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Achel Trappist Extra - Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse

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Reviews: 211
Hads: 445
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 128
Gots: 55 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse visit their website

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: 445
Photo of Fugazme
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Dark brown... slight head, but I like the looks... hints of ruby. Quite nice to look at this beer!

Aroma is yeasty and bready... quite fruity. Medicinal qualities with some good alcohol notes.

Mouthfeel is great. Creamy and smooth. Wonderful.

Sweet on the tongue with peach, fig, raisin, rum, caramel, bourbon, berry, yeast... wow. Marvelous.

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Photo of Sephiroth
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle says to drink before June of 2007. Pours with decent head, body is reddish brown. Some lacing. Smells quite vinous and malty.

Tastes like a dark tripel. Dark fruits, and grainy malt. Individual flavors are tough to pin down. Bready, and fruity. Mouthfeel is average, Drinkability OK. Other than Westy, this seems to be the rarest of the trappists. It is better than Chimay, but I am slightly disappointed. This is a good beer, its just not one of my favorites. Since I've not had this before, I cannot be sure, but I think a fresher sample would be better.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.43/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an opaque dark brown color with a tan head that had small bubbles. The head was fairly sticky.
The aroma began with a dry spicy character that had a touch of an alcoholic warmth in the finish.
The Flavor began with a sweet malt flavor that dominated the profile blending in with the spiciness but taking over in the finish. This is one of the sweeter examples of the style that i have tried yet it is still drinkable. The finish is clean and the spicyness lingers a bit leaving a fruity taste on the tongue.
Average drinkabiliy due to the sweetness this is nonetheless an excellent Trappist ale.

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Photo of founddrama
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A sublime quad. Everything you'd expect, maybe more. Creamy finish and effervescent throughout. Paragon of a Trappist quadruple.


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Photo of franksnbeans
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper and prune color with a thin pearl head that coats the sides and dies with very little lacing. Smells of fig and sweet malt. Taste has spice, dried fruit, fig, sweet malts. Feels full in the mouth with lively carbonation on the tongue. Drinkability is good but somewhat a sipper. Worth a try

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Photo of DaveJanssen
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Capped 750 mL brought back from belgium. Split two ways poured into snifters, reviewed 7/20/2009

Ar: Caramel and honey sweetness, rootbeer spice, toffee, dark candy sweet, wet with light floral, tart hints, strong maltiness, sweet fruity alcohol

Ap: Thick chunky light tan head, dense, good/fair retention, lace, slight haze, deep brown with tan hints

F: Plum sweet, toffee and caramel sweetness, strong malty sweetness with good caramel/toffee and fruit, hints of tartness (good for the balance), taste dominated throughout by complex fruit and toffee with nutty earthy hints, light alcohol, tartness comes through in mid taste, ends drier and more crisp, doughy hints, faint mild spice (rootbeer), ends with drier toastyness but mostly sweet toffee and fruit throughout, very light solventy alc taste as it warms, prune, plum, *grapey, *earthy mellow hop, *bitterness helps balance

M: High fine carbonation, full/medium mouthfeel, clean end with alcohol warmth, viscous

O: sweetness is good but limits proper occasions for the beer, great maltiness

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Photo of duracell
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Goblet.

Pours a dark brown color with a nice off-white creamy head which disappears rather quickly. It shows a very nice malt character with strong dark fruits aroma, yeast and caramel besides. Delicious caramel flavors, in addition to nutty and spicy notes. I also pick out some herbs. A bite of alcohol balances the relative sweetness of the candy sugar. The mouthfeel is just excellent, with a full body. In my opinion, the low carbonation suits perfectly this brew. Overall, this Trappist beer is just outstanding! It shows very complex aroma, an excellent drinkability and perfectly balanced flavors.

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Photo of mondegreen
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a Samichlaus Tulip. Split the bottle with a friend. Best by date of 3/10 notched into the label.

A: Dark brown with a very persistent head. Little floaties in the glass from the pour, even though I left plenty (~3 inches) in the bottle.

S: Beautiful Belgian smells. Dark fruit esters and wonderful malts, and the ever present Belgian yeast smells.

T: In many ways, this beer seems more subtle than its BSDA counterparts. I get the spices and the hints of citrus. A little orange zest, maybe? In all, a wonderful Trappist beer that I wish was found more easily around here.

