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RATINGS: 700   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PorterPounder (6197) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2005
Calandro’s Supermarket, Baton Rouge, La, - 750 ml bottle. Pours a medium to dark copper with a thin, but long lasting slighlty off-white head that leaves good sticky lacing. Sweet malty aroma, has notes of toffee, raisins, molasses and a wee bit of alcohol. Very waming flavor, has hints of toffee, chocolate, brandy and molasses. Gets better as it warms. 9.5% ABV hidden extremely well. Extremely smooth, creamy mouthfeel, warms the throat as it goes down. Very good Quad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MiP (14446) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2005
Bottle. Fruity (grape?) sweet aroma. Cloudy, dark chestnut brown colour. Sweet flavour, some dried fruit, syrup. Sweet aftertaste. Good body, creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2005 (Bottle 75 cl) It’s years between new Trappist beers. I believe the last one before this was the green one from Westvleteren 4-5 years back. But Achel launched this top product and it’s a dark, heavy ale - very typical trappist. Really dark, roasted malt sweetness. Bitterness and sweetness struggling with and against eachother. Nice news but not really outstanding. 140604

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
doubletriple (52) - Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2005
Sat out on the steps, a chill in the air, sipping this one from a chalice, frothy and slighty thick, with the unique smoothness and alcoholessness of those wacky brews made by those mad monks. Brown and murky with hints of dark ripe fruits and a pleasing dry finish. Excellent

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (5633) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Bottle: Fruity, yeasty, some chocolate, lightly metallic, and light alcohol aromas. Metal is really a turn off in the aroma. Pours a transparent reddish with small sediment. Nice off-white head with decent retention. Fruity and yeasty. Light citrus. Lightly acidic. Best of the 3 I’ve had, but none were all that great in my opinion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - MAY 11, 2005
Very nice orange-golden beer with big creamy light beige froth. Nice aroma’s of spices, nuts, honey, butter cakes, some sweet fruits like banana and overripe pear. The taste is round, sweet, nutty, spicy and has accents of fruits and berries. Nice mouthwarming glow in the afthertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 4, 2005
Pours brown with a thin tan head. Smells of peaches, apples and dates. Taste is fruity with some sugary notes. Excellent mouthfeel. Very complex.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3252) - Georgia, USA - APR 22, 2005
There’s a big scuppernong flavor and aroma. The alcohol is big under the fresh fruits of the aroma. The malt is a bit lighter bodied than many of the other abt/quads I’ve tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 7, 2005
750 mL, chalice, bbe Feb ’08. Giagantic, creamy/frothy, slightly off-white head sits on a gorgeous garnet hue beer. Caramel, toasted, nutty malt. Doughy and musty yeast. Banana, raisin, grape, clove, toffee and light alcohol. Aroma is well put together but a bit less complex and powerful than many of this style. Heavily sweet, moderately acidic flavor becomes a moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter finish. Slight oxidation and light alcohol. Medium-full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: big and sweet without becoming cloying or over powering. I really want some peanut brittle to go with this!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - MAR 31, 2005
dark off white dense foamy head, brownish gold body. raisin/candi aroma, also very light alcohol. medium carbonation. flavor is slightly licorice, dryish and harsh port. some alcohol flavor. high heat for even a Abt/Quadrupel. was hoping for more sweetness.

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