Westmalle Trappist Extra | Brouwerij Westmalle

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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

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Added by Jason on 03-01-2005

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Ratings:
107
Reviews:
56
Avg:
4
pDev:
10%
 
 
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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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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Westmalle Trappist Extra from Brouwerij Westmalle
4 out of 5 based on 107 ratings.
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