Trappist Extra
Brouwerij Westmalle

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From:
Brouwerij Westmalle
 
Belgium
Style:
Belgian Pale Ale
Ranked #10
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
89
Ranked #12,228
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 9.3%
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
69
Status:
Active
Rated:
Saturday at 11:58 AM
Added:
Mar 01, 2005
Wants:
  81
Gots:
  24
SCORE
89
Very Good
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Rated: 3.53 by Wer34truh from Minnesota

Saturday at 11:58 AM
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Reviewed by Tony787 from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I bought a bottle at the LCBO in Ontario 330ml at 4.8%.
Poured into glass with a nice 2 finger frothy head leaving a lace all around as you drink it.
Light pale ale beer with a beautiful balance of flavors just right
Good quality light beer and very enjoyable to drink.
Belgium beers are always special to me.
Cheers
Aug 11, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by kjkinsey from Texas

Jul 02, 2022
 
Rated: 3.05 by Sphagnicola from Belgium

Apr 08, 2022
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
330 ml bottle, from Vinmonopolet, Nettbutikken. ABV is 4.8%. Pale golden colour, vigorously carbonated, large white head. Pleasant aroma of Trappist yeast, yellow fruits and mild spices. Fizzy mouthfeel. The flavour has the same elements as the aroma, with surprisingly distinct bittering hops in the aftertaste.
Mar 05, 2022
 
Rated: 3.58 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4.75 by psoriasaurus from Thailand

Oct 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by igl from Russian Federation

Aug 30, 2021
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Reviewed by janubio from Spain

3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Bottle that a friend gave me, served at home in a Westmalle glass.
Clear golden colour, me dium head and retention, good lacing.
Aroma of cloves, oranges, banana, peaches, hops, herbs.
Medium body, rough texture, good carbonation. citric finish.
Taste is a bit salty, with clove, oranges, peaches, spices.
Good refreshing beer, maybe not as complex as the others Westmalle.
Aug 15, 2021
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Reviewed by StJamesGate from New York

4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
White gold with a proud tower of loose white froth; crackers, flowers, candle wax, and yellow apple skin on the nose; matzah, lemon rind, yellow pear, cloves, white pepper, and rosemary; effervescent, light, clean

4 4.25 4.25 4.25 4.25

The nose smells like Yankee Candle so it’s a surprise when this delivers a lean and mean pale ale.
The malts are barely there, the water is salty, the cloves + hops double up to deliver real spice, and the scraping bitterness scrubs everything before it. You could not have designed a more direct, minimalist beer.
Lighter, fizzier, more bitter + less estery than St. Bernardus 4. Plays out almost like a baby Duvel, but not as full and sweet(!)
It’s wonderful for what it is, just be ready for it.

Drinks like a beer made by men who prize simplicity.
Aug 13, 2021
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Reviewed by OlaB from Norway

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a hazy golden color with a huge top of white head that dissolves slowly and leaves some sticky lacings on the glass.
Aroma is of ripe bananas, citrus peels, honey, white bread, grass, spices, herbal and floral hops.
The taste is dry with grassy and herbal notes allong with some yeasty fruit notes. The finish is medium bitter with some herbal and floral hop notes. Quite nicely ballanced, and it leaves a long aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a medium carbonation and a medium body.
A really nice and tasty belgian pale ale. Perfect for a summer day.
Aug 02, 2021
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Reviewed by aleigator from Germany

4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Pours a clear golden color with a huge, spongy white head atop.

On the nose, this offers aromas of dried garden herbs, floral chamomile and lavender, as well as fresh cut straw among buttery white bread dough.

Drinks refreshing with a sparkly effervescence during the beer’s finish, making it easy drinking and utmost thirst quenching at the same time.

Tastes of whole grain bread, lighter toffee and a well nuanced, lighter hop dryness, featuring a note of blueberries, old lime zest and flowery garden herbs, which lend an intriguing bitterness to the flavors. Has a dry, hay supported middle part, which effectivly cuts out any sweetness, while producing a refreshing, mineralic effervescence. Finishes soft, crisp with a late, yet typical Belgian spice profile, featuring Kardamom, allspice and a note of cotton Candy, getting wrapped up by lingering leafy hops.

