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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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ChrisOfstad (1424) - Hamar, NORWAY - OCT 13, 2018
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2018 From backlog. Bottle from TaxFree Brüssel Airport. Dark brown with beige head. Malts, hops, yeast, champagne. Nice.

DraftPours23 (913) - FRANCE - AUG 30, 2018
Robe brune, légèrement rougeâtre, mate et trouble. Mousse correcte mais pas très longue. Nez fruité assez typé, vineux, avec un peu de pruneau et de fruit cuit. En bouche, du caramel assez doux, un peu de vin cuit et sucré, l'alcool en arrière-bouche, très équilibré ! Extra ! Un super équilibre. Du sucre bien foutu, comme de la vergeoise, du caramel brun pas trop brûlé, des fruits compotés... Un alcool qui ne se sent pas.

ZacM612 (964) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2018
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2018 Bottle straight from Belgium, shared by Ken. Dark brown with big tan head. Belgian yeast and champagne. Rich with a slight boozy burn.

jybi (736) - FRANCE - JUL 8, 2018
Déguster une vraie trappiste est toujours un moment particulier, comme si une part de mysticisme était rendue à la bière. Cette Achel Extra brune, cela faisait quelque temps que je la cherchais de plus. Est-ce pour cela que j'ai étais quelque peu déçu? Soyons clair, les qualités gustatives de cette Achel ferait pâlir de jalousie bon nombre de bières, mais je ne la mets pas au niveau de la ST Bernardus. Elle manque en effet un peu de coffre et de puissance et le sucre empâte légèrement l'ensemble. Très belle palette d'arômes cependant qui se déclinent sur le fuit noir (prune, figue, etc.), la poire, le candi, la mélasse et les épices. En verre le brun opaque sans mousse n'est pas des plus attirants. Le nez met doucement en confiance sans exploser cependant. On y retrouve les arômes cités hormis les épices qui apparaissent à l'attaque qui se veut piano en terme d'intensité. C'est à partir de la seconde bouche que notre bière prend davantage d'ampleur avec une arrière bouche davantage sur l'alcool. L'ensemble avec un sucre bien présent est doux. Et si l'alcool apparaît un peu plus chaleurs sur le final accompagné d'épices, les 9,5 % ne se sentent pas. L'ensemble se laisse boire facilement et vous réchauffe tendrement, un peu comme un gros câlin.

MetalNHopHead (2591) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JUL 1, 2018
Complex and classy, Achel's Extra Bruin is maybe one of the most approachable Belgian Trappist beers that I've tried. This is also probably the liveliest Quad that I've drank to date. The actively visible carbonation gives an early warning to pour slowly. You'll hear the bubbling as clearly as you can see it. Brown color with a generous amount of head. It's sexy - for a Quad. Had I planned more wisely, I would have prepared some cheeses for this beer because it's practically begging to be paired with some. The yeast imparts strong notes of sherry and port. On the less vinous spectrum, there are tastes of dark grapes ripe from the vine and aged candied fruits. Despite all the carbonation, the texture is full and creamy. And yes, it would certainly soften the acidic notes of a good strong cheese. Damn, I really missed a great pairing opportunity with this one. Oh well, at least it's plenty good on it's own, too.

bierwolf78 (467) - De Weere, NETHERLANDS - JUN 27, 2018
Uiterlijk: Donkerbruin, na het openen van de fles een beige kleurige schuimparty. Geur: gebrande mout, karamel, vanille en koffie. Smaak: koffie, kandij, chocolade, aangenaam droog. Mond: fijne droogheid, zacht en rond. bedriegelijk lekker bier, drinkt soepel en (te) snel weg.

HuskerTan (2898) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - JUN 10, 2018
Bottle. A- Champagne, grapes, plums, soda water. A- Copper color, clear liquid, off white head. T- Grape juice, effervescent, cherry, slightly bready. P- Medium body, average texture, high carbonation, fruity finish. O- Shockingly carbonated for a quad. Almost like a spritzer at first sip. Tasted about like a low quality port. Really interesting and pretty good. I want to say this was a unique and abnormal quad but yet it's one of the most sought after base quads you'll find. Hmmm.

LagerMeister107 (2) - - APR 25, 2018 does not count
Very creamy, fruity, refreshing, drinkable, and delicious. Carbonation absolutely roars in the glass, and that coupled with the beautiful hickory wood color makes for one of the most beautiful beers I've ever drunk. Has a long lasting, dense head that reminds me almost of creamy hot chocolate. Very creamy yet light on the mouthfeel. Lots of strawberry jam and fresh berries in the aroma. Fresh, juicy, sweet plum and berries with some Belgian yeast in the taste. An absolutely delicious beer. One of the best I've ever had. This one was several months past the best buy date and showed absolutely no signs of wear. I'm sure the super thick bottle helps this beer age as flawlessly as it does. 20/20.

mariuszek (1717) - Gdynia, POLAND - MAR 15, 2018
Bottle 0,75 dm3. Pours chestnut color, medium, lasting head, good lacing. Not intensive aroma of dried fruits and yeast. Similar in taste. Medium body, high carbonation.

ramboraffe (2778) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2018
750 ml bottle from Belgoklubben. Murky brown with off white head. Dried fruit and marmelade. Nice balanced quad.

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