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RATINGS: 741   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (3605) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2006 750 ml bottle shared with malachi

Shared with malachi and hezron. I picked up an apple sauce-like aroma (since there is no better way to describe iit) with hints of cherries and toffee. A thin head sat over the ruby body. Many flavors come out over the course of this experience - caramel, chocolate and toffee at first. Next there was a sour cherry taste. Lastly a subtle fruity taste. Finally, it ends with a taste not unlike a toned down Belgian Red. Excellent aftertaste contains mixtures of all of the above. The 9.5% ABV is masked extremely well in this one.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - MAR 16, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2006 750mL bottle from Ughsmash. Best by 2/08 Beautiful pour. Dark ruby with a gorgeous, smooth head on top. Spicy and fruity aroma, with peppery spices and dark fruit (fig, raisins) and a slight astringency. Oh yeah, theres the requisite candi sugar as well. It wouldnt be a trappist without the candi sugar. When chilled, the alcohol presents itself loudly, but that fades into the background as it approaches room temperature. More peppery spices and some clove in the flavor. A ton of candi sugar and dark fruit in there (as well as some banana and a hint of apple). Goes down dry and sweet, and those peppery spices hang on until the last second. Very good drink, and Im glad it came in a 750. Thanks, Jason!

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Bottle best by 2006. Thanks to Fatty for bringing this one over to celebrate the Grand Opening of my basement bar :) Pours a hazy brown/reddish/orange with very small off white head with some floaties. Aroma of various dark fruits, caramel and candy sugar. Flavor of the same. Picking up more of the yeast in the flavor. Both aroma and flavor were right on with this one, age very nicely. Light alcohol in both flavor and aroma.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Undefined (46) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2006
Bottle. Dark rich color. Spicy malty aroma, raisins and dried fruits. Taste is warm malty, caramel and some alcohol.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skinnyviking (9137) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 12, 2006
Bottle. Off white head. Dark red unclear body. Spicy malt aroma. Caramel hops flavor with a good deal of carbon dioxide.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2006
Bottle at Den Tatoverede Enke, Copenhagen, RBESG Pub Crawl, August 2005. Looks like Im out of step with this one. Mid brown colour. Dried raisiny fruit, soy sauce and sticky treacle. Maybe some underlying appley notes. Way too sweet for me and not enough hop character to cut through. Im not blind to its appeal but I guess its just not my thing.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2006
Pours a chestnut body with a pillowy, well-sustained tan head. The nose is fruity with dates and plums and raisins atop a spicy, caramel malt. As it warms, some soft alcohol fumes join the party. The flavor contains all of the fruit, the caramel, and alcohol while adding a touch of clove and white peppers, brown sugar, and a honey-like sweetness. Add to this a dash of hop bitterness, and you have one excellent drinking experience. It finishes on a bitter, dry note. I need to pick up a couple more of these to lay down for a while.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 17, 2006
First sample from my trade with Pasoe. Only arrived from Denmark 2 days ago so still a little shaken from travel. Dusty dark orange-tinted brown with a long lasting thin foamy head. Aroma is a dusty fruity malt with flavours of dried fruit. Beautiful pillowy body with a light honey sweetness. Rich fruit malt taste. Noticeable but welcome alcohol. Mead-like.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fiend (104) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 17, 2006
Muddy brown color...beautiful fruity aroma. A nice balance between sweetness and hoppy bitter...I barely noticed the fact it was almost as potent as a table wine! Perfect aftertaste of smooth maltiness.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nuffield (4106) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2006
I let my bottle sit in the "cellar" (box in a closet) for a year and a bit, but I finally had to drag it out when my mother-in-law came for a visit and I needed to show her that I share my good beers. She likes good beer! It poured a reddish chestnut brown with a substantial tan head and notable floaties. There was a lively raisin/prune/plum and caramel aroma, rich and inviting. In the mouth, the lively, moderately frothy body drove an alcohol twang that was surprising strong for a 9.5% Belgian. Still, its not a burning alcohol, just a flavor alcohol. It finished sweet with dried fruit and malt. Pretty enjoyable, without a doubt.


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