dreadnord (996) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had on draft at the cafeteria across from St Sixtus. Pours golden orange with a thick white head. The is tropical fruit, some hay and the great belgian candy signature. The taste is mostly balanced maybe just a little on the sweet side but that doesn’t take away from it. Excellent. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean, the body is heavy and the finish is long. This is hands down just as good as the other two! Love it.
IlBevitorediLA (451) - ITALY - MAR 6, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
E con questa ho finito il giro delle Westvleteren. Sono birre che non a caso hanno conquistato la fama di essere le migliori al mondo. Questa seppur sia una birra di soli 5,8° ha un intensità di gusti e di note aromatiche davvero incredibile. Aroma; ci ammalia subito con un acidità agrumata (quasi da sour ale), poi emergono le note floreali e un resinoso di luppoli. Al palato, come anticipato, ha un intensità mostrusa. Mediamente carbonata le note acide spariscono se non per sparuti sentori agrumati e citrici. Fruttata, floreale (fiori secchi); complessa, elegante. Chiude con un luppolatura resinosa. La più spensierata e beverina tra le sue sorelle. Tutte e tre, sono birre, comunque, che un vero appassionato non deve lasciarsi scappare.
Alphadelic (1630) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 3, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bready, lightly spicy nose. The texture is wonderful, puffy, mellow and satisfying. Pretty heavily carbonated. Lightly lemony, some coriander style soap. Perfect breakfast beer really. Perfect crest of nice wheaty looking head. Plenty of sweetness, then a solid, dry finish. I am a huge fan of this.
Leepe_steven (79) - BELGIUM - MAR 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2013 Bottle poors cloudy. Smell is citrus. Taste is very creamy. A very refreshing beer.
Aubrey (3343) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Westy 12 and 8 really hog the spotlight, but this Blond is probably one of the best I have ever had. Finally got a chance to taste a couple bottles on a recent trip to Belgium (Jan. ’13), and it really surprised me. For such a "light" beer, it sure does pack a lot of flavor. Slightly hazy and pale gold with a tremendously complex network of lace patterns. Effervescent and fluffy on the tongue. Sweet, cakey nose. Surprisingly hoppy flavors and aromas, with a healthy bitterness to balance things out. Tastes like it was dry hopped. Malt side, meanwhile, had a delicate complexity that weaved in and out of the yeast esters wonderfully. Delicious beer.
maekchu (1090) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 28, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle (from tasting session notes). Great aroma of cookies, bread dough, yeast, and a touck of funkiness. Wonderful initial to mid: banana / hop / grapefruit. So smooth. Mild finish, understated, but still full of flavor. Dry finish, with little hits of lemon and residual hops. Maybe a better blond....there isn’t.
swoopjones (4224) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle at Abbey. Golden pour, fruit forward flavor, fuller mouthfeel. Great blonde ale
Leighton (6945) - London, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle in the lobby. Pours clearish yellow with a fine, white head. Sweet biscuity malt nose, some dough. Medium sweet flavor, light lemony citrus, sugary dough. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish, dough, light funk, dough. Very tasty.
Alpha10 (104) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013/02/23 - Pours a cloudy straw color with visible particulate and a thin white head that laces nicely. Aroma is wet dough, yeast, citrus with an earthy funk. Taste is citrus sour up front with a funky, slightly dry floral finish. Similar funky notes to the orval with lots of carbonation. A very nice blond.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Lore (422) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 16, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2013 cloudy amber colour with yeast particles, minimal white head; aroma of yeast, citrus and bread;spicy taste of hoppy bitterness, and citrus;dry aftertaste; really great beer; and, of course, many thanks to Bud Taste, who provided it.