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

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Ratings: 739
Reviews: 416
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 413
Gots: 111 | FT: 4
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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 tempest
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Leftmindedrighty for this one.

Hmm, there's some brown stuff (mold?) under the cap, but hey, it's a Belgian. First aroma is of light farmhouse aroma, roasted driftwood (yeah, go figure) and herbs. The flavor follows up with the wood flavor transforming into an earthy biscuit taste, along with a nice bit of saaz hops, wheat malt, and lemon zest. Very drinkable, the overall feel makes me think of a lighter version of Duvel, even though the flavor is fairly different.

So is it overrated? Yeah, probably a little. But it's something different for the Belgian pale category (props!), it has a wonderful mouthfeel, and its so easy-drinking, it's hard to savor. I just want to drink it all.

Photo of Mafeeoso
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As most beer afficionados know... IF a beer glass is clean, there will be a foam ring layered for each drink you take from this glass or mug. If the mug is dirty, then it will not. As for the beer... I usually review wines, but for this special beer, I was utterly impressed from start to finsh. The ullage was great, and the brew poured with a distinctive thick head. Having not partaken of any ales or stronger brews in awhile, this jumped off my pallate like a springboard. The experience was one I will remember for some time. I ended up drinking three with a nice bratwurst. Worth the expense I paid having it shipped here from Belgium.

Photo of dnichols
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 330 ml bottle into a cooled challis. I sampled a Westy Blonde earlier this year then set two aside for later and use in composing this review. One of the two was shared with a friend now the time is ripe to taste the final of the three bottles.

A: It poured a hazy golden color with a one finger slightly off-white head that appeared creamy and sticky. The head receded rather quickly leaving a coating over the beer and a fine rich lace down the side of the glass. The lacing broke down and the head became a cloudy swirl over the top of the beer as the experience progressed. This is a quite handsome beer.

S: It has a light yet complex aroma that includes a blend of gentile peppers, citrus (lemon and possibly mandarin orange) and very slight hints of malty sweetness.

T: It begins with a spicy (white pepper) and fruty (lemon zest and soft bananas) flavor. That is followed by the muted bitterness of hops and hints of white chocolate.

M: Exceedingly smooth and creamy. The light carbonation, well balanced hops and barely detectable alcohol give it a nice kick on the back side without leaving a lingering sour feel in my mouth. It has great balance; just like its Westy brothers.

D: Quite drinkable. It falls short of its brothers in many ways but it is a superior Witt and at or near the head of the class of Belgium Pale Ales. For the dollars invested I’d rather play with the 8 or 12 but I’d never kick this Blonde out of my cooler.

Photo of grub
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

biegaman was nice enough to share this one. what can you say about a guy who comes back with belgium and brings over not one, not two, but 3 beers from westvleteren to share in celebration of your birthday? thanks a ton jan!

330ml bottle, best before 29/09/0something. can't quite tell if the last digit is an 8 or a 9 or something else.

pours a nice golden yellow with a small blob of haze from the last bit of the bottle. a big fluffy white head rises up and drops very slowly, leaving some chunky lace behind.

aroma is great. touch of alcohol. light belgian spice. hints of corriander and clove. there's a nice floral and spicy hop character too. light cracker malt.

taste is good. medium-low bitterness level. bit of alcohol. very light spicy character - mostly corriander, with a very slight bit of clove. nice cracker malts.

mouthfeel is great. medium carbonation level. medium-light body. nice dry finish.

drinkability is good. well balanced, light, and very refreshing. good stuff. thanks again jan!

Photo of Vancer
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review 900 will be on a Westy, brought back from Amsterdam by my fine son.

And, as he was told by the locals, Westy is good beer, but they’re better ones from Belgium. Which tells the story for this guy too – mediorcre pour of lemony yellow, not much head or lace. But she does turn murky yellow as one swirls in the bottom goodies.

Aroma surprised me a bit – on the musty sour side of an apple barrow, bits of citrus mingle about. Citrusy and sharp, it’d be easy to sip down several, while seated in a countryside Belgium café. Just enough hops to balance ‘er out, meekly pushing to the hoppy side.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part one of three for me. I cant wait to try the others. Trademark bottle with no label and a green cap.

