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RATINGS: 727   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suurjuust (2661) - ESTONIA - DEC 18, 2015
Dark brown beer, tan head. Nose is dark malt and sweet overripe fruit, berry notes, metallic hints and mild boiled turnip. Flavor is malty, toasty, caramel, dried fruit. Caramel and dark fruit in the finish, more metallic notes, yeast. Surprisingly light-bodied. Hides the ABV pretty well. Lingering dryness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
martjoobolut (2620) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 18, 2015
Bottle (from firma bier). Pours dark ruby-brown with light beige head. The head stays. Aroma is fresh fruits, esthers, malt, alcohol. Flavor is sweet and malty, dark fruits, plums, some alcohol. Finish is dry bitter. Overall: very good, but would like to try aged version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maakun (2923) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 4, 2015
Bottle shared at THT. Slight hazy brown with small light brown head. Light veggies, old coffee, caramel, stale malts, light dried berries, cardboard, fake chocolate. Medium sweet with light oxidized bitter notes. Over medium bodied. Wow, this is quite the let down, I expected way more of this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kermis (9616) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 4, 2015
Bottle shared at the return of Old Spice tasting. Pours very hazy brown with a medium tan head. Aroma of yeast, toffee, vegetal notes, compost and overripe dark fruits. Flavour is over moderate sweet and light moderate bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Disappointed with this beer, I really expected more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmgreenuk (6970) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 4, 2015
Bottle at the Return of Old Spice tasting, Dec 2015, Den Haag. Poured a murky medium brown with a frothy white head. The aroma is yeast, sweet malt. The flavour is moderate sweet with a yeasty, light marzipan, dry fruit palate. Medium to light bodied with lively carbonation and a bubbly mouthfeel. I expected better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (8114) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 4, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2015 75cl bottle shared at December THT. Thick creamy tan head. very hazy amber pour. Decent

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CH-303 (1887) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - NOV 16, 2015
Appearance: Very dark brown, some tan head.
Aroma: Dark malt, dark fruit.
Taste: Dark malt, caramel sweetness, some dark fruits and chocolate too. Very nice!
Bought: Saveur-Biere.com, 750 ml, €8.40
Info: 14/11-2015, 62/100, BB: 31/1-2017

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boxereddy (431) - BELGIUM - OCT 30, 2015
Donkerbruin bier met mooie beige schuimkraag. Intens fruitige ester met gisttoets en zoethout op de achtergrond. Zoete mout in de mond met droptoets. Kruidige afdronk met hoppig eind.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (15271) - San Leandro, California, USA - OCT 26, 2015
Bottle @ home. Hazed mahogany pour with a tall tan head. Rich dark fruits and banana bread at first. Really intense carbonation kind of detracts from the enjoyment and there’s a bit of a yeasty, mineral quality to it as well. Lots of caramel, toasted bread, and some roasted malts. Really strong fig and plum skin qualities. Slight alcohol on the finish as well. Good, but not amazing, unfortunately.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Silvan7 (1029) - Samarate, ITALY - SEP 17, 2015
Bottle @ home. marrone, riflessi ambrati, velata. Schiuma beige, fine, non molto persistente. Aroma intenso fruttato, esteri del lievito, frutta candita, caramello, liquirizia, vaniglia. gusto dolce abboccato ai limiti dell amabile l’ingresso, tostato con la liquirizia in evidenza, lievemente metallica. Finale erbaceo amaro da luppolo. corpo medio/leggero carbonatazione decisa, calda, ma non alcolica. Grande equilibrio. Armonica.

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