M: Like most Belgians, this one isn't shy on the carbonation. Very full mouthfeel.

D: Sure, why not? The pleasant subtleties of this beer keep the intrigue coming, sip by sip.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Westmalle chalice (okay, it's close enough) from a green-tinted 750ml bottle, capped. Bottle label looks different than is pictured here. Looks more like the standard Achel 8 label ... but is definitely the 'Extra' at 9.5% abv. Anyway, this one extracts from the bottle as a warm, dark brown with ruby highlights. A thick cocoa tan head appears and likes to stick around. To look at this beer, you know there's a lot going on here. Nose is glorious ... yeast, sweet malts, stewed fruits, and a hint of spice ... okay, quite smelling and start drinking, right.Palate is sweet ... sweeter than the Brune ... very malty and warm. Tastes of Belgian yeast, plums, mollases, and alcohol. Very dark, very sweet, and assertive taste. This beer is a heavyweight ... in taste more than body. This is akin to the Brune in a lot of ways, but stronger and much more assertive. I really enjoy the sheer "power" of this 'Extra' over the other Achel offerings. You know you're drinking something substantial here for sure. Wow ... I still have a half of a 750 ml bottle left. A bit too much for one sitting, perhaps, especially on an empty stomach. Bet it'll still be excellent tomorrow ... "Authentic Trappist" ... this one is worthy to be tried along with the others, though older.

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Photo of Shovelbum
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a frothy off-white head over a deep garnet tinted mahogany body. Head recedes leaving a few sheets of lace. Aromas of sweet vinous fruit, plumbs and cherries mixed with traces of earth. Taste is light sweet chocolate upfront, quickly giving way to a more complex mixture of tart cherries, raspberries and caramel. A subdued hop spiciness adds some zing. Quite smooth and sweet, yet fairly light bodied. Moderate carbonation. A lingering sweetness.

A sweet and complex ale. The light body is a bit misleading as the well-hidden ABV is a respectable 9.5%. There is also just enough of a hop bitterness/spiciness to balance out the sweet malt flavors and make this a great sipping ale.

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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
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!!!

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Photo of xylophonica
3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 75cl bottle into a chalice.

A - Dark ruby-brown colour. Minimal head.

S - Slight nutty & caramel aromas.

T - Sweet cacao flavours with a hint of nuts. Actually quite sweet, but with a fairly typical smooth bruin taste.

M - Sweet on the palate.

D - Pleasant to drink without being overly mindblowing.

I'd only ever had Achel once before and it was the blonde. This bruin was ok but really kinda average given the high standard I expect of Trappist ales.

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Photo of garbercury
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. Not really all that impressed with their Brune and Blonde, but this beer is terrific!

A--Deep red-Mahogany with a generous head that gives it a very impressive appearance.

S--Veinus almost like a sweet wine, fruity.

T--Okay, the important part. As a fanatical fan of Quads, this is a terrific version. fruits like cherry and fig are huge in this beer but do not come off as cloying or overdone. Subtle enough that they stand out, but does not overbear. Alcohol is really masked in this one.


D--Depends on your feelings of quads. Me, I am not scared to drink liberally but it could kill your pocketbook. This is a world class beer and worth of its "trappist" label.

Great beer in the same class, I dare say, as St Bernardus, Rochefort, and Westvleteren. Good stuff. Heard a terrible rumor this will no longer be imported to the US, say it aint so...

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Photo of ales4baldo
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P-Simple Trappist bottle. Standard label with the authentic Trappist product logo.

A-Poured thick. Got about a nice finger and a half of head that seems to fall off quick. Must cocoa brown with a coffee appearence. Cloudy and foggy.

S-Like with most Belgian's, lots of yeast and malts and candy. Dont really get much smell as it all seems to hide beneath the carbonation.

T-Oh wow, what you cant smell is made up in flavor. A delicate balance of all things good. Malts and candy seem to be up front. Yeast and grains seem to linger about. Come through strong and finishes soft.

M-Really smooth beer. Very smooth. Delicate and precise. I really like the heavy malt prescense in this one. Has a very quick finish and no linger at all, also finishes really dry.

O-A really good beer. I like the crisp quick draw this beers has so as to forget what you had and makes you want more. Smooth and subtle in so many ways with upfront flavors.

