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

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RATINGS: 1172   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - JUN 12, 2006
Really smooth, with light flavors of spice, fruit and a very slight medicine taste. As it warmed more citrus flavor was noticed. Very good and refreshing. Too bad this is so hard to get.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2937) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 5, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2007 Re-rate, 10/07, courtesy of Robert at SL. A bit different of an experience, this time coming off almost like an imperial pilsner, good grainey and bready elements underneath it all, but a grassy dry hoppy finish was very clear and memorable, more distinct than anything spicey about it. Lighter fruits took a lesser role this time around too. A fun experience, much thanks to Robert! Original rating: This one poured the usual golden murky color. The mouthfeel was more carbonated and the body lighter than the other Westvleteren brews. The aroma was yeasty and mild (not strong). There was a bitterness to this beer that was really enjoyable. The finish was dry and peppery with an orange peel / zest flavor present from start to finish of each sip. This beer exceeded my expectations, while the "8" mildly disappointed.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8962) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2006
Hazy/cloudy yellow beer topped by a thick moussy head. Head keeps growing up over the edge of my Westy tulip without ever spilling over. Aroma is quite light and dusty, some nice spicy wheaty character, sweet peachiness, a bit of clove and a perfume and cologne aroma. Flavour is surprisingly subtle, but good. Wheaty body and flavour, soft textured but full-bodied. Peach sweetness, with some dusty, yeasty notes. Lingering spicy finish, soft wheat and some herbal minty hop flavour. Honeyish malt and light bitterness. Nice beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (2017) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAY 25, 2006
bottle thanks to blankboy. Hazy pale yellow pour with a nice foamy head. Aromas were bright citrus and pepper. Flavor was more malty than the aromas. The light crisp citrus was still there as was the pepper. Some additional spice through the middle. Hoppy bite on the finish. Very nice beer

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 25, 2006
Hazy yellow colour with a large head with nice lacing. The aroma is malty, with notes of wheat citurs, bread and tapicoa. Flavour is complex with lots of belgian yeast, malts and spice with even some sourness. Nice dry finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2006
Bottle. Pours a golden-orange and a large, rocky white head. The aroma has lots of spice, yeasty cookies, and bread. Light bread starts out and the hops follow. Medium carbonation. Yeast length is significant as it gives a good amount of body and there is surprisiingly a lot of hop flavour and bitterness; oranges are resultant and are quite flavourful. There is also some fruit in the way of pears and apples. Excellent and great to drink in all aspects. Had this at the Kulminator on May 17, 2006.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
henrik (41) - Århus, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2006
Pale amber. Nice complex aroma -- hops and yeast and a bit nutty (?!). Fresh. Stands out among blondes, but definitely overrated.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (3165) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 Large white head with a cloudy, golden body. Fruit aroma. Complex fruit flavour with an unusual hopppy bitterness for a blonde. Bitter finish. Reminds me of Orval but with more dimensions. It’s very enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nrdoughty (3) - London, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2006 does not count
Blonde beer - large head but very airy with loads of bubbles -- the head reduces over 1-2 minutes to thin foam. Smells something like lemon meringue pie, lke Hoegaarden with lempn, but without the added lemon. Creamy drinking experience with a fresh citrus taste. Solid wheat undertones but not overpowering. Excellent beer expecially for warmish weather. Like the other westvleteren beers it is an unmarked bottle but this time with a raised ridge around the neck reading ’trappistenbier’.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2006
Bottle. Beautiful head, color. Not a whole lot of aroma. Good flavor gets better as beer warms.


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