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

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RATINGS: 1275   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBiker (1414) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2007
[Shared with Troels and Godfather.] Hazy light golden look with a great aroma of yeast and fruits. Flavor is fresh, dry, bitter, woody and strawy and soft in a sharp way. Nice!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2007
Courtesy shrubber85. Pours a very cloudy light orange color, with a small bubbly white head. Very fruity aroma. Nice pineapple, candy sugar, yeast, and grapefruit smells. The taste has a little bitter grapefruit to it, that was pleasant and unexpected. Definitely has a profound yeast presence. Nice drinking blonde, full flavored. Solid, but you’d expect it coming from these guys.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2007
Courtesy mgumby10, thanks!!!! Color is a murky, cloudy yellow. Aroma is the fruitiest non-fruit beer aroma I have ever come across. Redolent of fresh pressed cider, with some stonefruit and tropical undertones. Flavor is slightly biiter with a bit of that fruity aroma coming through. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Bottle @ In De Vrede, along with a cheese plate and some Croque Monsieur. This was the last Westvleteren I tasted, and while it is the worst of their ales it is my favorite Belgian blonde ale. Appearance is a perfect golden-orange color. Aroma is slightly citrus with spicy notes thrown in. The mouthfeel is smooth and subtly complex, with the citrus notes coming out to shine at the end of the beer. Another good job by the monks.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ohemming (37) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2007
Good beer, I enjoyed the fact that I was drinking a beer from Westvleteren more than I enjoyed the actual beer. I’ve had beer with much higher alcohol go down smoother than this one, but I’m still looking forward to trying the 8 and 12. This beer is definately over hyped because of the Westvleteren name.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (9496) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUN 9, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2013 First rating
Initial Rating Date: 6/9/2007
33 cl bottle, BB 11.08.
Clear pale golden color, big white head. Fresh citrus and yeast scent, also spicy. Yeasty spicy taste, rather powerful. Smooth but still medium mouthfeel, medium high bitterness. Slightly metallic but mostly spicy and yeast aftertaste.
6/4/6/3/13=3.2

Second rating
33 cl bottle at Haket, Göteborg on February 8, 2008.
BB 2010
Clear golden color, white fast dissapearing head. Initially quite hoppy scent, followed by sweet malt, then spice and yeast. Lots of esters and phenoles. Hoppy herbal and floral taste with some pommerance (Seville oranges) and spices. Very fresh and summery, herbal and bitter aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with some fizzy, spritzy notes. Medium high, rather dry, bitterness. Quite dry bitter finish with herbal and spicy hints that linger.
8/3/8/3/15=3.7

Rerate
Bottle, thanks to Ingo! BB (perhaps) 04.08.13 (difficult to read on the cap). Price tag reads € 8.50, was purchased at De Molen. Sampled on November 25, 2013.
Hazy blonde color, fluffy lasting white head. Sweet, sugary, light brett and funk scent. Herbal, floral, sweet, perfume, fruity taste. Hibiscus, herbal aftertaste, a bit soapy. Fizzy mouthfeel, very low bitterness.
Likely not supposed to be this way, but it works! Bottle was not gushing, but was rising fairly well in the bottle when opened.
7/3/7/2/14=3.3

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChainGangGuy (4751) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2007
Appearance: Pours a beaming straw-colored body with a bright white, head. Smell: Aroma is chock full of vibrant fruity esters as well as some faintly grassy, citrus notes. Taste: Skillfully crafted, this beer is rich and full of flavor. Initial tartness gives way to a light malty, slightly bready sweetness. Also there is the pronounced taste of peaches and oranges - like an albariño, but with a more pronounced, sharper carbonation. Finishes dry with just a touch of spiciness. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and is quite crisp, marked by a constant, but fine champange-like carbonation. Drinkability: Outstanding. This beer is the greatest invention since wood.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
GRM (3671) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2007
Brown bottle, 330 ml, 2-year old, Trappist tasting at my place, savoured on March 9 2007; eye: nice creamy head, unfiltered apple, opaque, no effervescence; nose: peach, maderized, lightly stale, hay, grainy malt, wort, apple, light Madeira; mouth: light alcohol, a hint of fruit, light Madeira, finale is somewhat dry in grainy corn, creamy texture, medium body, lightly astringent, texture is also grainy FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 330 ml, 2 ans d’âge, soirée Trappiste chez nous, savourée le 9 mars 2007; oeil : belle mousse crémeuse, pomme non filtrée opaque, pas d’effervescence; nez : pêche, madérisé, légèrement éventée, foin, malt granuleux, moût, pomme, léger madère; bouche : léger alcool, petite pointe fruitée, léger madère, finale un peu sèche en maïs granuleux, texture crémeuse, corps moyen, légère astringence, texture aussi granuleuse

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUN 2, 2007
Bottle courtesy after4ever. Thanks Tom! Pours a clear bright gold with a huge white head. Great malty aroma with a lightly flowery fruit note behind it. Light body and carbonation. Taste of biscuit, yeast, malt, and a touch of fruit. Crisp and lightly bitter finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (7479) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 2, 2007
330. Pours murky golden coppery amber with humongous thick bubbly white head. Plenty of clingy lace, though it’s very intermittent. Big nose of grass and straw. Tiny bit of funk in there too. Moderate body and carb, but the attack is flavorful enough to be fairly forceful even so.. Mid-palate has some more of the grass and straw, along with some earthy, and herbally bitter hops that carry through to a nice lingering finish. Delectable. Thanks, Maria!


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