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Achel Trappist Extra - Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse

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Ratings: 403
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 99
Gots: 38 | 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 Alieniloquium
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a CBS snifter. Bottled 10/16/2009, I think. Bottle was getting quite old so I opened it.

Appearance - Deep brown with a bit of murk. Builds a nice head as I pour it, as many Belgian darks do. Thick collar as the khaki head recedes.

Smell - I always find it difficult to describe these aromas. It's not caramel, it's much fruitier, but it has a brown sugar tinge to it. Definitely some heat to this, too. Not a sweet aroma.

Taste - Much fruitier right up front. Touch of sweetness. Dark fruits give way to quite a bit of earthy and slightly bitter flavors. Some oxidation could be the cause of the bitterness. Not as boozy as the nose.

Mouthfeel - It is just a little bit thin. Oxidized and bitter, but still a nice drink. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Probably should have drank this sooner. Kept at 55 degrees for 3 years or so, but still showing some age. Still quite a good beer, though.

Alieniloquium, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of nzerbe
4/5  rDev -6.8%

nzerbe, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of Daniellobo
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Long complex and notable dark ale.

Presentation: 750 ml capped green bottle. Bland label with the name of the brewery in burgundy, cream and white. .Side notes offer small description noting intent and background. Shows notched best by date 16 N 12, and Alc. by Vol. (9.5%). Served circumstantially in a tulip glass.

A - Deep ruby brown pours, generous head, good retention, fair surface memory, with some touches of some lacing.

S - Very sweet and fruity nose, long sense of figs, prunes and yeast woven in…

T - … sugar. Very sugary at first with the complex dark dried fruit spectrum unfolding shortly thereafter. Reiterates a rather sugary if well integrated narrative as it settles that leads to a complex range of port/dark fruit/vinous notes, dark caramel..

M - Medium-full body with generous carbonation.

O - Plenty of complexity, yeasty fruitiness leaning on its sweet edge. A snifter for this next time…

Notes: Almost the last Trappist brewery I had to try.
and it is well in line with the expected quality for the denomination. This fists well with the range of most reserve quads/specialty strong dark ales. Nice offering worth the memory and repeat.

Daniellobo, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of spoony
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

spoony, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of deac83
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

deac83, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of Seaba
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Seaba, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

bigred89, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of roblund
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

roblund, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of unclekeith
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

unclekeith, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of bsopko
4/5  rDev -6.8%

bsopko, Feb 16, 2013
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.

superspak, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of nyrblue2
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

nyrblue2, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of wyatt13
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

wyatt13, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of BrewmanCapote
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

BrewmanCapote, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of DmanGTR
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

DmanGTR, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of peelstreet
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

peelstreet, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -6.8%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of BoRaeCho
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

BoRaeCho, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of mchen
4/5  rDev -6.8%

mchen, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of tapbit
5/5  rDev +16.6%

tapbit, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of brbrocc
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

brbrocc, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of jtdolla911
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

jtdolla911, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750cl into Westvleteren chalice.

A. Pours a 1 finger head. Pretty thick lacing. Has a permanent head of about a centimeter. Color is very dark brown.

S. Really good. Wonderful mix of spice, and dark fruit. Get some clove and belgian yeast spicing up the mix along with raisins, figs, and the oh so good dark grape aroma. Really good smelling BSDA.

T. Nice balance of a wealth of flavors. Get spice, hops, dark fruit, sweet malt, brown sugar, rasisins, figs, Belgian yeast. Finishes on the sweet side. Get a little bit of hop bite, and some earthiness in the middle.

M. Medium/full bodied. Medium/low carbonation. Finishes sweet.

O. World class, I would agree with. However there are a lot of beers in that upper echelon, and I would have to rank this middle of the pack for that World Class group. Very well balanced, and extremely easy drinking. Lots of depth in the aroma and flavor. Nice balance of dry and sweet.

siradmiralnelson, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of cfalovo97
2/5  rDev -53.4%

cfalovo97, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of majcher33
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

majcher33, Oct 24, 2012
Achel Trappist Extra from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
95 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.