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Achel Trappist Extra - Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

382 Ratings
THE BROS
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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
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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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%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 18:46:38 | More by tectactoe
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.8%

09-17-2013 00:52:58 | More by Janeinma
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trevorpost

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

09-14-2013 21:00:11 | More by trevorpost
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jeiiVP

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

09-06-2013 15:02:05 | More by jeiiVP
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ericwilson54

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

09-05-2013 19:46:26 | More by ericwilson54
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hiq

Belgium

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

08-27-2013 16:35:39 | More by hiq
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simoen

Belgium

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

08-27-2013 13:05:38 | More by simoen
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Beerosaurus

Georgia

4/5  rDev -6.8%

08-25-2013 19:18:44 | More by Beerosaurus
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SpongeRuiner

Michigan

4/5  rDev -6.8%

08-25-2013 14:56:33 | More by SpongeRuiner
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky honey brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, dark fruit, caramel, toffee, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit, caramel, and slight cardboard flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a great smell but there is a slight amount of oxidation coming through in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 17:06:49 | More by UCLABrewN84
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corneliusfontaine

Netherlands

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

08-18-2013 14:01:49 | More by corneliusfontaine
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breemarie096

Maine

4/5  rDev -6.8%

08-17-2013 03:13:49 | More by breemarie096
Achel Trappist Extra from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
95 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.