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RATINGS: 751   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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3.8
User37895 (3085) - - JUN 6, 2006
A nice quad, poured a dark brown color with some orange hues and a small head. The lacing was very good. The aroma was lightly spiced, and full of some aromatic fruits (cherries and some sort of a berry). The mouthfeel was moderate (not too thick or too sweet / syrupy). Some sort of a wood (oak) flavor in the aftertaste? Not bad, not the best, better than the "imitations.

3.7
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2006 Bottle, 750 ml. Brown colour, slightly hazy. Huge, long lasting tan head. Aroma of citrus, candy, cookies & malts. Flavour is spicy & sweet with hints of alcohol. Bitter finish. Medium to full body, soft carbonation.

4.3
Tommyke (2) - Tongeren, BELGIUM - MAY 31, 2006 does not count
a mild coffee taste, moderate hoppy,brown sugar taste, a large head white head color Head longevity: mostly diminishing a dark bodyinitial flavor: sweet, light acidic light, and a heavy bitter flavorfinishing whit a heavy bitter taste a full body, creamy texture

4
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2006
Served as part of a mini-Belgian tasting with some friends. The third pour of the night. I was fairly impressed with this, one of the better Belgians I’ve had in some time. Lots of rock candy, dried dark fruit, rum, caramel, and a warming finish. I would put this up there with Roch 8 and a few others. Well done.

4
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - MAY 20, 2006
Had a great head.Nice aroma.Color was a light amber.I had high expectations for this beer.It was bitter and medium bodied.I was hoping for better flavor.I was a bit dissapointed.I have had better.Still a good ber.

4.3
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - APR 25, 2006
Gold amber hue-thick frosty white head- soft nose of caramelized sour apple –medium body – caramel, vanilla dried fruit, and raisin taste–bubbles not present- aftertaste of orange peel and copper/metallic (could be the bottler cap)

3.9
BeerandBlues2 (13813) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 24, 2006
Blind rating. Pours hazy, muddy brown with a foamy light tan head and spotty lacing, lasting head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt (cookie), floral perfumey hops and an alcohol nose. Caramel, hoppy brown sugar flavor, moderate acidity, medium bitterness, dry, slightly sweet maple finish, some alcohol burn on the end. Medium bodied, warm and fizzy, dry tingling palate.

4
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 24, 2006
Cloudy burgundy; beige head. Brown sugar, chewy yeast, freshly toasted bread, rich grains, hard candy, balancing bitterness and warming alcohol. Pleasant beer.

4.1
luckygirl (1222) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2006
Beer pours a hazy, medium amber-brown color with an average-sized, white, frothy, small and mostly diminishing head. The aroma is sweet and malty with heavy notes of toasted grain, cookie and caramel; hoppy with a light notes of herbs and lesser notes of resin/pine; yeasty with light notes of sharp cheese, moderate notes of barnyard and horseblanket; moderate miscellaneous notes of tea, raisin and cognac, moderate notes of spicy alcohol. The flavor is heavily sweet, lightly bitter and lightly acidic with a long, warm, lightly tangy, moderately bittersweet finish. The body is medium, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is average.

4.1
awaisanen (1310) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2006
From Bottle. Amazing, hazy pour of almond bark with a subtle orange tinge and a graceful fluffy head of toasted marshmellow. Yeasty aroma with a slightly bitter sniff of peanut skins. Some milky chocolate fudge and raspberry ice cream topping form a gentle bouquet, but the fragrance isn’t nearly as impressive as the way it looks in a glass. Thick, heavily malty mouthfeel with tons of spicy yeasts that remind me of cinnimon, coriander, and cumin. Wonderfully rich, almost as if some swiss chocolate powder has been mixed into the brew. Final smack of sweet raisin bread. I’m not able to find much else here, however, as much as I may want to. This beer is very well balanced and delicious, but not complex enough to make it outstanding.


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