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Achel Trappist Extra - Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse

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Ratings: 392
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 100
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: dsa7783 on 01-22-2008)
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Photo of 1fastz28


4.95/5  rDev +15.4%

sweet god, amazing, nothing i've ever drank has come close to this, poors a deep amber hue with a nice thick frothy head which remains for a while, the smells are confusing lots of diffrent smells come out. sweet and yeasty.

taste is exceptional, at 9.5 the alcohol is present but not overpowering by any means... feels full in the mouth, not try or too sweet drinkablity is easy, even with its higher than average alcohol, i'm VERY fortunate to get it for 5 dollars for a 23.4 ounces

if you get the chance to buy this, be sure to get it. my local place had this on the discontiued rack for 5 bucks

10-28-2006 00:04:51 | More by 1fastz28
Photo of polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

4.93/5  rDev +14.9%

With out a doubt one of the finest beers I have ever had. This beer looks great and smells sweet and rich of dark fruits. The taste is much the same sweet with dark fruits and dark sugars. The feel is smooth and full. All in all a hell of a beer. Get your hands on it if you can.

07-05-2014 19:02:41 | More by polloenfuego
Photo of rye726


4.9/5  rDev +14.2%

Thank to Daisy at 't Brugs Beertje for another great evening full of some of the most amazing beers in the world.

Beautifull looking beer. A deep, rich and murky mahogany color. Perfect thick tan head with nice retention and lacing.

Aromas of dark fruits, sweet buttery malts and Belgian peppers over some herbal spice. Complexity grows as it warms.

Delicous malt structure surrounded by dried pitted fruit. Very earthy with more sweet yet complex sugars through the finish. This elixir defines my idea of nutty, bready malts.

Thick and chewy yet delicate and crisp. Silky smooth as it passes over the palate.

I could drink this everyday and never get tired of it. Perfectly blanced and hugely complex. Stands up to any beer in the world. I wish I could give it all fives, but the aroma isn't quite there.

01-23-2008 07:35:14 | More by rye726
Photo of AleDrinkToThat


4.9/5  rDev +14.2%

Appearance: Three fingers of bubbly, audible beige head in a Karmeliet tulip glass, and the ale was just brown enough not to be considered burgundy, and slightly opaque.

Smell: Hints of ripe pitted fruit and spice, with sweet malt and a bright hoppiness. Those Trappists win again in the complexity arena.

Taste: Sweet dark malt hits the taste buds immediately, then opens up to reveal the fruit and spice, and finishes with the bright hops and leaves a fruity, malty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth, with a sweet coating of the mouth. The alcohol is barely discernable, but does a great job of leaving the mouth and throat just a little warmer.

Drinkability: God has truly blessed the Trappists. I don't know how they do it, but each Trappist ale that I've had (five of six Belgians) has been some of the most complex, sweet nectar that has ever been poured into a bottle. The alcohol is deceptively muted in this Achel, but that %ABV measurement up there is for real, so bask in the sweetness with slow, blissful sips.

02-25-2008 06:54:33 | More by AleDrinkToThat
Photo of phirleh

Ontario (Canada)

4.83/5  rDev +12.6%

I bought this last April in New York City and it's the second last of the trappists I've yet to try (Rochefort is the last, it's in my cellar). I wasn't expecting too much, they are the most recent trappist brewery (1998) although they had brewed previous to WWI. I've heard average reviews of the Brune and Blonde, but I was completely blown away by this beer, I'm glad I chose the Extra. When the cap was popped it foamed like crazy, the smell was wine-like and fruity. The taste was similar, sweet with slight sugar, and a tangyness that reminded me of Duchesse de Bourgogne. The colour was a dark brown with a strong billowy head. Carbonation was typical of trappists, although not as prickly as some. I'll definitely grab this again, one of the top beers I've had.

01-01-2010 15:45:37 | More by phirleh
Photo of garbercury


4.83/5  rDev +12.6%

I love this beer. Not really all that impressed with their Brune and Blonde, but this beer is terrific!

A--Deep red-Mahogany with a generous head that gives it a very impressive appearance.

S--Veinus almost like a sweet wine, fruity.

T--Okay, the important part. As a fanatical fan of Quads, this is a terrific version. fruits like cherry and fig are huge in this beer but do not come off as cloying or overdone. Subtle enough that they stand out, but does not overbear. Alcohol is really masked in this one.


D--Depends on your feelings of quads. Me, I am not scared to drink liberally but it could kill your pocketbook. This is a world class beer and worth of its "trappist" label.

Great beer in the same class, I dare say, as St Bernardus, Rochefort, and Westvleteren. Good stuff. Heard a terrible rumor this will no longer be imported to the US, say it aint so...

