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Westmalle Trappist Extra - Brouwerij Westmalle

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89
very good

90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 62
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jason on 03-01-2005

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Ratings: 90 | Reviews: 53
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Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Ralphs66
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Bierschenker
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of largadeer
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. 

Photo of weeare138
3.57/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of beerpirates
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of alcstradamus
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of hopdog
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 Vintage.

Poured a medium, hazy/cloudy golden color with a larger sized white head. Aromas of lemons, light bananas, light yeast and some spices. Tastes of pretty much the same. Lively body that left on a nice clean finish.

This one was much better compared to the Chimay Doree. Monk ’lite’ - a beer that I would drink on a regular basis if I could get a hold of more!

Photo of Doppel07
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2004 bottle. Body is lightly hazy with a warm straw hue and a clingy white head. Has a nice biscuity malt aroma with pleasing buttery and nutty characters plus some overripe pineapple and peppery yeast notes. Distinctly drying, but has good depth of nutty malts and great yeast signatures. Medium bitterness, enhanced by the dryness. This is a very satisfying session beer (at least I wish I had that sort of access). I really enjoyed this rare, straightforward table beer.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, a sweet lemon citrus and yeasty dryness. In the taste, semi sweet lemon citrus with a nice mellow yeast to compliment it. A bitter and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry lemon citrus in the aftertaste. Nice light ABV nice citrus and a mellow hop flavor.

Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kyle for trading this one to me. Enjoyed the other night with some dedicated tickers.

A: The pour is a fairly clear straw color with a finger's worth of an off-white head.

S: A rather light, but enjoyable aroma. Pale cracker malts with some good hop aromas that give the beer a bit of a grassy and floral note. The yeast provides a slight spice, too.

T: The hops are surprisingly vibrant in this beer. Floral and grassy qualities come through as well as a mild bitterness. Some spicy esters from the yeast as well as a bit of citrus peel.

M: The body is on the light side, but the high carbonation and rather dry, crisp finish works well for me.

D: This serves its purpose well: an easy to drink table beer. I wasn't initially too crazy about it, but as I allowed it to sit in the glass for a moment, I found it quite enjoyable.

Photo of crnipeter
3.46/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours slightly hazed light-golden body with tiny floaties of yeast, topped by large white head that lasts for ages. The nose is light Pils malt sweetness with sugary notes, mild spiciness from hops and/or phenols, and orangeish-lemony esters. The flavor exhibits lots of yeasty character (expressed as major spicy phenols and minor citrusy tartness) wrapped in Pils malt foundations. The finish is dry with bitter aftertaste. Light to light-medium bodied and highly carbonated. A decent monastic table-beer, no more, no less. (300 ml bottle, freshness date 20. July 2012, into tulip.)

In short: a simplistic Pils malt-based Belgian Blond with pronounced yeasty character.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Where saison meets tripel, and with the auspiciousness of 4.8% abv. Extra packs all of the flavors expected from these stronger styles but with heightened refreshment, delicacy, and unbridled refinement.

While pouring a murky golden-straw color with suspended yeast evident, the head character of this beer is most impressive. Billowing, but controlled. Rocky, but creamy. Persistent to the gills, the beer hardly reduces to a thick creme that accompanies even the last sip. The stark white foam laces evenly and gracefully all along the way.

Pilsner malt scent fills the nose with a cotton candy sweetness and freshly kilned barley. A soft graininess is rounded with herbal lemon grass acidity and spice. With all the Belgiany, yeasty esters and spice, the pilsner base is in firm control of the aroma.

The balance of the beer turns tripel-like with a medium-light taste of part grain, part malt and the underpinning of candied lemons (lemon drop candies). Grassy, earthy hops balance the sweetness and contribute just as much bitter flavor as the malt does sweetness. White pepper and orange peel dance about the peripheries as the beer warms and as the taste buds search for background complexities.

