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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4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle served into a Westvleteren goblet in Cafe In Da Vrede, Westvleteren, Belgium. Reviewed from notes. Come on now, beeradvocate, this is a Belgian blonde. Let's reform the categorization system, eh?

A: Pours a two finger head of lovely cream and thickness. Very good retention, but not as good as Westy's other offerings, a notable fact on account of their higher ABV. This is a bit puzzling. Quite appealing any way you look at it. Gold colour.

Sm: I wish me nose wasn't broken, but I do get some light fruit ester hop notes. Some subtle citrus. No nuts are present as in Westy's other two offerings.

T: Fecking gorgeous, as we say in Ireland. Perfectly balanced barley and hops, with ever-so-subtle notes of fruit. Divine. An excellent beer for the style. Fuck me that's fanciful. Blondes are never this complex or subtle.

Mf: Amazing. Creamy soft silky but powerful; perfectly coarse. A mastery of mouthfeel. So soft yet so supportive of the body.

Dr: Excellent. The best blonde I've ever had, period. There's all this craic about "ooh westvleteren" and I was skeptical - but believe you me, it's truly as good as they say. So truly as good I ordered two crates of blonde (48 bottles) by having three people with four phones spend thirty seven minutes trying to get through repeatedly. When you taste it, you'll know. The most flavour of any 5.8% beer I've ever had. It's worth it. Very cheap at the abbey. To hell with the ebayers.


Revisited on July 5th, 2013. Bottle is a couple years old; I got it during my initial visit to the monastery (one of the 48 bottles mentioned in my above review). I've heard the Blonde doesn't age well, but I'm fixing to find out.

Bottle served into a Trappist Westvleteren goblet in me gaff in low altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Served chilled, straight from the fridge, and side-poured gently.

A: Pours a gorgeous three finger head. Beautifully soft and fluffy. Light and delicate looking. Superb lacing is even and consistent as the head slowly recedes; retention is incredible - about 12+ minutes.

Body colour is a clear vibrant yellow. Translucent; transparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Looks right on the money for the style, and the head is damned impressive.

Sm: Straw, hay. Clean, pleasant, and crisp. Full-bodied barley. Complementary floral hops. Lemon zest. Light funkiness and biscuity yeast. Quite appealing. An aroma of mild strength. Healthy.

No alcohol is detectable.

T: Straw, hay. Complementary floral hops. Extremely refreshing. Lemon zest. Clean malts. Clean and pleasant, with a full body. A kiss of lemongrass. Subtle spicing - definitely some cilantro/coriander in there. Fleeting buried hints of white grape. Pilsner malts. Wine must. Lightly bready. A light tartness and a hint of sourness.

Perfectly balanced. Great build. About as complex as a beer in the style can be. Nice subtlety too. I really like it.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Light and refreshing. Delicate. Wonderfully soft. Complements the flavour profile very well. Grows a bit more musty and dry towards the finish.

Dr: Extremely drinkable; an excellent table beer that would pair well with any food. Drinks just fine with age on it, but I do think I enjoyed it a bit more fresh. I'd definitely get this again and I'd buy it again by the case. This Westvleteren offering is so often overlooked, but I don't know that any beer fan wouldn't enjoy it. A masterfully brewed Belgian blonde with interesting subtlety.



The rating I gave it reflects my review of this beer fresh, not aged. I think it's meant to be consumed fresh, but I did enjoy it with 2 years of age on it.

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4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Cantillon chalice from a bottle.

A: Poured one finger head, stayed firm but gradually diminished to just a thick coating of foam on the top of the beer. Lots of carbonation/steady bubbles.. Beautiful gold. One of the prettiest looking beers I've ever seen.

S: Mild, light, citrusy. More orange. Subtle. If there was such a thing as a "silky" scent, this would be it. Delicate and refreshing, but not as present as I would like.

T: Citrus fades from the scent. Light, wheat and very subtle hops with a slightly crisp finish. AT first taste, it's rather bland for what I expected, but definitely enjoyable. Incredibly drinkable beer. As I drink more, I'm starting to get more of a hang on the flavor profile. I swear there's some subtle Cantillon funk going on in here. My first thought was there was some carry over from the glass, but it's freshly washed and hasn't had Cantillon in it for weeks. Anyways, this funk flows into the wheat and a little herbal something at the end. This beer is hard to figure out. Complexity (and nothing else) reminds me of green Chartreuse. Lots going on. Like, a shit load. It's just very subtle. Next time I'm in Belgium I'm going to spend some serious time In de Verde figuring this one out.

