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

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Trappist Westvleteren BlondeTrappist Westvleteren Blonde

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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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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden yellow body. Medium white head and a medium collar.

Smell - Grassy hops. Spicy earthy malts. A touch of sweet pale malts and belgian yeast.

Taste - Grassy hops are sustained throughout. Pale malt. Spiciness and earthiness build into a mild bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Light body. Well carbonated. Slightly soft and creamy.

Overall - Well made. The grassy hops surprised me. Didn't expect such an aggressive flavor.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle, green cap, dated 20.11.15, served in a Holiday Inn plastic cup in Paris. Purchased at some random store in Brussels. Yeast left in the bottle during the pour.

Pours translucent gold with a big white head that fades slowly. Smell is bananas and grass or greens of some sort.

Taste is very rich, very malt forward. Strong banana aftertaste, more grass and some flowers. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is light. Overall, very tasty beer.

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Photo of aleigator
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big white head, pale yellow hazy color.

Refreshing grass, sugar, spiced yeast, a bit funky. Hints of spice, especially clove. Sweet, refreshing, hay and yeast adding up well with the spices, hints of honey. Very well balanced, perfect fitting carbonation, which leads to a smooth, fresh mouthfeel. Clove is big in this, without being too present on the tastebuds. Results in a warm, yeast supported, pleasant finish.

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Photo of Wanne
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer has a nice blond color, which is a bit cloudy. In its aroma, it combines malt, yeast and some fruit accents. These are also reappear in the taste, where the fruit accent hints at the combination of banana and citrus. The most amazing is the balance you find in this beer. Definitely a benchmark for blond abbey/trappist style beers.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark golden hued with good clarity. A fingernail of light brown head covers most of the top. I smell light malt with the faint hint of light candy sugar. The flavor is comprised of light candy sugar and delicate,light malt. There's a light spice note in the malt that is reminiscent of cardamom and a touch of clove but it is brief. The body is highly carbonated and bone dry.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really shiny golden pour with a big pillowy white head kept alive by a lot of fizziness.
Smell of sweetish soft bread, apricot, apple, faint honey and clove, soft yeast.
Sweet spicy and fruity start, like pear, quince, and light citrus. Big spicy yeasts, on top of the soft bready malts (clove, pepper, cardamom, dry herbs). A touch of honey. Mild bitter hop finish.
Aftertaste is spicy and a bit bitter. Medium carbonation, medium to light bodied.
A standard for abbey blonds, with that special Sint-Sixtus yeast bringing a nice bit of complexity and some refreshing hop to help along.

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Photo of davidlown
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Why can't there be another Belgium blonde (less than 7%) this good? No USA version ever comes close. This has it all. It somehow toes the line of flavor, fullness, and lightness perfectly. Flavor, effervescence, aroma, even surprising hops. Absolute beauty.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle poured into tulip 29/12/14, big cheers to kumatmebrew for the long time want

A hazy milky bright yellow, saturated with some of the tiniest bubbles ever, I'm talking snow globe style with the sediment being pushed around, large bone white foams pretty dense and ever so slowly falls to a table top island leaving 4 distinct pencil thin rings on the way down. There's no room for improvement in this department

S yeasts in charge, spicy, fruity, some banana, peaches, pineapple, lemon peel, baking bread, some hay, there's plenty going on here

T more of the same in the mouth, not quite as fruity and still plenty of yeasty spice, some sweet grains and a hint of bubble gum

M light, fluffy, a little prickly from the tiny bubbles, a little slick in the mouth, fruity, spicy yeast lingers

O I didn't want to like this beer as much as I did but its bang on for the style, my glass is already empty at this point and I was typing fast

I think this is my favorite of the Westy's, very well put together and drinkable as all hell, nearing its BB date next year now I want to try a super fresh bottle more then anything

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Photo of guildencrantz
3.39/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I just don't care for many blonde ales: This is better than many, but it's not great. The lack of malty depth let the esters play a little too much. The lacy head was pleasant (though, still spicier than I care for).

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Photo of SebD
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/yellowcolor to it with a fair amount of sediment. It has a nice fluffy white head that dies down slowly and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, bready malts, banana, lemon, clove, light pepper and floral hops mixed in there as well.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some Belgian yeast straight up, some breadiness, banana, clove, some citrus/lemon, light pepper and some grassy/floral hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. Solid Belgian Pale.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of boddhitree
4.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got it in Brussels and let it lager for 3 months. It's golden but cloudy from yeast. The aroma is weaker than I expected, but everything else is wonderful. It's a tad spicy, but wonderfully full-bodied. It tastes like a Belgian pale ale with a slightly dry aftertaste.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%

Fresh bottle poured at Kulminator in Antwerp. Pours hazy yellow with lots of yeasties floating around and a fluffy white head on top. Aroma of straw and hops, plenty of yeast and light fruits. Flavor is slightly dry, with apples and pears pairing with straw, a bit of sweetness balanced with hop bite, tripel funk, and some other yeast spice. Light bodied, medium plus carbonation. Really nice brew and glad I have some bottles to take home.