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Photo of tdawgydog
4/5  rDev -6.3%
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 ;-)

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Photo of meatmallet
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown with a thick tan head. Lots of chunky sediment in the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Caramel, dates, rasins, and figs. Fairly sweet.

Taste: Rasin and fuit with some caramel. The still frothy head disolves as you drink it. Sweet and a little bit bitter. Light chocolate taste in the end.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Lively carbonation and a light body make this an easy beer to drink.

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Photo of Lukie
4.76/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A rich dark brown, with a bubbly thick, mocha coloured, icecream head, which lingers an inch thick. It clings to the glass like a curvy woman to a tight dress.

A soft coffee, vanilla, almost warm mocha aroma, with hints of wild dark fruits. Very inviting on a cold night.

Ripe dark fruits, plum, raisin and slight sourness gives way to a velvety chocolate. Rich dark, smooth and inviting. It's like drink a fruit and nut chocolate, without horrible nuts :P
Rich, smooth, but nowhere near overpowering.

For a beer that is 9.5%, it's just magical. So easy to drink, but yeah an abundance of rich flavours that are not too heavy on the palate like some beers can be. I actually think this is what Trois Pistoles is trying to mimmick, but this does it a million times better (and given Trois Pistoles is bloody awesome!).

Fantastic beer.

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Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle

A - Color is dark brown with a reddish copper color under light. Medium creamy head with plenty of lacing. Lots of sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

S - Aroma is sweetly malty and floral. As I let the beer warm it produced a grape aroma that was not present when it was cold. Also as it warmed the aroma became more woodsy and rich almost like sassafras.

T - Tastes sweet with good alcoholic warmth. It has the yeasty flavor of fresh baked bread. Middle is caramel and toffee with a slightly astringent alcohol bite. As the beer warms beyond 50 degrees, there is a flavor like tea. Definitely better when it is in the 45 – 50 degree range.

M - Lightly carbonated as you would expect for a high alcohol brew. When I first opened the bottle and it was colder, there was more carbonation. Thick, viscous feeling in the mouth.

D - Great beer. Beer like this really makes me want to travel to Belgium. This a great sipping beer. I could drink this all night.

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Photo of ikantspel
3.93/5  rDev -8%
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

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Photo of DARIVA
3.52/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Perfect amber beer with a beautiful head.

S: The smells are not really recognizable, something sweet.

T: The taste is slightly sweet beer.

M: Delicious carbonation and a good foam feeling.

O: Not easily drinkable, beer with a bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of radioscooter
3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of midnite2sixman
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brownish orange with a nice foamy head. The nose on this is belgian yeast delight, figs, fruity bread and raisins.

The taste is sweet and smooth up front with raisiny and ripe fruit on the tip of your tongue.

Easy, typical belgian taste on your tongue.

Drinkability is pretty solid on this one.

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Photo of jbone78
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
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.


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Photo of petacutlasaurus
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Phew. Grabbed one recently for the minimalism of it, gathering dust on the back shelf. Glad I did! Super effervescent dark beer with inches of dark brown head that faded quickly. Smelled great with a load of dark fruits, caramel and alcohol. The taste was mostly determined by the dark fruit, but was elaborated with some burnt, smokey tinges as well as some whiskey notes and a little bit of leather and earth on the finish. All in all, a great beer that's really betrayed by its inauspiciousness and usual position deep in the back of the lowest shelf. Can't wait to try this out of the bottle one day.

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Photo of MCDuhamel
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a capped 750 ml bottle into a chalice glass, at around 50 F. Pours a very dark ruby liquor, with a dense meringue like head that coats the side of the glass. Lively carbonation is evident. The nose is a bit subtle, but mostly of fig and dried fruit, with a bit of clove. On the palette there's more of the same, but it is more evident and followed by a pronounced spiciness of alcohol, whose warming presence is made apparent. Some toffee-like character shows as well, with a definite impression from the carbonation cutting what could otherwise be a cloying sweetness. The finish is surprisingly dry, with a slightly sour fade. The mouthfeel is moderate; a bit coating, but again balanced by vigorous carbonation. There's a creaminess lent by the head.

Overall this is a world-class beer, and among the best Trappist ales I've had. It's very hard to find in Cleveland, but definitely worth seeking out.

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