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

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Reviews: 424
Hads: 824
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 13.88%
Wants: 454
Gots: 135 | FT: 3
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Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren) visit their website

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 dcmchew
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really shiny golden pour with a big pillowy white head kept alive by a lot of fizziness.
Smell of sweetish soft bread, apricot, apple, faint honey and clove, soft yeast.
Sweet spicy and fruity start, like pear, quince, and light citrus. Big spicy yeasts, on top of the soft bready malts (clove, pepper, cardamom, dry herbs). A touch of honey. Mild bitter hop finish.
Aftertaste is spicy and a bit bitter. Medium carbonation, medium to light bodied.
A standard for abbey blonds, with that special Sint-Sixtus yeast bringing a nice bit of complexity and some refreshing hop to help along.

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Photo of davidlown
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Why can't there be another Belgium blonde (less than 7%) this good? No USA version ever comes close. This has it all. It somehow toes the line of flavor, fullness, and lightness perfectly. Flavor, effervescence, aroma, even surprising hops. Absolute beauty.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle poured into tulip 29/12/14, big cheers to kumatmebrew for the long time want

A hazy milky bright yellow, saturated with some of the tiniest bubbles ever, I'm talking snow globe style with the sediment being pushed around, large bone white foams pretty dense and ever so slowly falls to a table top island leaving 4 distinct pencil thin rings on the way down. There's no room for improvement in this department

S yeasts in charge, spicy, fruity, some banana, peaches, pineapple, lemon peel, baking bread, some hay, there's plenty going on here

T more of the same in the mouth, not quite as fruity and still plenty of yeasty spice, some sweet grains and a hint of bubble gum

M light, fluffy, a little prickly from the tiny bubbles, a little slick in the mouth, fruity, spicy yeast lingers

O I didn't want to like this beer as much as I did but its bang on for the style, my glass is already empty at this point and I was typing fast

I think this is my favorite of the Westy's, very well put together and drinkable as all hell, nearing its BB date next year now I want to try a super fresh bottle more then anything

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Photo of guildencrantz
3.39/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I just don't care for many blonde ales: This is better than many, but it's not great. The lack of malty depth let the esters play a little too much. The lacy head was pleasant (though, still spicier than I care for).

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Photo of SebD
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/yellowcolor to it with a fair amount of sediment. It has a nice fluffy white head that dies down slowly and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, bready malts, banana, lemon, clove, light pepper and floral hops mixed in there as well.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some Belgian yeast straight up, some breadiness, banana, clove, some citrus/lemon, light pepper and some grassy/floral hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. Solid Belgian Pale.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of boddhitree
4.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got it in Brussels and let it lager for 3 months. It's golden but cloudy from yeast. The aroma is weaker than I expected, but everything else is wonderful. It's a tad spicy, but wonderfully full-bodied. It tastes like a Belgian pale ale with a slightly dry aftertaste.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%

Fresh bottle poured at Kulminator in Antwerp. Pours hazy yellow with lots of yeasties floating around and a fluffy white head on top. Aroma of straw and hops, plenty of yeast and light fruits. Flavor is slightly dry, with apples and pears pairing with straw, a bit of sweetness balanced with hop bite, tripel funk, and some other yeast spice. Light bodied, medium plus carbonation. Really nice brew and glad I have some bottles to take home.

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Photo of WTKeene
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured from a bottle with a Best by date of 14.02.15 into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Blonde, slightly hazy, with a white head that lasts a while and fades to a creamy, thick crown and lacing.

Smell: Loads of belgian yeast, hints of banana, sweet creamy sugar. A bready malt comes though too.

Taste: Pretty standard Belgian blonde really. A tiny hint of skunk toward the end but not unpleasant. Basically the same as the smell. A pale hop character leaves some bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Appropriately effervescent and creamy, really lovely for the style.

Overall: A very solid beer. Not one I'll necessarily go out of my way to get again, but it's clear why Westvleteren is held in such high regard.

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Photo of endovelico
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: What a beauty! Great orange hue with a decent head and lacing to boot. Little effervescence and no floaties.

Smell: Medium intensity. Funky, orange, banana, bready, yeasty and grainy. Very delicate and rustic feeling.