Pours with huge frothy white head that leaves behind some great lacing. Very well retained.

I find the nose is very well balanced. Has some clean floral/earthy notes, a little bite of citrus and a yeasty spice.

The taste is delicious. Highly drinkable, to bad I only have one, oh well I still have three of the 8's and 2 of the 12's to enjoy. Has hints of hops, spice, a long finish. You can really feel this brew at the back of the throat. Outstanding!

Photo of Phatz
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Trappist Westvleteren Blonde

LeftMindedRighty is as great a friend a guy could ask for. Thank you sir for sharing this with me. After a Saturday full of drinking we passed out. Sunday morning we foolishly agreed to run around in the 90 degree heat playing a silly game of old fart, soccer LOL. Actually it was kind of fun but exhausting. Coming in from the heat. Sitting in the A/C on a Sunday afternoon this kind Gentleman agreed to crack a Westy Blonde and share it with me. A treat indeed. Aaron posed the point that the proper occasion for this beer is hard to find since it runs the same price as the 8 and the 12 but it is hardly worthy of a tasting. I see that point. A blonde ale a simple Belgian Pale, is not as much of a wow you type beer. That said. This is a very good one!

served at 67 degrees in a Westvleteren Chalice.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous clear gold color with a thick white head and absolutely magnificent lacing.

Smell: It has a very gentle aroma of pale malts citrus and Belgian yeast. A bit of lemon a cloves creep through the nose with a grassy hop presence as well.

Taste: This is a very well crafted Pale Ale that is literally packed with subtleties but they are just that, subtleties making nothing (in the 2 dollars an ounce priced beer) really jump out and grab you. It has light wheat feel with some grain and lemon with gentle citrus presence and a bit of herbal minty flavor and a true bone dry finish. The aftertaste lasts forever. Delightful, but hard to call exceptional partly because of the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and very smooth with a soft touch but a bone dry feel left behind on every spot of the palate the beer contacts.

Drinkability: It is pleasant and magnificently drinkable, I could easily put back a 6pack of this beer, and in doing so drink half of my monthly beer budget in one sitting. It is simply not practical to session but if you are blessed with the opportunity to try it like I was, I suggest you take it while you can.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of drseamus
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one while sitting in the sun on a beautiful day at In De Vrede while waiting to pick up my two cases of Westvleteren 8 from the Abbey. I'd already had the 8 and the 12 and since it was hot out, the Blonde was the obvious choice. I don't know when it was bottled but I'd guess it was less than a month old.

It has a pale straw colored cloudy body with a one inch white head initially that fell fairly quickly. It smells very yeasty and malty with some fruitiness that reminds me a bit of a hefe with some banana and maybe apple. The flavor is not at all what I would have expected, but it is indeed good. It was much hoppier than I would have expected with both hop bitterness and flavor. It had a bit of spiciness to it as well and then finished with a malty finish. I think I got some noble hop aroma in there but I could be wrong. It is fairly light bodied. It could have been the situation, but it seemed like the perfect summer drink.

Photo of BlindPig
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Thin white cloudy head on a cloudy light golden body.
S- Big banana with breads and spicey yeast, hints of cloves, and sweeter pale malts.
T- Light banana, lighter clove and spicey yeast flavor. The flavor fades fast and tastes like mineral water, then theres a little dry hop bitterness on tip of tongue.
M- Medium body with low/medium carbonation.
D- It is pretty good but aftertaste is pretty much not there. Don't think I would get this again but glad I tried it.

Photo of GClarkage
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

06/30/07- Had at a tasting at BA member Talisker's apt.

Presentation- 11.2oz no labeled bottle. A best by '09 on the cap. Does that mean a 2002 bottling date or 2004? I forget if it's 5 or 7 years from the date. Poured into my Westvleteren chalice.

Appearance- Deep blonde in color, almost looks like liquid honey. Light bubbled creamy white 1/2 inch head. Lovely stream of bubbles rises from the bottom of the glass. Light traces of lace remain at the finish of the brew.

Smell- Really had to sniff to bring out the nose. Lightly yeasty with a bit of lemon peel and some caramel notes.