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Photo of stevoj
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A very good blonde, but pales in comparison to its sister brews. Sweet and bready, and perfect for those who don’t like the heavier styles. Does get better with age though. I'm still cellarring some of the case I picked up in 2013.

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Photo of WTKeene
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured from a bottle with a Best by date of 14.02.15 into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Blonde, slightly hazy, with a white head that lasts a while and fades to a creamy, thick crown and lacing.

Smell: Loads of belgian yeast, hints of banana, sweet creamy sugar. A bready malt comes though too.

Taste: Pretty standard Belgian blonde really. A tiny hint of skunk toward the end but not unpleasant. Basically the same as the smell. A pale hop character leaves some bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Appropriately effervescent and creamy, really lovely for the style.

Overall: A very solid beer. Not one I'll necessarily go out of my way to get again, but it's clear why Westvleteren is held in such high regard.

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Photo of endovelico
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: What a beauty! Great orange hue with a decent head and lacing to boot. Little effervescence and no floaties.

Smell: Medium intensity. Funky, orange, banana, bready, yeasty and grainy. Very delicate and rustic feeling.

Taste: Follows on the nose, albeit in a slightly more muted and mild manner.

Mouthfeel: Near perfection. Everything you would ever want from a Belgian blond: Low carbonation, mildly acetic, medium full bodied, warming ABV and a long delicious clovey, banana and fruity aftertaste.

Overall: A beautiful beer that falls short only where it concerns aromatic intensity.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy yellow brown oxidated pineapple juice colour, a finger of creamy yellowish white head. Sexy whipped cream like lacing and a ton of yellowish floaties settled after a few minutes.

S: Cereal malts, sweet, light, fruity

T: A song in my mind goes lalalalala- its so fresh, sweet, and balances with bitter hops, caramel and a little fruitiness, slight blue cheese like bite.

M: Thick, slightly syrupy, bready body.

O: Drank at In De Vred, Vleteren, Nov 27, 2013. I am loving this experience. Like a ride through farmers fields to get here. I had a plate of their cheese and bread with it.

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Photo of Jonada
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a Rochefort goblet. Best before 11/21/2014

Appearance: Pours a hazy light orange color with 1 finger of a white head. Good retention and lacing. Body is very hazy with a quite a bit of visible yeast sediment and lots of visible carbonation.

Smell: Apple, pear, pepper, clove, banana and a slight grassy character.

Taste: Banana, big spicy Belgian yeast character, a touch of grassy hops, crackery malt and maybe a touch of lemon in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel. Carbonation is medium, bordering on high. Finishes dry with a very mild bitterness.

Overall: A really nice Belgian pale ale, and if this were available on a shelf, I'd probably pick it up with semi regularity. However, since it's not, I wouldn't recommend going to any great lengths to obtain it.

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Photo of kevanb
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

335ml bottle, best before march 2015, leading me to believe this is 2 years old, poured into a 33cl Westvleteren silver rimmed goblet.

The beer pours a hazy straw color, hues of gold with a loose, fizzy, white head, nearly 2 fingers high that has decent retention yielding a nice amount of spotted lace. The aroma is yeasty, nice amount of spice, but with some sweet and light fruit, peppery with some earthy pale grain. It's straightforward and simple, but inviting nonetheless. The flavors match well, peppery spice, strong belgian yeast that brings out some light fruit, maybe a bit of white peach, but also light berry that ranges to banana, with plenty of cracked pale grain that is a bit musty. The body is lively, good zip, perhaps a bit abrasive, but the finish is moderately creamy, but feels a bit thin.

Verdict: A nice and enjoyable Belgian Pale Ale, simple and refreshing with a nice balance of flavors. I'm not convinced this is the freshest bottle, and this is not a style I believe fares well with age so I'd love to revisit this beer again when I can guarantee freshness. Still, I enjoyed this and would definitely enjoy it again.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Short's chalice. Green cap dated 21.03.14 which I believe is supposed to be more of a "best before" date, not sure when this was bottled though.

A- Pours a yellowish golden with a finger's worth of white foamy head that has great retention. A bit hazy with a considerable amount of carbonation.

S- Esters, clove, Belgian spices, bready yeast, fairly floral smelling. Pleasant, complex, great for the style.

T- Esters, clove, healthy dose of Belgian spices, lightly bitter (fades as it warms), bready yeast, bananas, pineapple, floral notes. Complex, very well balanced, don't drink this style often but this is easily the best I've had of it.

M- Medium bodied, very smooth and drinkable, carbonation adds a nice presence.

