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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 1135   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (4853) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2003
Finally, the last of the Westies is complete. I've had all three Rochies and all three of these, and its safe to say that I'd prefer any Westy over any Rochie. The colour of this beer is a nice blonde (no kidding, huh) with hazy highlights and a soft fluffy white head. If you look hard and really notice, you can see trillions of small bubbles rising on the side of the glass. The aroma is very nice for a 'white', with definate yeastie smells and then some of the banana variety. The taste is light bodied with drying characteristics. Good flavour with yeast, fresh characteristics (one might think of coriander), and a soft white pepper kick. The palating of this beer includes definate drying characteristics as well as some hop bitterness, which is very nice...especially on a warm summer day. A warm welcome from a trappist that cannot do anything wrong. A great beer that really everyone should try if they like their belgies.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5342) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 27, 2003
Beautiful deep amber body with an effervescent rocky white head. Nice spicy and slightly yeasty nose. I can smell Belgium! Slightly bitter taste with a little more hops kicking in. Leaves a little of the bitterness on the tongue and has sort of an earthy quality about it. Wonderful beer and totally different from the 8 and 12. Perhaps their table beer, a la Chimay Doree or Petit Orval??

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 23, 2003
Pours with a clear golden body topped by a meium thick frothy white head that leaves lots of lace. Slightly sweet yet sour somewhat smokey (marijuana?) aroma with slightly spicy grassy notes. Bitter slighlty hoppy flavor with a touch of sweetness and grainy, grassy notes. The finish is slightly bitter and salty. Medium to full bodied and slightly tingly.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUN 20, 2003
Veeeery interesting. To make the standard claim, #600, whoohoo, all that crap. Clear golden, nice thin, sticky head. Nose is toasty, a bit sweet. Interesting taste, but not phenomenal. Quite yeasty, some nuttiness, a bit of spice. Very dry, apricot fruitiness, not much. Palate is a bit hefty, quite nice. A good brew, but the only reason it gets ranked so highly is it's a Westy. If this is 98th percentile I will eat a bug. And then drink a Bud.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 1, 2003
A simple, elegant brew. Very yeasty with a touch of spice. Very soft mouthfeel. Very, very easy to drink. A great session beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fraternie (843) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2003
Aroma reminiscent of a tripel. Rich notes of toffee/caramel in the malt combined with a light yeasty/lemon flavor, almost wheaty. Soft nose and mouthfeel. Finish seems way too bitter and out of balance to me, which is too bad. Oh my God, I just made a complaint about a Westy beer. Complex nonetheless.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Caton (160) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2003
Wow, what a great brew!!! Obviously a bit more delicate, that the 12 and the 8, but it has lots of character. very floral hoppy nose. Slightly burnt malt character and nicely hoppy and bitter finish, pretty spot on i think, and nice and dry, i dug this a lot. Now this is a session beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2003
Pour is a medium golden with a thin dying white head. Lightly spiced Belgian yeast aroma. Smooth bready biscuit malt flavor with a medium bitter finish. Mellow, crisp body. This is a good session ale and quite unique.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 15, 2003
Hazy yellow with a billowing white head. Spicy, yeasty notes in nose and flavor, but very clean. Almost too clean for me, and the beer tastes like it was missing important spices, at least they should be more pronounced. Slightly thin with a grassy, dry finish. Not nearly as solid as their other brews.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2564) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 11, 2003
Bottle (green cap). A hazy golden color with a white head. The nose yeilds grapefruit, apples, and herbs. A dry butterscotch, flowery, and grassy flavor. It is crisp/coarse and bitter with a few layers of depth. My bottle may be a couple of years too old.


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