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RATINGS: 652   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2004
Dark brown. Large beige head. Malty aroma of caramel & spice. Light, highly carbonated feel. Lightly toasty, mildly sour flavour of caramel, molasses, fruit, & yeast. Dry, alcohol laden finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 15, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2004 (Pizza Port Belgian Beer Party in Carlsbad, CA) Mildly sweet and malty flavor early on, but turns more spicy and dry in the finish; Sweet malty nose; Ruddy brown in color and cloudy; Head has good size, and both retention and lacing are solid

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Dark brown color. Medium head. Aroma is malty, caramel and yeasty. A medium bodied ale. Malts are caramel, dark fruit and sweet. Hops are slightly spicy. Nicely balanced. Very smooth. Touch of alcohol bite at 9.5% Nice dry crisp finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2004
This belgian pours with an amber brown body topped by a thick head with good lacing. The aroma is sweet, caramelly and malty with a very slight spiciness and a touch of sourness. The flavor is sweet, malty and spicy with a slight candy note. Full bodied and slightly warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2004
an aroma of malty apples sprinkled with yeast..the colors of an orange-tinted amber hemosphere, a large and in charge beautiful head...very yeasty flavors with a hint of yeastiness. (i had to put that in there because that's what my notes said, and thats funny) some alcohol heat, some spiciness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PushEject (42) - Palmdale, California, USA - MAR 10, 2004
Pours slightly cloudy with a mild coriander/orange nose. Fine carbonation and a heavy, thick, rich mouthfeel. A round taste with little bitterness. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - FEB 29, 2004
Thinnish body befitting a brune - 9.5%? No way - quality caramel nuttiness with pepper background. More sugary than a recent American cousin - the Maiitress. Alcohol comes in at you as it warms. Lemon?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jde123 (763) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 22, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2007 Wow, this is a great selection. Came in a 75cl bottle, which was very nice. This is a beer that gets better with age, I don’t know how old mine was but I found it in a box tucked way in the back of my favorite beer retailer, they guy at the counter had never seen it before. That was interesting. Poured a burnt umber color, with thin head that stuck around for a while. Immediate alcohol smell, but did not taste like alcohol. Very well crafted beer. Fantastic!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2004 1L flip-top bottle ( number 432!) labelled "de Drie Wijzen". Apparently made for a dutch café!?!. Dark amber, small head. Malty, alcoholic, buttery and smooth. Low carbonation. I'll age the other bottle!?!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2004
UPDATED: APR 23, 2006 100% blind rating. Body is hazy/cloudy medium brown. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted bread, nuts, chocolate), trace yeast (cobwebs), with notes of raisin, banana, cinnamon, hint of clove. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately bitter. Full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Delicious! And blind, I rate this about the same as non-blind. Love it.

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