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

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693 Ratings

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Ratings: 693
Reviews: 408
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 390
Gots: 91 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 brewandbbq
3.8/5  rDev -11%

Vintage 1997

Pours clear, pale gold, with a dense, whipped head.
Fine bubbles ascend the body continually, allowing exceptional retention.
Lacework is remarkable as well, leaving behind broken sheets of white.
Aromatics are crisp and fruity.
Green apple, pear pulp, dried pineapple, with hints of orange pith and vanilla.
A suggestion of mint gum finishes the nose with a slight peppery note.
Light to medium body, crisp, smooth, and creamy.
The pallet falls a bit short and shows some age.
Some pilsner- like maltiness and peppery bitterness is overshadowed by a quanine note and wet paper.
Finishes with a husky graininess, some drying bitterness and stale vanilla.

brewandbbq, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of mynie
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

Dark honey gold with a tight whitecap head.

The nose dances with gossamer fruit and light belgian malt. No real intense yeast complexities or alcohol zing.

More light and flimsy fruit in the mouth. A lot like a Sprite, only with a big bite of spice and white pepper in the back.

Delightfully crisp and wonderfully drinkable, but hardly the kind of show stealer that are its older siblings.

mynie, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of DaveFL1976
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%

I was looking forward to my first Westy.
I had a 6 at the Delirium Cafe in Brussels.

Nearly crystal clear straw colow with a beautiful white, fluffy head.
Smell is unique. Grassy and hoppy. It actually smells similar to marijuana. Quite nice. Taste is sweet but balanced. Is that apple or pear that I taste? Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth. Wow. Tiny, tiny bubbles. How do they do that? Drinkability is awesome. So inviting.

DaveFL1976, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of Frozensoul327
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%

An interesting offering from the Trappist Monks at Westvleteren. Into a chalice; pours a golden yellow color with high carbonation yeilding a large pillow of white foam. Bubbles stream upwards from the bottom of the glass. Aromas of grassy spices and the trademark yeasty and malty note that only Trappist brews have. Nice. Taste is quite complex; dry notes of malts and wheat blend with a grassy hay note, followed by light apple flavors and a pinch of spice. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and accenuates the the nuances and qualities of this brew. Very crisp on the tongue, and goes down like satin. Drinkability is good. Special thanks goes out to Boolshot for providing the sample.

Frozensoul327, Jul 05, 2006
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%

Appearance: Pours a beaming straw-colored body with a bright white, head.

Smell: Aroma is chock full of vibrant fruity esters as well as some faintly grassy, citrus notes.

Taste: Skillfully crafted, this beer is rich and full of flavor. Initial tartness gives way to a light malty, slightly bready sweetness. Also there is the pronounced taste of peaches and oranges - like an albariño, but with a more pronounced, sharper carbonation. Finishes dry with just a touch of spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and is quite crisp, marked by a constant, but fine champange-like carbonation.

Drinkability: Outstanding. This beer is the greatest invention since wood.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of shroompod
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%

best before 29.05.07
poured cold into Orval chalice. Very pale , cloudy white . Good carbonation present. Head sticks around.

Smell has a faint grassiness to it , not much else.

Taste is tart , hops dominate, dry malty finish.

Mouthfeel is light , very well carbonated.

Drinkability is high , very refreshing.

shroompod, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of weeare138
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Thanks to egajdzis for this '04 vintage...
Appears a light yellow with a small white head that fades into a mild cap and thin collar. Streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of light fruit, mild yeast, white bread, light caramel malt with some pilsner-esque aromas, along with an tiny herbal spiceyness.
Taste is of the above mentioned aromas...perhaps a slight drop from the anticipated flavor not quite living up to the smell.
Mouthfeel is crisp, dry, with a very subdued sugar taste in the swallow.

weeare138, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of mdagnew
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

330ml bottle bought from onlyfinebeer.co.uk.... best before date of 2003... poured into a Westvleteren glass...

Poured a nice, slightly hazy, golden yellow colour... White head poured quite foamy faded to very thin layer... little to no lacing...

Aroma - Big fruity aroma hits you as soon as its poured... strong oranges, lemons, grapefruit and pineapple. Floral honey sweetness, nice light toffee and bready malts, light spicy hops, some faint salty notes, vanilla hints...

