Achel Superior Dark
De Achelse Kluis

Achel Superior DarkAchel Superior Dark
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From:
De Achelse Kluis
 
Belgium
Style:
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Ranked #5
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,303
Avg:
4.3 | pDev: 9.3%
Reviews:
234
Ratings:
525
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 29, 2024
Added:
Jan 22, 2008
Wants:
  155
Gots:
  87
Formerly known as Achel Trappist Extra
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Rated: 4.25 by smartassboiler from Illinois

May 29, 2024
 
Rated: 4.15 by not2quick from Missouri

Dec 10, 2023
 
Rated: 4.33 by igl from Russian Federation

Aug 12, 2023
 
Rated: 4.54 by Mebuzzard from Colorado

Jul 24, 2023
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
750ml bottle into a tulip, best by October 2020, so a bit late. Will it matter? (Spoiler alert, it didn't).

Looks great, dark reddish brown body with a persistent off white head. The nose promises bags of dark fruit, but the taste doesn't quite deliver. Very smooth, and certainly enjoyable.
May 02, 2023
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Reviewed by Herbabee from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
bottling date still fairly fresh as cellar ales go (autumn 2022, i believe). an uneventful pry of the cap, am greeted with welcoming sweet, bready bakery smells. pour (into globular 15 cl snifter) issues a bubbly pinky-finger tan cap which recedes rather quickly but lingers with a dormant-but-gurgling surface activity, and the obligatorily persistent flank of dense microbubbles surrounding the fill line. color an enchanting semi-translucent ruby-brown, with no noticeable particles having a swim. nose after pour validates those first impressions of the newly-opened bottle - bready yeasts, raisins, a certain dankness, other complexities that i don't wish to overstudy. into the mouth, feels rather effervescent, telegraphing those first-perceived scents to the palate, maybe a slightly bitter and sour character is ascertained. for nuanced complexity and balance/synergy, this delivers. swallow brings it on home smoothly, tangy, delicious as it descends.

in summary, i don't know if i could even tell this apart from a revered ol' St B 12 (or eek, a... Westie?) if conducting a blind comparison. which hey, that gives me an idea...
Mar 07, 2023
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Rerate, 750 ml green bottle, as Trappist Achel Bruin Bier Extra, probably from Vinmonopolet. Brown colour, huge off-white to beige head. Vinous aroma, notes of dark dried fruits, brown kandij sugar, oak, old dry sherry. Oaky and medium sweet flavour with a dry finish. Again notes of dried figs, brown kandij sugar and old and medium dry sherry. A hoppy and oaky "bite" in the finish.

Original rating: Bottle, at Den Tatoverede Enke, Copenhagen. Brown colour. Vinous and oaky aroma and flavour of old dry sherry, even cognac / armagnac. A top notch beer!
Sep 30, 2022
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Reviewed by te99912_123 from Switzerland

4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
dark brown with some red, not too much foam.
lots of raisins and figs, vanilla, sweet aroma.
Tastes reasonably sweet with flavors following the nose.
Some creamy, thick mouthfeel, though drinks smoothly.
Extremely pleasant.

Lovely quad (I'm treating this as a quad, if you want to open the BJCP pandora's box and belgian dark strong ale vs quad discussion). It certainly does not have to hide itself against the likes of st bernardus / rochefort / westvleteren, though misses their complexity by a tiny bit.
Sep 30, 2022
 
Rated: 4.36 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado

Sep 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.67 by Jakepitbull from New York

Aug 01, 2022
 
Rated: 3.8 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 07, 2022
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Reviewed by REDAMI from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Poured from 750ml bottle into Chimay goblet.

L - Dark golden brown pour, sandy taupe head which dissipates quickly.

S - Malt, slight metallic note, buttery brown bread.

T - Syrupy treacle sweetness, dark bready grains. Sweetness is cut by a vegetal (fennel) bitterness.

F - Not over thin, fine carbonation with a dry finish.

An excellent example of the style. Do wish the taste was a slightly better match to the smell.
Oct 03, 2021
 
Rated: 4.68 by AGoodStout from Kansas

Aug 15, 2021
 
Rated: 4.35 by Burg from New Hampshire

May 05, 2021
 
Rated: 4.75 by Ziosa from Missouri

Apr 20, 2021
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Reviewed by Greywulfken from New York

4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Actually thought this was their tripel, so I was was surprised by the dark brown pour - very creamy tan head with a nicely fuzzy persistence... It's almost like a quad, but not as sweet and thick - has a fluffy carbonation and a lot of quad-like elements of spice and fruit, but dried out and toned down to something almost umami... There's some wood and bitter char and smoke amid the dates and dark fruited bread impressions... Lots of complexity and depth... Smooth and dangerously drinkable - this 750 mL bottle isn't going to last long - very impressed - highly recommended for fans of quads, strong Belgian darks, Belgian and fine ales in general - as well as all true BAs...

Trappist monks: This is how you do this...
Feb 26, 2021
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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Look: It pours dark brown with a tan head. Head retention is very good. It is clear for the most part.

Smell: Strong rich malty aroma with raisins. There are some dried cherry notes a very low spice and and very light vanilla.

Taste: It is malty rich with bread and raisin flavors. There are dried cherries at moderate levels with a light spice and perfume.

Feel: It has a full body and is quite dry in the finish. There is alcohol warming at pleasant levels.

Overall, a great blend of flavors and aromas.
Feb 19, 2021
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
750ml bottle. No dating found. Green bottle, imported by Shelton Bros.
Body color is a plum brown, with cloudiness. Minimal head. No lacing.
Aroma is dark fruit raisin, molasses, dark bread, and candi sugar.
Taste is dark fruit raisin, prune, and fig, chocolate and vanilla, molasses and toffee. The dark fruit rules supreme in the aftertaste, but expresses slightly sweet.
Heavier mouth feel, with some syrup. Very little carbonation from this bottle.
Beguiling beer that tastes rich and dense with flavors. I bought this at a bottle shop that stocks very few Belgian beers, so it would be helpful to know the age of the beer, considering the lack of carbonation.
Feb 18, 2021
 
Rated: 4.17 by Dbot from Delaware

Dec 18, 2020