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Westmalle Trappist Extra - Brouwerij Westmalle

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

77 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.66%
Wants: 55
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 03-01-2005)
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Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 53 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by PapaEugene:
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PapaEugene

Netherlands

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

The opener of my beer tasting evening with RvDoorn. The nice thing is that RvDoorn always manages to get his hands on unique beers. This time the "not for sale" housebeer of the Westmalle monks that was found in the most unique beershop in Holland, The Cracked Kettle.

A: Dark yellow color, with a large very bright head that lasted preety much troughout the tasting.

S: Fresh fruit smell, apples, a little peach. Blossom. Some sweetness.

T: Body was pretty full for this low alcoholic beer. Spicy hops, honey, some bitterness, lemon zest. Taste wasn't as fruity as the smell suggested.

M: Medium/low carbonation. Very pleasant fresh feel. Aftertaste was a little bitter and sour

D: Besides being unique it also was surprising to taste how aromatic this beer was for a table beer. Will surely drink this one again allthough that will be very hard since its normally not available for sale.

07-31-2009 09:15:25 | More by PapaEugene
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Marius

Romania

4/5  rDev -1%

02-15-2014 15:12:32 | More by Marius
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akukucka

New York

4/5  rDev -1%

08-13-2013 03:28:55 | More by akukucka
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

Bottle from a direct Belgian trade. Not sure of vintage, bit it expired in February of 2010. Purs cloudy light grapefruit with abundant generous cloud topping, and leaves lacing. The yeast has a fruity and also a funky aroma,altogether an attractive and quality smell. Mouthfeel above average, carbonation right there. A yeasty pineapple orange mango conconction. Great stuff.

09-06-2010 03:45:37 | More by Sammy
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Ciocanelu

Romania

4/5  rDev -1%

03-05-2014 20:28:48 | More by Ciocanelu
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pastramionrye7

Germany

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

07-17-2013 01:40:41 | More by pastramionrye7
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Ralphs66

New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

A big thank you to Cstromberg57 for this lovely bottle which I have been looking for. Dubbel and Triple are regularly seen by me, but for some reason the extra has eluded me thus far. Nice murky gold with a gorgeous fluffy white head....which is choosing to hang around for a good bit. Nice looking beer. Bready on the nose, but with a nice snappiness. Taste presents a really nicely balanced pale ale bite. Strong carbonation that bubbles on the palate. Overall, just a very well done BPA. If I see it, I'll buy it.

12-22-2011 17:00:35 | More by Ralphs66
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DOCRW

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

05-15-2014 15:45:37 | More by DOCRW
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rouhlas3

Greece

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

07-24-2014 19:14:53 | More by rouhlas3
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Bierschenker

Belgium

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%

I was given a crate of these for my birthday.

I served this in a Bon Secours goblet.
A white head crowns the beer. It decreases in size quickly. No lacing.
The scent is very fresh. Mostly sour with some malty undertones. I recognize some lemon peel, ginger and clove.
The taste is not fresh nor is it fruity. It has a rather bitter sting. It starts of dry and the aftertaste becomes even more drier. There is a lot of carbonation in my mouth. It is a bit oxidized as well. I detect some bread and yeast. It feels like it has a lot of alcohol in it, but its only 4.8%.
The aftertaste holds on to the bitterness and the yeast but the slightly sour touch of the lemon peel remerges.
The drinkability of this beer is quite good. It's not too high in alcohol, but it has all the good qualities of a tripel.

