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


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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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zlotta (281) - Bonn, GERMANY - JAN 16, 2015
0,33l bottle, best before 3/10/2015, souvenir from my colleague’s trip to Antwerp over New Year’s Day. Clear, pale golden yellow with a frothy, stable, white head. As good as a pale ale can look. Almost witbier-like aroma of banana, lemon, vanilla and cloves with sweetish and sourish hints in the background as in a saison. Really appetising although not that strong. Taste is full of banana and yeast with hints of cloves and lemon. Good. It starts just slightly sweet and becomes more bitter towards the finish. A slight tartness remains on the tongue. Medium body, very creamy mouthfeel, average carbonation. Decent brew although I expected way more regarding aroma and flavour. Don’t get me wrong, that beer is pure quality, but it lacks some excitement. Therefore a bit disappointing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jc1762 (180) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 9, 2015
Lovely hazy translucent straw yellow. With a thin clean generous white foam head. The nose shows a lot of lemon zest. Lovely foamy body with a round malt/bready sweetness. Begins and ends on the sweetness. It’s very mild - just enough to know it’s there. The mid palate also shows a hint of sourness. Reminds of a good German lager with a good nose and a tinge of sourness on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rammer (346) - Moscow, RUSSIA - JAN 7, 2015
Excellent blonde. Honey sweet little tart, good balance. But Not special for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (3122) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (2614) - Melboring, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mutz (702) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beersiveknown (3831) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SarkyNorthener (2905) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (3859) - 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.

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