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

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RATINGS: 1111   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7846) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2005
Well I have worked my way "down" the Westy ladder and enjoyed the trip! While not as good as the 8 or 12, you can still tell that this beer is crafted with skill and care. Hazy golden yellow with a super thick white head that lasts a long time. Thick sheets of lacing. Aroma of citrus and floral hops. Medium-bodied and dry with spicy hops and citrus flavoring. Wonderful balance throughout. The finish is lightly bitter with yeast and spice flavors. I’d love to have any of the Westy brews again but considering the hefty price tag I’ll probably stick with the 12 from here on out.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2005
hazy blonde, lacey white head. yeasty, biscuitymalt, mild apple and ropical fruit aroma. flavour had more tripoical fruit, pepper, pear, fresh doughy malt. lingering spicy bitterness. thanks jan primus

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 2, 2005
Complex taste. Starts sweet then ends with a medium bitterness. On the way it has a very complex array of taste notes that dance around. Available at Belgium Shop in Brussels.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 27, 2005
Slightly murky golden hue with immense creamy head and silky lacing. Spice (coriander/citrus) and malt aroma with notes of tobacco and leather. I also get hints of black pepper and fresh green chilies . Hoppy grapefruit bitterness that is not overwhelming but balances the flavor and fades into a nice malt and spice background. This bottle is from Belgium Shop and seems to be “young”. It is a great beer now and I only see it getting better.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (4741) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of wolhfs. Lemony and yeasty aroma that is also lightly spicey. Pours a cloudy dull yellow with a small white head. Lighlty yeasty and light lemon with a moderate hop and spice finish. A nice beer, but nothing great.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2005
hazy blonde with white head. Aroma is of coriander, yeast, spice and slightly citrus. High carbonation, bitter start, grapefruit bitterness. Bitter citrus, some coriander, easy drinking and different.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crockett (1007) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
Pours hazy light honey with a big white soapy head. Aroma of yeast, sweet bread dough and apple. Slight passionfruit-like tart. Definite tropical fruit notes. Very clean tasting despite all the residue at the bottle’s bottom. Very balanced with hops being more assertive than expected. Mostly soft fruits and a dry acidity make up the bulk of the flavour. Some light toasted nut and biscuit. Not overly complex but well constructed.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shrubber85 (7515) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 5, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2007 At In De Vrede cafe. Sweet apricot and apple aroma. Cloudy medium yellow color with small head. A complex flavor - taste peach, apple, plum, and malt with moderate acidity. A great beer and worth the effort finding the abbey.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3305) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 31, 2005
Bottle, thanks to my brother ChazyRPH...Creamy, milky aroma with hints of citrus and bananas. Slightly peppery. Aroma is pretty faint, though. Hazy blonde color with a nice long-lasting white head. Crisp, clean milky flavor with a nice pepperiness in the middle. Very very smooth finish. Incense and smoke appear in the finish. This is very interesting and very drinkable. Well-crafted beer.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
schepers (32) - Limburg, NETHERLANDS - MAY 26, 2005
It is surprisingly refreshing for this kind of beer, rather mild. Well rounded. Just bitter enough, not too yeasty. Fruity.


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