01-04-2011 22:18:51 | More by Bierschenker
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Big thanks goes out to (BIF team Good People/No Rules) who sent this to mikesgroove and I because it was on my Wants list at the time during the Good People Don’t Need Rules BIF graciously hosted by AleWatcher! Best before 04/27/13! Served from bottle into a Westmalle goblet. Poured a slightly hazy golden brownish yellow with a one finger pure white foamy head. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, bread, subtle funk, and banana. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, fruit, funk, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a very good brew. I have been looking to try this one since I first saw it on listed on BA and it has always eluded me. Even when trying to trade for it. Just glad I had someone looking out for me this time around. This was a really nice and easy to drink brew as all the components were really well integrated and pleasant. The aroma was what stood out on this one the most to me as it was very well balanced and kept me coming back to smell it over and over. Definitely top-notch on the aroma aspect. Really glad I got the opportunity to finally try this one and I suggest you do the same if you are a fan of trappist breweries or just Belgian Pale Ales. You won’t be disappointed.

03-10-2012 04:06:21 | More by thagr81us
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -1%

12-27-2011 00:08:23 | More by GRG1313
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corneliusfontaine

Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

08-18-2013 15:01:25 | More by corneliusfontaine
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%

Bottle courtesy of Fonefan: Poured a clear golden color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry malt base with a floral hoppy touch as well. Taste is a mix between some dry malt base with some Poppering hops, which provide a slightly dry finish with some floral notes. Full body with some great carbonation. Definitely an interesting beer to try and a refreshing Belgian ale that would be fun to try more often but in the end I would go to the Westy blonde instead of this.

02-13-2008 20:04:24 | More by Phyl21ca
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.69/5  rDev -8.7%

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Good till June 19th 2014.

A super white and champagne rocky head is made with foamy retention and three fingers tall out of the bottle. Settles incredibly slowly on top of a body that is opaque, lemon orb glowing and a good middle column of rising carbonation, and cascading thin bubbles along the edges. Nearly flawless looking classic Belgian pale ale.

Nose has a hint of light alcohol heat, and sharp yeast spicy qualities. Slightly grassy hops in the background, the beer slightly smells nice if a little hot strangely.

Palate hits with a large amount of soda carbonation. Large amounts of mineral watery earth, and club soda tasting dryness. Sweetness and malt density are nowhere to be found. Aftertaste brings out a little bit sweet candi like sugar, but is highly taken over by the gaseous carbonation. Borderline seltzery, but the mouthfeel is playful but too carbonated and gets into borderline wet quality.

It comes of as a Perrier flavored beer, but with hallmarks of good craftsmanship (particularly it's look and to some degree it's bouquet). Unfortunately the palate is just not delivering for me, but it is quite a unique beer, but this is probably what I wouldn't seek out in a Belgian Pale Ale.

05-10-2013 03:05:35 | More by smakawhat
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +10.6%

huge thats to joey for this one and an extra at that, wow. perfect nightcap to end my date night, in a snifter on 5.22.11

Huge white head the stayed till the end. A very nice pale amber color, that was nice and cloudy, mostly due to the carbonation. This was the most insanely carbonated brew I have ever seen! Huge chains and streams of bubble, unreal. So active and lively looking, easily a top 5 best looking beer I have ever scene, could not have made it look better!

Smell was off the hook! Tons of fruits. Predominate pears, apricots, figs. Hints of apples, bread and grains, grass. Smell was almost too complex to describe, incredible again.

The taste was a bit of a let down after the look and smell from the start, but still very very good! Taste dances around the palate with pear and apple fruit hints the biggest players. Nice smooth maltiness with the bread and grain tastes coming through again. Slight taste of alcohol but only slight. Nice well rounded and complex taste, just not as powerful as I thought.

very light and frothy with lots of carbonation. Easy to drink and wonderfully complex and alive on the tongue.

05-22-2011 02:44:51 | More by mikesgroove
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largadeer

California

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Thanks for sharing this, Andrew.

Appearance: Clear pale straw, some haze from bottle conditioning. A fair sized head retains well. The body is a shade or two lighter than Westmalle Tripel.

Smell: Yeasty, peppery aroma. A little breadiness, light hoppiness shining through. Hints of pear. Westmalle's signature yeast strain lends a lot of character to this light beer.

