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Achel Trappist Extra - Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse

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Ratings: 404
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 100
Gots: 38 | 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:
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(Beer added by: dsa7783 on 01-22-2008)
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

majcher33, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of SageO
5/5  rDev +16.6%

SageO, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of Dope
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle dated "Best Before End" July 16th 2012. Oh well.

A: Pours a murky reddish-brown with a good sized frothy tan head. Fades slowly, leaving moderate lacing behind.

S: Loaded with brown sugar and caramel. Strong raisins with a bit of dates. Touch of earthy cocoa. Very nice.

T: Super sweet and malty. Lots and lots of caramel, brown sugar and some toffee up front. Sweet raisin, date and fig kicks in in the middle. Hints of cocoa and earth with more brown sugar. Ends only slightly bitter with some more dark fruits and spices. Lingering brown sugar between sips. This is really nice.

M: Heavy and sweet but carbonation cuts it a bit. Not too cloying or syrupy, but borderline.

O: Strong flavors yet well-integrated and complimentary. Great balance of flavors and quite sweet - but not syrupy. Hits all the right notes for a great BSDA. Instantly one of my all-time favorites.

Dope, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of darcange
5/5  rDev +16.6%

darcange, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of pappetros
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

pappetros, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of samEBC
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

samEBC, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of Chrily
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Chrily, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of brystmar
2.83/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sat on this bottle for about a year. Best before 3/16/2012.

Dirty brown body, thin tan head & lace with big bubbles. Ugly, to be honest.

Aroma is super sweet & bready, which is offsetting to my senses. Aged hops and Belgian candi sugar join the above in the flavor. Figs, plums, other dark fruits. Again, way too sweet for my liking.

Pretty sure my distaste for this brew isn't due to the extra time on the bottle -- minimally attributable, at most. Lacks the depth, spice, and overall complexity of its Trappist siblings.

brystmar, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of claspada
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy burgundy red color with a large, soapy khaki head.

Aromas being with dark candy sugar and equal dark fruits. As it warms I get more of the bready base malt and some increading plum and red apple skin; emerging alcohol as well.

The tastes begin with bready, grainy maltiness with emerging candy sugar sweetness that help to balance the slight alcohol kick. Dark fruits, mainly fig, plum and grape skin emerge as it warms.

The mouthfeel is full medium-full bodied with medium-high carbonation. Finish is big and bold with emerging spicy yeast flavors that work well with the high effervescent carbonation.

Overall this is a good example of a traditional Belgian Strong Ale. Nothing to out of this world of revolutionary, just a solid from one of the Trappist legends. More tempered as far as the spiciness goes which I appreciate and enjoy over the examples with too much yeasty flavors.

claspada, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of beerpadawan
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of jrenihan
4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

jrenihan, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of Boz12
3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

Boz12, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -6.8%

ejimhof, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of RobertTheRogue
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

RobertTheRogue, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of penguinboat
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

penguinboat, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of rolltide8425
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

rolltide8425, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of PolishMathGeek
4/5  rDev -6.8%

PolishMathGeek, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of Elfastball7
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Elfastball7, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of Tomblerone
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Tomblerone, May 27, 2012
Photo of Wamba
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Wamba, May 25, 2012
Photo of Romulux
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Romulux, May 20, 2012
Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Awesome. Period. If you think regular Achel is good, the extra is great! I took a tour of the brewery at Achel and the 750ml format bottles (the format for the Achel Extra and the Blond Extra...which is also great) are bottled right there at the brewery by the monks. The other Achel beers (the 330s) are bottled off-site at at a larger bottler. The extras are really good!!

A: Dark brown, big creamy head
S/T: Grains and malt, awesome balanced smooth taste, not overpowered by the souped up alcohol content.
M: Again, smooth, really nice
O: One of my favorite Belgians!!!

4thelvofbeer, May 16, 2012
Photo of rdespain
5/5  rDev +16.6%

rdespain, May 15, 2012
Photo of seand
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark translucent mahogany, with a large amount of light tan head. A fairly thick blanket retains and leaves thick lacing with longevity.

S: Raisins, clove and other spices, molasses, belgian yeast. Nice subdued but complex balance.

T: Raisiny sweetness through the mid palate, leading into a spiced rum and then a light, non-bitter hoppy note, finishing dry. Lots of complexity; somewhat like an aged beer, without the concentrating effect that aging usually has.

M: Relatively full body, medium carbonation.

Overall, really really good. I'll seek this one out again.

seand, May 11, 2012
Photo of NightINgale
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

NightINgale, May 08, 2012
Achel Trappist Extra from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
94 out of 100 based on 404 ratings.