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


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RATINGS: 1129   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2002
Faint hazy pale gold under a medium size very fine bubbled wonderfully lacing head. Aromas include; spices, light fruit, celery hops, and that tangy chicken stock soup thing you get in some of these Belgians. My one complaint about the aroma on this one is that its too faint. Medium body with a medium hoppy bitter start. Excellent range of subtle flavours; spice, mild yeast, perfumed soap leading to softer sweeter malty fruitier middle. Light dry bitter refreshing finish and shortish aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2002
An overdue rerate of an old bottle. Beautiful creamy dense foam with extra cling power. Clean aroma of pepper, perfume, barnyard, flowers, and spicy hops. Spritzy palate. An absolutely abundance of flavor; lots of pale malt, subtle hop fruitiness, pepper, grass, and medicine. Dry salty finish with lingering soft malts. Nothing but quality ingredients here. A nearly perfect Pilsner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 4, 2002
A great light Belgian ale, tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield (3714) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2002
I imagine that some people drink this special beer while on their patio watching a red summer sunset. Some likely eat a delicate meal, perhaps sole with lemon sauce?, with this as an accompaniment. Myself, I drank this while cleaning my house and, after I had had about two-thirds of it, I ate fish fingers on toast with Jack Daniels-brand BBQ sauce. Call me a heretic, or maybe a lunatic. The appearance was excellent: very uniform white head, nice hazy yellow beer, and streams of bubbles starting so incredibly tiny. Aroma was surprisingly subdued: some citric and yeast notes. So overwhelmingly easy-drinking...just pouring down my throat. Excellent texture: bubbly yet smooth and rich. Increasing depth of flavor as it warmed over half an hour, yet still rather tame. Gentle bitterness apparent in the finish. Really well rounded, although I can see how its tempered flavor suppresses calls for it to rank higher.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2002
Re-rate: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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MartinT (8127) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2004 Peppery clouds of heavenly doughy yeast…Flying amongst luxuriant piney, Spalty hop plants…A creamy pillow paradise in the vicinity of Orval’s…

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2002
Light and cloudy yellow colour with a very creamy and lasting head. The aroma is not very big, but you can sense some flowers and citrus. The flavour is surprisingly fresh and fruity, but still complex. The aftertaste is short, but with a pleasant bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (19926) - 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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (15217) - 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.

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