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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (9858) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAY 17, 2004
Light butterscotch aroma. Brown color, beige head, good lace. Very sweet, butterscotch, light spices, hopbitter, full, smooth. Very nice but not exceptional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (10592) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2004
Bottled @ DBF2004: Reddish coloured. Unclear. Dark beige head. Lasting. Fruit (plums), chocolate, some spices and malt in the aroma. Flavour is fruity and spicy as well. A pleasant alcaholburnt in the end. Quite complex beer with good warming qualities.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2004
Cloudy amber/brown color with a tall rich beige head. Rings and islands of lace. Light aromas of candi, caramel, raisins and hints of wintergreen. Warming from the fisrt quaff. Fairly thin feel but quite sliky as it warms. Mild malt, toffee, and chocolate flavors with hints of anise and white pepper fowards the end. Finishes with a yeast sweet dough flavor, similar to a glazed doughnut. Not all that complex, but enough hints to make things interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2004
Brown color with a beige head. The taste is sweet with light yeast and a spice sharpness. Light alcoholic notes on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - MAY 12, 2004
Pours a cloudy brown/reddish color that at first has a huge head that dissipates into a nice rocky off-white medium sized head. Lacing is excellent. Aroma is caramel mixed with flowers, toffee, raisins and fresh grapes. Flavor is woody mixed with some dark burnt fruit. Body is nice and silky with a medium finish. A very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - MAY 9, 2004
Foamy light tan head on an amber colored body. Aroma is fruit, spices, pepper and some alcohol. Flavor is malty and spicy with undertones of nut, caramel and alcohol. A very nice beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2004
Rich bronze to brown color with a frothy tan head.Very sweet aroma, like figs, prunes, brown sugar. Very little yeast in the aroma. Mouthfeel is bubbly and with a slight amount of tartness. Sweet finish. Pretty tasty

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CyclistSarah (15) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2004
Went down in rating as time went on, adn the aftertaste set in. First off it was quite nice but not so good after a bit. First impression was much better.

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