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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2632) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 21, 2004
Brewtopia’04. Sweet and peach/apple. Crimson/cherry/brown color. Many floaties. Nice winey, boozy finish. Thick, sweet, slight barnyard.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 19, 2004
Bottle foamed over upon opening. Pours a deep dark copper brown with a thick, puffy light tan head. Mildly cheesy and caramel malty aroma. Body starts nice, thick and sweet with a bready yeasty texture and some dark fruit complexity. Finish hides the alcohol well and rounds out a nice brew. Could use a little more balance though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2004
De Drie Wijzen. Dirty brown coloured. Very malty and fruity. Slighty spicy an yeasty with an alcoholic touch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
diabel (1590) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - MAY 31, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2004 Deep brown - black body. Fizzy brownish head, mostly lasting and good lacing. Chocolate/caramel aroma. Moderately sweet, lightly bitter flavour. Very similar to Rochefort 8 (I offered a couple of friends a blind-tasting of this and they guessed also Rochefort 8).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2004
Art of Beer Festival 2004: Has a dark reddish brown color with a dark tan head. Smell is of spice/yeast/alcohol/fruit. Taste is malted/fruit/spice and finishes of dry alcohol. Overall another fine beer from Belgium.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Dark red hue with a nice lacing and head that lasts forever. A yeasty, spicy nose and flavor with a full but smooth palate. Straight-forward and quality all the way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2004
Deep rusted brown, creamy tan head. The nose on this was fantastic with shots of dark fruit, (fig, raisin, plum) caramel, brown sugar, and fresh baked apricot peach bread. Rich , well balanced, some spiced flavors to boot. Full- bodied, silky, medium carbonation, with a nice dry finish. My favorite Achel hands down....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ToolHead (266) - København, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2004
75 cl bottle; served in DBF 2004 glass. Deep reddish brown; moderate head. Pleasant, assertive aroma with alcoholic presence and an impressive, spicy touch. Enormous taste, full of malt, alcohol, and spice; very much in-your-face. Sweetness dominates the highly complex impression, and the finish is wonderfully long and warming. Mouthfeel is soft and rather sugary, though never unpleasantly so. Drinkability is good. A highly impressive beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (8552) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2004
UPDATED: APR 11, 2007 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Very deep, dark mohogany ale with a small, creamy, beige head. Very good retention and decent lacework. The aroma is of plums, dark fruits, raisins, whole grain bread, caramel, toffee and even a touch of fuzzy fruit. Great, malty flavor with a note of ginger. Well-balanced by the alcohol and hops. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Lengthy, spicy, bone-dry finish. World class beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Bottle at DBF 2004. Dark reddish appearance, very little tan head. Aroma is raisin, plum, spicy and alcoholic. The flavor is also candied fruits, spicy and a good alcohol feeling. Very nice brew!

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