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

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RATINGS: 1344   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   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.

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3.1
Stew41 (2117) - Phuket, THAILAND - NOV 23, 2006
Standard Belgian blond in appearance. Slightly more haze than expected and a persistent thin head. Expressive nose of confectionary malts shows ok lift. Palate is more understated, the typical sweetish malts are present but they don’t really get out of first gear. In fact the palate is quite dry for the style and is well backed with a little spice and cinnamon. Thinking man’s Belgian blond? (e.3.75 @ Afspanning ’t Waagstuk)

4.8
VLtrappist (2) - BELGIUM - NOV 19, 2006 does not count
also very good has the feeling like Leffe but better, also cheaper then the others and not so heave alcohol ... , nice if you dont want to get drunk

3.6
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2006
SLightly hazy pale yellow/straw liquid sits underneath a bed of frothy white foam. Lemony/citrus aromas give way to subtle spices, mixed with grassy/hay nuances. Very soft and pleasant. Very fruity lemon zest and other citrus flavours. Herbal, with mild bitter hopping, and a touch of mint leaf/fresh grass. Good, and again subtle. Very refreshing lemon/mineral finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Thanks for sharing this rare treat Mr. Horsey!

4.2
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - NOV 14, 2006
From a distinctive no labels Westvletern 33 cl. brown bottle with the freshness date on the cap, 11.08.07, sampled at cellar temperature in a Westy chalice a friend gave me last Christmas. Poured a hazy pale orangey golden with a foamy white head, a small amount of laced sticking. Aromas of herbal hops, a bit leafy as well and a subtle honey maltiness in the background. Good even carbonation and a softly crisp, textured, velvety smooth medium-light bodied mouthfeel, superb. A great tasting blond ale, herbal hops with a touch of tobacco dry leafiness, soft bitterness, a sweet honey grain maltiness that cuts underneath the hops and a dry grainy finish with a lingering herbalness. An excellent blond ale, easy drinkability, very glad I finally had a chance to try it, well worth it.

4.5
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2006
drank at In de Verde: Aroma is very spicy with some hops, and pepper. lovely blondish orange color. flavor is herbal, with hops, and some grass. fruity, but spicy. Very nice dry finish. Like all Westvleteren beers, the perfect amount of hops. perfect palate again. I love these beers. Cheers.

4
Skidds (252) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 12, 2006
Thank you Belgian shop for sending me this. Very good, but quite a straight forward ale, all things considered. Pours a gorgeous almost opaque orange. Fruity spicy esters and hops. Medium bodied with a dry, almost overly dry finish. Very good ale.

4.2
lagomswedish (213) - Umeå, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2006
Straight out of a fridge at the Bishops Arms in Umeå. appearence - might have had a touch of chill haze, but a yeasty pale straw yellow colour with a fine head that slowly disappeared, leaving fine lacing that stuck around. Aroma - Complex, with herby, slightly peppary hints, lemon and honey. Flavour - the drinking man’s trappist - begins with some faint malt and a touch of herbs and phenols, which is all quickly and rather rudely pushed aside by a powerful hoppy finish, with a puckering bitterness that can be felt all the way back home (it’s a 30 minute walk from the pub). The lack of richness that you usually associate with Belgium beers only makes this example more noteworthy and more drinkable! Palate - wonderful, tingley carbonation at the tip of the tongue, followed by a smooth middle and a powerful hop kick in the throat at the end. Who said you can’t have it all? Overall - one of the most suprising Trappists I’ve drunk to date, not least because this is a beer that you could drink more than one bottle of without being wasteful. Of course you’ve got to find another bottle first, and when you do be prepared to spend $27.50 to buy it (this is, after all Sweden). But you get the general idea...

4.2
kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 31, 2006
12oz bottle courtesy of sk8viking. Thanks, Rene! Pours the color of apple juice, golden yellow and clear, slight effervescence from the bottom; white head with good retention and lacing. The nose is exquisite: vinuous, honey, belgian sugar, and hints of spice. Medium mouthfeel, slightly viscuous and sugary: plenty of bread and yeast, a touch of honey, spice (reminds me of De Dolle’s Stille Nacht, upfront); long finish with (interestingly) the sweetness bottoming out - dramatic shift in the finish, ending yeasty and somewhat dry.

3.8
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2006
Bottle bought at BeerMania, tasted with a Westvleteren glass together the other two :-) It has white foam and hazy, golden colour. Quite dry and a slick feel. Good balance with a long finish. A good belgian blond but the other two are better.

3.4
Fin (11047) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2006
Bottle, shared at The Kulminator and also shared at Waagstuck, Antwerp, Belgium, 05 and 06-10-06. Poured a warm golden colour with a good white head, quite a hoppy nose with some yeast but I felt that the aroma was actually quite delicate. Some light honeylike flavours and a little citrusy fruit and quite crisp, not fantastic but not bad at all.


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