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Achel Trappist Extra - Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse

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380 Ratings
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Ratings: 380
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 98
Gots: 32 | 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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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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

A 750 mL capped bottle.

A: The ale pours with a stunning muddy red, burnt siena color, much lighter than I remember. The body is noticeably hazy with a significant amount of sediment. The head was quite vigourous and thick, measuring upwards of 4 fingers.

S: Candi sugars and dark alefruits dominate the nose, creating a sweet swirling nose that is full of alcohol and bready.

T: The ale has a strong undercurrent of alcohol that really hits you square off the bat. Mixed with the alcohol is a bready, grainy malt body that serves as a base for the adjuncts. The candi sugar creates a noticeable sweetness that augments the alcohol kick. Dark alefruits provide further sweetness with a dry element that leaves the mouth slightly parched.

M: The mouthfeel is huge, full of thick deep flavors that never let the palate rest.

D: The abv is through the roof but well worth it. The monks have created a divine brew that ranks up there with Westvleteren, Rochefort and Chimay.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2007 02:02:30 | More by akorsak
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alcstradamus

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 05:09:15 | More by alcstradamus
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DaveJanssen

Germany

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

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 03:01:06 | More by DaveJanssen
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stephens101

Oklahoma

4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I always welcome a new Trappist brew, and all indications point to a winner here, but the proof is in the magnum.

Poured right down the middle of a goblet. Dark reddish-brown in color. Has a slight, off-white head that seeks escape and gets it quickly. A few bubbles reside atop the brew and a thin sheet of lace clings to the side.

The aroma of ripened red grapes, grain, burnt sugar and belgian yeast floats timorous. Tickling the tongue are an array of dark fruits including grapes, plum and persimmon. Behind that lie some more notes of burnt sugar, licorice, faint hops, and a touch of tartness.

Medium to heavy bodied and mostly smooth going down with a bit of an alcohol edge that comes in toward the end and lingers.

A well-crafted brew that is giving me a happy-buzz:) Woot!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 21:15:37 | More by stephens101
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goldenpeanut

Alabama

4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found a 750ml champagne bottle at Greens (on Ponce De Leon) in Atlanta on a pub crawl with the Hogtown Brewers. (great time if you missed it) Bottle in excellent condition on exterior. Champagne cap and no cork.

I agree with the Belgian Strong Dark Ale category, it fits well, I don't always agree with how beers are classified here.

Bottle and label rather pedestrian, actually, cheap looking, don't be fooled. The quality resides within.

Belgian Dark Strong fits better than Belgian Dubbel because the malt is less pronounced than in a Dubbel, but, the color is actually more appropriate for a Dubbel than a brown. The alcohol is more in line with a Dark Strong too.

The beer pours with a nice, rich head, not too foofy and not understated either. It collapses into a nice rocky terrain soon enough and lasts if you have a laser etched glass. I decided on a goblet style glass for its presentation but I also think a tulip would work almost as well. The Monk's who brew this have chosen a goblet also confirming their divine inspiration with me.

The aroma (not the "smell" listed in the rating scheme) is a pleasant combination of dark candi sugar and alcohol. Once you get past that, there is an underpinning of rum soaked raisins and dark malt that adds sweetness. Not as spicy as a
Trappist tripel or as malty as a dubbel or as complex as a golden but very friendly and reassuring that the first sip will be clean and not disappointing. Yeast character is somewhat subdued for a Trappist tripel but similar to a dubbel but less malty. I know that's repetitive but I'm talking about different characteristics that are similar in their interpretation here.

The flavor is a mirror of the aroma, need I say more? I will. If you explode the beer on our palate you will find that the carbonation converts it totally to foam, really, a rather interesting experience as there is little carbonic bite. Alcohol presents up front but its not hot and very clean. This is most fascinating as I don't really detect alcohol strength on my palate as readily as many other judges. The flavor is not as complex as a golden or as malty as a dubbel, or, as spicy as a tripel (heard this before?). Its not really a Belgian Bruin either. I guess if forced to classify I would put it as a light but alcoholic dubbel.

The finish (not even listed in the ratings for a beer here, so sad) is decidedly on the malt side. The hop bitter is very short and lingers briefly only on the middle rear of the tongue, for a short time. Interesting. Make no mistake, the finish, while malty, is balanced and NOT cloying. This is probably due to the moderate maltiness of the beer overall. Very pleasant and clean. I like it.

