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

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Style:
Blonde Ale - Belgian
Ranked #1
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,081
Avg:
4.28 | pDev: 9.58%
Reviews:
467
Ratings:
985
From:
Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  502
Gots
  173
SCORE
95
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Notes: (Green Cap)
Reviews: 467 | Ratings: 985 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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RaulMondesi from California

4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lot of the time one simply wakes up because they are alive, but not that they want to. With Westy Blond in the fridge though, I sprung up like James Brown on a line of snow.

And?

Glorious. Just glorious. It doesn’t hit you, it caresses you like Adriana Lima putting on a pair of panties.

I can’t anymore because I need to get back to it.

Be well. Be oh so well.

Aug 11, 2021
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Blind-tasted except for the beer's name and brewery/country, zero reviews below read (yet!)...
L- Pale gold, it was pouring clear until some minor sediment lifted right near the end. 3Cm creamy/lumpy white foam head with some sediment left in the bottle. There is unusually vigorous ongoing small-bubble rising CO2 in the glass. Holds well and forms lacing on the way down.
S- Classic Belgian yeast notes, lightly estery + a hint of spice. Overall a bit subtle though.
T- Follows the smell^ but the hops are brighter and dryer than anticipated (that was my 1st sip of beer today). On swallowing the hops leave a zingy dry brush over my palate that lingers for 10+ seconds. There might also be a fruit note within it too, perhaps apple. - In one respect you could feel this is like a 'hipstered' wheat/wit/weiss beer, it has most of the latter notes but the hops are notably amped up.
F- As above, bright, refreshing, one for a hot summers day.
O- It's very nice and elegant, there is nothing that seems out of place or balance. - But apart from what I paid for it is it something seriously amazing, well I'm not pursuaded. I've had plenty of other similar style beers to this and this isn't *that* stand-out. So I'll rate it honestly based upon that.
Review #1900. 330ml bottle BB: Not marked, though it tastes fresh and I understand this one has a 12month shelf-life, and the 'Westie 8 and 12' have three years. Bought from Belgium.

Jun 24, 2021
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Shared with a friend on June 6, 2021.

It looks the part with its light amber golden and very heady pour.

The aroma is toasted bread with light Belgian yeast. It is all very subtle.

The body is smooth and light to medium.

The taste was sweet, toasty, and bready with a vague spiciness behind it. It was quite a treat.

Jun 06, 2021
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Whyteboar from Michigan

4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured the color of apple cider and was opaque enough to not see through but it seemed to block no light. The head was impressive and slow to recede, never going away completely. Beautiful beer.
The aroma was spice forward and hinted at fruit, but I couldn’t define which. I can say it smelled wonderful.
The taste followed the aroma- spice would lead the way and be enveloped in the malts midway through. So enjoyable and refreshing.
Flat out an amazing beer, thank you Mark for sending this my way!

Apr 29, 2021
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I reviewed this blind, courtesy of my beer nerd friend wunderlama.

The pour is a hazy golden color with a white head. So definitely not Westie XII. But could it be another member of the Westie family? The nose features that estery fruit quality noted with the Trappist beers, so check. There’s also something that reminds me of coriander. And lemon. Definitely lemon.

The taste has that coriander flavor, and there’s a significant lemon note, and those fruity esters are prominent as well. The mouthfeel is fairly dry.

This is truly a phenomenally delicious beer, rated 4.5. I’m calling it Westie Blond, only because the color says it can’t be 8 or 12.

Apr 15, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle (green cap), at Amundsen, Oslo. ABV is 5.8%. Served in a Chimay chalice. Golden colour, large white head. Pleasant spicy / peppery aroma, also notes of yeast and white kandij sugar syrup. High level of carbonation. The flavour is fairly dry and crisp, peppery with fairly bitter hops in the finish.

Mar 19, 2021
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Foggy straw gold with a tall pillowy eggshell white head settling in lumps with thick retention.

After all the whacky American Blondes I've been having lately, this old world perfection is a refreshing knockout. It's body is just a perfect medium fluff, delivering mild phenolic spice, light wheat, and even a touch of pils-like bitterness. As it warms, it also get some light toast, some corn, and a hint of clove, finishing with a semi-dry tingle.

Delicious.

Oct 13, 2020
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Etre
Pours a brilliant light gold color with a huge rocky white head that shows great retention. Rich bready crackery maltiness with a touch of honey. Earthy spicy hop and peppery yeast phenols to counter. Delicate flavorful well crafted beer.

Aug 20, 2020
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a stemmed tulip

Serving temperature is 47.8 degrees F

Massive three finger, dense , creamy white foam cap. Looks like I could float a cap on it. The mass of white recedes like a slow elevator, in mass and slowly descending. Lacings are dappled all across the glass and after five minutes it rests at a pencil thick rich creamy island. Yellow liquid is translucent with an occasional streams of carbonation . I believe the technical term that cicerones would use to describe the appearance is , “F**king awesome.”

