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Achel Trappist Extra - Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse

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BA SCORE
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world-class

380 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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risteardj

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

06-01-2014 04:19:47 | More by risteardj
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DarthGuitarHero

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

05-29-2014 14:44:29 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

achel extra is awesome stuff, lost maybe in the hype and availability of some of the other trappist stuff, this is positively delicious. in the zone between dubbel and quad, this molasses colored beer has a tall and lasting white head of tiny little bursting bubbles that prickle the nose as i smell its deeply caramelized sugars and zesty belgian yeast. a hint of green bottle stink to it, i wish such awesome beers could stop going in these bottles, but it seems destined to be a belgian beer problem forever. raisin and maple flavors to the grain, a bread crust character too, and then its all yeast. its so different than the other trappist strains, and has less of the fruit and more of the spice too it. it has an ancient aura, a feeling of timeless growth and maturation. white pepper and even a hint of cinnamon to it, like a good baked dessert, long zippy finish, dry for how big and sweet this starts, and no alcohol flavors at all, not even at ambient temperature. special beer, worthy of more hype i think, it stands up to any of its peers extremely well, and somehow stays light on the palate and drinkable. a 750ml bottle of this is not more than i want in a given sitting, its just right.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2014 03:41:41 | More by StonedTrippin
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sephyrott

Spain

4/5  rDev -6.8%

05-25-2014 11:57:16 | More by sephyrott
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CesarLopes

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

05-19-2014 20:40:03 | More by CesarLopes
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jim_carignan

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.8%

05-19-2014 02:29:38 | More by jim_carignan
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

05-19-2014 01:18:35 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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henryclay_

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

05-15-2014 02:27:57 | More by henryclay_
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draheim

Washington

4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL (best before 9/16/2015) into a tulip. Pours a cloudy mahogany w/ a big fluffy off-white head, tons of sticky lace.

Aroma is a big burst of dark stone fruits - figs, dates, raisins, plums - plus brown sugar, clean bready malt, Belgian yeast. Nice floral aromas coming through from the Old World hops too.

Taste is rich and complex, sweet but not sugary. Dried figs and dates, spices, rich sweet dark malt, toffee, and a warming touch of booze. Floral and spicy, lively.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, almost thick. Creamy. Carbonation is perfect, finishes pretty dry.

Overall an outstanding BSDA, up there with the best.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2014 03:49:07 | More by draheim
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

04-27-2014 00:16:55 | More by hotsudge
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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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whatname

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

04-24-2014 00:06:46 | More by whatname
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dpgoblejr

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

04-23-2014 23:48:01 | More by dpgoblejr
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bunbury

Panama

5/5  rDev +16.6%

04-09-2014 14:57:25 | More by bunbury
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dcmchew

Romania

4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 2015, so i guess it's pretty fresh.
Dark brown, almost black pour, beige two finger fluffy head, great retention, moderately sticky. Half a finger of milky foam stuck around untill i finished the glass actually. Looks great.
Smell of Belgian sugars/caramel, dark malts, raisin and dry fig, as expected, really balanced, but not so strong.
Taste is heavy with dark fruit, with huge amounts of raisin, some dry figs and dates, plums with a bit of sour juiciness and faint berries. All these covered in caramel (alongside some light Belgian candi sugar) and set on a canvas of dark bread and biscuity malts. Lots of yeast activity, some nice dark spices kind of feel, with random hints of nutmeg, licorice, cinnamon and clove. Very low hop presence, with a subtle bitterness in the finish.
At first the dark fruit might seem too much, but it gets more balanced as it sits and warms. Alcohol starts to heat up bit by bit too, without being boozy or disturbing at any time.
Low carbonation, just a little prickly fizz, creamy and chewy, feels rather heavy, but it fits with the roundness of the taste.
A great tasty dark trappist, tho some might be disappointed by the apparent simplicity of the brew. I myself found it to be perfect, a great example for Belgian dark ales.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 17:35:59 | More by dcmchew
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afsdan

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

03-21-2014 05:32:46 | More by afsdan
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Element1290

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

03-19-2014 12:01:41 | More by Element1290
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dgilks

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark chestnut colour with mahogany highlights. Great light tan head with solid creamy appearance.

Massive dried fruit notes. Raisin and date. Interesting melanoidin note that works really well.

Big and complex malt flavour. Rich and chewy combination of dried fruit and toffee. The spicy yeast notes are a little muted but play well into the overall flavour palate.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Not too much which complements this beer.

A really solid beverage. Excellent flavour profile and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 05:43:42 | More by dgilks
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ricecracker420

California

4/5  rDev -6.8%

03-12-2014 04:25:13 | More by ricecracker420
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dbarny76

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

03-11-2014 22:07:17 | More by dbarny76
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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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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml split with cbutova over the weekend. Best before July 2015.

Appearance - Hazy brownish-red with big ol' floaties, especially on the last pours. Beige+bubbly pancake head boasts good retention and decent lace.

Smell - Cola, bread, nuts, yeast, molasses, prunes. Nice and potent at first but seems to lose strength with time, good though.

Taste - Taste is more solid. More dark fruit here, raisins galore, along with cola, dark bread, caramel, light spice and yeast presence. Smooth+good dark trappist ale flavors.

Mouthfeel - Slick and less carbonated than expected, a little odd at first but it grew on me. Not boozy whatsoever and works with the flavors.

Overall - Typically very good trappist-Quad type beer, doesn't really have the flair of Rocherfort, Westy, etc. but certainly a fine Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 13:02:57 | More by Chico1985
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Pint glass pour from the 750ml with a dark brown body, some light pierces the very edges. Massive light tan head forms to two or three fingers and settles into a shape that reminds me of the top of fermenting bread, super retention. Lace is super thick with spots and clouds everywhere.

S- A nice mix of malts and Trappist yeast. Brown malts provide a smooth base with notes of toasted nuts, toffee, caramel, biscuit and slight sweetness. Yeast relaxed here in a good way, dark fruits and spicy.

T- Yeast and malts in a super smooth, balanced blend. Yeast takes the edge slightly here in strength with notes of dried dark fruits, plums, raisins, dark wheat bread, Belgian yeast spice and apples/white grapes. Malts follow the nose in the Brown toasted spectrum.

MF- Moderately thick body with a low-medium carbonation. Slick and somewhat oily texture with a slight silkiness. Slight spicy bitterness in the end.

Another solid Trappist brew. I like how the yeast is pretty relaxed and balanced but still asserts a strong profile.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 20:57:25 | More by cbutova
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RusImpStoLuv

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

02-24-2014 18:09:49 | More by RusImpStoLuv
Achel Trappist Extra from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
95 out of 100 based on 380 ratings.