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

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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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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 33cl bottle into Westvleteren Chalice. Thanks to Kendall for hooking this up.

A. Pours a 2 finger head of delicate bubbles. Great retention. Thick lacing. Color is a hazy pale golden yellow.

S. Strong aroma. Yeast, hops, citrus, some bitterness. A little funky earthy smell. Sweeter malt smell comes out as it warms.

T. Sweet malt, yeast, lemony citrus, a little bitterness. Very refreshing to drink. Delicate for almost 6%. Goes down very easy. I think I would prefer this over Westmalle Extra. As it warms I get a nice peppery spice quality. This almost borders on Saison esque. Really a delicous beer and one I could drink a lot of if the situation to have a lot of it ever presents itself.

M. Medium/light bodied. Drinks pretty dry. Good carbonation. Has a nice effervescense.

O. Very well crafte and delicate beer. This really is a classy beer. Nothing outrageous in terms of flavor, but crisp, clean and refreshing. This really gets my approval.

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4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up couple bottles of this in Brussels, currently drinking it in Bruges. Poured into a Westvleteren chalice.

A- Pours a hazy golden blonde color. The head is stunning, white, fluffy and creamy.

S- Grass, earthy yeast, straw, very herbal and floral.

T- Very floral and herbal like the nose, more hops than I was expecting, which are leafy and spicy with a bit of hop oil. Yeast and some hints of fruit lurk in the background along with some clove phenols. Malt is noticeable, grainy and light, but takes a second seat to the hops. Finishes bitter and bone dry.

M- Medium bodied, the feel is great, creamy and smooth with a dry finish. Drinkability is through the roof.

O- An outstanding beer, definitely not what I was expecting from a Belgian pale ale, but it's very delicious. This is definitely the best beer I've run into in Belgium so far, but we'll see how long that lasts as I've got a bottle of the 8 sitting right next to me.

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Bottle (2011)

Hazy, murky, though beautiful, golden light yellow with a thick, persistent, cloud-like white head that leaves sticky spots and rings of lacing down the glass. Gorgeous.

Simple though incredibly pleasant aroma of mild barnyard funk, fresh cut grass, dried straw, and earthy dirt notes. I love it.

Again, the flavor is simple, though classic. Grass, hay, mild musty funk and earth notes, with a bit of sweetness rounding things out. Complete and delicious.

Medium to full mouthfeel with moderate to high carbonation. Luscious, velvety, and remarkably drinkable.

Just about perfect. Where do they sell the kegs? This would be the ideal beer to have on tap in home. Get it done, DarthKostrizer!

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4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dated 07.07.12 on the bottle cap

Pours a dark golden straw color, almost seems creamy with a fantastic head of fluffy white bubbles. The bubbles last for a couple minutes and finish with more creaminess on top and a thick row of white foam around the edges.

Grass and straw mixed in with some funky, fruity yeast fill the nose. Subtle notes of honey and malt combine with a bit of pepper and other spices to round out the smell.

It barely tastes like a pale ale because of the malty backbone and honey-like sweetness. But the hops are evident all the way through, they're just balanced perfectly with the malt and spices.

I've never had a pale ale quite like this one. The hoppy bitter is present but the beer is sweet enough to balance and creamy enough to please the palate. It's spicy, but finishes crisp and dry enough to force another sip.

Overall, this beer was worth every cent of the 25 bucks I paid for it. It doesn't taste like other pale ales, even the Belgian kind, and that's a compliment.

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

This was the last bottle of blonde I had left that I brought back from Belgium in 2008 that I was saving for a special occasion the birth of my daughter was just that occasion. The best by date was 5/13/2009 so its 2.5 years past its best by date so lets see what has changed in that amount of time

Look: Golden yellow in color with a awesome 3/4 inch white foamy head and great retention. The head leaves behind a nice circular lacing. For being over 3 years old the beer still has fantastic carbonation and you can see the carbonation bubbles running wild all over the place

Smell: Banana and cloves rule the nose with the barnyard yeast notes bringing up the back end. The reason I love westvleteren beers is because the funky yeast note is not as pronounced as some.

Taste: The time on this one has definitely hurt the flavors of the beer but not too badly. The same flavor profile is still there it is just a bit muted. Banana is upfront with some peppery spice and Belgian yeast on the back end.

Mouthfeel: This body and ample carbonation

Overall: With this beer being 2.5 years past it's best buy date it is still a really good beer which is a testament to how good a beer this really is fresh.

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Trappist Westvleteren Blonde from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 913 ratings
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