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

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4.25/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
Belgium
sintsixtus.be

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
(Green Cap)

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#899
Reviews:
448
Ratings:
923
pDev:
9.88%
Bros Score:
3.53
 
 
Wants:
484
Gots:
168
Trade:
5
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Photo of generallee
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

It's an absolutely fantastic well balanced Belgian Blonde. The aroma is wonderful and has a delicate mix of tropical fruit, citrusy grapefruit, wet hay, fresh biscuits and dry grass. The flavor is loaded with dry biscuity malt and crisp citrusy hops. It also has a somewhat tart sourdough yeast character with plenty of the classic Belgian funk. The feel is well carbonated yet smooth and creamy. Hop bitterness is firm in the finish like the pith of an orange.

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

Photo of deereless
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Dzu
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into snifter.
L: turbid light amber with a weak foam head.
S: light fruits, banana, honey.
T: rough, honey.
F: medium body and weak carbonation.
O: very good blonde.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big head with lots of staying power and tons of lace. Only detractor is the large amount of sediment I received in my pour.
Nose is lightly lemony with feint esters and a bit of grain. Taste is light, crisp, and refreshing. A bit of the lemon comes through and the hop bitterness is more pronounced than expected. Nothing particularly special when cold, but continues to improve as it warms. Tiny bubbles make for a soft champagne mouthfeel.

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Photo of jwilcox767
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light, clear yellow/gold with a scoche of haziness. Nice sediment swirling in the glass. Long lasting thin head.
S -The aroma is somewhat muted Belgian yeast, malts, slight alcohol, and hops. Like someone said below "For a Belgian Pale Ale, I've never seen anything like this." I agree wholeheartedly.
T - Taste is excellent and has even more of the Belgian yeast notes than the nose suggests. Everything was very well blended and balanced.
M - Light bodied for sure. Carbonation is perfect and there is very little ABV bite. Bitterness right on the mark.
O - I'm not a huge fan of Blonde Ale's by any means, but this "Belgian Pale Ale" was a shining example of the genre. I got this as a gift and would buy more at retail prices for sure, but not pay a premium. Seek it out, but maybe one of these days I'll find a nice facsimile that is more readily available.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a Chimay glass.

A: Body pours a crystalline yellow with zero haziness and very clear body, though tons of sediment are on the glass. Head is white and shows great retention.
S: The aroma is so soft and crisp of belgian yeast, tons of malt and just a slight touch of lemon peel and light alcohol. For a Belgian Pale Ale, I've never seen anything like this.
T: Taste is just great, crisp, soft and complex as a Saison but its flavours are all found in a regular BPA. Clove sweetness, yeast sweetness and very slight tartness, big malty touches providing even more sweetness and preparing for some bitterness but only a light bitterness is showing off. All and all, very balanced and tasty. Great beer.
M: Body is medium to high. Carbonation is perfect. Alcohol is unnoticed. Bitterness is low.
O: This might sound silly, but my favorite Westvleteren is clearly this one. It's an odd to Belgian Pale Ales.

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Photo of Dope
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

03/18 date on the cap.

A: Pours a very slightly hazy gold. Ginormous frothy white head on top, one of the biggest I've seen. Top notch retention and quite a bit of lacing as well.

S: Really nice. Light grass and citrus. Doughy malt aroma.

T: More of the same. Light grass and a bunch of citrus up front. Lightly sweet heading into a doughy malt. Spices kick in immediately afterwards, mainly white pepper and some cloves maybe? Finish is crisp and sharp with those spices lingering on forever.

M: Lighter bodied, soft and smooth. Spicy at points.

O: Excellent pale ale/blond. I'm not generally a fan of the style but those monks know what they're doing. Impressive!

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Photo of PSU_Mike
3.71/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dave_Treat
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dipso123
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of monorailred
3.62/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PJHOY
4.93/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Sanchezrox23
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mollykats
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of GreenMind
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zknight
3.57/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beer21
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MKV
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's a fine blond, nothing special. Taste-wise, it presents a fairly standard palate based on grain and yeast. Nothing is out of place and it combined quite well, but nothing is outstanding either. The feel is similarly perfectly adequate, but nothing too special.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DucksFan16
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

06/25/2017

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle, it pours a hazy light golden color with a nice head that lasts a long time. Nose is classic Belgian pale ale with citrus and maybe a bit of yeast. The tongue revels in the well balanced malt, hops and yeast. No off flavors. Yum!

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Trappist Westvleteren Blonde from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 923 ratings