kepano (247) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
For my first passage at the eminent abbey of St. Sixtus, I settled to stop by the controversial In de Vrede, and see what the fuss is about. Sitting myself at one of the large tables, I ordered the Blond and a side of cheese. To my right a lone smoker sat with his beer, while the two noisy families on my right were enjoying a meal with theirs. I must say these are rather poor conditions for such a ceremonial event, but I took my chance anyway. Poured and slipped under my nose in an instant, the beer was topped of a beautiful white foam that slowly diminished leaving a sticky lace evenly across the surface. Below, a rather sickly looking liquid gravitated in the glass, an ochre tint that seemed somehow unappealing, perhaps due to the sooty grey table it was sitting on. As I brought the chalice to my nose, the only smell I could sense came from the miasma crowding the room. With effort, I began to detect light estery notes, bubble gum and banana especially, followed by pepper, chalk and cream. A refreshing fragrance but somewhat bland, I must concede. The strong tingling of carbonation first collides with the tongue, but subsequently reveals a spicy flavor of pepper and coriander mixed with mango and wheat. Again, a lack of depth surprises me, as the finishing bitterness of Belgian hops strikes my palate. I consciously make an effort to perceive the subtleties, but can’t, and end my glass in a quaff. This one deserves another chance.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to egajdzis for this ’04 vintage...
Appears a light yellow with a small white head that fades into a mild cap and thin collar. Streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of light fruit, mild yeast, white bread, light caramel malt with some pilsner-esque aromas, along with an tiny herbal spiceyness.
Taste is of the above mentioned aromas...perhaps a slight drop from the anticipated flavor not quite living up to the smell.
Mouthfeel is crisp, dry, with a very subdued sugar taste in the swallow.
Theis (14464) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at DØE get-together. Light pilsner-yellow color. Hoppy smell, a sweet, hoppy, pebery taste. Not that interesting.
Maybe i am no blond-fan.
Mette (224) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nr. 2 i rækken er denne.
Vi er uden i noget som absolut ikke smager mig. Kedelig sprøjt.
Sød og gæret, tisgul i farven.
Jeg har lovet Rene at give det en chance, men der er dog grænser.
Men den gode stemning breder sig om bordet.......
3fourths (8593) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2015 Hoppy, biscuit-y, fresh, herbal, grassy. Vibrant carbonation, sweetness and acid well-matched. From bottle at Westvleteren.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - JUN 12, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
eaglefan538 (2939) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 5, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
fordest (2021) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAY 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.