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Achel Extra Blond (Achelse Zomer 2004)

Formerly brewed at Brouwerij der Trappistenabdij De Achelse Kluis
Style: Abbey Tripel
Hamont-Achel, Belgium


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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
This beer is specially brewed to honor the 75th birthday of Abt Marc Gallant. It’s a topfermented blond ale, bottle conditioned. Brewed with the finest ingredients and dedication. Ingredients: barley, water, yeast, hopflowers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (4604) - BELGIUM - JAN 5, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2015 The forerunner of the still hard-to-get Achel Extra Blond, basically a weaker version of only 8.5% ABV. Made as a one-off for the birthday of the abbott of Achelse Kluis in 2004; I drove to the monastery especially for this. Came in a 75 cl bottle with a sobre hangtag. Egg-white, irregular, sticky and thickly lacing head, colour a warm peach blonde, misty with beautiful fizz throughout. Rich aroma, in which I will never forget the fruitiness: it was like sticking your nose in a basket of exotic fruits. Hints of fresh orange juice, mango, papaja, banana, mint, candi sugar, baker’s yeast, Moscatel wine, coriander, aniseed, apple, peach, grass. Utterly fruity onset, refreshing, supple, full bready maltiness, spicy yeast, sugary sweetness sticking a bit but nevertheless balanced with a leafy hop bitterness. Sweeter than Achel 8 Blond, but a lot more ’festive’ and luxurious too. Curious to find out how it relates to its successor Achel 9.5 Extra Blond.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (25472) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 11, 2011
Bottled (as Achelse Zommer 2004). Hazy orangeish golden colour with a mediumsized white head. Aroma is sweet malts, rather fruity along with some honey, yeast, wood and mild spicy notes. Flavour is sweet malts, fruits, honey, mild spices, yeast, alcohol as well as some mild bittery notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - DEC 4, 2010
A little hazy golden colered beer, with a thick foamy white head. The aroma of malts, some fruity sweet, citrus and orange. With hops. The taste of sweet fruits with bitter. Some malts and notes of alcohol. The aftertaste is balanced of bitter and sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
henrikb (1262) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 1, 2008
Deep amber body, big beautiful off white head, fine sparkle; Deep super complex balanced incredibly well composed nose; Perfect carbonation in body with an incredible balance, super deep and very upfront; Long super well composed finish with great aromas. Amazing beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (12136) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2008
Bottle. [thank you Yespr/BierKönig]
BBE: 2006. Pours a muddy pale orange with a lot of small particles in the liquid. A great, creamy white head. Stunning lacing. Aroma is lightly spicy, dougy and honey. Quite lively mouthfeel and really full creaminess. Flavour is lightly oxidized, sweet, vinious, nice and round with wheat of yeasty fruitiness dominating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10295) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 19, 2008
Bottle, comes as "Achelse Zoomer 2004". Hazy deep orange with a nice creamy white head leaving a good curtain lacing. Aroma is a bit sweet with yeast, ripe fruits. Good mouthfeel. Sweet and fruity yeasty dry well filling flavour with some spices and a bit mouldiness. Bit oxidized. Thanks a lot yespr.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (40836) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2008
75 cL bottle, huge thanks to Bierkönig. 2004 bottle, BBD: 12/2007, tasted 01/2008. Pours hazy orange with a diminishing white head. Light honey, yeasty spiced and mild caramel malty aroma. Mellow yeasty, smooth caramel and light fruity flavour. Strong blond, almost triple like (no wonder it is added on RB as a Tripel...despite the name). Slight oxidation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10423) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2008
[Courtesy of yespr, session @ yespr – 2004 vintage] Hazy golden with large white head. Complex aroma with sweet fruit notes, yeast and coriander. Flavor is sweet and spicy with apricots, yeast and orange peel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2007
Hazy amber colour with a white head. Malty, sweet and yeasty aroma with a light buttery note. Malty, sweet flavor with toffee notes. Light alcohol sweet and buttery finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2007
bottle. golden color. dark fruits aroma. lots of carp. sour and oaky and woody. bitter and yeasty.

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