And we’ve opened the Winter Beer Supply. Thank God.
We debut the WBS on a sideways note, as we’re drinking the least acclaimed and respected beer from, perhaps, the most acclaimed and respected brewery in the world. The Abbey of Saint Sixtus, which produces Westvleteren beer, produces three different brews–a dubbel, a quadrupel, and a blonde. The blue and gold capped dubbel and quadrupel are sought the world over, and a six-pack of the beers will easily reach over $65 on eBay, and that’s before shipping.
The Missus and I have all three types Westvleteren beers, but we decided to open the WBS with the green capped blonde and save the best for later.
The blonde pours a hazy golden-wheat color, with a fuzzy head about one or two fingers tall, which bubbles away rapidly leaving a lacing of white foam around the edges of the glass. The third glass in that picture is the blondie.
The scent is like wet grass and flowers and wheat and hay.
The beer is creamy, smooth, and grainy up front, and finishes with a quick ring of bitter hops. Very crisp from start to finish, and dry on the palate.
There is no alcoholic presence at all. And the flavor is dry and quick and pleasant from start to finish. Very sessionable, and very good to drink, but, given the scarcity and the cost, it’s probably not worth more than a taste.