Achel Trappist Extra - Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse

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Reviews: 211
Hads: 441
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 6.34%
Wants: 117
Gots: 51 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: dsa7783 on 01-22-2008

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Reviews: 211 | Hads: 441
Photo of DrewShal9
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy, golden with a white head that remains laced on the sides as the beer is drunk or stays if you don't haha
S: very fragrant, fruity, floral
T: sweet initially with tropical fruits of pineapple and guava maybe some mango that turns slightly bitter and drying at the end
M: moderately carbonated with a milky body. Dries like a champagne
O: not bad but not great either. Will return to see if it's different on a fresh palate as I had a few other brews before tasting this one. (482 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deer skin brown, dark brown and cloudy with a deer hide colour when held to the light, 4 fingers of beige head leaving an amazing lacing. Hard to see any carbonation due to the darkness, but looks like shimmering lake waters when held to the light. Sexy lacing.

S: Deep dark cherries covered in milk chocolate, raisins, floral like a perfume of aromatic fruit blossoms. Light coke like scents, reminiscent of Achel Brune.

T: Dark fruits like dates, figs, raisins, light sweetness and a good hit of alcohol on the tongue. The alcohol almost takes over which really surprises me. A good burn with it as well. Light cherry and floral notes come in but are faint.

M: Medium thick body with light carbonation.

O: An excellent brew. Light on sweetness unlike Achel Brune, high in alcohol, yet a lot of the pleasant tastes of dark fruits. A huge bottle which I think is unnecessary, wish it came in a smaller portion. Bought in Lakeland, FL, drank in Pensacola, FL, July 30th, 2014. (982 characters)

Photo of radioscooter
3.82/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Still making my way through the 'real' Trappists with fervor.

This is the first time I tried Achel.

Thankfully not as frothy and carbonated as I expected.

Appearance is excellent - apple amber with a fantastic, 2" foam that could hold up a set of stripper's ta-tas. Beautiful drapey, pimitive lacing.

None of this dissipating vanishing head - i still have some foam at the end of the glass.

Subdued aroma.

I'm not a Blonde fan, but this one is tasty. Hints of coriander, strong alcoholic vapory fruit flavors. Golden taste, if that makes sense.

No aftertaste here of any impact, making this an all-night drinker. Would be heaven paired with some Baked Brie and apples. (680 characters)

Photo of stcules
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany color, with some floating bodies. Light beige head, quite creamy and compact.
Toasted malts, caramel, ripe red fruit, cheeries.
At the taste candy sugar, yeast, quite smooth. Bread crust, marzipan.
Quite variegated, sometimes the bread crus - yeast prevail, and just a seconf after, red fruit and marzipan.
Even dry fruits, and a light liquorice. Good. Maybe hints of blueberry. Carrob?
In the aftertaste again candy sugar, fruit. Some liquorice in the end.
Good beer. (482 characters)

Photo of tmoneyba
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle on 12/29/2005.

Poured hHazy brown color with a huge frothy light brown head that was lasting and produced excellent lacing. Good complex sweet fruity aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Heavy sweet bitter flavor with a long bittersweet finish with a small alcohol tone.

Very good brew. (300 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, best before November 2009. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a dark chestnut brown color with an inch off-white head. Head retention is good, lacing is average. This bottle was definitely a gusher, it didn't take long for the carbonation/foam to come out of the bottle after opening. It smells like dark fruit (raisins, plums), brown sugar, oranges and peppery spice. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's some toffee, yeast and bitter herbal/grassy hops noticable. However, there's also a slight metallic taste in the finish that I don't care for. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with high (but soft) carbonation which works well in this brew and makes it feel nice and creamy. Drinkability is good, it's not hard to drink at all. Overall I think it's a decent enough beer, but for the price I don't think I'll pick this one up again anytime soon. (864 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky honey brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, dark fruit, caramel, toffee, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit, caramel, and slight cardboard flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a great smell but there is a slight amount of oxidation coming through in the taste. (755 characters)

Photo of jbone78
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a couple of these, just now got around to reviewing.
A- Poured in my St. Bernardus goblet. A reddish color with a nice carbonated head. Lacing not bad.
S- sugar, bold fruits like raisins.
T- This is the surprising part. there are the flavors of dark fruits, but less belgian sugar flavors and more of a sourness that I do not expect. Could bee the yeast?
M -Traditional Trappist, well carbonated.
D -Not Bad, I just prefer other trappist ales.

