caesar (4505) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy brown color, thick rocky off-white head. Taste is sweet malty, raisin, slight chocolat, metallic hint. Aroma is malty, more nutty. Light alcoholic palate, but also lasting maltiness.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 12, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Achel Extra Bottle. Big sweet dark fruit nose. Deep murky brown with a white head. Dark fruit, berry, yeast, plum, chocolate, caramel, nutty, toffee, medium to full bodied, finishing with a spicy, yeast, alcohol bite. Very drinkable, this is one of my new favorites.
Ungstrup (27643) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Bottled, labelled Achel Extra] The aroma is very sweet with notes of dried berries and yeast. The color is brown an it has an off white head. The flavor is very sweet (no wonder considering the 9.5% ABV) and complex with notes of black currants, yeast, plums, and raisins. A really good flavor. The best Achel I've had - too bad it is so hard to come by.
omhper (18326) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, labelled Achel Extra. Orange brown with coarse, livley head. Sweet sugary aroma. Medium bodied with notes of chocolate, toffee, roasty licorice and vodka. Very powerful, but still a bit raw, and some time to mature will make it better.
JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 31, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Former X-mas ale, now produced year-round under the name of "Extra".
Dark chestnut colour with amber shine. Thick yellowish head, collapsing, lacey.
Nose of dark roasted malts, chocolate (fondant), pecan nuts, slight oxidation. Sweet taste, chocolatey, nutty. More hops retronasal. A bit oily mouthfeel (walnut oil), some carbondioxide stimulation. Nice rich beer, could do with a good dose of American hops. But it is well-worth looking for all the same, whether as X-mas or Extra.
Kåstå (1272) - Mol, BELGIUM - DEC 22, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From tap. Slightly cloudy amber coloured beer with a small head. Hop, soap and alcohol aroma. Malty taste with obvious alcohol taste. Not disturbing though. Bitter dry alcohol finish.
bierkoning (9554) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - DEC 4, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2006 From tap at Café De Engel Oldenzaal. Beer of the Month in december 2002. Cloudy and very young with a buttery aroma. Flavor abundant with hops and licorice. Some butter in the flavor, that gets stronger while the beer is warming up. Lacks some complexity, but that will get better as the beer ages.
Bottle, sold as Achel Extra Bruin. Malt, raisin, cake dough and caramel in the aroma. Malty sweet flavor with raisin, porto and roasted malt. Hint of cinnamon. Velvety and not without complexity. Warming alcohol. Very well balanced, this powerful trappist ale.