Achel Trappist Extra
Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse

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Style:
Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Ranked #6
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
94
Ranked #861
Avg:
4.31 | pDev: 9.28%
Reviews:
225
Ratings:
497
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Photo of VABA
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | 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

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Photo of REVZEB
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of LagerMeister107
5/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of moose1980
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
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 Dzu
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
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 +0.9%
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 mwilbur
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

8/31/18 update:
Cellared one until now. Bottle says best before 16 December 17. It’s lost a half step, but still going quite strong and very similar to the above. Maybe would have been best to drink this last December, but I’m certainly not regretting letting it go this long.

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Photo of EMV
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
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 -2.1%
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 josanguapo
4.79/5  rDev +11.1%
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 aleigator
3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Offers a darker, chestnut brown color, big fluffy brownish head. Aroma of burned malts, plums, raisins and hints of chocolate. Has tastes of breadish malts, sugar and toffee. The high carbonation is hiding the upcoming alcohol with a refreshing finish. A slightly bitter maltiness lingers on the tongue very long. Has a pleasant mouthfeel throughout, intensifying the impression of being a very well balanced stong beer in which the alcohol is well hidden. Starts rather sweet, while turning more bitter to the end, due to some hops, which are still dominated by the malty, sugary body of this beer.

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Photo of RB7009
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Funky head explosion out of my 750 mL bottle. After, pouring in a Belgian taster glass - clinging head.

Typical fruity, fermented taste (yeast flavored) with similar smells. Maybe hints of figs.

The body is light but can be also tasted a "light creamy" complexion with the interplay of the head.

Color is murky - almost monsterous reminiscent of swimming in a lake and kicking silt on the bottom.

Overall...great. The Belgium monks brew a good brew and I can see why this is a high scoring beer. Judge this beer against Unibroue Trois Pistoles.

Thanks.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Nut brown color with red-orange hues. Some haze. Khaki-colored head retains at two inches for the duration. Thick, chunky lacing coats the glass.

S: Coffee cake, cinnamon, caramel, glazed nuts, hint of cocoa. Black pepper. Musty yeast. Hint of herbal hops. Candi sugar. Pear and nectarine esters. Whiff of alcohol.

T: Nutty, cocoa, burnt sugar, cola, some coffee roast. Malty and layered. Very herbal mid-palate. Tea and tobacco. Musty yeast is an anchor. Phenols get peppery and a little smokey. Fleeting dark fruit candi sugar flavors. Hints of tangerine and tropical esters. Spike of rummy alcohol toward the back. Trailing nutty and cola tastes on a long finish.

M: Medium thick body with rich malty textures. Coating and almost syrupy, though the attenuation prevents it from being sticky. Light creaminess. Prickly and bitey carbonation lifts it. Firm but gentle alcohol warmth.

O: It's perhaps a little more malt-driven than most of the other Trappists and seems just a little less complex though it hits all the marks. There's an overall dessert type of feel to it with all the layered malt flavors and richer textures, but the high attenuation prevents it from getting too big and sticky. Though it isn't quite as awe-inspiring as its other Trappist brethren, it still upholds the lofty standards of the Trappist emblem.

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Photo of stevoj
4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from Mi Grain, Mi Houblon in Arlon. Superlative. Excellent on all counts, prunes, toffee, some malt, some vanilla. A bare hint of the alcohol, not in flavor, but in warmth. A real gem

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Photo of drpimento
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great appearance with a huge foamy, tan, long lasting head, plenty of lace, and a slightly hazy, brown amber color. Aroma is figs, dates, raisins, malt, toffee, caramel. Flavor is sweet up front then the aroma characteristics, then a few odd tastes. Body is good. Finish has those odd tastes along with some residual sweetness giving it a medicinal cast. But overall, very good.

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Photo of Roguer
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a fizzy head that immediately dissipates to nothing. Brew is a dark nut brown, clear in body with some carbonation in the center and a graininess around the edges.

Strong and sweet BSDA aroma: prunes and figs feature prominently, along with nuts and a touch of cola.

Flavor follows: this is a classic, potent, sweet BSDA. A little too sweet for my liking, in fact; it's rich and smooth but too cloying. Figs and prunes again are the dominant flavor; there's a bit of cola, as well as a subdued touch of tobacco.

Dry effervescent finish at first, but it lingers cloyingly around the gums. Very smooth. Just a touch of building warming heat in the chest; beyond that, the 9.5% is completely absent. Lively with just a touch of sting.

This is a very good BSDA, but it's sweeter than I'd like. It aged tremendously well, showing no ill effects.

~3 year old bottle for review.

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Photo of founddrama
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A sublime quad. Everything you'd expect, maybe more. Creamy finish and effervescent throughout. Paragon of a Trappist quadruple.

#MensJournal100Best2014

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4/5  rDev -7.2%

APPEARANCE - Clear amber with 2-finger head that lasts. Good lacing.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, grain, sweet.

TASTE - Hops, nutty, bread. ABV mostly hidden.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Good carbonation, clean, light, effervescent, crisp, refreshing.

VALUE - $10 for an 11 oz. bottle - not that bad for an import at a restaurant.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Quite drimkable for a Tripel. Not a sipping beer.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for $3.30 for a 330ml bottle. Nice round numbers!!

