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

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Trappist Westvleteren BlondeTrappist Westvleteren Blonde
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
Belgium
sintsixtus.be

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
(Green Cap)

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
896
Reviews:
440
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
9.88%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yeast and malt that is consistent in a medium grainy but smooth mouthfeel. If only I could have this all night. Very fresh from Belgium and worth the shipping. Some floral and yeast aroma.
Five and a half years later, second bottle aged for the same amount of time, either 2003 and 2004. Beautiful blond, creamy, delicate.A little yeast in sediment.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

Cap is dated 29.04.07.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down either. Smell is of malt, honey, grape juice, and lots of fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with an earthy spice finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell and some very nice flavors.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a world class belgian blond, entirely yeast driven and absolutely delicious. had the pleasure of drinking the 12 and 8 in the same session, which is sort of a once in a lifetime experience. this is hazy pale blond in color with over an inch of just off white head and prickly carbonation. the nose is all yeast, just a little pale malt sweetness, but i get pollen and cut hay and ancient harvest vibes from the yeast. its got a touch of spice in the flavor, bitterness too, and is one of the most balanced light beers ive seen. the way the yeast has so completely fermented all the sugar in this is impressive, and the resulting dry snappy mouthfeel gives this beer unrivaled drinkability. full flavored for the color, i would love to get my hands on some of this yeast for my own brewing pursuits. top quality brew here, the americans still have a long way to go before we consistently make beer this good in this style.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Always a pleasure to sit down with legendary beers like these. This Blonde displays what's best about beer.

Beginning with a glowing and hazy hue, the Blonde has deep straw, light golden colors and with a lively efforvescent appearance. Bright white foam settles on the beer in very sturdy and structured fashion while leaving an ordinate amount of lacing behind. A near-perfect look for anything Wibier, Hefeweizen, or Belgian Pale.

Solid aromas of lemons, pepper, spice, earthy hops, light must, and light vinous notes (white wine). The phenolic-fruity blend balances the nose while the surprise of aromatic hops add even more decoration for the olfactory senses.

Soft sweetness of pilsner malts coat the mouth with a creamy, fresh bread tastes. White pepper, oranze zest, and corriander make a quick transition towards the earthy and pungent hop flavors. The bitterness of hops weaves beautifully in and out of the lemon and vinous tastes, making for a very complex buffer to the malts. As the beer warms, the musty, sweaty, salty notes grow, giving even more variety to the beer. I am quite surprised at the bright hop flavor and bitterness- didn't see that one comming.

Medium bodied and creamy up front but the malt character fades very quickly into a bitter, dry, and evaporative finish. Decidedly spicy and dry in the end but the aftertaste returns to the lemon and vinous flavors. Very palatable and sessionable.

Ya know, I think this Westvletern brewery has gotten the brewing thing all figured out. Thanks Pwoody, you're a world class trader!

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Photo of kojevergas
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.

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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.

B+

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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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Photo of brentk56
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale honey color with an extraordinary cap that sticks lacing all over the chalice

Smell: Baryard funk, yeast and herbal grassiness

Taste: Bready up front, with a developing herbal bitterness arriving by mid-palate; some serious almost medicinal hop elements arrive with the swallow, with the yeasty flavors taking over the parade to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and incredibly creamy; light but assertive carbonation

Drinkability: As others have said, this is a complex but almost sessionable beer

Thank, unholy2, for the opportunity to complete the Westvleteren trifecta

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Photo of oline73
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this at the cafe across the street from St. Sixtus. Poured into a Westvleteren goblet.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a finger of cloudy like white head. The head fades, but leaves a nice layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Sweet malt with some candy sugar and spices. I'm getting some banana notes and mild citrus.

Taste: Light and crisp. Belgian yeast spice notes. The beer is a bit herbal with some banana and a touch of sweetness. The finish is crisp and just a little bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a super dry finish. Very nice.

Overall: This is a really nice beer. Pours from the bottle beautifully and stays wonderful from there. Big fan.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this recently, review from written notes. BBD: 19.10.11

Into a tulip glass it pours a pastel gold, bright clarity, rising trails of carbonation visible. Over time it forms uniform rows of spotty lace, and cascading tiny rivulets.

Wet hay, wildflowers, weeds, dried hops, rustic and floral aromatics.

Dry and herbal bitterness to the aftertaste, some pale malt sweetness at first, with more wet hay and herbs in the middle. A light barnyard funk, more subdued taste than the nose suggests. Creamy feel, well carbed, bright, crisp, and refreshing on a warm day. Flavor was focused more on subtlety and simple rustic elements, thankfully not sweet, as many BPA's tend to be.

Thanks to Denise for the surprise box from Belgium.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a beautiful lightly hazy blonde with a huge bubbly head with perfect retention. Aroma is floral with some light spices in the undertone. Taste is very refreshing with the malts coming out first followed by some hard to distinguish spices followed by a sweet ending. Body is medium with great carbonation and alcohol is not detectable. Wow! This is one great light Belgian ale. Too bad I cannot get my hand on this stuff more regularly.

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Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Straw-colored, hazy and bright. A gentle pour produced a soft 1/2 inch head with solid retention.

Smell - Yeasty and phenolic. Hay, fresh grass, clove and piquant hops.

Taste - Lemon rind bitterness meets banana and clove. Extremely dry and refreshing. Lots of hoppy and husky bitterness in the finish. Quite unlike any other Belgian ale I've had - the only thing I can liken it to is Orval minus the funk.

Mouthfeel - Light, crisp and drying to the palate. High carbonation gives an almost champagne-like mouthfeel.

Notes - Excellent stuff. A beer I could drink frequently if not for the rarity and cost.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light, creamy blonde with a nice white head. Smell is quite complex with notes of light fruits, citrus peel, hops, and a bit of bready dough. Taste is quite similar, with some of the drier, white stone fruits taking over a little bit and fading into a nice, hoppy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is quite light and well carbonated with a nice dry finish. Excellent drinkability. Can only dream of sitting in Belgium drinking a few of these.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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