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

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RATINGS: 1260   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5893) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2004
Poured a hazy golden color with a medium white head, very nice. Lightly hopped, yeast, fruity aroma. Citrusy, hoppy, lightly bitter. Fruity mild tripelish qualities. Light alcohol and nicely carbonated.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Sampled at Beer Mania in Brussels, Belgium. Golden. Commanding and focused aroma. Quite floral and sweet, with honey, lemon, herbs and banana. Enormous for its size and full of flavor. Dry malt, very pale, with a unique fruitiness of banana, lemon and clove accompanied by various spices, candy sugar and bready yeast. Lovely, but this replaced the red cap? Why?

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mathis (48) - KBH K, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2004
The Blond is a very fresh and light beer (not light like piss-beers), but with a fresh aroma woth hints of herbs, apple and "hyldeblomst". It has a light and hazy body with a very white head. It tasts very much og yeast with a bitter finish. It is a good beer, but a little borring for my taste. The expirience is not multi dimentional as it should be.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (10910) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2004
Poured a light hazy yellow with an averaged sized white head. Fruity, apple, spicey and yeasty aromas and tastes. Lively carbonation. Definitely out of league with the 8 & 12 but as a blond, stands OK on its own.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JonMoore (2060) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2004
Bottle from Onlyfine beer. Poured a hazy straw colour with a good sized white, bubbly head. Aroma is hops and coriander with fruity esters. Taste is hoppy, wheaty and citrusy with a spicey slightly bitter finish. Very refreshing and thirst quenching. Fairly highly carbonated with a foamy mouthfeel, quite watery palate wise. Pretty good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2004
Sampled in a beer tasting at Plan B, Copenhagen. Extremely full palate and an impressively dry bitter finish. Excellent complexity and balance.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 2, 2004
Euro size bottle with freshness date of 12/11/04. This beer pours a straw color with some chill haze and plentiful carbonation rolling up from the bottom; the head is bright white with fair retention and slippery lace. Aroma is of fruity esters (citrus) and malt, with a crisp fresh aroma hop background. Flavor has a sharp hoppy start a tart middle and a biting hop finish. Mouthfeel is effervescent and crisp. IMHO: Not well balanced ? not what I expected.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Bottle date coded 17 10 03: Popped the top and it overflowed. Poured a hazy pale peach color with a generous white fluffy head. Wheaty apple aroma. Flavor starts tangy and fruity with a touch of lemon. Finish is dry with a light citrus tartness. Very nice.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - AUG 17, 2004
on draft in de verde westvleteren across from abbey: looks just heavenly in the silver rimmed westy glass. huge rocky snow white head with a yellow hazey nectar below. nose of crisp apples and belgium hops, slight vanilla bean and spice. on the palate earthy hop flavor dominates with wood and citrus notes. lots of tingly bubbles. the crunchiness of the hops gives a nice bitter side that lingers into a suttle sweet wheat honey flavor. This is like no blonde i have ever had. crisp refreshing although not as complex as the others still has lots of depth. rather different for a belgian beer more hop character then usual. much better then the rates suggest. after drinking about 150+ belgian beers this one stands out....simply divine.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2004
Thanks to my buddy out in CA, Snoot, for sending me this brew! Snoot is top-notch dude.. I tell you.. it's TRUE!

Pours a pale golden blond body with a chunky white three finger head! The is brew is damn floral! Nice spicy note of black peppercorn, clove, note of coriander, and a dash of rosemary! The flavor brings a sweet and beady taste. I note banana, orange zests, all the spices that I mentioned above.. along with some cardamom. There is a spicy tartness along with biscuit and doughy-ness.. accompanying a large dry musty citric flavor.. all found in the finish. Pretty damn tasty!


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