Boutip (5215) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 3, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Poured a beautiful lightly hazy blonde with a huge bubbly head with perfect retention. Aroma is floral with some light spices in the undertone. Taste is very refreshing with the malts coming out first followed by some hard to distinguish spices followed by a sweet ending. Body is medium with great carbonation and alcohol is not detectable. Wow! This is one great light Belgian ale. Too bad I cannot get my hand on this stuff more regularly.
motelpogo (7244) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 28, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
after hearing duff and eczematic tell me this was better than westy 12, i was really thrilled that spiesy brought a bottle of this over. but, alas, like sully i was pretty disappointed. cloudy blond, light lemon pip aroma, salty yeast taste with mild bitterness. pretty gutless. way inferior to the abbaye des rocs altitude 6 but more on that elsewhere
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - APR 26, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I think this is going to hurt. My first tilt at a Westy and it had to be this. Great presentation in the glass, albeit not a trappist one. The head appeared to be creamy and well formed. The nose presented with a bit of understatement, what I wanted it to say is unclear but it didn't yell "I am Westy, I am great". Instead it sat there with a degree of Belgian indifference. Come the taste test, bugger. This was thin and largely uninspiring. Even though it had made the long journey to Australia it was via Spiesy's carry on luggage so it should not have been too upset by the journey.
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - APR 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The Wharf, Aalborg. Golden colour, nice head. Grass, malt, some acidity, pleasent bitterness, dry. Very nice.
CEZ (405) - Milano, ITALY - APR 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Obviously much less complex than the more powerful Westy 8 or 12. Golden body, medium carbonation; soft, medium white head, mostly lasting. Very refreshing aroma (herbal, citrus, spices, straw). Taste is clean, malty and with a sweet orange touch, with a hoppy and almost bitter finish. Balanced and tasty. The only problem with this beer is its price, and that's why I think I'll stick to Orval.
jutuahol (189) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - APR 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled @ Helsinki Beer Festival 2004
Orange and light brown in color, thick near-white head. Fruity, spicy (pepper), sweet and smooth nose. Medium to full body, smooth. Flavor is fruity, a bit sweet, spicy, a bit peppery and there is also notes of yeast. Nice trappist.
Gazza (726) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very unusual Trappist beer that replaced another unusual beer, Westy 6. All that is history though, and blonde is the present. As I don’t really like Blonde beers, finding them rather plain and boring, I wasn’t really looking forwards to this one – until I poured it. Immediately the strong smack of lemony hops came out of the glass and I knew this wasn’t an ordinary blonde beer. Lovely golden colour with a bewitching hop aroma. Excellent bitter, very bitter, and hoppy flavour balanced by maltiness and a balanced yet bitter finish. A classic blonde beer for others to strive for. (bottle in De Torre, De Haan an Zee)
TBone (14267) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 4, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2005 Bottled, BB 2.11.04 (Helsinki Beer Festival 2004)
HAzy golden. Small but firm head. Aroma is malty and flowery. Taste is malts, citron and hops. Mouthfeel extremely smooth and freshing. (7/3/9/5/17 4.1)
Re-rated, bottled (BB 24.9.2005)
Hazy yellow, big creamy head, lots of lace. Aroma has lime, watermelon, horse blanket and tobacco ash. Citric flavors burst into mouth first. Citric hoppy, medium-bodied, extremely well-balanced blonde. (7/3/9/4/15 3.8)
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - MAR 31, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A big frothy white head on a light goldern body. Little haze present and numerous small bubbles. Aroma is very nice with a yeasty presence along with flowery hopps. Flavor is lightly sweet, well balanced and finishes somwhat bitter (grassy). Good mouthfeel on this medium bodied beer. Good effort Monks.
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finally I have got my hands on some Westvleteren beers and am looking forward to finding out whether they are as good as people make out. Golden hue with a foamy white fairly large head that on my beer had a peppering of sediment from the bottle. Strong herbal hoppy aroma with a hint of orange. Wonderfully complex but soft and smooth taste. Has an intense dryness and a very pleasant bitter bite in the finish. Flavours of citrus and a hint of pear and orange. Simpley sublime, a truely great beer.