The beer is perfect for the summer, dry and refreshing with a rewarding complexity, while it has a remarkably low abv, in regards of other traditional Trappist brews.
Jul 31, 2021
 
Rated: 4.09 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden

Jul 22, 2021
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Reviewed by misteil from Ireland

3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
the one of three held in the lowest esteem, obviously, but it’s still rather pleasant, thing pours bloody all head, what beer is there is a cloudy golden colour, good levels of carbonation within, lot of belgian yeast aroma on the nose, herbal, floral, vanilla, minerally, sweet, caramel, orange, lemon, beer tastes nice, some white bread and biscuit malt, bubblegum, lemon, orange, floral, vanilla, banana, little bit of bitterness on the finish, beer is super light bodied, highly carbonated, quite dry, a little bit watery, it’s a nice beer, but of course not in the same league as the other two
Jul 03, 2021
 
Rated: 4.11 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

Jun 09, 2021
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Reviewed by flyingpig from Scotland

3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
330ml bottle from Wee Beer Shop, Glasgow (£3.90):
Bright golden & translucent, topped with a 1cm, bright white head that's foamy & holds really well too. It's floral smelling with some faint earthy malt bitterness with touches of yeast & spice too; there's some grassy notes & grain with a hint of banana at the end too. It's very effervescent & lively with more of the banana sweetness on the taste, a lot of floral hops & herbs too then the earthy bitterness towards the middle. A very lively beer on the palate before getting dry at the end, with a little yeast & faint cloves to finish.
Jun 08, 2021
 
Rated: 3.87 by arzt from Germany

May 27, 2021
 
Rated: 4.06 by samEBC from Belgium

May 06, 2021
 
Rated: 3.79 by stephenlee93 from England

Apr 03, 2021
 
Rated: 3.77 by DvdP from Netherlands

Dec 30, 2020
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

3.34/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
L- Very pale gold, slight haze, pours with 1Cm white head (ps. which holds up well).
S- Floury grain plus some of the same spicy notes, though mild here, found in weissbier.
T- Bright, refreshing, mild grains, into some hoppy dryness.
F- A pleasant beer for summer, bright and with some flavour to keep it a notch above mass-market lager.
O- But, I'm quite surprised by this beer. I lived for three years in Berlin (incl. drinking every variety of German beer I could find) and this just seems a really pedestrian beer versus it's current rating of 89% here; just shy of 'Outstanding' hmmm?
Bought from BelgiumInABox Antwerp/BE Euro2.60/330ml for delivery to me in London/UK. 330ml bottle BB: 01/08/2021
Jul 09, 2020
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Reviewed by FLima from Brazil

3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
At Westmalle Café Trappisten, for the current season.
Bright solid golden color with a thick head with great retention.
Aroma with notes of pineapple, wheat, some fresh hops and cream of banana.
Surprisingly refreshing and original flavor with notes of oranges, floral fresh hops, pineapple juice foam, wheat sourness and a bit of candied sugar. Dry aftertaste with a flavoring mild bitterness.
Deceiving light to medium body with really velvet carbonation.
Interesting Belgian Blonde Ale with nice fresh hop and wheaty notes.
Oct 09, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Jul 28, 2019
 
Rated: 4.04 by steverx8 from England

Jun 14, 2019
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Reviewed by safaricook from Netherlands

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2 fingers of white foam, fine, medium and coarse bubbles, lasting long time. yellow body, poured without the sediment from the bottle and therefore clear. plenty of fine carbonation
Belgium yeast character, more banana then phenols, a bit of Pilsner malt expressed by a little grainyness
Taste is dry and assertively bitter, not much malt character
Plenty of carbonation makes it burpy but also really refreshing, very fine prickly carbonation
Refreshing dry and bitter everyday beer for the monks
Feb 27, 2019
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Reviewed by KooVee from Finland

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
33cl bottle, both fresh and 2d before bb.

Slightly hazy light yellow, nice foam.

Aroma is honey and white fruits when young, when aged, the honey dominates.

Taste has a strong bitterness component, speaking relative to the style. Some of it is coriander seed. The body is medium. The focus is on the honey from the light sugar mixing with fruit notes from the yeast. As the beer ages, the honey intensifies and hop bitterness recedes. So, best drunk fresh for sufficient complexity. Would benefit from a bit more body in my opinion. The use of sugar to this extent in a this low abv beer would require darker/crystal malts and hop aroma to counterbalance it.

In summary, worth looking for when fresh. But not perfect for the style at least when bottled. Would probably be at its best from tap.
Feb 24, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Nov 16, 2018
 
Rated: 4.31 by wordemupg from Canada (AB)

Aug 27, 2018
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Reviewed by kylesobrien from Canada (QC)

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Have been wanting to try this for a long, long time. I very much enjoy Westmalle Dubbel and Tripel, so this is a special treat.