O- I've never been a huge fan of blonde ales, but this was awesome for the style and I wouldn't mind drinking these on a regular basis. Nice complexity, flavorful, and extremely drinkable. Definitely worth seeking it out. I'd recommend drinking this around room temperature as the bitterness fades and the flavors come out a bit more.

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Photo of EdKing
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared with harrisoni in the Westvleteren Cafe. Wow, what a beer. So Ian built this one up for me as an amazing beer and to be honest I was sceptical about a Belgian blond. However it is a revelation and took some of the shine off my crates of Westy 12, as I suddenly wanted some of this to take home too. Gives me something to look forward to next time. Very bright amber and fresh looking beer. Up close there’s tiny specks of grain in the hazy beer. Bright head is medium to full, and fluffy and light. Nose is a big burst of fresh citrousy lemony hops, with citrous acidic, pithy lemon and satsuma, crisp yeast. Taste is a big burst of lemony hops, crisp Belgian yeast. It’s light, effervescent and leaves a tingling lemon citrous bitterness on the tongue well after sipping. Lovely finish. There’s also a little bit of lemon curd creaminess to it. Light as a feather and bursting with citrousy hop. This is a great beer and probably the best Belgian blonde beer I’ve had by a long way.

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Photo of benfons
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: doesn't look great; pale blonde colour; clear, white head, not too big

S: floral hops, spices, hints of apple and honey

T: once again the floral hops; the spices, apple and honey are still there, but are countered by the bitterness, pretty good

M: I'd like a bit more body, carbonation is fine

O: really good beer, but slightly overrated

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Photo of pkalix
4.94/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

super nice aroma. not glaringly rich and sweet like many of the BPAs I've had. nice head on top with sediment specks all throughout the head and glass. I guess it WAS a long ride, but I did give it a few days to settle. head simmers to just a fine layer. very nice and very beautiful on the pour. the sediment is very excusable considering its journey. mild hops in the taste. almost a pilsner kind of hoppiness to the taste, but otherwise pilsner-like. smooth and very refreshing, this is a wonderful brew. some green apple, some hay. reminiscent of a run through a field in Nebraska (I have never been anywhere near Nebraska- maybe it's all the movies?) my vocabulary isn't nearly as refined as some of these other reviewers, but this is very special. it's not overwhelmingly rich and sweet like some of the 'wannabe' American Belgians (or even some of the other Belgians) and they have just got this one simply right. the shipping was a bit extraordinary, but worth it considering I always wanted to try these brews. this would be the PERFECT lawnmower beer if it were available around the block!!! licking the yeasty sediment of the bottle it's very sweet! alright, I admit, I French licked the bottle. not to be gross but there is a huge amount of flavor on the inside of this bottle neck! mouthfeel is above medium in heaviness but feels really good and satisfies almost as if I had eaten a small meal. I may be starstruck due to the celebrity, but this gets very high ratings from me. if it were of the same difficulty in finding as Pliny, I would say this one would get my attention a little bit more. for awhile, at least....

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a world class belgian blond, entirely yeast driven and absolutely delicious. had the pleasure of drinking the 12 and 8 in the same session, which is sort of a once in a lifetime experience. this is hazy pale blond in color with over an inch of just off white head and prickly carbonation. the nose is all yeast, just a little pale malt sweetness, but i get pollen and cut hay and ancient harvest vibes from the yeast. its got a touch of spice in the flavor, bitterness too, and is one of the most balanced light beers ive seen. the way the yeast has so completely fermented all the sugar in this is impressive, and the resulting dry snappy mouthfeel gives this beer unrivaled drinkability. full flavored for the color, i would love to get my hands on some of this yeast for my own brewing pursuits. top quality brew here, the americans still have a long way to go before we consistently make beer this good in this style.

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Photo of gr0g
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy and golden in color, traces of sediment. A tall, pillowy head lasts for ages and leaves plenty of lacing. Some mustiness on the aroma as though Brett has contributed. Light floral hops and green apple. Some lemon zest notes and faint spices.

Moderately dry and slightly bitter, the flavor profile is pretty complex for a sub-6% ABV beer. Light, basic malt profile of cracker-like grain. A trace of clove. Unripe apple and pear. Soft, slick mouthfeel with sudsy carbonation. This isn't intensely flavorful but everything comes together very nicely.

Westy Blonde is a top-notch BPA that packs a lot of flavor into a relatively "light" beer. Certainly among the top examples of the style.

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Photo of icehawk
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (2008 vintage)

Appearance: Slightly cloudy straw

Aroma: Very effervescent bananas and other light fruits

Taste: Slightly sweet with flavors of fresh fruit; bananas, apples

Palate: Medium/Light body with a fairly lively mouthfeel. Smooth finish with a slight pepper sensation

Overall: Amazing aroma and flavors; very enjoyable and complex for a relatively light ABV.

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Trappist Westvleteren Blonde from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
4.25 out of 5 based on 888 ratings.
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