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

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

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479
Reviews:
220
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
9.37%
 
 
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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
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 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 tdawgydog
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this bottle as a Christmas gift. Finally got around to cracking it open tonight.

A - Pours a nice dark brown, very little head but that's to be expected for a good dark ale.

S - Sweet. Refreshing. Opened up my sinuses. A little bit of caramel and a little bit of alcohol.

T - Well aged ale. A little bit of chocolate, super sweet taste goes down a little too easy.

D - Maybe a little under carbonated, a really smooth drink. One of the better Belgian darks that I've had.

M - Overall really fun. Will help me sleep well tonight ;-)

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Photo of trappistlover
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from Bruery Provisions). Pours hazy mahogany with a khaki head. Aroma has candied sugar, dried pit fruit (apricot and date-maybe some fig). Taste is sweet with the fruit and candied sugar even stronger than the nose. Thin to medium bodied with a slick texture. Smooth, sweet finish. This beer borders on being cloyingly sweet, but just before it falls off the cliff, it comes back with some light wine notes and some acidity. A very good beer.

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Photo of taylor12k
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into two tulip beer glasses (sharing with friend)

poured a cloudy amber with a big, soft head that dissipated within about a minute or two.

we had it on the nose for a long time. we both agreed on really strong honey with strawberry overtones.

taste was honey as well with extended honey aftertaste. thick flavor, not very dry.

now, for clarification sake.. i'm not a fan of belgian beers and would have rated this one a bit lower, simply because i'm not always into these sweeter types of beers. my friend, on the other hand, loves belgian beers and felt it was above average... right up there with the best.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is so good, the look of the beer is very nice. It pours from the bottle as a dark red color with some brown hues. The aroma is sweet like caramel and some fruits in there too. The flavors are sweet, dry and complex. Every sip is so enjoyable. The mouthfeel is medium to light, not overly thick at all. Achel Extra is overall very good and is great all around.

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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 elgiacomo
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml capped bottle, best by April 2009. Served at cellar temp. Lets see how this holds up 2 years after the best by date and being on a store shelf almost the entire time.

Pours murky reddish-brown with a short-lived one finger tan head leaving a few spots of lacing and holding not much more than a ring.

Aroma is smooth dark fruits, raisins, plums, figs, Belgian candi sugar, bread and yeast, like jam-slathered toasted bread. Good strength.

Flavor is more dark fruits, raisins, red grapes, plums, figs, candi/brown sugar, rather sweet, very smooth, no alcohol noticed.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, low carbonation. Damned good Abt/Quad even two years past its prime according to the brewers. Comes across as kinda a cross between a Rochefort 10 and a 10-year-old JW Lees Harvest Ale.

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Photo of Brunite
3.41/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A rich dark mahogany color. The largest head I have ever had with a beer. My tulip glass filled and I had enough to fill a second.

Smell: Most some syrupy dark cherry smell. Pretty one dimensional for me.

Taste: Same thing. Dark sour cherry. Maybe some unsweetened dark fruits. Not mind blowing.

Mothfeel: Medium body...carbonation stays in check.

Drinkability: Good but not great. Not my favorite Trappist.

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Photo of jhubeifc
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I continue my Trappist tasting with Achel Trappist Extra so I'll get right to it.
It poured a clear caramel brown which became cloudy as the gorgeous head formed. And when I say gorgeous, I mean this was the best head I can ever remember getting from a bottled beer. Three fingers of stunning light and frothy head at first but becoming thick and sticky in the center of the glass and slowly diminishing entire drink. There was a little bob of it at the base of my empty glass.
It had clear yeast or fresh bread on the nose with a faint alcohol touch in the background, expected with a 9.5% abv.
It tasted of bitter spice, light smoke, very, very faint whiskey. The carbonation was even across the tongue giving it a very smooth texture and making it quite drinkable for such a strong beer. It had a nice wet finish too which surprised me as I expected it to finish dry.
This beer really, really impressed me and I will certainly go back to it again in the not so distant future. In fact, there were not that many at my local spot, maybe I'll go clear out the shelf.

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Photo of roblowther
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 bottle, aged @ about 58F, opened 1/11. Pours with an effervescent, frothy head that settles into a creamy layter that leaves nice lacing. The beer is ruddy mahogany and just gorgeous, really. The smell is raisins, cherries, cranberries, leather and a sugary caramel that makes the beer seem it will be very sweet (which the fresher examples I've had indicate it can be). The taste is just wonderful. That leather hits first, then cacao, a slight sharpness, a hint of sweet, then a lovely dry, earthy finish that just makes you want more. The mouthfeel is slight carbonation and then a slickness, a bit lighter than it looks or tastes. Drinkability is great, the alcohol is just a warm afterthought and the balance between the sweet and dry makes it go down very easy. To be honest, this has always been at the bottom of the Trappist list but aging this thing really brings out a lot that you don't get with the fresh stuff, beating out what we had at the monastery even though those glasses had the "I'm drinking it where its made with the monks after searching for this place forever" cachet. A VERY nice surprise!

