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Westmalle Trappist Extra - Brouwerij Westmalle

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 95
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 68
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 53 | Hads: 95
Photo of Brabander
3.18/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got two bottles of Bierschenker in may and i got a few bottles from CRooney5787 a week ago. Tried this beer back to back with the Chimay Doree. The Westmalle lost...

Poured in my small Westvleteren chalice the start is ok. Nice yellow fluid. This one is not as fruity as the Doree. The carbonation is good and you can feel the carbonation sparkling in the mouth. A bit dry and sour.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.35/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of craytonic
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour: Clear golden-yellow with a huge foamy head, decent retention, little lacing

Smell & taste: Some light malts, touch of floral aromas and spices; taste is much the same. Not really much too it, although it is very dry and a bit earthy/doughy. Very "wit" like.

Mouthfeel: Yeasty and thin; carbotion is too high

Drinkability: Finished the bottle, but if offered another would have to ask "what else do you have?"

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Photo of Jeffo
3.41/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle of this from my mate Brabander. Thanks a lot for the beers man!

From a bottle into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a massive, medium looking, fluffy, creamy head with great retention. Clear amber yellow in color with medium carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a thick cap and clings to the sides. Good foam cap remains and leaves lots of nice lacing down the glass. Good looking.

SMELL: Muted nose. Pale malts and some green fruits. Apples and pear perhaps, and some light grassy hop notes. Traditional and nice, but too mild.

TASTE: Pale malts, green fruits, and some lemon in there as well. A touch of caramel sweetness and honey to balance the show. Mild yet lingering aftertaste with lemon citrus notes and some caramel sweetness, as well as a bit of bitterness and spicy yeast. Enjoyable flavors, though it could be a little bolder.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy and light on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Pretty good feel.

OVERALL: A solid and enjoyable pale ale. One I could use as a table beer as well, but compared to the Chimay Doree, this one is simply more mild in flavor. A good beer in itself, but I’d take the Chimay pale ale nine times out of ten. Thanks again for the brews Brabander. They were fun.

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Photo of crnipeter
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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3.55/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of weeare138
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of beerpirates
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle split by Thorpe, thanks Mike! One of my more secret ambitions in my beer travels is to try all the Belgian Trappist beers that I can and after this I'm missing Doree, Westy 6 (red cap), and Petite Orval. So much fun to try new things.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a soft white head of small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is yeasty and a little sweet but overall quite weak.

The beer itself is really thin. It's a little sweet and has some nice yeasty character on the mid-palate but overall it's just weak. I know this is the lighter table beer but I can totally tell it is. It's an odd lightness to the whole thing. I'd try it again for sure but it's not my favorite.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of Ralphs66
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.83/5  rDev -4%
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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Photo of hopdog
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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!

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A HUGE thanks to Thorpe429 for bringing this gem back for me from Belgium! All praise to Thorpe!

33cl brown glass pry-top, Westmalle Extra logo cap, front and back labels, back stamped Best Before 27/04/13, 4 014545. I think this means it was brewed 4/27/11...(?)

Pours a thin, crackly bright (yet hazy) yellow with very thin white head that has little retention. Nose is very simple and lemony. Smells fresh, but not very complex.

Palate is light-bodied and zippy with some champagne-like carbonation (small bubbles). Flavors of lemon zest and fresh straw, a little minerality, but not much else. The finish is moderate and the carbonation dries out any possibility of sweetness. A note of bitterness crops up late on the finish too.

Notes: A fairly simple and focused ale. Exactly what I expected from a bier de table. Would drink this all the time if it were available and inexpensive. Refreshing is perhaps the word I'm looking for! Thanks again to Thorpe, truly honored to have tried this one!

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Photo of richmof
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Those crafty old monks, keeping this to themselves. The Tripel is a great beer but low on drinkability for my taste.
This beer is packed with flavour and character despite only weighing in at 4.8% and the low alcohol makes it very much a session beer.

Pours cloudy and golden with a creamy, fluffy head that keeps growing well after the measured pour.
On the nose, there is zest and a bit of banana-yeast but none of the alcohol from the Tripel's nose.
The taste is like a lighter, more drinkable Tripel. Lemon zest, cloves, light yeast and some nice hopping.
I wish I could find it more easily.

