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

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RATINGS: 1173   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Westvleteren Blond is the basic beer for the monksí own consumption, since 1999, when the former 6į dark ale (red cap) was finally discarded, after the 4į had already gone that path.


3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2005
Welcome #300! Couldnít bring myself to open the 12, Iíll wait till the next milestone. Pours a light hazy orange with just a bit of carbonation and a huge foamy white head. The aroma is candy sugar, Belgian yeast, spices (like pepper and cardamom) and a light sweetness. Nice. The flavor was spicy (did not take a guess as to which ones) and stereotypically ďBelgianĒ. Green pepper in there, a bit of soap. Smooth medium body. I really did not care for this. I drank it slowly to note flavor changes as it warmed but I just found this unenjoyable. Maybe beer 400 will be better.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
toccata (70) - grembergen, BELGIUM - OCT 15, 2005
Golden beer with white foam. Aroma is medium dry and fruity flowery and fresh hoppy. The taste is dry, fresh, blond malty and refreshing hoppy. The finale is dry, fruity and slight bitter.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (5357) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2005
11.2 oz bottle. Poured a hazy orange with a finger sized fluffy white head. Iíve havenít seen a head like this on a low ABV beer in a long time, VERY creamy after sitting for a minute or two. Aroma is very enticing, as I can smell it from about two feet away. Fruity esters, floral hops, spices, slightly yeasty, grassy meadows, and a touch of malt. Flavor is citrusy and lightly malty, very well balanced in bitterness as well. Soft and somewhat thin on the palate. Leaves a soft fruity finish with just enough bitterness to keep you wanting another sip. I see why the monks drink this as their everyday beer, if I had access Iíd drink alot more of this. A definate classic example of the style.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2005
Exciting beading going on in my glass...now THATíS what Iím talkiní about! Sweet fruity/yeasty/honey flavors all well balanced with a sweet malt base. Sweet, but not cloying in any way. Mild hop bitterness in the clean, crisp finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2006 Something to look at, a slightly hazy yellow with intense beading and a dense, creamy white head. The aroma is a sweet light malt with pomes and cherries and a strong yeasty undertone. Very soft in the mouth, but the lively carbonation is quite evident. The flavor is a light, candy sweet malt blended with apples and pears, yeast and gentle hop bitterness. The finish is pretty clean, leaving a hint of a honey, fruity sweetness on the tongue. This is a very, very good beer, but not an excellent one.

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4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Choos (662) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - SEP 15, 2005
Aroma: candy, pear and sharp apples. Appearance: cloudy orange, large fluffuly head with great lacing. Flavour: pear sharp hops, light malt. Palate: thin well carbonated lingering bitterness. Great stuff!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WISEGUY572 (1374) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2005
If this were anything but a Westvleteren the reviews would be higher, since it is an amazing beer by anyone elseís standards. Beautiful huge head of foam on a cloudy yellow body ... my classic lemon meringue pie look for a Belgian blond. Good mouth, good balance, bready yeasty malty citrus, with a long finish of lemon and bitter hops. Great. And itís less than 6% alcohol; that much flavor in a relatively low alcohol Belgian deserves a bonus point.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hefevice (72) - Brisbane beer desert, AUSTRALIA - SEP 11, 2005
Tasted at the In De Vrede cafe over the road from the brewery. Presented in a Westvleteren challis, hazy straw yellow with plenty of bright white compact head perfectly filling the challis. Aroma is of honey and feint cloves, with the very slightest hint of flowery hops - subtle and nicely balanced. Taste is so well balanced it is hard to pick out individual flavours, maybe some orange peel over the malt background, with a little light clove spiciness. Finish is nicely balanced with crisp refreshing bitterness from the hops, but beyond that there is no hops flavour dominance noticeable. Mouth was light and fluffy, but not watery. Complemented the flavours nicely. Very drinkable on a hot day (which it was when I visited). A pity I was limited to only one as I had to drive back to Paris. Looking forward to trying the 8 and 12ís I have brought home.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2005
This has got to be the best blonde ale that Ive had, nice hazy amber colour, lasting head with a taste that I cant quite put my finger on? Hoppy and fragrant without any bitterness,this seems a great way to begin tasting Westvleteren....the only trouble is getting hold of an 8 and a 12!!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2005
A Mes rate: Blondes are not my thing really but as they go this is as good as I have had. Full fruity hoppy great palate. Head lasts well. Just great all round really.


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