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RATINGS: 660   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2005 Aroma of moderate caramel and brown sugar sweetness.Huge long lasting roacky off-white head with excellent lacing. Even the bottle wouldn’t stop foaming over. Color was dark amber murky with small floaters in the glass. Sweet flavors of caramel and dark fruits with a light spiciness in the background. Dry medium body. RERATE: Poured a copper color with a light red tinit and thin off white head. Hazy and fizzy. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Flavor is sweet and "wet" and slightly acidic. Warming but alcohol is covered up. Light spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
skaughty (644) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 19, 2004
UPDATED: APR 22, 2005 <Re-rate
Stil a large head on this monster. Lacing is phenomenal. There is a little of hay and bread in the nose and caramel and corn (in a good way) dominate the body. <P> Poured a massive rocky-headed copper/bronze color. The massive cobwebs that made up the head never seemed to dissipate. Nuts, Caramel and raisins in the aroma, and only moderately yeasty. This Quad has a lightly sweet flavor with an average length finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - AUG 17, 2004
bottled brugs, belgium: shared this bottle with a guy we had met at the cafe, insisted this was the best. well, im not sure about that. pours dark brown with a pillow head. malt tan characters of sweet raisins and brown sugar. starting to get f’d up by now. what is going on.?whos hand is that? somwhat of an average trappist.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pilsnerrogge (2503) - Finspång, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2004
Red/brown colour, huge head. Sweet, fruity aroma. Spicy, fruity flavour. The alcohol is still too evident but a good cellar will surely take care of that. Pity I don’t have a cellar:-(

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2004
Fresh baked toast dipped in herb infused oil alternated with rasin wheat bread with cinnamon butter. Smells great, looks nice - brown topped with a lighter head. Medium bodied, gentle soft carbonation. Spices and toasty malts, lightly fruity with raisin/plum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1716) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2004
750ml bottle. Pours cloudy brown, with a small white head. Aromas of sweet malt, dark fruit, and alcohol. Taste is sweet, a lot of dark fruit, caramel, and a little raisins. Nice and rich, with a medium to heavy body. Very nice, but a bit expensive at $13.00.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hansen (6691) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2004
Dark and foaming head. Lots and lots of malt, real good flavor with fruits, and spicy sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUL 13, 2004
Deep, murky red-brown. Nice head, light brown, very firm and creamy with few bubbles. Nose is tawny and earthy, quite rich. Plenty of candy sugars, some dark fruit as well, plum and licorice. Very rich flavor, darkly sweet and sugary. Complex and rich, toffee and caramel. Well-masked.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6051) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 11, 2004
Bottle: Deep reddish amber hue with an long lasting creamy beige head and excellent lace. Aroma has notes of caramelized sugar and malts, earthy and floral yeast and hop combination, fig, prune, juniper berry, anise, and moderate phenols. Twangy and biting mix of sweet dry fruits and spicy hops. Lots of undertones of wood, yeast, and caramel. The finish is smoother than expected with only a subdued alcohol warming and lots of hops and yeast characters. World-class brew and a must have for any lover of big bold beautiful balanced brews. YUMMY! {BigBadBear}

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JUL 1, 2004
Nice deep brown diminishing head. Aroma: deep brown biscuit/yeast Belgian goodness, sherry-like alcohol. Taste: like Westy 12 but ramped down some notches. Very smooth with caramel and buttermilk pancakes melding seamlessly (IHOP take note). Raisins on top and the meal is complete. Too much alcohol in the swallow for the milder taste, but this would make a good sipping beer once warmed up.

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