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


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RATINGS: 1268   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2006
belgian yeast and some slight spice in the aroma.Pours a murky light gold with a large off white head.Flavors are of yeast light fruit and some hints of spice.This one has some airy carbonation and finishes with some slight spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermouth (435) - Langeskov, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2006
Hazy yellow with nice white head with excellent lacing. Yeast, citrus and hint of flowers Slight bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 27, 2006
33cl bottle from henrikb, dated 1.03.05. Pours a pale yellow until I poured the yeast in, and now itís a cloudy light brownish yellow. The head is tight, two fingered, and white. Looks like it will be staying the duration. Aroma of cork, powdered sugar, yeast, apricots, pear, a bit of spices and dust. The flavor is much the same, though doesnít seem quite as good--flavors here seem muted. There is some lemon and a bit of tart acidity (though the two donít seem related) and a dry lightly bitter finish. Moderate carbonation, light to medium bodied. Henrik gave me all three of the Westvleterens, and starting with this one Iím fairly excited about the others as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - DEC 25, 2006
Pours a pale lemony yellow w/o the yeast. Turns more tawny yellow after yeast is poured from the bottled. Medium sized snow white, semi creamy froth that reduces at a moderate pace leaving full brewers lace and a full dusty canopy. Not much aroma at all when cold but as she warms it really opens up. Aromas of freshly squeezed citrus and crushed walnuts with the shell. Very interesting indeed. Light nectar w/ ample residual effers. The texture is soft yet fiberous like a cotton ball. Flavors are totally dry w/ delicate nuances of a French Champagne nature. A nice acid componant w/ bright citrus rind and yeast. Weaved in the mix are complexities consisting of walnuts, muscat, honeydew rind, and a pinch of spicey clove. The finish is bittered from the stone fruit spectrum. Overall: This is a complex brew that drinks better warm. Very complex indeed. Because of itís Champagne flavor profile I bet it tastes great w/ a bowl of strawberries. If you love Champagne, you gotta try this brew. Connoisseurs choice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (4078) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 25, 2006
Bottle; Nose of yeasty breadiness, with light apple, clove, an caramel notes; light but complex aroma, not jumping out at you like the big beers, but there; hazy golden with a big frothy, long-lasting, glass-lacing white head; flavor intially of peppery, spicy, hop bitterness, the hops lasting into a long finish!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sofajoern (146) - DENMARK - DEC 25, 2006
What a nice surprise. Both to be given this as a christmas gift and the beer itself. Pale and slightly murky looking with a nice white head. Very nice and complex aroma, dominated by light yeasts (I really donít know how to describe it), some spicyness and a bit of hops. Very flavourful for the type (blond), coriander, lovely and quite characteristic yeast flavour with a good balance btw. sweet and bitter notes. Impressive if the alc. content is correct - it does taste of quite a lot more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DarkMagus (499) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 24, 2006
Huge fluffy, rocky head. Beautiful hazy golden color with some light carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of the chalice. Very spicy, hoppy, fruity aroma with a hints of fruitiness and sugariness. Huge sweet-but-bitter flavors: spices (coriander, nutmeg, clove), orange and lemon zest, some slight pepperiness, and a serious dose of hops. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky, but with some prickliness on the tongue from the carbonation. Surprisingly dry and bitter hoppy finish. Amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2006
Bottled. Hazy golden coloured with almost no head. Mild and round. A bit dusty with notes of hops, spices, fruits and yeasts. A bit dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2006
451st. Bottle that I picked up on eBay. Light golden orange thin white head seems to grow in size as it the glass warms. The aroma is bready and smells a little like sun dried zest. Light, dry, citrus finish. Medium bodied, which is heavy than I expected. Flavor is very much like a lager, except much better. King of the Light Trappists!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2006
300th rating - I figured this would be a good time to crack open the first of my Westys. Light orange-blonde color with a fair amount of yeast and a medium size head. Aroma of orange and other citrus, yeast, and an almost Pils-like malt. Taste is heavy with yeast and Belgian malts, with hints of citrus breaking through. Lighter, but very tasty. Iím glad it made the trip from Europe without any problems - more importantly, the "8" and "12" will be up soon.

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