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Photo of acehart1
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage, sampled on Jan. 22, 2011

Got damn. This beer is fantastic. The scent is other-wordly and the carbonation is what makes this beer special. I really have no basis to judge this beer since it has been a long time since I sampled the fresh example. Either way, this stuff is fantastic. I really enjoyed the aftertaste. This beer did not disappoint.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled shared with Amyliz4. Served in a Mikasa goblet.

Pours a brownish-red color with a good off-white head and quite a bit of initial lacing. The head is fairly stable with pretty good retention. Eventually this falls into a thin collar and a cap comprised of a few bubbles. The nose is really nice and sweet at cellar temperature with plenty of dark fruits, toffee, and some dates. Caramel-like sweetness abounds.

The flavor is a bit more mellow and subdued. There is a bit of bitterness and the sweetness isn't nearly as strong. There are some dark fruits and a bit of a toffee presence, but not like what I was finding in the nose. Not nearly as complex, but still quite good. Bitterness is a bit out of place. Slight bitterness mixing with the alcohol is a bit strange, but I can work with it. Low carbonation and a medium body. Overall, a pretty tasty beer and I'm glad to finally try a bottle of this.

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Photo of Brabander
4/5  rDev -6.3%
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 SFLpunk
3.14/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Purchased at Bruisin' Ales, Asheville, NC. $16.50. 750mL green glass capped champagne bottle. Side label says Best Before End 16 M(arch) 12. Opened at 57 degrees (my cellar temp).

Pours a crackly thin medium reddish brown with lighting fast tan head. Nose immediately smells like skunky Euro hops (green glass!) but it blows off a little. Very perfumed smelling with some candied fruit notes and a lot of wild flowers/lily notes. Some pale caramel aromas sneak through.

Palate is very light and surprisingly crisp. Very low carbonation, almost none really. Some thin caramel notes, a sugary candy-like sweetness, something like orchids, and there's definitely some pilsner malt in there. Hops are flowery and not bitter at all.

Notes: Not impressed with my first Achel experience. I was expecting this to be a lot bigger in body and mouthfeel, but found it to be rather thin and watery/flabby. Like the second runnings of something like Cuvee van de Keizer Blauw. It's sweet without the usual malt-body to justify the residual sugar level and the lack of carbonation is concerning. Tastes rather like sweet tea. Bad bottle?

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Photo of domtronzero
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep mahogany brown with a huge frothy tan head. Lacing left all over.

S - Sweet pils malts, fruity esters, quite yeasty. Light boozy alcohol detrcted.

F/M - Very complex. Caramel, over-ripened fruits, plums, prunes and raisins. Sweet up front, but a little spicy in the finish. Alcohol flavors in the aftertaste. Moderate bitterness, medium bodied with moderately high carbonation.

D - Overall this is an excellent brew. Complex yet comparably easy-drinking. A definite sipper.

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Photo of radioscooter
3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Still making my way through the 'real' Trappists with fervor.

This is the first time I tried Achel.

Thankfully not as frothy and carbonated as I expected.

Appearance is excellent - apple amber with a fantastic, 2" foam that could hold up a set of stripper's ta-tas. Beautiful drapey, pimitive lacing.

None of this dissipating vanishing head - i still have some foam at the end of the glass.

Subdued aroma.

I'm not a Blonde fan, but this one is tasty. Hints of coriander, strong alcoholic vapory fruit flavors. Golden taste, if that makes sense.

No aftertaste here of any impact, making this an all-night drinker. Would be heaven paired with some Baked Brie and apples.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bottle into a tasting glass. Served cool.

A-amber-burgundy body and an off white head

S-barnyard, alcohol, sugar candy and light floral scent

T-complex. Grainy front with plum, toffee and alcohol notes.

M-medium

D-Delightful. Pleasantly complex. Great holiday beer. I would drink this again if it weren't so hard to find.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Achel Extra

Appearance: dark brown, medium-small head, and good lacing.

Smell: dark fruits, subtle hops, and slight malts.

Taste: dark fruits (figs, dates, etc), slight malts, and a nice sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium and a bit of carbonation.

Overall:
This is a very nice Trappist. It has a good candy sweetness in the finish. It also is fairly carbonated.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy caramel-brown color with a light tan head that dissipates quickly into a bubbly film.

