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RATINGS: 697   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pilsnerrogge (2621) - FinspŚng, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2004
Red/brown colour, huge head. Sweet, fruity aroma. Spicy, fruity flavour. The alcohol is still too evident but a good cellar will surely take care of that. Pity I donít have a cellar:-(

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2004
Fresh baked toast dipped in herb infused oil alternated with rasin wheat bread with cinnamon butter. Smells great, looks nice - brown topped with a lighter head. Medium bodied, gentle soft carbonation. Spices and toasty malts, lightly fruity with raisin/plum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1735) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2004
750ml bottle. Pours cloudy brown, with a small white head. Aromas of sweet malt, dark fruit, and alcohol. Taste is sweet, a lot of dark fruit, caramel, and a little raisins. Nice and rich, with a medium to heavy body. Very nice, but a bit expensive at $13.00.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hansen (7450) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2004
Dark and foaming head. Lots and lots of malt, real good flavor with fruits, and spicy sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUL 13, 2004
Deep, murky red-brown. Nice head, light brown, very firm and creamy with few bubbles. Nose is tawny and earthy, quite rich. Plenty of candy sugars, some dark fruit as well, plum and licorice. Very rich flavor, darkly sweet and sugary. Complex and rich, toffee and caramel. Well-masked.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6426) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 11, 2004
Bottle: Deep reddish amber hue with an long lasting creamy beige head and excellent lace. Aroma has notes of caramelized sugar and malts, earthy and floral yeast and hop combination, fig, prune, juniper berry, anise, and moderate phenols. Twangy and biting mix of sweet dry fruits and spicy hops. Lots of undertones of wood, yeast, and caramel. The finish is smoother than expected with only a subdued alcohol warming and lots of hops and yeast characters. World-class brew and a must have for any lover of big bold beautiful balanced brews. YUMMY! {BigBadBear}

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JUL 1, 2004
Nice deep brown diminishing head. Aroma: deep brown biscuit/yeast Belgian goodness, sherry-like alcohol. Taste: like Westy 12 but ramped down some notches. Very smooth with caramel and buttermilk pancakes melding seamlessly (IHOP take note). Raisins on top and the meal is complete. Too much alcohol in the swallow for the milder taste, but this would make a good sipping beer once warmed up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2004
Beautiful mahogany color with a massive, creamy tan colored head. Aroma is very rich with notes of fig/raisin, prominant yeast, and some wonderful maltiness. Flavor has some candy sugar, raisin, and subdued sweet malt. Only evidence of the 9.5% ABV is the light burn in the stomach. Nice beer, but not the best Abt/Quad Iíve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2004
Best brew Iíve had from Achel. Dark brown colour. Alcoholic aroma. Low carbonation. Sweet, mild caramel. Sugar. Some rye in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (9713) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2004
Poured a medium to dark murky mahagony in color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of fruits, malts and yeast. Tastes of brown sugar, fruits, caramel and some spice. Very good tasting. Dry finish. Alcohol well hidden. Those monks sure can brew a good beer (Iím glad I bought a case and look forward to drinking the rest of them!).

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