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Achel Trappist Extra - Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse

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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 105
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse visit their website
Belgium

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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Photo of crossovert
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

750ml green capped bottle.

Pours into my tulip with a fizzy, billowing slightly off-white head. The beer is a hazy brown/amber/reddish brown.

The yeast is very powerful n the scent with hints of lemon. There is also some dark fruit scents like red grape, raisin, and prune. And also some hints of dark malts and caramel.

The taste is actually very similar to the smell. It is more astringent than most Belgian strong darks. There are a bit more spices in the flavor and I am definitely picking up some cinnamon-like character. It has just a bit of tartness which is welcome for this style. After the sediment is poured the tartness vanishes and loads of caramel and yeast goodness come to the forefront. It is one damn complex brew.

The mouthfeel is a bit too carbonated, that is the only real flaw of this beer.

Overall it is a great Trappist beer, I expected better but this is pretty good.

Photo of DaveJanssen
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yet another oddity provided by the awesome BA members of VT; cheers to whoever brought this rare bottle! The appearance was murky and mud-colored with one finger of sandalwood-colored head. The retention was decent as a collar but it left only spots of lacing. The aroma was of wood, caramel, toasted malt, toffee, alcohol and candy sugars. Pungent and complex. The flavors were similarly layered. Starting with a flash of sweetness I then tasted the heartier notes of wood, earth, toasted malt and bitter hops. Hints of leather, coffee and chocolate lurked underneath the dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar and sour apples. Tight and well organized. The coffee finish was dry and clean. The body was light which was a surprise, the carbonation was low and the mouthfeel was creamy. Dangerously drinkable and light despite the high alcohol percentage. A real joy to sample and an excellent example of the style.

Photo of alcstradamus
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heard some good things about this, glad to finally be able to try it.

Pours a nice glowing brown/red color with a finger of head that leaves some webby lacing.

Lightly spiced bouquet, with notes of dates and raisins and flowery Belgian yeast. Hints of alcohol heat, but not too much. Some caramel and vanilla as well.

Taste is very very nice. A good malt profile that is not overpowered by the spices. Lots of sweet raisin and dark fruit. Very well integrated. A bit of heat in the finish but not more than in other comparable beers of this style (BSDA, Quad, whatever you feel like calling it).

Mouthfeel is nearly full bodied with only a slight carbonation prickle. Drinkability is good, but 9.5% quads are best enjoyed in moderation and savored slowly.

The taste on this bad boy is right up there with the best in the style such as St. Bernardus and Pannepot and it is better than Rochefort 10 IMO. I'd love to do a side by side with Westy 12 but I don't think this would quite match up. Buy this beer, you won't regret it.

Photo of phirleh
4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought this last April in New York City and it's the second last of the trappists I've yet to try (Rochefort is the last, it's in my cellar). I wasn't expecting too much, they are the most recent trappist brewery (1998) although they had brewed previous to WWI. I've heard average reviews of the Brune and Blonde, but I was completely blown away by this beer, I'm glad I chose the Extra. When the cap was popped it foamed like crazy, the smell was wine-like and fruity. The taste was similar, sweet with slight sugar, and a tangyness that reminded me of Duchesse de Bourgogne. The colour was a dark brown with a strong billowy head. Carbonation was typical of trappists, although not as prickly as some. I'll definitely grab this again, one of the top beers I've had.

Photo of Mora2000
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by thirdeye11.

Pours a brown color with a white head. Aroma is yeast and Belgian candi sugar. You also get some caramel. The flavor is caramel with a lot of malted sweetness. The alcohol is definitely present. Medium carbonation and extremely drinkable, even for 9.5 percent ABV.

Photo of Bisho
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quads are my favourite so this could have been a little biased but this is not your typical quad.

I have never been a real fan of Achel Blonde or Brune (I find them a little on the bland side) but this one took me by surprise...

A: Deep ruby brown and cloudy in appearance with a great fluffy head. Lots of lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Smells more like a fruity wine. and this is where this quad lacks the typical sweet aroma; only the fig and malt overtones. However, it just makes what is to come even more special.

T: Exceptional! Not the typical sweet aftertaste of my favourite quad (Rochefort 10), it rolls off rather dry but flavoursome all the same! Lots of malt, spice and dark fruit. YUM!

M: Very well carbonated for a quad, lots of lasting bubbles that you can still feel long after it's gone. Somewhat similar mouthfeel to the Unibroue 17.

D: You must drink this at almost room temperature to get the most out of it. Never drink it too cold. A little bit of alcohol burn afterwards but this does not affect what is surprisingly a very easy drinking quad. More please!

Photo of garbercury
4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

M--good.

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...

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

A - Voluminous, great head. Leaves fast to ring. Lots of persistent lace.

S - Briny, barny, sour in a sense, solid malt smell.

T - Solid malt core, fruity and lots of barn funk.

M - Medium body, lots of carb, good coat. Great balance.

D - Big beer, but nice.

