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

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RATINGS: 1159   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rammer (317) - Moscow, RUSSIA - JAN 7, 2015
Excellent blonde. Honey sweet little tart, good balance. But Not special for me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (2889) - BELGIUM - JAN 4, 2015
The ’green cap’ in the holy Westvleteren Trinity, replacing the old ’red cap’ dubbel since 1998. Hazy peach blonde beer with a thick, rocky, yellowish white, very stable head, clearly hops-enhanced; yeasty and dryishly malty aroma, grassy and leafy hops, orange peel, white pepper, bitter honey, peach, dough, hint of banana but also a faint presence of cooked cabbage; fruity onset, in a dryish way, pale malt sweetness, a bit grainy, sourish and spicy yeasty hints, smooth, evolving into a leafy and grassy hop bitter and yeasty finish. Used to be one of the top Belgian blond ales, with a crisp, ’green’, utterly refreshing and quenching hoppiness, but more recent tastings I did appeared less hoppy and more balanced towards the malts. Still a very genuine and ’honest’ beer though, of course on a totally different level compared with its dark brethren, but very enjoyable. Does not age well though: the fresher you can taste this, the better, with a young sample from tap at De Vrede at the top end of the scale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (2498) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle thanks to bytemesis (I think). Nose is honey with a pils malt crackery aroma, light peppery hops noted. Pour is fairly clear with a small white head that leaves layer of film on top of the beer. Taste is mostly honey with a faint pils malt flavor, low bitterness. Slightly watery and a touch of oxidation (my fault for not drinking this immediately). Overall, pretty solid, but nothing mind blowing.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mutz (683) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2014
@ in de Vrede, Westvleteren. Blond van kleur, mooie crêmige kraag. Ruikt niet heel sterk, mout, hoppig, gist. Idem smaak, subtiel met redelijk wat body. Onopvallend goed.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mschaefer (26) - Tilburg, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2014
Tht okt 2015 op 6°C. Zeer subtiele aroma's van gist/deeg en kruiden. Lichtgeel, lichttroebel met wit schuim dat zakt tot een halve centimeter. Smaken van tarwe, gist en iets fruitigs op de achtergrond. Olieachtig mondgevoel, koolzuur medium. Licht bittere medium lange afdronk. Perfect uitgebalanceerd licht bier.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beersiveknown (3630) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle at home courtesy of hackobock, cheers Jacob
Hazy blonde with pillowy foamy white head. Dusty hessian and grainy nose. Lively carbonation, full bodied, malt and fruity yeast esters. Very easy drinking, wheaty creaminess, spice delicious.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SarkyNorthener (2716) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2014
Christmas beer 7. My second westy from harrisoni, saved for today after meeting in brum. Cheers Ian. Golden beer with medium head and stratified lacing. There is a big chunnel of bubbles coming from the middle of the glass. Aroma is bready, lemon, citrus and yeast. Taste is bread, yeast, lemon and a little dry breadiness. Medium carbonstion, soft on the mouth. Excellent.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (3494) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 23, 2014
Bottle 0.33l at home, Nivala. 2014 vintage. Colour is very cloudy golden with small thick white head. Aromas and flavors: Sweetness, some honey, fruits, citrus, hints of spices, Belgian yeast and malts. Nice fruity Belgian ale.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sinte (390) - Udine, ITALY - DEC 22, 2014
Bottle 0.33L. Cloudy golden body with an average, creamy, white head, fully lasting with very nice lacing; some lees are evident. Complex aroma: moderate malty (cereals) and hoppy (citrus, flowers) and light yeasty (cardboard) with notes of spices (cloves) and fruits. Flavour is mainly acidic and sweet with some bitterness in the finish. Light-to-medium body with watery-to-oily texture; average carbonation; some astringency in the finish.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
jackal1961 (4) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2014 does not count
Na de westvleteren 8 en 12 een wat gewoon biertje wat bijna smaakt als een gewone pils al heeft deze uiteraard wel wat meer bite.


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