Brewed by Westvleteren Abdij St. Sixtus
Style: Belgian Ale
Westvleteren, Belgium


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RATINGS: 1277   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Westvleteren Blond 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2005
Shared a bottle with Humulone Red...thanks!! It is gold with a slight haze. It has a georgeous white head. The aroma is spicy, peppery, grassy, and has some green pepper. The flavor is pretty bitter! It will surprise you but it is delicious in combination with a slight tartness, some leather, earthy and some funk. Amazing beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2005
Bottle - Pours blonde with a huge white sudsy head that laces quite well. Aroma is some hops, yeast, and a touch of lemon. Flavor is quite yeasty as well with notes of spice/pepper. Some citrus notes in the flavor as well.. A little orange and some lemon. Many different things come through and make this a complex beer for it’s color. The mouthfeel is great on this one. Just perfect carbonation and a wonderful dry finish. Not bad.. I look forward to the other 2 Westys in my basement now.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2005
(Bottle 33 cl) It’s rare but it does happen: a new Trappist beer. Pale golden with a huge head. Quite lightbodied with a very, very pronounced bitterness throughout. Fruity and fresh but also a bit sharp. Rather unusual trappist - perhaps Orval is the closest relative. But this lacks that beers refined spicyness. 220501

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 23, 2005
Bottle, puirchased at the abbey and packed back to SD! Pours cloudy whitish gold color with some noticible particulates and a creamy white head. Yeasty, bready, citrus aroma with lemon and spice, tangerine, white pepper and herby hops. Light and complex flavor, yeast and lemon, more white pepper and spicy hops. Smooth and medium body, creamy carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2005
Courtesy of Wohlfs. Pours blond with white head. Lots of citrus and spice/pepper in the aroma. Flavor very skunky with a harsh metallic tatse to it. Very harsh aftertaste. Dissapointed to say the least.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JUL 14, 2005
Pours hazy yellow, big white head. Spicy aroma, somehwat floral. Taste is spiced malt, sharp hops. Good body which leaves nice lacing. Great balance. Great beer, high price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11180) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2005
Well I have worked my way "down" the Westy ladder and enjoyed the trip! While not as good as the 8 or 12, you can still tell that this beer is crafted with skill and care. Hazy golden yellow with a super thick white head that lasts a long time. Thick sheets of lacing. Aroma of citrus and floral hops. Medium-bodied and dry with spicy hops and citrus flavoring. Wonderful balance throughout. The finish is lightly bitter with yeast and spice flavors. I’d love to have any of the Westy brews again but considering the hefty price tag I’ll probably stick with the 12 from here on out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2005
hazy blonde, lacey white head. yeasty, biscuitymalt, mild apple and ropical fruit aroma. flavour had more tripoical fruit, pepper, pear, fresh doughy malt. lingering spicy bitterness. thanks jan primus

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 2, 2005
Complex taste. Starts sweet then ends with a medium bitterness. On the way it has a very complex array of taste notes that dance around. Available at Belgium Shop in Brussels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 27, 2005
Slightly murky golden hue with immense creamy head and silky lacing. Spice (coriander/citrus) and malt aroma with notes of tobacco and leather. I also get hints of black pepper and fresh green chilies . Hoppy grapefruit bitterness that is not overwhelming but balances the flavor and fades into a nice malt and spice background. This bottle is from Belgium Shop and seems to be “young”. It is a great beer now and I only see it getting better.

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