Taste – Strong floral honey notes, spicy fruits (definite pineapple and oranges), light caramel malts, faint hop bitterness, some musty traces, creamy. Considering the aroma the taste is a slight let down...

Feel - Quite smooth - light carbonation.. Light body.... Pretty drinkable...

Overall - An excellent beer.... Highly recommended... Not quite as good as the 8 or the 12 but still pretty damn good...

mdagnew, May 02, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

Shipped straight from Belgium. I let it age for 2 whole weeks before giving in to its lure, so this is a very fresh bottle.

Pour yielded a rocky head with good thickness and decent retention. Golden blonde color with healthy effervesence.

Scent is marvelous: fresh juicy red apples, floral spices that waft cool and mellow, sweet malts, and a yeasty presence in the background that brings to mind--I kid you not--wet dog.

All aromas come through in the flavor, with a toasty wheat sharpness surrounding all. Spices seem a little more aggressive than the floral lightness of the aromas. Hops follow through in the end with a bit of a nip.

There's a softness in the mouth offset and enhanced with lots of light fizzy activity. Nice dry finish.

It's very good, and would be a regular quaff in this household if it weren't so damn scarce. Even though I wish the flavor measured up with the more buoyant and refreshing aroma, it's hard to dislike anything about this.

Metalmonk, Apr 23, 2006
Photo of EPICAC
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

I let this chill briefly and served in my new Westvleteren chalice

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden-straw color with a foamy white head that fades to a persistent thin layer. Lace clings to the glass relentlessly.

Smell: Notes of peppery spice, sweet fruitiness, light earthy yeast and maltiness.

Taste: Lightly sweet and fruity notes appear up front. These fade into drier toasty malts in the center. Finished with a tart spiciness and warmth, with a pronounced but balanced firm bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Mildly carbonated, smooth, medium bodied with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Probably one of the most drinkable beers that I've had. It's refreshing and crisp with flavors that don't overpower.

EPICAC, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of sacfly
3.1/5  rDev -27.4%

Thanks to gdogalishus for splitting this with me.

Pours a hazy yellow/straw color. Plenty of yeast visible in suspension. Large white head of medium bubbles. Aroma was… well… Hefeweizen. Mild clove and banana mixed with a grassy undertone. The taste was a hybrid Belgian pale/hefe… Odd. Dry and grassy, yeasty. Strange astringency set in as I drank, especially noticeable in the aftertaste.

Not what I expected or wanted in a Belgian pale ale. I’ll still keep my eyes out for the Westy 8 and 12, but I would skip this one in the future.

sacfly, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.8/5  rDev -11%

I tried this at In de Vrede in Westvleteren. Unfortunately I had it side-by-side with the 8 and the 12, so this review is slightly biased against the blond.

The appearance was very nice, with a thick pillowy head transforming into nice Belgian lace on the glass. The liquid itself was clear golden color, looked like any pale ale. I didn't notice much if any yeasties in this fresh (1 month old) sample.

The flavor was mild, more malty than hoppy, and couldn't compare with the symphony-in-a-glass next to it. I drank this beer only out of commitment to a plan, because the 12 was so damn inviting next door.

I think this would be a good session beer if it was easier to find. Since it's not, I don't mind drinking any number of pale ales in its place.

TurdFurgison, Mar 19, 2006
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

The Westvleteren Blonde comes in an unlabeled 33cl brown bottle with a date of 12.08.05 printed on the cap. It pours into my tulip glass a wonderful sunshine/goldenrod color with a creamy frothy two finger head that lingers with massive active carbonation. Very nice. Aromas of fruity sun dried grains with a lovely floral, spicy, herbal green hoppiness about it. Lots of light fruity character with hints of apple, lemon and orange. Hay with some earthy, peppery yeastiness coming across as well. An wonderful aroma to be had here.

