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


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RATINGS: 1281   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beer5000 (5866) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 1, 2007
330ml bottle. Hazy orange body with a decent creamy head. Aroma is grassy and floral. Flavor is very harmonic indeed, malty, sweet, a fresh kind of fruit sourness and spicy. A complex and fresh, easy drinkable beer. Not a typical blond, either not exactly what I was expecting from Westvleteren, but a really great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4043) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2007
Dated 03 03 06. Bottle from trade with shrubber85. Thanks. My first Westy. Pour is golden blond with a soapy white head. Aroma is potent with sour apples, white icing cake, dirty citrus hops. Mouthfeel is both bready and creamy. Flavors are overpowered by a whole lotta yeast. A new flavor that is enjoyable and quite refreshing. Look forward to tasting the rest of the Westvletren fleet, though I am glad I tried this one first.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
robinvboyer (4118) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2007
very refreshing. lots of floral, and citrus notes to this brew. nice bitterness in the finish. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 26, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2007 fairly clear straw colored pour w/ a huge frothy well laced white head nad lots of visable carbonation. Aroma of light bread dough some light fruits banannas and a touch of black pepper some other light spices as well. Very mellow and well blended. Light fluffy palate coats well. Flavor is a little disapoint some light fruity notes possibly some bananna and hints of bread then a bitter dry grass and metallic component that leaves a not so great aftertaste. I would much rather have the other westy products, but this aint to shabby. As the beer warms closer to room temperature more of the spices and peppery notes come through in the flavor and the mettalic taste seems to die down if not dissapear.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 24, 2007
I drank this after the 12 and 8, which was probably a mistake. Spicy yeast, bread, crust, and citrus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsga (7251) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 20, 2007
Small white head. Pale yellow body with carbonation. Sweet tropical fruit aroma with slightly metallic hop notes. Not that much aroma. Bitterish fruity taste with metallic hop tinge. Soft, smooth mouthfeel. Dry, bitter metallic aftertaste with flat, almost papery background and peppery notes. Lots of taste, yet still quite light; soft, yet harsh; this is a strange beer. Quite nice. (0.33l bottle.)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grovlam (4206) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 15, 2007
Bottle. Tasting 12-01-2007 (Søren, Peter, Carsten). To celebrate my #250. Impressive Belgian Ale I must say. Average creamy white head that was mostly diminishing. Good lacing. Body was cloudy with heavy particles. Kind of light orange color. Aroma was complex with notes of grain, hay, flowers, grass, citrus, orange, sweat, leather, soap, banana, clove and coriander as some of the dominant notes. Medium bodied with a soft carbonation. Moderated sweet flavor with an average bitter-sweet finish. Quit impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2007
Smells and looks just like a wit normally does. Full mouthfeel. Light spices and a definite earthy flavor. You can pick out the yeasty Westy flavor profile in a second. Spices don’t overpower this one, and it is very refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (40181) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2007
33 cL bottle. Pours almost white/clear but becomes slightly yellow. Clear fruity aroma with yeast elements. Carbonation as well. Almost no sweetness, has fruit notes, slightly nutty as well. Yeast and citric notes are dominating. Reminded me of Orval without being too similar. Aftertaste is suprisingly bitter, yet not overly dominating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (16483) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2008 Bottled. Rating #1500. Ok, so it’s not the best beer to drink celebrating, but it is a quite good one. Pours unclear, with a lot of carbonation and cloudyness in a pale golden body, topped by a nice, creamy, white head. The aroma is fruity, with hops, medicine-like bitter notes, hints of cellar, spices, yellow apples and some alcohol. Quite complex actually, but yet not one of the best. The same goes for the flavor, which is fruity and sweet, with bitterness, spices, yeast and a dash of alcohol. Medium body and a finish with spices and hops. Funny thinking about the fact that this is the least interesting beer from this brewery, yet so good. Rating: 7-4-7-3-14-3.5. (070103)

Bottle. It pours a hazy, yellow-orange body with some floaties and a nice, white head. Grains, pale malt, fruityness and yeast it the aroma. A little spicy note too. Nice sweet and malty flavor with some alcohol notes and a pleasant bitterness. Some herbal notes too. Medium to full body. Bitter, malty and slightly spiced finish. Wondering if I over-rated the beer last time, I did a rerate and found out I didn’t. It really is a good beer. Rating unaltered. (080509)

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