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RATINGS: 746   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JAN 16, 2006
750ml cork finished bottle. Wow, the absolute definintion of seamless. This beer moves gracefullly between elements of toffee, raisins, slight cigar box, and ends with a light vanilla kiss. All this without a hint at the alcohol content. Just amazing. I havent had Westy yet but its hard to imagine a beer better than this. I would love to see a bottle with a few years of age on it.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1870) - BELGIUM - APR 14, 2013
Bouteille de 75 cl simplement capsule (et non bouchonne): trs curieux pour ce niveau de bire, puisque nous sommes avec une brune suprieure de 9,5 % abv. Cette bire est ainsi une quadruple non bouchonne... Imaginons cela avec la Chimay bleue!!! Mon exemplaire tait date en fin 2011, et la bire est compltement plate au versage. La couleur est passe au brun roux du porto tawny, ce qui nest pas du meilleur effet mais on peut comprendre. Clart nette. Bulles et mousse inexistantes. Armes de pruneau, malt, figue, poires cuites. 1re bouche o on est parti sur le porto, il ny avait donc pas que la couleur!! Puis on a vraiment la traduction ici de lexpression pain liquide, on a un mlange malt fort qui rend compte des crales. Cest aussi pour moi un vrai barley wine parce que limpression du vin plat est bien l, et il sagit donc bien dun vin dorge 2me bouche sur le pruneau, les fruits mrs, le candi et une lgre pointe de moka. 3me bouche complte, avec une toute lgre nuance de fraise mre des varits non sucres. Arrire-bouche pleine sur le malt et la levure, et une pointe de tourbe. La longueur montre ce quest une madrisation pure, parfaite, jusqu la teinte tirant sur la brique, avec en consquence bien sr une ampleur des saveurs. La levure est intgre, un pur terreau... Lalcool sest dvelopp avec le temps, et tape svrement en dbut de dgustation. Il convient donc dinstaller cette dgustation dans le calme pour savourer pleinement ce pur produit des forges de Vulcain... surtout sil est g. La finale se laisse savourer car elle est complexe avec du bois, des fruits, du malt, de la levure et bien dautres choses qui relvent du barley wine. Une bire qui vous fait pntrer dans les liens entre le vin et la bire, ce qui est un programme fabuleux qui a lui seul mrite un trs high score... A dguster donc jeune pour le plaisir et ge pour lrudition....

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
crazy_cat_lady (522) - - FEB 21, 2014
February 20, 2014. 75cl bottle at beerbistro. Chocolate, toffee, plums, raisins in aroma. White head dissipated leaving a thin white film of bubbles. Lovely warm dark brown colour. Lots of depth to this beer. Goes exceptionally well with steak.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ionlyrate5s (103) - New York, USA - SEP 23, 2014
Fantastic brew....dried fruit notes in aroma and slight vinous note that really added. The flavor is slightly sweet and raisin, prune.This added to the wine and malt notes made this an A++++ brew

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
huineman (670) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 1, 2015
Dark brown, almost pitch black. Long-lasting thick beige head. Very intense on the nose: black wild berries, liquorice, caramel, maple syrup. Very powerful. Sweet beggining, mouth covering developing, long ending without bitterness. Fantastic.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jde123 (775) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 22, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2007 Wow, this is a great selection. Came in a 75cl bottle, which was very nice. This is a beer that gets better with age, I dont know how old mine was but I found it in a box tucked way in the back of my favorite beer retailer, they guy at the counter had never seen it before. That was interesting. Poured a burnt umber color, with thin head that stuck around for a while. Immediate alcohol smell, but did not taste like alcohol. Very well crafted beer. Fantastic!!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
andrewboss (137) - New York, USA - JUN 18, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2007 Bottle...Simply put, this is the perfect beer. It has everything I ever wanted in a beer. Aroma, color, and, of course, a bitter taste with just the right amount of malty sweetness. PERFECT!!!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MrGGen (334) - ITALY - APR 17, 2009
Colore ambrato un p torbido,schiuma spessa e beige.Aroma di malto tostato e di caramello.In bocca complessa,dolce e piccante assieme.Ottima

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
whitecap (289) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2011
750ml bottle at BarVolo. Dont think my server noticed but the bottle was expired. Definitely not complaining! Well aged... pours copper brown with a very thin beige head with mild lacing. Aroma is extremely malty, with some yeast caramel fruit and minimal hops. Flavour is sweet with notes of dark fruit and malts. Overall Exceptional.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DCJack (185) - Alabama, USA - OCT 16, 2005
I didnt have high expectations for this beer. A generic label on a generic 750ml bottle, not the one pictured on this page, seemed amateurish and uninspired. It even has a lame hexagonal shield that says "Authentic Trappist Product." Could not be more boring. But it does say Achel Bruin Beer Extra, so I guess this is it. And it cost $12.95! As you can see by my score, this is an excellent, though unassuming beer. Dark and full-flavored without being overpowering. It is mellow and rich. Only Ommegangs Three Philosophers is better in my opinion. The after taste is complex and lingers. very satisfying. The head effect matches the taste, smooth, unassuming, tranquil but not sleepy.


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