Westvleteren Blonde

Westvleteren Blonde

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Brewed by Abbey of Saint Sixtus of Westvleteren

Westvleteren, Flanders, Belgium

Style:  Belgian Ale

5.8% Alcohol by Volume

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Westvleteren has the smallest output of the Trappist breweries, with only a small part of their production going very far into the world.

ID: 9330 Last updated 15 years ago Added to database 18 years ago

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Overall Rank446
Overall Percentile99.1
Style Rank4 of 1079
Style Percentile99.6
Lowest Score3.0
Highest Score5.0
Average Score3.921
Weighted Score3.832
Standard Deviation0.452

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  • VIPINVELP 2001 reviews
    rated 3.7 8 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Cloudy golden yellow with small white foam head. Aroma is kind of sweet caramel with bitter tones. Taste is bittersweet with good dry bitter aftertaste. (Velp 201212)

  • PALEALERIDER 2233 reviews
    rated 4.2 8 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Enjoyed this one at Pub Italia, Ottawa, ON, with Chopz. Poured into an immense glass chalice/goblet, it has a pretty good size foamy head, and keeps a thin layer to the end. Has a hazy light orange appearance. Lots of carbonation. Yeasty sediments are quite visible (bottled mid '11) Great retention and active carbonation throughout. Has orange/citrus, pears and yeasty aromas. Very strong orange flavour. Some citric type flavours bordering on tropical, sort of mild mango. Some spices as well. The finish has a hint of hop in the taste, not much in aromas. Good tangy mouthfeel, smooth going down. For my first real Belgian Trappist ale, quite pleased!

  • KERRYA 171 reviews
    rated 4.2 8 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    C: hazed gold, frothy white cap
    A: grains, citrus, honey, light fruit
    P: medium
    F: yeast, citrus, grains
    O: Very different from the 8 and 12, yet still very enjoyable

  • CYRENAICA 2122 reviews
    rated 3.8 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    330ml bottle
    5.8% ABV
    Bar Volo (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
    July 26, 2012
    This completes the triumvirate of the publicly available Westys for me. The beer poured a hazy golden yellow colour with a thin, long lasting white head. The aroma was yeast, citrus, and some earthy tones. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with mild carbonation. The flavour is yeast, citrus, and light fruits with some breadiness in the malt

  • KEAL 114 reviews
    rated 3.0 9 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Very similar to Duvel, with sediment in the bottle, pretty similar long-lasting head. I get no citrus tones - Duvel seems to have it and it adds a little crispness to the drink. This Westy Blonde is lacking that refreshing feeling, it's sort of a stagnant feeling. There's a slight sourness, sort of like eating the rind of an orange. I mixed in the sediment near the end, and that really smoothed out the flavor. This is a rare beer, and I recommend this only to those of you that are truly seeking this out. If you just want to know what it tastes like, pick up a bottle of Duvel and it's very close. I say Duvel is better due to its cleaner, more refreshing taste.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 3.0 9 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    What is this? Trappist Light? It pours a pale gold colour, plenty of haze, and a big white cap. Yeast, malt, and sugar make up the bulk of the aroma although some other funk can be discerned. Flavour is slightly sweet, yeasty, and finishes bitter. I expected better from Westvleteren.

  • PHISHPOND417 3045 reviews
    rated 3.8 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    The next 8 or so beers were courtesy of pfoxyjohn. A late morning early afternoon tasting in the Barrrrn: Into the glass it pours a bright cloudy golden colour with a fairly large white head. Noticeable tartness or maybe lots of yeast, that could be it. Lemon peel, orange rind on the nose with a very astringent mouthfeel. Has a pleasent carbonation all the way down with thousands of tiny little bubbles dancing around the mouth.

  • BEERHUNTER 667 reviews
    rated 4.2 12 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    Thanks again to Pfoxyjohn for sending this up my way. This beer poured a clear golden color with a tall white head and great carbonation. The head puffed up like a cloud and the aromas consisted largely of malt with some wheat notes coming through. The beer showed great head retention and even better lacing. I did detect some hops in the aroma, but it was masked by an abundance of complexity. The flavor was very balanced with hints of malt, lemon, hay, and fresh cut grass. The finish was dry. The St. Sixtus monks definitely live up to their reputation with this one.

  • JERRYMORRISON 2130 reviews
    rated 4.0 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Aromas of fruits, spices, malts and yeasts. Appearance was a murky apricot hued body. ample carbonation gave it a thick pillowy white cap, that left thick lace. Flavor started with the fruits, then a spicy, bready malt presence showed, and it had a dry slightly bitter finish, with a nice fruity aftertaste. Overall a nice blonde thats worth seeking out.

  • DXIIIR 34 reviews
    rated 3.4 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    bottled 17/05/'06 - tasted 13/06/'08: A clear and lively golden blond beer with a large white foam collar on top. Has a bitter hoppy aroma. Feels quite acidic, which tends to fade away quite fast as the beer warms up. The flavor is bitter hop and continues in the aftertaste. Ends up in a warming sensation. update bottled: 17/05/'06 - tasted 26/12/'08: Once the beer warms up, there's a sense of honey in it's flavour. This also tempers the bitterness. (=flavor +1)

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