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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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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 103
Photo of crnipeter
3.46/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours slightly hazed light-golden body with tiny floaties of yeast, topped by large white head that lasts for ages. The nose is light Pils malt sweetness with sugary notes, mild spiciness from hops and/or phenols, and orangeish-lemony esters. The flavor exhibits lots of yeasty character (expressed as major spicy phenols and minor citrusy tartness) wrapped in Pils malt foundations. The finish is dry with bitter aftertaste. Light to light-medium bodied and highly carbonated. A decent monastic table-beer, no more, no less. (300 ml bottle, freshness date 20. July 2012, into tulip.)

In short: a simplistic Pils malt-based Belgian Blond with pronounced yeasty character.

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

pours a dark gold-yellow color, with a smooth, bright-white head that was relatively long lasting. The smelll is like fresh fruits (apple), a bit floral. The taste is copletely different from the smell. 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. Light and drinkable.

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Date: 03/13/2011
Glassware: Portsmouth Tulip
Vintage: 2010
Type: 11.2oz. Bottle

Brew poured a golden straw in color w/ a 1 finger white bubbly head that left nice amounts of lacing on the glass. The nose was fabulous! Aromas of citrus fruits, banana, clove, and fresh bread. Taste paralled the nose, w/ notes of citrus, banana, clove, breadiness, and a finish of ever so mild hop bite and spices. Thin bodied, but lush due to the higher carbonation levels. Can see why the Trappist monks would brew a very sessionable brew like this for their own personal consumption.

Overall, this was a pleasure to get the chance to sample. However, this was a bit over carbonated for my taste, which detracted from the complex flavors and drinkability. One glass of this would be enough for me, but I would never turn that glass down.

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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 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 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 Bierschenker
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was given a crate of these for my birthday.

I served this in a Bon Secours goblet.
A white head crowns the beer. It decreases in size quickly. No lacing.
The scent is very fresh. Mostly sour with some malty undertones. I recognize some lemon peel, ginger and clove.
The taste is not fresh nor is it fruity. It has a rather bitter sting. It starts of dry and the aftertaste becomes even more drier. There is a lot of carbonation in my mouth. It is a bit oxidized as well. I detect some bread and yeast. It feels like it has a lot of alcohol in it, but its only 4.8%.
The aftertaste holds on to the bitterness and the yeast but the slightly sour touch of the lemon peel remerges.
The drinkability of this beer is quite good. It's not too high in alcohol, but it has all the good qualities of a tripel.

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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 drabmuh
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle split by Thorpe, thanks Mike! One of my more secret ambitions in my beer travels is to try all the Belgian Trappist beers that I can and after this I'm missing Doree, Westy 6 (red cap), and Petite Orval. So much fun to try new things.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a soft white head of small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is yeasty and a little sweet but overall quite weak.

The beer itself is really thin. It's a little sweet and has some nice yeasty character on the mid-palate but overall it's just weak. I know this is the lighter table beer but I can totally tell it is. It's an odd lightness to the whole thing. I'd try it again for sure but it's not my favorite.

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

Bottle from a direct Belgian trade. Not sure of vintage, bit it expired in February of 2010. Purs cloudy light grapefruit with abundant generous cloud topping, and leaves lacing. The yeast has a fruity and also a funky aroma,altogether an attractive and quality smell. Mouthfeel above average, carbonation right there. A yeasty pineapple orange mango conconction. Great stuff.

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Photo of craytonic
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour: Clear golden-yellow with a huge foamy head, decent retention, little lacing

Smell & taste: Some light malts, touch of floral aromas and spices; taste is much the same. Not really much too it, although it is very dry and a bit earthy/doughy. Very "wit" like.

Mouthfeel: Yeasty and thin; carbotion is too high

Drinkability: Finished the bottle, but if offered another would have to ask "what else do you have?"

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky yellow with two fingers of fluffy head and good lacing. Aroma is bright citrus and yeast. Sort of a lemon/lime mix, almost like Sprite soda. Very appetizing actually.

The flavor isn't quite as good. Watery and a bit musty. Not really anything there. The body is light and carbonation is high. Drinkability is average because there just isn't anything there.

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

330 mL bottle received from xpimptastikx as an extra, thanks a ton Michael! Monk's table beer from Westmalle, I didn't expect to try this without a trip to Belgium. The bottle is dated 28/07/11, so I'm guessing this was brewed on July 28 2008.

Poured into a Westmalle goblet, the beer is a light orange hued yellow color, lightly hazed with some floating yeasties, and has a thick rocky head, about 2 fingers thick and lasting. The aroma is mild and bready, a light touch of esters not unlike Unibroue. The taste is neutral and balanced, not so much of the esters in the flavor, more toasted malts and lingering bitterness. The body is light but a little chewy, very easy drinking. A treat to try but not engaging enough to make a compelling case for life as a monk. Similar to my experience with Chimay Doree, a good beer to try for better perspective on the Trappists.

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Photo of xpimptastikx
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle with best before date 8/07/11.

A - Pours cloudy golden with a huge pillow of white head that recedes but never goes away.

S - Spices, yeast, apples, and a touch of sweetness.

T - A little bit of a let down from the smell. Mainly yeast spice with a nice clean grassy hop finish.

M/D - This is probably the best part of this beer. I completely see why this is beer the monk's drink. Great carbonation gives a lively mouthfeel and clean finish.

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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 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 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 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 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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