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

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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)

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2002

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

Pours a slightly hazy yellowish amber, topped with a two finger marshmallowy white head, highly carbonated with a mass of bubble streams, leaves webs of lacing. Grows cloudy when the yeast is swirled and added from the bottle.
Tart aroma, wet hay, fruity, with a slightly 'lambicish' nose.
Flowers, leaves, hay and tobacco on the taste, it tingles my lips a little. It's quite malty, deceptive given the color, some spices, strong cheese, with a nutty aftertaste. Unplaceable leather/pine taste.
Medium bodied.

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Photo of isubsmith
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Golden yellow with creamy white head. Tons of lace. Lots of initial carbonation. Slightly hazy body.

Smell: Very earthy, grass/hay filled nose.

Taste: Dry, slightly bitter hoppy taste. Herbal.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body. Very nice mouthfeel. Wonderful on the palate. Very clean.

Drinkability: Very drinkable beer. I could drink this all night. Too bad I only have one bottle left.

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Photo of LarryKemp
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a bottle that I brought back from Belgium last summer so there ain't no label or born on date.

Rock hard white head that last along time and collapses into what looks like a volcano of head in the center of the glass. A cloudy golden liquid supports this heavenly head.

The aroma is very earthy but as the beer warms, other phenolic start to climb out of hiding. The aroma is in no way BIG, but it is very complex.

This is very subtle tasting beer. It is not sweet but does not finish paticularly dry. The hop bitterness beats up the roof of my mouth and lingers well past the last of the liquid. This post finish is probably the thing I like best about this beer. The spiciness plays more and more with my tongue as I drink more of it.

The mouthfeel is tricky. It starts highly carbonated which almost makes the mouthfeel light, but as the carbonation dies and the liquid lays upon the tongue, the fullness can be appreciated and I would call it medium.

A very nice beer to enjoy on a rainy day. The beer is not big in any aspect but makes up for any lacking in its mixture of elements. The spicy taste and the subtle phenolics are my favorites.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label Lingo and bottle babble: Uhhh….I could describe the plain brown brown bottle if ya want? Just the cap is all there is to describe.

Light straw hay hues with bubbly retained eggshell head cap scattered across the surface. Cloudy haze with bits and pieces of yeasty particles settling to the bottom of the glass. Steady carbonation streams rising up in a mini tulip glass. Head cap rises with swirls leaving some lace.

Phenolic aromas and barnyard saison like airy with some medicinal wafts.

First Swigs: Brisk yeasty bone dry lingering aftertaste. Medicinal with a touch of bananas. Some leafy suggestion and light herbal vegetal spice notes of cloves and celery. Clean malt background followed by whisps of vanilla peeking out. Towards the finish, some awl-kee-hawl esters evolving.

Flows like liquid air (As strange as that sounds,) which fits the style perfectly. Goes back way too easily. Bone dry. Zesty. Plenty of lingering carbonation. Little traces of awl-kee-hawl and clean ending.

Last Swigs: My Christmas present to me. Dry light airy hay. This is a saison, cloves & light funky “stinky feet.”

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of shapudding
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 BrewMaster
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the green-capped bottle into a chalice. A clean orange color with a white frothy head. The aroma on this beer is outstanding. Lots of apple, pear, and sweet alcohol aromas dance together up to my nose. The flavor is outstanding as well. It is malty, bready, and sweet all the time. There are a few light fruit flavors noticable in the beer. I can't pin down exactly what kind of fruit, but I think there is some pear and a touch of orangy citrus. This beer very clean on the palate and I could drink it all day if I could find that kind of supply.

Notes: I had been wanting to try the Westvleteren 12, 8, and Blonde for a long time. I had all three on the same day and the Blonde is by far my favorite of the 3 despite the hype around the Westvleteren 12.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear pale golden straw and then chunky and hazy when the sediment decided to leave the bottle and enter the glass. The head was comprised of very fine bubbles which persistently stayed around to lace the glass.

The aroma was spicy and lightly fruity. Some citrus notes and grassy aromas were present.

The flavor was grassy and hoppy with a citrus bittering and brash hoppiness. The spice presence in the nose was present in the flavor and contributed to the complexity.

The finish was dry and hoppy with lasting hop bittering and lasting spice that stayed long into the aftertaste. The body was medium and crisp due to the carbonation.

33 cl bottle. Still has price tag on back of $8.99. Code on top of cap says 17.10.03. A nice Belgian Pale Ale. Not worth the coin it took to purchase however, but very nice to drink. Better BPA can be found for much less money.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Label-less bottle, brought over from Belgium by da Bum...bless you, good sir!
Lovely pale orange hue, cloudy, resting under a thick, tapioca-ish, creamy crown of foam...angelic aroma, a zesty, spicy, but still mellow blend, soft and slightly citric, bits of lemon rind and ginger flit about...good stuff.
Sweetness on the tongue, too, rich and creamy mouthfeel, wondrous texture, really fills the mouth, and stays long on the palate. Light bodied, exquisite drinkability, a beer any good monk (and I'm tryin' to be one, lord, I am!) should surely deserve to luxuriate with throughout the remainder of a well-won day.
Probably the finest session ale ever stretch here!
A superb little beer, absolutely delightful!

