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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1180   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fraternie (909) - 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 (7133) - 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 (2608) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eirikur (376) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - MAY 8, 2003
It definetely has a character, bitter and dry aftertaste, very nice hops. Very nice brew. Thank you Haukur for bringing this delight to me.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
aracauna (3252) - Georgia, USA - MAY 7, 2003
Great appearance. Bright gold with a huge rocky head that is not out of control. Interesting sweet cherry aroma. Flavor is dry malt (hay, sand), cloves and a surprisingly bitter finish. The dryness was surprising and could almost pass for an experimental pilsner with some of the fruity, spicy flavors going on.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
haukur (1432) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - APR 27, 2003
UPDATED: APR 28, 2003 was a bit surprised how cloudy it was. Taste was sweet,a little peachy and very bitter. Friend told me this was the bittest blond he had ever tasted, and the strange thing was, it bitter, fresh and sweet at the same time.. very nice brew

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
radiomgb (2505) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2003
Pale yellow in colour. Very nice rocky white head and great lace. The aroma is very flowery, cirtusy, some yeast. Flavour is quite bitter, almost grassy. Finishes bitter, slightly hoppy and dry. Fantastic.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - MAR 26, 2003
Here's what I got from the aroma: peach, lightly sour, fresh cut grass, sugar. The flavor mirrored the aroma with a nice malty core added. Pale yellow color with a large, thick white head. World class.


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