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)

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle with freshness date of 03 12 11 into a Stone Imperial Stout tulip. Good dark gold hazy color. Big inviting white bubbly head. Head retention is great and the appearance of the head changes from bubbly to frothy as the bubbles die down. Some lacing on the glass.

Smell is pretty good. Belgian yeast is prominent as well as some citrus (lemon) aroma.

Taste is outstanding. Belgian yeast, spices, some grassy hops, malt and lemon are all featured here.

Mouthfeel is light and tart...perfect for a session beer.

A really outstanding Pale Ale.

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4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Post notes.
Given to me during my time in Belgium by a kid that staged at the restaurant I was working at the time...his uncle is a monk at Westvleteren!
Opening the bottle, nice carbonated hiss.Pours a beautiful murky hay tone of hazy wheat goodness.Head is gorgeous, light, effervescent.
Smell is phenominal.Grass, oat, hay,pears, apple, honey.A huge mix of fruit meets grainy biscuit.
Taste..I know this brewery is hyped, but they produce hype-worthy beer. The little guy of the Westy trilogy packs so much flavor it is simply amazing.Pear, crusty bread, pepper, grains, citrusy lemon, white pepper,clove.Spicy yeast and grassiness really round out and take it to the next level.
I simply have never tasted a better Belgian blonde ale.The aroma, flavor complexity and overall intense balance create a beer thet seems much bigger than 5.8% abv
A great experience, and simply wonderful beer.
What an awesome gift. My friend said his uncle prefers champagne, because they get so much beer he is tired of it!

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

Bottle, brought home from Belgium where it was gifted by my new friend Mathieu. Poured into my .3L tulip.

Appearance: Gold and partially cloudy. Lots of bubbles cascading through the body and up to the half inch thick head.

Smell: Not the most overwhelming array of aromas, but the yeast is definitely there. Citrus and wild fields.

Taste: Excellent. Peppery and wild and funky and refreshing. Another review mentioned a hint of Orval, and I'd say that's pretty spot on. The floral components from the hops have a nice balance. I get a little bit of the pine and dryness, but only as a compliment to the base of the beer (which is the yeasty profile.) The back end suitably lingers for a bit, begging me to take another sip.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent and crisp.

Overall: I could drink a lot of this. Well worth seeking out. Especially if you're going to go through the trouble of tracking down its older brothers.

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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Etre Gourmet.
Marked 04.08.12 on bottle.
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

Westvleteren's Blonde is a delicious Belgian Pale Ale with detectable contributions from pleasantly grainy malt, floral and spicy hops, and a solid Belgian yeast strain. While I haven't had many BPA's, this clearly still stands as what should be highly regarded amongst them. It would be nice if it were more readily available in the US and at an affordable price.

Pours a 1cm head of whitish bubbles, small in size, that compresses, over a few minutes, to a permanent 0.5cm head of very dense foam, like heavily whipped egg whites, atop the body. Leaves excellent streaks and spots of lacing along the sides of the glass. The body is a semi-hazy golden yellow color away from light; held to the window, this is a hazy, pale yellow with orange highlights. Carbonation is active and very visible within the glass. An excellent-looking beer.

Aroma of Belgian yeast, drying grass cuttings, floral and bright hops, honey.

The taste features a pleasant, clean malt component alongside mild honey, caramel, floral hops at first. Gentle, crisp bitterness from hops then arises, which also contribute herbal and spicy qualities. Winds down with a tingle of bitterness across the entire tongue, fading to an aftertaste of pleasant malt graininess with slight yeast and floral components.

Beer is medium bodied throughout, with slightly high carbonation levels initially, over time fading to a fairly mild-feeling carbonation, leading to a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Finish has tannins and enough hop elements to be quite dry.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Daniellobo
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A beautiful Belgian blonde ale with fresh and memorable funky and hoppy touches over a dry finish.

Presentation: 33 cl brown capped bottle. Characteristic lack of label or marking other than the cap, which shows in black, silver and green the name, seal, faintly legible date, and 5,8% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Soft hazed gold pour. Towering frothy head, rich retention, great surface memory and lacing. Top tier looking beer.

S - Rich tart nose, citric touches, funky and fresh...

T - Nice funky sense, soft and nicely woven with a fresh hoppy sense, slightly acidic and citric, grassy notes, slight bready touches in the backbone.

M - Light-medium to medium body held with generous carbonation that woks in tune with a nice long lingering bitter and dry finish.

O - Spectacular brew, unique, refreshing, and a delight to the palate.

Notes: Hmmm, maybe the least sought after of the Westvleteren brews but this is quite stellar. A bit Orvalesque in the initial memory, if this were not so scarce and pricey I´d love to have plenty handy.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of thepeter
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this now many times and may just be my favorite of the three, well it is fresh anyway!
A - blonde (duh!) straw color with a decent head and quite a bit of lacing, the head lasted almost the entire beer.
S - Grassy field, a bit floural, pale malt
T - Again, grassy, crisp, a bit floural but more earthy flavors and a bit of hop kick balancing it al out.
MF - light bodied with great smooth and soft carbonation, fantastic, just as it should be.
O - Crisp, clean, refreshing, and perfect with my dinner. A beer that is better than the desciption as there is nothing that jumps out at you but it all works so wonderfully together still.

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Photo of hunteraw
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: more carbonated than expected. Pale amber in color, slightly cloudy. One-finger head.

Smell: Grassy and yeasty. Hints of Orval, which surprises since I assume there's no brett here. weaker here than i was expecting.

Taste: Makes up for the aroma. Nice bitterness. Well balanced and low enough in alcohol to be quite drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Quite creamy.

Overall: Very good, more drinkable than Duvel and the like due to low alcohol.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found this hiding in my beer cellar. Had totally forgotten that I had picked up some blonde during my last visit to the abbey. Clear, fizzy light yellow pour with a gorgeous meringue-like two finger head with excellent retention and lacing. Grassy, herbal, yeasty, sour nose with a distinct barnyard odor and just a touch of lemon. The taste is totally Belgian. Grassy, spicy hoppiness with a kiss of citrus, specifically lemon, and just a hint of yeasty bread. And absolutely no sweetness, and none of the sourness that was so present in the nose. Crisp, smooth and dry as a bone, but oh so refreshing. The balance is perfect. This is as close to the perfect Belgian blonde as it gets. I'm not big into Belgian pale ales, but this stands out from the pack. Perhaps my next beer run to the abbey will be for a couple of cases of blonde!

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml poured in a Westvleteren chalice.

A: Pours a very cloudy beige color forming a big white head which dissipates reasonably fast but not totally leaving alot of lacings. Also many particles can be seen floating around

S: The first thing to hit the nose is bread. Very bready and also yeasty. Followed by fruits, mainly pears and figs. Journey continues with the flowery and earthy hops in the end. Bit of alcohol. Great

T: Bready. Sweet malts, fruits and yeasts, mainly. Dry in the mouth with a delicate but stingy bitterness in the end. Simple and delicious

O: Light to medium body. Medium carbonation. Dry upfront and grassy hoppy aftertaste. Well, not much more to say about a beer produced by one of the best brewers in the world

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