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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 1281   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - MAR 6, 2007
Bottle at Waagstuk, Antwerpen. Golden body, medium white creamy head, very small particles. Honey, flowers, sugar, fruits, funky yeast in the aroma. Light hop bitter and sweet flavour, more light hoppy finish. Delicious.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Padron4KM (798) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Rating #300

330 ml brown bottle. Gift from a friend.

Hazy golden with a thin but lasting head. Streams of tiny champagne like bubbles rise from various parts of the glass.

Sweet citrus nose, lightly floral, maybe some apple.

Flavor is citrusy, doughy, a little spicy a little sweet. Leaves a tingle on the lips.

Finish is long and refreshingly bitter with a sweet fruitiness rolled up inside.

I wish I had more.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeinDahlem (1448) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - FEB 21, 2007
UPDATED: APR 9, 2008 Lovely gold with a fat, creamy head. Nose of lemon, honey, fresh and grassy hops. Flavor has citrus notes, nicely dry and good bitterness. refreshing. Faintly lambic-like musty tones much appreciated. Barely a drop of sweetness to be found. Justly famous. Probably my favorite blonde in the country, it grows on me more each time I try it.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tranquillity (1792) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 20, 2007
Drunk at One Pint Pub, Helsinki during the Belgian beer week 2007. The menu says "6" but the cap is green. Wonderfull balanced flower, grass, hay aroma. Taste very fresh, nice yeasty bitterness. Perfectly balanced. Hazy colour, big white head.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2007
bottle. murky yellow color. yeasty grainy aroma. bitter. some hops. very yeasty and acidy. grainy and strong.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2007
Poured a golden color into a Westvleteren chalice. The head was a thin, white and seem to last a long time. A fair amount of lacing on the glass. Tastes of spices, bread dough, citrus, and coriander. Aroma of fruits. Finish was full with just the right amount of bitterness. I have been waiting to taste this treat a long time.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rane (1006) - Nibe, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2007
Pale yellow with huge white head that lasts a long time. Nice aroma of coriander, citrus and malts. Taste like a tripple sweet and spicy with some hopps at the end. A nice ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (14056) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 4, 2007
Bottle. Dark golden colour with a beige head. Aroma is yeast, sweet, fruit, hop. Flavour is hop, yeast, sweet, fruit, yellow apple, spices.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
WeeHeavySD (3379) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Beer 7 of O’brien’s Trappist Tasting 2/3/07. Green cap, as it has now become Westy 6/blond. 04 bottle. Poured yellow in color with a lot of carbonation, with a thin white head. The aroma is quite sweet with lot of ctrus notes. The taste was really complex, fresh and slightly bitter with a little bit of a sour edge. Really a stellar brew.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maria (10214) - Thisted, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2007
The first time I tasted this was October 30. 2005. The color is amber and the head is moderate, but very lasting. the aroma has notes of hops, fruit and yeast and the mouthfeel is rather oily. The flavour is sweetish with a lot of hops, fruit (apple and a lot of citrus), and it has a pronounced hoppy bitterness, that develops throughout the entire flavour and is strong in the finish. Almost a year later I tasted the next one, and I know for sure, that this was from the same batch as # 1, so it’s 3½ years by now. It hasn’t changed a lot, I think I like it better now, though. I still miss the sweetness, that I find important in a blond, but it’s as if the hops are less dominant by now. Another factor might be, that I started out knowing, that this wouldn’t be sweet, and perhaps that made the difference...


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