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

Bottle at the Moan and Dove. Nice pour. It’s a mysterious cloudy golden, obviously bottle-conditioned. The nice lasting 1cm cover of moon white head makes the westmalle chalice looks particularly attractive. Aroma is surprisingly hoppy, I’m first striked by a wave of floral goodness complemented by grassy undertones. Definite champaign qualities despite the big malty sweet components. Candi sugar is not used with moderation for a 6% ale, malt is honeyish, pilsner malt? and imparts coconut and bready aromas. Very yeasty palate all around, dry all the way. Spicy (pepper, mint, sage). Delicately flowery. Balancing mild tartness, mostly on the citric lemon side, salty finished with very restrained bitterness. You’re welcomed in my glass anywhen my dear. A good dose of various herbs is always a pleasure to taste as long as it’s more of a complement than the unique focus. No alcohol is noticeable in there. That’s their session beer? It just made a monk out of me.

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Photo of Goldorak
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Beer Mania, Brussels. Served in the Westy chalice.

Appearance: Almost opaque yellow, with big, thick white head.

Smell: I found it to be quite hoppy, almost piney.

Taste: A slow malt start, but with a nice dry finish and mild hop bite to it. Mouthfeel was obviously less present than the 12, but I thought it held up really well and I regret not bringing some back with me from my trip.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Euro size bottle with freshness date of 12/11/04.
This beer pours a straw color with some chill haze and plentiful carbonation rolling up from the bottom; the head is bright white with fair retention and slippery lace. Aroma is of fruity esters (citrus) and malt, with a crisp fresh aroma hop background. Flavor has a sharp hoppy start a tart middle and a biting hop finish. Mouthfeel is effervescent and crisp.
IMHO: Not well balanced ? not what I expected.

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Photo of Crosling
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at Beer Mania in Brussels, Belgium.


Commanding and focused aroma. Quite floral and sweet, with honey, lemon, herbs and banana.

Enormous for its size and full of flavor. Dry malt, very pale, with a unique fruitiness of banana, lemon and clove accompanied by various spices, candy sugar and bready yeast.

Lovely, but this replaced the red cap? Why?

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Photo of donnebaby
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gold opaque body a serious, thick white foam head. Delicate cotton lacing.

Smell is minimal and mostly weedy hops with a rich sweet element and some yeast puffiness.

Taste is like drinking dark chocolate hop whipped cream. Not sweet and altogether smooth. Very gentle and quiet, this beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth foaminess all the way, soft in the mouth, throat, and beyond. Occasionally hits on the throat and tongue. Leaves behind a bitter dryness throughout the mouth and on the tongue.

Superbly well-put-together.

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Photo of hobbes2112
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one at the cafe across from the brewery on April 24th of this year.

The color was a nice bright gold, with a yeast speckled white head. I'd have to agree with the Fish113d's review, it did look quite a bit like a cappuccino. The head went away much faster than the 8 or the 12, but stuck in there long enough.

I tasted this in between the 12 and the 8, so my main impression was it was a nice mild beer with less yeast and a little more malt present. Pleasant hops that round the taste for me, nothing too over the top.

I wouldn't say this is a spectacular beer, but it is certainly in the upper tier of the style. Worth a try if you get the chance.

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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 frank4sail
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sharp hop nose with some earthy and grassy overtones. Golden champagne look in the goblet with lots of tiny bubbles and a very dense and lasting snow white head. Great lacing as well. Peachy juicyfruit taste upfront on the tip of the tongue initially. Then the brew morphs into a rustic earthy slightly barnyard grass finish. Medium to light on the mouth. Very attractive beer, with great complexity in its taste.

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Photo of tjd25
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.11.04 on the cap. Lots of yeasts sediments in the bottle, a big chunk and smaller sediments. Light and slightly creamy head on an impressive complex golden color. Nice movement of bubbles in the middle of the glass. Some lemon in the smell. A very clean and yeasty smell. Less fruitiness than I expected in the taste. A malty complexity, with enjoyable nuances of tart. Very smooth. The powerful hops at the end leave a long-lasting and thick mouthfeel. A really good beer. Complex. I wish I’d be able to detect more elements to describe it. Maybe next time…

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Photo of Andreji
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is quite a nice brew despite not being among my tops.

A slight tan note added to its general pale straw appearance that makes it darker and somehow a bit more attractive. more ale-like, more amber.

The smell is fruity, complex enough. very nice and inviting to the tasting experience.

The taste, an enhanced malt and rustic feel that is literally overwhelmed by this wave of hops at the end. strong, tasteful, definetly a great beer.

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Photo of Fish113d
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the pour: As I poured, what is known as one of the finest beers in existence, I noticed it poured a dark honey-amber color, in which very little light shown through (this is obviously no multi-million dollar advertising brewery co. product). I noticed a medium consistency head forming on the top, and I knew this was gonna be a good one! However, I was happily suprised to see the yeast sediment sit at the top of the head, much like cinnamon sits on a cappuccino! It took a good 5 minutes or so until I felt worthy to take sip and ruin the beautiful head on this beer!

