drewbeerme (3919) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2008 11.2oz bottle. big thanks to JB175 for trading this. pours hazy yellow with huge fluffy head. nose has a strange combination of cloves, citrus, yeast, pepper, B.O., and medicine, kinda stinky. flavor follows the nose into a pretty unappealing mothy, grainy, dirty, cloves, pepper, hay, sugar, and toffee. it tastes sorta strange how all the components for a funky belgian ale are here but it still doesn’t balance together well and tastes off. mouthfeel is nice, smooth, and creamy.as i drink it the flavors start to seem more together but still, i was really surprised i didn’t like this that much.3.6.
4/6/08, sampled at a WLV tasting. now i get this beer. wonderfully hoppy grassy herbal and floral. tastes clean, refreshing, and fresh. a wonderful belgian ale.4.0.
wajacobs (26) - USA - MAR 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The Westvleteren Blonde pours a couldy straw colr with a thin tight head that leaves abeautiful lace on the glass as you drink. My first impression, when pulled beneath my nose my is the scent of yeast, cloves and slightly peppery. The first taste is plum and then clove. The carbonation is not overtly effervescent but assertive.
Definately not over the top this beer is a refined gentleman.
HDane (82) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with and courtesy of gputy. Pours a fairly bright yellow with a thin, but frothy, white head. Nose of yeast, pepper, and perhaps white grapes.. Flavor is slightly hoppy, with the yeast from the nose, as well as a sweetness. Very smooth mouthfeel - not too light, not too heavy; just right.
LinusStick (3252) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks once again Maria for the trade. What a difference between this and the other 2. Aroma was all grass. I didn’t get the concept of "grass" in beer until this. Tasted and smelled like I just cut the lawn. A little hop in the after taste. While the 8 and 12 are at the top of their game, the blond leaves a lot to be desired.
Hoser (372) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 11, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I don’t imagine this beer would travel very well. Had this at the abbey cafe and it was hoppy fresh and flavourful and the second best beer I had when I was in Belgium. Page 496 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer guide.
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - MAR 6, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Padron4KM (800) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
JoeinDahlem (1456) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - FEB 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Tranquillity (1882) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2007
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. murky yellow color. yeasty grainy aroma. bitter. some hops. very yeasty and acidy. grainy and strong.