Westmalle Trappist Extra | Brouwerij Westmalle

Westmalle Trappist ExtraWestmalle Trappist Extra
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Westmalle Trappist ExtraWestmalle Trappist Extra

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 03-01-2005

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4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy pale gold with a creamy one finger white head.

Aroma is a lot of grassy hops, with a hint of fruity sweetness, banana.

Taste is supremely balanced, with a light biscuity malt note sitting underneath grassy hop flavor coming out early and sticking around through the clean, refreshing finish. So dry, so different. Flawless for what it is.

Creamy, crisp carbonation, seems to expand in your mouth. Supremely light and drinkable.

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

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4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
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?

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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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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As mentioned below, shared this bottle with PapaEugene during our beer drinking session last evening. Was quite eager to try this one, because it is the table beer of the Westmalle Monks, and is normally not for sale (besides on draft in the beer pub attached to the Westmalle Brewery). Don't know how some other users claim to know the vintage of this beer, because not date is indicated, so I just assume this is a 2009 vintage.
Poured into an Urthel glass. The beer pours a dark gold-yellow color, with a smooth, bright-white head that was relatively long lasting.

The scent is like fresh fruits (apple), a bit floral and some tones of sweetness.

The taste is completely different from the scent. Wow, quite cool for such a light beer. As PapaEugene mentioned before, the 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.

The mouthfeel is very light, but also very good, with medium-low carbonation. Light and drinkable.

Overall, a surprisingly tasteful beer for a Trappist table beer. Again the Trappist brewers prove, that the best beers are not too complex, are well balanced because of a long lasting history, and especially don't need too many ingredients! Simpl(y)e the best! I want more....

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4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The opener of my beer tasting evening with RvDoorn. The nice thing is that RvDoorn always manages to get his hands on unique beers. This time the "not for sale" housebeer of the Westmalle monks that was found in the most unique beershop in Holland, The Cracked Kettle.

A: Dark yellow color, with a large very bright head that lasted preety much troughout the tasting.

S: Fresh fruit smell, apples, a little peach. Blossom. Some sweetness.

T: Body was pretty full for this low alcoholic beer. Spicy hops, honey, some bitterness, lemon zest. Taste wasn't as fruity as the smell suggested.

M: Medium/low carbonation. Very pleasant fresh feel. Aftertaste was a little bitter and sour

D: Besides being unique it also was surprising to taste how aromatic this beer was for a table beer. Will surely drink this one again allthough that will be very hard since its normally not available for sale.

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4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle acquired in a trade as an extra from blisscent, thank you so much for this nice surprise Nelson, 2004 vintage, good amount of sediment at the bottom, unlabeled with the same cap pictured in its profile, consumed on 12/26/08, reviewed from notes, poured into my Dogfish Head snifter, color is a orangish blonde, one inch fluffy and creamy white head that sticks for over five minutes, good retention, decent lacing, aroma is grassy, straw, bread, grains, and mild flowery scents, flavor is pretty earthy up front, bread dominates the middle, finish is rather chewy, green apples come to the surface as it warms to provide some complexity, nicely balanced and welcoming brew, chewy, earthy, and slightly sweet mouthfeel, medium bodied, moderate level of carbonation, taste lingers well for its light characteristics, could drink several bottles, seems even less than five percent, not filling at all, smooth, pretty awesome to get to try this beer since only the monks that brew it are the ones who drink it supposedly, would love to drink again, recommended

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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!

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