Aroma: This seemed to have a more malty odor, not very hoppy at all. I got a sense of fruit and some pepper, to the point where it tingled my nose a bit. I was very interested and unsure of what I was getting myself into with this one!

Taste: I poured this beer at about 40 degrees so some of the initial flavor was lost due to temperature and alcohol covering some up. However, I did get a taste of fruitful <a href="" onmouseover="window.status = 'goto: flowers';return 1" onmouseout="window.status=''">flowers</a> blossoming on a spring day and a hint o pepper. As I let it warm to room temp. the flavors of the fruit and pepper came out so much more! My beer had a head on it the entire 45 minutes it took me to finish this 11.2 oz. bottle. Highly recommend this one if you can get your hands on it!!!!

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Photo of Joss
3.64/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fruity (peach, citrus) belgian yeast aroma
laced with spices and a very sligt bitter note.
Slightly hazy amber, quite a bit carbonation and a big rocky head.
Taste starts out a bit neutral, getting a bit of the sediment in helps. Notes of
Pine-needles, honey and spice.
Fairly light body and a slightly watery mouthfeel.
Spicy aftertaste.

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Photo of Popsinc
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 TheLongBeachBum
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: An unlabelled brown 33cl bottle, that wangled its way Westward directly from the St.Sixtus Abdij. Without a label, all of the important information is contained on a black crown cap with a silver center that has a computer inked 17-10-03, so it seems that this just expired. On the Cap, Dark Green lettering states “Trappist Westvleteren Bier Blond Alc. 5.8% Vol.”.

Appearance: Fantastic honey-golden color with a lovely milky aura about it. Nice large white head that is crusty looking and uneven at first, it transforms to a nice 1/2” smooth collar, then eventually breaks down to thin covering. Has a look like a genetic splice between a Wit beer and a Tripel. A swish of the Bottle at the end will get you the yeast into your drink if you want it.

Nose: Almost spicy, herbal, musty hops, some soft bodied mushy pears, a hint of cloves, light grapefruit and bananas at times. Delicate, soft as talcum odors, with a strong Belgium family history proudly on display. Yet again I am drawn to the conclusion that this is very much like the best aromas of a Wit blended with those of a Tripel.

Taste: Marvelous, it starts with Wit like entrance, light spices and a fruity feel. But what really endears me to this offering are the musty hops and herbal traits in the middle and the very dry finish that effervesces on the tongue as the beer dissociates and is swallowed. Beautiful.

Mouthfeel: Immensely smooth, the carbonation really lends a huge helping hand to the spicy mouthfeel and bitter hop trait. Yet the dissolved carbon dioxide is never spiky. or prickly, it is always evenly dispersed with a blanket-like smoothness.

Drinkability: Far too drinkable for a beer that is so very hard to get hold of!!! It's criminal.

Overall: The Westvleteren DNA is definitely present in the latest offering from the St.Sixtus Abbey. A replacement for the often ‘raw’ Special 6 (Red Cap), this is a much better beer in my opinion and adds a genuine low(er) gravity “quaffer” to the Westie fleet. This is a very good, high quality; extremely drinkable beer that is the base offering from the St.Sixtus Abdij. It’s true to say that it is not up there with the 12, or even the 8, but it is really not that far behind either.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pale straw color, quite hazy (almost wit-like), pillowy white foam that has quite some staying power

Aroma: pear-like fruitiness, a touch of clove, iron, some Belgie-hops, grain

Flavor: a quite dry profile; pervasive hop bitterness throughout, clove, yeast, Belgie hop flavor, slightly tangy and grainy, dry and quick finish with a hoppy aftertaste

Mouthfeel: light body, soft carbonation, minerally

Overall Impression: If I'm not mistaken, the water down in Westvleteren is quite high in carbonate hardness (similar to Orval's water). Could be the reason for the minerally mouthfeel and accentuated hop bitterness. This is my first taste of Westvleteren and I have to say I'm not blown away. I'm going to withhold judgement until I've tried the whole line. After all, who can ignore the constant raves about 12?

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Photo of beerguy101
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Light gold color. Medium head. Aroma is floral, honey, lemon and yeast. WOW this is the BEST smelling beer I think I've had to date. Floral and refreshing. Very clean taste. Fruity, lemons, floral, candy sugar and yeasts. Very nice beer. It took me several minutes before I tasted this beer, because it smelled so good. Very clean. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of zerk
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold with a thin but persistent head that leaves behind patches of lace. Aroma is yeasty and musty with some herbal notes. Flavor begins slightly sweet, with a nice herbal bitterness and some musty yeast at the finish. Has a light body and low to medium carbonation. This is quite a good beer... it's too bad this one is so hard to obtain!

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Trappist Westvleteren Blonde from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
4.25 out of 5 based on 892 ratings.
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