Achel Trappist Extra
Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse

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Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Ranked #6
Ranked #1,466
4.29 | pDev: 9.09%
Sep 30, 2022
Jan 22, 2008
Achel Trappist ExtraAchel Trappist Extra
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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 +8.6%
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 +4.9%
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 +7.2%
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 +7.2%
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 -0.2%
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
Rated: 4.1 by arzt from Germany

Sep 02, 2020
Rated: 4.24 by Bruno74200 from France

Jun 09, 2020
Rated: 4.21 by Quafftastic from Virginia

Jun 01, 2020
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Rated by SauceMcSauce from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Smooth, molasses, grape, with some bitter funk. Not for everyone but great! Make sure to serve at recommended 50-60 degree temp in a tulip glass.
Apr 26, 2020
Rated: 4.49 by Danzifer from Ohio

Apr 01, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by mmilyko from Nevada

Mar 29, 2020
Rated: 4.35 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Mar 18, 2020
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
L- Very dark ruby chestnut, rested but pours with some sediment in the mix. 5-10mm tan head that's holding well.
S- Chocolate. dark pungent fruits amd molasses.
T- Dark pungent fruits and molasses.
F- Rich, deep, well into slow-sipping winter-warmer territory.
O- Nice, I'd deffo drink this again, though it's pungent stuff and a 750ml bottle for one might be a bit OTT :)
Bought from BeersOfEurope (UK). 750ml bottle BB June-2021: £10.45
Mar 13, 2020
Rated: 4.42 by steverx8 from England

Jan 18, 2020
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A-Pours a dark color with a generous head and lacing
A-Aroma has nice fruity and spice hints
T-Taste follows the nose with a fruity and spice flavor
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A good Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Jul 28, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Jul 20, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Jan 06, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by heysuz from Indiana

Jan 06, 2019
Rated: 4.87 by ptarmigan98 from Alaska

Oct 20, 2018
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
My favorite achel, and that is saying something because they do good work. The malt and belgian yeast open up all kinds of rich strong dark ale favorites: dark chocolate, raisin, vanilla, toffee, fig, bready cookies, molasses, and candi sugar. Great mouthfeel with creamy start, bready middle and yeasty carbonated finish, with dark flavors carrying through.
Sep 24, 2018
Rated: 4.2 by VikingDAB from New York

Aug 09, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by RayCannata from Louisiana

Jun 05, 2018
Rated: 4.24 by Jcbroome from Florida

May 30, 2018
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Reviewed by LagerMeister107 from New York

5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Creamy, fruity, refreshing, drinkable, and delicious. The carbonation absolutely roars in the glass, which, coupled with the brown & almost purple color tones, makes for one of the most beautiful beers I've ever dranken. It has a long-lasting, dense head. Soft and creamy on the mouthfeel. Lots of strawberry jam and fresh berries in the aroma. Fresh, juicy, sweet plum and berries, light roasted malt notes, and lots of Belgian yeast in the taste. The water used in the brewing process sticks out as being high quality and super crisp. An absolutely delicious beer. Easily my favorite Belgian dark ale.
Apr 25, 2018
Rated: 4.37 by MooseBoose from Wisconsin

Apr 22, 2018
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Reviewed by moose1980 from Germany

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.
Mar 18, 2018
Rated: 4 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Mar 05, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by MutuelsMark from Kentucky

Mar 04, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by Mattias from Sweden

Sep 29, 2017
Rated: 4.16 by Epiktetos from Czech Republic

Sep 19, 2017
Rated: 4.57 by mollykats from Pennsylvania

Sep 08, 2017
Rated: 4.4 by RBorsato from Virginia

Aug 22, 2017
Achel Trappist Extra from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 518 ratings