Achel Trappist Extra | Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse

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4.29/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
Belgium
achelsekluis.org

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by dsa7783 on 01-22-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#795
Reviews:
223
Ratings:
488
pDev:
9.32%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
143
Gots:
80
Trade:
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Photo of LagerMeister107
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very creamy, fruity, refreshing, drinkable, and delicious. Carbonation absolutely roars in the glass, and that coupled with the beautiful hickory wood color makes for one of the most beautiful beers I've ever drunk. Has a long lasting, dense head that reminds me almost of creamy hot chocolate. Very creamy yet light on the mouthfeel. Lots of strawberry jam and fresh berries in the aroma. Fresh, juicy, sweet plum and berries with some Belgian yeast in the taste. An absolutely delicious beer. One of the best I've ever had. This one was several months past the best buy date and showed absolutely no signs of wear. I'm sure the super thick bottle helps this beer age as flawlessly as it does. 5/5.

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Photo of MooseBoose
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of moose1980
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle was a few years old and gushed a little.
Pours dark brown with a pillowy, light beige head.
Aromas of grapes, dates, blackberries and strawberries; so fruity the Belgian yeast is all but lost.
Flavor is mostly Welch's grape juice with a welcomed spicy kick.
Moderate with dry and spicy finish.
With all the big name Trappist beers, this holds its own and then some.

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Photo of Nichols33
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Korbynlehr
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Epiktetos
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mollykats
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RBorsato
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dactrius
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mishi_d
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of briancathy
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ckollias
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dzu
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle.
L: dark brown with a weak foam head.
S: amazing complex aroma of fruits and grapes.
T: great taste , balanced , grapes, wine , plum.
F: oily, full body and medium carbonation.
O: amazing Belgian Trappist.

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Photo of wmartin
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from Teku from 750ml bottle. Dating on bottle says best before Dec. 2017.

Reminds me immediately of Rochefort 10. Rochefort 10 is one of my favorite beers, though I haven't had it in awhile. Rochefort 10 probably edges this out because of the more pronounced fruity flavors in Rochefort 10 (which are still not dominant), but i put this among the better Trappist quads. Very drinkable, and very desirable. Has a very faint soapy flavor that can be a flaw of beers of this type as well, though it is barely detectable.

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Photo of bshefftz
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Hellpop65
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lodisgrisen
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smithj4
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerCon5
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mwilbur
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a nice dark honey brown with dark ruby and yellow hues at the edges with backlighting. Rocky 2-3 inch light tan head with excellent retention.
S: Fresh Belgian yeast, soft caramel malt, a mix of spice (all spice, clove, cinnamon, and a hint of white pepper), cherry, red berries, and a hint of leather. Smells very fresh, fruity, and zesty. Excellent complexity here.
T: That fresh Belgian yeast hits first, very quickly followed by juicy raisins, cinnamon, clove, dates, leather, white pepper, strawberries, cherries, and a soft, but persistent, backbone of caramel malt. With warming, notes of pear and honey emerge. Follows aroma, not precisely, but very close. Wonderfully complex.
M: Soft and fruity sweet. Almost pulpy in feel. Medium body. Lingers and matures beautifully on the palate.
D: Drinks lighter, more fruit-forward, and fresher than I expected. A wonderful example of style! Seek it out!

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Photo of shelby415
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tux_alin
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leroybrown10
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerBeast
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Achel Trappist Extra from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 488 ratings