Photo of rapidsequence
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle. $6 from Peace St in Raleigh.

Appearance: First of all, it was a little bit of a gusher. My wife watched me open it, and laughed as I immediately shoved the bottle in my mouth, saying, "See how I feel, now swallow." Pours about as dark as red can be not be brown. Its clear, with a nice off white head, that barely fades at all. Curtains of lace.

Smell: Sweet dark malt and bready yeast. Dark sweet fruit. A little spicy.

Taste: As expected, sweet malt, bready yeast, spice, and dark fruit. Unexpectedly, a surprising amount of bitterness both from alcohol and hops. Really good. Long sweet bready, malt finish with a touch of sourness way on the back. More alcohol on the end as well.

Mouthfeel: Lasting tingly bubbles contribute nicely to the reasonably full mouthfeel. Leaves a little sticky sweetness behind.

Drinkability: All in all, a rich and pretty complex BSDA. The main detractor for me is the sourness on the finish. This gets old, especially as the beer warms, and starts to detract from an otherwise excellent beer. There are better ones for the price, but this is a must try.

Photo of tempest
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Split a bottle at Tap and Table in Emmaus, PA. Why, why, why does this beer have to be nearly $29? It's easily the best the legal (not Westvleteren) Trappist beer I've had. Damn. The flavor is soft and malt-heavy with an earthy background. The barley brings a complex mix of typical but delicious candy flavors: figs, toffee, caramel, and cocoa. They're subtle flavors that develop as you sip though, not like some big beer that knocks your palace out. This is an experience, not just a drink. Find this beer.

Photo of jbone78
3.93/5  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.

-Bye

Photo of GRG1313
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours brown/black-can't see through with a thick, firm tan head that lasts and with full complete lacing.

Light nose of Ripe peaches, apricots with hints of pineapple.

Mouthfeel is wonderful bold, creamy and thick with flavors of malt, banana, cream and cooked fruit. Nice malt character in a very well balanced, high quality Trappist Extra.

This beer is wonderfully made and very inviting. It may well be perfectly balanced. Finish of banana, cooked stone fruit and an end finish of butter. Really nice, all around brew.

I just served this beer to a friend who has consumed beer for about 40 years. While he is not a beer "afficionado" he just concluded this may be the best beer he's ever had. He may not be wrong!

Photo of wl0307
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Coming in a 750ml brown bottle, capped; BB 06/10, served mildly chilled in Westmalle's broad-rimmed chalice.

A: elegant dark russet or very dark ruby in colour, coming with semi-lively streams of small bubbles, good clarity, and a dark beige creamy froth of 0.5 cm thickness lasting throughout the drink.
S: pretty sweet but still semi-complex - grainy & semi- dark malts, mustiness of salty-sweet yeasts and brown sugar altogether yield a dense, fruity estery scent to dominate the nose; the lesser elements on the side are overripe stone fruits and very-hard-to-describe herbal elements from the yeastiness. Enjoyable, settled, not extremely estery.
T: a soothing foretaste consists of dark sugary malts, herbal hops, brown sugar, black cherries, sour plums, Chinese black prunes and many other unidentifiable ripe stone-fruits, almost as if they're semi-fermented that a light tinge of alc. is generated naturally. The lovely estery and bitter-sweet finish has lots of dark malts to offer, as well as dried Chinese herbs with its unique chewy palate. Slightly sour-sweet in the end, but this is quite predictable for a yeasty ale from Belgium.
M&D: softly carbonated, med-full bodied, reasonably complex, the alc. edge is evident but not OTT in any sense... An integrated and enticing ale, without a little bit of alc. to remind one of its hidden depth, but overall superbly drinkable and delicate.

Photo of Lukie
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of therealmcclurg
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very carbonated Belgian Strong Ale. Deep Brown color. Very, very sweet. This was the part that was a turnoff for me. I had high expectations, as I truly enjoy the other Trappist beers. This one is last on the list as far as I am concerned. Its a good beer, but its very sweet, and I can't imagine drinking very much of it at a time.

Photo of spointon
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml green bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice glass. Produced a super-carbonated gusher when bottle was opened.

A= This ale poured a dark murky brown color with a 1.5" creamy tan head. The head retained quite a while and eventually settled to a thin skim. Nice sticky lace left behind on my glass.

S= A nice malty sweet aroma started things off, with notes of pumpernickel bread, candi sugar, and dark fruit all present. There was also a great Belgian yeast character in there too.

T= Very much like the aroma with a bread, treacle, and all around malty sweetness leading into a nice fruit and estery middle. Big flavors or raisins, plums, and dark berries. The yeast character was all Belgian but not terribly musty or funky. Finished a bit sweet with very little alcohol presence.

MF= Medium bodied with a fairly soft feel despite the high amount of carbonation.

D= There are Belgian Strong Dark Ales I like better, and other Trappist ales I like better, but that doesn't take away from the fact that this is a delicious, world class ale. Though I split this bottle, the alcohol stayed dangerously hidden and I believe I could have taken down a bottle or two by myself if I was in the right mood.

