Achel Trappist Extra - Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
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5/5 rDev +16.6%
Poured from 75cl bottle to Rochefort chalice.
A: Strong dark tea and raisin color. Head was a nice off white, about 1/4 inch; seemed very thin. I generally hand wash all glasses because the dishwasher leaves a residue that seems to mess with the head. May have been too cold when poured. Second glass had a much better head.
S: Subtle hints of sweet caramel and molasses. Nothing harsh on the nose though. Balanced.
T: Has a "dark" flavor, maybe a coffee. Very smooth and has a nice tingle in the mouth and on the tongue. Get the alcohol at the end, but not without some sweetness. Maybe some brown sugar for the sweetness and that is where the "dark" comes in as well. Quite complex, but very good.
M: Just gets everything involved. In amazing experience. As mentioned above there is a nice tingle on the tongue. Nothing overpowering, it all works well together.
D: I could drink one of these every night, but at $18.99 a pop and somewhat rare in the southern Illinois region, it would be a bit impossible. It's an exceptional trappist yet again. I am somewhat biased because anything trappist I absolutely love, the monks know how to brew. Would recommend this to anyone at least once, but because of the price only. If it were cheaper and offered in a smaller size that would be even better.
10-17-2010 03:21:01 | More by cdrogers
5/5 rDev +16.6%
Large capped bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.
Beautiful color, somewhere between orange, brown and red, ligthly turbid, with a creamy, dense tan head with great retention and Brussels lacing.
Great aroma, dark fruits, sweet malts, caramel, some yeastiness and breadiness.
Full bodied and creamy, with a deep flavor that starts malty and sweetish, mostly caramel, evolving into fruitiness, with layers of bread and yeast, and finishing quite dry to make it a very well balanced beer for the style.
An amazing sipper, a must for any lover of the style. This is as good as it gets.
04-03-2008 00:53:56 | More by brdc
4.97/5 rDev +15.9%
There was an angry, brutal surge of crispy brown souffle from the neck of the bottle which defied all attempts to shunt its energy into several waiting glasses. Finally, with the liquid sub-shoulder level, we were able to stop the loss.
There we stood, beholding the large globes of caramel gas in front of us. Little chunks of tan yeast danced in the puddle of brown at the base of the bowl.
Talk about vanilla. Pure, Madagascar pods of steamy, fermenting vanilla decorate notes of fabulously ripe cherries and plums. This may be the nearest a beer has come to emulating top-notch Rioja or Graves Bordeaux on the nose.
On the palate it is low-acid, ripe, creamy and strong with flavors of toffee, brandied cherries, tangerine sherbet-flavored nougat, white pepper - tannins are subdued, but assertive enough to ensure a perfectly dry finish.
This is a monument of a beer. Do not doubt it's power, nor its ethereal, sexy exotic melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness.
Serve with country pate au poivre and crusty bread if you know what's good for you.
07-16-2004 19:04:22 | More by putnam
4.97/5 rDev +15.9%
750 ml bottle, newer American labeled Extra, poured into my Koningshoeven chalice, the quad is a hazy pale brown amber, with a firm khaki head, that leaves heavy foam and lace. Very nice glow to it in the light, and while the head is not as rocky as others, the vigorous carbonation ensures it stays to the end.
Smell is absolutely heavenly - sweet and succulent tropical fruits, grapes, caramel and brown sugar.
Taste is equally sublime. So many delicious layers of sweetness, but so soft and rounded that they gently unfold rather then bludgeon the senses as is often the case with lesser made big beers. Spicy and drying finish that couldn't possibly linger long enough.
Mouthfeel, again, is perfect, so light, creamy and luscious.
Drinkability is exceptional. My favorite trappist, this is one of the best beers in the world. We're very lucky St. Benedictus is finally making beer again!
11-17-2007 05:46:36 | More by ccrida
4.95/5 rDev +15.4%
Uma boa surpresa foi encontrá-la no Brasil. Até então, para mim, se tratava de um rótulo lenda. Mas que cerveja equilibrada. Fascinante. Eu já era fã da Achel, porém, após esse rótulo, me tornei ainda mais admirador deste mosteiro. Uma cerveja que vale a pena.
01-16-2014 12:46:45 | More by LVituri
Achel Trappist Extra from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
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