Westvleteren Blonde is a unique Blonde Trappist - it's the younger sister of the two world famous Westvleteren 8 and 12 beers and the only blonde beer brewed by the monks of the Sint Sixtus Abbey in Westvleteren. This blonde beer is also less known, and sometimes harder to obtain than the highly publicised quadruple.
This is the beer the monks themselves drink when they are thirsty. This trappist is rumoured to be made up of 3 different varieties of hops, all sourced locally. As with the other Westvleteren beers, the yeast comes from nearby Westmalle. This beer is brewed through top fermentation and is re-fermented in the bottle and is neither pasteurised, filtered nor centrifuged.
It pours a straw coloured yellow and tends to get hazier as it's colder. It's distinguished from the others in that it doesn't keep very long, so make sure you drink it within a year of buying, or at least respect the "expiry" date indicated on the bottle . The Westvleteren Blonde can, and should be served cold - best around 6°C.
This is the newest of the three Westvleteren beers created at Sint Sixtus. It has a big blonde head and quite some carbonisation, certainly more than the other two. A somewhat bitter after taste is easy to detect. It pairs well, like most blonde beers, with chicken and seafood dishes as opposed to red meat dishes.
Common tasting notes include subtle aromas of herbs and yeast, with hints of wheat and light, possibly citrus fruits. It's a very well balanced beer.
All in all the Westvleteren Blond it's a delicious blonde Trappist beer which is easy to drink at any time of the day.