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Achel Trappist Extra - Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse

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393 Ratings
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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 100
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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LVituri

Brazil

4.95/5  rDev +15.4%

Uma boa surpresa foi encontrá-la no Brasil. Até então, para mim, se tratava de um rótulo lenda. Mas que cerveja equilibrada. Fascinante. Eu já era fã da Achel, porém, após esse rótulo, me tornei ainda mais admirador deste mosteiro. Uma cerveja que vale a pena.

01-16-2014 12:46:45 | More by LVituri
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Auraan

Arizona

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured a rich, dark, almost blackish brown color, with a one finger tan head that grew to a two finger head before receding to a thick foam leaving abundant lacing down the glass. Very nice, well done example of the style. Scents of dark fruit especially plume, some fig, red grape, slight grape skin, bready malt, hints of candi sugar, Belgian yeast, and some honey and cream, along with some wild sour and tannin like aromas all mingling together. As it warms apricot enters the aroma profile as well. Very pleasant, fruity, sweet and complex aroma with some nice wild yeast detectable. Very good, true to style but also unique in its own way. Taste begins with a boozy, sweet, fruity flavors with notes of alcohol, raisin, grape, plum, prune and fig flavors along with some sugary, caramel-like flavors, candi sugar and slight bready malt. Some slight sour flavors are present in the background throughout the sip. Alcohol and candi sugar notes remain present throughout with sour notes becoming more prominent on the middle and end of the sip. Tannins and slight red wine flavors join the fruity and caramel flavors in the middle and finish, but in a subdued fashion, while the bready malts drop off. Abundant alcohol on the finish as well as faint earthy Belgian hop and faint Belgian yeast spiciness and some sour notes. Aftertaste is earthy hops and alcohol. A very fruity, sweet, yet also sour flavor profile that is quite complex, though not to the degree of Rochefort 10. Still very well executed with a variety of flavors on the display. The Mouthfeel is sticky and medium-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation, a slight acidic sting and a bit of an alcohol burn. Semi-drying. A good, pleasant sipping beer mouthfeel, true to style. Not quaffable, but that's not what the style is about. Overall quite the nice Trappist dark ale. True to the bones of the style but with a unique character due to the red wine and sour notes with a wonderful aroma and flavor and a nice sipping mouthfeel, quite nice and worth the $20 I paid to try it.

01-12-2014 08:08:49 | More by Auraan
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Saind

Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

01-06-2014 11:37:34 | More by Saind
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rrski198

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

01-02-2014 01:50:29 | More by rrski198
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supermeniscus

Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

12-29-2013 21:48:26 | More by supermeniscus
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kojevergas

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -18.9%

75cl green glass (ugh..) bottle with standard unbranded pry-off pressure cap acquired at Argonaut Liquor in Denver, CO and served into an Orval goblet in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are sky high given this is a trappist beer. Imported by the Shelton Bastards. Best before: December 15th 2012. Oops. 9.5% ABV confirmed. No style is specified on the label, but it is referred to as an ale and the ABV is high so I'm reviewing it as a Belgian strong dark ale.

Served chilled after a period of rest following its removal from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of khaki-white colour. Lightly creamy and thick. Head retention is pretty subpar - it lasts 30 seconds at best. Little lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head recedes, and even less stays in place.

Body colour is a vibrant dark amber brown. Translucent but nontransparent. No floating yeast particles/sediment is visible; it's pretty clean for a Belgian strong dark ale.

Overall, it's an appealing appearance for the style and I'm looking forward to trying it. It's gorgeous when backlit and viewed from the underside of the goblet. I do wish the head was better.

Sm: Lovely residual sugars blend marvelously with heavy bready malt character. Caramel and breadcrust complement each other nicely. Cream. A kiss of some sort of dark fruit - fig, I think. Belgian biscuit malts. As it warms, I pick up some prune on the backend, accompanied by a hearty fruity sweetness.

I don't detect any Belgian yeast alcohol, or hop character. It's a good aroma for a Belgian strong dark ale and I'm looking forward to trying the beer. The fruity notes are a highlight. Mild to moderate in strength.

T: Creamy up front, giving way to a bready malt foundation with some biscuit malts and brown malts in there too. The dark fruit is nice, with notes of caramel-covered fruit, figs, dates, prunes, plum, and raisins - though the raisin is a bit too heavy for my tastes. Unfortunately, I do notice some faint cardboard/stale malt character which brings the beer down. I get some biscuity yeast character as well - in addition to identifiable Belgian characteristics I lack the capacity to adequately describe; I know it's a Belgian beer just from the flavours, but I can't quite identify why - maybe it's spice? Clove/nutmeg? I also pick up some toffee. Hints of cola, maybe some sassafras. Light traces of green apple. Maybe some light candi sugar.

It's certainly more on the sweet side, but I'd call it rather balanced - albeit simple. The complexity and subtlety of a great Belgian strong dark ale isn't present here, and I wouldn't call it nuanced or intricate. The build - while very cohesive - is a bit shy of gestalt. Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

No alcohol or hop character comes through.

In fairness, as it warms, it does open up a bit. The fruit definitely feels more integrated.

