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

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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:
#860
Reviews:
442
Ratings:
914
pDev:
9.88%
Bros Score:
3.53
 
 
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Photo of drtth
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter glass from a bottle with a best by date of 06.08.11. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a bright, very lightly hazed, golden yellow color with a ¾” white head that soon recedes to a ring around the glass and a thin layer of foam on the surface. Sipping leaves a ring and some thick patchy legs of lacing that slide back down the glass into the ring of foam.

Smell: The aroma has traces of citrus and hints of the Belgian yeast. It seems a bit more hoppy than the typical Belgian Pale Ale. It is definitely grassy and herbal in character.

Taste: The flavors are dominated by a slightly earthy and grassy character that adds some bitterness but doesn’t conceal a bit of citric character of the beer, nor does it completely conceal some bready sweetness from the malts.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and the carbonation is adequate but soft and gentle giving the beer a nice creamy smoothness. The finish is medium to long, beginning in the front of the mouth with the faint bready sweetness from the malts and then moving back across the palate as it becomes a bit more citric, a wee bit funky, grassy, and dryer. Eventually it ends with a light dry bitterness that invites another sip.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: Each sip follows the last quite naturally and I’m more than happy to have more. I certainly would drink more of these if I were able and I could imagine being quite happy if this were the daily beer that went with my meals. My overall impression is of a first rate pale ale with just enough Belgian yeast character to differentiate it from other styles of pale ale.

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Photo of khumbard
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First beer poured into my new Westy chalice. Thanks Matt for the beer and the glass!

Pours a pale yellow with a one inch white fluffy head, looks very refreshing. Smell is full of belgian yeast, earthy, a little funky, and maybe a slight hop character. Taste is great: a light spice character, earthy yeast, a lemon fruitiness but without the sour, and finishes with a small hoppy bite. Mouthfeel is excellent for such a light beer. It is creamy, carbonation is perfect, and finishes crisp and clean. Overall this beer really impresses me for such a light beer. It is so well crafted it's ridiculous. If it was easy to find, I could easily go through a sixer in a session during the summer. Bravo St. Sixtus!

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Photo of BeerMaverick
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ccm414 for this amazing beer! Enjoy the KBS!

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

A - Pretty much a perfect representation of what a Belgian pale ale should look like...very aesthetically pleasing. Extremely modest bottle with no label, merely "Trappistenbier" engraved in the glass...mysterious...and a sweet logo on the cap. Completely opaque yellowish golden hue with a 1/2" of white head. Very good retention and moderate speckled lacing.

S - Pure Belgian yeast...mmmm...unparalleled. Earthy and woody scents with a slight hint of citrus and perhaps pine from the hops.

T - This is just awesome. The Belgian yeast dominates as in the aroma with a slight citrusy taste. Very complex spiciness that only Belgian trappist beers are capable of...go monks! Very earthy tones take over the background.

M - This is where the Belgian spices really steal the show. The natural spices are present immediately, through the experience, and in the aftertaste. The unique yeast strain plays a role here as well...it seems as though it's still fermenting in my mouth.

O - Overall I believe that this beer is the pioneer of the style. Not my favorite style, but the leader nonetheless. It is the perfect spring beer and I wish I had more than one to drink! Thanks again ccm414!

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Photo of ccm414
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from their 10 oz bottle...

A- Pours with about a 3 finger head that lingers for a while. The lacing it leaves is not uniform around the glass, but almost leaves "clumps" of foam around the majority of the glass. It is a hazy golden/straw color.

S- The smells tend to be rather fruity and yeasty, pleasant on the nose. Seems to be well balanced.

T- A little spicy with much of the yeast characteristics coming through. A grapefruit bitterness is also noticeable.

M- A rather lighter feel to this beer, very crisp feeling. Nothing too overpowering with the carbonation, either.

D- I would love to be able to reach into my fridge and grab one of these over and over again. Very drinkable with the mouthfeel and flavor offerings.

Cheers!

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Westvleteren chalice. Body is a hazy blond color, with a white head that lasts awhile, dissipating to a cap and ring, leaving lots of lacing. A little yeast sediment escaped from the bottle into the glass.

