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


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RATINGS: 1336   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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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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 (2693) - 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 (1872) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2007
12 ounce bottle from theisti
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.

ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - DEC 15, 2007
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.

Bartzilla (624) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 8, 2007
Bottle at Kulminator. How do you improve upon a blond ale? Let those monks at Westvleteren make it, that’s how. After a couple solid days of 8’s and 12’s, I was pleased to see the Blond at Kulminator. Needing to complete the trifecta, I was pleased. Light, fruity and perfectly balanced. This could be my session ale if the monks weren’t so stingy about it. (For the record, I think those monks, and what they’re doing, is awesome. I just want more beer because I am selfish and like their beer.)

FatPhil (17079) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 27, 2007
330ml bottle. Shared by Matty - cheers - you’re a saint! Light cloudy wheat-beer appearance. Very tight, creamy textured, white head. Perfumed floral aroma (alas we used the wrong type of glass that didn’t flatter the aroma). Mellow floral light fruity taste - slightly appley, but not sweetly so. In fact, it fills in with a dry and sharp hoppy middle taste which stays for the finish which was long but quite subtle. Slightly soapy from the yeast/hop combo, which was the only downside from an otherwise an excellent high quality and delicate brew.

jalichio999 (502) - BRAZIL - NOV 26, 2007
Garrafa, em Bruges (BEL), em novembro de 2007. Dourada clara, com creme branco consistente e persistente. Notas de limão siciliano e azeitona. Carbonatação média. Suave. Blonde diferente das demais. Tem personalidade, mas nada de complexo. Boa drinkability.

SaintMatty (7526) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2007
Bottle sampled with Fatphil and Anna- Golden in appearance which is slightly hazy. The aroma is very inviting indeed and is sweet, blossomy with a hint of peaches and citrus. Peaches and hints of apples in the sweetish taste which is hoppy with citrus and peaches becoming more evident in the delicious aftertaste. The appearance was different when I had it in the past and affects my mark slightly but it did not have an adverse effect on the taste. Superb.

dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Pours a cloudy, dull golden color with a thin white head that has good retention. The aroma is muddled, though somewhat bitey with a spice note and alcohol. The flavor is dominated by a woodiness that underlies exotic spices. It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what they are. Perhaps there are notes of white pepper, lemon, rosemary, and others. There is also a bitterness from the hops that is reminiscent of a Saaz based German pilsener. Very complex... there’s a lot going on here. The mouthfeel is also incredible. While it borders on overcarbonated, there is a silkiness of the micro bubbles that surrounds your tongue and feels very luxurious. While this beer is classified as a Belgian Ale, it is definitely a bender (though BAs are a pretty wide, vague category). Overall I’m not sure what I was expecting, but it’s just pretty good.

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