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 #867
Avg:
4.31 | pDev: 9.28%
Reviews:
225
Ratings:
497
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Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
 
Belgium
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Year-round
Wants
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  86
SCORE
94
Outstanding
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5/5  rDev +16%

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Photo of jbone78
3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a couple of these, just now got around to reviewing.
A- Poured in my St. Bernardus goblet. A reddish color with a nice carbonated head. Lacing not bad.
S- sugar, bold fruits like raisins.
T- This is the surprising part. there are the flavors of dark fruits, but less belgian sugar flavors and more of a sourness that I do not expect. Could bee the yeast?
M -Traditional Trappist, well carbonated.
D -Not Bad, I just prefer other trappist ales.

-Bye

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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 jrae2424
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Aarstad
4.44/5  rDev +3%

Photo of NightINgale
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Lodisgrisen
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DucksFan16
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 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 LAND_MINE
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of briancathy
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of crossovert
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

750ml green capped bottle.

Pours into my tulip with a fizzy, billowing slightly off-white head. The beer is a hazy brown/amber/reddish brown.

The yeast is very powerful n the scent with hints of lemon. There is also some dark fruit scents like red grape, raisin, and prune. And also some hints of dark malts and caramel.

The taste is actually very similar to the smell. It is more astringent than most Belgian strong darks. There are a bit more spices in the flavor and I am definitely picking up some cinnamon-like character. It has just a bit of tartness which is welcome for this style. After the sediment is poured the tartness vanishes and loads of caramel and yeast goodness come to the forefront. It is one damn complex brew.

The mouthfeel is a bit too carbonated, that is the only real flaw of this beer.

Overall it is a great Trappist beer, I expected better but this is pretty good.

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

Photo of greg202stewart
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Someone tried to tell me that this beer was very limited and hard to obtain (wrong). It was however just as pricey as the rest of the Trappists. Compared to the rest Achel unfortunately ranks last on my list although I haven't tried La Trappe. I had very high expectations and it didn't meet them. It poured out a reddish brown with small head into a St. Bernardus Tulip. It had some spices and flavor but lacked the life I expect from a Trappist. It was too sweet which was a turn off. It reminded me of a St Bernardus Abt 12 that was too sweet or just slightly off. Not bad, but in my opinion ranks low on my favorite Trappist list.

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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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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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 therealmcclurg
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very carbonated Belgian Strong Ale. Deep Brown color. Very, very sweet. This was the part that was a turnoff for me. I had high expectations, as I truly enjoy the other Trappist beers. This one is last on the list as far as I am concerned. Its a good beer, but its very sweet, and I can't imagine drinking very much of it at a time.

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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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4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Omniwar
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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