NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - JAN 16, 2008
Hazy golden colored brew. Yeasty and a bit fruity, citric, lemon. Grassy hoppy flavor. Nice one. DruncanVeasey (8225) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2008 (Re-rate, 21/04/08- previously 3.6) Nose of lime juice freshness, sherbet, barnyard, pigshit. Stings with hop pellet bitterness. Herbal grassy hop as in an unfiltered helles. Lime-like citrussy dryness, wild yeast, manure, wheat and lingering biscuit. Silky to the point of stillness, but not quite. GRASS. How did I miss that before? Not as a hop metaphor, but a real tangible mouthful, with roots and little clods of soil still attached. Clean but filthy dirty. This beer has more barnyard, yeasty edge and hop spike to it than Orval these days, and bottle by bottle has become a favourite of mine. Spiky, zesty, agricultural XX shandy.
(old rate- what was I on???)....Tasted this with heavy flu at In De Vrede, and was convinced it was bound for my top 5 it seemed so aromatically hoppy, and was the only one of the Holy Trinity I could really taste. On second impression, back home and with my tasting faculties 100% restored, it seems a whole lot more restrained and, well....ordinary. Pours pale hazy gold with a pillowy white head. Aromas lemony, citric and grassy and leaning into witbier territory. There are also some nutty/vegetable/wheaty notes wafting about, not completely unlike an really adjuncty lager. Just a sniff of something dry, biting and herbal that sets it apart. But blindfolded, I might have mistook it for an unspicy wit brewed with a high proportion of unmalted barley. It’s that lemony. Flavour bites with English golden ale citrussy/grassy hops and background biscuity malts. Soap and citrus to the fore. Needs plumping up a bit as it leaves a bit of a watery impression on the palate. Dry, hoppily bitter, pleasantly lemony Trappist sessions. But it can’t touch Orval. BonVoeux (40) - Beveren-Leie, BELGIUM - JAN 6, 2008
Bottled 330 ml.
hazed golden color.
BlondeBest blonde Trappist.
Hops, bitter. Wow !
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2008
33 cl bottle. Just hazed gold with a frothy white head. Nose is yeasty, creamy lemon and some faint floral. Medium carb, body medium light. Taste is simple yeasty honey caramel with a nice bitter bite. Nothing spectacular but i could easily drink this every day. BelgiskOlklub (1079) - Viby J, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2008
The flavor is initial sweet like other Westvleteren, but it has long bitter finish. It has a medium body and a good mouthfeel. The aroma is fruity and hoppy, dominated by raw vegetables and grass.
pubbe (493) - Højbjerg, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2007
Bottle. A littly cloudy yellow colour with mostly lasting creamy white head. Flowers, fruit esters and hops in the aroma. Flavor is slightly sweet but is soon corrected by hops and acids. A bit astrigent on the palate. Average finish with fruits and green spices. Well made blond/belgian ale. drseamus (103) - Troy, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2007
Had this one while sitting in the sun on a beautiful day at In De Vrede while waiting to pick up my two cases of Westvleteren 8 from the Abbey. I’d already had the 8 and the 12 and since it was hot out, the Blonde was the obvious choice. I don’t know when it was bottled but I’d guess it was less than a month old.
It has a pale straw colored cloudy body with a one inch white head initially that fell fairly quickly. It smells very yeasty and malty with some fruitiness that reminds me a bit of a hefe with some banana and maybe apple. The flavor is not at all what I would have expected, but it is indeed good. It was much hoppier than I would have expected with both hop bitterness and flavor. It had a bit of spiciness to it as well and then finished with a malty finish. I think I got some noble hop aroma in there but I could be wrong. It is fairly light bodied. It could have been the situation, but it seemed like the perfect summer drink. ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2007
Pours a bright shade of blond, fairly transparent. Fluffy white head and lacing. Big complex nose with hints of fruity esters, bread, and lemon zest. Flavor very similar. Coriander,& orange up front slight hop flavor on the finish. tjthresh (1871) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2007
12 ounce bottle from theistiElGaucho56 (394) - USA - DEC 15, 2007
Pours crystal clear bright blond, with a fluffy snow white head.
The nose is quite floral and dusty.
The flavor is mostly clean, but there’s the slightest bit of tartness in the finish.
Light body. Highly carbonated. Dry finish.
Good to know the the monks are drink well, even while mowing the lawn. Thanks Tim.
This one came a long way, so it was with reservations I cracked this one open. Still, looks lovely. Pours a very light golden with vague orange tones, like hazy grapefruit juice, not too much for a head but slowly a solid soapy film appeared and covered the beer, leaving tiny blobs of lacing. The nose is flowery and delicate, with some lemongrass, some slight hay, rich yet light sweet malts, and some tempered fruity esters thrown in for good measure. On the palate the beer seems to simply disappear, very smooth and drinkable, everything seems in near perfect harmony. Very versatile, starting lemony and grassy before the light malts come in to balance a very mild yet observable leafy hop finish. Super drinkable, which is sad since this is the only one of these I have.