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


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RATINGS: 1119   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 6, 2002
Nicely done,refreshingly dry finish,floral/spicy,slight malt charcater blances things out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2002
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bierkoning (10265) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 24, 2002
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 12, 2002
Light hazy yellow color with a huge flowery aroma, and slightly spicy taste. Ends dry and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 11, 2002
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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2002
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 2, 2002
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - MAR 29, 2002
hazy straw color with a nice head zesty aroma. taste is citrusy and has a pepper flavor. very smooth creamy palate for a blonde ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gerten (3) - evergem, BELGIUM - JAN 31, 2002 does not count

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Belgik (72) - Sterrebeek, BELGIUM - DEC 1, 2001
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!

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