Westmalle Trappist Extra
Westmalle Trappist Extra may well have a low alcohol content of 4.8%: it has a surprisingly full-bodied flavor. This golden blond Trappist beer has a very refreshing and thirst-quenching character. With its fruity notes and rich aromas, the Extra stands for a taste experience that is truly Westmalle.
True to our brewing philosophy, the Extra is brewed with the purest ingredients: selected barley varieties, a balanced blend of hop flowers, home-grown yeast and pure water from the deep Diestian layer. And just as with our Dubbel and Tripel, it is a top-fermented beer, including the typical fermentation in the bottle.
Did you know that the Extra is one of the oldest Westmalle beers? What’s more, it is part of a long tradition that is as old as the brewery itself. Let’s go back in time to 1836. That was the year the Trappists of Westmalle decided to brew their own beer.
They needed their own local drink to be consumed during meals. In our part of the world, it was only logical that this would be beer. All this in line with the monastic Rule of Saint Benedict, which serves as the Trappist’s guiding principle.
THE BEER OF THE MONKS SINCE 1836. THE INSPIRING STORY BEHIND WESTMALLE EXTRA
So the monks started brewing, which first resulted in a dark table beer. We know from writings that a wheat beer also appeared some time later. At the beginning of the 20th century, there was again talk of a blond “Extra Gersten” (extra barley) beer: a predecessor of the Westmalle Trappist Extra. In all that time, a lighter variant was invariably on the monks’ own table. They were happy to offer their Dubbel and Tripel to the outside world, but within the abbey walls, they opted for austere quality that better suited their lifestyle.
ABV: 4.8% – OG: 1.046 – IBU: 30
Water, barley malt, hops, sugar syrup, yeast
Charcuterie boards, white fish, light cheese, brie, pasta, as an aperitif.