Taste- A nice wide array of flavors here. Wonderful bready yeast notes with a subtle caramel malt flavor. Lightly spiced with corriander and citrus peel. Almost a tea like herb flavor as well.

Mouthfeel- Perfect middle range carbonation level. Seems just a touch watery, but very smooth and creamy going down on the swallow.

Drinkability- Damn, this would be one hell of a session beer, wouldn't it? Don't see that happening anytime soon though. Great mild tasting beer, but with very nice flavors. Very drinkable.

Photo of FloridaDrinker
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy light gold with a thick two finger head. The aroma was incredible, banana, citrus and malt with a peppery spice note filled the chalice. I ended up sticking the end of my nose in the beer (c'mon, admit it, you've done it once or twice, right?).

The taste was very complex, with grain and malt flavors balanced by sharp lemon, banana and pepper. The finish was lemon and spice fading into a lingering hop bitterness. Mouthfeel was excellent, a soft, creamy texture that was finally overcome by the dry finish.

Believe the hype - the beers of Westvleteren are in a class of their own.

Photo of Boto
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl. bottle: Got this with the 12 & 8 that I bought from Belgian Shop. Hadn’t read the reviews, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. This beer pours a hazy golden color, with a small white head. Has quite a bit of hops in the nose and taste, but not over the top. Very well balanced. Dry finish. Certainly different from the 8 and 12, but still very good. How can I join the Abbey?

Photo of SilentSabre
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle as pictured with no label and green cap. "10.01.14" ink jetted across the top. Poured very cloudy with quite alot of yeast sediment/deris floating about. As anyone who has read more than a handful of my reviews will know, I am very fond of sediment and chunky debris, as long as it's appropriate to the style, of course. This is quite a nice looking Belgian Pale, but nothing too extraordinary. The head is white and while not very thick, what head *is* there, seems to be staying around for some time.
Smell is absolutely fantastic! Huge, un-mistakable aroma of honey.
There is, of course, a bit of a yeasty element, as well, and a touch of light lemon hiding in the back.
The taste had a bitterness to it that I wasn't anticipating. I didn't find it offensive, I simply wasn't expecting it based on how sweet the smell was. The honey in the smell had me thinking, (and hoping) this would be sweeter than it was. Taste was sweet for a split second, and then turned quickly to bitter hops, then turned pleasantly dry on the finish. Mouthfeel was nice and smooth and very easy to drink. Good? Certainly. Live up to the Westy hype? Not this one. Perhaps Yellow cap, but to date I have not had it.

Photo of dmbfrat420beers
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale, moderately hazy, straw color with a slight orange tinge. Moderately dense white head of small bubble. Very nice. Decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is crisp, slightly musty, with notes of lemon. Wheaty (not sure if this is made with wheat or not), yeasty, and citrusy flavor up front that gives way to grapefruit and an actually quite bitter, hoppy aftertaste that lingers nicely on the lips. Rich and complex. Big carbonation and body, and quite refreshing. Imminently drinkable.

Overall, a very nice example of a Belgian Pale – yeasty, hoppy, and flavorful. It’s difficult not to rave about this brewery.

Photo of
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle.

Hazy, pale yellow in color. Large, creamy white head. Lot of carb. action going on.

A recognizable Belgian aroma greets you upon lifting the glass. Coriander and other spices are present, along with a bit of citrus. Some floral notes are in there as well.

Taste is sweet more than bitter, maybe watered down honey as the primary "sweetner". Nicely balanced though, and seems more hoppy than your average Belgian. Floral and grassy notes float around, covered in those spices you get in the nose. Just a bit of pepper at the finish.

Very light in body. Medium + carbonation -- very peppy. Not too dry, and very refreshing.

A great summer/session beer. Fairly complex flavor profile for that type of beer. Incredibly easy to drink.

Photo of bennetj17
3.47/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received from Prufrock in No-BS BIF. Pale/dull yellow color with high clarity and light wispy foam. The aroma is mild with notes of citrus melon, and coriander spice all with a lightly sweet bready character.

