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

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)

Style: Belgian Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
(Green Cap)

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Reviews: 453 | Ratings: 945
Photo of Holderness
3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
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


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Photo of tigg924
5/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of SargeMcCluck
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy, pale gold. Aroma is forward with flowery citrus and coriander. Yeast, grain, and clove is added on the palette.

Missing some of the fruity/funky complexity of other trappists, but the sheer well-roundedness leaves it a truly exemplary representative of the style. Totally lacks any of the unpleasant, metallic tang that some tripels/belgian styles suffer at colder temperatures. This extenuates the mouthfeel, which evades all of my pretentious, fabric-based metaphors.

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Photo of 911CROFT
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into the appropriate Westvleteren branded chalice. Paid £9.00 for a single.

Pours a slightly hazy, bright golden-yellow body, with a modest amount of lively visible carbonation. A two-finger in height, dense, creamy, white coloured head with excellent retention, slowly reduces to a thick film and collar, leaving behind only small dots of lace.

Lemony citrus and a soft, floral, perfume-like character primarily lead the light and delicate, yeast driven nose. Semi-sweet, crisp, grainy pale malts are noticeable underneath, while traces of clove, pepper and faintly grassy, earthy, hay-like hop profiles become perceptible towards the back-end. Taste follows almost exactly, leading upfront with a subtle mixture of semi-sweet candied lemon peel, fragrant lemongrass and waxy preserved lemon-like impressions. Touches of vinous and orchard fruit follow, with suggestions of unripe apple, pear and white grape vaguely found above a mildly sweet, but dry and crisp pale malt backbone. Mid-palate, touches of hop bitterness and gentle spice begin to build. Clove, pepper and lightly medicinal phenols combine with greater grassy, earthy and hay-like hop bitterness. In the mouth, a medium body and lively, but not aggressive carbonation give a feel that starts slick, smooth and creamy, quickly becoming crisp and finishing with powdery dryness. After the swallow, delicate spices linger momentarily, before bitter grassy hop profiles add a quick and clean bite of mild astringency. On the very end, hints of lemony citrus and traces of residual malt manage to bring the flavour profile round full-circle, but still finish closer to bitter than sweet.

Overall this is a fantastic beer. Subtle, delicate and incredibly well crafted, it expertly delivers huge complexity and depth whilst remaining light, crisp and extremely refreshing. Hop bitterness towards the back-end is perhaps a little more pronounced than expected, but rather than detract from taste, the light astringency it brings only serves to increase drinkability even further. Recommended.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle undated.

L: hazy via yeast straw color with no retention of head and no lacing

S: yeast and spices like cloves, allspice, banana peel

T: tends to follow nose. yeasty and spicy, lots of clove and a little bit of citrus and banana action

F: light to medium body, medium carbonation. very good balance and construction on this blond ale.

O: A very good blond ale, with a nice feel.

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Photo of Wolberjs
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Out of he bottle. 10/29/16 cap date.

Straw color. Nice thin head.

Nicely balanced nose of bread yeast, clove, and a little banana.

Taste is a bit more muted than the nose. Same flavors as the nose but a bit watered down.

Mouthfeel is terrific for low ABV. Great carbonation and just smooth start to finish.

Best in class for the Belgium blondes I've had to this point.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle received in a trade or a razzle or some shit, I dunno.

This one pous a slightly hazy golden orange, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like the Belgian countryside. Wow. Light honey, sweet grassiness, a little bit of clove- simple but delectable aroma.

As blonds/Belgian pale ales go, this is basically flawless- it's perfectly constructed. Everything is in harmony- nice honey character, a little bit of grassiness on the finish, restrained clovey Belgian yeast in between. I may get some white grape here or something. This is essentially beer distilled to its finest and more pure form, it's just unbelievable. I can't believe I'm geeking out this hard about a blonde ale.

This has a good level of carbonation for the style, with a fluffy mouthfeel.

Wow, man. This is absolutely incredible. Nearly flawless stuff. Beer at its finest.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Maybe the most balanced beer I've ever had. It's so simple but so well made. Tannin, honey, grass. Gracious body. Don't expect some slam in your face. It's a light session ale but so fine in flavour and aroma... Exquisite

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Photo of kitch
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 330ml bottle with a minimum sell-by date of 29th October 2016 and poured into a Chimay goblet glass.

Appearance: It poured a hazy golden orange colour with a small amount of sediment and a nice puffy two finger white head with good retention and leaves great lacing. Actually, despite the sediment, this looks amazing.

Aroma: Bready, clove and banana with a hint of peppery spice and apple pie.

Taste: Strong breadiness but with clove and banana sweetness and a hint of bubblegum.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Wow. Actually this surprised me as its often overshadowed by the 12 and even 8, but I really enjoyed this. As a Belgian Pale Ale, it seems to be one of the best of its style and has great balance, very refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 330 mL bottle into a pint glass at the baby cafe, golden with a short white head that lingers leaving good lacing, hazy

S: heavy on yeast, bready, peppery hop aroma

T: lighter flavors of banana and clove, yeast, peppery hops, slight spice

M: medium body with good carbonation

O: lighter and more refreshing alternative at the cafe

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Photo of Dactrius
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Unintentionally sat on this and now it's over 4 years old. Westy 12 ages well and changes quite a bit over time but you don't hear about aging blondes so this could be trouble. Beautiful head and lacing and nice and clear until I got to the bottom of the bottle. Smell and taste are both world class, easily the best blonde I've ever had. It has the perfect amount of dryness. It's hard to believe this is 4 years old, there isn't any noticeable oxidization and everything still tastes similar to what I'd expect it to taste like fresh. I expected to hate myself for letting this cellar so long but maybe I'm an idiot savant.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Unsure of the year but I think it was rather young. Poured clear golden but as you approached the bottom the yeast begins to taint the clarity. Aroma was splendid. The best part about the Westvleteren lineup is that they are incredibly dry. It's not dominated by sweetness nor is it merely a Belgian yeast bomb. This is complicated, subtle, and very pleasing. Smells and tastes fruity, dried-bready, spicy and a little clovey. ALso there is some grassy and earthy hoppiness. Light bodied. Dry! Very tasty. Would love more of this.

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Photo of mothman
3.21/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

White head. Splattered lace. Golden yellow.

Belgiany. Yeasty. A little banana and spice. Not a huge fan of this one. Kind of bland and boring.

It has a corn like off flavor to it.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11 ounce bottle into a tulip

A: Pours orange with a bright, white, fluffy head, some lacing, beer is hazy and cloudy, some slight carbonation streaming off the bottom.

A: Clove, spice, Belgian yeast, touch of citrus, bread, very aromatic, has depth, complexity.

T: Like the nose, clove, spice, Belgian yeast, moderate amount of bitterness in the middle, finish is dry with a touch of lemon in the aftertaste, very drinkable and enjoyable.

M: Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation, crisp dry finish, creamy on the palate.

O: Very impressed with this beer, has lots of flavors, complexity, depth, very drinkable, smooth, creamy mouthfeel, I would drink this regularly if it was always available, probably the best Belgian pale ale I've ever tasted.

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Photo of pagriley
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11oz into snifter

Pours hazy blonde with fluffy white head
citrus cloves and belgian yeast - typical wheat
more of the same, with a touch of lemon zest bitterness to finish
Medium bodied for the style, with bright effervescent carb

A nice blonde ale, worth a try if you get the chance.

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