Well, lets get to the heart of this evaluation, drinkability and pleasure. Where is this beer appropriate? I feel it would go well with just about any food, the high carbonation cleanses the palate much better than any wine. The restrained hop bitter leaves the palate ready for the next infusion of flavor. The flavor and alcohol please and offer a respite from the accumulation of sensories attacking the palate from the food. refreshment for the next bite, what more can you ask? The alcohol level and volume allows for maintenance of a buzz after a few cocktails before the evening meal. A reason to keep a bottle around all by itself.

This is not the most interesting or novel Belgian you will ever experience, it is, however, one of the most functional. Non beer lovers will not be put off by the bitterness or the funky yeast notes and beer lovers will appreciate its subtlety. A winner and one well worth replication by the advanced homebrewer.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 21:39:40 | More by goldenpeanut
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smitty2717

Connecticut

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

Purchased at Super Cellar Warehouse Liquors in Avon CT

A- Dark brown and getting lighter as the glass weighs less. Alot of sediment at the bottom of the bottle

S- Caramel and blackberries giving the hint that this Belgian ale will be sweet.

T- Slightly sour right off the front but finishing sweet. Some of the best combinations in a Belgian ale. Light buttery beer with a perfect finish that leaves you breathing through your nose just to experience more.

M- Silky smooth with a light and fluffy feel when taking in a little foam.

Drinkability- Equivilent to many Gouze beers. Probably drink this one all day.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 21:38:50 | More by smitty2717
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

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

Poured into a Chimay goblet from 75cl bottle.

A - Pours a very familiar murky and reddish brown with very minimal head that is off-white.

S - Very delicious yeasty aromas with some nice spice and good sweet malt plus some good sourdough bread aromas are present. There are nice fruit sweet hints. Pineapple, plums and some nice caramel as well. Nice clove as well.

T - This beer really shines in the flavor. Very nice and sweet caramel aroma with great dark fruits. Grape and some nice pineapple as well. Nice phenols and good yeast feel. There is some mild grainy breadyness that shines through at the end as the dry finish takes over. Very delicious.

M & D - Great medium body with nice CO2 which was surprising based on the head. Very nice balance and complexity at the same time. Delicious. Definitely a repeat but dangerous ABV.

Edit: As the beer warms the boozyness is SO very present.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 22:02:34 | More by JoEBoBpr
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Bisho

Australia

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 10:08:26 | More by Bisho
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zeff80

Missouri

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

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, copper/amber color with a foamy, bubbly, off-white, two-finger head. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of caramel, dried fruits, spices and yeasty notes. It also had a little sour aroma.

T - It tasted of dried fruit, roasted biscuity malt. It had some apple flavors with hints of raisin. Good spicy and yeasty flavors, as well.

M - It was crisp, sharp and still very smooth. A medium to full-bodied beer.

D - This is an outstanding Belgian ale. Very complex blend of delicious flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 02:14:09 | More by zeff80
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Pours a chestnut color. Cloudy with some yeasts floating around (It's non filtered beer). The head is big, beige and bubbled but the retention is low and not many lacings are left

S: Smell is sweet and liquorous. Dark fruits (raisins, plums and figs mainly) are evident. Belgian yeasts and brown bread. Very Belgian ans quite good

T: Very bready. Sweet and fruity upfront. Nice mild hoppy bitter end. Belgian yeasts are also 100% here. Delicious

M: Creamy and heavy body. Medium to low carbonation. Very molasses. Sweet upfront followed by a nice mild bitter end

O: Excellent beer. Even better than the traditional blond and brune Achels

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 17:19:43 | More by eduardolinhalis
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We see this beer come through these parts every once in a while, so I figured it would be a nice treat to myself for working today when so many others were enjoying themselves watching the marathon. Achel Extra was poured in to my Westmalle chalice. Color is rose to burgundy, with a large amount of yeast sediment from the pour. Not much heading unfortunately, but the color is quite nice. The nose is chocked full of dark fruit such as plums, dates and figs, along with a good dose of chocolate and spice. More dark fruit and spice (cinnamon?) show up in the taste, along with some very pleasant rustic bread crust characters as well. It comes off as very juicy in all of the fruit flavor that is present. Mouthfeel is full and crisp, with no indication of heavy alcohol. This beer ranks highly with me amongst Trappist beers. Definitely worth a purchase from the smallest of the bunch. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 00:18:58 | More by jamie2dope
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a very dark amber with two fingers of very dense off white head. Decent retention.

S: Great balance and complexity. I love the dark fruit aromas here - prunes and raisins mixed with plums and even a bit of peach. A bit musty with orange zest and nutmeg. As the beer warms, I get some caramel sweetness to add to the complexity.