More bready malt in the taste with a hint of lemon zest and a faint sourness. Finishes with a light dryness, mildly bitter, with a touch of oxidation. The light body is softly carbonated, very average.

I wasn't too impressed by this Trappist Ale. Worth a try, but doesn't live up to the name expectations...

Photo of cypressbob
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle (no label, trappistenbier round the neck), poured into an 't IJ brewery tulip

I sampled the 12 a long time ago and thought it was pretty damn good, then two summers ago I had the 8 in Cafe Gollem and it was truly fantastic.... hopefully the Blond will live up to expectations. Its about £25 on a few UK beersites so I'm ever indebted to mdagnew for this section of beer perfection

Pours with a very light amber body, slightly hazy. Thick as hell egg white head with great retention. Massive inch thick head sticks around for ages along with massive strands of lacing all up and down the glass

Smell, fresh slightly dry yeast character, some fresh ripe fruit (melon, banana and peach), some almost phenollic pear aroma, slight whiff of dry alcohol

Taste, crisp and nice and dry mouthfeel, thick belgian yeast character. Some super hopped belgian pale ale, a little hint of lavender and fresh thyme. Nice and crisp peppery mouthfeel along with a little bit of fresh nutty fruit.

The baby of the Westvleteren family. That said, full of flavour, lots of fruity dry yeasty character

Photo of Padron4KM
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330 ml brown bottle. Gift from a friend.

Hazy golden with a thin but lasting head. Streams of tiny champagne like bubbles rise from various parts of the glass.

Sweet citrus nose, lightly floral, maybe some apple. Delicate yet complex.

Flavor is citrusy, doughy, a little spicy, a little sweet. Leaves a tingle on the lips.

Finish is long and refreshingly bitter with a sweet fruitiness rolled up inside. I could still taste it more than 20 min after finishing the glass.

I wish I had more.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.55/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to JeffKrenner for this beer

A: Dull lemon meringue color with hay aspects. Lots of laxadazical bubbles meander too and fro. Head is good ½ inch of snowy white creamy bubbles.

S: Pear, red apple, grass clippings, bone dry biscuits and coriander.

T: Begins with gentle green fruit sweetness and mild honeycomb. Green apple is the primary player here but under ripe pear and green grapes aid to the balance. A very floral and spicy hop variety with moments of dry hay, dandelions and pollen. Surprising bitterness begins to take shape and frolics near the back of the tongue. Overall a sense of mineral lasted water adds a limestone dimension. Finishes with creamed corn and sugar snap peas.

M: Medium body, slight hard across the palate with some carbo sting.

D: This was good but fairly standard. Over rated for sure.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge white head the stayed till the end. A very nice pale amber color, that was nice and cloudy, mostly due to the carbonation. This was the most insanely carbonated brew I have ever seen! Huge chains and streams of bubble, unreal. So active and lively looking, easily a top 5 best looking beer I have ever scene, could not have made it look better!

Smell was off the hook! Tons of fruits. Predominate pears, apricots, figs. Hints of apples, bread and grains, grass. Smell was almost too complex to describe, incredible again.

The taste was a bit of a let down after the look and smell from the start, but still very very good! Taste dances around the palate with pear and apple fruit hints the biggest players. Nice smooth maltiness with the bread and grain tastes coming through again. Slight taste of alcohol but only slight. Nice well rounded and complex taste, just not as powerful as I thought.

Mouthfeel was again superb, very light and frothy with lots of carbonation. Easy to drink and wonderfully complex and alive on the tongue.

Iverall this was a great beer, hugely enjoyable, but the price really cuts the drinkabilty down for me. Awesome nonetheless and glad to have had some, off to the rest of the westy!

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

At approximately 10:56 A.M., Central Standard Time, a box was received at my place of employment, holding several bottles of malted beverage, but most notably these: Westvleteren Blonde, Westvleteren 8, and Westvleteren 12. Containing my giddiness, I waited until the afternoon commute home for dismantling the package, freeing the contents inside. Could I wait to get home, you say? Nay, a stop at the car wash was all the time I needed to complete my quest.

