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Achel Trappist Extra - Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse

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416 Ratings
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Ratings: 416
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 104
Gots: 40 | 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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Photo of jjayjaye
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the label, "...the weighty undeniable Extra" (Alias). 750ml bottle with import packaging that differs from the label indicated, with 9.5.% ABV . Foam creeps up and out of the bottle slowly (thankfully) after opening. With great care, one is able to pour gently without disturbing the contents. A shallow layer of bubbles settles out quickly. A couple of shades lighter than cola, but just as clear. Little lacing generated. The smell is large, complex and amazing; rich and earthy, fruity yet malty. Brown sugar or molasses over dark fruits. Full body lightened by the altogether creamy texture brought on by the artistic application of tiny bubbles. Full flavored, classic Belgian yeast mixed with rich dark fruit tastes. The alcoholic content is incredibly well hidden. The simultaneous nose, mouth, flavor combination of this one makes for an amazing drinker. I hereby amend my list of resolutions for 2008 to include serious further "consideration" of Belgian Strong Dark Ales!

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

750 ml capped bottle pours a cloudy brown color with a huge creamy light brown head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass. Nutty fruity aromas, flavors of spice, plums, figs, caremel and chocolate. Full bodied with a creamy, silky mouthfeel, finishes on the sweet side, alcohol very well hidden at 9.5%.

Photo of Beertracker
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Achel Brune Extra pours up frothy, lively & lacy into an official Trappist Achel goblet. The off-white colored head is creamy & tall and sets off the reddish-amber to chestnut-brown body perfectly. The big bouquet is very complex with lots of earthy, fruity and spicy notes along with some noteable cream sherry overtones. Hints of green banana, carmelized pears, dried figs and hot raisin bread come to mind. The flavor isn't quite as complex as the nose, but starts off with a big flourish of caramel, chestnuts and fig with some yeasty bread character mixed in for good measure. A nice, gentle spiciness takes over midway and carries the brown sugar maltiness along. A touch of Poperinge hops in the background offers a balanced bitterness which dries out the slightly "hot" finish. This is simply a satisfying brew that any Belgian beer lover should seek out. No doubt, this one is destined to be a new classic! Pair generously with a nice ripe Bruges cheese, crackers and freshly cut Bosc pears.

CHEERS! Beertracker

Photo of Jason1337
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of irishkyle21
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Maillard
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of freewill35
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of SFLpunk
3.1/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Purchased at Bruisin' Ales, Asheville, NC. $16.50. 750mL green glass capped champagne bottle. Side label says Best Before End 16 M(arch) 12. Opened at 57 degrees (my cellar temp).

Pours a crackly thin medium reddish brown with lighting fast tan head. Nose immediately smells like skunky Euro hops (green glass!) but it blows off a little. Very perfumed smelling with some candied fruit notes and a lot of wild flowers/lily notes. Some pale caramel aromas sneak through.

Palate is very light and surprisingly crisp. Very low carbonation, almost none really. Some thin caramel notes, a sugary candy-like sweetness, something like orchids, and there's definitely some pilsner malt in there. Hops are flowery and not bitter at all.

Notes: Not impressed with my first Achel experience. I was expecting this to be a lot bigger in body and mouthfeel, but found it to be rather thin and watery/flabby. Like the second runnings of something like Cuvee van de Keizer Blauw. It's sweet without the usual malt-body to justify the residual sugar level and the lack of carbonation is concerning. Tastes rather like sweet tea. Bad bottle?

Photo of rrski198
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A very carbonated dark brown body shows lots of bubbles on the sides of the glass. Hints of ruby red come through at the edges when held to light. Head is a sandy tan in color at three fingers tall with rocky bubbles that leave decent lacing. nose is soft but includes notes of apple pie, butter milk biscuits, and spicey wheat. upon first sip you get almost perfect mix of robust freshness, sweet and spicey. Many different lovely notes exist including fig, grape juice, red licorice, and ground wheat grain. The mouthfeel is velvety and smooth, as this one warms the belly well. A big complex feer with solid drinkability. You can almost taste the care that the monks put into making this beer. Ripe and delecious.

Photo of elgiacomo
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of impending
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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750ml into a tulip. Pours a murky dark chestnut. With encouragement a dense coffee colored head towers, nice clumping froth.

Aroma is rich in complexity, airy dark fruits, grape, spices and fractal phenols. Superb

Fairly low in sweetness which seems most pronounced in the finish. Considerable raisins. The long lasting aftertaste has a sharply defined phenolic note, till tomorrow. A mild bittering but not of hops. Strong vinous notes with a dab of rum. Medium bodied smooth mouthfeel. Tremendous complexity, warms wonderfully.
cheers
jd

Photo of cosmonick
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of ATPete
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

capped 750ml bottle, very old, best by date of 2/10 notched into the side of the label.