M: Very smooth. Very silky. Liquid bliss.

O: Not what I expected. To be honest, I'm not sure what I expected. But I really liked it. Very complex in a subtle way. Throw your expectations to the wind and just role with it. Let the little monk beer do little monk beer things to your palette and enjoy the ride.

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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a clear golden pour with a medium white head.

Smell: a mild nose with malty, hoppy and grassy notes.

Taste: a hoppy bitterness right off the bat. in fact, the hoppy and bitter characteristic was pefrect for me. i loved every sip of it! a bitter and a medium dry finish.

Mouthfeel: a very full beer that is lively throughout the glass. great mouthfeel

Drinkability: i loved this beer. much diffeetn then the other 2 Westys. this was the only blond i sampled but i just loved it.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I seem to come across the other two Westys at least a couple times a year in the states but I have never seen the Blonde here so when I had the chance to go to Belgium, the Blonde came in very near the top of my list of 20 beers I must try while in country. It didn't disappoint. Bottle purchased at Beer Mania at the beginning of my trip. I must say that I was happy that I made that purchase because it turns out that the Blonde is almost as rare in Belgium as it is in America. The 8 and 12 can be found in most tourist trap liquor stores if you're willing to pay enough and they're pretty common in good beer bars too, but the Blonde...I only saw it sold at two or three places my entire trip and I was looking.

Though not quite a gusher, the bottle popped a bit when I removed the cap and the beer poured with a very healthy white head and large carbonation streams. The body was opaque golden straw, not the best looker but not terrible either - just very yeasty.

Aroma had a strong corn flake malt presence and contained some expected fruit notes of pear, honey-dew melon, lemon zest, star fruit, and honey and some surprisingly nice spicy hop character that smelled distinctly of white pepper and tobacco smoke. This smoke would come through in the finish of the flavor as well. The majority of the body tastes of fruity yeast - pear and apricot mostly and some sweet bready grain. Doughy feel from all the yeast sediment but the carbonation does add some levity. Certainly drinkable.

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Photo of ricke
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden color with an enormous ivory-colored rocky head. Good head retention and nice chunky lacings.

S: A fresh and balanced smell. Malts, wheat crackers, hints of grass, sweet Belgian yeast and mild herbal hop notes.

T: The taste is actually very full considering the style and level of ABV. Plenty of herbal and spicy notes of hops and yeast on top of a biscuity malts. Grass and some citric notes. It's rather sweet with some complementary bitterness. The finish is surprisingly bitter with a noticeable taste of sweet alcohol. Hints of phenols and white pepper. Refreshing and very easy to drink.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation. Somewhat oily texture.

D: A first class easygoing beer. Very flavorful considering the style and strength.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atomeyes
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened 1 of my 4 bottles tonight. It was nicely chilled. I expected it to warm up after being open for 20+ minutes and evolve, but it didn't.

The most noticeable traits of this beer:

-very strong barnyard/stable smell. Smells like a horse's stable, no 2 ways around it. That doesn't really sell the beer, I know, but its a unique smell and it plays on your senses in an interesting manner. I would not say the smell is a bad smell. It is what it is.

-its taste can be best described as a trappist tasting beer without the darkness or high alcohol content (or sweetness) that you associate with trappist beer. Its an incredibly drinkable beer and its hops do the speaking for it. I wouldn't say that it has much complexity to it other than the distinct trappist taste to it.

Personally, I would put it in the same category as saissons, which I am not a huge lover of but I appreciate their crispness and drinkability. I would much rather have Westvleteren's other offerings over the Blonde and would go as far to say that other Belgian blondes offer more palate-wise than Westvleteren's did.

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of drumline
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

33cl bottle dated 11.08.07

Appearance - Pours a hazy yellow, with a nice half inch head that lingered around. This beer has "legs"

Smell - Grassy, floral, and slight honey flavors.

Taste - Bready and grassy. Nice hop kick up front, with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and smooth, with the perfect balance of dryness and bitterness. Generous amount of carbonation, but doesn't detract from the drinkability.

Drinkability - If I lived near Westvleteren, this would be an ideal session beer. I love it.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
1.73/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Review from Inaugural Issue of Beeradvocate Magazine.

