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Achel Trappist Extra - Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse

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Ratings: 398
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 99
Gots: 36 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dsa7783 on 01-22-2008)
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Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev -6.8%

tobelerone, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of Mar02x
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!

Mar02x, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of chrispoint
4/5  rDev -6.8%

chrispoint, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
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.

drabmuh, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of jwat
4/5  rDev -6.8%

jwat, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of greg6494
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

greg6494, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -6.8%

KAF, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of johnnybelgians
5/5  rDev +16.6%

johnnybelgians, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of irishkyle21
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

irishkyle21, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of duracell
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

duracell, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Stoutsman
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Stoutsman, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4/5  rDev -6.8%

GreenMountainBoy, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of ales4baldo
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

ales4baldo, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

ygtbsm94, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of cacher77
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

cacher77, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of kayrex
5/5  rDev +16.6%

kayrex, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of BillDon
5/5  rDev +16.6%

BillDon, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of hardy008
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Opaque dark brown with a 2 finger tan head which reduces to less than one finger and stays. Smells like green apples, brown sugar, dates, figs, and raisins. Can't wait to try it.

Sweet flavor with green apples, brown sugar, dates, figs, and raisins. There is some hop bitterness at the end for balance. Very nice flavor.

Medium to full bodied, low carbonation, somewhat creamy, and the alcohol is well hidden. A very solid beer, but the low carbonation does hurt this beer somewhat.

hardy008, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of theArchitect
5/5  rDev +16.6%

theArchitect, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

jophish17, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev -6.8%

animal69, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

jayhawk73, Dec 08, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

tbeq00, Dec 08, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

uturn, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of yapi
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%

I must say one of those hidden gems in the trappist beer section... wonderful full flavors, so much better than the regular bruin, it's not even funny!

I have a lot of experience with drinking aged westy's - easily amongst the best beers in the world - and this one reminded me a lot of the best westy bottles I've ever had. I had the same amazingly balanced caramel and honey notes, next to the well known dark fruit/candy sugar notes of course, and well, then I'm sold.

A killer beer, and even though it's already high up in the ranks, still underrated.

yapi, Nov 28, 2011
Achel Trappist Extra from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
95 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.