-Bye (458 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a fizzy head that immediately dissipates to nothing. Brew is a dark nut brown, clear in body with some carbonation in the center and a graininess around the edges.

Strong and sweet BSDA aroma: prunes and figs feature prominently, along with nuts and a touch of cola.

Flavor follows: this is a classic, potent, sweet BSDA. A little too sweet for my liking, in fact; it's rich and smooth but too cloying. Figs and prunes again are the dominant flavor; there's a bit of cola, as well as a subdued touch of tobacco.

Dry effervescent finish at first, but it lingers cloyingly around the gums. Very smooth. Just a touch of building warming heat in the chest; beyond that, the 9.5% is completely absent. Lively with just a touch of sting.

This is a very good BSDA, but it's sweeter than I'd like. It aged tremendously well, showing no ill effects.

~3 year old bottle for review. (882 characters)

Photo of ikantspel
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served slightly chilled into a duvel tulip

pours a heavy dark brown with a lot of carbonation. heavy carbonated head but not as bad as their 8 bruin. little bit of sticky lacing

the only thing i can get from the smell is a toasted malty yeast. other than that its anyones guess

carbonated mouthfeel. earthy taste and the alcohol slightly creeps in. not bad for a 9.5.

great beer. only BSDA better imo would be TROIS PISTOLES but then again i haven't had them all (467 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark reddish brown with decent clarity, but some yeasty chunks. The slightly tan-white head is large and aggressive out of the bottle and it leaves thick lace on the glass as it quickly settles down to a thin film.

S - Rasiny, with brown sugar and prunes. A little bit rosey/ fruity with alcohol and a slight note of herbal hops in the background.

T - Alcohol and dark fruit. Spicy, peppery notes and a hoppy, alcoholic finish with a lingering bittersweet chocolate flavor.

M - Thick and palate coating despite high carbonation, but it finishes nice and dry.

D - Not bad drinkability for such a strong, flavorful beer. The alcohol note is a bit harsh and some of the flavor is a bit muddy/ undefined, but the finish shows great promise. It seems like this beer could benefit a great deal from ageing (the one I had was presumeably only a couple of months old). (876 characters)

Photo of trappistlover
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from Bruery Provisions). Pours hazy mahogany with a khaki head. Aroma has candied sugar, dried pit fruit (apricot and date-maybe some fig). Taste is sweet with the fruit and candied sugar even stronger than the nose. Thin to medium bodied with a slick texture. Smooth, sweet finish. This beer borders on being cloyingly sweet, but just before it falls off the cliff, it comes back with some light wine notes and some acidity. A very good beer. (456 characters)

Photo of crossovert
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

750ml green capped bottle.

Pours into my tulip with a fizzy, billowing slightly off-white head. The beer is a hazy brown/amber/reddish brown.

The yeast is very powerful n the scent with hints of lemon. There is also some dark fruit scents like red grape, raisin, and prune. And also some hints of dark malts and caramel.

The taste is actually very similar to the smell. It is more astringent than most Belgian strong darks. There are a bit more spices in the flavor and I am definitely picking up some cinnamon-like character. It has just a bit of tartness which is welcome for this style. After the sediment is poured the tartness vanishes and loads of caramel and yeast goodness come to the forefront. It is one damn complex brew.

The mouthfeel is a bit too carbonated, that is the only real flaw of this beer.

Overall it is a great Trappist beer, I expected better but this is pretty good. (897 characters)

Photo of elgiacomo
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml capped bottle, best by April 2009. Served at cellar temp. Lets see how this holds up 2 years after the best by date and being on a store shelf almost the entire time.

Pours murky reddish-brown with a short-lived one finger tan head leaving a few spots of lacing and holding not much more than a ring.

Aroma is smooth dark fruits, raisins, plums, figs, Belgian candi sugar, bread and yeast, like jam-slathered toasted bread. Good strength.

