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RATINGS: 743   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigtaster (929) - 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 (256) - roma, 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 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: avvolgente il tutto, con lalcool non aggressivo e un sentore di barrique, insieme alla vaniglia, allo zucchero candito e ai chiodi di garofano. Il retrogusto 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 (2430) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kapusil (1288) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 30, 2015
0.75l bottle thanks to Lore. Reddish dark brown body, beige head. Aroma of banana, caramel, cocoa and nutmeg. Taste of caramel, cocoa, floral hops and orange zest. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
VastActiv (6289) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 24, 2015
Bottle 0.75l at home, Nivala. BBE July 2016. Colour is brown with large slightly brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Dark fruits, dry fruits, dryness, Belgian yeast and malts. Very carbonated. Soft and some warming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marduk (6876) - Reval, ESTONIA - DEC 22, 2015
750ml bottle (thanks Mart). Dark brown color. Huge size, brown head, stays. Acetone, vegetables, dirty, plastic, alcohol in aroma. Metallic, sweet, roast, caramel, alcohol in taste. Dirty cloth in aftertaste. Medium carbonation. Fine dust of yeast on tongue. Messy brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suurjuust (3228) - ESTONIA - DEC 18, 2015
Dark brown beer, tan head. Nose is dark malt and sweet overripe fruit, berry notes, metallic hints and mild boiled turnip. Flavor is malty, toasty, caramel, dried fruit. Caramel and dark fruit in the finish, more metallic notes, yeast. Surprisingly light-bodied. Hides the ABV pretty well. Lingering dryness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
martjoobolut (3648) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 18, 2015
Bottle (from firma bier). Pours dark ruby-brown with light beige head. The head stays. Aroma is fresh fruits, esthers, malt, alcohol. Flavor is sweet and malty, dark fruits, plums, some alcohol. Finish is dry bitter. Overall: very good, but would like to try aged version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maakun (4644) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 4, 2015
Bottle shared at THT. Slight hazy brown with small light brown head. Light veggies, old coffee, caramel, stale malts, light dried berries, cardboard, fake chocolate. Medium sweet with light oxidized bitter notes. Over medium bodied. Wow, this is quite the let down, I expected way more of this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kermis (12190) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 4, 2015
Bottle shared at the return of Old Spice tasting. Pours very hazy brown with a medium tan head. Aroma of yeast, toffee, vegetal notes, compost and overripe dark fruits. Flavour is over moderate sweet and light moderate bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Disappointed with this beer, I really expected more.

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