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

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4.25/5
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923 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#898
Reviews:
448
Ratings:
923
pDev:
9.88%
Bros Score:
3.53
 
 
Wants:
484
Gots:
168
Trade:
5
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 923 |  Reviews: 448
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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Photo of stevehagy
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
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 cloudy, pale gold. Aroma is forward with flowery citrus and coriander. Yeast, grain, and clove is added on the palette.

Missing some of the fruity/funky complexity of other trappists, but the sheer well-roundedness leaves it 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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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 jschott75
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of logicalparadox
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of epyon396
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Trappist Westvleteren Blonde from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 923 ratings