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Achel Trappist Extra - Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse

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381 Ratings
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Ratings: 381
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 98
Gots: 33 | 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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seand

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 03:43:15 | More by seand
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NightINgale

Russian Federation

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

05-08-2012 15:23:32 | More by NightINgale
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -6.8%

05-03-2012 16:58:05 | More by kjkinsey
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smakawhat

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 23:04:07 | More by smakawhat
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DARIVA

Netherlands

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 11:05:09 | More by DARIVA
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jaidenjb

Ohio

4/5  rDev -6.8%

04-25-2012 00:05:38 | More by jaidenjb
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ShawnB816


4/5  rDev -6.8%

04-24-2012 00:06:41 | More by ShawnB816
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Lee_Hancock

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

04-22-2012 22:00:42 | More by Lee_Hancock
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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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gcgarcia

Brazil

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

04-01-2012 22:41:41 | More by gcgarcia
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polishkaz

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -6.8%

03-28-2012 00:26:39 | More by polishkaz
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theminutemen

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

03-27-2012 14:44:26 | More by theminutemen
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RickS95

Indiana

4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich, dark medium brown. Head is slow forming and quick to dissipate. The head brings a stark contrast to the dark beer with white bubbles.

Very malty in the nose. Dark ripe fruits are present, red apples and red grapes.

The taste is stellar. It's malty and very fruity. The apples and grapes are prevalent and dominate everything else. It's high in alcohol and while you can taste it, it's not overpowering.

It's a medium bodied beer, a bit on the sweet side. Not too malty, but very fruity. A slight tanginess balances the sweet, which is beneficial because there is no hop presence. It tries to be a dry finish but it lacks the carbonation, leaving a slightly sticky sweet finish.

As usual, it's a great Trappist beer. Bordering on too sweet, but it goes down easy. I'd drink it more often but it was $17 for a half liter...almost worth it.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 04:08:51 | More by RickS95
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metter98

New York

4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very hazy brown in color. It poured with a finger high light beige head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: The taste has sweet aromas of dark fruits.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of malty sweetness with flavors of dark fruits—dates and plums seem to stand out in particular.
M: It feels medium-bodied and incredibly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very nice to sip and savor but it’s not too difficult to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 03:16:13 | More by metter98
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy dark amber/copper in color with a finger tall light beige head. The head reduces to a thin layer that covers the entire surface along with some thicker patches and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Lots of sweet dark fruits with some hints of caramel and some malts as well. Not as complex as the flavor but still quite good.

T: Some very nice malty sweetness with hints of dark fruit and caramel sweetness. Nice complexity to the flavor of this beer. Really enjoyable.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Really smooth and creamy.

O: Extremely enjoyable an definitely one of the top beers in this style. I could easily enjoy this beer many more times in the future.This beer has a really great flavor and wonderful smell.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 03:12:07 | More by dbrauneis
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augustgarage

California

4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Best before November, 2009 (making this a 2005 vintage?). Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Trappist Westvleteren goblet.

Cloudy sienna liquid glows a gentle copper when held to a strong light. A small active khaki head recedes to a flat lasting collar and slick. Tiny microbubbles feed the surface. Good retention, sandy lacing, and viscous tears slide down the sides.

Resinous tobacco, cocoa, banana leaf, figs, raisin, fine rum in the nose - complex and inviting though with just the faintest hint of oxidation.

Deep penetrating malt on the palate unfolding slowly with rich sweet complexity - demerara, turbinado, honey, and leather are each hinted at. A touch of dark fruit and rye (both probably coming from the slumbering yeast) lead into the long delicate finish.

Medium bodied, lightly effervescent, and filling (though never hot).

Already one of the best examples of the style (I still think of this as more of a "quad"), it ages very well. Best served with cheese and contemplation.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 05:29:38 | More by augustgarage
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SURFBUGG

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

03-01-2012 21:07:11 | More by SURFBUGG
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Vylo

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +16.6%

02-25-2012 03:33:59 | More by Vylo
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Rollzroyce21

California

4/5  rDev -6.8%

02-19-2012 15:34:55 | More by Rollzroyce21
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djcira

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

02-19-2012 15:27:57 | More by djcira
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KDawg

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into a chalice. Pours a nice light brown color that is somewhat see-through

balanced with a real savory quality and aromas of malts, caramel, some grains and a touch of dark cherries

this brings the kind of feel that only a trappist ale can bring. Very smooth and extremely balanced with good flavors of malts, caramel and dark cherries. The flavors aren't as pronounced as I would want, but they are still extremely good

This is a real quality trappist ale. Great balance on the smell and feel, but maybe lacking a slight bit in complexity. Nevertheless, this is a real good beer and one that is very enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 04:23:27 | More by KDawg
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MrVonzipper

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

02-16-2012 17:35:45 | More by MrVonzipper
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abrand

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL poured into a snifter glass

This pours a dark brown/mahogany color with a tan head that leaves minimal lacing. Smells of caramel, sweet malts, some raisins as well as toffee. Pretty sweet smelling. Taste is a little boozy but good. Plenty of malts and dark fruits on the palate with subtle hints of nuts. Mouthfeel is medium body with decent carbonation. Overall, I really enjoyed this. Couldn't handle the full bottle in one sitting but really enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 23:09:43 | More by abrand
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -6.8%

02-09-2012 06:46:43 | More by tobelerone
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Mar02x

Netherlands

4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 20:35:29 | More by Mar02x
Achel Trappist Extra from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
95 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.