes. The metallic taste doesn't sit well with me. Hops show up to the party a bit late, but make up for tardiness by lingering a bit. Good body. Mouthfeel seems to push all the flavors into every corner of the ol' piehole.

I like this beer a lot, but more of a fan of darker Beglians. Still, I would seek this out if get the opportunity.

MurphysIrish, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of deepsouth
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i drank this over the weekend out of a nice christmas wine glass.

the beer poured a cloudy yellow with about a quarter inch of head. the beer is highly carbonated with little to no lacing.

the smell is large on the cereal and citrus end with some fruity and floral undertones.

the taste is a bit bitter, but the bitterness fades fast. i taste a bit of spice and floweriness as well. i notice it also to be a bit peppery. overall, the balance of this beer is nice.

the mouthfeel of this beer is highly carbonated and fluffy, like rose petals.

this beer is lighter tasting that i expected. it's a very drinkable beer. would be awesome to have it just laying around to session.

deepsouth, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of bashiba
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep hazy yellow with a touch of orange. Just a touch of off white head.

Smell has a light touch of wheat and yeast with a bit of lemony zest.

Flavor is very wheaty with a bit of light citrus flavors, some nice clean light malt comes through with a very crisp dry citrus hop quality.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy with a superb dry finish.

Very easy to drink, nice clean easy to drink balanced belgian pale.

bashiba, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of barefootbrewer
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a cloudy yellow color with a decent head that quickly dissipated. The aroma is cereal, citrus, floral and spicy. Hops are noticeable. The smell is intense and complex. The taste is as complex as the aroma. Cereal and bitterness are accented with floral and citrus flavors. The bitterness hits intensely at onset, but fades to a nice lingering quickly. The mouthfeel is medium and seems quite appropriate for this beer. Overall, this is a very smooth but complex beer that lends itself to drinking.

barefootbrewer, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of lilbigbudy
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Yellow-Orange color.

Smell: Sweet, flowery aroma

Taste: Smooth sweet taste, a hint of hops to start, finishing with a mellow malty feel.

Mouthfeel: Light feel...no heaviness at all.

Drinkability: Would sip these all night long (if it was possible to get more often, instead...I'll enjoy the one I have).

Not as "spectacular" as its big-brother (the 12), but great none-the-less.

lilbigbudy, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of basica
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This's my second ever Westvleteren Blond... with an interesting difference. It's freshness date is 24 Nov 2007! I am 2 days away from it's so called expiration. :) But anyway, it's like I am just done with a whole load of academic crap and I was deciding what to drink for the night; posted something on BA to poll for opinions and in the end thought I would chill out with a light one.. away from all the big beers for today. :) On to the beer, This one smells citrusy, grassy, malty and yeasty; the yeasts took a stronger stand after the pour but before the pour, off the opening I had nice sweetness admist the malts and minimal yeast. The pour again yielded one of the best lookers though I am pretty sure this one is murkier than my previous Westy Blond (probably due to the age and dark sediments) but I just love the way the creamy head develops; very nice... It comes up nice and after the pour it continues to grow in a very nice way leaving a smooth looking creamy head that you almost feel like touching it to feel it. The entry was a refreshing scent of yeast mixed with malts and grassiness and as we move towads the finish the malts take over. There was a slight malt sweetness throughout which made it pretty pleasant. The finish was dry and slightly bitter leaving a nice bready nose and a very lasting after taste made up of malts and grapes. There was also some breadiness in the after taste as well. Interesting that after sitting around for a good 5+ minutes, the after taste feels like pears. :) Body is somewhere between medium to thin and the carbonation goes in strong and its smoothness is water like with a slight creamy touch; not fantastic on the smoothness as illustrated in my last tasting. Perhaps the carbonation was a little too high on this one though it is wierd as this one's older. Nonetheless, a great blond for someone like me who ain't really into blonds. This one ranks up there with Duvel if not going beyond the Duvel. I think I enjoyed it more the last time but I can't be too sure. Perhaps fresher is better for this one. :)

basica, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of lpayette
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Pours a light and slightly hazy straw yellow with an exceptional head. It's composed of tiny bright white champagne-like bubbles. The retention is ridiculously good and there's plenty of lacing to make its way around the entire circumference of the glass.

Smell- Very light on the nose, with everything being quite subtle and pleasant. Floral with notes of honey and some very faint grass and earthy tones.

Taste- Just slightly fruity at times. Pouring the yeast in gives it some interesting characteristics including more of the previously mentioned earthy and grassy qualities found in the smell. I found a couple of sips to have a very small hint of sourness. Very low bitterness.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability- Very very light, and very very clean. Probably the cleanest tasting beer I've ever had. If it was more widely available, this would be a great session beer on a hot summer day- though perhaps that would be frowned upon by the monks of Westvleteren.

lpayette, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of zealot
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this from a shared bottle at plan b in Copenhagen. The owner has this as his session beer whenever he's in the mood for a nice, light beer (US light beer drinkers, take note), and was nice enough to let me in on one.

With the expectations thrust upon the Westvleteren series, this is good, but very understated. It is light in color and on the palate, with a hint of farmhouse ale character, although not nearly the strong flavors or spices associated with Saisons or Lamics. I was surprised at how light it actually was. It was extraordinarily clear and very dry. Final gravity must be REALLY low in this beer. And even more surprising, the flavor was reminiscent of a pilsner. It sounds like heresy, but that's what I got.

Overall, this beer is very refreshing and clean tasting. Some complexity, but it almost begs to be left alone and enjoyed without pomp or attention. Spendy for what it is, but worth a try when you are wanting a light-er beer and can get one.

zealot, Nov 19, 2007
Trappist Westvleteren Blonde from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
95 out of 100 based on 695 ratings.