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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.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bricks (684) - Delaware, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Muddy brown in appearance. A bit of skunk on the aroma. Tastes a bit off... sort of like a foot.. A decent quad. nothing more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adster (497) - HUNGARY - APR 3, 2015
Az "extra" jelző ez esetben kivételes tartalmat sejtet, azt pedig már a kitöltést követően megállapíthatjuk, mennyire lenyűgöző teremtmény ez a trappista remekmű. Eszpresszó habjánál krémesebb dolog kevés létezik, puha paplanként terül szét a gesztenyeszínű testen. Szinte unalomig ismert az élmények körvonala, parfümös intenzitással előtörő rágógumis, selyemcukros, elegáns karakterű élesztőtől fűtött aromáival mégis lehetetlenség betelni, miután mindegyik legendás palack másféle stílusban adja elő a cifra mondanivalót. Megnyugvást áraszt minden egyes molekulája, a végletekig kifinomult illatokhoz kevesen tudnának felzárkózni ízben, a főzet azonban lenyűgöző természetességgel vesz minden akadályt. Könnyed és légies kortyai súlyos tartalommal telítettek, a jó öreg aszalványok, a mézcseppekkel gazdagított fanyar élesztő harsogó képe, a nemes és érett, száraz alkoholok jegyei maradandó kombinációja által pillanatok alatt egy autentikus belga söröspince atmoszféráját szimatolhatjuk meg; nem valószínű, hogy jelentős számú vetélytársa akad a kategórián belül.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
The_Osprey (2757) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2015
Bottle shared at the Cad’s 10 year celebration at CBC Clerkenwell. BB Jan 2015, 9.5%. Dark reddy brown, still, small tan head. Aroma is is caramel, toffee, dates. Body is medium, foamy, low carbonation. Taste is dark biscuity malts, rye bread, toffee, tangy fruits, dry and boozy. Classic Belgian stuff. Good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
huineman (31) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 1, 2015
Dark brown, almost pitch black. Long-lasting thick beige head. Very intense on the nose: black wild berries, liquorice, caramel, maple syrup. Very powerful. Sweet beggining, mouth covering developing, long ending without bitterness. Fantastic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Batavi (77) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAR 28, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2015 Achel Trappist Extra Bruin, uitgeschonken in Chimay bokaal, schuim komt meteen uit de fles na openen, beetje te uitbundige carbonatie? Diep donkerbruin ondoorzichtig bier, met donker beige schuimkraag die lange tijd stabiel blijft. Aangename geur van Belgische gist en veel gedroogd fruit, rozijnen, pruimen en vijgen. De smaak volgt de geur, met complexe en zachte smaken. Tonen van rozijnen, vijgen, pruimen, rode wijn, karamel, vers brood, speculaas, pure chocolade en zachte specerijen als vanille, kaneel en kardemom met een mooie finish van bittere hopsoorten. De afdronk is vrij lang met aangenaam bittere hoptonen. Dit is een mooi gebalanceerde quadrupel van de Achelse Kluis. Absoluut het beste bier van deze brouwerij, deze Trappist behoort ook tot de beste en meer complexe trappist bieren die er zijn, met ook smaakelementen van de beroemde Westvleteren bieren. Deze Achel Extra Bruin is niet overal verkrijgbaar, maar is zeker een Trappist die je als liefhebber moet hebben geproefd.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Icedwarf (560) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - MAR 28, 2015
Donkerbruin tot zwart bier met schuim. Smaak is hoppig bitter, caramel, chokolade. Smaak blijft lang hangen.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PauloAG (129) - BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2015
750cc bottle. Dark brown with creamy persistent head. Outstanding beer. It tastes "trappist" but very balanced. Everything just feels in it’s place.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alpha10 (397) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2015
2015/01/27 - Pours a dark amber colour with a thick, foamy, khaki head that lingers and leaves moderate lacing. Aroma is dates, figs, mildly sour cherries, candied sugar, yeast and caramel. Taste is moderately sweet dates and figs, followed by slightly sour cherries and a mildly drying, warming finish. Have wanted to try this for a while now. Not the best quad I have ever had, but it's right up there. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
barbillon (54) - Pesaro, ITALY - FEB 1, 2015
Top di gamma di Achel!! Una meraviglia di quadrupel. Bel colore con riflessi ramati, bella schiuma beige di lunga persistenza. Al naso salgono sentori di caramello con note di liquirizia e frutti rossi. Il gusto č zuccheroso, giusto equilibrio con l’alcol!! Veramente una gran bella bevuta!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cluniac (68) - - JAN 28, 2015
Appearance an excellent deep brown with nice lacing and frothy 1 finger head. Aroma is pleasant- mix of malts, sweet caramel and perhaps chocolate. Taste is equally excellent- malty with a bit of dry aftertaste. Palate is creamy and very smooth- warming with no spicy burn or bitterness. This reminds me of chimay blue. Overall excellent. Note that this was a 75cl bottle. First 33 was great, middle was less flavor and more boozy. Last 10cl though was exceptional, with the sediment on the bottom. I recommend shaking this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olliejobbins (1208) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2015
750ml bottle shared with rob. Pours a hazy dark opaque brown with thin cream coloured head. Aroma is figs, prunes, dates, a little yeast and hops. Very complex taste too. Velvety smooth with well masked alcohol. Dark fruit in the taste at first such as plums and dates. Finishes quite sweet with caramel and toffee. Yum.

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