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

Trappist Westvleteren BlondeTrappist Westvleteren Blonde
BA SCORE
4.25/5
911 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#848
Reviews:
442
Ratings:
911
pDev:
9.88%
Bros Score:
3.53
 
 
Wants:
479
Gots:
163
Trade:
5
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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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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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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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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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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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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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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3/5  rDev -29.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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Trappist Westvleteren Blonde from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 911 ratings
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