T: Esters are surprisingly strong in this beer as compared to the aroma. Lemon and orange zest mixed with nutmeg are apparent. Sweet prunes are also there, but not particularly strong. The beer stays quite dry throughout.

M: A bit thin with fairly strong carbonation.

O: The aroma on this beer is amazingly complex and balanced. The flavor is good, but not quite as strong on the dark fruits as I'd like.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 02:49:30 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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mondegreen

Georgia

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

750ml into a Samichlaus Tulip. Split the bottle with a friend. Best by date of 3/10 notched into the label.

A: Dark brown with a very persistent head. Little floaties in the glass from the pour, even though I left plenty (~3 inches) in the bottle.

S: Beautiful Belgian smells. Dark fruit esters and wonderful malts, and the ever present Belgian yeast smells.

T: In many ways, this beer seems more subtle than its BSDA counterparts. I get the spices and the hints of citrus. A little orange zest, maybe? In all, a wonderful Trappist beer that I wish was found more easily around here.

M: Like most Belgians, this one isn't shy on the carbonation. Very full mouthfeel.

D: Sure, why not? The pleasant subtleties of this beer keep the intrigue coming, sip by sip.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 12:31:48 | More by mondegreen
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Shovelbum

Massachusetts

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

Pours a frothy off-white head over a deep garnet tinted mahogany body. Head recedes leaving a few sheets of lace. Aromas of sweet vinous fruit, plumbs and cherries mixed with traces of earth. Taste is light sweet chocolate upfront, quickly giving way to a more complex mixture of tart cherries, raspberries and caramel. A subdued hop spiciness adds some zing. Quite smooth and sweet, yet fairly light bodied. Moderate carbonation. A lingering sweetness.

A sweet and complex ale. The light body is a bit misleading as the well-hidden ABV is a respectable 9.5%. There is also just enough of a hop bitterness/spiciness to balance out the sweet malt flavors and make this a great sipping ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2006 00:13:06 | More by Shovelbum
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Gmann

New York

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

Out of a 750ml capped bottle. Pours a murky chocolate brown color with a dense off-white head that settles into a sparse cap. The aroma is of red wine grapes, brown sugar, and raisins. The taste is of red grape juice, champagne, dark candi sugar, and a touch of a chocolate malt. For a BSDA, more on the grape juicy/wine flavors than the raisins/fig. The feel is fairly light, very carbonated, finishes sweet slight sticky. Despite the 9.5%ABV, a very drinkable and balanced brew. It is sweet but the booze level doesn't come into to play and as with all of the Achel brews, it keeps simple to the style and doesn't try to overwhelm.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 05:01:38 | More by Gmann
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tconboy

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 17:24:25 | More by tconboy
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

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...

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 10:41:36 | More by mdagnew
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superspak

Michigan

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

750 ml bottle into chalice, best before May 2013. Pours hazy very dark reddish brown color with a nice 1 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, apple, pear, prune, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toast, dark bread, light clove, pepper, herbal, and earthy yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and fruity esters. Taste of big raisin, pear, apple, prune, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, brown sugar, dark bread, chocolate, earth, and light yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of dark fruits, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, chocolate, dark bread, earth, and light yeast spiciness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of dark malt and fruity esters; with zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very slick and creamy mouthfeel that is great. The low carbonation works very well here. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian strong dark ale! Fantastic balance and complexity of dark malt and fruity ester flavors; very smooth and lush to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering as expected.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 06:17:42 | More by superspak
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Brian700

Michigan

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

I have two different bottles of this beer one has a label that is just like the one you see in the BA pic. The other one looks more like the traditional label but it is still labeled as the bruin bier extra with 9.5% ABV. Anyone know why the same beer would have two different labels?

Anyway, this Bruin Bier Extra poured a dark caramel brown with an off-white head that simmered down do a thin but creamy layer.

The aroma is of dates, molasses, and sweet malt.

The taste follows the nose. There is a lot of dark fruit: dates, raisins, plums, molasses. All of those big flavors stand out the most but there is still some sweet malt flavor that is present.

This is a full bodied beer with medium carbonation.

I would say this is a very drinkable beer for someone with appreciation for this style. I would definately recommend this beer. I'm glad weare138 sent me a bottle many months ago so I can continue to age it. The bottle I just reviewed is one I bought about a month ago while in Chicago. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2005 04:53:44 | More by Brian700
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drumrboy22

Colorado

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

This was a gift from my wife for Valentine's Day. Poured into a Westmalle chalice. Beer was a dark brown color with a two finger, creamy, tan head. Intricate lacing on the glass. Lots of sediment.

Aroma was dark fruits, candi sugar, pepper, spice and malt.

