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


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RATINGS: 1098   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 13, 2005
No label -green cap. Hazy golden pour, with a huge dose of yeast in the nose. Alochol is present throughout, as are subtle grapefruit and lemon parts. The predominant characteristic is hay (not fresh grass, but dry hay). Still - the craftsmanship is there - with each sip revelaling a little more. The cobwebs and must of the revered yellow-capped 12 are evident as well. Thanks Aracauna!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 3, 2005
Bright blond with a little bit of yeast haze. Very foamy white head. Pilsner malt and grassy hops in the nose with a slight touch of tart yeast. Very smooth, pleasing flavors. Lots of almost sour, earthy pilsner malt flavors. Yeasty finish with a touch of grassy hops. Great Belgian session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mephisto (1268) - TAIWAN - MAY 1, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2007 little head, mild floral aroma. light bodied, golden color. slight bitter aftertaste. very different from 10 and 12.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 1, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2009 Pours gold an clear with a brilliant white head. Smells of dry malt, a touch of lingering wild yeast, some pepper, some perfume. Tastes dry with a nice bitter hint, lots of spicy hints, touches of salt. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is peppery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2585) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 29, 2005
A cloudy yellow appearance with a large fluffy head. Did I just say fluffy? The aroma is floral and mainly lemons. The flavor is lemony with some vanilla, and hay. A semi sour flavor and a little funky in a good way. Overall its not complex but still "goodly" made.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2006 Arômes rempli de houblons et d’herbes fraîches et vertes. Thym. Profils de saveur très levuré, croûte de pain et oxalide en abondance laissant plus tard les herbes, style thym et anis, le foin et les grains s’exprimer. Carbonatation active et piquante aux fines bulles. Finale légèrement râpeuse et astrigeante.

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Blonde d’apparence nuageuse. Belle mousse blanche crémeuse. Nez de métal, de grain, de foin mouillé et d’anis étoilé. Effervescence marquée faisant de sorte que j’ai l’impression de manquer certaines subtilités des flaveurs. Le grain dont la fermentation ne semble pas achevé (!) prend toute la place en bouche. Manque franchement de houblon par rapport à mes expériences précédentes avec cette bière. La finale est d’une sécheresse prononcée. Une bière conçue pour être bue fraîche et dont le potentiel de garde est questionnable. Délirium Café, voyage Europe 2005.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kevin (2059) - New Mexico, USA - APR 19, 2005
pours cloudy light gold with a fat white head. aroma is sour hay with some dark fruit. taste reminds me of a pilsner somehow. oatey notes with a strong almost astringent bitter. some corriander is in here also, but the field flavors are dominant, lots of hay and whatnot. this improves greatly as it warms.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2005
Bottle. Dark straw with a foamy head. Taste has alot of straw, earthm and cardboard. Really, this is nothing special. This is how I would imagine an Imperial Pilsner would taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rederic (2898) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 15, 2005
Golden yellow color with a thick and creamy head, the nose is one of hoppy perfume, herbaceous and floral, with a citrus fruity aroma follows by a citric fruity flavors of grapefruit and lemon, who take us to the dryness of his bitterness finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 11, 2005
Bottle. Very light blonde in color. Decent white head with good lacing. Aroma is a touch funky, perhaps uric/ammonia. Cap date is 24-9-05 so this is still "fresh". Flavors are spicey, yeasty. Somewhat drying. Light bodied. Well carbonated. Suprisingly bitter in the finish. Decent beer.

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