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


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RATINGS: 1159   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Geiserich (3562) - Linz, AUSTRIA - NOV 18, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2008 Bottled: Shy aroma, juniper, candies. Hazy, light orange color. Medium bodied, intensive hopped with herbal and bitter hop notes. Quite dry with juniper notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 11, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2005 Pale yellow with white head. Herbal aroma with notes of malt and hops. Sweet flavor with notes of rocks and fresh hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2003
Bottle pours a slightly hazy yellow golden color with a medium size rocky head and little lace. The aroma is somewhat musty and floral. The flavor is rather bitter in the finish. I'm really not sure what it has going on in the front. The body is light and somewhat carbonated. Overall, it is OK. It is quite balanced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2003
Pours a sort of dark, golden blonde, with a huuuge head. Smells musty. Not much going on for aroma or flavor, and the palate seems a bit watery. Sorry, but it was hard for me to get excited over this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonas (5996) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - NOV 9, 2003
Fruity (peach, citrus) belgian yeast aroma laced with spices and a very sligt bitter note. Slightly hazy amber, quite a bit carbonation and a big rocky head. Taste starts out a bit neutral, getting a bit of the sediment in helps. Notes of Pine-needles, honey and spice. Fairly light body and a slightly watery mouthfeel. Spicy aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2003
Clear sparkling golden body topped by a very nice frothy white head. Lots and lots of lacing. Aroma is grassy and yeasty. THe malt comes through after the dominate grassy aroma. Flavor is bready and flowery. The malt comes through more on the palate then in the nose. Quite bitter, and the bitterness lingers. Very dry on the palate. Body is medium and has a little bit of a zing to it. Quite a nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rauchbier (3644) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2003
Bottle conditioned. Gold coloured, moderate rocky white head and good condition. Strangely pilsnerlike hoppy aroma with some sweet maltiness. More malt in the mouth but tempered by a perfumed hop note. Finish becomes happily hoppily bitter with a fruity yeastiness lingering. Not bad, but just not Westvleteren.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2003
from 8/24/03: dark yellow almost copper color with a suprising large and very thick head. i'm not sure what to saw about the aroma, i think i'm capible of only pulling out 3-4 flavors, and i'm sure there are at LEAST six. Same with the flavor, the alcohol is present as are the spice,hot, and citrus flavors. the intresting part is that the flavor crawls down the back of my throat and hits me much differently then most beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2003
Yeast, citrus aromas. Hazy peach colour, firm white finger of foam, some large floaties, fine lace. Bready flavour at the begining, grapefruit in the middle, hearty malt too. Very dry bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied, great mouthfeel. This seems like the same yeast as Orval. Fantastic!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TChrome (1432) - Bedford, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2003
Aroma is excellent, yeast, fruity esters, very rich. Appearance is golden with huge fluffy white head and tons of lacing. Complex flavor, somewhat bitter, not fruity. Taste of hops and yeast. Finish is very nice and mellow, kinda fades into the sunset. Very nice.

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