Achel Trappist Extra - Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
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4.33/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
02-15-2008 19:23:44 | More by drumrboy22
4.33/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
09-01-2008 23:32:30 | More by Blakaeris
4.3/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
07-12-2005 02:13:26 | More by clvand0
4.28/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
This is a very nice Trappist. It has a good candy sweetness in the finish. It also is fairly carbonated.
11-17-2010 04:16:52 | More by megahurts4
4.28/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
03-19-2008 17:47:22 | More by TripperDaniel
4.28/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
04-28-2006 01:29:01 | More by brentk56
4.28/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
11-02-2011 18:06:19 | More by mrfrancis
United Kingdom (England)
4.28/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
07-24-2009 21:26:11 | More by wl0307
4.25/5 rDev -0.9%
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
05-27-2011 03:32:15 | More by mikesgroove
4.25/5 rDev -0.9%
750 ml bottle, poured in a big wine glass at 59 F/ 15 C.
Erupted upon opening. Red-brown, full of suspended bits, finger of loosely knit but sticky beige head, thick sticky sheets of lace. I have to watch the bottle, foam keeps growing out of the top like a snake.
Smells spicy and sweet, with tart dark fruit and heady solvent. A bit like Mexican chocolate and dried cherries.
Full rich dark sweet flavor. Raisins and dried cherries, fig jam, milk chocolate, spices, and solvent and booze. Dark candi syrup is center stage. A touch of balancing grassy bitterness. Long sweet spicy raisiny finish.
Sugary texture, but not quite cloying. Fine lively carbonation. A touch of astringency like fruit skin. Quite sippable.
Heady sweet dark fruity beer. I enjoyed this. Wish I had a slice of fruit cake to go with it.
10-01-2008 07:51:56 | More by Beerzebub
Achel Trappist Extra from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
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