Taste was sweet, caramel and candi sugar with a spicy finish. Very tasty, complex beer. This was a nice treat and is worth trying.

This is listed as a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, but I would consider it a Quad. There was no date on the bottle, but if it was fresh, it didn't need to be aged. Might be fun to put a bottle in the cellar, but it was great fresh.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 19:23:44 | More by drumrboy22
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Blakaeris

Iowa

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

Pours deep dark brown with a modest crisp white head that pours huge initially, but quickly dissipates.

Aroma is caramel malt, with a pleasant dark fruit - plum, date, and apricot. Sweet, and malty.

Taste is generous caramel malt. Toffee, and brown sugar. Dark and citrus fruit; plum, dates, apricot, and orange. Yeasty, with mild peppery spices. Finish is crisp and fruity. slightly dry with a pleasant woody aspect, and lingering light fruit and alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall a tasty, malty treat. Quite sweet, with strong malty caramel character. A flavorful BSDA. Certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 23:32:30 | More by Blakaeris
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a tall head that has great retention and leaves tons of lacing on the glass. The aromas are very sweet and has notes of dark fruits. The flavor is sweet, as the nose suggest. There are some definate dark and sweet fruits in the flavor as well as a few things that I can't identify. Might be some cherry flavors. The body is full and the drinkability is great. This is a great beer. Wish it were available around here.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2005 02:13:26 | More by clvand0
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megahurts4

Louisiana

4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Achel Extra

Appearance: dark brown, medium-small head, and good lacing.

Smell: dark fruits, subtle hops, and slight malts.

Taste: dark fruits (figs, dates, etc), slight malts, and a nice sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium and a bit of carbonation.

Overall:
This is a very nice Trappist. It has a good candy sweetness in the finish. It also is fairly carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 04:16:52 | More by megahurts4
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TripperDaniel

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes: Tasted Sunday, March 9, 2008. Seems to be only available in the 75 cL bottle. Trappist product. Difficult to find, too. Refermented in bottle. Best before the end of July, 2009. We'll see about that. Ingredients: Water, malted barley, hop, yeast, candi sugar.

Appearance: Pours a lighter colour than I expected - rich mahogany, quite dark, but with rust notes and burgundy highlights. Not quite completely clear. Tan head lasts well, but diminishes to a couple of layers of bubbles, with an open patch, and a good rim. Lacing that looks like desert plateaus. Bubbles continue to form in small mounds on the surface. Very attractive.
Nose: Rich chocolate malt. Very nutty - marzipan, hazelnut, walnut. Musty leather and paper. Slight candied citrus peel. Raisins. Slight metal. Does not smell sweet. Good Belgian yeast funk. Molasses. Apple and tobacco. Faint rummy alcohol.
Taste: Very smooth at first, the carbonation builds a little in the mouth, conveying a rich malty backbone that is a little cloying on the finish. Meanwhile, you get tons of raisin, chocolate and nuts. Off-dry and full-bodied. Nondescript hoppiness offers a quenching character. Lots of nuts on the finish, which is dry and lingering. Alcohol very faint. Some coffee comes out later, as well as a vague herbal note. Also something faintly vinous.

Overall: Not what I had been hoping for. Obviously it's excellent, but it's just missing some complexity. I think it's a little young and out of balance, and in 7 years or so it'll be very good, but I think this is a beer that runs the risk of blending in with all the other unmemorable dark Belgians, regardless of age. For the style it should be darker and richer, in my opinion. Maybe I'm tasting it too cold; I'll let it breathe and warm up and come back to it. Maybe I'm being too harsh. Maybe my expectations were too high.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 17:47:22 | More by TripperDaniel
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Extraordinary appearance with a cloudy tea brown body and a rocky beige head; great retention and lacing

Smell: Fermenting figs and Concord grapes; toffee, brown sugar and alcohol

Taste: Starts with a sweet brown sugar and fig aspect that, after the swallow, is joined by some spiciness and chocolate flavors; rather yeasty as well

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but slightly thick; boisterous carbonation throughout; plenty of warmth on the finish

Drinkability: Very interesting beer, but a lot to consume when packaged in a 750ml bottle

The monk's need to hire someone with a better sense of marketing. By changing the label so that it is virtually indistinguishable from the Achel 8%, they have done themselves no favors. The Extra comes only in a 750ml bottle and the 8% comes only in the 12 oz. bottle. Other than that, the labels are way to similar. If Jason at Knightly Spirits in Orlando hadn't explained it to me, I would have presumed that the two beers were one and the same.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2006 01:29:01 | More by brentk56
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