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Achel Trappist Extra - Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse

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Ratings: 382
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 98
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse visit their website

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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North Carolina

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +16.6%

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


4/5  rDev -6.8%

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


4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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


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

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

Serving type: bottle

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


4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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


4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4/5  rDev -6.8%

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


4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 20:35:29 | More by Mar02x
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

02-01-2012 06:29:07 | More by chrispoint
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4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4/5  rDev -6.8%

01-26-2012 14:45:43 | More by jwat
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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


4/5  rDev -6.8%

01-18-2012 21:59:23 | More by KAF
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New York

5/5  rDev +16.6%

01-18-2012 02:20:42 | More by johnnybelgians
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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

01-17-2012 21:38:13 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of duracell

Quebec (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 22:49:06 | More by duracell
Photo of Stoutsman


3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

01-14-2012 22:00:19 | More by Stoutsman
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

01-10-2012 19:53:30 | More by GreenMountainBoy
Photo of ales4baldo


4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 05:39:30 | More by ales4baldo
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

01-05-2012 08:04:48 | More by ygtbsm94
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

01-04-2012 07:28:12 | More by cacher77
Photo of kayrex


5/5  rDev +16.6%

01-01-2012 18:38:07 | More by kayrex
Achel Trappist Extra from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
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