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Achel Trappist Extra - Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

398 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 398
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 99
Gots: 36 | 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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Photo of Chrily
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Chrily, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of brystmar
2.83/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

brystmar, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of claspada
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

claspada, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of beerpadawan
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of jrenihan
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jrenihan, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of Boz12
3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

Boz12, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -6.8%

ejimhof, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of RobertTheRogue
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

RobertTheRogue, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of penguinboat
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

penguinboat, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of rolltide8425
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

rolltide8425, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of PolishMathGeek
4/5  rDev -6.8%

PolishMathGeek, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of Elfastball7
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Elfastball7, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of Tomblerone
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Tomblerone, May 27, 2012
Photo of Wamba
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Wamba, May 25, 2012
Photo of Romulux
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Romulux, May 20, 2012
Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!!!

4thelvofbeer, May 16, 2012
Photo of rdespain
5/5  rDev +16.6%

rdespain, May 15, 2012
Photo of seand
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

seand, May 11, 2012
Photo of NightINgale
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

NightINgale, May 08, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -6.8%

kjkinsey, May 03, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

smakawhat, May 02, 2012
Photo of DARIVA
3.53/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

DARIVA, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev -6.8%

jaidenjb, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of ShawnB816
4/5  rDev -6.8%

ShawnB816, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of Lee_Hancock
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Lee_Hancock, Apr 22, 2012
Achel Trappist Extra from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
95 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.