Mf: Sticky and chewy. Has a nice unexpected creaminess. A bit too coarse and dry for the flavour profile, which prevents the texture from feeling custom-tailored to the taste. Still, the mouthfeel suits the flavour profile in a general sense. Well-carbonated. Has an okay presence on the palate, but it's a bit chalky. Nice body. It's a bit too thick. It's certainly a filling beer, but isn't quite the meal in glass you might expect given the style. It doesn't have too much weight on the palate.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

Overall, the texture needs work. This is the most problematic aspect of the beer.

Dr: A pretty drinkable Belgian strong dark ale, but it isn't up to par with my expectations for a Trappist offering. I'm confident Achel can do better. I was ready to love this, but the execution is a bit lacking. While it can't compete with classics like Chimay Blue, this is a Belgian strong dark ale well worth trying and I'm happy to support the Trappist cats over at Achel. I'm also reticent to be too critical seeing as I accidentally nabbed a bottle that's a year past its best before date. I'll plan on revisiting this when I make it out to Achel's public cafe.

High B-

12-28-2013 05:22:08 | More by kojevergas
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leitmotif

Romania

4/5  rDev -6.8%

12-21-2013 23:53:19 | More by leitmotif
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Ciocanelu

Romania

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

12-20-2013 21:04:51 | More by Ciocanelu
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Wobbly

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

12-12-2013 22:23:51 | More by Wobbly
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Luiz0930

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

12-05-2013 22:52:07 | More by Luiz0930
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RochefortChris

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

12-04-2013 18:44:58 | More by RochefortChris
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Hallertau

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

11-28-2013 04:08:58 | More by Hallertau
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djl9701

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

11-27-2013 04:20:28 | More by djl9701
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AMCPhD

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

11-22-2013 02:44:05 | More by AMCPhD
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pipinmalikonj

Croatia (Hrvatska)

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

11-20-2013 22:01:29 | More by pipinmalikonj
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ste5venla

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

11-04-2013 03:23:58 | More by ste5venla
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prisdefer

New York

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

11-01-2013 22:18:08 | More by prisdefer
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pkalix

California

3.55/5  rDev -17.2%

super creamy-looking khaki-colored head; almost Guinness-like film when tilted to the side... one very beautiful pour, indeed!
interesting, lager-like smell, if it were mixed with a nut brown, maybe? and some candi stuff.
rich on the tongue, as first tasted. kind of syrup-y with some light amounts of darker fruit, Belgian-type sugar-y stuff. taste is less impressive than the smell, which is WAY less impressive than that beautiful pour... the bitterness is fighting the sweetness, and the sweet maltiness wins at first, but then gives way to a nasty bitter.
overall, maybe it's me and maybe i'm just not ready the rich Belgians yet. but I know compared to the Belgians I love that this one ranks kind of poorly. as mentioned by nearly ALL other reviewers, this one aint worth the price I paid for it. not anywhere close. i'm not sure i'd prefer to drink 10 budweisers before this one, but it isn't satisfying me much. I was, however, very impressed with that super-weight bottle it comes in. that thing is durable!
I honestly don't know why the taste went so far south compared to the smell. I really liked the smell. it just seemed bitter; and as a few others mentioned, the SPICE was horrible.

10-24-2013 23:16:11 | More by pkalix
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Amerikon

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

10-20-2013 05:59:15 | More by Amerikon
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Sspeer1

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

10-12-2013 16:31:45 | More by Sspeer1
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scottwurst

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

10-11-2013 17:32:26 | More by scottwurst
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mquartuccio87

New York

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

10-03-2013 02:51:24 | More by mquartuccio87
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Crumpetsnbeer

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

10-01-2013 19:45:08 | More by Crumpetsnbeer
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

09-23-2013 16:27:35 | More by GraduatedCashew
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.64/5  rDev -15.2%

Brewed in 2001, enjoyed in 2013 - very nearly 12 years old at this point... Thanks for the relic, Jeff! The dingy and murky copper body comes as no surprise, and neither does the somewhat poor head formation... A fizzy, beige collar manages to work its way atop the rustic brew, settling softly where the beers meets the glass at the top.

Seemingly sweet aroma with a cornucopia of dark fruits; I'm getting massive notes of red grapes, raisins, prunes, plums, and even a little bit of cherry skin and tannin. Fruity and malty with a touch of residual sweetness in the form of Belgian Candi sugar. Little bit of caramel, too, and despite the extended aging period, there isn't really any detectable oxidation on in the nose... impressive!

The taste is very similar, following the nose quite closely with an introduction of plums and prunes abound. It's decadently sweet, again, with a little bit of Candi sugar in there, as well as a hint of caramel and toffee, too. Though oxidation escaped the aroma, it's present in the palate, but it isn't too much of a heartbreaker. It brings forth a mild sherry note, along with the slightest bit of that unwanted, wet cardboard.

A good bit of finishing malt sweetness, along with a hefty bit of vinous-like characteristics, mainly grape skins that are heavily akin to a fine wine. The oxidation was only a mild hindrance, but luckily gets beaten out in the finish by the other elements of the brew. Creamy, medium bodied, and relatively low carbonation, but still not bad given the age of the beer.

Overall, I was really impressed by how this trappist ale held up against 12 years of sitting in a bottle. It's just that... well, I've had better trappist ales. This beer would certainly be more appreciated by wine lovers, though I still found it to be quite tasty; something about it just wasn't exactly my cup of tea. Still nice, especially considering the age... Just a few steps out of my wheelhouse.

09-22-2013 18:46:38 | More by tectactoe
Achel Trappist Extra from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
95 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.