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RATINGS: 730   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Jeff. Brewed in 2001. Murky copper body, not much of a head with a fizzy beige collar. Aroma is very sweet, lots of dark fruits; red grapes, raisins, prunes, and plums. Touch of residual sweetness, like candi sugar. Taste is similar with lots of dark fruits, plums and prunes, decently sweet with a touch of oxidation in the sherry form with a touch of vinous/wine in the finish. Creamy, medium bodied, low carb but not bad for 11 years old. Decent, but this one is probably better fresh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
VDuquerroux (1126) - Airvault, FRANCE - JUN 26, 2016
Bottle, 75cL. @Naintré with my dad. A very dark brown, nearly black beer, with a big beige foamy head ; good retention. Roast, light caramel, light red berries, light biscuit. Medium sweet, round and warming, light dry bitter, light fresh wind ; good balance. Full body, light silky texture, average good carbonation, sweet biscuit medium lasting finish. Overall, a great strong brown belgian ale ; gourmet !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
rami_pl (1562) - Warszawa, POLAND - JUN 12, 2016
butelka 0.75 do 8 lipca 2017. dosc duza, szybko opadajaca, kromowa piana, zostaje cienkim korzyszkiem, brudzi szklo. samo piwo dosc jasne, taka sredni ozaparzona herbata zrubinowymi refleksami. Aromaty dosc intensywne, rodzynki, ciemne, suszone owoce, karmel (cukier trzcinowy podpalany jak na niektorych ciastach?), migdaly... w tle jeszcz ejakie snutki, ktore nie sa juz tak jednoznaczne, i zaledwie gdzies tam przewijaja sie bardzo delikatnie, ale np czasem mam wrazenie orzechow, czasem jakiejs kawy nawet,,. niekiedy swieze jasne owoce a la banan, brzoskwinia. W ustach pierwsze zaskoczenie: to piwo jest lekkie. Ciala nie ma wiele (choc ani troche nie jest wodniste), nie jest ulepkowate, nie ma syropowych konotacji w konsystencji. Po prostu jest lekkie. Jeszcze raz: nie mylic z wodniste (chocby dlatego, ze jest intesywne). Stanowczo w slodka strone, ale nie jakos bardzo mocno. generalnie w ustach raczej adekwatnie, do tego co nos wyczul. goryczki bardzo malo, alko bardzo ladnie ukryte, wysycenie srednie. calosc raczej z jednej strony nie daje wrazenia, ktore sklanialoby do glosnych okrzykow, ale w caloksztalcie jest bardzo pijalne, bardzo mile w odbiorze, bardzo ladnie wywazone... kurcze, nie wiem, co z czym jest wywazone, bo de facto niemal tu nie ma chmieli na ten przyklad ;) ale z wlasnymi wrazeniami czy odczuciami ciezko sie polemizuje. Jest to tez najlatwiej przyswajalny i najszybciej z pokala znikajacy quad jaki mi wpada teraz do glowy. Tego sie nie kosztuje, to sie pije :)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
josanguapo (939) - SPAIN - JUN 8, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2016 Trade with BenBreeg. In Teku glass. At dinner, with noodles soup + brastwurst, and watching Adele?s Life. Very tasty dark fruits brew. Alcohol well hidden and very pleasant feeling. Just a bit less amazing than a Westy 12

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
artemb (523) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - MAR 29, 2016
Aroma: sour fruits, similar to regular Achel Bruin. Taste: sweet and less sour then regular Bruin. Flavour: dried cherries, cherry liqueur, spiced wine. More dry and alcoholic then Achel Bruin. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Schytte (47) - - MAR 28, 2016
Den dufter godt, fin skum/udseende & smagen er god - En glimrende belgisk øl.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JefVerstraete (2754) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - JAN 30, 2016
Bottle @ home. Gushing all around. Dark brown colour, beige foam. Sour and infected beer. Very disappointed, maybe a bad bottle? Will rerate on a next occasion.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (15264) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JAN 23, 2016
Trübes orange braunes Bier mit einer mittelgroßen beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch nach dunklem Malz, reife Früchte, Obst, Karamell. Geschmack leicht röstmalzig, Karamell, reifes Obst, leicht alkoholisch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigtaster (896) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2016
From a bottle into snifter. Brown body with tan head. Brown sugar, banana, sweet, long finish with dark fruit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
leghorn99 (205) - Livorno, ITALY - JAN 10, 2016
Ha un bel colore tonaca di frate con riflessi ramati, leggermente velata; un cappello di schiuma considerevole, beige, a grana fine e di lunga persistenza. Il naso è caramelloso, sciropposo, con note brillanti di liquirizia, malto e cioccolato, e la frutta rossa (susine, ciliegie) in netta evidenza. Anche lo speziato, nel naso come al palato, si fa apprezzare, in un corpo robusto, strutturato e caldo: è avvolgente il tutto, con l’alcool non aggressivo e un sentore di barrique, insieme alla vaniglia, allo zucchero candito e ai chiodi di garofano. Il retrogusto è leggermente maltato e amarognolo, in una corsa finale lunga ed equilibrata.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lore (1986) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 30, 2015
0.75 L bottle shared with kapusil; brown colour with minimal beige-ish head; aroma of caramel, biscuit and dried fruity notes, hints of herbs and miniml chocolate; taste is the same with earthy notes; correct quadrupel

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