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Westmalle Trappist Extra - Brouwerij Westmalle

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89
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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 58
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of seanyfo
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
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 SFLpunk
3.93/5  rDev -2%
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!

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 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 Jeffo
3.43/5  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.

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 stakem
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle with a best before date of July 28th, 2011. Whoops, I let this one get away on me but it has been in the fridge for quite awhile so that should even the playing field a bit. Poured into a goblet, this brew fizzes with a billowing amount of head that forms up more than 2 fingers of white coloration. The brew itself is straw yellow, a little hazy and constantly streaming with carbonation from the bottom of the glass. The head displays amazing powers of observation. It sits atop the brew composed of rather large bubbles and leaves a sticky webbing of lace and after sitting in the glass for quite some time still maintains a creamy froth of head more than a finger strong. Fantastic looking stuff here.

The smell of this brew is the pinnacle of what I think a Belgian Pale Ale should smell like. It boasts a moderate amount of fresh grainy character somewhat biscuit-like nearing cereal quality with a bright sweetness like candy. Hops are present with an equally enjoyable onset of fruity character reminiscent of lemon zest and candied oranges. As I sit here and sniff this brew, I cannot place my finger on what this brew smells like. It is so familiar yet unlike any other brew I smelled before. Then all of a sudden it hits me, this brew smells like yellow "Mike and Ike" candy. Unreal.

The taste is masterfully balanced with a flavoring of pale belgian candy sweetness meets bready to biscuit grain. Lightly zesty hops provide more citrus flavoring than they do bitterness but the bitterness is present providing a perfectly balancing act to counter the sweetness of the brew. As I focus more on what I believe is the hop flavoring, perhaps this is the yeast providing a mild fruity accent of orange to lemon zest quality, regardless it is very enjoyable. This brew finishes very dry despite the fruited and candied flavoring. I find my glass nearly empty in a very rapid amount of time.

This is a light bodied brew with a very active amount of carbonation. Perhaps just a tad much as it prevented me from being able to pour more than 8 ounces into my glass. However, the lively amount of carbonation really made this brew pop in the mouth and become an excessively enjoyable experience. The alcohol is completely hidden. This is a style of beer that I just have to be in the mood for and man the timing was right with this one. I could session this all day with a huge smile on my face. What an exceptional experience, try it if you get the chance. It absolutely devastates the Trappist Westvleteren Blonde I had about a month ago which is about the only other brew that immediately comes to mind as being on the same playing field. Now I really want to try and get my hands on some other trappist patersbier offerings. Anyone have access to Chimay Dorée or the likes of Petite Orval?

Photo of Brabander
3.15/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

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 crnipeter
3.45/5  rDev -14%
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 fewa
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of mikeyv35
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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 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 BobZ
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

330ml 11.2 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Bright yellow with a rich frothy head, very nice and persistent lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt, a hint of citrus, and some floral hops.

Taste: Crisp, clean, and very flavorful. Relatively sweet but not "overly" so and not cloying at all. The citrus notes are a very pleasant accent to this well balanced pale ale. As the everyday beer for the Westmalle monks this is a great beer, a lot more flavor than I expected for a lighter beer.

Mouthfeel: Aggressively carbonated, which gives the "crisp" feeling on the palate. Overall, very smooth.

Drinkability: With the low ABV this would be my all time favorite session beer if I could easily acquire 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 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 drabmuh
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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

Thanks, LaLaCat!

A - Very lightly hazy orange yellow colored with a big, fluffy, long lasting, whitish head. Lacing left throughout.

S - Sweet candy-like pils malts, with moderate fruity esters reminiscent of pears and apples. Lite piny hops.

F/M - Bready sweet malts with lite fruity esters (again, apples and pears). Lite spicy/earthy hops with a moderate bitterness and a very dry finish. Medium-lite bodied with moderately high carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. This is a refreshing, dry, clean and crisp beer. This is what ALL light beers wish they could be. Absolutely delicious.

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 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 ShadesOfGray
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just for reference, I didn't get this in the US. Poured from a 33cl bottle with the "Trappist" collar on it...and into my Westvleteren chalice. Pours a VERY pale and hazy light straw color. A massive frothy white head forms with decent retention. Leaves great foamy lacing around the sides of the glass. Again, appearance is incredibly cloudy.

Aroma is very crisp...tons of Belgian yeast and wheat. Surprisingly, this is resembling a Belgian style saison of all things. No booze noticeable. There's a mild funk. Toasted oats.

Flavor follows the aroma to a "T". Wow, Belgian style saison all the way! A great tasting beer! Very crisp and clean, like you'd expect from a Trappist beer. Light fruit, toasted oat, Belgian yeast, and mildly hoppy. Very neat characteristics blended into one! Glad I got the chance to try this!

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 craytonic
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
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?"

Photo of alcstradamus
3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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