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

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RATINGS: 1219   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DanielBrown (4268) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2004
Bottle at Dulle Griet, Ghent. Extremely delicious Blond Ale - the best of the night! A perfect combination of fruit and sparkle, smoothness and hoppy bitter crunch. Slightly tangy aroma. Bright yellow beer, with a smooth, swampy (small) head and Belgian lacing. Superb stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 7, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2010 Cloudy blonde color with yeast in suspension, thin white head. Seductive aroma of earthy yeast, barnyard and spices. Mild flavor of hops with an amazing flavor of earthy yeast, barnyard and spices, bitter finish. Full body, slightly creamy texture, soft carbonation. Wow, this stuff is absolutely amazing, it has an assertive yeast character but remains easily drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub (12169) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2004
Bottle Conditioned at The Waagstuck, Antwerpen. Sl hazed Orange with big white head. Sharp zesty citric flavours with a spicy undernote. Faultless really for the style, its just that these blondes seem to leave the flavour a little short. Bitter hopping and a long finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2004
Light yellow, hazy, beautyful rocky head. Smells like very much Duvel - maybe a bit sulphuric. Excellent carbonation and light but good mouthfeel. Very, very dry, with a bitter finish. Reminds me of a lightly hopped Duvel. Refreshing, bot my favourite beer style.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2004
Lovely pale orange hue, cloudy, resting under a thick, tapioca-ish, creamy crown of foam...angelic aroma, a zesty, spicy, but still mellow blend, soft and slightly citric, bits of lemon rind and ginger flit about...good stuff. Sweetness on the tongue, too, rich and creamy mouthfeel, wondrous texture, really fills the mouth, and stays long on the palate. Light bodied, exquisite drinkability, a beer any good monk (and I’m tryin’ to be one, lord, I am!) should surely deserve to luxuriate with throughout the remainder of a well-won day. Probably the finest session ale ever brewed...no stretch here! A superb little beer, absolutely delightful!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 16, 2004
Hazy golden color, light fruity aroma and bitter taste, full body, heavy dry bitter finish.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 16, 2004
Surprisingly strong, perfume-like, floral hop nose with underlying doughy yeast aroma. Opaque, deep blonde with a finger of white, fine-bubbled head that recedes slowly. Citrus-lemon notes, cookie dough and big sweet malt flavours with a fair bitterness and plenty of spices in the finish. Soft mouth and fine-bubbled carbonation with a crisp bitterness. The monk’s working beer certainly gives pause for reflection. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere at The Moan and Dove (Amherst, Massachusetts).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2004
An awesome beer that you can easily tell is from the people that make 12. Dry, yet malty sweet with some floral hop bite to it. Smooth but just a tad sweet.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rastacouere (6164) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2004
Bottle at the Moan and Dove. Nice pour. It’s a mysterious cloudy golden, obviously bottle-conditioned. The nice lasting 1cm cover of moon white head makes the westmalle chalice looks particularly attractive. Aroma is surprisingly hoppy, I’m first striked by a wave of floral goodness complemented by grassy undertones. Definite champaign qualities despite the big malty sweet components. Candi sugar is not used with moderation for a 6% ale, malt is honeyish, pilsner malt? and imparts coconut and bready aromas. Very yeasty palate all around, dry all the way. Spicy (pepper, mint, sage). Delicately flowery. Balancing mild tartness, mostly on the citric lemon side, salty finished with very restrained bitterness. You’re welcomed in my glass anywhen my dear. A good dose of various herbs is always a pleasure to taste as long as it’s more of a complement than the unique focus. No alcohol is noticeable in there. That’s their session beer? It just made a monk out of me.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5782) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2004
Poured a hazy golden color with a medium white head, very nice. Lightly hopped, yeast, fruity aroma. Citrusy, hoppy, lightly bitter. Fruity mild tripelish qualities. Light alcohol and nicely carbonated.


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