Trappist Westvleteren Blonde

330 mL bottle. Poured into the Westvleteren chalice.
Amazingly dense, perfectly white head with excellent retention and lace. Golden (and I mean golden), hazed body.
Creamy smooth in the mouth. A combination of cream and velvet.
Nose is frankly NOT much! A little disappointing.
Classic peppery, mild bitterness in the taste with an alcohol edge way beyond the advertised ABV. Drying finish and VERY clean. Champagne-like character for me.
As Jason noted, this may be the very best session beer in the world. Obviously slightly too high in ABV for a TRUE sessionable beer, BUT it’s only slightly above what I would tolerate, and for an experienced drinker in the right frame of mind this could be THE perfect beer for a long night of drinking. In the USA, the availability and price obviously negate that!
In summary, a deliciously drinkable brew IF you can appreciate the subtleties of this beer. I think this one is really for the experienced drinker.

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03/21/2008
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bottle
ABV: 5.8 %
Appearance: 4.5
Taste: 4.5
Mouthfeel: 5
Smell: 3
Overall: 5
Total: 4.35
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