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Westmalle Trappist Extra | Brouwerij Westmalle

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4/5
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117 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle
Belgium
trappistwestmalle.be

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,578
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
117
pDev:
9.5%
 
 
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Photo of safaricook
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KooVee
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.

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Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wordemupg
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kylesobrien
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.

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Photo of chitoryu12
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.

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Photo of Beersnake1
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.

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Photo of 911CROFT
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dope
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.

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Photo of byronic
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of polloenfuego
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.

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Photo of adodds
4.56/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Foley67
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of desint
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of josanguapo
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of SassaDog
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of donald_w7
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.

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Photo of YvesB
3.08/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of educorgan
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rifugium
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrfehon33
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThomasKoren
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Westmalle Trappist Extra from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 117 ratings