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RATINGS: 657   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bmerz (701) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2014
Pours dark brown with a huge light brown head, great lace. Aroma is lush big spicy, floral rich bread, light raisins and red fruit. Flavor is a little dead acrid, not too bitter, herbal, but sweet, light grapefruit. Feel is quite watery, light gritty. Least flavor of the Trappist quads all drank side by side, still awesome. Best looking.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aleigator (200) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - JAN 12, 2014
Bottle from "De Hopduvel". Deep chestnut brown color, big fluffy brownish head. Aroma of burned malts, plums, raisins and hints of chocolate. Has tastes of breadish malts, sugar and toffee. The high carbonation is hiding the upcoming alcohol with a refreshing finish. A slightly bitter maltiness lingers on the tongue very long. Has a pleasant mouthfeel throughout, intensifying the impression of being a very well balanced stong beer in which the alcohol is well hidden. Starts rather sweet, while turning more bitter to the end, due to some hops, which are still dominated by the malty, sugary body of this beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (1248) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2014
Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue and is topped by a medium offwhite head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of dark fruits, brown sugar and a little spicy hops. Taste is sweet and alcoholic, lightly bitter. Taste is of candi sugar, plums and raisins. Mouthfeel is syrupy, carbonation rather low. Not bad at all!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stew41 (1736) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JAN 2, 2014
This beer proves that old skool Trappist still has more than what it takes to keep up with the new world. Chocolate, smelly fruits, bitter roast, well placed sweetness around the edges. Just massively satisfying to drink. As a foot note this was an August 2011 bottling I grabbed as ’shareholder drawings’ from the shop and I can’t help but wonder if the 1.5yrs of age has helped its cause?

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shark_Pants (168) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 28, 2013
Pours a deep murky brown with one finger head and lots of floaties suspended in the beer. The smells are the usual expected of a quad/abt, being toffee, dates, raisins, plums, plus an unexpected light hay smell. Tastes are Burnt caramel, dark fruits and pink grapefruit in the finish. The mouthfeel is not as thick as expected, but I think the sweetness might feel cloying if it was thicker. Overall, this is outstanding. Very complex and nice bitterness in the finish, giving it a slight point of difference from most of the other Trappist offerings.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jamesie1857 (1374) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2013
75ml bottle from Bier Tempel, Brugge - Hazy deep rouge body, fluffy white head, carries through to the end. Nose is rich boozy cake fruits, caramel and a sherry-cum-fortified wine alcohol aroma. The taste is a warming soothing sweetness, lots of fruit, and a long boozy finish. Great smooth mouthfeel, with the warmth carried to the end. Superb! Happy it is such a big bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Erasmus_ro (1309) - Alabama, USA - DEC 25, 2013
750ml bottle, 24/12/13. Pours a dark brown with a medium-sized, yellowish brown head. Aroma is a dash of vanilla, a lot of marzipan, some apricot and caramel. Taste is a lot of caramel, some marzipan, dried dark fruits are strong. A dash of ethanol. Quite full with medium carbonation, semi-dry. Quite good, but even so a bit of a disappointment.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brandman (2068) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 23, 2013
Semihazy dark brown, offwhite head. Aroma has some rust, chocolate, berries, noble hoppiness. Flavour has bready malt, alcohol, yeasty chocolate, some orange. Nice bitterness and smooth palate with noticeable carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rosenbergh (6677) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 21, 2013
750 ml bottle. BB 15/J/15. From saveur-biere.com.
Clear deep reddish brown colour with a small brown head. Rust, mild sourness and sweet malt in the aroma. The flavour is malt, sweetness, sourness, yeast, chocolate, mild vinegar and quite strong hoppiness. Great beer. Tasty.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rick_Compen (10) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2013
Trappist zoals trappist zijn moet. Persoonlijk vind ik het de lekkerste van Achel. Helaas niet heel erg goed verkrijgbaar.


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