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RATINGS: 746   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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 5, 2006
Poured a cloudy brown with tan yeast sediment floating and a creamy tan head. Aroma is dried fruit, sweet malt, and some sour notes. Flavor is darker fruits, sweet malt, maybe a hint of chocolate, and some subtle spices. The mouthfeel is wonderful. Silky smooth. I couldnt taste the alcohol, and the velvet mouthfeel was just wonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2693) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2006
Cloudy dark orangish brown body with a moderate head. I havent had a quad in so long.. MMMMM. Was so nice to smell the raisiny aroma with sugars, chocolate, alcohol, the trappist yeast... all the stuff is here. Sweet finish with some alcohol in the end. I like it, but at $14 for a 750, Id rather spend less and get 2 Rochefort 10s.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (13828) - Randers, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2006
Bottle. Very good beer!!!!!!! Cr excellent mostly lasting head. Light brown colour. Powerfull complex (orange) aroma and flavor. Average finish. Oily palate and soft carbonated.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
malachi (62) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2006
Golden, ruby pour with very little lacing. Sweet, sour apple cherry aroma is way more complex than the flavor. The medium body levels out into a slight bitter finish. The super high carbonation of this bottle made it feel more like a cherry 7up, but it was still very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2006
Bottle, thanks to malachi for sharing. Aroma is fruity, vinous grape-like notes and fairly sweet smelling. Very wine-like. Amber brown in color with a white head. Sweet flavor, dried fruitiness and a touch of spice notes and a nice chocolate and caramel malt finish. Lighter body with an almost oily mouthfeel and hardly any noticeable alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (3635) - 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.

   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!

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skinnyviking (9335) - 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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