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

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Trappist Westvleteren BlondeTrappist Westvleteren Blonde

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Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
(Green Cap)

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Photo of SargeMcCluck
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, pale gold. Average head.

Aroma is more forward with citrusy hops and coriander. The flavour adds predominant Belgian yeast, white pepper, cloves, some mild grass and earth. Missing some of the sweet, fruity complexity of some other tripels and Belgian pales (looking at you, Orval) - but this is an exemplary example of the style, totally lacking in any unwanted metallic tang.

The mouthfeel encapsulates pretentious, fabric-based metaphors. Incredibly smooth and dry, covering the mouth with pillowy film.

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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 Catracho5
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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Photo of bigolbeerbelly
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Date stamp: 03.10.15. Excellent beer. A little drier than expected but very refreshing, reminiscent of a Kolsch. Head was very cloudy and left significant lacing. I only had one of these but would love more. By far the best of this style I've ever had.

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Photo of atget57
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful right out of the bottle. Plenty of carbonation & strong sour/spice nose. Cellar temp. is the best way to fully appreciate. Prime example of a subtle yet, understated Belgian yeast strain. Very clean & long finish. Do not hesitate to purchase & enjoy when you find it.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brussels Beer Weekend.
Bright blonde with floaters and steady white film. 4
Proofing dough with wax, flowers, and sea water on the nose. 4.25
Lots of bread, some phenol spice, melon, salt water taffy, herbs, and marshmallow. 3.75
Fizzy, almost medium, smooth. 4

Served too warm! But sweetly malt forward, gracious, and complex, though aslo a bit rough in spots, too. Not big on hops, which I understand this beer can be from batch to batch. Good table beer, if not a great example of Westy. 4

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Photo of MrDell
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Westvleteren Blond – bottling date unknown – Best Before 03.06.2016

Appearance: Bright golden colour, half-finger brilliant white head which drops off but keeps a solid cover over the beer throughout. Relatively low levels of carbonation.

Aroma: Most prominent is the Belgian yeast. Also getting spices, apple pie and lemons.

Taste: Spices, bitter in middle with sweet finish, bubble gum. Slight smokey tinge (as in whisky) when it warms.

Mouth feel: Smooth and dry.

Overall: Classic Belgian taste at only 5.8%, would be sessionable - if it was widely available.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.44/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Over rated. The house yeast works better with darker malts. Decent appearance, lack luster aroma, mediocre taste, good mouthfeel. However, I recommend the 12.

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Photo of mr-jj
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a real fine example of a blonde ale. Lots of complexity. Color is straw with a huge white head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is sweet hay and grass with bananas and light fruit. Flavor is light and refreshing - grassy hops and fruit.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle. Green cap denoting best by 8/6/2015. Served in a stemmed glass 7/3/2015.

Appearance is a hazy light lemon yellow body, two finger effervescent and fluffy white head. Thick film and nice bubbly lacing. Looks incredibly refreshing.

Smells mildly tart and citrusy, like a nice lemon-forward saison. Minerals, a mild complement of Belgian yeast spices; a bit of coriander and earth. Grassy hops. Just the very slightest medicinal smell.

Flavour is prominently Belgian yeast minerals and spices; but it isn't quite so sweet like a dubbel. Grassy hops throughout, a bit of pale malt sweetness, plenty of earth and a slightly grassy, bitter finish that leaves a hefty mineral-forward aftertaste.

Mouthfeel comes in a medium-light body, good carbonation. Soft, slightly creamy palate with a mineral-forward, grassy finish.

Overall, an interesting blonde. It actually smells a bit tart and lemon-forward on the nose not unlike certain American saisons do, but it's 100% blonde pale ale on the palate with a hefty dose of Belgian yeast.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden yellow body. Medium white head and a medium collar.

Smell - Grassy hops. Spicy earthy malts. A touch of sweet pale malts and belgian yeast.

Taste - Grassy hops are sustained throughout. Pale malt. Spiciness and earthiness build into a mild bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Light body. Well carbonated. Slightly soft and creamy.

Overall - Well made. The grassy hops surprised me. Didn't expect such an aggressive flavor.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle, green cap, dated 20.11.15, served in a Holiday Inn plastic cup in Paris. Purchased at some random store in Brussels. Yeast left in the bottle during the pour.

Pours translucent gold with a big white head that fades slowly. Smell is bananas and grass or greens of some sort.

Taste is very rich, very malt forward. Strong banana aftertaste, more grass and some flowers. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is light. Overall, very tasty beer.

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Photo of aleigator
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big white head, pale yellow hazy color.

Refreshing grass, sugar, spiced yeast, a bit funky. Hints of spice, especially clove. Sweet, refreshing, hay and yeast adding up well with the spices, hints of honey. Very well balanced, perfect fitting carbonation, which leads to a smooth, fresh mouthfeel. Clove is big in this, without being too present on the tastebuds. Results in a warm, yeast supported, pleasant finish.

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Photo of Wanne
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer has a nice blond color, which is a bit cloudy. In its aroma, it combines malt, yeast and some fruit accents. These are also reappear in the taste, where the fruit accent hints at the combination of banana and citrus. The most amazing is the balance you find in this beer. Definitely a benchmark for blond abbey/trappist style beers.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark golden hued with good clarity. A fingernail of light brown head covers most of the top. I smell light malt with the faint hint of light candy sugar. The flavor is comprised of light candy sugar and delicate,light malt. There's a light spice note in the malt that is reminiscent of cardamom and a touch of clove but it is brief. The body is highly carbonated and bone dry.

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