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

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

693 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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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
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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3.78/5  rDev -11.5%

Appearance: pale straw color, quite hazy (almost wit-like), pillowy white foam that has quite some staying power

Aroma: pear-like fruitiness, a touch of clove, iron, some Belgie-hops, grain

Flavor: a quite dry profile; pervasive hop bitterness throughout, clove, yeast, Belgie hop flavor, slightly tangy and grainy, dry and quick finish with a hoppy aftertaste

Mouthfeel: light body, soft carbonation, minerally

Overall Impression: If I'm not mistaken, the water down in Westvleteren is quite high in carbonate hardness (similar to Orval's water). Could be the reason for the minerally mouthfeel and accentuated hop bitterness. This is my first taste of Westvleteren and I have to say I'm not blown away. I'm going to withhold judgement until I've tried the whole line. After all, who can ignore the constant raves about 12?

GreenCard, Oct 20, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

Light gold color. Medium head. Aroma is floral, honey, lemon and yeast. WOW this is the BEST smelling beer I think I've had to date. Floral and refreshing. Very clean taste. Fruity, lemons, floral, candy sugar and yeasts. Very nice beer. It took me several minutes before I tasted this beer, because it smelled so good. Very clean. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

beerguy101, Oct 03, 2003
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4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

Pours a cloudy gold with a thin but persistent head that leaves behind patches of lace. Aroma is yeasty and musty with some herbal notes. Flavor begins slightly sweet, with a nice herbal bitterness and some musty yeast at the finish. Has a light body and low to medium carbonation. This is quite a good beer... it's too bad this one is so hard to obtain!

zerk, Sep 26, 2003
Photo of cretemixer
3.93/5  rDev -8%

Pale straw in color with a white, frothy head. It settles to a 1/4 inch leaving a clingy lace.
The aroma is yeasty and mildly spicy with herbal hop notes.
Peppery notes and a dry bitterness fill the palate. The beer becomes a bit more juicy mid-glass. Finishes clean and peppery. A well rounded Belgian pale, but is it worth the price? I really don't think so, but I can't wait to sample the rest of their lineup.

cretemixer, Sep 12, 2003
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Small brown Euro bottle without the label. Golden bronze color, explosive thick, tightly bubbled foamy off-white head. Great appearance. Lacing sticks to the glass, and your tongue equally. Very full peppery aromas of fresh cut hops, citrus and toasted grains. Taste is crisp, super spicy, and matched up with a very pleasing toasted graininess. Bitter hops yeilds to a peppery almost hot cleansing finish. Full of fresh flavors, and medium bodied. Super refreshing and very drinkable. Cheers to the BelgianBum that dropped this on me way back last winter.

StevieW, Aug 23, 2003
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4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

Yellow colour, dark and turbid, with a lot of yeast in suspension. Foam medium compact, very perstintent, with laces, and medium thin. The smell is fresh hop, flavouring and aromatic, yeast. Maybe some notes of fruity, fresh, citrus, peaches?).
The taste is fresh, dominated by the hop. Bread. Notes of pear. Floreal and fresh.
The body is medium, round. Very good drinkability.
Aftertaste of bitter, very persistent, hop again...
Very good.

stcules, Jun 14, 2003
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4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

Originally sampled on 26 November 2002. The only thing wrong with this beer is that Westvleteren's other two beers are world beaters, this one is merely exceptionally good. It's cloudy yellow w/ a huge white head. It has a spicy flavor,clean finish. Next time, I'd have this one on a hot day

jcalabre, Jun 12, 2003
Photo of aracauna
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

Great appearance. Bright gold with a huge rocky head that is not out of control. Interesting sweet cherry aroma. Flavor is dry malt (hay, sand), cloves and a surprisingly bitter finish. The dryness was surprising and could almost pass for an experimental pilsner with some of the fruity, spicy flavors going on.

aracauna, May 07, 2003
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3.98/5  rDev -6.8%

This beer appears to be more yellow than golden. A fluffy white head sits on top, but the retention is only average. A nice collar forms however. Aroma is soft, musty and herbal. ON the pallete, I pick up some big time bubblegum esters. I like them in this beer. And also a little minty mustiness. Pretty clean tasting otherwise. I wouldn't mind kicking back a 12er of this, but my wallet probably would.

Thanks for sharing Senior.

Bighuge, May 06, 2003
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

After a string of high-alcohol Belgian offerings, this lower-horsepower ale was a treat, and something of a relief. Soft aroma of candy sugar and bready yeast. Flavor was a bit more malty than other Belgian blondes, but nicely balanced with reserved bright yeasty fruit notes. This one does not try to go over the top, and focuses instead on being a quality mild ale. Thanks to BelgianBum for the sample.

