RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Exciting beading going on in my glass...now THAT’S what I’m talkin’ about! Sweet fruity/yeasty/honey flavors all well balanced with a sweet malt base. Sweet, but not cloying in any way. Mild hop bitterness in the clean, crisp finish.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2006 Something to look at, a slightly hazy yellow with intense beading and a dense, creamy white head. The aroma is a sweet light malt with pomes and cherries and a strong yeasty undertone. Very soft in the mouth, but the lively carbonation is quite evident. The flavor is a light, candy sweet malt blended with apples and pears, yeast and gentle hop bitterness. The finish is pretty clean, leaving a hint of a honey, fruity sweetness on the tongue. This is a very, very good beer, but not an excellent one.
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Choos (729) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - SEP 15, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: candy, pear and sharp apples. Appearance: cloudy orange, large fluffuly head with great lacing. Flavour: pear sharp hops, light malt. Palate: thin well carbonated lingering bitterness. Great stuff!
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
If this were anything but a Westvleteren the reviews would be higher, since it is an amazing beer by anyone else’s standards. Beautiful huge head of foam on a cloudy yellow body ... my classic lemon meringue pie look for a Belgian blond. Good mouth, good balance, bready yeasty malty citrus, with a long finish of lemon and bitter hops. Great. And it’s less than 6% alcohol; that much flavor in a relatively low alcohol Belgian deserves a bonus point.
hefevice (72) - Brisbane beer desert, AUSTRALIA - SEP 11, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted at the In De Vrede cafe over the road from the brewery. Presented in a Westvleteren challis, hazy straw yellow with plenty of bright white compact head perfectly filling the challis. Aroma is of honey and feint cloves, with the very slightest hint of flowery hops - subtle and nicely balanced. Taste is so well balanced it is hard to pick out individual flavours, maybe some orange peel over the malt background, with a little light clove spiciness. Finish is nicely balanced with crisp refreshing bitterness from the hops, but beyond that there is no hops flavour dominance noticeable. Mouth was light and fluffy, but not watery. Complemented the flavours nicely. Very drinkable on a hot day (which it was when I visited). A pity I was limited to only one as I had to drive back to Paris. Looking forward to trying the 8 and 12’s I have brought home.
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This has got to be the best blonde ale that Ive had, nice hazy amber colour, lasting head with a taste that I cant quite put my finger on? Hoppy and fragrant without any bitterness,this seems a great way to begin tasting Westvleteren....the only trouble is getting hold of an 8 and a 12!!
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Mes rate:
Blondes are not my thing really but as they go this is as good as I have had. Full fruity hoppy great palate. Head lasts well. Just great all round really.
heemer77 (5294) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Kevin who got the bottle from Duane. Thanks a lot to both of them. Poured a hazy gold. The aroma is certainly Westy with some fresh grass, pears and light flowers. There is also a very subtle citrus hint. The taste is bready and sweet with some spicy clove. There is also some subtle Red Delicious Apple. Nicely done.
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Grassy, hoppy aroma with a little fruitiness. The taste is very similar, thpough slightly sweet and very drinkable. Need to get some more, one of the best blonde’s iv had, though grassy top an exsteme level.
vanvenlo (1773) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
8 June 2005 - Luscious fruit hops. Cloudy golden-orange colour, great lacing and good head. Light malt with complex hop flavour. Crisp finish with lingering fruit hops. Overall - Very good for a blond beer.