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RATINGS: 711   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TURDFERGUSON (4027) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2006 this one really impressed me. after trying the achel blonde and bruin in successiive days before, this one really showed me what the guys (and gals) at achel are all about. so much flavor in this one. yum

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eructoblaster (3477) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 22, 2005
Superb brown/ruby cloudy body topped with a thin but lasting beige foamy head. The beer exhales a lovely liquorous aroma dominated by sweetness and fruitiness (dark cherries, grapes, plums, apples, and some citrus). It also carries some subtle vanilla and chocolate notes. Taste is delightfully balanced. Texture is mild and oily, alcohol is well hidden, and finish is warm without being agressive. That wonderful Quadrupel from Achel is to beer what Porto is to wine. Wow!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sigmund (5991) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 20, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2013 Rerate, 750 ml green bottle, as Trappist Achel Bruin Bier Extra, probably from Vinmonopolet. Brown colour, huge off-white to beige head. Vinous aroma, notes of dark dried fruits, brown kandij sugar, oak, old dry sherry. Oaky and medium sweet flavour with a dry finish. Again notes of dried figs, brown kandij sugar and old and medium dry sherry. A hoppy and oaky "bite" in the finish. Original rating: Bottle, at Den Tatoverede Enke, Copenhagen. Brown colour. Vinous and oaky aroma and flavour of old dry sherry, even cognac / armagnac. A top notch beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DanielBrown (4213) - 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 (3228) - 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.

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