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 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 (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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Photo of corby112
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

Got this one is a past trade with masterhomebrewer. Thanks again man! I've had the other two Westies still being brewed so I'm psyched to try this one.

Pours a hazy dark golden yellow color with slight orange hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy white head. Very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves large splotches of soapy lacing left behind.

Spicy aroma with zesty pepper notes as ell as a blast of crisp light fruit, bready yeast, subtle hops and sweet alcohol. I'm picking up hints of banana, apple and pear.

Medium bodied and surprisingly hop forward, especially since this bottle has been aged for about four years. I'm picking up the zesty, peppery spice that I noticed in the aroma as well the bready yeast and fruit notes, especially apple and pear. The bitterness from the hops is evident throughout but rather than overpowering the other flavors, they compliment them adding complexity and balance. There is slight alcohol sweetness and heat but this beer is still incredibly quaffable.

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

Brought one of each Westy back in Montreal and was waiting for a special occasion to crack it open, started with the 6 while cooking my birthday meal and shared it with my girlfriend with whom I whent to café In de Vrede this summer.

Served in a Orval glass the beer is golden yellow and very cloudy due to the bottle fermentation. A nice 3 centimeter head of thick white foam that eventualy dissolves. No signs of Carbonation going on in the glass

Get your nose in this big glass and smell the rich Malt aromas. Definitely a predominance of Barley mixed with yeast esters and a sort of honey like sweetness and also a resinus side from the hop

Mouthfeel is quite creamy and packed with tons of bubbles maybe once poured in the glass, you should give it a minute or two to let some carbonation out to really get the hidden aromas of malt and citrus zests and grass.
Long lasting bitterness leaves the mouth pretty dry.

Its very nice to review this beer, not my favorite type of product but man oh man is it good and well balanced !

Possibility of having it distributed in Québec... Not a chance : (
this sucks !

Cheers lads


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

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

A-Has a yellowish cloudy color with a nice white head.

S-Scents of fruit hit you right away with a sweet undertone.

when I first tried this I immediately wanted a bigger drink. This is smooth and can be enjoyed all day long.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to nhindian for this one! What a guy.

A: Cloudy yellow pour with a huge white head that boasts unbelievable retention and very nice lacing.

S: Musty and full of citrus on the smell for me.

T: The taste is wonderful. Light Belgian yeasts and spices, citrus and grapefruits. Nice dry hoppy finish.

MF: Light and bubbly.

D: Very high if only I could get more of it!

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

Poured from the bottle into a branded chalice at In De Vrede.

A: The beer is a bright cloudy yellow. Just what you expect. Head is 2 fingers and lasts forever.

S: Citrus, pineapple, spicy character and slight hint of banana bread. Nice and fresh smelling.

T: Not usually into these but this one is pretty nice. Good spicy notes in there with some citrus like lemon zest. Finishes fruity with some apple and more citrus and maybe a touch of coriander? Later the finish becomes a bit more bitter and the hop profile opens up a bit as it warms.

M: Crisp

D: I can see this being a very popular beer if it was more widely available.

4's all the way across. Really solid.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very hazy dark yellow with plenty of suspended yeasty chunks. Head is brilliantly white, initially thick but quickly becoming a thin sheen leaving sticky lacing.

Aroma is earthy and citrusy, but still holds and underlying yeasty musty quality.

Taste is mild caramel and pale malt sweetness balanced with an orange rind bitterness. Finishes with a dry musty quality, and a touch of herbal character.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Worth a try. Very mellow and musty.

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Photo of jeranbrews
4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

First a little background and history for this bottle:

Purchased Sept. '10 by my bestest beery buddy from the gift shop at the brewery in Belgium. Consumed at a suggested 22 Celsius from an official Westvletern chalice on Oct. 23rd '10.

Appearance - Bottled in plain brown glass. The bottle has a thin ring with "trappist" written in raised letters on it. The only identifying writing on the beer is written in small gothic font on the green cap, "Trappist Westveltern bier blond".
This beer pours a low clarity yellow to yellow-orange beeswax color. The head is fluffy and fine bubbled, a bright white whipped cream with lacing that gently cascades down like creamy sea spray.
I poured the entire bottle and the yeast at the bottom left an interesting effect. The yeast was very fine grained and some fell to the bottom of the bottle. The rest collected in small brown lines and swirls giving the head of this beer an unmistakable cappuccino look.

Smell - Initial reactions: Apple, cinnamon, plum, and strawberry candy. Also lots of yeasty and a few fine malty pleasures come out. Make no mistake the combination of smells is impressive. It's like a pastry truck just crashed into a fruit market. After warming a bit more I picked up little tidbits of hoppy grasses.

Taste - It's very difficult for my brain and my pen to keep up with the signals my tongue is sending them. So here goes in no particular order. Tangerine, lemon grass, honey, maple, kiwi, them some more kiwi perhaps gold kiwi this time. Keep this up for a while then on to the more yeasty clumps patiently waiting at the bottom. I found scented tobacco-like hops and some black pepper spices.

