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Achel Trappist Extra - Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse

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381 Ratings
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Ratings: 381
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 98
Gots: 33 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dsa7783 on 01-22-2008)
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bunbury

Panama

5/5  rDev +16.6%

04-09-2014 14:57:25 | More by bunbury
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dcmchew

Romania

4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 2015, so i guess it's pretty fresh.
Dark brown, almost black pour, beige two finger fluffy head, great retention, moderately sticky. Half a finger of milky foam stuck around untill i finished the glass actually. Looks great.
Smell of Belgian sugars/caramel, dark malts, raisin and dry fig, as expected, really balanced, but not so strong.
Taste is heavy with dark fruit, with huge amounts of raisin, some dry figs and dates, plums with a bit of sour juiciness and faint berries. All these covered in caramel (alongside some light Belgian candi sugar) and set on a canvas of dark bread and biscuity malts. Lots of yeast activity, some nice dark spices kind of feel, with random hints of nutmeg, licorice, cinnamon and clove. Very low hop presence, with a subtle bitterness in the finish.
At first the dark fruit might seem too much, but it gets more balanced as it sits and warms. Alcohol starts to heat up bit by bit too, without being boozy or disturbing at any time.
Low carbonation, just a little prickly fizz, creamy and chewy, feels rather heavy, but it fits with the roundness of the taste.
A great tasty dark trappist, tho some might be disappointed by the apparent simplicity of the brew. I myself found it to be perfect, a great example for Belgian dark ales.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 17:35:59 | More by dcmchew
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afsdan

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

03-21-2014 05:32:46 | More by afsdan
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Element1290

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

03-19-2014 12:01:41 | More by Element1290
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dgilks

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark chestnut colour with mahogany highlights. Great light tan head with solid creamy appearance.

Massive dried fruit notes. Raisin and date. Interesting melanoidin note that works really well.

Big and complex malt flavour. Rich and chewy combination of dried fruit and toffee. The spicy yeast notes are a little muted but play well into the overall flavour palate.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Not too much which complements this beer.

A really solid beverage. Excellent flavour profile and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 05:43:42 | More by dgilks
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ricecracker420

California

4/5  rDev -6.8%

03-12-2014 04:25:13 | More by ricecracker420
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dbarny76

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

03-11-2014 22:07:17 | More by dbarny76
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Ricelikesbeer

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

03-05-2014 18:16:20 | More by Ricelikesbeer
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml split with cbutova over the weekend. Best before July 2015.

Appearance - Hazy brownish-red with big ol' floaties, especially on the last pours. Beige+bubbly pancake head boasts good retention and decent lace.

Smell - Cola, bread, nuts, yeast, molasses, prunes. Nice and potent at first but seems to lose strength with time, good though.

Taste - Taste is more solid. More dark fruit here, raisins galore, along with cola, dark bread, caramel, light spice and yeast presence. Smooth+good dark trappist ale flavors.

Mouthfeel - Slick and less carbonated than expected, a little odd at first but it grew on me. Not boozy whatsoever and works with the flavors.

Overall - Typically very good trappist-Quad type beer, doesn't really have the flair of Rocherfort, Westy, etc. but certainly a fine Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 13:02:57 | More by Chico1985
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Pint glass pour from the 750ml with a dark brown body, some light pierces the very edges. Massive light tan head forms to two or three fingers and settles into a shape that reminds me of the top of fermenting bread, super retention. Lace is super thick with spots and clouds everywhere.

S- A nice mix of malts and Trappist yeast. Brown malts provide a smooth base with notes of toasted nuts, toffee, caramel, biscuit and slight sweetness. Yeast relaxed here in a good way, dark fruits and spicy.

T- Yeast and malts in a super smooth, balanced blend. Yeast takes the edge slightly here in strength with notes of dried dark fruits, plums, raisins, dark wheat bread, Belgian yeast spice and apples/white grapes. Malts follow the nose in the Brown toasted spectrum.

MF- Moderately thick body with a low-medium carbonation. Slick and somewhat oily texture with a slight silkiness. Slight spicy bitterness in the end.

Another solid Trappist brew. I like how the yeast is pretty relaxed and balanced but still asserts a strong profile.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 20:57:25 | More by cbutova
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RusImpStoLuv

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

02-24-2014 18:09:49 | More by RusImpStoLuv
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WeaponsOfConquest

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

02-05-2014 21:35:19 | More by WeaponsOfConquest
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BierJager89

California

4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark plum or brown with a white head.

S: Nutmeg, dark fruit, spicy belgian yeast in the nose.

T: Orange, dark fruit, plum, nutmeg, cinnamon, quite sweet, especially with some age (had it once fresh, once well after it's expiration date). Alcohol is definitely present.

M: Full bodied and smoothish.

O: An excellent beer in an excellent style. The Belgian strong dark has become a favorite of mine, though I wouldn't say this is the best of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 04:58:41 | More by BierJager89
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LVituri

Brazil

4.95/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 12:46:45 | More by LVituri
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Auraan

