Achel Trappist Extra | Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse

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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
Ratings:
477
Reviews:
220
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
9.37%
 
 
Wants:
142
Gots:
79
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2
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Photo of briancathy
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Dzu
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
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 +1.9%
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 +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Hellpop65
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lodisgrisen
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smithj4
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerCon5
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mwilbur
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
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 -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tux_alin
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leroybrown10
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerBeast
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Grackos
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great beer indeed.

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Photo of EMV
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

L: Pours a dark, dark mahogany brown... nearly black. 1.5 fingers of off-white head.

S: Dark malted sugars... caramel and figs. Slight roast.

T/F: Big roasted sugars and malts... caramel and toffee... light on the dark fruits but some present. Yeasty complexity and finishes nice and dry. Smooth and drinkable... warming and there's some serious ABV in there that's nicely hidden.

O: Belgian monks + beer = happiness. Great beer, and one to sip/savor.

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Photo of MrDell
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

21.07.2016

Trappist Achel Bruin Extra
Quadrupel – 9.5% - 750ml Bottle - Best before 16.09.2017

I’ve been looking forward to getting my hands on this for a very long time after being impressed by the quality of the standard bruin from this monastery that sources the majority of its ingredients, including the yeast, from Westmalle .

Appearance: Very deep red, almost black with a cappuccino style head. From the underside, head is made up of some really large bubbles. Good head retention.

Aroma: Burnt sugar, sweet dark fruits, Christmas pudding is also in there, but it's really the caramel notes that are dominating. Like melting chocolate and highland toffee.

Taste: Aroma translates well to taste. Mostly the burnt sugar taste upfront, then a short hit of licquorice. You get a lot of warming alcohol after swallowing that is very pleasant and goes on for some time, not a huge finish taste wise though. The Westmalle yeast strain is also quite noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied (low for the style). Dry finish.
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Overall: Quite light in both body and taste for a Trappist quad. Very drinkable though and the alcohol warmth is very nice and would be perfect on a winters evening. Not a huge difference between this and the standard version, just comes in a bigger bottle with an extra 1.5% ABV. The ingredients must be the same. As this warmed up, the links to Westmalle became more and more apparent. The last few mouthfuls being very similar to Westmalle dubbel.

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Photo of Omniwar
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bird_soul
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EdgarGerik
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of josanguapo
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Trade with BenBreeg. In Teku glass. At dinner, with noodles soup + brastwurst, and watching Adele's Life. Very tasty dark fruits brew. Alcohol well hidden and very pleasant feeling. Just a bit less amazing than a Westy 12

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Photo of JDW4195
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Euroglot
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of icemanls4
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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