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RATINGS: 685   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Huge, copper-colored, bottle-conditioned ale, still hot off the presses, Achel Trappist Extra is the latest from the tiny brewery at the St. Benedictus Abbey at Achel, in the Northeast of Belgium. At this year's World Beer Championships in Chicago, the Extra was easily the best of the many Trappist beers tasted, scoring 97 points and an "Exceptional" rating. You will find this a very satisfying beer, with just a little malt sweetness, dried fruit flavors, warm sherry notes, and a brisk balancing backdrop of fresh hop bitterness.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Andy_ (887) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 1, 2015
750 ml bottle
Deep ruby red brown beer. Clear first, hazy with sediment. Big blonde head. Aroma has cream fudge, herbs, earth and chocolate. Flavor has toffee, herbs, licorice and yeast. Palate is quite full and foaming. Finish has quite mild bitterness and heat of alcohol. Aftertaste feels a bit watery. Adding the sediment adds some cherriness. Cannot detect strong Belgian yeast characters, weird. I was expecting more.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lilja (2006) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2015
Ölföreningens julölsprovning 2014. Flaska frĺn 2012. Smak och doft torkad frukt sĺ som dadlar, russin, plommon, jäst, farinsocker, marsipan, inlagda övermogna päron. Fin sötma, rund och len, fin beska. Mmm!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (2938) - BELGIUM - APR 28, 2015
Stronger version of Achel 8 Bruin, originally marketed as Achel Drie Wijzen, since then more widely available as Achel Extra Bruin in 75 cl bottles. Deep mahogany colour with egg-white, medium, frothy head. Lovely aroma of raisins, brown sugar, brown bread, caramel, apple sauce, cinnamon, gingerbread, port wine, banana; sweet fruity onset, apple and banana, candi sugar touch, soft, full and velvety mouthfeel, sourish accent, yeasty spiciness, caramelly and somewhat chocolatey, rich maltiness, leafy but well balancing hop bitterishness and warming alcohol touch. Breathes the quality stamp of trappist ales, perhaps more so than the other Achels.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (11632) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2015
Bottle at the Cads 10th Anniversary bash, 29/03/15. Clear amber/chestnut brown topped with moderate off white spotting. Nose is toffee, rich malt, nutty, candied fruit peel, brown sugar, light must, dates. Taste comprises sweet malt notes, toffee, yeast notes, dates, prunes, spice. Medium + body, soft carbonation, sweet licks and booze in the close. Ok quad.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (13371) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2015
Bottle shared at the Cad’s 10th Anniversary Tasting - CBC Clerkenwell, London. Thanks to whomever brought this one! Pours clear ruby with a creamy tan head. Doughy brown bread in the nose, dark fruits, subtle brown sugar, yeast. Medium to big sweet flavor with lots of bready malts, toast, candi sugars, berries. Full bodied with average carbonation and creamy texture. Sweet and warming on the finish, with lots more rich brown bread, candi sugar, berries, toffee. Classic. Excellent. (March 2015, Score 4.0)
Earlier Rating: 3/3/2012 Total Score: 4.2

Bottle at the RBESG 2011 Grand Tasting, London. Pours hazy brown with a light, filmy head. Brown sugar malt aroma. Very sweet flavor, big malt notes, more brown sugar. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation and a very smooth mouthfeel. Mild warmth in the finish, with rope fruits, a bit of yeast, and more dark malt character. Good complexity and very drinkable. (August 2011, score 4.2)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adster (502) - HUNGARY - APR 3, 2015
Az "extra" jelző ez esetben kivételes tartalmat sejtet, azt pedig már a kitöltést követően megállapíthatjuk, mennyire lenyűgöző teremtmény ez a trappista remekmű. Eszpresszó habjánál krémesebb dolog kevés létezik, puha paplanként terül szét a gesztenyeszínű testen. Szinte unalomig ismert az élmények körvonala, parfümös intenzitással előtörő rágógumis, selyemcukros, elegáns karakterű élesztőtől fűtött aromáival mégis lehetetlenség betelni, miután mindegyik legendás palack másféle stílusban adja elő a cifra mondanivalót. Megnyugvást áraszt minden egyes molekulája, a végletekig kifinomult illatokhoz kevesen tudnának felzárkózni ízben, a főzet azonban lenyűgöző természetességgel vesz minden akadályt. Könnyed és légies kortyai súlyos tartalommal telítettek, a jó öreg aszalványok, a mézcseppekkel gazdagított fanyar élesztő harsogó képe, a nemes és érett, száraz alkoholok jegyei maradandó kombinációja által pillanatok alatt egy autentikus belga söröspince atmoszféráját szimatolhatjuk meg; nem valószínű, hogy jelentős számú vetélytársa akad a kategórián belül.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
The_Osprey (2845) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2015
Bottle shared at the Cad’s 10 year celebration at CBC Clerkenwell. BB Jan 2015, 9.5%. Dark reddy brown, still, small tan head. Aroma is is caramel, toffee, dates. Body is medium, foamy, low carbonation. Taste is dark biscuity malts, rye bread, toffee, tangy fruits, dry and boozy. Classic Belgian stuff. Good.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
huineman (71) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 1, 2015
Dark brown, almost pitch black. Long-lasting thick beige head. Very intense on the nose: black wild berries, liquorice, caramel, maple syrup. Very powerful. Sweet beggining, mouth covering developing, long ending without bitterness. Fantastic.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Batavi (83) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAR 28, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2015 Achel Trappist Extra Bruin, uitgeschonken in Chimay bokaal, schuim komt meteen uit de fles na openen, beetje te uitbundige carbonatie? Diep donkerbruin ondoorzichtig bier, met donker beige schuimkraag die lange tijd stabiel blijft. Aangename geur van Belgische gist en veel gedroogd fruit, rozijnen, pruimen en vijgen. De smaak volgt de geur, met complexe en zachte smaken. Tonen van rozijnen, vijgen, pruimen, rode wijn, karamel, vers brood, speculaas, pure chocolade en zachte specerijen als vanille, kaneel en kardemom met een mooie finish van bittere hopsoorten. De afdronk is vrij lang met aangenaam bittere hoptonen. Dit is een mooi gebalanceerde quadrupel van de Achelse Kluis. Absoluut het beste bier van deze brouwerij, deze Trappist behoort ook tot de beste en meer complexe trappist bieren die er zijn, met ook smaakelementen van de beroemde Westvleteren bieren. Deze Achel Extra Bruin is niet overal verkrijgbaar, maar is zeker een Trappist die je als liefhebber moet hebben geproefd.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Icedwarf (580) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - MAR 28, 2015
Donkerbruin tot zwart bier met schuim. Smaak is hoppig bitter, caramel, chokolade. Smaak blijft lang hangen.


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