Arizona

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich, dark, almost blackish brown color, with a one finger tan head that grew to a two finger head before receding to a thick foam leaving abundant lacing down the glass. Very nice, well done example of the style. Scents of dark fruit especially plume, some fig, red grape, slight grape skin, bready malt, hints of candi sugar, Belgian yeast, and some honey and cream, along with some wild sour and tannin like aromas all mingling together. As it warms apricot enters the aroma profile as well. Very pleasant, fruity, sweet and complex aroma with some nice wild yeast detectable. Very good, true to style but also unique in its own way. Taste begins with a boozy, sweet, fruity flavors with notes of alcohol, raisin, grape, plum, prune and fig flavors along with some sugary, caramel-like flavors, candi sugar and slight bready malt. Some slight sour flavors are present in the background throughout the sip. Alcohol and candi sugar notes remain present throughout with sour notes becoming more prominent on the middle and end of the sip. Tannins and slight red wine flavors join the fruity and caramel flavors in the middle and finish, but in a subdued fashion, while the bready malts drop off. Abundant alcohol on the finish as well as faint earthy Belgian hop and faint Belgian yeast spiciness and some sour notes. Aftertaste is earthy hops and alcohol. A very fruity, sweet, yet also sour flavor profile that is quite complex, though not to the degree of Rochefort 10. Still very well executed with a variety of flavors on the display. The Mouthfeel is sticky and medium-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation, a slight acidic sting and a bit of an alcohol burn. Semi-drying. A good, pleasant sipping beer mouthfeel, true to style. Not quaffable, but that's not what the style is about. Overall quite the nice Trappist dark ale. True to the bones of the style but with a unique character due to the red wine and sour notes with a wonderful aroma and flavor and a nice sipping mouthfeel, quite nice and worth the $20 I paid to try it.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 08:08:49 | More by Auraan
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Saind

Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

01-06-2014 11:37:34 | More by Saind
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rrski198

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

01-02-2014 01:50:29 | More by rrski198
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supermeniscus

Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

12-29-2013 21:48:26 | More by supermeniscus
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kojevergas

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

75cl green glass (ugh..) bottle with standard unbranded pry-off pressure cap acquired at Argonaut Liquor in Denver, CO and served into an Orval goblet in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are sky high given this is a trappist beer. Imported by the Shelton Bastards. Best before: December 15th 2012. Oops. 9.5% ABV confirmed. No style is specified on the label, but it is referred to as an ale and the ABV is high so I'm reviewing it as a Belgian strong dark ale.

Served chilled after a period of rest following its removal from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of khaki-white colour. Lightly creamy and thick. Head retention is pretty subpar - it lasts 30 seconds at best. Little lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head recedes, and even less stays in place.

Body colour is a vibrant dark amber brown. Translucent but nontransparent. No floating yeast particles/sediment is visible; it's pretty clean for a Belgian strong dark ale.

Overall, it's an appealing appearance for the style and I'm looking forward to trying it. It's gorgeous when backlit and viewed from the underside of the goblet. I do wish the head was better.

Sm: Lovely residual sugars blend marvelously with heavy bready malt character. Caramel and breadcrust complement each other nicely. Cream. A kiss of some sort of dark fruit - fig, I think. Belgian biscuit malts. As it warms, I pick up some prune on the backend, accompanied by a hearty fruity sweetness.

I don't detect any Belgian yeast alcohol, or hop character. It's a good aroma for a Belgian strong dark ale and I'm looking forward to trying the beer. The fruity notes are a highlight. Mild to moderate in strength.

T: Creamy up front, giving way to a bready malt foundation with some biscuit malts and brown malts in there too. The dark fruit is nice, with notes of caramel-covered fruit, figs, dates, prunes, plum, and raisins - though the raisin is a bit too heavy for my tastes. Unfortunately, I do notice some faint cardboard/stale malt character which brings the beer down. I get some biscuity yeast character as well - in addition to identifiable Belgian characteristics I lack the capacity to adequately describe; I know it's a Belgian beer just from the flavours, but I can't quite identify why - maybe it's spice? Clove/nutmeg? I also pick up some toffee. Hints of cola, maybe some sassafras. Light traces of green apple. Maybe some light candi sugar.

It's certainly more on the sweet side, but I'd call it rather balanced - albeit simple. The complexity and subtlety of a great Belgian strong dark ale isn't present here, and I wouldn't call it nuanced or intricate. The build - while very cohesive - is a bit shy of gestalt. Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

No alcohol or hop character comes through.

In fairness, as it warms, it does open up a bit. The fruit definitely feels more integrated.

Mf: Sticky and chewy. Has a nice unexpected creaminess. A bit too coarse and dry for the flavour profile, which prevents the texture from feeling custom-tailored to the taste. Still, the mouthfeel suits the flavour profile in a general sense. Well-carbonated. Has an okay presence on the palate, but it's a bit chalky. Nice body. It's a bit too thick. It's certainly a filling beer, but isn't quite the meal in glass you might expect given the style. It doesn't have too much weight on the palate.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

Overall, the texture needs work. This is the most problematic aspect of the beer.

Dr: A pretty drinkable Belgian strong dark ale, but it isn't up to par with my expectations for a Trappist offering. I'm confident Achel can do better. I was ready to love this, but the execution is a bit lacking. While it can't compete with classics like Chimay Blue, this is a Belgian strong dark ale well worth trying and I'm happy to support the Trappist cats over at Achel. I'm also reticent to be too critical seeing as I accidentally nabbed a bottle that's a year past its best before date. I'll plan on revisiting this when I make it out to Achel's public cafe.

High B-

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 05:22:08 | More by kojevergas
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leitmotif

Romania

4/5  rDev -6.8%

12-21-2013 23:53:19 | More by leitmotif
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Ciocanelu

Romania

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

12-20-2013 21:04:51 | More by Ciocanelu
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Wobbly

Missouri

5/5  rDev +16.6%

12-12-2013 22:23:51 | More by Wobbly
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Luiz0930

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

12-05-2013 22:52:07 | More by Luiz0930
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RochefortChris

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

12-04-2013 18:44:58 | More by RochefortChris
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Hallertau

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

11-28-2013 04:08:58 | More by Hallertau
Achel Trappist Extra from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
95 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.