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RATINGS: 731   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CH-303 (1920) - 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 (451) - 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 (15600) - Dublin, 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 (1060) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (4974) - NORTHERN IRELAND - SEP 5, 2015
Bottle at de garre
big opaque brown beer with beige head collapsing to lacing
rich candy sugar and light cocoa on nose, full bodied, warming, demerara sugar, prunes, booze soaked rasins, not alcoholic, fruity finish

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bierridder_S (633) - BELGIUM - SEP 2, 2015
30/08/2015 @home 75cl bottle from Achelse Kluis. Brown colour, big white head, nice carbonation. Nose is dark malts, caramel, fruits, Taste is dark malts, fruits, caramel, some chocolate, praline. Reminded me of the Chimay Bleu and I liked it the same.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zakoon (483) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2015
750ml bottle enjoyed @ a friend’s cottage. Pours dark brown with a creamy and long lasting beige head, lots of floaties. Aroma is raisins, plums, prunes, figs, yeast and caramel. Flavour is medium sweet. Full bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Finish is dark dried fruits, alcohol and a little sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RafeAU (629) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 29, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2015 bottle from plonk. malty estery brown. mildly sweet but medium dry finish. High carbonation and warming alcohol. superb.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnicolaescu (1797) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - AUG 23, 2015
BOTTLE 75 CL. Hazy red-brown, small beige head. Spicy aroma - something between clove and lemon zest, with lots of harsh alcohol. Taste harsh, young and alcoholic. Disappointing, just like the regular Bruin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
suprchunk (2944) - Crestview, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2015
Coppery colored pour. Close to toffee. Big off white head. Lots of lacing. Nose is molasses-y and sugar with some dark fruit. Taste is sweet sugar. Better quads out there for sure.

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