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Achel Trappist Extra - Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse

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416 Ratings
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Ratings: 416
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 104
Gots: 39 | 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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Photo of mondegreen
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.

Photo of Shovelbum
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.

Photo of Gmann
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.

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 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 superspak
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.

Photo of Brian700
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.

Photo of drumrboy22
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.

Photo of Blakaeris
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.

Photo of RazielBeers
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of clvand0
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.

Photo of megahurts4
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.

Photo of TripperDaniel
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.

Photo of brentk56
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.

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

A: Pours a dark brown with a creamy, compact tan head that doesn't leave much in the way of lacing.

S: Aromas of roasted chestnuts, molasses, chocolate, coffee, caramel, and raisins are very apparent on the nose. No booziness whatsoever.

T: Opens sweet and creamy with notes of vanilla bean, milk chocolate, coffee, caramel, heavy cream, molasses, chestnuts, raisins, figs, and prunes with subtle earthy hop tones arriving just before the finish. This beer finishes sweet with notes of chocolate, dark fruit, and caramel being particularly evident.

M: Full-bodied, thick, and creamy. Almost viscous in the mouth. Carbonation is a little more active than expected. Very filling, but pleasant.

O: This is an excellent Belgian strong dark ale, and is a definite improvement over Achel's other bruins (both of which are very good). More than worth seeking out if you can get it.

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 bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of ste5venla
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of whatname
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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

Very nice three inch high head of tan colored lace formed on the top and hung around for a good few moments before settling down to just a thin layer of lace and some nice side glass presentation There were a few touches of carbonation visible as well drifting up toward the surface.

The aroma was very rich, with a nice mixture of sweet caramel notes and dark fruity yeast. Hints of plums and raisins were all over this one, as was a sweet liqueur type aroma, which gave a hint to the alcohol that lie within. A nice touch of spice as well, with hints of nutmeg.. The flavor followed suit perfectly. Opening up with a nice sweet malty flavor that warmed from within, it quickly became much more complex. A small boozy flavor coming in behind it, was laced with nice bits of spice and rum soaked raisin flavors. with the malt profile clearly dominating. There were some lingering flavors of roasted nuts as you got toward the end and the long lasting finish, had the slightest of sour bites to it. Very complex indeed.

The overall profile though was quite mellow with nothing really dominating in one way or another, and a very smooth and creamy Mouthfeel. The carbonation never did let up and led to this one never coming across as dull or flat throughout the session. The alcohol was a touch noticeable at first, but never distracting, and was just enough to let you know this was indeed a nice sipper.

Overall, this was Very rich and complex, and delightfully smooth

Photo of rrski198
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Achel Trappist Extra from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
96 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.