The golden blonde Westmalle Extra was only brewed twice a year, primarily for use within the abbey. After decades of consideration the Brethren at Westmalle Abbey have decided to release Westmalle Extra commercially for the first time. 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.