As I pull into the wash, letting my corporeal self float through a tunnel of cleansing, my ethereal self ventured into the unknown. What is this Westvleteren? What does it mean to Westvleteren? How does one... Westvleteren. I would know in scant few seconds. I open the box, marvel at the packing job... and to my horror, pick up a faint whiff of stale caramels, days old dried oranges... dear God, what injustice has been done?!?! As I tear through the bubble wrap, peering frantically through miles of semitransparent plastics and vagary, I find three identical bubbles of safety, yet I know what horrors await me. I open one, the 12, all is safe. I open the other, the 8, and I'm starting to breath easier. I move to the Blonde, the only one to still elude me thus far, and to my dismay, I begin to see bubbles not of plastic, but of shame and disgrace, of liquid. What blasphemy has been done?!?

Dejected, I travel home. Into the kitchen the box is placed, for the final scene of this tragedy to unfold. Not unlike a loved one wrapping the final shrouds of cloth over one's deceased partner, I gingerly unfold layer after layer of covering, the protective sheath gone in vain.

Yet, what is this? The bottle, and cap, still intact. And while the wrapping is wet, there is little liquid to be found. Dear Lord, could it be?! In haste I reach for the bottle opener, wrench off the cap, and hear the most joyous sounds known to all humanity!! Carbonation! Air!! Life!!! Beer!!! I carefully pour the golden elixir into my glass, smell, and put it to my lips. And as the golden panacea flows through me, I stop and thank the Gods of Beerdom, for they have been merciful upon me!!

That said, the Blonde is a lovely brew, nice white head and golden body, lacing down the glass, an aroma of orange and lemon zest and spices and beauty. The taste, while on the subdued side, is much better than I've been lead to believe. Wheat grass hops and a lovely zesty lemon orange citrus give it a wit-like feel to it, very nice, very smooth, slightly zesty carbonation even still, this is easily the most drinkable beer I've had in at least month... I lose track quickly.

Photo of Sephiroth
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to chadspivey for the bottle. Dated best by 11/8/07. I drank this a few months ago, this review is copied word for word from notes.

Pour is very lively, huge head quickly recedes some, but maintains. Earthy, spicy hoppy aroma.

Taste lets me down slightly, but only slightly. Spicy, herbal, and slightly floral are the hops. The malt seems a little restrained, but it combines with the yeast to create a fruitiness that complements the rest of the beer. Mouthfeel is perfect. Full, creamy, and lively from the smooth carbonation. I would drink this all day,everyday, if I could.

Photo of HardTarget
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: No label (as God intended) but plenty of info on the green cap. 5.8% abv. and a date of 17.06.07 (enjoyed 03.02.07).

Aroma: Light Belgian yeast, melon, white wine or champagne. Some pear notes as it warmed a bit.

Appearance: Golden apricot glass, very hazy with a firm cap of bright white that left loops and sheets of lace.

Flavor: The white wine flavor is firm, the fruits are a bit phenolic, and there is a mild leafy hop in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body, rich carbonation and a creamy texture.

Overall Impression: Total package is very light and refreshing. Quenching even. A world class beer that it is impossible to be objective about. Hand carried this bottle back from Café In De Vrede, again, as God intended.
My 700th review on BA.

Photo of Alkey
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle to my snifter a cloudy light orange color with a white fluffy head that leaves some nice lace around the glass. Some faint smell of spice and malt in the aroma. Taste is mostly pale flavors of spice, malt, and yeast. that leaves a somewhat sticky after taste. This is a light bodied and well carbonated brew with subtle flavors that make it easy to drink but a little to pale for my taste.

Photo of cjgator3
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Green cap with the best before date of 11.08.07 printed on the cap. Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a slightly hazy orangish yellow color with a large creamy white sticky head. Beautiful aroma consisting of a sweet grassy perfume-like aroma, faint citrus and must, and a bit of spice. The taste features a nice slightly spicy hop profile that finishes extremely dry and crisp. Mouthfeel is light bodied and smooth but seems to be under-carbonated. Overall, this is another stellar brew from Westvleteren and one that I could certainly drink all night long if it wasn't for it's rareness.

Trappist Westvleteren Blonde from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
95 out of 100 based on 739 ratings.