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Westmalle Trappist ExtraWestmalle Trappist Extra

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Brouwerij Westmalle

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of JohnQVegas
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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Photo of stakem
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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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 mikesgroove
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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Photo of rvdoorn
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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Photo of seanyfo
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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Photo of PapaEugene
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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Photo of BEERchitect
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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Photo of BobZ
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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Photo of Floydster
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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Photo of NightINgale
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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Photo of DPFRD
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
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...

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Photo of thagr81us
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of Zimbo
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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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 domtronzero
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of gford217
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle courtesy of fonefan poured into a tulip.

Pours a gorgeous, hazy yellow-orange with a massive rocky white head that recedes very slowly and leaves chunks of lacing. Seriously good looking beer.

Aroma is very light with sweet and spicy yeast paired with light sweet fruits, especially lemons, oranges and bananas. Maybe a faint grassy hop whiff as well.

The taste is a bit different, with a big tartness up front that really surprised me. Definitely some lemon zest in there with a sweet yeasty backbone that goes back to being a little tart and very dry in the finish. There is an overall earthy tone to the whole thing as well.

The mouthfeel is light bodied and extremely highly carbonation. The things just bubbles on the palate all the way down.

This an immensely drinkable light Belgian ale. One of the better sessionable beers I've had in recent memory.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Europe last summer. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip. Not sure where others are finding the best before date - I didn't see anything on the cap or bottle.

A - Pours with a voluminous meringue-like foam that dissipates slowly and leaves tons of lacing. Body is a lightly hazed pale straw color with lots of tiny bubbles slowly rising up the middle of the glass.

S - Spicy and yeasty, with notes of banana, honey, and floral hops. Slight medicinal character as well, but understated. Not quite as good as Westvleteren Blonde, but still quite nice - I wish there was a little more toasted malt

T - Like the Westy the taste is more smoothed out, with less complexity. Tart green apple, floral hops, pale malt. There's a nice touch of lemony sourness in the finish.

M - Crisp, medium-light body, highly carbonated champagne-like texture. Very dry finish that I like very much. Usually I don't dig this much carbonation, but for some reason this works quite well.

D - Other than the fact that this isn't officially for sale, it's quite easy drinking. The only off-putting element might be the high carbonation. I can see why this is the table beer at Westmalle.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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!

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Photo of largadeer
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of Doppel07
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2004 bottle. Body is lightly hazy with a warm straw hue and a clingy white head. Has a nice biscuity malt aroma with pleasing buttery and nutty characters plus some overripe pineapple and peppery yeast notes. Distinctly drying, but has good depth of nutty malts and great yeast signatures. Medium bitterness, enhanced by the dryness. This is a very satisfying session beer (at least I wish I had that sort of access). I really enjoyed this rare, straightforward table beer.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice.

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.

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Westmalle Trappist Extra from Brouwerij Westmalle
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