Nose is bready malty with hints of fruit, candi sugar, and green hops.

Starts with a bready malty taste, pretty hoppy in the mid-palate with some tropical fruit undertones, ends with a long dry hoppy finish. This is a pretty hoppy beer--actually tongue-numbingly so--and is quite delicious.

Body is light and carbonation is crisp and refreshing but also provides a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

This is a delightful belgian blond ale that is very drinkable at 5.8%.

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Photo of cpmichael
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone snifter, Bottle date says 19/06/10

A: Pours a pretty light golden-yellow, with a minimal amount of white foam that quickly dissipates.

S: The nose has a rich malt characteristic that gives way to some hops in it. There are some fruits in there too, perhaps lemon and grapefruit. The ever present, belgian yeast comes through on the end.

T: The front end of the beer has a noticeable malt flavor a little on the grainy side as well, there is a hint of lemon, but a fair amount of grapefruit flavor in this. The back end of the beer has a pretty strong hop profile to it, which surprised me.

M/D: This is a very light bodied, but crisp beer. The flavors on this were really surprising to me, especially the hops, but my bottle was pretty recent, so I assume that with some age it would balance out a little more, but I loved it. I wish I could get this more often.

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Photo of mattdev
4.84/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a dense white head that lasted the entire glass. Aroma- lots of citrus, grapefruit, dust, pine, and slight funk. Intense hallertauer(?) hop aroma. Taste- Light to medium body with HUGE funk and citrusy fruits. Finish - beautiful hop bitterness, crisp, clean, dry and wonderful funk on the back of the tongue. A nearly flawless beer.

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Photo of rye726
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always a pleasure to try anything from Westvleteren. Truly a world class brewery. Pours from a 330ml bottle into a chalice at cellar temp.

Pours a hazy straw with a thin cream colored head. Nose has light fruity malts, spicy yeast and perhaps a bit of sourness. Taste definately a bit tart. This was an older bottle that doesn't seem to have aged very well.

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Photo of liamt07
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle split, as part of Westy Wednesday at Volo. Served in a flute.

Poured a pale yellow, with a finger of head. Dense head with some sticky lace, filtered. Nose of light sugar candy, pale fruits and a touch of spice. Taste is of the pale malts, dry leafy hops, light spicing and a long dry (almost parching finish), leaving one longing for the next sip. Low carbonation, great body and mouthfeel. Drinks exceptionally, subtle and sophisticated.

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Photo of n2185
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a lovely hazy gold with about two fingers of dense, white head. The head gradually recedes into a solid white cap with good lacing.

S: Smells of sweet candy sugar and a spicy Belgian yeast. There's also a bit of skunk to it as well. Fairly simple, but it smells quite appetizing and refreshing.

T: There is a nice, malty sweetness up front that is quickly followed by the spicy Belgian yeast flavors. There is a touch of the skunk flavor as well, but it goes well with this beer. The finish is very dry with some lightly bitter hop and yeasty notes to it.

M: Light body with high carbonation. The beer is very dry and crisp--very refreshing.

D: With the light body, tasty flavors, crispness, and low abv, this is a very drinkable beer. I only wish it were a bit easier to obtain because I would love to have a sixer of this to put back on a hot summer afternoon around the grill. Not a very complex beer, but delicious and very drinkable!

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

Pours a cloudy golden color with a huge pure white head that left webby lacing on the tulip glass.

The aroma is full of floral and clove notes, pepper, and a hint of bubblegum. Green apple gives the beer some tartness.

The taste is fairly dry. Big on the clove and perfumey wild flowers. Candi sugar provides a good shot of sweetness and there is a light peppery hop. Some green apple and lemon. Spot on BPA.

The feel is light to moderate with prickly carbonation. Sweet on the palate but is offset by light hop bitterness and tart flavors.

A very flavorful BPA, I could drinks these all day. Perhaps not as robust as their stronger counterparts but still packs a lot of flavor.

