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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4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to Brabander for helping me to procure this one. Consumed 6 months before the "best by" date on the cap.

A: Hazy yellow in appearance; not completely opaque however. Yeast presence is evident due to the haze factor.

S: Dominated by belgian yeast mainly with mild hints of malt, hops, and earthy undertones.

T: Again, dominated by belgian yeast but not overly so. Very mild hops present. As it warms, I get a little bit of a "grassy" type aftertaste with hints of citrus (orange and lemon mainly). Lots of different spicy undertones as well that I can't quite place. Overall, this beer seems very "earthy" to me for lack of a better descriptive word.

M: Very easy drinker due mainly to the moderate ABV. Body on this one is not too thin...not to heavy...just somewhere in the middle. Does not qualify as a "sipper" but I sipped it anyway because I wanted to savor it and see how it changed as it warmed since I only had one.

Overall, another fine beer from the Abbey. I have tried the 8, 12, and now the Blonde. I definitely enjoy the 8 and the 12 significantly more than the Blonde but that is at least in part due to the fact that I enjoy Quads and Dubbel's more than I do Belgian Pale Ales in general. Still, I am glad that I got to try this one and definitely recommend it to those who enjoy the style.

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4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I felt like I paid way too much for this in Brussels until I tried it...Poured from its simple brown bottle with 03.12.11 stamped on the green cap into a Chimay chalice.
It has a golden body wth lots of carbonation working its way through. A wonderfully pillowy white head sits atop this magnificent looking brew. Lacing is left all over the place.
Smells of hay, grass, and funkyness I guess. Kind of a Sasion thing going on. Citrus.
Picks up where the nose was with those grassy/hay flavors. Citrus and hops are there.
This thing is smooth and creamy beyond belief! Some dryness going on.
I wish I had brought back two or three more bottles so I could continue drinking this through the night and write an essay on it. I still have the 8 and 12 to try and my god, this thing has set the bar quite high...can't wait for those.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hazed sunflower gold with an ivory meringue white head that retains fairly well. On the nose there are pumpkin seeds, roses, carnations, coriander, and lemon, with an unexpected tropical undercurrent of pineapple, passion fruit, and papaya that's matched, kinda weirdly, with a musty cellar/fermenting dough character. The flavor is all fruit punch and mimosa, reeling with pineapple, orange, kiwi, and banana, with hints of apricot and mirabelle, and coriander, dandelion and yeast around the edges. I think I detect something fennel-ish as well, and some sweet cashew nuttiness. The texture is spot-on for the flavor, light and soft and cloud-like, but not insipid or thin. A very tasty and interesting pale ale, as you might expect from a brewery of such stature.

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