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


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RATINGS: 1179   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (6583) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (2976) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (10784) - San Diego, California, 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lubiere (11160) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (3000) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (8485) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2008 2008-03-02. Hazy pastel gold amber body with a modest creamy white head that fades leaving lovely lacing on teh glass. Sweet male malt at first, bitter hops take over and linger long into the finish. (7+) Mild aroma, sweet yeasty notes, very mild floral. Smooth average palate, pleasantly carbonated. (3+) 7/4/7/3+/16-17 - 3.9
Bottle at In De Vrede Cafe, Westvleteren <P>December 2005. Golden yellow with a decent sized creamy white head that fades slightly. Sweetish, triple like aroma with floral herbal hops over top, and touch of yeast. Fairly complex aroma. Flavour has a sweet foundation, but it is eclipsed by dry hoppy moderate bitterness. Medium palate (3+) Dry lingering aftertaste. Intriguing, but not something I would drink often. 8/4/7/4/15 - 3.8
Tasting at HogTownHarry’s

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6201) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2005 Bottle (2x330ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc, tupalev - two bottles courtesy of myself and blankboy. Poured slightly hazy bronze with a huge lasting white foamy head with sticky lacing, fair amount of sediment at bottom of the bottle. Plenty of ashy-herbal-spicy bitter sharpness in the aroma (hey - actual hops?), gentle caramel malt emerges, plenty of yeastiness, smells stronger than 5.8% abv - very complex blond. Taste isn’t quite as balanced - a little bitter-harsh and a touch sour - still very nice, but the spice doesn’t follow through as much. Mouthfeel quite bitter, lively and dry - overall a terrific blond, but the 8 and 12 are hands and fists above it. Recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
lovibond (115) - New York, USA - NOV 30, 2005
The Green Cap is a bit hoppy and bitter for my taste; could it have been inspired by their brethern at Orval? Either way, the Green is a characterful beer whic even a hopophobe such as myself can enjoy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (23578) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2005
Bottled. Cloudy yellow coloured with a medium sized lacing white head. Sweet candylike fruity aroma with notes of grapefruit, pine needles, hops and spices. Fruity flavour of grapefruit and pine needles with notes of hops and spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (22638) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 18, 2005
Bottled. Hazy pale apricotty orange/yellow colour with huge, longlasting foamish bubbly head, lacing. Spices, herbs, yeast and wheat in aroma. Also some hints of fruits and flowers. Flavour of herbs, fruit with flowery hoppish hints. Some wheat, caramel and grassyness in flavour too. A bit "soapish" at some point too. Sweetish bitter aftertaste at first, which then turns into smooth hops, and lasts long. Very well done brew! Rich carbonation, but not disturbing, makes palate quite pleasant.

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