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

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RATINGS: 1098   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Indra (2593) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 21, 2002
Honey, spice, a light touch of white wine and muscat grape in the aroma, along with a surprisingly cereal-like maltiness. Golden blond color with a bit of dusty grey sediment and a reasonable head. Bready, cereal malt flavors here, with a light fruitiness, spice and a light amount of complex sweetness. Palate is lightly carbonated with a soft body. Aftertaste is mostly malty and spice, with a little sweetness. This beer was something of a surprise to me, I suppose it just didn’t fit the mental picture I had formed of what Westy Blond would be like. That’s sure not a bad thing, it’s just that this beer is rather unlike anything else I have tasted to date. It’s also very, very good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29134) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2002
A slightly unclear golden beer with at very good head. It has a very powerful aroma of fruit and ale yeast. The flavor is fresh at first and then woody and finishing with some sharpness on the back of the tongue - a for me unrecoqnizable spice. A very complex flavor.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - NOV 16, 2002
Very very tasty indeed - the only beer I can think of that tastes anything remotely like Orval. Heaps of heavy coriander hits you, then evaporates in a really dry, salty and bitter finish, with a touch of passionfruit or something from the yeast. I like this maybe even more than the other Westies - sacrilege I know.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skortila (4433) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - NOV 10, 2002
Cloudy orange blond colour, lasting head. Spicy aroma with citrusfruits. Taste is typical for a blond, well balanced westy style is definately there. Spicy and oranges in the taste. Finish is more bitter, dry. Very good blond brew, but I am very sure that this beer has 4+ average due to his big brothers.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
caesar (4950) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 10, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2011 Blond color, with creamy longlasting head. Spicy aroma, oranges, melon. Best Westvleteren around, hands down.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (10140) - Søborg, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2002
Quite different from the other Westys. Has a cloudy orange colour, and a magnificent head. Aroma is yeasty and spicy. Has a somewhat more bitter and alcaholic taste, but still a very good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - OCT 24, 2002
Blond beer with a medium head. A lot of hop and yeast in the aroma. Very bitter aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2002
Some similarities to other blondes with cereals and plants. Curiously, I spotted no fruit. It tasted like the outdoors, I guess that barnyard type taste. However, it was very refreshing on a warm summer day.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 23, 2002
Westvletern - basically what beer dreams are made of. The blond was a wonderful conclusion to a three glass tasting I had at the monastery ’bar’ this summer after riding a bike from Yerpes. Amazing floral hop aromas met my nose before great flavours of green apple and spice met my tongue. A close to perfect clean dry finish. I wanted to stay forever.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (8861) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2002
UPDATED: APR 7, 2003 One of the better Wits out there. This is a Wit, isn't it? The aroma is moderately malty and heavily yeasty. I also detected lemon, coriander, pepper and, of course, alcohol. A murky, medium yellow color. Small, fizzy, white head. A lightly malty flavor to start and then the spice kicks in to bitter things up a bit. Hint of black pepper in the mouth. Medium bodied with a dry, fizzy mouthfeel. Nice crisp, dry finish. Excellent effort from those wacky trappist monks.


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