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

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From:
Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
 
Belgium
Style:
Belgian Blonde Ale
Ranked #1
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,824
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 9.62%
Reviews:
470
Ratings:
523
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 10, 2022
Added:
Mar 23, 2002
Wants:
  504
Gots:
  176
SCORE
95
World-Class
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Notes: (Green Cap)
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Reviewed by te99912_123 from Switzerland

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
gold, cloudy, very foamy & strong lacing.


Taste and aroma of lemon, pear, apples, grass, a hint of grapefruit and a tiny bit spicy.
Very smooth and refreshing.

Really great for a blonde ale, but not as outstanding as 12 is.
Oct 10, 2022
 
Rated: 4.35 by BeerpilgrimMIKA from Belgium

Sep 23, 2022
 
Rated: 4.38 by Hawkfish from Washington

Jun 05, 2022
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a golden blonde color with a near crystal clear transparency. Head is two fingers of white foam, with more build up after a light swirl of the glass. This frothy, pillowy foam sits a top for a long while after the pour. There is visible sediment at the base of the bottle; however, only the first 3/4 of the bottle were poured into the glass for this review. Aroma is punchy grass, herbal, medicinal, and spicy hops with a big cut of spicy yeast just behind. This yeast comes paired with clove, apple cider, and earthy malts. It smells light, and yet thick; that is to say, the breadth of notes is pretty simple, but the depth to each note is huge. Flavor profile driven by the same characteristics. It pits resiny, herbal, grassy, spicy hops against earthy, bready malt undertones. Clove pairs with spicy yeast for a little further zest and grit. Mouth feel has a sharp effervescence, at least, initially. Effervescence bubbles down to a thin crisp texture. It has a medium thickness. Overall, really stellar depth here, while remaining easy to drink. It's on the 'easier drinking' side of the Belgium spectrum, and yet still retains a remarkable depth.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegelau tulip from a 33cl bottle.
Apr 17, 2022
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Reviewed by pants678 from California

3.66/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
More yellow than copper, lacing foam.

Clean hops, maybe salt, no malt.

Finishes with more than a touch of hops, hardly bitter, touch of honey. Nothing's really jumping at me.

Nothing if not easy going and clean and dry.
Mar 14, 2022
 
Rated: 3.82 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Mar 03, 2022
 
Rated: 4.93 by Mojo9 from Illinois

Dec 30, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by elamb106 from New York

Dec 27, 2021
 
Rated: 4.27 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Aug 27, 2021
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Reviewed by RaulMondesi from California

4.56/5  rDev +7%
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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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
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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Reviewed by puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
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
 
Rated: 4.5 by mmilyko from Nevada

May 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.93 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

May 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland

May 02, 2021
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
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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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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
 
Rated: 4.7 by AnnaMD from Ireland

Apr 10, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
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
 
Rated: 4.21 by DvdP from Netherlands

Dec 24, 2020
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
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
 
Rated: 4.37 by jbdpsu82 from Pennsylvania

Sep 16, 2020
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Reviewed by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Reviewed by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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
 
Rated: 4.25 by Bum4ever from California

May 26, 2020
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Reviewed by larryi86 from Delaware

4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
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
 
Rated: 4.44 by Robertas from Lithuania

May 02, 2020
 
Rated: 4.76 by Beerasaurus from Virginia

Apr 26, 2020
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Reviewed by DerekGilboe

5/5  rDev +17.4%
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
 
Rated: 4.27 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Jan 16, 2020
 
Rated: 4.38 by Hopelessly0 from California

Nov 28, 2019
 
Rated: 4.75 by dannycohen62 from Illinois

Nov 10, 2019
 
Rated: 4.37 by _nickg_ from New Jersey

Nov 08, 2019
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Reviewed by FLima from Brazil

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
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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Reviewed by janubio from Spain

3.76/5  rDev -11.7%
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
 
Rated: 4.69 by Kam from North Dakota

Sep 23, 2019
 
Rated: 4.26 by Eltrandos from France

Aug 17, 2019
 
Rated: 4.79 by Adamostella from Washington

Aug 17, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Aug 02, 2019
Trappist Westvleteren Blond from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 993 ratings