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

BA SCORE
94
outstanding
902 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good
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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:
902
Reviews:
442
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
9.88%
 
 
Wants:
477
Gots:
158
For Trade:
5
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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 ArkyVaughan
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DucksFan16
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

06/25/2017

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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 smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jvillefan
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wanderingpints
4.81/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tobelerone
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of edthehead
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dentist666
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ascetic blonde, but still excellent, but not the best.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.99/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of yaron73
4.93/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A bottle from "De Biertempel" store in Brussels.

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Photo of Chris-1911
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of delgotit99
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of redfox405
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Sean32
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Dreyski
3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 a cloudy, pale gold. Aroma is forward with flowery citrus and coriander, and the taste adds yeast, grain, and clove.

Missing some of the fruity/funky complexity of other trappists, but the sheer well-roundedness makes this 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 bdstuart
4.81/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Zekenyce
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CPAles
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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