Flavor is more dark fruits, raisins, red grapes, plums, figs, candi/brown sugar, rather sweet, very smooth, no alcohol noticed.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, low carbonation. Damned good Abt/Quad even two years past its prime according to the brewers. Comes across as kinda a cross between a Rochefort 10 and a 10-year-old JW Lees Harvest Ale. (794 characters)

Photo of mithrascruor
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy caramel-brown color with a light tan head that dissipates quickly into a bubbly film.

Smell: Fairly [dessert-]bread-like aroma that's a bit sweet, with hints of roasted nuts, raisins, and some hints of alcohol.

Taste: Rich earthy malt flavor with some dark fruit (particularly raisins) and bitter sweetness. No real alcohol in the taste, but you can feel the warmth. Some slight astringent hints in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium- to full-bodied and generally smooth, with minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: Can definitely sense the alcohol, though it isn't really present in the taste. Tasty and pretty easy to drink.

A bit different for this style, as it isn't so dark coloured, has a warmer taste/feel, and has more raisins than other fruits. But, still an enjoyable one, and I'm glad I finally managed to get a bottle of it! (901 characters)

Photo of alex_hart
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A deep brown with a red hue that comes through when shown in the light. Strong carbonation present with a 1/4 finger tan head that dissipates quickly. No lacing.

Smell: Dark fruits, some belgian yeast, and then some more dark fruits. Pleasant to smell. Looking forward to the taste.

Taste: Much of the same with the dark fruits coming forward. Alcohol presence that is easy to detect but not overpowering. A slight belgian yeast comes through on the back.

Mouthfeel: Strong carbonation and slightly oily on the tongue. Pleasant for the style.

Overall: This is a good strong dark, but I'm glad it was a gift. I'm not sure I would pay the $15 price-tag myself. (674 characters)

Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely dark tan-maroon. From any distance it appears purple brown. Genernally opague, and the pale beige head disappears with some haste.
The nose is all golden raisins, dates, carob, and cocoa.
Tastewise, it is more of the same. Up front is the dry, not-quite-chocolate-leaning yearnings of carob, augemented by dates, figs, plums, and raisins. Add unto this molasses and brown sugar. Next come yeast with its chalkboard and generalized breadiness. The fruitiness resides through the conclusion and there is little to speak of hop-wise.
Medium bodied with a thickish bodied partially alleived through CO2.
Pretty solid overall, even if It's not in the same class as things like St Bernie 12, des Rocs, Westy, or Rochefort. In it however, better than Chimay Blue (772 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is brown with a moderately sized white head which dissipates quickly. Some lacing.

Dark fruit in the nose, plum and red grape. Vinous and sweet. Fairly typical BSDA. Good but not interesting.

Taste is fairly sweet, lots of plum, red grape and raisin. A bit of brown sugar. Malty. Vinous. Like the nose, it is a fairly typical BSDA flavour.

Medium bodied, low carbonation. Surprisingly thin.

Overall, a good beer, but not as good as I hoped for. Disappointing given the ratings. I found it to be a solid but typical BSDA, without any remarkable qualities. (563 characters)

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4/5  rDev -6.1%

APPEARANCE - Clear amber with 2-finger head that lasts. Good lacing.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, grain, sweet.

TASTE - Hops, nutty, bread. ABV mostly hidden.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Good carbonation, clean, light, effervescent, crisp, refreshing.

VALUE - $10 for an 11 oz. bottle - not that bad for an import at a restaurant.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Quite drimkable for a Tripel. Not a sipping beer. (401 characters)

Photo of paterlodie
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 08-07. Nice and lasting head, and a dark brown beercollor. Nose is very fruity giving plumbs, apricot and overripe grapes. Some spicyness there also but delicately dosed and not overdone, Dark candysugar and good carramellic maltiness. Taste is sweet and alcoholic with very good candytaste and carramellic maltyness and well bittered playing harmonicly together with the alcohol in aftertaste. Fine mouthfeel IMO maybe litle alcoholic but well enjoyable with good taste. Well recomendable IMO but be aware of high alc% that gets you. (537 characters)

Photo of Brabander
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an overall good beer. I had this beer for months in my fridge but never had the time to open it. Tonight, on Christmas eve, this is the moment.

Poured in my Westvleteren glass the beer looks good. A nice darkbrown to darkred fluid and a firm head with big bubbles. It is a pity that the head disappears so fast.