10-31-2009 01:43:27 | More by garbercury
Photo of 4thelvofbeer


4.83/5  rDev +12.6%

Awesome. Period. If you think regular Achel is good, the extra is great! I took a tour of the brewery at Achel and the 750ml format bottles (the format for the Achel Extra and the Blond Extra...which is also great) are bottled right there at the brewery by the monks. The other Achel beers (the 330s) are bottled off-site at at a larger bottler. The extras are really good!!

A: Dark brown, big creamy head
S/T: Grains and malt, awesome balanced smooth taste, not overpowered by the souped up alcohol content.
M: Again, smooth, really nice
O: One of my favorite Belgians!!!

05-16-2012 21:09:21 | More by 4thelvofbeer
Photo of Lukie


4.8/5  rDev +11.9%

A rich dark brown, with a bubbly thick, mocha coloured, icecream head, which lingers an inch thick. It clings to the glass like a curvy woman to a tight dress.

A soft coffee, vanilla, almost warm mocha aroma, with hints of wild dark fruits. Very inviting on a cold night.

Ripe dark fruits, plum, raisin and slight sourness gives way to a velvety chocolate. Rich dark, smooth and inviting. It's like drink a fruit and nut chocolate, without horrible nuts :P
Rich, smooth, but nowhere near overpowering.

For a beer that is 9.5%, it's just magical. So easy to drink, but yeah an abundance of rich flavours that are not too heavy on the palate like some beers can be. I actually think this is what Trois Pistoles is trying to mimmick, but this does it a million times better (and given Trois Pistoles is bloody awesome!).

Fantastic beer.

07-22-2009 15:54:21 | More by Lukie
Photo of Fugazme


4.78/5  rDev +11.4%

From notes:

Dark brown... slight head, but I like the looks... hints of ruby. Quite nice to look at this beer!

Aroma is yeasty and bready... quite fruity. Medicinal qualities with some good alcohol notes.

Mouthfeel is great. Creamy and smooth. Wonderful.

Sweet on the tongue with peach, fig, raisin, rum, caramel, bourbon, berry, yeast... wow. Marvelous.

10-19-2006 15:07:22 | More by Fugazme
Photo of Tomblerone


4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

05-27-2012 17:04:38 | More by Tomblerone
Photo of djl9701


4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

11-27-2013 04:20:28 | More by djl9701
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

02-26-2013 20:38:43 | More by Seaba
Photo of GRG1313


4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Pours brown/black-can't see through with a thick, firm tan head that lasts and with full complete lacing.

Light nose of Ripe peaches, apricots with hints of pineapple.

Mouthfeel is wonderful bold, creamy and thick with flavors of malt, banana, cream and cooked fruit. Nice malt character in a very well balanced, high quality Trappist Extra.

This beer is wonderfully made and very inviting. It may well be perfectly balanced. Finish of banana, cooked stone fruit and an end finish of butter. Really nice, all around brew.

I just served this beer to a friend who has consumed beer for about 40 years. While he is not a beer "afficionado" he just concluded this may be the best beer he's ever had. He may not be wrong!

08-17-2009 02:18:16 | More by GRG1313
Photo of corneliusfontaine


4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

08-18-2013 14:01:49 | More by corneliusfontaine
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

07-12-2014 14:47:43 | More by pat_usher
Photo of theminutemen


4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

03-27-2012 14:44:26 | More by theminutemen
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District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

08-01-2012 13:52:18 | More by RobertTheRogue
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

06-23-2013 11:42:18 | More by Timmy13T
Photo of throwback


4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

11-14-2011 17:42:41 | More by throwback
Photo of duracell

Quebec (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Goblet.

Pours a dark brown color with a nice off-white creamy head which disappears rather quickly. It shows a very nice malt character with strong dark fruits aroma, yeast and caramel besides. Delicious caramel flavors, in addition to nutty and spicy notes. I also pick out some herbs. A bite of alcohol balances the relative sweetness of the candy sugar. The mouthfeel is just excellent, with a full body. In my opinion, the low carbonation suits perfectly this brew. Overall, this Trappist beer is just outstanding! It shows very complex aroma, an excellent drinkability and perfectly balanced flavors.

01-15-2012 22:49:06 | More by duracell
Photo of byronic

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

07-07-2014 13:27:13 | More by byronic
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

08-12-2014 02:41:06 | More by paulcdc
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

06-02-2012 15:40:16 | More by Elfastball7
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

11-22-2011 20:57:39 | More by brandoman63
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

07-07-2014 00:08:37 | More by okspry
Achel Trappist Extra from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
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