Achel Trappist Extra - Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
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2.83/5 rDev -34%
Sat on this bottle for about a year. Best before 3/16/2012.
Dirty brown body, thin tan head & lace with big bubbles. Ugly, to be honest.
Aroma is super sweet & bready, which is offsetting to my senses. Aged hops and Belgian candi sugar join the above in the flavor. Figs, plums, other dark fruits. Again, way too sweet for my liking.
Pretty sure my distaste for this brew isn't due to the extra time on the bottle -- minimally attributable, at most. Lacks the depth, spice, and overall complexity of its Trappist siblings.
09-03-2012 19:51:51 | More by brystmar
4.05/5 rDev -5.6%
Pours a hazy burgundy red color with a large, soapy khaki head.
Aromas being with dark candy sugar and equal dark fruits. As it warms I get more of the bready base malt and some increading plum and red apple skin; emerging alcohol as well.
The tastes begin with bready, grainy maltiness with emerging candy sugar sweetness that help to balance the slight alcohol kick. Dark fruits, mainly fig, plum and grape skin emerge as it warms.
The mouthfeel is full medium-full bodied with medium-high carbonation. Finish is big and bold with emerging spicy yeast flavors that work well with the high effervescent carbonation.
Overall this is a good example of a traditional Belgian Strong Ale. Nothing to out of this world of revolutionary, just a solid from one of the Trappist legends. More tempered as far as the spiciness goes which I appreciate and enjoy over the examples with too much yeasty flavors.
08-30-2012 19:38:24 | More by claspada
4/5 rDev -6.8%
Beer is brown with a moderately sized white head which dissipates quickly. Some lacing.
Dark fruit in the nose, plum and red grape. Vinous and sweet. Fairly typical BSDA. Good but not interesting.
Taste is fairly sweet, lots of plum, red grape and raisin. A bit of brown sugar. Malty. Vinous. Like the nose, it is a fairly typical BSDA flavour.
Medium bodied, low carbonation. Surprisingly thin.
Overall, a good beer, but not as good as I hoped for. Disappointing given the ratings. I found it to be a solid but typical BSDA, without any remarkable qualities.
08-21-2012 23:24:36 | More by jrenihan
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
4.4/5 rDev +2.6%
A: Pours a dark translucent mahogany, with a large amount of light tan head. A fairly thick blanket retains and leaves thick lacing with longevity.
S: Raisins, clove and other spices, molasses, belgian yeast. Nice subdued but complex balance.
T: Raisiny sweetness through the mid palate, leading into a spiced rum and then a light, non-bitter hoppy note, finishing dry. Lots of complexity; somewhat like an aged beer, without the concentrating effect that aging usually has.
M: Relatively full body, medium carbonation.
Overall, really really good. I'll seek this one out again.
05-11-2012 03:43:15 | More by seand
4.4/5 rDev +2.6%
Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.
Into the tulip a somewhat clear ruby garnet Indian red body, then fills with deep mahogany brown color. Head has a nice creamy even texture, whipped up faint tan chocolate and light mocha cream in appearance. Wonderful rising carbonation, just a fantastic looking beer.
Wonderful toasty dense dark malt sugars and dark fruit sensations. Figgy and newton dense sweet cookies. Raisin and dense cake like vanilla. Incredibly rich smelling. Great stuff.
Palate hits with a little light body, but the richness comes through. Dense dark cherries, mild figs and raisins follow. Tight carbonation with a slight wet texture. Malt sweetness bringing in all the notes from the nose nicely. Vanilla finish and cream on the swallow... just coating so nicely.
Overall a real big fantastic tasting brew from these guys. Real solid and impressed this isn't a style I get excited about often, but this beer really delivers.
05-02-2012 23:04:07 | More by smakawhat
3.53/5 rDev -17.7%
A: Perfect amber beer with a beautiful head.
S: The smells are not really recognizable, something sweet.
T: The taste is slightly sweet beer.
M: Delicious carbonation and a good foam feeling.
O: Not easily drinkable, beer with a bitter aftertaste.
04-25-2012 11:05:09 | More by DARIVA
Achel Trappist Extra from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
95 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.