Had this beer about 3 years ago and wasnt crazy about it, lets see what time has done to this, my second least favorite Trappist ale...

Pours a very deep brown color, lots of floaters stay suspended in the beer a small brown head sits atop and clings to the walls of the glass. A rich malty sweetness in the nose, caramel, chocolate, bready and rather distinct Belgian yeast, rich dark fruit notes as well in the aroma. Great nose. Surprisingly soft and layered with complexity to the tongue, a rye-like spiciness tingles the tongue late in the sip. The 9.5% ABV is not apparent whatsoever. A lively texture, still bright with carbonation, dangerously drinkable. Everything i like about the style with an added sense of maturity. Age has done wonders with this one. Highly reccomended. I can no longer claim this one as my second least favorite Trappist offering...

Photo of atpca
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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

This beer is a clear, brown ale with a two and a half finger head poured into my chalice glass. Looks very nice. The head is nice and foamy, and leaves a lot of lace on the glass.

The aroma was of spices, faintly earthy dark malts, rosé wine, and sweet fruits. 9.5 %? Can't tell it in the aroma.

Taste was surprising... dark malts, earthy, toffee, light coffee, some spiciness, and a definite alcohol bite when a large swallow was taken. Very complex and good, like it should be.

Mouthfeel was VERY smooth and creamy.

Drinkability... this stuff went down so damn nice. Would have been a 4.5, but the alcohol taste was a little too prominent, so I had to cut it back a bit. Still, without a doubt an excellent example of the style.

Thanks to GClarkage for the trade. This was just what I needed tonight, after a lousy day at work.

Photo of NightINgale
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of beergeek279
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 750 mL bottle, into a large snifter. The color was a dark amber, with a thick beige head that held long after the beer was poured. The smell was a very slight fruitiness. The taste was a very rich fruity bouquet as well as a nice yeastiness to it. Mouthfeel was syrupy thick. As for drinkability, I could definitely have a few.

Achel has been called the weakest of the Trappist breweries, and perhaps rightly so. This beer is a statement, though, that they want to make high-quality beers, and here they have. A fantastic beer and IMO better than Chimay Grand Reserve, and one I'll hope to have again. One of the best pleasures was being able to share this one with fellow BAs, and thank you to JacktheRipper for buying this round!

Photo of scottwurst
3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of Wobbly
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of mithrascruor
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
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!

Photo of nzerbe
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of nygannon
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of marburg
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not since the Stay-Puft Marshmellow man have I seen something so fluffy and delightful as the head atop this beer -- so much so that I'll ignore the healthy shade of brown in the beer itself and focus on the head. Rolling the liquid around in the glass, it's hard to be entranced by the bulbous mass of bubbles that cling together and tumble around the glass like a big, soft marble.

And the aroma! Ben & Jerry's Phish Food ice cream, complete with vanilla and cookie dough. Raw, sinful cookie dough. Woody and natural. Brown sugar and molasses are the picture to the doughy vanilla frame.

Similar, glorious sensations await the taste buds; through more brown sugar and cookie dough, I can't help but think of a 3 Musketeers candy bar. (And a creamy, creamy, creamy mouthfeel.) Except maybe the candy bar is fermented and chilling out inside an oak barrel. There's a lingering cherry sweetness that manages to escape the relatively dry finish. Really exotic, lusty, fun stuff.

Photo of alcstradamus
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heard some good things about this, glad to finally be able to try it.

Pours a nice glowing brown/red color with a finger of head that leaves some webby lacing.

Lightly spiced bouquet, with notes of dates and raisins and flowery Belgian yeast. Hints of alcohol heat, but not too much. Some caramel and vanilla as well.

Taste is very very nice. A good malt profile that is not overpowered by the spices. Lots of sweet raisin and dark fruit. Very well integrated. A bit of heat in the finish but not more than in other comparable beers of this style (BSDA, Quad, whatever you feel like calling it).

Mouthfeel is nearly full bodied with only a slight carbonation prickle. Drinkability is good, but 9.5% quads are best enjoyed in moderation and savored slowly.

The taste on this bad boy is right up there with the best in the style such as St. Bernardus and Pannepot and it is better than Rochefort 10 IMO. I'd love to do a side by side with Westy 12 but I don't think this would quite match up. Buy this beer, you won't regret it.

Achel Trappist Extra from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
96 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.