Taste/mouthfeel: Bready pale malt, spicy yeast, fruity pear-like esters. Quite bitter and dry with an herbal hop kick and white pepper spiciness. Some husky grain flavor in the finish. Very light in body, though not quite thin. This beer packs a lot of flavor into a low ABV; I like it.

11-05-2010 16:44:54 | More by largadeer
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eric5bellies

Australia

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

Drank from my Westmalle chalice

A - Pours a pale yellow, cloudy straw colour with a large bubbled pure white head that reduces to a film.

S - Very citrus fruity with lime and lemon and a hint of orange peel present.

T - The taste is slightly subdued, with lemon citrus, slightly sour and spicey.

M - Very spritzy mouthfeel and a light body.

O - This is quite an unusual brew, but I can see why the monks would only have one or two in one sitting. I'm glad I tried it.

09-03-2011 12:20:39 | More by eric5bellies
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

3.55/5  rDev -12.1%

330ml bottle. Tulip glass. Enjoyed @ Bier Cab (Barcelona). Golden straw color & foggy appearance. White froth, close & sticky crown. Toffee & meringue aromas, spiced notes, Belgian yeast & candy sugar to the nose. Crispy upfront, malty & sweeted flavor. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Dense texture. Subtle spicy touch, herbal & spiced flavor in the middle. Long dried finish. Herbal notes & harsh sensation on the aftertaste.

02-02-2014 01:42:41 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4/5  rDev -1%

Straw color. Served in Westmalle tasting room. Slight haze. Large white head. Good retention. Soapy lacing, not sticky. Aroma is wispy, slightly hoppy, lightly yeasty. And fruity.  Taste is bitter, light sweetness and fruitiness. Almost pilsner-like.  Slight bite on the back end. Goes without saying that it pairs well with Trappist cheese. Quite good. 

03-05-2012 00:02:13 | More by KickbacksSteve
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -12.1%

Much thanks to hopdog for this vintage '04 bottle...
Appears a hazy light gold with a small white head that slowly fades out. Very mild spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of yeasty, candy citrus and some mild bready dough.
Taste is of the same aromas with a lemony zest standing out among flavors.
Mouthfeel is yeasty, thin, and slick along the palate.

06-16-2006 12:48:22 | More by weeare138
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beerpirates

Belgium

3.58/5  rDev -11.4%

33 cl bottel poured into my lost abbey stemware glass

The beer pours medium murky honey gold with a nice white head. The head rises about 2 fingers of creaminess that lasts several minutes and fades to a soapy head leaving lots of thick lacing on the sides. The aroma is light, with honey, flowers and light hops. Its subtle but nice. The taste is light, light honey, some hops but a tiny skunk. The feel is good, pretty good drinkability. Overall, ok, good session beer.

11-01-2011 19:24:10 | More by beerpirates
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alcstradamus

Washington

3.3/5  rDev -18.3%

Pours a murky yellow with two fingers of fluffy head and good lacing. Aroma is bright citrus and yeast. Sort of a lemon/lime mix, almost like Sprite soda. Very appetizing actually.

The flavor isn't quite as good. Watery and a bit musty. Not really anything there. The body is light and carbonation is high. Drinkability is average because there just isn't anything there.

03-24-2010 02:30:46 | More by alcstradamus
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Thanks to TurdFurgison for the bottle. I've now had all three--wow, three--beers currently active from Westmalle. Thanks again, Eric.

Pours a straw-yellow color with quite a bit of haze and a nice, big white head and some nice lacing is it goes down. The nose is quite nice with a lot of yeast character and a bit of malt sweetness. Mild fruit there as well as a bit of grass. The taste follows along the same lines. I'm a sucker for Belgian Pale Ales, that's for sure. Mouthfeel is nice and moderately-crisp, at least for the style. Good body. Really easy to drink and wouldn't mind having this as a table beer. Quite sessionable.

01-04-2011 11:43:02 | More by Thorpe429
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hiq

Belgium

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

08-27-2013 16:34:11 | More by hiq
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Westmalle Trappist Extra from Brouwerij Westmalle
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