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RATINGS: 694   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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hansen (7351) - 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 (6395) - 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 (1440) - 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 (9638) - 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!).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hotstuff (4393) - Indiana, USA - JUN 28, 2004
Bottle. Medium sized ivory head and fine-medium sized bubbles that mostly diminished. Uncarbonated, hazy and brown hue. Malty, caramel, sweet and spicy aroma. Malt, caramel and some alcohol flavor. Scrumptious to say the least! Tingly and an alcohol burn mouthfeel. Medium bodied with fair lacing. A very recommended brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thedm (5034) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 28, 2004
This bottled brew poured a large sized head of fine to medium sized off-white colored to light brown colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a good lacing. The body was a semi-opaque hazy dark brown color with no visible carbonation. It had a very mild brown malt aroma. The mouth feel was vinous with a sharp port like feel to it and s strong vinous finish. The flavor was excellent with brown beer caramel and dark malt being very prevalent. Very yummy indeed! The brown beer malts were overpowering and definitely dominant. Simply yummy! Did I mention it was yummy? Its yummy! Delicious! If only the aroma were better! None-the-less this is a great beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpockTheater (49) - Louisiana, USA - JUN 23, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2004 My 3rd Trappist (only 3 left to find) and this one is up there with the others. Pours a thick, fluffy head, has a great fruity aroma, and a good looking copper hue. I found it to be semilar in character to Chimay Red, but thatís not to take away from how enjoyable this one was. Very balanced ale, but expensive at $9.75 a bottle.

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