1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Achel Trappist Extra - Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse

Not Rated.
Achel Trappist ExtraAchel Trappist Extra

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
95
world-class

389 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 389
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 100
Gots: 34 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 389 | Reviews: 205 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Lee_Hancock
Lee_Hancock

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

04-22-2012 22:00:42 | More by Lee_Hancock
Photo of NOLANDMAN
NOLANDMAN

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

04-11-2012 06:52:35 | More by NOLANDMAN
Photo of gcgarcia
gcgarcia

Brazil

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

04-01-2012 22:41:41 | More by gcgarcia
Photo of polishkaz
polishkaz

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -6.8%

03-28-2012 00:26:39 | More by polishkaz
Photo of theminutemen
theminutemen

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

03-27-2012 14:44:26 | More by theminutemen
Photo of RickS95
RickS95

Indiana

4.23/5  rDev -1.4%

Rich, dark medium brown. Head is slow forming and quick to dissipate. The head brings a stark contrast to the dark beer with white bubbles.

Very malty in the nose. Dark ripe fruits are present, red apples and red grapes.

The taste is stellar. It's malty and very fruity. The apples and grapes are prevalent and dominate everything else. It's high in alcohol and while you can taste it, it's not overpowering.

It's a medium bodied beer, a bit on the sweet side. Not too malty, but very fruity. A slight tanginess balances the sweet, which is beneficial because there is no hop presence. It tries to be a dry finish but it lacks the carbonation, leaving a slightly sticky sweet finish.

As usual, it's a great Trappist beer. Bordering on too sweet, but it goes down easy. I'd drink it more often but it was $17 for a half liter...almost worth it.

03-25-2012 04:08:51 | More by RickS95
Photo of metter98
metter98

New York

4.4/5  rDev +2.6%

A: The beer is very hazy brown in color. It poured with a finger high light beige head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: The taste has sweet aromas of dark fruits.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of malty sweetness with flavors of dark fruits—dates and plums seem to stand out in particular.
M: It feels medium-bodied and incredibly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very nice to sip and savor but it’s not too difficult to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

03-24-2012 03:16:13 | More by metter98
Photo of dbrauneis
dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -3.7%

A: Pours a cloudy dark amber/copper in color with a finger tall light beige head. The head reduces to a thin layer that covers the entire surface along with some thicker patches and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Lots of sweet dark fruits with some hints of caramel and some malts as well. Not as complex as the flavor but still quite good.

T: Some very nice malty sweetness with hints of dark fruit and caramel sweetness. Nice complexity to the flavor of this beer. Really enjoyable.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Really smooth and creamy.

O: Extremely enjoyable an definitely one of the top beers in this style. I could easily enjoy this beer many more times in the future.This beer has a really great flavor and wonderful smell.

03-24-2012 03:12:07 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of augustgarage
augustgarage

California

4.55/5  rDev +6.1%

Best before November, 2009 (making this a 2005 vintage?). Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Trappist Westvleteren goblet.

Cloudy sienna liquid glows a gentle copper when held to a strong light. A small active khaki head recedes to a flat lasting collar and slick. Tiny microbubbles feed the surface. Good retention, sandy lacing, and viscous tears slide down the sides.

Resinous tobacco, cocoa, banana leaf, figs, raisin, fine rum in the nose - complex and inviting though with just the faintest hint of oxidation.

Deep penetrating malt on the palate unfolding slowly with rich sweet complexity - demerara, turbinado, honey, and leather are each hinted at. A touch of dark fruit and rye (both probably coming from the slumbering yeast) lead into the long delicate finish.

Medium bodied, lightly effervescent, and filling (though never hot).

Already one of the best examples of the style (I still think of this as more of a "quad"), it ages very well. Best served with cheese and contemplation.

03-07-2012 05:29:38 | More by augustgarage
Photo of SURFBUGG
SURFBUGG

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

03-01-2012 21:07:11 | More by SURFBUGG
Photo of Vylo
Vylo

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +16.6%

02-25-2012 03:33:59 | More by Vylo
Photo of Rollzroyce21
Rollzroyce21

California

4/5  rDev -6.8%

02-19-2012 15:34:55 | More by Rollzroyce21
Photo of djcira
djcira

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

02-19-2012 15:27:57 | More by djcira
Photo of KDawg
KDawg

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -5.6%

poured from bottle into a chalice. Pours a nice light brown color that is somewhat see-through

balanced with a real savory quality and aromas of malts, caramel, some grains and a touch of dark cherries

this brings the kind of feel that only a trappist ale can bring. Very smooth and extremely balanced with good flavors of malts, caramel and dark cherries. The flavors aren't as pronounced as I would want, but they are still extremely good

This is a real quality trappist ale. Great balance on the smell and feel, but maybe lacking a slight bit in complexity. Nevertheless, this is a real good beer and one that is very enjoyable

02-19-2012 04:23:27 | More by KDawg
Photo of MrVonzipper
MrVonzipper

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

02-16-2012 17:35:45 | More by MrVonzipper
Photo of abrand
abrand

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -1.6%

750 mL poured into a snifter glass

This pours a dark brown/mahogany color with a tan head that leaves minimal lacing. Smells of caramel, sweet malts, some raisins as well as toffee. Pretty sweet smelling. Taste is a little boozy but good. Plenty of malts and dark fruits on the palate with subtle hints of nuts. Mouthfeel is medium body with decent carbonation. Overall, I really enjoyed this. Couldn't handle the full bottle in one sitting but really enjoyable.

02-09-2012 23:09:43 | More by abrand
Photo of tobelerone
tobelerone

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -6.8%

02-09-2012 06:46:43 | More by tobelerone
Photo of Mar02x
Mar02x

Netherlands

4.72/5  rDev +10%

A - A brown ale hanging in my glass with carbonation bubbles racing to the surface. A fluffy beige cream floats on top of a bit hazy fluid.

S - This smell like Westmalle yeast, a bit like Westvleteren 12 too, nutty and raisins.

T - A perfect brown ale taste, creamy, nutty, candy sugar sweet, raisins and figs.

M - A soft to medium carbonation, just a touch of bitterness and just a touch of alcohol.

O - A very good, what? A dark ale? It is more a quadruple, almost, if not, the same as Westvleteren 12!

02-05-2012 20:35:29 | More by Mar02x
Photo of chrispoint
chrispoint

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -6.8%

02-01-2012 06:29:07 | More by chrispoint
Photo of drabmuh
drabmuh

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev -2.1%

At the time of this review, this is the #3 beer on the "Top Beers - Belgian Strong Dark Ale" list. Served in a Westvleteren chalice because I have yet to find an Achel glass.

Beer is brown and hazy with a thin lazy head, low retention, moderate to low carbonation, minimal lacing.

Aroma is a little sweet, a little roasted sugar, a little weak but good.

Beer is medium to light in body, sweet and no hint of alcohol at all. Finish is nice a big bottle was hard to finish but I'd have it again.

01-30-2012 05:50:15 | More by drabmuh
Photo of jwat
jwat

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.8%

01-26-2012 14:45:43 | More by jwat
Photo of greg6494
greg6494

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

01-20-2012 15:31:03 | More by greg6494
Photo of KAF
KAF

Iowa

4/5  rDev -6.8%

01-18-2012 21:59:23 | More by KAF
Photo of johnnybelgians
johnnybelgians

New York

5/5  rDev +16.6%

01-18-2012 02:20:42 | More by johnnybelgians
Photo of irishkyle21
irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

01-17-2012 21:38:13 | More by irishkyle21
Achel Trappist Extra from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
95 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.