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Photo of peensteen
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale blond, slightly hazy but quite clear really, small white head, traces of lace show up on the glass. Smells slightly spicy, mild yeast, detectable hop presence and some citrus. Tastes of pale malt, a touch of yeast, quite hoppy I found, solid bitterness and at some points faint traces of alcohol. Good mouthfeel, medium weight, understated carbonation. Very drinkable, could very well drink this all night. Good stuff and not at like what I thought it would be.

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Photo of gamwich
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The cap has a freshness date of 31.03.11

The beer poured quite cloudy with a thick white head. It is straw-colored and hazy, with ample and tenacious lacing. The nose has aromas of lemon, hay, and the yeast. The flavor is very nicely balanced with good hop flavors up front and at the finish, and a doughy/ yeasty flavor with some malt character in the middle. The mouthfeel is creamy, with a lively carbonation pricking through. The finish is dry. A very drinkable beer, I had to force myself to slow down and savor it.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

33cl bottle poured into a St. Bernardus chalice. Brought back from Brussels.

Pours a hazy bright yellow amber with a big beautiful pillowy white head thats full of craters and is very sticky. Nose is light, sweet, a bit fruity and bready.

Taste is right on target, it's a bit spicy and citrusy with some tart almost funky flavors to it, but they're fairly subtle, reminiscent of Orval. Mouthfeel is really light, crisp and super dry on the finish. Overall super well done, easy drinking beer. I'm glad I was finally able to try this fantastic beer!

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Photo of AgentZero
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a ridiculously huge head in my snifter. Actually had to let it settle down a bit and do a soft pour on it to empty the bottle. Some minor lacing.

S - Lemon, citrus, candied fruit, not as soapy smelling as other blonde ales, and actually quite pleasant.

T - Has the yeast present that a lot of this style has, nice and sweet to offsetting some of the astringent qualities. Some decently fruity and tart notes on this. For style, this is one of the best of this type I have ever had.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied, solid carbonation, finishes quite dry.

D - I actually find this drinks slightly hard for a 5.8%, but tastes good enough that it warrants a higher than average drinkability. Great beer.

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Photo of Zimbo
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bequeathed to me by our own patron saint of Beer Advocate (St Thijs of course) this had a yeasty creamy nose once opened.

Once poured the bouquet also took on a banana element and looked superficially like a pilsner though without much beading. The head also remained modest.

Very clean and very pure to taste with a heavish start followed by a light smooth cream middle before ending complex, herbally and long. Concludes with a single point of carbonation.

I use to think this needed to be drunk quickly from my first experience but my impression after my second bottle is that it requires about a year standing before it gains its appetising maturity and composure. A gentle and humane beer.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.74/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 rate.

Thanks Brad! Really beautiful hazy apricot with a creamy meringue head. Aroma is yeasty, with an impression of orange and lemon pulp, and some really soft spices. Interesting yeast interplay is the first thought upon sipping. Kind of reminiscent of an aged De Dolle offering. The yeast is too heavy at times for my taste. Soft lemons creep around, but can't really shine through the yeast. There's a purity and freshness to this brew. Quite a bit of citrus fruit, like grapefruits, oranges, and lemons. This is interesting, definitely very good, with a really refreshing quality.

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Photo of mlaroche
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, served in a Bruery tulip. Bottle acquired late April from beerinvest.eu (De Struise's online beer shop)

Appearance: aptly, it's golden. Light head, thin lacing. Clear.

Smell: light lemony citrus, Belgian yeast, a little candi sugar.

Taste: dryer than the aroma - the aroma was a bit sweet, but the taste has a slightly astringent note.

Mouthfeel: lightly astringent and dry. Light hoppy bitterness comes through. A little chewy.

Drinkability: It's refreshing but I don't see myself going for a second.

Overall: I got the Blonde, 8, and 12 together and I wanted to drink them together, but I think aging this one 9 months was a real mistake. I'd love to have a fresh one because I don't think the one I'm having is A- quality.

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Photo of punkrkr27
3.72/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow pour with a gigantic, foamy white head. Lemony, yeasty aroma with a slight hint of bread, pepper, grass and spice. Light, tart fruits and citrus make most of the body of the flavor with a slightly sweet, yeasty, peppery finish with just a hint of spice. Medium body, dry finish and lots of carbonation. I usually find the Blond styles to be a bit boring, but this has some nice layers of complexity to it.

