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

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94
outstanding
902 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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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%
 
 
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477
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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 gory4d
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light golden with a touch of haze; nice foamy white head, a good bit of lacing. Smell is some grass, a little mustiness, something like honey. The taste is funky up front, but mildly so; it's grassy and biscuity in the middle, with a nice sharp tang at the end. It's moderately carbonated, with a full body for a blonde beer. All in all very nice, a lot like Orval but a little brighter. I had three of these and now they're gone - wish I had another.

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Photo of Ryanm1
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle at beer temple in Amsterdam to a chalice glass. Quarter inch of white lacing that dissipates in time. Golden color. Bits of carbonation hanging in the glass frothing hundred of stagnant bubbles. Slightly sweet honey smell. Other notes typical to Belgian blondes, floral. Taste is wheat slight honey, spicy finish. Moderate abv.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Chrily
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mcintire78
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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

330ml bottle 5,8% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Best Before: 07/07/2012.

Before someone tells me that this is expired and should not be reviewed, I have had it fresh and this bottle was purposely aged.

Thanks to Brabander for this and the last bottle I had.

Appearance: Westy blonde pours out a lightly clouded golden yellow, with a standard pour yielding a massive white head. As one would expect from any good Belgian ale; the head retention is incredible and thick chunks of lacing are left clinging to the glass when it finally begins to recede.

Smell: Mmmm, this smells delicious and quite complex for an abbey single. Lemon is the stand out aroma on the first few sniffs, but it is quickly joined by apple, a little banana, some white grape, pale malt, a bready quality, a hint of peach, a faint sprinkling of spices (cloves and white pepper come to mind) an earthiness and a hint of herbal hops. I remember thinking that my fresh bottle had a hint of brett in the nose, but there is nothing horsey present here.

Taste: As the nose promised, this is a really delicious Belgian ale - though I think I preferred the hoppy character and bitterness present in the fresh bottle to the fruitier flavours here. Notes include: Lemon, some banana like yeast notes, a little apple, peach, some spices, a grassy note, pale malt and a bready quality.

Mouthfeel: Just about bang on for the style - light bodied, with a high level of expansive, but creamy carbonation. This is certainly one of the most refreshing and easy drinking beers around.

Overall: Westy blonde is a fantastic abbey single and is right up there with Orval for the best in the style. I have to say though, I did prefer the fresh bottle I had in 2010.

Please note that the ratings above were taken from notes for the fresh bottle that I had in 2010, the ratings for this bottle are as follows: 4/4.5/4/4.5/4

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

Poured from 330ml bottle into a goblet glass. Thanks to Ruds for trading this.

Pours a slightly hazy golden colour, with a great head that lasts absolutely ages.

Smells of mid-light malts and light hops. Faint yeast too.

Tastes extremely smooth, biscuity malts balancing with subtley spicy/herbal hops, with great texture and body.

Overall a really nice beer, balanced and a general pleasure to drink. I could quaff this all day and not get bored.

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Photo of Balz360
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of mmikey8
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of laurastradford
3/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of mchen
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Treb0R
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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

Many thanks to Bryan for this one. (Thanks, man!!!!)

A - Crisp, bright gold color with a generous two fingered head, moderate carbonation is steady and even, and looks like vibrant white cotton candy.

S - Lemons, light earthy straw, biscuity, light floral, pears, and white grapes.

T - Pears, white grapes, lemons, and a mild pine finish; lightly earthy, mild Belgian spice in the middle, not overly sweet or bready, but perfectly blended with a delicate tang.

M - Light medium body, with crisp and gentle carbonation on the tongue.

O - One of the finest blonde ales I've had the enjoyment of trying.

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Photo of GJ40
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled in a chalice from a bottle with a cap date of "3/9/13".

Light gold in color with very good clarity and a small white head. An aggressive yet well behaved barrage of tiny rising bubbles. Aroma is spicy with some fruit. Taste follows with a mild spicy bite and a hint of fruit. It's not dry and not sweet but carefully hidden in between. It's so smooth and easy from start to finish. No rough edges whatsoever. It's so light and airy, especially at first, that it seems to evaporate in your mouth.

This is an enjoyable beer that's flavorful, refreshing and smooth without any taking away from the other.

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

Beer is clear golden with a small to medium sized white head. Head fades quickly, leaving a bit of lace.

Very nice smell and surprisingly potent. Yeast is the standout scent, but light fruit (peach and apple) are there as well. I don't believe there is any brett in the beer, but the yeast scent is very reminiscent of brett to my nose, with a bit of funk and similar fruity notes. Orval is the closest comparator I know of for the smell.

Taste follows suit. A bit of yeasty funk and some light fruit flavours. Orval is again a reference, but it does not have the same incredibly dryness that I associate with Orval. Certainly more sweetness, but not a sweet beer. Again, it has characteristics that make me think of brett.

Medium bodied, highly carbonated. A bit on the irritating side.

Overall very good. The focus on the yeast really improves what seems to me to otherwise be a straightforward (but high quality) Belgian pale.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of spdyfire83
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

279th Review
33cl poured into a (small) Westy XII chalice - I think the Bros at the Abbey need to make a Blonde and an 8 glass.
Didn't catch the stamp date on the cap, but I picked this bottle up at the Abbey in June 2012 on an excellent visit to SW Belgium with Brabander. Thanks for the lift, Thijs - can't wait to roadtrip again!

Should be noted that I have enjoyed this beer several times previously, but just getting around to reviewing it proper now. On this occasion, it was enjoyed with my wife as her celebration beer for the birth of our first kiddoe. Cheer Babe & Izzy!

A: Medium golden hay; a bit murky. 1.5 (white) fingernail head on gentle pour.

S: Smells of cracked hay, soft cracked pepper, and Belgian yeast. Touch of floral scent as well. Nice!

T: Smooth, clean, and crisp. Notes follow smell and the balance here is wonderful. I could tell it was slightly aged, but that surely did not divert from the overall enjoy of this occasion!

M: Medium bodied with balanced carbonation.

O: Very easy to drink and just an all-around great beer! Drink it fresh though as that is when it is most enjoyable.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received two bottles of this from super-BA Brabander when I visited him at his home on 05OCT12. All bottles made it home safely! Time to indulge!

Poured into a small DT tulip, it is a medium golden color, with a touch of haze, even without the yeasties swirled in. Head is fluffy and white, starting at 1" but rapidly ebbing to a fine layer. Decent lacing is seen in the glass, along with some sparse, slow-moving carbonation. Nose is a bit bready and crackery, along with some grassy, spicy notes. The body is medium, and it has a light, airy feel on the tongue without being too prickly.

Has subtle, mild sweetness, and is very crackery. A little bit of light fruit and lemon rind is present, but more prevalent is the spicy character. Lots of earthy, grassy hops hit the palate, with some bitterness present. Finish is dry and a touch peppery. A solid albeit unspectacular Belgian Pale. Big time thnx, Thijs!! Prosit!!

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

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Trappist Westvleteren Blonde from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
4.25 out of 5 based on 902 ratings.
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