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RATINGS: 734   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   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 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 (3496) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 29, 2005
Deep copper in color with a large off-white head. Suspended particles float within a slightly hazy beer. Aroma of alcohol,s weet malt and dark fruit. Flavor is alcoholic, sweet and malty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2005 Clear, light brown/copper. Small white lace. Yeasty aroma, fruit. Caramel, chocolate, slightly bitter, yeasty flavor with grapefruit and orange peel at the end, maybe some woodiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2005
750ml bottle thanks to Mullman(I think). Label says to drink by 10/07. Murky brown color with a small tan head. Sweet malty aroma with lots of fruitiness(ripe plums?). Alcoholic nose as the beer warms. Flavor was essentially the same as the aroma, but with a fairly dry finish and the alcohol wasn’t as noticeable as the aroma suggested.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 12, 2005
750ml bottle drink by 10/07 drank on 3/05: Cloudy brown with some orange notes, thin tan head, contains suspended floaters. Huge plum and alcohol aroma, full bodied light carbonation, starts and ends lightly sweet. If not for the noticable alcohol in the aroma, this beer would have done better. I’m going to age one for five or so years and get back to you all on this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - MAR 10, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2005 a great trappist beer. one may argue that it’s not distinctive enough as one of the six trappist beers. but no matter, it just a plain good beer that would warm anyone’s heart.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 5, 2005
Smooth creme malt and fruits nose lesding to anise and caramel notes. A cndlelight jazz appreciation beer A little Return to Forever maybe. Nuts and dark fruits mingle nicely with toffee and marzipan. Lovely

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