Smell: Fairly [dessert-]bread-like aroma that's a bit sweet, with hints of roasted nuts, raisins, and some hints of alcohol.

Taste: Rich earthy malt flavor with some dark fruit (particularly raisins) and bitter sweetness. No real alcohol in the taste, but you can feel the warmth. Some slight astringent hints in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium- to full-bodied and generally smooth, with minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: Can definitely sense the alcohol, though it isn't really present in the taste. Tasty and pretty easy to drink.

A bit different for this style, as it isn't so dark coloured, has a warmer taste/feel, and has more raisins than other fruits. But, still an enjoyable one, and I'm glad I finally managed to get a bottle of it!

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Photo of cdrogers
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 75cl bottle to Rochefort chalice.

A: Strong dark tea and raisin color. Head was a nice off white, about 1/4 inch; seemed very thin. I generally hand wash all glasses because the dishwasher leaves a residue that seems to mess with the head. May have been too cold when poured. Second glass had a much better head.

S: Subtle hints of sweet caramel and molasses. Nothing harsh on the nose though. Balanced.

T: Has a "dark" flavor, maybe a coffee. Very smooth and has a nice tingle in the mouth and on the tongue. Get the alcohol at the end, but not without some sweetness. Maybe some brown sugar for the sweetness and that is where the "dark" comes in as well. Quite complex, but very good.

M: Just gets everything involved. In amazing experience. As mentioned above there is a nice tingle on the tongue. Nothing overpowering, it all works well together.

D: I could drink one of these every night, but at $18.99 a pop and somewhat rare in the southern Illinois region, it would be a bit impossible. It's an exceptional trappist yet again. I am somewhat biased because anything trappist I absolutely love, the monks know how to brew. Would recommend this to anyone at least once, but because of the price only. If it were cheaper and offered in a smaller size that would be even better.

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Photo of xylophonica
3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 75cl bottle into a chalice.

A - Dark ruby-brown colour. Minimal head.

S - Slight nutty & caramel aromas.

T - Sweet cacao flavours with a hint of nuts. Actually quite sweet, but with a fairly typical smooth bruin taste.

M - Sweet on the palate.

D - Pleasant to drink without being overly mindblowing.

I'd only ever had Achel once before and it was the blonde. This bruin was ok but really kinda average given the high standard I expect of Trappist ales.

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Photo of BobZ
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 Oz. bottle, Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice. Split with a buddy.

Appearance: Dark brown, head builds to a creamy 1/2" like the Bruin then also exhibits excellent lacing.

Smell: Beautiful, very deep, Belgian yeast, dark fruit, some sweet dark sugar.

Taste: Very nice, sweet, deep, dark fruit (raisin and plumb), hints of brown sugar sweetness.

Mouth feel: Excellent carbonation, silky smooth on the palate.

Drinkability: Very, very, Drinkable, ABV is completely hidden.

Exceptional quad/strong dark ale, falling just short of the St. Bernardus or Westvleteren class.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I must say that it is always a pleasure to drink any Belgian beer, much less one of this caliber for the very first time. True to Trappist Grand Cru fashion, this beer proves to be delicate, complex, powerful, and graceful all at once.

Fruity aromas begin with a grapey/raison flavor- met with figs, dates, and cola. Confectionate sweetness mixes with the malts for an appetizing and moutwatering delight.

The beer pours a medium brown, solid burgundy, rusty-hazy hue with light carbonation for a Belgian ale. A thin sheet of lace tops the beer and hands on to pockets of foam until the end of the session. Not the rocky head or effervescent carbonation that I'm used to seeing in stately Belgian ales.

The candied flavors of stone (dark, dehydrated) fruits continue in taste where the aromas layed off. Juicy plumbs, grapes, and apples turn to aged fruits of raisons, prunes, and figs as the beer warms. Light and herbal hops add to a balance against the powdered sugar focused malt sweetness. Cola nut and sweet rum give an insight to the rare intangibles that it takes to turn a great beer into a world class one. Savory and succulent thorughout.

Though sweetly textured throughout, the beer shows a sugary feel early on but then warms into a fleeting and powdery sweetness that morphs into sweet and dry alcohols and mild warmth- far lower than the impression of 9.5% abv. Simply effortless to drink, this beer exceeds all expectations.

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Photo of cyrenaica
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle
9.5% ABV
The Beerbistro (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
September 24, 2009
Trappist #16
The beer poured out a murky brown colour with reddish hues and a thin white head. The aroma was malt, yeast, and plenty of dark fruit tones like plums. The mouthful was fulkl-bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was plums and licorice with a hint of hoppy bitterness. An excellent beer.

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