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Achel Trappist Extra - Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse

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95
world-class

392 Ratings
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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
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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NOLANDMAN

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

04-11-2012 06:52:35 | More by NOLANDMAN
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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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BeRightBock

New York

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

07-27-2014 01:51:58 | More by BeRightBock
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Wobbly

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

12-12-2013 22:23:51 | More by Wobbly
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Tinfang

California

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

04-28-2013 20:26:00 | More by Tinfang
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RochefortChris

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

12-04-2013 18:44:58 | More by RochefortChris
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Ricelikesbeer

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

03-05-2014 18:16:20 | More by Ricelikesbeer
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Barnsley

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

07-29-2013 00:58:24 | More by Barnsley
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Chrily

Norway

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

09-04-2012 08:34:23 | More by Chrily
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

07-03-2013 21:20:45 | More by WOLFGANG
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Jofroi

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

04-26-2014 22:14:40 | More by Jofroi
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BoRaeCho

California

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

01-13-2013 09:38:17 | More by BoRaeCho
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Thrasher

Oregon

4.72/5  rDev +10%

sampled 6/03/05. Just a glorious beer. This was a hit around the table, even with those who may not have had a Belgian beer before. It poured a glowing, batter-y, leather brown and put forth a mild head and a small ring of foam. The beer emitted a rich aroma of caramel, apples, tilled earth, fruit, figs, honey and marzipan? What the..? (** Just saw V's review below and he mentioned almonds, so I guess I am not completely off with the marzipan.) The flavor is sweet and quick, a melange of the above elements with mild black pepper, perfume, and tree bark? (Damned if I know what kind of tree.) There's some candy sugar and a medium dose of alcohol, contributing to what evolves into a maple syrup character. The beer is delicate, yet forceful, with gummy hops and some strong seed flavors. The mouthfeel is good but not particularly thick; there's some foaminess in the mouth and it could be smoother on the whole. The drinkability maintains an average pace, which is actually quite brisk for such a strong beer. Highly recommended -- you should get some.

06-14-2005 05:54:39 | More by Thrasher
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Mar02x

Netherlands

4.72/5  rDev +10%

A - A brown ale hanging in my glass with carbonation bubbles racing to the surface. A fluffy beige cream floats on top of a bit hazy fluid.

S - This smell like Westmalle yeast, a bit like Westvleteren 12 too, nutty and raisins.

T - A perfect brown ale taste, creamy, nutty, candy sugar sweet, raisins and figs.

M - A soft to medium carbonation, just a touch of bitterness and just a touch of alcohol.

O - A very good, what? A dark ale? It is more a quadruple, almost, if not, the same as Westvleteren 12!

02-05-2012 20:35:29 | More by Mar02x
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krdowney

Indiana

4.72/5  rDev +10%

Forgive me, my love, for I have found another.

Reminiscent of Mick Jagger’s “brown sugar,” this thick, velvety beauty leaves me yearning to drink a second time. It pours through my palate slowly, with an initial bitterness at the tip of the tongue, followed by a rich fullness that overwhelms the senses, leaving me in a state of ecstasy. Its deep amber color excites, promising an experience paralleled by no mere lager. Its foamy head rests delicately over the beer’s deep substance, clinging to the sides of the glass like the remnants of one’s last rapturous trist. This beer delivers its alcohol with a subtle grace, hidden amongst its creamy goodness, one ends an afternoon of drinking Achelse Kluis in a veritable Dionysian state of wonder, surprised yet intensely pleased. This, truly, is a beer of the gods. Savor it before its too late.

02-28-2007 02:42:25 | More by krdowney
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acehart1

New York

4.72/5  rDev +10%

2008 vintage, sampled on Jan. 22, 2011

Got damn. This beer is fantastic. The scent is other-wordly and the carbonation is what makes this beer special. I really have no basis to judge this beer since it has been a long time since I sampled the fresh example. Either way, this stuff is fantastic. I really enjoyed the aftertaste. This beer did not disappoint.

