Westmalle Trappist Extra - Brouwerij Westmalle

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89
very good

89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 57
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 03-01-2005)
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.69/5  rDev -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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4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Etre Gourmet
Date: Best by 06/19/2014
Glass: Tulip

Westmalle's Extra is a classic example of the Belgian Pale Ale style, with noticeably solid malt and Westmalle's Belgian yeast strain being the dominant flavors, but there's also a subtle European hoppy bitterness that flows under those malt and yeast bridges. A beer that's perfectly sessionable and complex enough to drink all night, whether reading alone or, in an ideal world that doesn't exist, in conversation.

Pours a tall (>3cm) head of clean, white, small bubbles that have excellent retention, coalescing into a thick mass and lasting many minutes before settling to a thick cap resting atop the body of the beer. Lacing is also excellent, with large masses of residual foam sticking to the insides of the glass. Body is a pale, cold, golden yellow color, with light bringing out bright, pale orange-yellow hues, kind of like the sun through the clouds on a cold winter day. Carbonation is readily visible and quite active.

Aroma is of definite Belgian yeast, bubblegum, pale-colored malts (barley and perhaps some wheat), and perhaps a twinge of something lemon juice and mushroom-like. A completely enjoyable, if not overwhelming, aroma for the style

Flavor is suitably grainy with a classic Belgian yeast influence and subtle, but noticeable, European hop bitterness and flavor. Front of palate picks up sweet, light-colored malts and the byproducts of Westmalle yeast, which are somewhat mushroom-like, "funky," and bread dough-like. Mid-palate notes continued light-clored malt sweetness with Westmalle yeast byproducts, but adds in a greater depth and noticeable, though mild, hop bitterness. Back of palate is at once quite sweet from light-colored malts, but also yeasty and bitter, a fairly equal mix of all three components, quite nice. Aftertaste is of Belgian yeast, light-colored malts, and mildly bitter.

Beer is medium to medium-light in weight, with carbonation of a high intensity, leading to a mouthfeel that is at first fizzy, then quickly pleasurably foamy and smooth as it moves across the palate. Closes semi-dry, with little residual stickiness.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of richmof
3.93/5  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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.13/5  rDev +3%
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 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. 

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4/5  rDev -0.2%
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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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  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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4/5  rDev -0.2%
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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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.

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