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RATINGS: 708   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DanielBrown (4163) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2005
Bottle at Den Tatorverede Enke during RBESG 05 pub crawl. Slightky sherry aroma. Strong, sharply sweet flavour. Some earthiness at the finish. Short and fairly contained. Nice enough.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2005
Bottle. Very sweet, with lots of caramel, toffee and brown sugar. Slightly yeasty and definitely on the sticky side of things, some alcohol noticed. Too sweet for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2005
Thin head, great rusted red color. Light aroma of candi sugar and belgian spices. Taste is spicy and dry, lots of dark fruits, I’m guessing plumb mainly. Very soft, foamy mouthfeel. Finish is slightly bitter with alcohol and candy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2005
Rating # 760
This is a beer I’ve had several times now. I have been impressed each time but this particular rating comes from a bottle that I aged for 8 months.

Pours a darker amber body but highlights of gold shining along the glasses edges. There has always been only a slight head on this beer; it dissipates rather quickly. The aroma is impressive! Intense pit fruits accompanying brown sugar. The flavor backs that aroma with a more intense bravado! Sweet malty offerings of plums, dates, raisins, figs and pear; there are dryer suggestions in the finish of pressed apple with the light yeasty bitterness. The palate is full and sticky oily yet only lightly syrupy. This is SO far unlike any other Trappist beer I have ever had! It is especially elegant. I envision myself after a formal dinner party playing backgammon in a leather-floored study, wearing a velvet smoking jacket and sipping this nearly room temperature beer from a crystal snifter, as I puff an elusive Cuban stogy. Beers like this are what provoke my dreams.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rederic (3222) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2005
Hazy dark brown color, with tan-colored foamy head, caramel malt, burnt brown sugar, fruity of prunes, figs, dry raisins and chocolatey touch and toffee aroma follows through on a medium-bodied sweet palate with sweet caramel malt, brown sugar, maltiness aspect, hint of chocolate, fruity, dates, figs, raisins, spicy, yeasty, with an alcoholic warmth touch, developping to a porto accent, in a sweet maltiness soft dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GonZoBeeR (2987) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 26, 2005
Aroma:fruity and light caramel.... Appearance:reddish brown with good white head.... Flavor:Dark fruit,light alcohol and dry finish...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Courtesy of Pailhead. Pours medium brown with big head full of tiny bubbles. Sweet yeasty aroma with some caramel and dark fruits. Flavor a little weaker than aroma would indicate. Some bread, caramel, lots of spice and residuel sugar. Just doesn’t blend well for some reason. Maybe a little too carbonated.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2005 750ml, no date? Murky reddish brown in color with a thick head of mostly tiny bubbles that retains well and clings to the glass.Sweet bread dough aroma with notes of cinnamon, fruit, light herbals and malt. Yeast doesn’t prevail in this one as with other Belgians yet the fruity malts dominate. Body is medium to full with an effervescent yet smooth and silky mouthfeel. Flavor is a fruity malty treat which although lacking the complexity of a Westvleteren or a St Bernardus, I find equally flavorful and enjoyable. Slight hop bitterness and slightly dry in the finish. Overall a very nice ale and one I’ll recommend. Rerate 12/05 Body lacking this time around. Nice but not as nice as the first batches I had. This one was weaker overall in flavor and body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PorterPounder (6400) - 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 (14519) - 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.

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