dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 6, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nicely done,refreshingly dry finish,floral/spicy,slight malt charcater blances things out.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
bierkoning (10265) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 24, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 12, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light hazy yellow color with a huge flowery aroma, and slightly spicy taste. Ends dry and refreshing.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 11, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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...
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 2, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - MAR 29, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
hazy straw color with a nice head
taste is citrusy and has a pepper flavor.
very smooth creamy palate for a blonde ale.
gerten (3) - evergem, BELGIUM - JAN 31, 2002 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Belgik (72) - Sterrebeek, BELGIUM - DEC 1, 2001
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Tasted today (together with the ’12’ and ’8’) at the abbey of Westvleteren ’In de Vrede’ café and cultural center...
Beautiful white head of foam tops a golden colored brew with lively fine bubbles...a sight!
Fine hoppy aroma, fresh and fruity. This is like the nose of a fine white wine, superb.
Very fine foam in the mouth, with subdues but excellent hop flavor, balanced and exquisitely fine. Long in the mouth and fully satisfying, and not ’heavy’ in the least, yet with a complete body.
Sub re-tasting, I believe the blond may well be my favorite beer of the trio!