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

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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:
#916
Reviews:
450
Ratings:
930
pDev:
9.88%
Bros Score:
3.53
 
 
Wants:
483
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171
Trade:
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Ratings: 930 |  Reviews: 450
Photo of Nichols33
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of opieo
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chitoryu12
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Hazy yellow with a large white head.

Smell: Floral and grassy hops, citrus, dried fruit, and bready malt.

Taste: Bready malt mixed with that dried fruit flavor, and just a tinge of hop bitterness on the back end to remind you that hops are in this.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated and average thickness.

Overall: The best Belgian blonde I've ever had. Takes the "upscale lawnmower beer" reputation and blows it out of the park with surprising complexity.

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Photo of Oleg85
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kylesobrien
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Believe the hype. This is a delicious, totally balanced, interesting, and refreshing Belgian pale ale. Without a doubt, one of the truly enjoyable beers I've sampled in my lifetime.

Colour is a nice golden hue, hazy. Aroma of warm bready malt and noble (Saaz?) hops. Very pleasant scent, something good is happening here...

First sip: hoppy but extremely well-balanced. Hop flavour is tasty, bright, slight spice in finish. Ample, but not excessive carbonation. Aftertaste is also quite pleasant.

If this isn't the finest Belgian blonde I've had, it's up there. It is exceptionally rare to find for many of us, but so worth it when we do. Worth seeking out for sure.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Trappist Westvleteren Blond from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 930 ratings