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RATINGS: 678   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2004
Murky brown colour with a very small head. Lots of fruity malt in the aroma, also some spices and anis. Flavor again has some dark fruits, but also some caramel and anis.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2004
Poured brown with a thin tan head...nose is a little strange...plums, alcohol, raisins, and something non-descript...taste is fruity...dark earth fruits...rich and malty, very sweet...almost off putting in its sweetness...thick and sweet mouthfeel...sweet finish quickly turning dry with a lot of alcohol...not bad, but Westy, Rochefort, Chimay it is not....

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2004
(sampled froma 75 cl bottle) Clear mahogny brown with hints of red. Creamy, small, long-lasting tan head. sweet, clean, malty aroma of toffee, nuts, candid sugar with touches of plums and figs. Malty deep flavour of figs, toffee and caramel. Light alcoholic finish with notes of figs and pepper.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2008 Red-brown color, Sweet fruity aroma, light caramel taste, medium body, light sweet alcoholic finish. big -3-8-3-16 Re-Rate. 8-4-8-4-17. Bottle. A red brown beer with a tan head. The aroma is sweet caramel malt,dark fruits/raisins and prunes, just like sweet candy, nise, the taste is much the same, but with a light alcoholic burn. Medium to full body, lsweet light alcoholic finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (3929) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 9, 2004
Bottle @ Belgian Beer Fest. Typical abt/quad appearance, that is to say, dull, muted brownish grey tones, with a hint of yellows and light burgundy around the edges. Good foamy off-white head and a fair amount of haziness. Aroma is quite sweet, almost like raisins soaked in a candi sugar solution. Light notes of dry alcohol waft up as well. Good amount of caramel. Flavor is full of caramel, toffee, perfectly balanced yeastiness (banana, light angel food cake, vanilla frosting, sugar cookie dough) and a hint of alcohol. This isnt raisins and prunes to the max, which is a great change. It’s also not ridiculously bitter. A very easy drink, very flavorful, if somewhat lacking of the more complex earthy and estery notes. Notes of chocolate even, as it finishes and perhaps a touch of vinousness. I really enjoyed this one. As the bottle sat open, breathing, there was little carbonation, and the body was medium.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2582) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2004
Medium sized, tight beaded tan head, good retention and a lasting, sticky lace. Hazy brown color, light red hue. Complex nose of honey, fruit and alcohol plus hints of banana and raisin. Med/full body. Good malt flavor, caramel and a hint of clove, alcohol as it warms. Dry, fruity finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
stephen louis (163) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 20, 2004
On the pour:more floaties then I have ever seen in a store bought beer...good start. The colour is piss yellow,and cloudy,proteins? off white small head...sweet nose noted,a little Carmel a little dirt. On taste:vanilla banana and a warm alcohol if you let it sit on your tongue,if swallowed quickly it is Carmel and malt. There is no fruit in this beer,but people will say plums and pruns the flavour to me is vanilla Better body then some have stated a long lingering taste and warmth of alcohol and sweets,a great winter beer. If I had not let this beer settle on my tongue you could drop the rating a whole point.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 17, 2004
Poured a murky brown with reddish hints. Dark fruits, grapes, raisins, and caramel on the nose. Full and slick mouthfeel. Raisins, oranges, catamel, dark fruits, spices, and port on the tongue. Nice lingering aftertaste. There seems to be a lot going on in this beer, but this beer didn’t make me think "wow! what a great beer." It’s a very nice beer that’s worth seeking out, though.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NosirIwont (2044) - Aalborg Vestby, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2004
Bottle. Cloudy brown colour with a brownish head. Soft nut- and caramel-like aroma. Very wine-like flavour - port. Acidic-sweet. Caramel. The alcohol is nicely integrated in the flavour. Very complex. Two words that struck me was ’overwhelming’ and ’bombastic’, since this is my first quadrupel. Should be enjoyed in little sips, I think.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2005 Sampled at the Kulminator in Antwerpen, Belgium. Ruddy Brown. Fairly subtle nose with notes of hay, clove, banana, vanilla and plum. Achel is learning how to brew. What kept the 8 Brune from being a sensational beer was that the intense fruitiness was not balanced by any dark maltiness whatsoever. With the Extra, this is surely not the case. It was soft and very mellow. Dark fruits, mainly cherry and plum were present but were balanced so well by a deep maltiness of chocolate, caramel and cookie. I am expecting some incredible things from Achel in the future............................................ July 2005. Achel has really improved, turning this into an undeniably world class beer. I love the well extracted, vinous fruit flavors and the unbelievable mouthfeel. I bought 6 bottles today and plan on aging them. Pure experimentation, but we’ll see. Can’t get enough though. It’s an amazing beer.


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