First sip brings a nice fruity, sun washed grainy maltiness accentuated by a hint of clove and pepper and plenty of earthy yeast tones throughout. Mildly spicy, floral herbal hops poke in midway through each sip. Apple, lemon and light citrus tones with a touch of fresh baled hay. Finishes clean with a lingering fruitiness. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Goes down really smooth and refreshing. A delight on a nice sunny day like today. Truly a tasty blonde ale and one that I would imbibe much more often given the chance. One day I will get to Belgium and sample this at the source, that much is for certain. Ev, thanks again for giving me the chance to try this one!

orbitalr0x, Mar 18, 2006
Photo of gdogalishus
3.4/5  rDev -20.4%

Served from chilled bottle into a snifter glass. In the bottle, the beer appeared a hazy deep yellow to straw color with a light dusting of yeast on the bottom. The yeast were not chunky, but reminded me of grains of salt. It poured a similar deep straw color, very hazy with a robust head of medium sized bubbles that stuck to the side of the glass. This beer changed significantly in both aroma and flavor as I drank it.

The first aroma was of bitter lemon zest. This quickly dissipated into an extremely familiar aroma... I brewed a hefe weizen that smelled EXACTLY like this. The yeasts aroma was unmistakable, it was Weihenstephan Weizen Yeast.

The flavor was more of a banana and mild clove with hop bitterness way in the background. This also changed and the second sip gave way to more hops. The third sip to even more. It was a dry grassy type of hop flavor, but there was something else there. A strange sensation that I have never tasted in another beer. Not that it was a good sensation, it was numbing the back of my tongue. I continued to have this sensation throughout the beer and it was kind of upsetting. I didn't want my senses numbed since I will have a hard time ever locating another bottle of this.

I liked the hefe I brewed better... same banana/yeasty aroma and flavor without the concerning numbing characteristic.

gdogalishus, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of akorsak
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%

I am drinking the final Westy 6 from my Father's Day 2005 case. I am drinking it from a Three Philosophers goblet.

Appearance: The ale is a nice yellow color, similar to that of applejuice, with a hazy body that contains a small amount of sediment.

Smell: Unfortunately, the beer does not give off much aroma. There is a light hop smell, but nothing significant.

Taste: The ale has an interesting taste that I can't quite taste. It is a yeasty flavor, possibly influenced by the water used in brewing. Either way, it add a peculiar kick to the ale. On top of that, there is a light hop presence to add a hint of counterpunch. The overall effect is a drying of the mouth that requires another sip.

Mouthfeel: The ale sits well on the tongue and the relatively low alcohol content makes this the closest Trappist ale to a session beer.

Drinkability: Drinkable enough. It's not my first choice when I reach for a Trappist, but it is not a bad ale overall.

akorsak, Feb 28, 2006
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3.58/5  rDev -16.2%

cap dated xx.11.04, so brewed in nov 2003. this beer is 2 1/4 years old. has been stored in mostly dark (incandescent only) and temp-controlled enviroment since being shipped from belgium.

large head poured in chalice glass. this beer has distinct odor of the westvleteren yeast, sort of odd without the other backing odors in the 8 and 12. yeast is very compact on bottom of bottle and does not get in glass.

very pleasant smell. much fresher than the taste itself.

I do not find this beer as easily drinkable as it should be at this alcohol level. IT is curious to taste the westvleteren yeast without the stronger elements in their other beers.

aftertaste typical westvleteren, if i didnt' know better might think it was the darker beers.

dogfooddog, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

Cloudy blonde. Head is ok, but the remaining lace is very good and lasting.

Tastes is reminiscent of Orval. Notes that remind me of bret, but not as funky (or as good) as Orval. That funky edge is what makes you go back for more.

Reminds me of the wild ale Russian River made from a blonde (Redemption?), but RR's is better as well. Probably from the bret or bret-like funky tastes.

Many thanks to blitheringidiot for hooking me up with this fine and hard-to-find brew.

GeoffFromSJ, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of kmcnair
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

I bought this bottle about 3 years ago, time to clear some of the cellar.

Pours a hazy straw color and makes a dense white head, head retention is very good, lacing is quite nice. Aroma is rather faint, there is a bit of caramel and alot of yeasty esters. Really nice nutty caramel flavor, slightly sweet honey, light spices and light fruit, hint of bittering in the finish. Mouthfeel is superb, very rich and creamy, gently coating the palate and then closes with a clean, dry finish. There's nothing overrated about a Westy, even the little Blonde with quite a bit of aging, very enjoyable. Oh, if I could only session this!

kmcnair, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of Franchise
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

Note: This beer has been aged for 2 years.