Taste: Follows on the nose, albeit in a slightly more muted and mild manner.

Mouthfeel: Near perfection. Everything you would ever want from a Belgian blond: Low carbonation, mildly acetic, medium full bodied, warming ABV and a long delicious clovey, banana and fruity aftertaste.

Overall: A beautiful beer that falls short only where it concerns aromatic intensity.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy yellow brown oxidated pineapple juice colour, a finger of creamy yellowish white head. Sexy whipped cream like lacing and a ton of yellowish floaties settled after a few minutes.

S: Cereal malts, sweet, light, fruity

T: A song in my mind goes lalalalala- its so fresh, sweet, and balances with bitter hops, caramel and a little fruitiness, slight blue cheese like bite.

M: Thick, slightly syrupy, bready body.

O: Drank at In De Vred, Vleteren, Nov 27, 2013. I am loving this experience. Like a ride through farmers fields to get here. I had a plate of their cheese and bread with it.

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Photo of Jonada
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a Rochefort goblet. Best before 11/21/2014

Appearance: Pours a hazy light orange color with 1 finger of a white head. Good retention and lacing. Body is very hazy with a quite a bit of visible yeast sediment and lots of visible carbonation.

Smell: Apple, pear, pepper, clove, banana and a slight grassy character.

Taste: Banana, big spicy Belgian yeast character, a touch of grassy hops, crackery malt and maybe a touch of lemon in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel. Carbonation is medium, bordering on high. Finishes dry with a very mild bitterness.

Overall: A really nice Belgian pale ale, and if this were available on a shelf, I'd probably pick it up with semi regularity. However, since it's not, I wouldn't recommend going to any great lengths to obtain it.

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Photo of kevanb
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

335ml bottle, best before march 2015, leading me to believe this is 2 years old, poured into a 33cl Westvleteren silver rimmed goblet.

The beer pours a hazy straw color, hues of gold with a loose, fizzy, white head, nearly 2 fingers high that has decent retention yielding a nice amount of spotted lace. The aroma is yeasty, nice amount of spice, but with some sweet and light fruit, peppery with some earthy pale grain. It's straightforward and simple, but inviting nonetheless. The flavors match well, peppery spice, strong belgian yeast that brings out some light fruit, maybe a bit of white peach, but also light berry that ranges to banana, with plenty of cracked pale grain that is a bit musty. The body is lively, good zip, perhaps a bit abrasive, but the finish is moderately creamy, but feels a bit thin.

Verdict: A nice and enjoyable Belgian Pale Ale, simple and refreshing with a nice balance of flavors. I'm not convinced this is the freshest bottle, and this is not a style I believe fares well with age so I'd love to revisit this beer again when I can guarantee freshness. Still, I enjoyed this and would definitely enjoy it again.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Short's chalice. Green cap dated 21.03.14 which I believe is supposed to be more of a "best before" date, not sure when this was bottled though.

A- Pours a yellowish golden with a finger's worth of white foamy head that has great retention. A bit hazy with a considerable amount of carbonation.

S- Esters, clove, Belgian spices, bready yeast, fairly floral smelling. Pleasant, complex, great for the style.

T- Esters, clove, healthy dose of Belgian spices, lightly bitter (fades as it warms), bready yeast, bananas, pineapple, floral notes. Complex, very well balanced, don't drink this style often but this is easily the best I've had of it.

M- Medium bodied, very smooth and drinkable, carbonation adds a nice presence.

O- I've never been a huge fan of blonde ales, but this was awesome for the style and I wouldn't mind drinking these on a regular basis. Nice complexity, flavorful, and extremely drinkable. Definitely worth seeking it out. I'd recommend drinking this around room temperature as the bitterness fades and the flavors come out a bit more.

