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Achel Trappist Extra | Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse

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BA SCORE
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by dsa7783 on 01-22-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#773
Reviews:
221
Ratings:
483
pDev:
9.32%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
141
Gots:
79
Trade:
2
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 483 |  Reviews: 221
Photo of soupyman10
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EdgarGerik
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of polishkaz
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of NightINgale
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of brdc
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Large capped bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

Beautiful color, somewhere between orange, brown and red, ligthly turbid, with a creamy, dense tan head with great retention and Brussels lacing.
Great aroma, dark fruits, sweet malts, caramel, some yeastiness and breadiness.
Full bodied and creamy, with a deep flavor that starts malty and sweetish, mostly caramel, evolving into fruitiness, with layers of bread and yeast, and finishing quite dry to make it a very well balanced beer for the style.
An amazing sipper, a must for any lover of the style. This is as good as it gets.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a very dark amber with two fingers of very dense off white head. Decent retention.

S: Great balance and complexity. I love the dark fruit aromas here - prunes and raisins mixed with plums and even a bit of peach. A bit musty with orange zest and nutmeg. As the beer warms, I get some caramel sweetness to add to the complexity.

T: Esters are surprisingly strong in this beer as compared to the aroma. Lemon and orange zest mixed with nutmeg are apparent. Sweet prunes are also there, but not particularly strong. The beer stays quite dry throughout.

M: A bit thin with fairly strong carbonation.

O: The aroma on this beer is amazingly complex and balanced. The flavor is good, but not quite as strong on the dark fruits as I'd like.

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Photo of mattfancett
3.7/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of tmoneyba
3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle on 12/29/2005.

Poured hHazy brown color with a huge frothy light brown head that was lasting and produced excellent lacing. Good complex sweet fruity aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Heavy sweet bitter flavor with a long bittersweet finish with a small alcohol tone.

Very good brew.

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Photo of aleigator
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
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 prisdefer
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Pours a chestnut color. Cloudy with some yeasts floating around (It's non filtered beer). The head is big, beige and bubbled but the retention is low and not many lacings are left

S: Smell is sweet and liquorous. Dark fruits (raisins, plums and figs mainly) are evident. Belgian yeasts and brown bread. Very Belgian ans quite good

T: Very bready. Sweet and fruity upfront. Nice mild hoppy bitter end. Belgian yeasts are also 100% here. Delicious

M: Creamy and heavy body. Medium to low carbonation. Very molasses. Sweet upfront followed by a nice mild bitter end

O: Excellent beer. Even better than the traditional blond and brune Achels

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Photo of Wildman
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
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 eric5bellies
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Achel chalice.

A - This beer pous a dark mahogany colour with a large off white head that reduces to a film and laces.

S - Lots of burnt sugars and spicey dark fruit.

T - Very earthy notes that are complimented with plenty of dark fruits and burnt sugars.

M - Medium body and carbonation makes for a great balance.

D - This takes the Bruin to a higher level and right to the top of what Belgian Ales have to offer.

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Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.2/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

btw, this was a blind taste test

geez, i hope i reviewing the right beer, my bottle has the same label as the smaller stuff, but the specs match with this one. the 9.5% ABV and such. this IS the Extra, so i think it is, anyway...

A - a dark black that reveals a hazy brown when held up to the light, with 1 1/2 finger of tan rocky head, after a few swirls, a banana aroma is released

S - a hoppy nutty aroma, sweet like darker fruits, maybe rasins

T - these dark fruit characteristics are maintained in the flavor as well, as is the nuttiness, not to fond of this, too bitter for me, and the sweetness is not balanced well and too dark

M - eh, im not impressed, too dar sweet and bitter, not well balanced

D - low, i couldnt finish it very easily, wasnt too fond of it. quality brew, with decent flavor, but the balance didnt agree with me

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Photo of mscudder
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 served in a chalice.

A - Deep brown hue with a one-finger ivory head. Retention was short lived but left fair lacing.

S - Dark fruits, dark fruits and then more dark fruits. Lots of plum, sweet raisin, touch of fig and nutmeg. Perhaps a bit of citrus.

T- Sweeter on the tongue than on the nose. Nice esters and a dry taste throughout. Flavors follow from those described on the nose, although more distinctive courtesy of candi sugar.

M - Medium body with lively carbonation. I would prefer a fuller body with a touch less dryness. Well done nonetheless.

O - This is a strong showing that I can see enjoying on a number of occasions. A bit steep at $18, but you get what you pay for.... and this is excellent.

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Photo of cuvtcuv
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wobbly
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of linnymtu
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Janeinma
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of BeerCon5
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Blakaeris
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep dark brown with a modest crisp white head that pours huge initially, but quickly dissipates.

Aroma is caramel malt, with a pleasant dark fruit - plum, date, and apricot. Sweet, and malty.

Taste is generous caramel malt. Toffee, and brown sugar. Dark and citrus fruit; plum, dates, apricot, and orange. Yeasty, with mild peppery spices. Finish is crisp and fruity. slightly dry with a pleasant woody aspect, and lingering light fruit and alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall a tasty, malty treat. Quite sweet, with strong malty caramel character. A flavorful BSDA. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
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 BrewskiBrandon
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

ruby. clear. rich in color like stained cherry wood. light bubbles collect on the surface. quite deceptive, they create a wall of lacing like whipped egg whites. settles into rich thick clouds atop one majestic brew. smell is unexpectedly exciting for a trappist. candi sugar is prevalent, but fermentation sweet spice and notes of horse blanket show up at the party. fruits are here too, but seem young. more banana and red berries than dark, dried currants and things of the like. first thing to hit my mouth is the creamy, retentive foam. it adds a silk texture to the complex, sweer bread and monastic ABV warmth. something exists in this beer beyond the regular achel bruin (besides alcohol).. it's a darker, more evil trappist brew.

some serious malt bitters the background to contrast the brighter fruit spectrum. it is my understanding that this was once the christmas achel, and as often happens with holiday beers like affligem and scaldis, the experimentation shown by the brewery adds to an already stellar beer.

stands complimentary along achel 8 bruin as something totally different.. evolved.. and equally respectable. more of a once-in-a-while thing, but perfect for those special occassions.. (in this case, the contender final episode).

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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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