Types of beer
Within the walls of the Trappist abbey of Westmalle, three types of beer are produced:
The Tripel and Dubbel are offered commercially: these beers are available in the horeca sector, large distribution chains, specialised shops and beer traders in Belgium and the Netherlands*, and at a number of selected places throughout the world. The Extra is only brewed twice per year and is only for internal use: the monks and guests of the abbey drink this beer at lunch.
In line with a long tradition these Trappist beers are brewed only with natural ingredients: pure water, malted barley, real hops, the best sugar and yeast cultured by the abbey. These three types are thus 100% pure and natural beers.
The Tripel, Dubbel and Extra of Westmalle are living quality beers whose flavours develop over time. Thus no two glasses are completely the same. The flavour mainly depends on the age, the storage method, the serving method and the serving temperature.