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

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RATINGS: 1319   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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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
theisti (4015) - Kansas, USA - AUG 2, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2009 33cl. bottle. Bottle cap is 05 08 09 I believe, very hard to read. That would make this about 11 months old. Pour is a hazy straw yellow with a fair amount of carbonation. There is a nice full, white head. Aroma is sour yeast and earthiness. Taste is very smooth, with some nice wheaty-grassy-earthiness and and a tangy sweetness (not that it tastes like Tang, more that it has a tang that is sweet). There is pretty much none of the sourness from the original aroma. The body is medium with a very clean citrus aftertaste. There was more complexity in this than I was expecting. This would be a great everyday beer if it was more available. Is it worth dropping $ on www. .com? For me, it certainly was. Is it worth dropping $ on www. .com again? Not sure. I will say 10 minutes after finishing this I wanted another one. There is something delicious about this beer that just hangs in your mind. A year later, and I am still thinking about this beer. The answer is YES, worth dropping $ again.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 30, 2007
Bottle from the_epeeist. I dont know if this wasnt cellared well or what. Cap is dated for 10/07, so I guess this is about one year old. Beautiful pour, super cloudy off-yellow with a lovely foam cap. Aroma is grainy, husky, slight dough. Kind of herbal flavor, husky wheat, perhaps a touch of barnyardy brett/hay. The slightest hint of fruit in the finish. Harsh. Simply not that enjoyable. This bottle must be no good, considering how every other review mentions fruit and I got almost none. Ill be in Belgium in a few months, so Ill give it another shot there.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beltramelli (470) - Campinas, BRAZIL - JUL 19, 2007
In de Vrede, Westvleteren, Belgium. Wonderful Blonde, fruity in the accurate, much damson plum, crystallized fruits, floral point soft and cooling.............................In de Vrede, Westvleteren, Belgium. Blonde maravilhosa, frutada no ponto exato, muito damasco, frutas cristalizadas, floral suave e refrescante.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 16, 2007
The Dan Journal #91. Tasted 6/25/2007. 330ml bottle. Slightly bubbling golden honey hue. Finger width of off-white head. Wheaty citrus honey aromas. Medium bodied with smooth wheats, sharp citrus and tart fruits. Vanilla start and a honey finish. This is a huge medium bodied style. Slightly granular. Another wonderful offering!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBiker (1414) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2007
[Shared with Troels and Godfather.] Hazy light golden look with a great aroma of yeast and fruits. Flavor is fresh, dry, bitter, woody and strawy and soft in a sharp way. Nice!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2007
Courtesy shrubber85. Pours a very cloudy light orange color, with a small bubbly white head. Very fruity aroma. Nice pineapple, candy sugar, yeast, and grapefruit smells. The taste has a little bitter grapefruit to it, that was pleasant and unexpected. Definitely has a profound yeast presence. Nice drinking blonde, full flavored. Solid, but youd expect it coming from these guys.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2007
Courtesy mgumby10, thanks!!!! Color is a murky, cloudy yellow. Aroma is the fruitiest non-fruit beer aroma I have ever come across. Redolent of fresh pressed cider, with some stonefruit and tropical undertones. Flavor is slightly biiter with a bit of that fruity aroma coming through. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Bottle @ In De Vrede, along with a cheese plate and some Croque Monsieur. This was the last Westvleteren I tasted, and while it is the worst of their ales it is my favorite Belgian blonde ale. Appearance is a perfect golden-orange color. Aroma is slightly citrus with spicy notes thrown in. The mouthfeel is smooth and subtly complex, with the citrus notes coming out to shine at the end of the beer. Another good job by the monks.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ohemming (39) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2007
Good beer, I enjoyed the fact that I was drinking a beer from Westvleteren more than I enjoyed the actual beer. Ive had beer with much higher alcohol go down smoother than this one, but Im still looking forward to trying the 8 and 12. This beer is definately over hyped because of the Westvleteren name.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (9860) - Mlndal, SWEDEN - JUN 9, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2013 First rating
Initial Rating Date: 6/9/2007
33 cl bottle, BB 11.08.
Clear pale golden color, big white head. Fresh citrus and yeast scent, also spicy. Yeasty spicy taste, rather powerful. Smooth but still medium mouthfeel, medium high bitterness. Slightly metallic but mostly spicy and yeast aftertaste.
6/4/6/3/13=3.2

Second rating
33 cl bottle at Haket, Gteborg on February 8, 2008.
BB 2010
Clear golden color, white fast dissapearing head. Initially quite hoppy scent, followed by sweet malt, then spice and yeast. Lots of esters and phenoles. Hoppy herbal and floral taste with some pommerance (Seville oranges) and spices. Very fresh and summery, herbal and bitter aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with some fizzy, spritzy notes. Medium high, rather dry, bitterness. Quite dry bitter finish with herbal and spicy hints that linger.
8/3/8/3/15=3.7

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Bottle, thanks to Ingo! BB (perhaps) 04.08.13 (difficult to read on the cap). Price tag reads 8.50, was purchased at De Molen. Sampled on November 25, 2013.
Hazy blonde color, fluffy lasting white head. Sweet, sugary, light brett and funk scent. Herbal, floral, sweet, perfume, fruity taste. Hibiscus, herbal aftertaste, a bit soapy. Fizzy mouthfeel, very low bitterness.
Likely not supposed to be this way, but it works! Bottle was not gushing, but was rising fairly well in the bottle when opened.
7/3/7/2/14=3.3


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