The least sought-after of the Trappist Westvleteren beers. This bottle was purchased in 2003 at Café in de Vrede--which is across the street from the monastery--and has been cellared since. Poured into a silver-rimmed Westvleteren chalice, the beer pours a dirty blonde, tainted by a bit of chill haze. Head is very tight and creamy, settling to an eternal milky-colored, ringed lace. Surprisingly malty in the nose, with a unique honey-on-toast aroma, and undertones of toffee and grass. Palate is insanely creamy, with a light body and silky mouth feel. A quick and sharp citric acid enlivens things, fading into a soft rind character. Faint honey notes pull through a pale sweetness of malted milk. Finish is bone-dry, with a lingering wet, husky, tannin flavor, some medicinal phenols, and notes of wet paper oxidation coming forth as the beer warms.

After having a 3-year-old bottle, and a 25-year-old bottle a couple of years back, we don't recommend aging this beer at all. Everyone, please stop. It's obvious that much of the hop character has been muted, with oxidation taking over the beer and creating new and unwanted flavors. Drink it fresh, with its clean bitterness and thirst-quenching bliss intact.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Westvleteren Blonde comes in an unlabeled 33cl brown bottle with a date of 12.08.05 printed on the cap. It pours into my tulip glass a wonderful sunshine/goldenrod color with a creamy frothy two finger head that lingers with massive active carbonation. Very nice. Aromas of fruity sun dried grains with a lovely floral, spicy, herbal green hoppiness about it. Lots of light fruity character with hints of apple, lemon and orange. Hay with some earthy, peppery yeastiness coming across as well. An wonderful aroma to be had here.

First sip brings a nice fruity, sun washed grainy maltiness accentuated by a hint of clove and pepper and plenty of earthy yeast tones throughout. Mildly spicy, floral herbal hops poke in midway through each sip. Apple, lemon and light citrus tones with a touch of fresh baled hay. Finishes clean with a lingering fruitiness. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Goes down really smooth and refreshing. A delight on a nice sunny day like today. Truly a tasty blonde ale and one that I would imbibe much more often given the chance. One day I will get to Belgium and sample this at the source, that much is for certain. Ev, thanks again for giving me the chance to try this one!

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Photo of Todd
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: brown bottle, no label, green cap. Poured into a proper Westvleteren chalice @ the Kulminator in Antwerp, BE.

Appearance: A rich, slightly chill-hazed, golden coloured beer with a creamy laced head, ample stick and stay.

Smell: Gentle, sweet, wet grass / hay aroma. Perfume-like and floral.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Wants, tries to be smooth and creamy upfront but turns coarse and a bit harsh. Bitter snap. Loads of hop flavour, from cheese to herbal, spicy to slick and oily. Notes of hay and grass mingle with the strong hop tannins. This is one crisp beer, with a dry grain (husk) finish. There is a malt backbone, albeit a light one, but overall this is a highly attenuated beer. More dry tannins and hop residuals ride out the finish, with hints of yeast.

Notes & Drinkability: Definiately one of my favourite Belgian beers. I simply can't get enough of this dry and bitter beer, which is not too typical of Belgian beers.

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4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Done in a vertical X-mas Day tasting as a special treat from my beerbud! Thanks to the BlitheringIdiot for the Westy 6,8, and 12 that we shared for a Christmas day celebration!

Bottle dated 12-08-05
Poured out a cloudy lemon yellow with a ton of yeasty chunks floating throughout. Very thick and creamy white head that was only a thin, but nice and consistant layer. Wonderful scents of saisons, belgian yeast, bananas, chardonnay, and spices. Dry and slightly bitter at the edges. Black unsweetened tea. The flavors get better with each sip. Good amount of carbination, but yet it is not too much. Bit of foaming up over your tongue, but nothing too extreme. The feel is just right for the style. Light feeling, it just flows through your mouth. Very easy drinker, but not one I would pick for a regular drinker -if it was one that was just normally sitting around here and there that is.

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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 Jason
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

33 cl slender brown bottle with a freshness date of 17.10.03 (Oct 17th 2003), no label. Just the cap denotes what brew this is

Appearance: A lace worthy of no other, cloaked within the glass it sits there and forces respect. Its pale colour shows a light haze but a very active carbonation.

Smell: Sweet grassy herbal aroma, hints of honey and faint tobacco come to mind.

Taste: Lightly coarse hop rakes across the tongue as well as some herbal phenols, fresh grain flows deep even into the eternal dryness. Bitterness and dryness are most of the traits but do not overwhelm, small burst of hop leaf flavour in the end.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly complexly layered smoothness, crispness need only to clean the palate for the next sip but goes even further by invigorating the taste buds as well. Moderate body.

Drinkability & Notes: This one is off the charts as far as a session brew for me, I simply could drink this all night. By far one of the best beers I have run into and would travel (and have) far for.

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4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Trappist Westvleteren Blond from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 945 ratings