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Photo of EdKing
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared with harrisoni in the Westvleteren Cafe. Wow, what a beer. So Ian built this one up for me as an amazing beer and to be honest I was sceptical about a Belgian blond. However it is a revelation and took some of the shine off my crates of Westy 12, as I suddenly wanted some of this to take home too. Gives me something to look forward to next time. Very bright amber and fresh looking beer. Up close there’s tiny specks of grain in the hazy beer. Bright head is medium to full, and fluffy and light. Nose is a big burst of fresh citrousy lemony hops, with citrous acidic, pithy lemon and satsuma, crisp yeast. Taste is a big burst of lemony hops, crisp Belgian yeast. It’s light, effervescent and leaves a tingling lemon citrous bitterness on the tongue well after sipping. Lovely finish. There’s also a little bit of lemon curd creaminess to it. Light as a feather and bursting with citrousy hop. This is a great beer and probably the best Belgian blonde beer I’ve had by a long way.

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Photo of benfons
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: doesn't look great; pale blonde colour; clear, white head, not too big

S: floral hops, spices, hints of apple and honey

T: once again the floral hops; the spices, apple and honey are still there, but are countered by the bitterness, pretty good

M: I'd like a bit more body, carbonation is fine

O: really good beer, but slightly overrated

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Photo of pkalix
4.94/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

super nice aroma. not glaringly rich and sweet like many of the BPAs I've had. nice head on top with sediment specks all throughout the head and glass. I guess it WAS a long ride, but I did give it a few days to settle. head simmers to just a fine layer. very nice and very beautiful on the pour. the sediment is very excusable considering its journey. mild hops in the taste. almost a pilsner kind of hoppiness to the taste, but otherwise pilsner-like. smooth and very refreshing, this is a wonderful brew. some green apple, some hay. reminiscent of a run through a field in Nebraska (I have never been anywhere near Nebraska- maybe it's all the movies?) my vocabulary isn't nearly as refined as some of these other reviewers, but this is very special. it's not overwhelmingly rich and sweet like some of the 'wannabe' American Belgians (or even some of the other Belgians) and they have just got this one simply right. the shipping was a bit extraordinary, but worth it considering I always wanted to try these brews. this would be the PERFECT lawnmower beer if it were available around the block!!! licking the yeasty sediment of the bottle it's very sweet! alright, I admit, I French licked the bottle. not to be gross but there is a huge amount of flavor on the inside of this bottle neck! mouthfeel is above medium in heaviness but feels really good and satisfies almost as if I had eaten a small meal. I may be starstruck due to the celebrity, but this gets very high ratings from me. if it were of the same difficulty in finding as Pliny, I would say this one would get my attention a little bit more. for awhile, at least....

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a world class belgian blond, entirely yeast driven and absolutely delicious. had the pleasure of drinking the 12 and 8 in the same session, which is sort of a once in a lifetime experience. this is hazy pale blond in color with over an inch of just off white head and prickly carbonation. the nose is all yeast, just a little pale malt sweetness, but i get pollen and cut hay and ancient harvest vibes from the yeast. its got a touch of spice in the flavor, bitterness too, and is one of the most balanced light beers ive seen. the way the yeast has so completely fermented all the sugar in this is impressive, and the resulting dry snappy mouthfeel gives this beer unrivaled drinkability. full flavored for the color, i would love to get my hands on some of this yeast for my own brewing pursuits. top quality brew here, the americans still have a long way to go before we consistently make beer this good in this style.

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Photo of gr0g
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy and golden in color, traces of sediment. A tall, pillowy head lasts for ages and leaves plenty of lacing. Some mustiness on the aroma as though Brett has contributed. Light floral hops and green apple. Some lemon zest notes and faint spices.

Moderately dry and slightly bitter, the flavor profile is pretty complex for a sub-6% ABV beer. Light, basic malt profile of cracker-like grain. A trace of clove. Unripe apple and pear. Soft, slick mouthfeel with sudsy carbonation. This isn't intensely flavorful but everything comes together very nicely.

Westy Blonde is a top-notch BPA that packs a lot of flavor into a relatively "light" beer. Certainly among the top examples of the style.

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Photo of icehawk
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (2008 vintage)

Appearance: Slightly cloudy straw

Aroma: Very effervescent bananas and other light fruits

Taste: Slightly sweet with flavors of fresh fruit; bananas, apples

Palate: Medium/Light body with a fairly lively mouthfeel. Smooth finish with a slight pepper sensation

Overall: Amazing aroma and flavors; very enjoyable and complex for a relatively light ABV.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear, bright wheat gold body with lively carbonation. Great white head great retention and lace.

