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Achel Trappist Extra - Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

398 Ratings
THE BROS
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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
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

linnymtu, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of ramrod666
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

ramrod666, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev -6.8%

wrightst, Jun 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

risteardj, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of DarthGuitarHero
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

DarthGuitarHero, May 29, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

achel extra is awesome stuff, lost maybe in the hype and availability of some of the other trappist stuff, this is positively delicious. in the zone between dubbel and quad, this molasses colored beer has a tall and lasting white head of tiny little bursting bubbles that prickle the nose as i smell its deeply caramelized sugars and zesty belgian yeast. a hint of green bottle stink to it, i wish such awesome beers could stop going in these bottles, but it seems destined to be a belgian beer problem forever. raisin and maple flavors to the grain, a bread crust character too, and then its all yeast. its so different than the other trappist strains, and has less of the fruit and more of the spice too it. it has an ancient aura, a feeling of timeless growth and maturation. white pepper and even a hint of cinnamon to it, like a good baked dessert, long zippy finish, dry for how big and sweet this starts, and no alcohol flavors at all, not even at ambient temperature. special beer, worthy of more hype i think, it stands up to any of its peers extremely well, and somehow stays light on the palate and drinkable. a 750ml bottle of this is not more than i want in a given sitting, its just right.

StonedTrippin, May 27, 2014
Photo of sephyrott
4/5  rDev -6.8%

sephyrott, May 25, 2014
Photo of CesarLopes
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

CesarLopes, May 19, 2014
Photo of jim_carignan
4/5  rDev -6.8%

jim_carignan, May 19, 2014
Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Mikeluzzjr, May 19, 2014
Photo of henryclay_
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

henryclay_, May 15, 2014
Photo of draheim
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL (best before 9/16/2015) into a tulip. Pours a cloudy mahogany w/ a big fluffy off-white head, tons of sticky lace.

Aroma is a big burst of dark stone fruits - figs, dates, raisins, plums - plus brown sugar, clean bready malt, Belgian yeast. Nice floral aromas coming through from the Old World hops too.

Taste is rich and complex, sweet but not sugary. Dried figs and dates, spices, rich sweet dark malt, toffee, and a warming touch of booze. Floral and spicy, lively.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, almost thick. Creamy. Carbonation is perfect, finishes pretty dry.

Overall an outstanding BSDA, up there with the best.

draheim, May 10, 2014
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. Pours a dark., murky red-orange brown with a big, fine three finger light tan head with excellent retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, dark stone fruit, apple, clove, Belgian yeast. Flavor follows with caramel malt, dark and light stone fruit, apple and pear juice, clove, cinnamon and other earthy spicing, brown sugar, finishing with a semi-sweet, slightly sour burst of fruit flavors with light peppery spice from the clove and maybe hops. Beautifully integrated and flavorful. Medium bodied with really nice peppery carbonation that complements the spicing. An excellent, well balanced, complex Belgian dark that is very flavorful. The taste seems a bit subdued at first compared to the two top well-known Belgian strong ales, but the flavor builds and gets more interesting throughout the taste. Complex flavor covers the ABV well, making this a dangerous ale because it continually invites tasting. World class. Glad I finally got to try this rare beer.

LiquidAmber, Apr 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

hotsudge, Apr 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Jofroi, Apr 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

whatname, Apr 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

dpgoblejr, Apr 23, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

bunbury, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of dcmchew
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 2015, so i guess it's pretty fresh.
Dark brown, almost black pour, beige two finger fluffy head, great retention, moderately sticky. Half a finger of milky foam stuck around untill i finished the glass actually. Looks great.
Smell of Belgian sugars/caramel, dark malts, raisin and dry fig, as expected, really balanced, but not so strong.
Taste is heavy with dark fruit, with huge amounts of raisin, some dry figs and dates, plums with a bit of sour juiciness and faint berries. All these covered in caramel (alongside some light Belgian candi sugar) and set on a canvas of dark bread and biscuity malts. Lots of yeast activity, some nice dark spices kind of feel, with random hints of nutmeg, licorice, cinnamon and clove. Very low hop presence, with a subtle bitterness in the finish.
At first the dark fruit might seem too much, but it gets more balanced as it sits and warms. Alcohol starts to heat up bit by bit too, without being boozy or disturbing at any time.
Low carbonation, just a little prickly fizz, creamy and chewy, feels rather heavy, but it fits with the roundness of the taste.
A great tasty dark trappist, tho some might be disappointed by the apparent simplicity of the brew. I myself found it to be perfect, a great example for Belgian dark ales.

dcmchew, Apr 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Element1290, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of dgilks
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark chestnut colour with mahogany highlights. Great light tan head with solid creamy appearance.

Massive dried fruit notes. Raisin and date. Interesting melanoidin note that works really well.

Big and complex malt flavour. Rich and chewy combination of dried fruit and toffee. The spicy yeast notes are a little muted but play well into the overall flavour palate.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Not too much which complements this beer.

A really solid beverage. Excellent flavour profile and complexity.

dgilks, Mar 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

ricecracker420, Mar 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

dbarny76, Mar 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Ricelikesbeer, Mar 05, 2014
Achel Trappist Extra from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
95 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.