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

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RATINGS: 1078   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.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardGretton (4184) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2005
Very light looking Belgian beer with a light fermented fruity aroma and a relatively dry flavour that is fairly strong and sustained in its finish. Overall quite a disappointing beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bibi (18) - De Panne, BELGIUM - FEB 21, 2005
Cloudy orange beer with a large head. Aromas of citrus, yeast and spices. Flavours of bitter dry hops are noted too. The aftertaste gives a hoppy bitterness that keeps on going. The fathers know how to brew big stuff. Somewhat discouraging how they handle there distribution strategie...

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1774) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 20, 2005
(no label,cap read 24-09-05)thanks to enniskillen for giving me this brew.the blond poured a SUPER MURKY yellow that let no light through.id say this is the first "yellow" beer i have ever seen that didnt let any light through.the head was very thick as well.like a marshmellow sittinge on top of a bail of dried out hay.as the head simmered it coated the trappist glass so thick you could not see the other side.the aroma gave me straw,yeast,some faint malts,and caramel.the first sip was very well balanced with a nice but smooth mouthfeel.its alot like a tripel,but without the carbonated bite and lemon bitterness.its a balance of a bit of lemon,some yeast,the mouthfeel is still very thick,but still soothing.this is the best representation of this style.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pilsnerrogge (2414) - Finspång, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2005
Hazy, golden colour. Massive, thick head. Yeasty, fruity citrus-aroma. An elegant beer with a long, really long grapefruity pine- needle bitterness. Great stuff!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GilBier (75) - Dendermonde, BELGIUM - FEB 15, 2005
Café de Vrede, Light hazy shine in this great gold-blond beer. good white foam and dry malty accent in the nose, also touches of fresh fruits and vegetal bitterness. Taste is not so dry as i expected but it hes a refreshing caracter. some citrus in the taste, dry malts sugars and hoppy bitterness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6022) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 14, 2005
Consumed at In de Vrede in Westvleteren. This cloudy yellow ale pours with a generous white head. Crisp carbonated hoppy flavor with a spicy finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cphbeerking (154) - København K, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2005
Rich yet subtle yeasty-citrusy nose, outstanding smoothness and a most satisfying fulness that ends on hoppy happiness. A stunning golden ale. The Westvleteren range, limited though it is, is probably the only one I could imagine imbibing in the morning -- their beers go down that well. There’s an unmistakable healthy character to all three W’s as well, and these are rares cases of beers that really are all they’re made out to be. Hail!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2005
Pours bright yet hazy yellow in colour with a big, foamy head and loads of sediment. Taste is surprisingly simple and refreshing. Nice tart, crisp and mildly citric taste...this would be my session beer if I lived near the abbey, and, unlike most beer it’s great with food.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - FEB 9, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2005 Pours a hazy "electric" yellow color, some sediment on the bottom, and a small but lingering white head on top. Aroma is bannanas and spices. Flavor is very tart, banannas, cloves and other spices round out the flavor of this one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
leaparsons (7805) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2005
Cloudy yellow/orange with a large head of foam. Aromas are citrus fruit, yeast, spices, peppery, fresh hops - good. Flavours are grain with bags of floral, bitter, dry hops. Grassy and aromatic in its hopping. Has a grapefruit pith bitterness on the finish that lasts....and lasts. Its a simple beer made very well. Incredibly addictive.


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