A- Very good. Nice dark brown. Nice head that films out in a minute. This one was in storage for 1yr

S- Very good. Lots of malt. Good caramel. Figs

T- Lots going on. Mellow and rich. Good blend.

M- Still has a lot of carbonation. Excellent tongue when that wears off

O- Excellent brew. Have a few in the cellar for later so I'm happy

Food Pairing

This nice brew went well with...... Braised lamb shank with root vegetables in a balsamic reduction

Enjoy!!

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Photo of patre_tim
3.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deer skin brown, dark brown and cloudy with a deer hide colour when held to the light, 4 fingers of beige head leaving an amazing lacing. Hard to see any carbonation due to the darkness, but looks like shimmering lake waters when held to the light. Sexy lacing.

S: Deep dark cherries covered in milk chocolate, raisins, floral like a perfume of aromatic fruit blossoms. Light coke like scents, reminiscent of Achel Brune.

T: Dark fruits like dates, figs, raisins, light sweetness and a good hit of alcohol on the tongue. The alcohol almost takes over which really surprises me. A good burn with it as well. Light cherry and floral notes come in but are faint.

M: Medium thick body with light carbonation.

O: An excellent brew. Light on sweetness unlike Achel Brune, high in alcohol, yet a lot of the pleasant tastes of dark fruits. A huge bottle which I think is unnecessary, wish it came in a smaller portion. Bought in Lakeland, FL, drank in Pensacola, FL, July 30th, 2014.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.92/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

With out a doubt one of the finest beers I have ever had. This beer looks great and smells sweet and rich of dark fruits. The taste is much the same sweet with dark fruits and dark sugars. The feel is smooth and full. All in all a hell of a beer. Get your hands on it if you can.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

achel extra is awesome stuff, lost maybe in the hype and availability of some of the other trappist stuff, this is positively delicious. in the zone between dubbel and quad, this molasses colored beer has a tall and lasting white head of tiny little bursting bubbles that prickle the nose as i smell its deeply caramelized sugars and zesty belgian yeast. a hint of green bottle stink to it, i wish such awesome beers could stop going in these bottles, but it seems destined to be a belgian beer problem forever. raisin and maple flavors to the grain, a bread crust character too, and then its all yeast. its so different than the other trappist strains, and has less of the fruit and more of the spice too it. it has an ancient aura, a feeling of timeless growth and maturation. white pepper and even a hint of cinnamon to it, like a good baked dessert, long zippy finish, dry for how big and sweet this starts, and no alcohol flavors at all, not even at ambient temperature. special beer, worthy of more hype i think, it stands up to any of its peers extremely well, and somehow stays light on the palate and drinkable. a 750ml bottle of this is not more than i want in a given sitting, its just right.

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Photo of draheim
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL (best before 9/16/2015) into a tulip. Pours a cloudy mahogany w/ a big fluffy off-white head, tons of sticky lace.

Aroma is a big burst of dark stone fruits - figs, dates, raisins, plums - plus brown sugar, clean bready malt, Belgian yeast. Nice floral aromas coming through from the Old World hops too.

Taste is rich and complex, sweet but not sugary. Dried figs and dates, spices, rich sweet dark malt, toffee, and a warming touch of booze. Floral and spicy, lively.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, almost thick. Creamy. Carbonation is perfect, finishes pretty dry.

Overall an outstanding BSDA, up there with the best.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. Pours a dark., murky red-orange brown with a big, fine three finger light tan head with excellent retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, dark stone fruit, apple, clove, Belgian yeast. Flavor follows with caramel malt, dark and light stone fruit, apple and pear juice, clove, cinnamon and other earthy spicing, brown sugar, finishing with a semi-sweet, slightly sour burst of fruit flavors with light peppery spice from the clove and maybe hops. Beautifully integrated and flavorful. Medium bodied with really nice peppery carbonation that complements the spicing. An excellent, well balanced, complex Belgian dark that is very flavorful. The taste seems a bit subdued at first compared to the two top well-known Belgian strong ales, but the flavor builds and gets more interesting throughout the taste. Complex flavor covers the ABV well, making this a dangerous ale because it continually invites tasting. World class. Glad I finally got to try this rare beer.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 2015, so i guess it's pretty fresh.
Dark brown, almost black pour, beige two finger fluffy head, great retention, moderately sticky. Half a finger of milky foam stuck around untill i finished the glass actually. Looks great.
Smell of Belgian sugars/caramel, dark malts, raisin and dry fig, as expected, really balanced, but not so strong.
Taste is heavy with dark fruit, with huge amounts of raisin, some dry figs and dates, plums with a bit of sour juiciness and faint berries. All these covered in caramel (alongside some light Belgian candi sugar) and set on a canvas of dark bread and biscuity malts. Lots of yeast activity, some nice dark spices kind of feel, with random hints of nutmeg, licorice, cinnamon and clove. Very low hop presence, with a subtle bitterness in the finish.
At first the dark fruit might seem too much, but it gets more balanced as it sits and warms. Alcohol starts to heat up bit by bit too, without being boozy or disturbing at any time.
Low carbonation, just a little prickly fizz, creamy and chewy, feels rather heavy, but it fits with the roundness of the taste.
A great tasty dark trappist, tho some might be disappointed by the apparent simplicity of the brew. I myself found it to be perfect, a great example for Belgian dark ales.

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Achel Trappist Extra from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 497 ratings