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Achel Trappist Extra - Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse

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398 Ratings
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Ratings: 398
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 99
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dsa7783 on 01-22-2008)
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Sspeer1, Oct 12, 2013
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nygannon, Aug 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, poured in a big wine glass at 59 F/ 15 C.

Erupted upon opening. Red-brown, full of suspended bits, finger of loosely knit but sticky beige head, thick sticky sheets of lace. I have to watch the bottle, foam keeps growing out of the top like a snake.

Smells spicy and sweet, with tart dark fruit and heady solvent. A bit like Mexican chocolate and dried cherries.

Full rich dark sweet flavor. Raisins and dried cherries, fig jam, milk chocolate, spices, and solvent and booze. Dark candi syrup is center stage. A touch of balancing grassy bitterness. Long sweet spicy raisiny finish.

Sugary texture, but not quite cloying. Fine lively carbonation. A touch of astringency like fruit skin. Quite sippable.

Heady sweet dark fruity beer. I enjoyed this. Wish I had a slice of fruit cake to go with it.

Beerzebub, Oct 01, 2008
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supermeniscus, Dec 29, 2013
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MikeCactusGordon, Sep 11, 2014
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very murky amber brown color with little visible light getting through the murky mess. It formed a huge foamy off white head that acted like a float and coated the glass with lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt, raisins and a touch of caramel. A nice flavor of malt, caramel and dark fruit like plums/raisins present. A bit of a sprite finish A warming beer for a nice evening.

Wildman, Feb 29, 2004
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jrae2424, May 30, 2013
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Saind, Jan 06, 2014
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay chalice glass, it's a dark brown color with a solid head over an inch tall. Laces and coats the glass as it is drunk. Aroma is chock full of dark, caramalized fruit smells and the sweet smell of malt. First taste is malt, resembling sweet cocoa. Lots of raisiny, vinous fruit follow. Hop bitterness is very restrained, with the malty sweetness offset only slightly. Alcohol is noticible, and very warming before the bottle is finished. Full, rich bodied.

A complex and tasty beer, but almost too sweet, in my opinion.

allengarvin, May 25, 2005
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JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Someone tried to tell me that this beer was very limited and hard to obtain (wrong). It was however just as pricey as the rest of the Trappists. Compared to the rest Achel unfortunately ranks last on my list although I haven't tried La Trappe. I had very high expectations and it didn't meet them. It poured out a reddish brown with small head into a St. Bernardus Tulip. It had some spices and flavor but lacked the life I expect from a Trappist. It was too sweet which was a turn off. It reminded me of a St Bernardus Abt 12 that was too sweet or just slightly off. Not bad, but in my opinion ranks low on my favorite Trappist list.

greg202stewart, Apr 09, 2009
Achel Trappist Extra from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
95 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.