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


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RATINGS: 1142   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - OCT 24, 2002
Blond beer with a medium head. A lot of hop and yeast in the aroma. Very bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2002
Some similarities to other blondes with cereals and plants. Curiously, I spotted no fruit. It tasted like the outdoors, I guess that barnyard type taste. However, it was very refreshing on a warm summer day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 23, 2002
Westvletern - basically what beer dreams are made of. The blond was a wonderful conclusion to a three glass tasting I had at the monastery ’bar’ this summer after riding a bike from Yerpes. Amazing floral hop aromas met my nose before great flavours of green apple and spice met my tongue. A close to perfect clean dry finish. I wanted to stay forever.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9727) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2002
UPDATED: APR 7, 2003 One of the better Wits out there. This is a Wit, isn't it? The aroma is moderately malty and heavily yeasty. I also detected lemon, coriander, pepper and, of course, alcohol. A murky, medium yellow color. Small, fizzy, white head. A lightly malty flavor to start and then the spice kicks in to bitter things up a bit. Hint of black pepper in the mouth. Medium bodied with a dry, fizzy mouthfeel. Nice crisp, dry finish. Excellent effort from those wacky trappist monks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YogiBeera (2510) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 14, 2002
Flower buquett. Also hops, apple and grain. Apricot like body with a little frothy head. Very hoppy and peppery aroma. Very bitter finish. Fizzy carbonation. Nice unexpected hoppy liquid.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
pivo (2603) - GERMANY - OCT 14, 2002
Big fresh hop floral aroma - love it! Like a West coast IPA. Hazy light orange-gold color and a lovely tight white head. Bright hop taste with hints of citrus (lemons) and a very long, dry bitter finish. Medium bodies and bit gritty in the mouth. Slight cardboard aftertaste. I’m not convinced of the balance, but I just the aggressiveness of this brew: it is very un-European in that respect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ARMed (613) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2002
Excellent pour with a soft pillowy fluffy white cloud-like head that slowly retreats to the beer. The aroma is very citrusy with a hint of orange or lemon peels. The color is a hazy yellow-white beer. The taste lacks the sweetness that I would have thought making it much more appealing to me. It is also not overly cabonated. Light to medium body with a crispness that tastes great. There is a slight bitter taste that really stand out but doesn’t have a long lasting kick. Overall, a very nice refreshing blonde.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest (6418) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2013 Bottle at Akkurat (cap date is 03.12.11). Head is initially large, frothy, white, fully lasting. Body is hazy light yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted bread), moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of lemon/lime peel, pepper. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Despite the seemingly old bottle (4 or 5 years old?), this thing is still lovely and vibrant, very brightly herbal and lemony, with no baked apple or other typical pale beer oxidation smell. And it’s still quite soft and clean and wonderfully balanced. Hope someday to have this fresh in Belgium again (where it’s probably still 4+), but that will probably be many years from now...so a wildly expensive bottle in Stockholm will have to do. This blew away a fresher bottle of the 8, if that’s any indication how surprising this is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11712) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 30, 2002
Spicy and flowery aroma. Flavor is tangy, somewhat sweet but with surprising amount of grassy bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2002
Might be the best blonde I’ve tried. Strong hoppy both taste and aroma with a clear alcoholic and yeasted flavour. Beautiful amber/yellow colour with a milky-white head. Very well balanced with both the hints of fruit and the bitterness of the hops. Very tasty, even at 5.8%. A masterpiece!

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