Brent, Feb 17, 2003
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

This beer I almost missed, since the only difference is the cap. It poured a very foamy, bubbly light gold color and formed a foamy head that left a fairly thick coating of lace. A good deal of carbonation and sediment was present(but due to the foam, I probably poured too much of it from the bottom). An aroma of hops and grain with a slight hint of clove. A flavor of hops, grain and a bit peppery. The finish also hint at the pepper. A good beer.

Wildman, Feb 14, 2003
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4.65/5  rDev +8.9%

33 cl slender brown bottle with a freshness date of 17.10.03 (Oct 17th 2003), no label. Just the cap denotes what brew this is

Appearance: A lace worthy of no other, cloaked within the glass it sits there and forces respect. Its pale colour shows a light haze but a very active carbonation.

Smell: Sweet grassy herbal aroma, hints of honey and faint tobacco come to mind.

Taste: Lightly coarse hop rakes across the tongue as well as some herbal phenols, fresh grain flows deep even into the eternal dryness. Bitterness and dryness are most of the traits but do not overwhelm, small burst of hop leaf flavour in the end.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly complexly layered smoothness, crispness need only to clean the palate for the next sip but goes even further by invigorating the taste buds as well. Moderate body.

Drinkability & Notes: This one is off the charts as far as a session brew for me, I simply could drink this all night. By far one of the best beers I have run into and would travel (and have) far for.

Jason, Jan 24, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

A very solid brew from Westvleteren. 'Westie Blonde' pours a wonderfully light blond colour into my Westvleteren chalice. This beer summons up a nice head, and it has some beautiful aromas of cloves and spices. The taste is more of the same, spicy goodnes, with a bit of a bitter edge to it. This has one of the best mouthfeels I have ever experienced for a beer, which gives this beer a nice and high drinkability.
cheers!
F

francisweizen, Jan 11, 2003
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Presentation: brown bottle, no label, green cap. Poured into a proper Westvleteren chalice @ the Kulminator in Antwerp, BE.

Appearance: A rich, slightly chill-hazed, golden coloured beer with a creamy laced head, ample stick and stay.

Smell: Gentle, sweet, wet grass / hay aroma. Perfume-like and floral.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Wants, tries to be smooth and creamy upfront but turns coarse and a bit harsh. Bitter snap. Loads of hop flavour, from cheese to herbal, spicy to slick and oily. Notes of hay and grass mingle with the strong hop tannins. This is one crisp beer, with a dry grain (husk) finish. There is a malt backbone, albeit a light one, but overall this is a highly attenuated beer. More dry tannins and hop residuals ride out the finish, with hints of yeast.

Notes & Drinkability: Definiately one of my favourite Belgian beers. I simply can't get enough of this dry and bitter beer, which is not too typical of Belgian beers.

Todd, Dec 30, 2002
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3.83/5  rDev -10.3%

The beer pours a somewhat hazy golden yellow, the head adequate in size, bubbly in its consistency, the lace in thin sheets that cling mightily to the glass. Malt dominates the nose, hints of citrus, somewhat sour undertones also present. Start is nicely malted, and slightly sweet with the top lanky. Finish has a penetrating acidity, the hops delectable and pleasing in their spiciness, very dry and somewhat tart aftertaste that lingers long on the palate, clean and spritzy comes to mind when I describe this beer, good but the least favorite in this line of beers.

Gusler, Nov 19, 2002
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4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

Pours with a fluffy white head and the body is just slightly hazy and golden with small bubbles rising up through the Westvleteren goblet. Herbal hop aromas mix in with pear like fruitiness. Slightly sweet at first then becomes drier when the earthy / herbal hop flavors come into play. Finishes dry but not overly drying. Could have used a little thicker mouthfeel for a more refined drink, but this is not the prurpose of this beer. Its a delicate, drink all the time type beer for the monks.

Longstaff, Oct 08, 2002
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4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

Wonderful brew. very floral nose, beautiful texture, quite smooth, with a biting bitterness towards the end, very dry. Exceptionally floral hoppyness towards the finish, with some notes of candy sugar, and some burnt malt surprisingly. This is perhaps the ultimate session ale (if it were cheap and readily available......if only!!!). Truly remarkable, and close to being my favourite from westvleteren.

rastaman, Jul 12, 2002
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4.63/5  rDev +8.4%

Mystique surrounds this beer - the 8 and 12 are the well known ones, but no one really talks about the 6. It's actually a as good as any blonde I've ever had. It has that characteristic yeasty flavor of Westvleteren beers. If these were available for a reasonable price in the US I would buy them all the time.

mmthompson33, Mar 23, 2002
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Trappist Westvleteren Blonde from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
95 out of 100 based on 693 ratings.