Moutfeel - Sadly it's a bit thin compared to the rest of the glory of this review. Still pleasant though. I wish I could say more. The loose wateriness doesn't match the complexity of flavors.

Drinkability - Wow. I need a cigarette after wrestling a beer like this. This is as fine an example of this style as I've ever had. The complexity of tastes and smells it amazing. When I first sipped this beer there was literally a sensory overload as thousands of flavors flashed into my brain at the same time. If my life were a flavor profile, then my life definitely flashed before my eyes with this impressive beer.

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

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

Bottle cap date: 31.03.11

A: This trappist ale is a hazy, yellow or straw hue. The beer is extremely effervescent, with bubbles rising in rapid ascension to the surface. There, the bubbles encounter a mammoth head seemingly comprised of sea foam and whipped meringue.

S: The aroma is potent, wonderful and full of bitter hops in the Belgian style, a la Belgian IPA.

T: This beer tastes fabulous. I am pleased, but not surprised, as I consider Brouwerij Westvleteren to be one of the finest breweries on the planet. There is a slight funk and/or yeastiness that adds another layer of complexity. There is a strong hop presence throughout the aroma and every step of the taste. It's also worth mentioning that this 5.8% Belgian pale ale was bottled nearly two years ago and held up like a champ. Absolutely delicious.

M: The finish is of bitter hops, with crisp carbonation throughout. The feel is somewhat dry, as well.

D: What a great beer. I'm so glad to have tried it. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 0.33L bottle into my Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary tulip. Cap is dated 17.12.10.

a - Pours a crisp, very clear golden color with 2 fingers of fluffy white head that lasts for 3-4 minutes, and high carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, Belgian yeast, apples, citrus, bananas, light fruity malts, and maybe a hint of cloves. Smell is really enjoyable and complex.

t - Tastes of spices, pepper, light fruity malts, bready malts, and light citrus. Also some yeast. Not getting any alcohol.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Nice and crisp.

d - Overall I thought this was a very good pale ale. While not usually my favorite style, I thought this beer smelt great and was very complex. I also felt like it was very easy to drink; I felt like I could definitely put a few of these down, and would actually want to. Taste was good but pretty standard, heavy on the spices. Would definitely have again and glad I got to try a bottle.

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Photo of megahurts4
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Westvleteren Blond

Appearance: Golden orange, medium pillowing head with very good lacing.

Smell: Citrus fruits, dates, raisins, and slight hop.

Taste: Floral hops, citrus fruits, dates, raisins, and some yeast.

Mouthfeel: Light and smooth.

Perfect balance. This is delicious and light feeling. It reminds me of a Mikkeller that was refined further.

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Photo of kwjd
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sammy for sharing this one with me! Apparently bottle has been aged since either 2003 or 2004.

Pours a pale yellow colour with nice white head. Smell is quite fruity, but also has a grassy edge to it. Quite a complex smell that I really can't describe it. Flavour is really nice, small bitterness, but lots of sweetness and the Belgian flavours come through. Very dry finish. A really nice beer and I have no idea how they packed that much complexity under 6% abv.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light, creamy blonde with a nice white head. Smell is quite complex with notes of light fruits, citrus peel, hops, and a bit of bready dough. Taste is quite similar, with some of the drier, white stone fruits taking over a little bit and fading into a nice, hoppy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is quite light and well carbonated with a nice dry finish. Excellent drinkability. Can only dream of sitting in Belgium drinking a few of these.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.62/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Time to finish off the review trifecta of the three Westy items. This is the second time I've had this beer two times, but this is the first opportunity to sit with a bottle and write a review.

Pours into my snifter glass with a finger of foamy white head. This fades to a thin film of foam across the top of the beer. The beer is a slightly hazy golden color with some sparse carbonation.

Aroma is of sweet candied sugar, yeast and some light fruit.

Flavor also prominently shows some candied sugar along with some rubber notes and perhaps a touch of almond. There is a touch of yeast in the background as well. Some light malt plays in the background just below the surface. Getting a bit of pear here.

Carbonation is prickly on the tip of your tongue. Very dry on your tongue as well. Fairly light bodied.

While this is a decent beer, it does not live up to the 8 or 12... I think I'd rather have a Taras Boulba..

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my tasting notes of a decent sized sample I consumed at an epic tasting event held with the members of the SMBDC.

Appears pale straw with a huge white foam head. It is the color of white grapes. Pale malts make up a majority of the aroma, but there is also some yeast notes. The taste begins malty sweet, but with a candi sugar sweetness finish, along with a does of spices. It is dry and champagne like. It is easy drinking, but the amount of spices may be a bit much. This beer gets less respect than the stronger offerings from this brewery, but it is still a solid beverage.

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Trappist Westvleteren Blonde from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
4.25 out of 5 based on 900 ratings.
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