01-23-2011 01:22:28 | More by acehart1
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amiles

Oregon

4.72/5  rDev +10%

What an amazing beer! Found this at a local shop here in Chicago, West Lakeview Liquors. Never seen this in Chicago other than 'now'. Labeled best by... 07/08. 6th of the 7 Trappist breweries I can now check off my list.

Poured a dark ruby red with a massive head that was made to impress, into a Delirium Tremens glass. Waited and waited, enjoying the aroma's. The head slow retained itself into a tan froathy head that was like no other. The aroma literally made my eyes slightly roll back in my head each time I took a wiff. Lots going on with this beer... Quite impressive. This kept my interest all the way through, as most get boring towards the end. A bit different than the other Trappists. I was sad to see this one go. Savor this one... Exceptional beer! Sip it and pour small glasses... If you find it... Buy it!

07-15-2007 03:45:42 | More by amiles
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yapi

Belgium

4.7/5  rDev +9.6%

I must say one of those hidden gems in the trappist beer section... wonderful full flavors, so much better than the regular bruin, it's not even funny!

I have a lot of experience with drinking aged westy's - easily amongst the best beers in the world - and this one reminded me a lot of the best westy bottles I've ever had. I had the same amazingly balanced caramel and honey notes, next to the well known dark fruit/candy sugar notes of course, and well, then I'm sold.

A killer beer, and even though it's already high up in the ranks, still underrated.

11-28-2011 11:49:45 | More by yapi
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roadhouse

Florida

4.7/5  rDev +9.6%

750 ml bottle into a Piraat tulip

Pours starts off bad, a big gusher and I couldn't get the cap off to pour it in the glass, so a slight mess. Once it's in the glass though it's a deep brown. When held up to a light lots of chunky sediment is noticeable and it's more of a hazy red color. The head is about one inch and it retains well as a skim. Lots of lacing is left on the glass as well.

Aroma is slightly sweet like brown sugar, a pretty heavy dark fruit character of raisins, prunes, and figs. A bit of yeasty, breadiness and a very light spicy character.

Taste is sweet up front again like brown sugar. A hint of molasses. The fruit character is very strong again, mirroring the aroma of figs, prunes, and raisins. Again some soft biscuit and bread tones before a slight spiciness comes in and rounds out the flavor profile. Lingering sweetness, fruit, and spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, very smooth and creamy with the slightly high carbonation. Very drinkable.

I had been putting this one off for a long time, I constantly saw it for $20 at one place and refused to pay that much and another place had it for $15. I still didn't wanna go for $15 but I did last night, and damn am I glad I did. This is one of the best trappist beers I've had, and I have had almost all of them now. Highly recommend this one, I'm not sure it's as rare as the sparse amount of reviews seem to suggest, but pick this one up if you can.

06-04-2009 02:45:51 | More by roadhouse
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +9.6%

This beer is so good, the look of the beer is very nice. It pours from the bottle as a dark red color with some brown hues. The aroma is sweet like caramel and some fruits in there too. The flavors are sweet, dry and complex. Every sip is so enjoyable. The mouthfeel is medium to light, not overly thick at all. Achel Extra is overall very good and is great all around.

04-03-2011 19:46:05 | More by Knapp85
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jdoolin

Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +9.6%

Trivia: Achel Extra was first brewed as a Christmas seasonal beer, but because of its popularity, it is now brewed year round.

Presentation: 750mL bottle, poured into a proper Achel chalice.

Appearance: Absolutely gorgeous. A beautful, dark ruby brown. Produces an outstanding, off white, creamy head that hangs around for the duration and produces heavy lacing. Stunning.

