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RATINGS: 693   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DwarfeD (1489) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2014
75cl bottle shared with a friend. Dark brown with a medium off-white head. Full body with low to moderate carbonation. Nice sweetness with some bitter tones. Brown sugar, caramel, malts, hay, dried fruits and raisins. Another nice trappist.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Renobob (1138) - Besançon, FRANCE - OCT 25, 2014
Bue en bouteille. Belle bière bien charpenté, bel équilibre malt/houblon. Alcool bien présent. De quoi se réconcilier avec les bières belges ;)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (1039) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
750ml bottle poured in a chalice. A: Pours a chestnut color. Cloudy with some yeasts floating around (It’s non filtered beer). The head is big, beige and bubbled but the retention is low and not many lacings are left S: Smell is sweet and liquorous. Dark fruits (raisins, plums and figs mainly) are evident. Belgian yeasts and brown bread. Very Belgian ans quite good T: Very bready. Sweet and fruity upfront. Nice mild hoppy bitter end. Belgian yeasts are also 100% here. Delicious M: Creamy and heavy body. Medium to low carbonation. Very molasses. Sweet upfront followed by a nice mild bitter end O: Excellent beer. Even better than the traditional blond and brune Achels [ BA Review @ 7/8/2011 ]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jstraw (1943) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2014
Clear, dark brown with big, fine-bubble, frothy, beige head / Thin nose of CO2, dark fruit, caramel / Medium body, lively, lightly sweet but fine balance, light bitterness / Stylish flavors of date, caramel, chocolate, banana / An easy drinker, understated, finesseful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (6707) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
"Almost doppelbock in it’s breadiness but for the extra candy sugar and belgian spicy zing. full bodied, but a bit overcarbonated, which took away a little from the overall experience - hard to seperate the feel and flavor sometimes. Definitely an enjoyable brew, but a little overrated imho."

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ionlyrate5s (103) - New York, USA - SEP 23, 2014
Fantastic brew....dried fruit notes in aroma and slight vinous note that really added. The flavor is slightly sweet and raisin, prune.This added to the wine and malt notes made this an A++++ brew

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
freretoc (1070) - Besançon, FRANCE - SEP 3, 2014
Bue en bouteille de 75cl, couleur brune, mousse blanche et effervescence moyenne. Bière avec un début de bouche et un nez assez acide. Bouche café et continuité sur le le côté lactique du café au lait fin de bouche sur le malt grillé assez long appréciable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (9067) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 21, 2014
Shared 750ml bottle, from Vinmonopolet bestillingsutvalget. A bubbly fawn-coloured head partially resting on top of a cloudy, ruby dark coloured body. Almond, bread and dusty hops on the nose. Mixed taste of dried fruits like prunes, sweet berries, bread and brown malts. Lingering, sweet malty-fruity ending. Mostly masked alcohol. Fine bodied. Okay sweet sipper (session at Finns, 7.08.2014).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
djd07 (5323) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Bottle as shown. Pours a cloudy amber with medium frothy off white head that lasts. The aroma is fruity malt, yeast, brown sugar. Medium mouthfeel with dark fruit, yeast, boozy finish. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Camons (7369) - Hasselager, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2014
Bottle @ Home. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of malt, candy sugar, yeast, dried fruit, plums, little chocolate. Flavor is rather sweet, malty, caramel, candy sugar, yeast, plums, raisins, little spice, alcohol. Medium body, average carbonation, sweet finish with some warming alcohol. 170814

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