Photo of roadhouse
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a Piraat tulip

Pours starts off bad, a big gusher and I couldn't get the cap off to pour it in the glass, so a slight mess. Once it's in the glass though it's a deep brown. When held up to a light lots of chunky sediment is noticeable and it's more of a hazy red color. The head is about one inch and it retains well as a skim. Lots of lacing is left on the glass as well.

Aroma is slightly sweet like brown sugar, a pretty heavy dark fruit character of raisins, prunes, and figs. A bit of yeasty, breadiness and a very light spicy character.

Taste is sweet up front again like brown sugar. A hint of molasses. The fruit character is very strong again, mirroring the aroma of figs, prunes, and raisins. Again some soft biscuit and bread tones before a slight spiciness comes in and rounds out the flavor profile. Lingering sweetness, fruit, and spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, very smooth and creamy with the slightly high carbonation. Very drinkable.

I had been putting this one off for a long time, I constantly saw it for $20 at one place and refused to pay that much and another place had it for $15. I still didn't wanna go for $15 but I did last night, and damn am I glad I did. This is one of the best trappist beers I've had, and I have had almost all of them now. Highly recommend this one, I'm not sure it's as rare as the sparse amount of reviews seem to suggest, but pick this one up if you can.

Photo of greg202stewart
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Someone tried to tell me that this beer was very limited and hard to obtain (wrong). It was however just as pricey as the rest of the Trappists. Compared to the rest Achel unfortunately ranks last on my list although I haven't tried La Trappe. I had very high expectations and it didn't meet them. It poured out a reddish brown with small head into a St. Bernardus Tulip. It had some spices and flavor but lacked the life I expect from a Trappist. It was too sweet which was a turn off. It reminded me of a St Bernardus Abt 12 that was too sweet or just slightly off. Not bad, but in my opinion ranks low on my favorite Trappist list.

Photo of meatmallet
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of midnite2sixman
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of tconboy
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A nice very red with a nice tan head poured into an Achel chalice. Smells of malt and candy and dark roasty bread. Tastes beautiful with dried fruits, bready. Very very smooth. This goes down easily, highly drinkable.. especially given the ABV. Smooth mouthfeel with but still a little lively. A nice product, as you'd expect from a Trappist product.

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

Drank from a 75 cl/1 pint 9.4 fl oz bottle
Best before end 2 09
Acquired in a trade with yllwsmly
Served in a chalice

The beer poured a deep, dark, semi-transparent mahogany color with a creamy, tan colored, one-finger head that faded to a clingy, resilient film. Some spotty lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was incredibly spicy and smooth. Ultra fruity, phenolic and sweet with a distinct Belgian yeast quality. Strong notes of clove and brown sugar were apparent as well.

The taste was rich, full-flavored and rather complex. Sweet, smooth and fruity up front with a noticeable booziness. Dark fruits (dates and figs) and brown sugar came through strong. Woody with dark candi sugar and rich malty notes. Quite spicy in the center. Clove was most apparent. The semi-dry finish was a mix of tangy (candied orange peel) and sweet (brown sugar, once again) flavors. Sweet, sugary notes trailed in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was light and fluffy on the palate. Somewhat sudsy with a lively, spritzy effervescence. Nearly cloud-like.

Drinkability was quite good. Although I felt the alcohol prowess of this brew, it was not overwhelming. Remarkably, as the beer warmed, the alcohol presence seemed to subside.

This is truly a delectable treat, perfect for savoring on a cold winter night.

Photo of mdagnew
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle bought online from The Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam...

Poured a deep burgundy red / brown colour with a slight haze... Creamy tan head poured quite foamy but faded very quickly to thin covering with thick edging... fair amount of carbonation bubbles... light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Dark spicy fruits (raisins, prunes, some blackcurrents), strong toasted toffee maltiness, some molasses notes, light aniseed hints, some light rum traces, vanilla, light oakiness, some nuttiness, peppery hops...

Taste - Sweet and spicy fruits (definite raisins and prunes, spicy apples, some strawberries and blackcurrents), brown sugar / toffee sweetness, toasted bready maltiness, strong Belgian yeastiness, light herbal notes, nice warming alcohol, liquorice hints, spicy hops...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry then some smoothness coming through after.. Medium / full bodied... Pretty drinkable considering the strength...

Overall - An excellent beer... Would probably be up there with the likes of Rochefort 8 and 10 with a little bit more age... Highly recommended...

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 9/12/08. Bottle. Pours a dark brown with lots of floating yeast particles and a small light tan head. Aroma of sweet fruit, sugar, and slcohol. Flavor is quite fruity (apple, pear, and lots of cherries!), with some Belgian yeast, and slight alcohol presence. Yum! The cherry presence gets a little medicinal by the end, but this is a tasty, quite fruity, sweet beer. An interesting quad.
8/4/7/4/15 (3.8/5)

Achel Trappist Extra from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
95 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.