S - Banana, white bread, pear, white grape, cardamon. Soft and well integrated.

T - Honeydew, bosh pear, mellon rind, bitter rosewater, dandelion. Soft bready center. Awesome staying power for the ABV, with a white fruit and water cracker finish.

M - Creamy, medium-light frame. Nice carbonation.

O - This is stellar for the session brew that it's meant to be.

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Photo of Dreizhen
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Cantillon chalice from a bottle.

A: Poured one finger head, stayed firm but gradually diminished to just a thick coating of foam on the top of the beer. Lots of carbonation/steady bubbles.. Beautiful gold. One of the prettiest looking beers I've ever seen.

S: Mild, light, citrusy. More orange. Subtle. If there was such a thing as a "silky" scent, this would be it. Delicate and refreshing, but not as present as I would like.

T: Citrus fades from the scent. Light, wheat and very subtle hops with a slightly crisp finish. AT first taste, it's rather bland for what I expected, but definitely enjoyable. Incredibly drinkable beer. As I drink more, I'm starting to get more of a hang on the flavor profile. I swear there's some subtle Cantillon funk going on in here. My first thought was there was some carry over from the glass, but it's freshly washed and hasn't had Cantillon in it for weeks. Anyways, this funk flows into the wheat and a little herbal something at the end. This beer is hard to figure out. Complexity (and nothing else) reminds me of green Chartreuse. Lots going on. Like, a shit load. It's just very subtle. Next time I'm in Belgium I'm going to spend some serious time In de Verde figuring this one out.

M: Very smooth. Very silky. Liquid bliss.

O: Not what I expected. To be honest, I'm not sure what I expected. But I really liked it. Very complex in a subtle way. Throw your expectations to the wind and just role with it. Let the little monk beer do little monk beer things to your palette and enjoy the ride.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden; medium head; long lasting

Aroma: Spicy; peppery; malty; coriander

Taste: Creamy; peppery; slightly hoppy; very smooth; man this is good

Remarks: Drank at In de Vrede; these beers certainly live up to their hype.

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Westvleteren chalice by the staff at Cafe In de Vrede, on to the beer;

An electric blonde shade colors the beer. There is a little visible sediment which sits at the bottom of the glass. Visible bubbles and a poofywhite head adds texture to the look. The aroma is somewhat straightforward and fun; bringing the aromas of farmhouse, lemon, and fresh grass.

What a vibrant taste! A lot of fresh cut grass and fresh hops are hitting the palate. It's not all hoppy though, as notes of hay and wool crawl through the dominance and create a little attraction to itself. It's a lighter medium bodied beer, with a somewaht creamy feel, with a crisp and bitter aftertaste.

Is it possible that Westvleteren Blonde is overlooked? This is simply an outstanding blonde which is easy to drink, but doesn't receive the same kind of love as its siblings. If you're at In de Vrede, you want to start your engine with this.

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Photo of deebo
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On first trip to Belgium in late 2010. A road trip from Bruges to the cafe next to the Monastery on a pilgrimage for the quadruple but lets start with the Blond first. Appearance is cloudy with a light foam. Looks like an unfiltered wheat. Aromas of wheat with an estery banana note. Taste is smooth with a nice balance of wheat and a hop end note. Mouthfeel is complex and rich for a low alcohol beer with a medium level of carbonation. Super drinkable beer.

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Photo of Nesued
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Lovely golden color, nice head formed upon the pour. Yeast sediment present. Good carbonation that continues to be refreshed as

Smell: A clean, grassy aroma. Light and bright nose. Some spices and yeast add to overall floral profile.

Taste: Toasty malt presence is added to what is found it the aroma. Subtle grassy hop contribution that does not overpower the balance.

Mouthfeel: Just enough linger on the tongue. A crisp and clean light cleansing allowing proper prep for the next sip.

Overall: What a pleasure. A well-made brew for such a soft style. As others of said, drink this as fresh as you can get it. Overshadowed by it's bigger brothers, but a beer that should not be overlooked. Wish I could get more, for it would make a great table beer.

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Trappist Westvleteren Blonde from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
94 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.