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Photo of sarahk731
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass.

A- Clingy white head, very voluminous at the pour, lots of lacing once it settles. Looks very carbonated. Clear, straw color.

S- Aromas of clove and possibly peach, with yeast characteristics. Slight funk and farminess on the nose.

T- Cloves, with a hint of grapefruit-y citrus at the set out. Rich wheat in the middle of the taste. Slight sourness, compliments the citrus nicely.

M- Tartness at the end of the first sip, connected to the slight funk/sour. Crisp but not dry. Makes sense and compliments the flavors. Not huge body, which is refreshing with the robust and forward flavors.

D- Would definitely have again in a heartbeat, but not really a session beer. Unlike any other Belgian blonde I've had, very unique.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.82/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Usual brown 33cl bottle, cap date 19.10.11, so drink before 19th Oct 2011. This bottle was reviewed 14th Jan 2011: poured into a Westvleteren chalice, which sat on a Westvleteren beermat, so it felt at home!

Cloudy/hazy/murky body of dirty orange/lemon colour, a white collar and wispy head on top.

Belgian yeast esters, with green hops hit the nose, some citrusy notes as well.

The taste was sharp and refreshing, almost tart in its citrus (lemon and grapefruit) bite.

I thought it a bit 'young' in the taste, meaning it needed longer to mature in the bottle. I have two older ones in my stash, but wanted to review the beer when in date, I'll have the other ones soonest though, as this Westy doesn't age too well, or so I'm told.

Pleased I've used the glass at last and the lesser of the Brothers beers gets a thumbs up from me, not huge scores, but I'm a low marker compared to most on BA.

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Photo of silentjay
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a hazy gold which is perfect for the style with a huge, frothy, pure white head that lasts forever and leaves intricate lacing all over the glass.

aroma of light breads, lemon pepper, obvious belgian yeast, and some dried grass clippings.

sweet, yet dry, yet funky, yet fruity, yet spicy. complexity is there in this brew. lemon pepper and doughy, yeasty breads are the foremost dominant flavors, but there is plenty behind that.

velvety smooth with a nice bubbly carbonation and a dry, yet tart aftertaste.

drinks well. would be better in the spring/summertime, but works ok on this cold blizzardy night.

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

A: very nice golden-blonde appearance. Unfiltered.

S: slightly sweet, yeast/ bready aroma-very pleasant

T: light and crisp, the unfiltered, yeast flavor really comes through-one of the best tasting beers of this style I have ever had.

M: light to medium and balanced

D: It doesn't feel heavy at all so you could certainly have several without a problem

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5.8% ABV. I learned that the Westvleteren Blonde is the basic beer for the monks' own consumption, since 1999, when the former 6° dark ale (red cap) was finally discarded, after the 4° had already gone that path. I had the Westy Blonde (6) on self-proclaimed "Westy day" 01/06/11 with a craft beer aficionado first prior to tasting a Westy 8 and then a 12. This beer was bottled in 2008 (with date 19.10.11 stamped on cap). The beer poured a cloudy blonde and faint bubbly appearance. Retained nice carbonation throughout. This is an unique style - taste buds were immediately challenged initially turned from "fire to ice". Noticeably tastes better from cold to just above room temperature. Smell was wheaty and perhaps hints of banana for a blonde beer like this. Definitely hit the top of my palate. This beer left nice laces throughout and is a very drinkable beer. I would like to try this beer again in the summer if acquired again.

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

11.2oz - Westmalle Goblet
A- Golden, very hazy, nice and chunky and has a substantial head that laces like crazy.

S- Funky, hoppy, peppery... reminicent of an orval, but more grassy.

T- Dry, leathery, bit of hop spice... under all of it is some great yeast action... incredible.

M- Light to medium bodied, good carbonation.

O- One of a kind brew right here. It's really wonderful and just makes you want more and more. It's dryness just taunts your tongue. Must have. It's like cookies and I'm cookie monster.

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Trappist Westvleteren Blonde from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 914 ratings
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