Good soft smell of caramel and brown sugar and burned malts

The taste is a sweet one. Not complex but that is the case by most of the dark ales.

Merry Christmas!! (486 characters)

Photo of therealmcclurg
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very carbonated Belgian Strong Ale. Deep Brown color. Very, very sweet. This was the part that was a turnoff for me. I had high expectations, as I truly enjoy the other Trappist beers. This one is last on the list as far as I am concerned. Its a good beer, but its very sweet, and I can't imagine drinking very much of it at a time. (332 characters)

Photo of tdawgydog
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this bottle as a Christmas gift. Finally got around to cracking it open tonight.

A - Pours a nice dark brown, very little head but that's to be expected for a good dark ale.

S - Sweet. Refreshing. Opened up my sinuses. A little bit of caramel and a little bit of alcohol.

T - Well aged ale. A little bit of chocolate, super sweet taste goes down a little too easy.

D - Maybe a little under carbonated, a really smooth drink. One of the better Belgian darks that I've had.

M - Overall really fun. Will help me sleep well tonight ;-) (545 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly hazy, impressively bubbled dull tangerine with an infusion of coral red. The pastel gold crown snapped, crackled and popped initially, but now looks somewhat creamy as it continues to deflate. A lack of stickiness results in no more than a few dribs and drabs of sea foam lace.

Other than being metallic, the nose isn't bad. It still has a long way to go to scare the best of style, however. Medium-dark fruit (more medium than dark) is offset by an acceptable Belgian yeast spiciness. It looks like the flavor and the mouthfeel are the last chances for this Trappist strong dark ale to impress.

And that is exactly what the flavor does from the very first sip. Time (and about 720 more ml) will determine whether it's 'great' or merely 'good'. I'm leaning toward the former at this point. It's too damn bad that such wonderful beer is hamstrung by being less than expertly bubbled, because it negatively affects every one of the other attributes.

The flavor is bold and rich. The medium fruits of the aroma are still present, as are double fistfuls of dark fruits. Let's go with dried apricots, caramel-covered apples, ripe figs, sticky dates and plump, juicy raisins. There are also a few lashings of molasses and a surprising amount of anise.

The constellation of flavors changes subtley from the beginning of each mouthful to the finish. It's on the back end that Brune Extra's complexity is revealed, largely due to what tastes like a kick-ass yeast strain. The balance between sweet, bitter, tangy and spicy is to be commended. As is the fact that the ABV seems like a bold-faced lie.

Unfortunately, the body/mouthfeel keeps this BSDA from the major leagues. It's too thin and is, again, too carbonated. It looks like others have had a similar experience, so my bottle isn't unique. Things are improving from a sensory standpoint as the ounces pass, just not enough.

Trappist Achel Bruin (or whatever we're calling it these days) could be one of the best BSDAs that I've ever had the pleasure to consume. The flavor teeters on the cusp of greatness, only to be dragged down by a less than accomplished mouthfeel. It's still a treat that all Belgianophiles should love. (2,189 characters)

Photo of rapidsequence
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle. $6 from Peace St in Raleigh.

Appearance: First of all, it was a little bit of a gusher. My wife watched me open it, and laughed as I immediately shoved the bottle in my mouth, saying, "See how I feel, now swallow." Pours about as dark as red can be not be brown. Its clear, with a nice off white head, that barely fades at all. Curtains of lace.

Smell: Sweet dark malt and bready yeast. Dark sweet fruit. A little spicy.

Taste: As expected, sweet malt, bready yeast, spice, and dark fruit. Unexpectedly, a surprising amount of bitterness both from alcohol and hops. Really good. Long sweet bready, malt finish with a touch of sourness way on the back. More alcohol on the end as well.

Mouthfeel: Lasting tingly bubbles contribute nicely to the reasonably full mouthfeel. Leaves a little sticky sweetness behind.

Drinkability: All in all, a rich and pretty complex BSDA. The main detractor for me is the sourness on the finish. This gets old, especially as the beer warms, and starts to detract from an otherwise excellent beer. There are better ones for the price, but this is a must try. (1,109 characters)

Achel Trappist Extra from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
94 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.