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RATINGS: 729   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 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 (1285) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - FEB 26, 2005
75cl bottle, capped, no cork...uncertain of age, but it is labled with the standard Achel lable, not the one pictured, only the back lable mentions it to be Extra...probably 2 years old, from the initial importation of this beer to the US. Brown/Amber in the light. well-carbonated with a faltering head. Massive malty nose. Redolently malty, with hints of fruits, chocolate, cream, A joy to smell. Thick & malty sweet palate. lip smacking! Hearty & ponderous beer...Contemplative. Fun to drink while playing surrealist games like "The Exquisite Corpse" Arcade Fire drones in the background. One of the best Trappist beers I’ve had. Love the malt and not too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (10752) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2005
Not complex but a shareable session brew. Creamy smooth dark brown lace beautiful small retained head. Licorice, touch of roast, chocolate malt, well malted, vanilla and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2005
70 cl bottle (almost a gusher); Creamy beige head with cascading lace on top of a, slightly cloudy, dark-chestnut colored beer.Sweet malty/spice aroma leads to a beer of incredible complexity. Caramel, peber, licorice and dark, almost burned fruit with warming alcohol in the finish. Good stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 9, 2005
Had this at the Map Room in November and thought it was great. It pours a clear reddish brown with good head and lacing. Great bread dough/malt nose with notes of brown sugar and creamy texture. Nice silky finish. I always enjoy this beer when I can get it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 2, 2005
Deep brown color, solid head and lacing. Balanced and heavy malty beer, not as full in the body as other strong Belgians and quads. Sugary, cinnamon, balanced and smooth with slightly sweet finish. Solid overall.

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