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Achel Trappist Extra - Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse

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404 Ratings
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Ratings: 404
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 102
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse visit their website
Belgium

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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Photo of patre_tim
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

patre_tim, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of BeRightBock
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

BeRightBock, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of beast464
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

beast464, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of pat_usher
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

pat_usher, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of byronic
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

byronic, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of okspry
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

okspry, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of rbastone
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

rbastone, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of polloenfuego
4.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

With out a doubt one of the finest beers I have ever had. This beer looks great and smells sweet and rich of dark fruits. The taste is much the same sweet with dark fruits and dark sugars. The feel is smooth and full. All in all a hell of a beer. Get your hands on it if you can.

polloenfuego, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of Sparky44
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Sparky44, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of cwd
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

cwd, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of davidwhatshisnam
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

davidwhatshisnam, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of linnymtu
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

linnymtu, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of ramrod666
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

ramrod666, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev -6.8%

wrightst, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of risteardj
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

risteardj, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of DarthGuitarHero
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

DarthGuitarHero, May 29, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

achel extra is awesome stuff, lost maybe in the hype and availability of some of the other trappist stuff, this is positively delicious. in the zone between dubbel and quad, this molasses colored beer has a tall and lasting white head of tiny little bursting bubbles that prickle the nose as i smell its deeply caramelized sugars and zesty belgian yeast. a hint of green bottle stink to it, i wish such awesome beers could stop going in these bottles, but it seems destined to be a belgian beer problem forever. raisin and maple flavors to the grain, a bread crust character too, and then its all yeast. its so different than the other trappist strains, and has less of the fruit and more of the spice too it. it has an ancient aura, a feeling of timeless growth and maturation. white pepper and even a hint of cinnamon to it, like a good baked dessert, long zippy finish, dry for how big and sweet this starts, and no alcohol flavors at all, not even at ambient temperature. special beer, worthy of more hype i think, it stands up to any of its peers extremely well, and somehow stays light on the palate and drinkable. a 750ml bottle of this is not more than i want in a given sitting, its just right.

StonedTrippin, May 27, 2014
Photo of sephyrott
4/5  rDev -6.8%

sephyrott, May 25, 2014
Photo of CesarLopes
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

CesarLopes, May 19, 2014
Photo of jim_carignan
4/5  rDev -6.8%

jim_carignan, May 19, 2014
Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Mikeluzzjr, May 19, 2014
Photo of henryclay_
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

henryclay_, May 15, 2014
Photo of draheim
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL (best before 9/16/2015) into a tulip. Pours a cloudy mahogany w/ a big fluffy off-white head, tons of sticky lace.

Aroma is a big burst of dark stone fruits - figs, dates, raisins, plums - plus brown sugar, clean bready malt, Belgian yeast. Nice floral aromas coming through from the Old World hops too.

Taste is rich and complex, sweet but not sugary. Dried figs and dates, spices, rich sweet dark malt, toffee, and a warming touch of booze. Floral and spicy, lively.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, almost thick. Creamy. Carbonation is perfect, finishes pretty dry.

Overall an outstanding BSDA, up there with the best.

draheim, May 10, 2014
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. Pours a dark., murky red-orange brown with a big, fine three finger light tan head with excellent retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, dark stone fruit, apple, clove, Belgian yeast. Flavor follows with caramel malt, dark and light stone fruit, apple and pear juice, clove, cinnamon and other earthy spicing, brown sugar, finishing with a semi-sweet, slightly sour burst of fruit flavors with light peppery spice from the clove and maybe hops. Beautifully integrated and flavorful. Medium bodied with really nice peppery carbonation that complements the spicing. An excellent, well balanced, complex Belgian dark that is very flavorful. The taste seems a bit subdued at first compared to the two top well-known Belgian strong ales, but the flavor builds and gets more interesting throughout the taste. Complex flavor covers the ABV well, making this a dangerous ale because it continually invites tasting. World class. Glad I finally got to try this rare beer.

LiquidAmber, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of hotsudge
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

hotsudge, Apr 27, 2014
Achel Trappist Extra from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
96 out of 100 based on 404 ratings.