Westmalle Trappist Extra
Brouwerij Westmalle

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Pale Ale - Belgian
Ranked #11
Ranked #9,825
4 | pDev: 9.5%
Brouwerij Westmalle
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.34/5  rDev -16.5%
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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FLima from Brazil

3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
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
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safaricook from Netherlands

4.08/5  rDev +2%
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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KooVee from Finland

3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
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
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kylesobrien from Canada (QC)

3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
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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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Beersnake1 from California

3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
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
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
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
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polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
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
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josanguapo from Spain

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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
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donald_w7 from Germany

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Managed to find this in a little shop in Roche-en-Ardenne quite unexpectedly. Roughly 4 SRM maybe a little darker than a pils. Lovely Belgian yeast aroma. Taste is initally dry with the fruity yeast character and then leaves a pleasant bitterness. Glad I got to try this but a shame it's not more readily available. Would happily buy this by the case to have as a regular go to beer.

Apr 15, 2016
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NightINgale from Russian Federation

4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Standard Westmalle-shaped 33cL/330ml bottle that I found at De Biertempel in Brussels.

A - Pours a mirky yellow body with an almost soapy head. As with all good Belgian beer, the head retention is quite remarkable.

S - The initial impression is quite deceiving, as it does remind me of a pilsner. However, soon enough I am starting to get a much more complex aroma that is a little nutty, a little citrusy, a tad earthy, and without a doubt very bready. Hints of apple, white grapes, and a bit of flowers.

T - It tastes like an enriched pilsner or a toned-down Belgian strong pale ale or tripel. Bready, fruity (with hints of lemon, white grapes, apple), with some bitterness to it. The finish is dry but not very bitter. This is a really interesting and different beer for sure!

M - Medium-bodied, effervescent and a little bit peppery. The drinkability is high on this beer, unlike on its eldest brother, Westmalle Tripel. After the initial abundance of carbonation falls, the beer becomes very gentle on the palate.

O - This has been a truly unique experience. One of the lowest ABV (non-Stella) beers I've had from Belgium, and for 4.8% this is a very complex one indeed. I know this one is hard to find, but try it if you can!

Jun 03, 2014
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eduardolinhalis from Switzerland

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a tumbler glass.

Best before 10/12/2014.

A: Pours a dark yellow to beige color. Very cloudy. Forms a huge bubbled, creamy and soapy head with huge retention and tons of lacings formed and left in the glass

S: Quite malty and nutty. Very fruity as well, notes of date fruit and banana. Notes of toffee and spices. Great flowery hops. Bready yeasts in the end

T: Slightly sweet pale malts in upfront. Quickly becomes dry, malty and crispy. Quite fruity and spicy. Strong notes of date fruit, banana and nuts. Medium bitterness. Bready Belgian yeasts in the end

M: Light to medium body. Good carbonation. Malty and bready aftertaste

O: Very pleasant and drinkable. Sweet and fruity in the nose but dry and crispy in the mouth. Balanced and smooth bitterness. Excellent quality Belgian Pale Ale

Feb 19, 2014

3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Feb 02, 2014
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artoolemomo from Oregon

3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Dec 28, 2013
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.72/5  rDev -7%
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.

May 10, 2013
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falloutsnow from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Mar 01, 2013
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev 0%
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.

Nov 02, 2012
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richmof from Belgium

3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Oct 18, 2012
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thagr81us from South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Mar 10, 2012
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KickbacksSteve from Florida

4/5  rDev 0%
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. 

Mar 05, 2012
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%
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.

Jan 24, 2012
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Ralphs66 from New York

3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Dec 22, 2011
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siradmiralnelson from Iowa

4/5  rDev 0%
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.

Dec 04, 2011
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beerpirates from Belgium

3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Nov 01, 2011
Westmalle Trappist Extra from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 124 ratings