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


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RATINGS: 1122   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bierkoning (10386) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 24, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2003 What a beautiful trappist ale! Very complex herbal aroma, flowery with hops and citrus. Strawberries even. Hopbitter taste with citrusfruit, some cinnamon and pepper. Some maltiness to smoothen the taste. Without any doubt one of the best beers in the world. Still my orginal rating was a bit too high (9 5 9 4 18: 4.5). Now a well deserved 4.3

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 12, 2002
Light hazy yellow color with a huge flowery aroma, and slightly spicy taste. Ends dry and refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAY 20, 2002
Very nice aroma with flowers and citrus. Golden, white frothy head, beautiful lace. Complex flavors with citrus the strongest, light sweet, soft but still hoppy. Long hoppy finish with some bitterness in the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 2, 2002
Cloudy yellow color, nice white head, lots of lace. Citrusy nose, malts quite evident. Start is malt, the middle is light, the finish is nicely hopped, acidic, moderate carbonation, dry, clean and spritzy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2002
Just ditto ecrvich completely on this, but I would say in my bottle the bitterness beats the sweetness by a lot! A great bitterness, in addition to all of the floral/lemon+orange/pine components. Body is big, as has been said, appearance is about as beautiful as possible.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (19669) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 4, 2002
Very pale yellow, only slightly hazy. Grassy dry hop aroma. Medium bodied, dry with just a hint of toffee, clean firm malt profile. Like an elegant north German pilsener!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 11, 2002
Appearance: very clear, light amber, lots of bubbling action in the center, big stable creamy head; looks most like a great Pils to me. Nose is mostly sweet and yeasty, with hints of orange, lemon, and cut grass; it’s very nice but on the weak side. Flavor nicely balanced between the dry, bitter, herbal side and a more malty-sweet earthy character. As mentioned before, a great body; might be a bit too harsh at the end for a Blonde, I think. Still a high-quality brew, but like Trap I expected a lot, and am just a little let down. But I have the 8 and 12 to try soon...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2002
Cloudy, light yellow color. Sweetish, bubblegummy aroma. Slightly yeasty, piney/woody, slightly sweet body. Spritzy, dry finish, little bitter hop finish. I’ll have to have this again at a later date since i only had a little thimble full, which I’m sure didn’t do the beer justice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14990) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 14, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2009 2009-08-20, parallel tasting
-Fresh, bb 2010/05/19, 7-4-8-4-16=39

Cloudy deep blond color (the bottle has been sitting for a couple of months) medium sized creamy head. The aroma is spicy (pepper and coriander), but also a bit papery, dusty. The mouthfeel is quite smooth; there is some flavor of spicy malt; the bitterness slowly finds its path, and in the final is quite strong; the hop impression would stay in the palate for long. Well brewed, well balanced; more intensive and sharp than the aged bottle, but it doesn’t have the intensity of Orval.
-Aged 8 years, bb 2002/02/13, 8-5-7-3-16=39
The color is light amber, just a bit hazy (the bottle has been sitting for 4 years undisturbed). The aroma is a bit spicy too, pepper, but with a curious note that reminds me the kitchen of my friend Wang Qing (black bean sauce probably) then there is also some caramel, light Madeira wine; at times floreal, and fruity without being fruity. The mouthfeel is still well smooth like the fresh version, a bit rounder; there is caramel flavor, dry, with strong bitterness, a bit dusty; there are just traces of oxidisation. The final starts losing some bitterness, compared to the fresh version. A positive experience; less easy to drink than the fresh version, but with some more complexity.

2002-05-14, 9-5-7-5-17=43
Gold ale; wonderful thick head; misty. Very nice hop aroma, herbal. Strong hop in the mouth, enough bitter, not balanced by the malt. Strong and aromatic hop palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 6, 2002
Nicely done,refreshingly dry finish,floral/spicy,slight malt charcater blances things out.

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