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

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RATINGS: 1154   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2006
Note: This beer has been aged for 2 years. This beer pours a cloudy, yeast filled dirty blonde. It leaves a thick white head that drips down the side of the glass. The aroma of this beer is sweet, lime, honey, plum, fruit cake. As I taste this beer the flavors previously mentioned come out. The lemon rind, honey, bitterness, all are enhanced by the crisp carbonation of this brew. This belgian is delicious one that satisfies with complex flavors and crisp taste.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Bottle: Pours a hazy golden yellow with a frothy white head that laces my trappist glass very good after diminishing. Aroma is pear with a complex yeast flavor that leaves a light bitter finish. Smooth and delicious!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2006
Courtesy of Tom at Monk’s Cafe. <P> I told him I hadn’t had this Westy and he brought a bottle up. Aroma is very yeasty with lots of spice notes. Cloudy light yellow/orange with a huge frothed up head. Flavor is fruity (pear and apple) and yeasty with just a kiss of bitterness in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoshuaB (475) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Pours a hazy yellow, slightly orange, with a bright white creamy head. Aroma is sweet malt, coconut, spearmint, and pomes. A huge yeasty undertone. Flavor is light candy sweet malt, some light fruits, pear, and a gentle crisp hop bitterness. Finishes with a slight lemon tinge. Lively carbonation, soft in the mouth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Bottled from Madsberg! Pours a very clidy oraneg color with an active bright white head. Lots of bubbles ensue. Nose is coconut, spearmint, thyme, lightly yeasty. Taste is a nice malt up front, with some light citrus notes following, more of the pineapple and lemon notes, as well as some very fresh outdoorsy and floral notes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (6359) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2005
2 bottles shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry and me. Pours a hazy gold with a huge foamy white head. Lovely aroma of yeast, fruit, spices and some hops. Belgian Blondes are not my favourite style of beer so I was quite pleased with the flavour, it’s quite complex and delicious. It starts yeasty followed by some citrus, malt and spices and ends with a nice hoppy bitterness. As with all Westy beers, each sip is slightly different then the last and a treat for the mouth. Very smooth and creamy. Medium bodied. Fantastic!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (2932) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2005
Bottles shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy, tupalev & jerc - courtesy of blankboy & HogTownHarry. Many, many thanks to Paul and Harry for sharing two bottles of this rare treat with us. Hazy gold with a medium white head and lots of chunky floaties. Aroma is funky and fruity, with some fermented peach & apricot notes, and a surprising bit of hoppiness. Flavour is very nice - subtle, but very well constructed, with notes of spice, yeast, orange and malt, leading to a dry, refreshing finish. As much as I like the Trappist beers, I generally can’t imagine drinking more than one in a sitting, but this would be a killer patio beer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (10386) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Pours cloudy yellow hay, straw with a tall foamy, creamy white head and thick creamy lacing. Banana and light malt and yeast (wheat) aroma, faint citrus hop nose, lemony. Yeasty wheat and sour hop, light malt flavor, bananas with a metallic finish. Light bodied and creamy palate.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lubiere (10624) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2005
Bottle at Bier Cirkus. Hazy blond ale with a ultra resilient white head, and beuatiful lacings. Wonderful sweet vanilla, hops and candy in aroma. Wonderfully creamy mouthfeel, with hops and sweet candy sugar coming out beutifully, and perfumey hops covering all the inside of my mouth. Complex bodied. mmmmm...delicious.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (2974) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2005
A huge thanks to Hogtown Harry and Blankboy for sharing these rare and expensive treats. Shared with them and GregClow and Jerc. Dark murky yellow, frothy white head which lead to great lacing - nice. Soft yeast aroma, slightly floral, subtle and understated, but really nice as well. Really unique taste - soft malt, yeast, and a very unique hop(s) - very dry. This all gives way to some citrus. Very interesting. This is probably as flavourful as a Belgian blonde can get. I really enjoyed this one and its understated excellence.


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