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

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Trappist Westvleteren BlondeTrappist Westvleteren Blonde

Brewed by:
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 DARIVA
3.56/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice bright yellow beer with a good head.

S: The smells of hops, nothing else to recognize.

T: The taste of hops and some light sour. A bitter aftertaste.

M: Good carbonation and foam a good feeling.

O: Good drinking beer and a very refreshing beer.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

5.0 A: Super pale and super clear until you get to the yeast. Two and a half fingers of creamy/frothy white head. Retention is very good and tons of lacing is left. Can't ask for much more.

5.0 S: Wow. This smells better than both of its big brothers. Great mix of fruit, spice, and a touch of funk. Big hit of green apple followed by hay and peppery spiciness. Sugary citrus orange, lots of esters, and clove underneath. Powerful and well integrated.

3.5 T: Tasty, but missing the power and integration of the nose. Surprisingly bitter as well. Hay, wet grassy, earthy and grassy hops. Light peppery spiciness. Apple fruitiness with a touch of citrus. Woodsy funk and herbal lemongrass.

4.5 M: Lighter body. Active, spritzy carbonation. Plenty of creaminess for how light it is.

4.0 D: This would have a shot at a perfect beer if it tasted more like it smelled. In any case, glad I got to try it.

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Photo of jacobb
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of woosterbill
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle into a Duvel tulip. Huge thanks to my buddy Jim for busting this out as a welcome-to-Europe gift. F yeah.

A: Hazy gold body with some sediment getting swirled around by a constant stream of carbonation; 1" head of ultrafine white foam. Good retention and lacing. Very nice indeed.

S: Fresh, hoppy, spicy, and amazing. Green apple, hay, and pepper notes blend effortlessly in an aroma that is both delicate and powerful. Splendid.

T: Starts out fruity (lots of apple), then develops some dry minerality and spiciness. It's not quite as vivacious as the aroma, but it's still one of the tastiest BPAs I've ever had. Delicious.

M: Soft, creamy, nicely carbonated. No complaints here.

O: Spot on. The monks can do no wrong.


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Photo of Docrock
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Bottle, cap dated 11-10-12 from my new best friend in Belgium, Cristof.

Served in a Westy Chalice at 52F.

A - Beautiful Golden hue, nice 2" head, nice retention, great lacing, can't wait to taste. beer.

S - Pleasant citrus nose, minimal hop fragrance

T - A slight bread note, hops well balanced from tip of tongue all the way through aftertaste, a clean fresh taste with mininal citrus flavoring.

M - Carbonation is nearly perfect. Lighter body than I expected but the finish is dry with a lingering hop bitterness.

O - A very fine beer, goes well with seafood and cheese.

Notes: I wish it weren't so hard to get in the US. Not the 12 but a really enjoyable drink. If I had to compare to another Trappist I would say it is closest to Orval. will try my second bottle in about 6 months..:)

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At in de vrede. White fluffy head, medium retention.  Cloudy golden body.  Soapy sticky lacing. Some suspended particles. Fruity aroma, mainly old banana and a Belgian yeast. Tasted mainly of light banana, candi sugar, no alcohol noted. Smooth. Delicious. 

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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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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite blond beer. Not because it is a Westvleteren, but because it truly has a great taste and it so (too easily) drinkable. Not the most popular of the Westy's (and certainly not the best) this has a nice grainy, awesome-on-a-summer-day taste!

A: Nice blond color
S: Sweet start; nice bitter middle and finish
T: Great
M: Nice and smooth
O: My favorite blond

Wish it was not so hard to get!!!

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3.44/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not my favorite of the Trappiste but fortunately I have tried others from W. split one with my battle buddy in pint glasses. Loved the immense milky white head and the large amount of floating sediment and the golden color. The smell was okay but not really spectacular. I really didn't smell much from it a bit grassy and fruity but nothing overly compelling. Taste was somewhat sour and citrusy. Unfortunately we compared it to drinking orange juice in a milk glass. The bitterness was fine but something was not quite right. This was purchased from a specialty shop and could not find a best before date and that could be the problem. Not a bad experience but I was hoping for better fr this buxom blonde. Overall not my best Trappiste experience but might try againsithsome assurance of freshness as I see better opinions by others.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Mar02x
3.44/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - By poring this beer in my Struise glass I am doing sacrilege. I know, but don't really care. As long as it tastes good. By the looks of it; it will deliver. What a feast is going on in my glass, a nice happy yellow fluid, with tiny yeast snow whirling down, carbonation bubbles racing up, nice white head which slowly turns to fluffy and leaves a thick lacing against the glass.

S - A good hoppy aroma with a little sour twist along with some malt odor.

T - A strong taste of bitter hop and a tiny sweetness upfront, rather dry. The bitterness lingers around for quite some time.

M - A pleasant carbonation tickles my palate. The finish is dry and bitter.

O - A good and easy to drink blonde, but not my favorite though.

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