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Achel Trappist Extra | Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse

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4.29/5
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483 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#774
Reviews:
221
Ratings:
483
pDev:
9.32%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
141
Gots:
79
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 483 |  Reviews: 221
Photo of spointon
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml green bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice glass. Produced a super-carbonated gusher when bottle was opened.

A= This ale poured a dark murky brown color with a 1.5" creamy tan head. The head retained quite a while and eventually settled to a thin skim. Nice sticky lace left behind on my glass.

S= A nice malty sweet aroma started things off, with notes of pumpernickel bread, candi sugar, and dark fruit all present. There was also a great Belgian yeast character in there too.

T= Very much like the aroma with a bread, treacle, and all around malty sweetness leading into a nice fruit and estery middle. Big flavors or raisins, plums, and dark berries. The yeast character was all Belgian but not terribly musty or funky. Finished a bit sweet with very little alcohol presence.

MF= Medium bodied with a fairly soft feel despite the high amount of carbonation.

D= There are Belgian Strong Dark Ales I like better, and other Trappist ales I like better, but that doesn't take away from the fact that this is a delicious, world class ale. Though I split this bottle, the alcohol stayed dangerously hidden and I believe I could have taken down a bottle or two by myself if I was in the right mood.

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Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of Maillard
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of randylangford
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet from 75cl bottle.

A - Pours a very familiar murky and reddish brown with very minimal head that is off-white.

S - Very delicious yeasty aromas with some nice spice and good sweet malt plus some good sourdough bread aromas are present. There are nice fruit sweet hints. Pineapple, plums and some nice caramel as well. Nice clove as well.

T - This beer really shines in the flavor. Very nice and sweet caramel aroma with great dark fruits. Grape and some nice pineapple as well. Nice phenols and good yeast feel. There is some mild grainy breadyness that shines through at the end as the dry finish takes over. Very delicious.

M & D - Great medium body with nice CO2 which was surprising based on the head. Very nice balance and complexity at the same time. Delicious. Definitely a repeat but dangerous ABV.

Edit: As the beer warms the boozyness is SO very present.

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Photo of crossovert
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
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 dpgoblejr
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a clear, brown ale with a two and a half finger head poured into my chalice glass. Looks very nice. The head is nice and foamy, and leaves a lot of lace on the glass.

The aroma was of spices, faintly earthy dark malts, rosé wine, and sweet fruits. 9.5 %? Can't tell it in the aroma.

Taste was surprising... dark malts, earthy, toffee, light coffee, some spiciness, and a definite alcohol bite when a large swallow was taken. Very complex and good, like it should be.

Mouthfeel was VERY smooth and creamy.

Drinkability... this stuff went down so damn nice. Would have been a 4.5, but the alcohol taste was a little too prominent, so I had to cut it back a bit. Still, without a doubt an excellent example of the style.

Thanks to GClarkage for the trade. This was just what I needed tonight, after a lousy day at work.

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Photo of CelticAleMan
4/5  rDev -6.8%

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

Photo of augustgarage
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Best before November, 2009 (making this a 2005 vintage?). Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Trappist Westvleteren goblet.

Cloudy sienna liquid glows a gentle copper when held to a strong light. A small active khaki head recedes to a flat lasting collar and slick. Tiny microbubbles feed the surface. Good retention, sandy lacing, and viscous tears slide down the sides.

Resinous tobacco, cocoa, banana leaf, figs, raisin, fine rum in the nose - complex and inviting though with just the faintest hint of oxidation.

Deep penetrating malt on the palate unfolding slowly with rich sweet complexity - demerara, turbinado, honey, and leather are each hinted at. A touch of dark fruit and rye (both probably coming from the slumbering yeast) lead into the long delicate finish.

Medium bodied, lightly effervescent, and filling (though never hot).

Already one of the best examples of the style (I still think of this as more of a "quad"), it ages very well. Best served with cheese and contemplation.

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Photo of DarthGuitarHero
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Photekut
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of draheim
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
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 tbeq00
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Brabander
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an overall good beer. I had this beer for months in my fridge but never had the time to open it. Tonight, on Christmas eve, this is the moment.

Poured in my Westvleteren glass the beer looks good. A nice darkbrown to darkred fluid and a firm head with big bubbles. It is a pity that the head disappears so fast.

Good soft smell of caramel and brown sugar and burned malts

The taste is a sweet one. Not complex but that is the case by most of the dark ales.

Merry Christmas!!

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Photo of EMV
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
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 impending
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A

750ml into a tulip. Pours a murky dark chestnut. With encouragement a dense coffee colored head towers, nice clumping froth.

Aroma is rich in complexity, airy dark fruits, grape, spices and fractal phenols. Superb

Fairly low in sweetness which seems most pronounced in the finish. Considerable raisins. The long lasting aftertaste has a sharply defined phenolic note, till tomorrow. A mild bittering but not of hops. Strong vinous notes with a dab of rum. Medium bodied smooth mouthfeel. Tremendous complexity, warms wonderfully.
cheers
jd

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Photo of RickS95
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
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 ricecracker420
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of brystmar
2.85/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sat on this bottle for about a year. Best before 3/16/2012.

Dirty brown body, thin tan head & lace with big bubbles. Ugly, to be honest.

Aroma is super sweet & bready, which is offsetting to my senses. Aged hops and Belgian candi sugar join the above in the flavor. Figs, plums, other dark fruits. Again, way too sweet for my liking.

Pretty sure my distaste for this brew isn't due to the extra time on the bottle -- minimally attributable, at most. Lacks the depth, spice, and overall complexity of its Trappist siblings.

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Photo of paterlodie
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 08-07. Nice and lasting head, and a dark brown beercollor. Nose is very fruity giving plumbs, apricot and overripe grapes. Some spicyness there also but delicately dosed and not overdone, Dark candysugar and good carramellic maltiness. Taste is sweet and alcoholic with very good candytaste and carramellic maltyness and well bittered playing harmonicly together with the alcohol in aftertaste. Fine mouthfeel IMO maybe litle alcoholic but well enjoyable with good taste. Well recomendable IMO but be aware of high alc% that gets you.

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Photo of chrispoint
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of brbrocc
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of jwinship83
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml capped bottle with a best by date of april 2011. drank from my chimay goblet.

A- this one pours out a murky dark brown colored body with a finger and a half of lasting beige colored head. complete rings of lacing are left behind. perfect.

S- sweet dark malts upfront. brown sugar adds to the sweetness. pretty fruity with pears, apples, plums, and raisins. a little bit of spicy hops at the end. im liking this one so far.

T- sweet dark sugary malts up front with a slight nuttiness to it. lots of sweet and ripe summer fruits. cherries, plums, figs, raisins, and pears. maybe some apple in here also. very complex.

M- light to medium bodied with a high level of carbonation, which is normal for the style. fluffy feeling, if that makes sense to anyone other than myself.

D- an extremely under appreciated beer. a little pricey at 18$ a bottle, but something ill go back and grab another of. very enjoyable. seek this one out.

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Achel Trappist Extra from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 483 ratings
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