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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sureshpa (274) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 9, 2013
Aroma: Pilsner hop, caramel, bit of roast Appearance: Brown, amber, disappearing foam, light lace, off white head Taste: Dried dark fruit, dried dark plums, quite sweet, soft carb, very nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
lliams (193) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 26, 2013
totally stunning. it has weight and richness and wonderful malt/yeast complexities while still having a lightness- an almost sour edge that makes it so drinkable. A pleasure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChrisSc (184) - Lille, FRANCE - OCT 23, 2013
75cl bottle into tulip. Lille. Appearance: massive offwhite head with lots of retention. Complete opaque liquid. Deep brown with a touch of amber. Aroma: toffee, roasted malt, fruit, apple? Taste: relatively dry for a quad. Bitter finish, but not over bearing. Palate: full body, thick oily texture. Medium long finish. Overall: this is a big beer with a lot of complexity. On the drier side for a quad. A good strong palate. Not my favorite quad, but an excellent beer overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElManana (135) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - OCT 21, 2013
Murky bronze appearance. Pungent baking soda smell. Smells briny but good. Aroma is intriguing and scary at the same time. Fantastic organic, nutty flavor. Terrific drinkability. This is a lovely beer overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpongeRuiner (568) - Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Thanks goes to Jeff. Brewed in 2001. Don’t remember many details on this one. Transferring rating from Beer Advocate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Swaroga (1110) - Brussels, BELGIUM - OCT 5, 2013
75cl bottle. Dark brown with medium to big head. Nose : cooked fruits, tart, dried dates, sweet cheese, toffee and caramel, pear. Sip : Medium to full body, creamy texute, smooth with good carbonation. Sweet with strong notes of fruits and malt. Getting bitter with a hint of sour. The bitter malts prevails until the end. Cloying sweet through. This is a huge beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (2437) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - OCT 4, 2013
Bottle @ bierhuyske Pours dark brown good white head smells a bit sugary Very soft carbo Taste is earthy , chocolate , malts , bit caramel . Bit to much sugar , maybe . Nice taste that i cant describe . Especialy in the back . Low ( ideal ) carbo . Way better than the brown

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
HoppyBudgie (606) - SOLA, NORWAY - SEP 28, 2013
Bottle from sola vinmonopol "bestilling". Light brown color with off white head. Aroma is malty, yest, caramel, dark fruits, some hoppyness and brown sugar, Taste is nice and complex, some more dark fruits and nicely balanced maltyness, Finishes off with a nice warming sherryish. One of the best trappists ive had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
berntholer (670) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - SEP 21, 2013
beige head disappears fast without lacing. brown clear colour. aroma sweet, caramel, yeast, dark fruits. taste like aroma, also alcohol sweetness, raisins, anise, some roasted malt bitterness in the finish. mouthfeel bit boozy, medium body and carbonation. okay trappist, but achel’s never been my favourite tbh. bottle 75 cl / bbf oct-2013

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis (2587) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 16, 2013
Bottle, 2012. Pours hazy medium brown with a medium beige head that dissipates slowly and laces well. Aroma is standard quad - malts, molasses, dark fruits, yeast, caramel. Flavor is medium sweet with very light bitterness. Medium body, champagnelike mouthfeel. Nice beer.

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