Aroma: Has a very good, assertive aroma. Malt aromas, caramel, hints of chocolate are surrounded by a wonderfully pleasant fruity aroma. Only hints of alcohol.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Oh so creamy and smooth. Sweet at first, but finishes drier than I thought it would. The caramel malt flavors and sweetness hits up front, followed by the lovely fruitiness of this beer. A little bit of spiciness and alcohol, slightly warming, come in before the dry, yet flavorful finish, which is like a little echo of the malt and fruitiness I tasted before. Amazing.

Notes: Very well done. The monks at Achel should be proud of this beer, and proud that they take part in the brewing themselves (to a degree, anyway). This ale was a tremendous surprise for me. One that I will come back to again and again. Not easy to find, but well worth the effort.

10-29-2006 04:37:58 | More by jdoolin
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.66/5  rDev +8.6%

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. Pours a dark., murky red-orange brown with a big, fine three finger light tan head with excellent retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, dark stone fruit, apple, clove, Belgian yeast. Flavor follows with caramel malt, dark and light stone fruit, apple and pear juice, clove, cinnamon and other earthy spicing, brown sugar, finishing with a semi-sweet, slightly sour burst of fruit flavors with light peppery spice from the clove and maybe hops. Beautifully integrated and flavorful. Medium bodied with really nice peppery carbonation that complements the spicing. An excellent, well balanced, complex Belgian dark that is very flavorful. The taste seems a bit subdued at first compared to the two top well-known Belgian strong ales, but the flavor builds and gets more interesting throughout the taste. Complex flavor covers the ABV well, making this a dangerous ale because it continually invites tasting. World class. Glad I finally got to try this rare beer.

04-28-2014 03:22:47 | More by LiquidAmber
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.63/5  rDev +7.9%

A seriously good beer. A 750ml capped bottle, with best by 10/08 on the label. It was a dark brown with some red highlights. Nice thick tan head. A fruity, vinous aroma. Exceptional taste. Dark fruit, yeast, malt, wine all wonderfully well-balanced. Smooth and quite drinkable.

03-11-2007 20:08:48 | More by lordofthewiens
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emerge077

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +7.9%

Got my hands on this seldom-seen beauty... "Achelse Kluise" old parchment style label.

Pours a rich caramelly brown into a wide chalice. Slight foam lingers and settles to an irregular skim. Suspended particles float languidly within.

Smells very enticing, toffee, fig, a little vinous. Slight booziness that integrates into a siren song of an aroma. Almost like it's calling you to drink it...

Tastes rich and complex, seriously vinous. Starts with a little sweetness, spilling a fruit basket of plum, grape, figs, and raisins. Bready malts hold it up throughout, and a slightly bitter finish resembles a red table wine. Chocolate, Belgian yeast, and wine grape echo in the finish also.

Mouthfeel is medium and isn't weighed down by the rich flavors. The sweet alcohol feels a little like brandy...though not cloying, and extremely easy to drink. If you find it for sale, buy it...

01-03-2007 02:26:11 | More by emerge077
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ales4baldo

California

4.63/5  rDev +7.9%

P-Simple Trappist bottle. Standard label with the authentic Trappist product logo.

A-Poured thick. Got about a nice finger and a half of head that seems to fall off quick. Must cocoa brown with a coffee appearence. Cloudy and foggy.

S-Like with most Belgian's, lots of yeast and malts and candy. Dont really get much smell as it all seems to hide beneath the carbonation.

T-Oh wow, what you cant smell is made up in flavor. A delicate balance of all things good. Malts and candy seem to be up front. Yeast and grains seem to linger about. Come through strong and finishes soft.

M-Really smooth beer. Very smooth. Delicate and precise. I really like the heavy malt prescense in this one. Has a very quick finish and no linger at all, also finishes really dry.

O-A really good beer. I like the crisp quick draw this beers has so as to forget what you had and makes you want more. Smooth and subtle in so many ways with upfront flavors.

01-07-2012 05:39:30 | More by ales4baldo
Achel Trappist Extra from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
95 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.