Lighter in body, the beer gives an airy and expansive impression with the first sips. The beer makes quick work by fading into a powdery dry finish that seems to evaporate just before the finish, leaving only a hoppy, grassy bitterness lingering in aftertaste.

Though it's a distinct honor to ever pop the cap on an authentic Trappist ale, to have one that is not available on local markets is a special moment. It's easy to appreciate the flavors that make Saison Dupont and La Fin Du Monde so popular, except with more distinction in taste and lighter strength I can imagine making a semi-session out of this highly regarded ale.

Thanks bbehr!

Photo of seanyfo
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle received in trade with Erzengel, cheers mate!

Poured into Westmalle chalice.

BBE 20 July 2012

A- Pale blonde body with faint hue. Large creamy 3 finger head that has excellent retention reducing to 1 finger which is everpresent, lacing is stunning.

S- Delicate, a little lemon note, i think i get a touch of a buttery biscuitiness too.

T- A touch of sweet biscuitiness is balanced with a subtle citrussy/lemony note which fades to a tea-like dry finish. Not puckering but very refreshing.

M- Body is light with a lively carbonation. Its creamy and delicate while refreshing at the same time. Its superb

T- The look,mouthfeel,aroma and palate all combine to produce a wonderfully light, subtly flavoured refreshing beer. Its not at all complex, you may even need to search for the aroma but the creaminess/carbonation of the mouthfeel and the subtle dryness make it fantastically refreshing. It would be perfect with more of an aroma. I wasnt sure to begin with about the subtle flavour profile but with each mouthful it was obvious this beer isnt about in your faceflavours. As a refreshing light pale ale, this is top class.

Photo of Zimbo
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

More yellow than the brewer's tripel, this still has Westmalle's trademark hue. Silky foamy light head and lacing. Very fresh light citric lemon rind nose which sadly fades over time.
Smooth spicy slight bitterness with a touch of lemon. Super subtle and thin yet strong backbone with some clean delectable maltiness at the very end.
Delicate but not at all wimpy.
Chimay could learn from this.

Photo of DPFRD
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz, Westmalle Goblet

A- Golden and cloudy with a frothy head that dissipates rather quickly.

S- Bready and yeasty with some hops and a white pepper finish.

T- Bitter, a bit sour with peppery undertones... also picking up a slight hint of banana.

M- Ligth to medium, good carbonation.

O- Easy drinker, great sesher, too bad it's so hard to get...

Photo of artoolemomo
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- It pretty much pours up as all head which is a pure, white cotton color. The body is a very light straw color with lots of carbonation. It is very clear. This is a very nice looking beer which leaves up a lot of lacing from a formidable chunky head that is taking its time to settle. There is so much lacing that there are clumps of foam which stick to the side of the glass while the head has dissipated to a thin film at beer level.

Nose- Typical clean soapy aroma you get from Belgians coupled with apple, esters, and Belgian spice. The esters are by far the strongest, followed by the apple. Not too terribly strong of an aroma. There are some bananas and cloves that make themselves known also. As I've poured more in, the apple is clearly the most dominant aspect of the nose. If the beer itself tastes like this, I will be quite happy.

Taste- Crisp, sour apple is the first aspect that makes itself known. It is followed by Belgian yeast, spice, and esters. Everything is fairly light and crisp. As I drink more of it, the apple tends to fall away and the funkier, spicier notes become more pronounced. A moderate amount of complexity and an above average taste. As it is reserved for the monks to drink, it isn't so much about creating a thought provoking beer, just an easygoing one.

Mouthfeel- A good amount of carbonation but not too much. From the pour, I would have expected more. This is not as tingling as a saison but has enough bubble to give it some edge. I think it becomes a little too watery too quickly.

Drinkability- Nice, easy, simple. Just 4.8% so this one is a session beer except you won't be able to find enough of them (at least not an acceptable price) to make up a session.

Overall- It's a B, B+ (closer to B+). If you want something more expressive, I would go with La Fin du Monde or its ilk.

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Westmalle Trappist Extra from Brouwerij Westmalle
89 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.