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RATINGS: 743   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Bottle from Bruisin Ales in Asheville. Pours cloudy copper brown. Beige head. Nose of dried apples, raisins, figs, prunes, candied sugar, and delicate yeast. Taste is sweet and malty, but not cloying, and complexified by the great yeast. Dry, soft but full palate. Great.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (4021) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2017
Shared 750 ml. bottle poured to a snifter displaying a darkest brown hue, with a persistent & frothy layer of off white/light tan head foam, and equally lasting dots & dashes of lacing. The nose was dark, dried fruit, a bit of malty sweetness, a touch of roastiness, and holiday pudding-like spice. Medium+ bodied, with lively carbonation, the taste was similar notes, some tartness & tanginess, low earthy bitterness, and pleasant booziness into the finish. An exceptional Quad.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmrmwel (1925) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 29, 2017
Bottle. Pours clear, dark brown, with no head. Aroma has notes of yeast, and sweet malts with wood. Medium to full body, with soft carbonation. Flavour follows suit, with wooden yeast and sweet malts. A bit bland, and somewhat of a disappointment. Probably some years too old.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorita (23) - SPAIN - DEC 30, 2016
Beige head with perfect brussels lace. Aroma: malts, prunes and caramel. Taste: nuts, hazelnut, caramel, dark fruits and liquor. Tasted in Olut Club de Cata

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RW80 (2322) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2016
0.7 l bottle shared. Apperance: A allmost clear dark ruby to brown with a medium large, frothy but stable, slightly creamy, beige head. Aroma: Malts, dark fruits(rasisin,prunes, berries) , caramel, spicey yeast. slightly Taste: Sweetish, malts, dark fruits like the aroma,caramel and some spicey yeast to make it work traces of cocoa,clove with a beyond average light bitter finish. with some vinous and warming-alcohol.. Medium body, lively carbonation. Nice and tasty complex beer and better then expected.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
CraftBeerNick (2211) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2016
Bottle at home, 27th December 16. Found this at the back of the collection, BBE July 2016. Pours copper coloured, a white head, good lacing. Aroma is molasses, dark fruit, liquor. Taste is caramel, molasses, fig, raisins soaked in booze, its sweet, but there is a bitterness to temper this. Nice to sip by the fire.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zlotta (2614) - Hagen, GERMANY - DEC 26, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2016 0.75 l bottle from Belgiuminabox.com, best before July 2016, so I guess about two and a half years old. Clear, very dark ruby to brown with a medium large, frothy, slightly creamy, stable, beige head. Sweetish-malty, slightly fruity and a bit yeasty-spicy aroma of caramel, raisins, prunes, blackcurrant and a touch of clove. Rather sweet, malty, slightly fruity and a bit yeasty-spicy taste of caramel, candy sugar, raisins, prunes, blackcurrant and some cocoa as well as hints of coconut and clove, followed by a medium long, slightly bitter, moderately yeasty-spicy, vinous and a bit warming-alcoholic finish. Medium body, rather effervescent mouthfeel, lively carbonation. Rich, satisfying and very tasty beer!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mutz (999) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2016
Grote fles gekocht bij de bron. Bruin bier, de kraag blijft lang als een laagje op het bier. Aroma: mout, caramel, rozijnen, zoetig. Smaak: beter als het bier opwarmt, kandij zoetig, licht caramel. Solide spul.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oskitarjarrita (46) - Sabadell, SPAIN - DEC 6, 2016
Club Cata Olut. Envejecida 3 aos. Color tostado. Aroma caramelo , regaliz. Dulce en boca.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rdb84 (586) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2016
Beautiful dark brown pour with strong stable head. A: yeast, plum, faint chocolate, malts, buttermilk, more spicy than normal Achel. T: first sip is metallic and malts. Next sips are sweet but robust, sweet maltiness, nice dark fruit lacing, vanilla and light choco. Light spicy, faintly boozy development, with nutmeg note. Finish is quite bitter, but never too much. Robust, very nice.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alteregoo (1202) - POLAND - OCT 2, 2016
Piana obfita, kremowo żłta, drobno i średnio pęcherzykowa, długo obecna w postaci mięsistej pierzynki. Barwa rubinowo miedziana, lekko opalizująca. Aromat przyjemny, sporo tu rodzynek, daktyli, karmelu, suszonych śliwek i gruszek oraz bliżej nieokreślonych ził czy przypraw. W smaku jest fajna owocowo likierowa słodycz, ciemne dojrzałe winogrona, morele kandyzowane, figi, melasa, karmel, pikantne przyprawy... Lekka ziołowa goryczka i dość wysokie nagazowanie fajnie balansują wyklejającą i treściwą całość.
Niezwykle udany trunek, fajnie wyważony, intensywny i z precyzyjnie wkomponowanym, delikatnie rozgrzewającym dopiero na żołądku, alkoholem. Zasłużone top 10 quadw...


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