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Westmalle
Founded:
1836
Founded By:
Curated By:
James Clay
Origin:
Westmalle, Belgium Westmalle origin map
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Westmalle Brewery is a true Trappist trailblazer, an abbey with nearly two centuries of brewing history whose work has done so much to progress the cherished monastic brewing tradition. The brothers of ‘Our Lady of the Sacred Heart’, as the abbey is known, began in 1836, with only a single, low-alcohol recipe on offer for the first two decades.

The brewery uses mineral water from the abbey’s well, combined with a unique yeast strain and, unusually, a direct flame brewhouse that causes beneficial caramelisation during the brewing process.

1856 saw the introduction of the Westmalle Dubbel, perhaps the monastery’s true claim to fame. A chestnut brown beer with stunning complexity, it is considered the first of its type, a now iconic Trappist style defined by dark candy sugar, which imparts a toffee-like flavour with a surprisingly light body.

But the monks weren’t done yet. From the 1920s, Westmalle beer was sold commercially to support the monastery. In 1934 a strong pale ale Tripel was added to Westmalle’s lineup, another much-imitated beer which has defined its own style and taken its place as another undisputed world classic.

The monk’s first priory was founded in 1794 at a farm named ‘Nooit Rust’, or ‘Never Rest’, a moniker that perfectly encapsulates Westmalle’s innovative spirit.

Westmalle Beer - Available Now

DubbelTrappist Dubbel24x33cl Btls RBListed7.0%
ExtraTrappist Blonde24x33cl Btls nrbListed4.8%
Gift PackDubbel, Tripel & Glass2x33cl + GlassGift Pack7.0% & 9.5%
TripelTrappist Tripel24x33cl Btls NRBListed9.5%

Our Westmalle Range

Dubbel

Dubbel

Style: Trappist Dubbel
ABV: 7.0%

A dark, reddish-brown beer with a creamy, fragrant head. The flavour is rich and complex, herby and fruity with a fresh-bitter finish.

Bottles
Size:24x33cl Btls NRB
Bottles
Size:12x33cl Btls nrb
Bottles
Size:24x33cl Btls RB
Draught
Size:20Ltr Keg s

Extra

Style: Trappist Blonde
ABV: 4.8%

The golden blonde Westmalle Extra is only brewed twice a year, primarily for use within the abbey. Westmalle Extra is the table beer served to the monks and their guests and is brewed with water, barley malt and hop cones. The Westmalle Dubbel and Tripel yeast is also used for this beer. Westmalle Extra is also top-fermented but it is considerably lighter, at 4.8%, alcohol-by-volume than its brother brews. It has the characteristic Westmalle aroma with hops coming through in the finish. It is a real thirst-quencher.

Bottles
Size:24x33cl Btls nrb
Bottles
Size:24x33cl Btls RB
Extra
Tripel

Tripel

Style: Trappist Tripel
ABV: 9.5%

The mother of all tripels was first brewed in the Westmalle Abbey in 1934 and remains an exceptional beer, with a great deal of finesse and elegance. A clear, golden yellow beer with a fruity aroma and nuanced hop scent; it is soft and creamy in the mouth, with a bitter touch carried by the fruity aroma.

Bottles
Size:12x33cl Btls nrb
Bottles
Size:24x33cl Btls NRB
Bottles
Size:24x33cl Btls RB