Best before date on bottle is 11/10/19, so quite fresh. Shipped to me from Belgium.

Colour is beautiful golden yellow, a bit of haze — not transparent, but translucent. Aroma of spices, light coriander, faint citrus — maybe lemon — underlaid with a pleasant hop aroma. Slight white head, not a lot of lacing.

Wow, this is carbonated! Almost like drinking mineral water or a soft drink. Body is excellent for the gravity, not thin. Surprisingly hoppy, bitterness stays with you after a sip. Yeast character is present, but seems much milder than in the dubbel or tripel. Slight Juicy Fruit-like flavour, rather nice.

Overall bright, not too sweet, ample hopping and carbonation. A nice Belgian pale, although not as balanced as its burlier siblings. Would prefer a bit less intense hop character here given the gravity. I enjoyed Taras Boulba yesterday, and it may seem crazy, but there are aspects of this beer that are reminiscent of that one. Prefer TB, but this is probably the best patersbier/enkel I’ve had yet. Not worth going out of your way to buy, but pleasant and interesting if you can get it.
May 29, 2018
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Reviewed by chitoryu12 from Florida

3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Look: Golden yellow, visibly heavily carbonated, and a huge frothy white head.

Smell: Sweet citrus, fruit, honey, and a bit of wheat and grass.

Taste: Very mild. Hints of grass, malt, and a faint hop bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Thin and extremely, sharply carbonated.

Overall: The monk's equivalent to a lawnmower beer. Light, refreshing, and extremely effervescent.
May 23, 2018
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from fridge temperature. Pours a nice golden yellow. Nice white head that sticks around for a while. Aroma is pine, lemon, and other citrus peel. Some wheat and barn funk notes. Taste is slightly bitter, lemon, wheat, and pine. Mouthfeel is dry and pretty thin. A bitter aftertaste. Overall, a really nice beer of this style.
Mar 18, 2018
 
Rated: 4.15 by 911CROFT from England

Dec 31, 2017
 
Rated: 4.48 by Rhettroactive from Pennsylvania

Dec 27, 2017
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Reviewed by Dope from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
27/2/19 date...uhhhh maybe bottled 2/27/2017, making this 8 months old? Or who knows I guess. Can't stand "best by" dates.

A: Pours a clear straw with an enormous and loud fizzy white head. Head sticks around pretty decently surprisingly, but nothing special.

S: Very nice light citrus rind. Wheaty and a little bit peppery. Touch of grass.

T: Taste is pretty much the same. Quite a bit of grass with a good citrus kick to round it out. Maybe a hint of floral hops? Light cracker malt with a tiny bit of bitterness on the back end. Clean and crisp finish with a touch of grass and citrus again.

M: Lighter bodied, crisp.

O: Very nice BPA. Super clean and refreshing. Just the right amount of hops to give it some brightness but not too much, this is no triple IPA of course. Very tasty though.
Nov 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4.2 by byronic from Canada (ON)

Aug 11, 2017
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Reviewed by polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a very pale blond with a bubbly white head. The head lasts a while and there is good lacing left behind. Smell is absolutely beautiful. Smells of candi, Belgian yeast, fruits and spice. The taste is much like the nose, but the yeast and fruitiness are dominant and the spice is a bit more subtle. The feel is light and effervescent. Thinner than expected, but that just made it too easy to drink.

A nice beer. On a hot summer's day, a few of these would be perfect.
Aug 07, 2017
 
Rated: 4.56 by adodds from Minnesota

May 04, 2017
 
Rated: 4.06 by Foley67 from Scotland

Apr 06, 2017
 
Rated: 3.78 by desint from Belgium

Sep 24, 2016
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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
22 Septiembre 2016. From Belgium in a Box. In La Trappe chalice. Playing Terra Incognita Ch1. Really good. Dry and efervescent, with a delicious spicy and apple-like touch. Great feeling for such low ABV. Avg 4.53

1 Mayo 2021. De Labirratorium. En copa Grimbergen. En almuerzo, con bacalao dorado casero. Nueva etiqueta buena excusa para reprobarla. Ligera pero nada aguada, seca y con un suave pero marcado toque herbal que le da vidilla. Avg 4.25
Sep 22, 2016
Trappist Extra from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 141 ratings