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


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RATINGS: 1206   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 31, 2006
12oz bottle courtesy of sk8viking. Thanks, Rene! Pours the color of apple juice, golden yellow and clear, slight effervescence from the bottom; white head with good retention and lacing. The nose is exquisite: vinuous, honey, belgian sugar, and hints of spice. Medium mouthfeel, slightly viscuous and sugary: plenty of bread and yeast, a touch of honey, spice (reminds me of De Dolle’s Stille Nacht, upfront); long finish with (interestingly) the sweetness bottoming out - dramatic shift in the finish, ending yeasty and somewhat dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2006
Bottle bought at BeerMania, tasted with a Westvleteren glass together the other two :-) It has white foam and hazy, golden colour. Quite dry and a slick feel. Good balance with a long finish. A good belgian blond but the other two are better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (8699) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2006
Bottle, shared at The Kulminator and also shared at Waagstuck, Antwerp, Belgium, 05 and 06-10-06. Poured a warm golden colour with a good white head, quite a hoppy nose with some yeast but I felt that the aroma was actually quite delicate. Some light honeylike flavours and a little citrusy fruit and quite crisp, not fantastic but not bad at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Skinnyviking (8073) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2006
Bottle. White low but lasting head. Hazy yellow body. Sweet and fruity aroma. Alcohol dominated dry hops flavor

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Stefano (1913) - Thisted, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2006
Hazy golden/yellow color with a white head. Yeasty, flowery citrus aroma. This one falls short alittle. Grassy, malt, and spicy flavor. Finishes clean, crisp, and dry.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
reakt (949) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 Bottle at The Beer Weekend, Brussels. Had high hopes with all the hype of Westvlet. and was not let down. Glad I went for it when I did as I got the last one for the day. Poured a pale cloudy yellow with ample head that left spotty lacing as I dove straight in. Hoppy nose with citrus hints. Grapefruit, coriander and orange notes. So easy to drink, was clean and crisp with good carbonation. Went down a treat with the Chimay cheese selection. Everything you could hope for in a good blonde bier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - SEP 9, 2006
Aroma: yeast, coriander, duvelesque, pear, lavender, vaguely liquorice-like, some orange... Appearance: cloudy, greytinted apricot yellow-orange with some white head in an assymetric array. Flavor: pretty dry, hoppy, soft, pinelike, very rustic, not as sweet as expected, good surprise. Palate: rough, smooth but wonderful. Perfect co2.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Augustijn55 (82) - Izegem, BELGIUM - SEP 7, 2006
The aroma of this beer is sweet, lime, honey, plum, fruit cake. As I taste this beer the flavors previously mentioned come out. The honey, bitterness, all are enhanced by the crisp carbonation of this brew. This is delicious Trappist, one that satisfies with complex flavors and crisp taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ALLOVATE (2719) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 4, 2006
From the bottle into a shallow chalice @ the Blanche de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium.
Poured a hazy gold, well conditioned as the carbonation was microscopic and slow to release. Head was firm, rocky and held out for the length lacing well. Aroma was fruity, citric - a blend reminiscent of New Zealand and American hop notes - with grapefruit, passionfruit, guava and just a little bready yeast and pale malt to fill it out. Its quite lively in the mouth. Its not harshly carbonated but it does bounce and prickle. Sweet, fruity esters lead it, its yeasty and bready otherwise. Nice ripe grapefruit and lemon, touch of sour malt in back before a dry, scarcely fruity bitter swallow that held little length. As it warms it fills out a little becoming tangy, gammy and slightly herbal. Not much to it, though it is refreshing cold. Glad I got to try it, though it was no showstopper. Rare, but not refined Summer quaffer. The monk’s ale, so to speak. (33cL, 07/09/07 stamped on the cap)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (40504) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2006
Bottle. Pours yellow / golden, hazy with a small white head. Smells yeast, malt and grapefruit. Aroma is promising, with yeasts, malt, spice and hop, nice and very complex.

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