This beer pours a cloudy, yeast filled dirty blonde. It leaves a thick white head that drips down the side of the glass. The aroma of this beer is sweet, lime, honey, plum, fruit cake. As I taste this beer the flavors previously mentioned come out. The lemon rind, honey, bitterness, all are enhanced by the crisp carbonation of this brew. This belgian is delicious one that satisfies with complex flavors and crisp taste.

Franchise, Dec 19, 2005
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Tasted at the In De Vrede cafe over the road from the brewery. Presented in a Westvleteren challis, hazy straw yellow with plenty of bright white compact head perfectly filling the challis. Aroma is of honey and feint cloves, with the very slightest hint of flowery hops - subtle and nicely balanced. Taste is so well balanced it is hard to pick out individual flavours, maybe some orange peel over the malt background, with a little light clove spiciness. Finish is nicely balanced with crisp refreshing bitterness from the hops, but beyond that there is no hops flavour dominance noticeable. Mouth was light and fluffy, but not watery. Complemented the flavours nicely. Very drinkable on a hot day (which it was when I visited). A pity I was limited to only one as I had to drive back to Paris. Looking forward to trying the 8 and 12's I have brought home.

hefevice, Sep 11, 2005
Photo of scooter231
3.8/5  rDev -11%

A BA pal brought this guy, the 8, and the 12 from England to New York, just for me. You rock, dude. That having been said...

I was all excited about these guys. And, thus far into this rating, I have had the 6 and the 8. So far, I am pleased with them, though not overly... thrilled, I'd say. Good beers, but I don't seem to enjoy them as much as others have. But, I am still very happy and thankful for the experience.

Now, the review... Pours a cloudy, hazy, golden color, very muddy, with lots of white head and tons of lacing. Smells like... Hennepin? La Fin? Sweet, malty, fruity, with a sour/sweet thing going on.

Tastes dry, light sweet maltyness. There's a crackery type aftertaste at the end, slightly toasty. Mouthfeel is smooth and not watery, but extremely dry at the end- like, I want to reach for water type dry. Fairly drinkable, but the dryness thing is just... I don't know, maybe one has to be in the mood for it. A good brew.

scooter231, Aug 26, 2005
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3.85/5  rDev -9.8%

Hazy with kick ass lacing, good head, fluffy white foam. I like what I see. Smells sharp and yeasty... a very inviting odor.
The taste and mouthfeel dont quite match the smell and appearance. There's a roasty/toasty crackery thing going on.
I haven't had too many belgian pale ales and it strikes me that this is as it's meant to me... so this may be better as per style than I'm giving it credit for but there is something a bit lacking for me.

ommegangpbr, Aug 26, 2005
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4.1/5  rDev -4%

11.2oz bottle from Vienna Whole Foods, Vienna, VA.

Poured into a Rapscallion snifter, formed a 3/4" bright white head over the translucent golden brew. The head stays as is, and lacing is sticky and prevalent. Aroma is sweet pale maltiness with a tinge of spicing and a touch of some citrus. Taste starts with some light malt sweetness, touches on the spices and citrus again, and closes with a combination of these flavors lingering on the tongue. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is great. Least favorite of the three, but the bar had been set pretty high by the other two.

ppoitras, Jul 21, 2005
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4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

Well I have worked my way "down" the Westy ladder and enjoyed the trip! While not as good as the 8 or 12, you can still tell that this beer is crafted with skill and care. Hazy golden yellow with a super thick white head that lasts a long time. Thick sheets of lacing. Aroma of citrus and floral hops. Medium-bodied and dry with spicy hops and citrus flavoring. Wonderful balance throughout. The finish is lightly bitter with yeast and spice flavors. I’d love to have any of the Westy brews again but considering the hefty price tag I’ll probably stick with the 12 from here on out.

Dogbrick, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of Naerhu
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

A - Holy Frikin floaties. I have never seen so many floaties outside a Fantome brew. big white fluffy head, stubborn carbonation, yellow body darkened by the floaties.
S - loral hops on a light biscuity background.
T - Slightly sweet (but not by Belgian standards, which is why I like this one so much). Elegant long lasting bitterness. This may be my favorite Westvleteren.
MF- Medium bodied, smooth.
D - This is a great beer, goes with food, or on its own. GREAT!

Naerhu, Jun 04, 2005
Trappist Westvleteren Blonde from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
95 out of 100 based on 693 ratings.