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:
479
Reviews:
220
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
9.37%
 
 
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142
Gots:
79
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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 BeerBeast
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dactrius
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy amber brown off white cream speckled lacing, nice thanks for the sample beergeek279. Aroma: Plums, raisins with brown sugar ripened fruit tones very nice hides the alcohol very nicely almost too well. Taste: Creamy ripened fruit big and chewy flavors alcohol is evident with a deep vinous tone to it, awesome flavor. Mouthfeel: Effervescent carbonation coats the palate nicely leaving the flavors there to linger in a good way. Drinkability: Excellent not cloying in anyway nice Achel selection that gives the brewery some definite credentials.

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Photo of RickS95
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich, dark medium brown. Head is slow forming and quick to dissipate. The head brings a stark contrast to the dark beer with white bubbles.

Very malty in the nose. Dark ripe fruits are present, red apples and red grapes.

The taste is stellar. It's malty and very fruity. The apples and grapes are prevalent and dominate everything else. It's high in alcohol and while you can taste it, it's not overpowering.

It's a medium bodied beer, a bit on the sweet side. Not too malty, but very fruity. A slight tanginess balances the sweet, which is beneficial because there is no hop presence. It tries to be a dry finish but it lacks the carbonation, leaving a slightly sticky sweet finish.

As usual, it's a great Trappist beer. Bordering on too sweet, but it goes down easy. I'd drink it more often but it was $17 for a half liter...almost worth it.

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Photo of bruachan
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the head went nutty at first, but isn't so sweet anymore, though it did leave some lacing. deep mahogany color

deep husky, bready, toasty, roasty aroma. plenty of dark fruit as well

the flavors are intensely raisiny and figgy. sweet and tangy with some nut characteristics. it's a good brew, and somewhat complex. there's even some cola in there

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Photo of srandycarter
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Voluminous, great head. Leaves fast to ring. Lots of persistent lace.

S - Briny, barny, sour in a sense, solid malt smell.

T - Solid malt core, fruity and lots of barn funk.

M - Medium body, lots of carb, good coat. Great balance.

D - Big beer, but nice.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml green bottle. Hazy dark red translucent body with a half an inch of light tan head. Smells citrussy and pithy. Tastes citrusy and roasty, as well as sour and slightly alcoholic. Nut and caramel show up after a few sips too. Very different from most other beers I've ever tried. Definitely grows on you as you make your way through it. An interesting complex beer that's definitely worth the try and that I'll probably get again.

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Photo of abrand
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL poured into a snifter glass

This pours a dark brown/mahogany color with a tan head that leaves minimal lacing. Smells of caramel, sweet malts, some raisins as well as toffee. Pretty sweet smelling. Taste is a little boozy but good. Plenty of malts and dark fruits on the palate with subtle hints of nuts. Mouthfeel is medium body with decent carbonation. Overall, I really enjoyed this. Couldn't handle the full bottle in one sitting but really enjoyable.

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

Photo of mikesgroove
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice three inch high head of tan colored lace formed on the top and hung around for a good few moments before settling down to just a thin layer of lace and some nice side glass presentation There were a few touches of carbonation visible as well drifting up toward the surface.

The aroma was very rich, with a nice mixture of sweet caramel notes and dark fruity yeast. Hints of plums and raisins were all over this one, as was a sweet liqueur type aroma, which gave a hint to the alcohol that lie within. A nice touch of spice as well, with hints of nutmeg.. The flavor followed suit perfectly. Opening up with a nice sweet malty flavor that warmed from within, it quickly became much more complex. A small boozy flavor coming in behind it, was laced with nice bits of spice and rum soaked raisin flavors. with the malt profile clearly dominating. There were some lingering flavors of roasted nuts as you got toward the end and the long lasting finish, had the slightest of sour bites to it. Very complex indeed.

The overall profile though was quite mellow with nothing really dominating in one way or another, and a very smooth and creamy Mouthfeel. The carbonation never did let up and led to this one never coming across as dull or flat throughout the session. The alcohol was a touch noticeable at first, but never distracting, and was just enough to let you know this was indeed a nice sipper.

Overall, this was Very rich and complex, and delightfully smooth

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, poured in a big wine glass at 59 F/ 15 C.

Erupted upon opening. Red-brown, full of suspended bits, finger of loosely knit but sticky beige head, thick sticky sheets of lace. I have to watch the bottle, foam keeps growing out of the top like a snake.

Smells spicy and sweet, with tart dark fruit and heady solvent. A bit like Mexican chocolate and dried cherries.

Full rich dark sweet flavor. Raisins and dried cherries, fig jam, milk chocolate, spices, and solvent and booze. Dark candi syrup is center stage. A touch of balancing grassy bitterness. Long sweet spicy raisiny finish.

Sugary texture, but not quite cloying. Fine lively carbonation. A touch of astringency like fruit skin. Quite sippable.

Heady sweet dark fruity beer. I enjoyed this. Wish I had a slice of fruit cake to go with it.

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Photo of Wildman
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very murky amber brown color with little visible light getting through the murky mess. It formed a huge foamy off white head that acted like a float and coated the glass with lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt, raisins and a touch of caramel. A nice flavor of malt, caramel and dark fruit like plums/raisins present. A bit of a sprite finish A warming beer for a nice evening.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay chalice glass, it's a dark brown color with a solid head over an inch tall. Laces and coats the glass as it is drunk. Aroma is chock full of dark, caramalized fruit smells and the sweet smell of malt. First taste is malt, resembling sweet cocoa. Lots of raisiny, vinous fruit follow. Hop bitterness is very restrained, with the malty sweetness offset only slightly. Alcohol is noticible, and very warming before the bottle is finished. Full, rich bodied.

A complex and tasty beer, but almost too sweet, in my opinion.

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Photo of petacutlasaurus
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Phew. Grabbed one recently for the minimalism of it, gathering dust on the back shelf. Glad I did! Super effervescent dark beer with inches of dark brown head that faded quickly. Smelled great with a load of dark fruits, caramel and alcohol. The taste was mostly determined by the dark fruit, but was elaborated with some burnt, smokey tinges as well as some whiskey notes and a little bit of leather and earth on the finish. All in all, a great beer that's really betrayed by its inauspiciousness and usual position deep in the back of the lowest shelf. Can't wait to try this out of the bottle one day.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | 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 bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of simoen
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ste5venla
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of whatname
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of cwd
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Achel Trappist Extra from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
4.27 out of 5 based on 479 ratings.
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