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Photo of Bierschenker
3.95/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of xpimptastikx
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle with best before date 8/07/11.

A - Pours cloudy golden with a huge pillow of white head that recedes but never goes away.

S - Spices, yeast, apples, and a touch of sweetness.

T - A little bit of a let down from the smell. Mainly yeast spice with a nice clean grassy hop finish.

M/D - This is probably the best part of this beer. I completely see why this is beer the monk's drink. Great carbonation gives a lively mouthfeel and clean finish.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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. 

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Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a very pale yellow, sediment floating around on a lightly hazy body with a creamy lightly bubbly head. Nose is lemon zest, soft juicy lemon, faint yeast note with some banana and lightly doughy in back. Zesty up front, more yeast to it with some peppery kick, lemon and banana bread in back with a touch of floral hop and light bitterness. Light bodied, lively on the tongue with a very stinging carbonation and dry finish. Nice stuff.

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Photo of fewa
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark gold-yellow color, with a smooth, bright-white head that was relatively long lasting. The smelll is like fresh fruits (apple), a bit floral. The taste is copletely different from the smell. Taste in not at all as fruity as the smell suggested. Sweet honey, spicy hops and a great, very well balanced acidity and bitterness in the end. Light and drinkable.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is light golden and pretty clear with a dense white head. The aroma brings yeast, light spice, perhaps coriander, a touch of alcohol. Light yet full of flavor. A bit of grain in the finish. Moderate carbonation and quite drinkable. Overall, this is solid.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

POured from 33cl bottle into St. B chalice.

A. Poured 2 fingers of well carbonated head. Good lacing. Good retention. Was envisioning a dark beer for some reason. However the color on this is slightly hazy light golden yellow.

S. Smell is pretty delicate. Yeast, citrus, lemon, a little mustiness. Has an earthy floral aroma of grass, flowers, and some honey.

T. Taste is again very delicate and refresing. Get some yeast flavor, light lemony citrus. Fits the bill as a light easy drinking table beer. not overly complex, but good at what it is.

M. Well carbonated. Pretty dry, and finishes clean.

O. A neat, clean, delicate, and well made simple Belgian beer. If I was a monk, I wouldnt have a problem with this being my table beer. Has a pretty refreshing quality to it. Nothing amazing, when compared to a lot of the other Trappist beers, and even the other beers of Westmalle, but it is what it is.

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Date: 03/13/2011
Glassware: Portsmouth Tulip
Vintage: 2010
Type: 11.2oz. Bottle

Brew poured a golden straw in color w/ a 1 finger white bubbly head that left nice amounts of lacing on the glass. The nose was fabulous! Aromas of citrus fruits, banana, clove, and fresh bread. Taste paralled the nose, w/ notes of citrus, banana, clove, breadiness, and a finish of ever so mild hop bite and spices. Thin bodied, but lush due to the higher carbonation levels. Can see why the Trappist monks would brew a very sessionable brew like this for their own personal consumption.

Overall, this was a pleasure to get the chance to sample. However, this was a bit over carbonated for my taste, which detracted from the complex flavors and drinkability. One glass of this would be enough for me, but I would never turn that glass down.

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Photo of dnichols
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was served a 330 ml brown yellow-capped bottle with no label at Ebenezer's in Lovell, ME. It was served unopened and I was allowed to open the bottle and pour it into a chalice.

A: It poured a cloudy bright and light yellow body with orange accents and a thin bubbled moderate white head. The head fell to an even cover that lasted long into the drink.

S: It had light and pleasant aromas of oranges, bananas and light toasted malts.

T: It had a very 'wit' like flavor. It was sweet yet tart, creamy and smooth, and highly floral with a crisp tart presence. It was citrusy (lemons), fruity (bananas and pears) and hoppy (floral).

M: IT was light bodied with a silky and smooth presence in the mouth and a crispy and tart finish. There was a lingering tartness that carried on long after the drink was gone from my mouth. It was moderately carbonated.

D: It is a well balanced and pleasureful brew that has great flavor and aroma. However, there are so many superior brews IMHO that I would find it hard to take this beer long into the night.

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Westmalle Trappist Extra from Brouwerij Westmalle
88 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.