First aroma is lemon citrus rind, whiff of yeast . I swirl and cover the glass and get lemon, coriander , cloves and fresh ground peppercorns . Third aroma is lemon , yeast and peppercorn

Taste is gentle lemon on the first sip followed by yeast and cloves with a hint of Peppercorns . Not overbearing but subtle and delicious

Smooth , very low sudsing mouthfeel , quenching

A Michelle Pfieffer of blond biers

Excellent beer

Jul 19, 2020
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle poured into a goblet

A- A fairly hazy golden copper with a three finger white head.

S- Wheat, citrus, peppercorns, touch of yeast, some lemon rind, touch of pears.

T- Wheat, peppercorns, some yeast, pears, lemon rinds, some citrus, hints of bananas.

M- Smooth, dry, light body.

O- A great Belgian Blonde, very well balanced and very easy to drink.

May 06, 2020
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DerekGilboe

5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Once again the Sint Sixtusabdij monks have created a near perfect blond ale with nice light not notes and a distinctive ale flavor that is refreshing, aromatic, lightly effervescent, and most enjoyable when served slightly chilled. While the aroma is not strong, it is nice a subtle giving hints of the refreshing flavor within the liquid. Like the other abbey products this one bottle ages very well and if you can hold off for a year or more the results are worth the wait and make a great beer amazing!

Apr 21, 2020
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(330 ml bottle, cap date 06.20; purchased in Belgium by my bro, shipped to US; chilled for 5 days before opening... decanted into fat tulip)

L: yellow (blond) liquid, slight haze; tall, rocky, white mountain of foam on the pour, slow recede, leaving several thin rings of lace, a thin-skin cap, and a cauliflower island clinging to the glass to one side

S: dough, flower juice, dried lemon peel; bold spice accents off mild grapefruit and bubblegum (and maybe champagne) undertones... nothing particularly unique, but moderately-bold intensity and expression... two sips in and a latrine scent develops

T: spicy kiss ahead of dry, bready malt wave; actually relatively bready in the initial aftertaste... after the second sip, a citrus pithy bitterness starts to emerge in the aftertaste, coupled with a floral spice; still rather dry... the addition of the dregs enhances the biscuity quality of the malt

F: dry, extra-light, subtly-oily finish, with the ample foaming providing a soft, feathery texture; bit of spicy warmth builds in the very back of the palate, giving the lean, shapeless body a bit of needed contrast

O: perhaps a touch too dry at this stage of its bottled life... I've tasted all these flavors before, but they're lovely and bold here, and I do love the malt expression in this, a great balance in that direction instead of a sugar-derived character... glad to have finally tried this, but only worth seeking out for the tick (1593)

Oct 27, 2019
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FLima from Brazil

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank at the source
Slightly hazy solid golden color with a thick thin head.
Aroma with notes of fresh local hops, mild banana, pineapple tartness, pears, orange-lemon and candied sugar.
Flavor with notes of floral, medicine and piney hops, lots of pears, bread malt, oranges, coriander, yeast, elegant tartness and lemon drops. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Light to medium body with perfect carbonation.
This Belgian Blonde is far more balanced than other Belgian counterparts that puts too much candied sugar and not enough hops. Best I had for the style. And to have it really fresh is priceless, hops are shining through. Likely you won't have it similarly elsewhere with all non-official exports.

Oct 09, 2019
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janubio from Spain

3.76/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle bought at Oasis Beer some years ago, served at home in a Westvleteren glass. Pours a pale golden colour, small head with very short retention, no lacing.
Aroma of citrics, malt, pear, banana, ripen fruit, and, because of the time that has passed at home a bit of acetone.
Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. Sugary finish.
Taste of pear, ripen fruit, citricas, banana, brown sugar.
Guess I have to try some time another one that is no overaged, but at first impression, is excelent.

Sep 23, 2019
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Holderness from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not sure if I got an old bottle of this because the hop character was quite aggressive and almost seemed oxidized. Looked and smelled very nice, almost like a tripel, but the flavors and mouthfeel were not amazing, even amongst Belgian blondes. Still glad to be trying

76/100

Nov 09, 2018
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours hazy, gold in color with one inch head. Taste is honey, pear, mineral, and fresh French bread. High carbonation, sweet and light bodied. Amazing beer. Superb for style. Maybe my favorite Belgian pale ale. Delicate and complex. I prefer the dubbel, but this is a wow beer.

Aug 16, 2018
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chitoryu12 from Florida

4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Jun 12, 2018
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kylesobrien from Canada (QC)

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

May 31, 2018
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generallee from Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Apr 26, 2018
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Dzu from Russian Federation

4.15/5  rDev -3%
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.

Feb 13, 2018
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captaincoffee from Virginia

4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Feb 09, 2018
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jwilcox767 from Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Jan 04, 2018
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joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Dec 30, 2017
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
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!

Dec 28, 2017
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MKV from Belgium

3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Jul 18, 2017
Trappist Westvleteren Blond from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 985 ratings