Fill It or Spill It

Westvleteren 6

In Belgium on May 19, 2012 at 2:41 pm

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The word Westvleteren sends a shiver down the spine of all beer nerds.  For those that don’t know,  its a Trappist brewery in Belgium that makes hard to find beers that are known as some of the best in the world.  You can only imagine my excitement when a friend gave me one as a gift. 

The appearance of the single bottle just felt special.  On the bottle the word “trappist ” is imprinted on the glass and nothing else.  The only other identifying item on the beer is the green cap. 

The beer poured a cloudy, pale, yellow color.  There was plenty of fluffy white head that had really good retention.  Once it started to dissipate, it settles to a bubbly froth.  The ABV was light at about 5%, so if I had more than one,  I’d be chillin.

The aroma was that expected Belgian yeast right upfront.  There was a good amount of fruity hops in the nose along with some apple fruityness.

The first sip was really good.  There was a good hoppy kick at the start that was accompanied by some of that Belgian yeast.  It finishes a little bitter but that isn’t a bad thing.  I could also pick up some of that apple sweetness too.  Very easy to drink and I could see myself cooling off with one of these on a warm day.  Then again, I could see myself drinking one on any day.

Verdict: Fill It!   This was a great beer and easily the best Blonde I’ve had.  It was quite complex with all of the flavors happening in the beer.  It was like a really good movie, when I was done I wanted to go back again to see what I missed.  Alas, I only had the one but it was fun while it lasted.  It made me want to get my hands on all the Westvleterns and so the search continues……

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  1. I. Am. BEYOND. Jealous. How exactly did your friend get hold of one?

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