Achel Extra Blond
Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse

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Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
Ranked #6
Ranked #1,727
4.32 | pDev: 7.87%
Jan 12, 2023
Nov 14, 2008
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Reviewed by flagmantho from Washington

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Poured from 750mL bottle into my BeerAdvocate teku. Bottled 1/31/22. This one has been on my "wants" list for 10 years and I finally came across a bottle!

Appearance: medium golden hue with a clear body and a good effervescence. Head is three fingers of frothy eggshell foam that leave a beautiful lace on the glass. Pretty indeed!

Smell: quite subtle, actually, with a sweet malt and light pear aromas. There's no hint of booziness, which I really like. I'd love the volume on the pear to be turned up a little, but still, this is great!

Taste: rich malt, just a little spiciness, and definitely some alcohol heat: pretty much to be expected at 9.5%. Some of the nice orchardiness remains. This is a good beer, but I like tripels that hide their heat a little bit better.

Mouthfeel: medium body with an exceedingly good carbonation and creaminess. Love, love it!

Overall: I like a lot about this tripel. It's not perfect -- the booze comes through a bit too strongly for my taste -- but still definitely worth checking out.
Jan 12, 2023
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Reviewed by te99912_123 from Switzerland

4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
best before july/23.

yellow-gold, some haze. very foamy with some lacing. Yeasty.
Smells of citrus, grass, some spices. very fresh.
Herbal, citrus, spices.
Dry, sweet.

I personally did not taste the banana flavor that was obvious on the 8° version.
To me it's not as great as the extra bruin one. Still a great beer though.
Oct 06, 2022
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Reviewed by CoronadoBruin from California

4.93/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
More a story of drinking Achel than a review:

Purchased at the Achel brewery (monastery store) and consumed onboard a five-star river cruise. That may have something to do with my positive memory. :-). This was a few years ago.

Arguably one of the best beers I have ever had. Everything an ale should be, and something the American palate will find most pleasant as it was clean and smooth, even with a bit of crispness, if that's not a contradiction, with the beer all but screaming quality and flavor. I was quite surprised to see such a high ABV as I would've guessed 2% lower. I bought several bottles of Achel bier/biere at the source, the monastery store that straddles the Belgium and Netherlands border. It is by far and away the most impressive beer store I have ever visited (other impressive beer stores in Brussels, as well), with large beer and cheese selections, and particularly beer glasses, in fact, the glass selection was overwhelming, missing only, of course, Westvleteren.

I arrived in Brussels a week early for the river cruise in order to rent a car and visit the six Trappist monasteries in Belgium that brew their world-famous beer, throwing in Cantillon (twice) for good measure as a friend, who forgets more about beer in one night of drinking than I will ever know, swears it is Mecca (I can't believe people pay money for lambics; yeech). As most Beer Advocate readers would know or suspect, the Westvleteren beers were truly other-worldly but this was my favorite. Poured from a large bottle (IIRC, a750ml bottle; it was several years ago), I'm sure the fact that it had not traveled great distances and going through multiple hot-cold cycles and fighting light pollution had something to do with it.

I apologize for not writing this review, if you can call it that, while drinking this beer so I could give all the particulars but, if you're in southeastern Netherlands or northeastern Belgium, make the detour to Achel. If you're driving from Trappist monastery to Trappist monastery on the same quest as I made, please spend the time to pay a visit to Wereth and the shrine to the Wereth 11; it was sobering (please forgive the most unfortunate pun).

Surprisingly inexpensive to rent a car and stay at smaller hostels and visit the six Trappists monasteries. Truly a bucket list for anyone who appreciates the art of brewing, and the pleasure of consuming, outstanding beer.
Feb 24, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 07, 2022
Rated: 4.13 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania

Nov 26, 2020
Rated: 4.53 by arzt from Germany

Sep 02, 2020
Rated: 4.42 by impending from California

Jun 05, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by steverx8 from England

May 24, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Apr 25, 2020
Rated: 4.74 by ptarmigan98 from Alaska

Oct 21, 2018
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Grassy and leafy blond tripel, with some clove, banana, belgian spices and yeast, malt sweetness and some black pepper for a kick. Not overly heavy, but body has a bubbly character to it while not losing the darker elements. Little boozy on the nose, but none whatsoever in the taste. Wife love it too!
Sep 24, 2018
Rated: 4.44 by jeschaefer from Texas

Sep 22, 2018
Rated: 4.15 by JOBEERFB from Belgium

Jul 29, 2018
Rated: 3.81 by desint from Belgium

Jun 22, 2018
Rated: 4.31 by Quafftastic from Virginia

Mar 10, 2018
Rated: 4.56 by WormGod from New York

Dec 21, 2017
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Reviewed by Dope from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
No idea on a date, there's a date code or something on the side, 4 J 19? Doesn't mean anything to me.

A: Pours a hazy golden pour with an enormous effervescent white head. Head is soapy and thin, fades slowly however and with sparse bits of lacing.

S: A little bit grassy and a lot of wheat. Very doughy, like a sweet dough.

T: Yup, some grassy hops up front. Some white pepper to spice it up, maybe some allspice too? Doughy malt, like uncooked bread. Herbal on the back end, combined with that peppery spiciness. Fairly dry and crisp finish.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and dry.

O: Interesting tripel. On the very dry side for a tripel, in my opinion. Hoppiness is a bit high as well. It's almost like a tripel/BSPA hybrid in my mind. Tasty nonetheless.
Oct 19, 2017
Rated: 4.43 by byronic from Canada (ON)

Nov 14, 2016
Rated: 4.46 by polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

Nov 07, 2016
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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Trade with BenBreeg. In Teku glass. Reading CSHTP6 Ch20 + playing Tomb Raider 2015. Foamy but doesnt affect feeling. Dry, with some sweetness and a remarkable herbal hoppyness. Improves as it warms up.
Jun 04, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Apr 05, 2016
Rated: 4.38 by Evil_Pidde from Sweden

Oct 10, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by HopBelT from Belgium

Apr 24, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by jeremiahoden from Indiana

Sep 27, 2014
Rated: 4 by frontalot from Washington

Sep 20, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by davidwhatshisnam from New York

Jun 19, 2014
Rated: 4 by wrightst from Maryland

May 05, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by afsdan from Colorado

Mar 21, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by BeerDrinkingDiver from Louisiana

Jan 23, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Peter_L from Sweden

Jan 09, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by darcange from Massachusetts

Nov 09, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by scottwurst from Illinois

Oct 08, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by ste5venla from California

Aug 12, 2013
Rated: 4 by azorie from Florida

Aug 03, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by Dirty25 from Germany

Jul 11, 2013
Rated: 4.75 by WOLFGANG from South Carolina

Jun 27, 2013
Rated: 4 by Dando54 from England

May 28, 2013
Rated: 4.75 by lostrikis from Spain

May 01, 2013
Rated: 4.75 by randylangford from Pennsylvania

Apr 27, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by cosmonick from Indiana

Apr 16, 2013
Achel Extra Blond from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 66 ratings