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Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
Achel Trappist Extra

Achel Trappist Extra

Poured from a bottle that looks like this but reliable information suggests that these two beers are the same offering, just packaged in different ways for different markets - change request for the BA db has been submitted. $14.99 from Green's on Ponce, Atlanta, GA, USA. Poured into the Ommegang chalice the initial pour is somewhat fizzy and not in a good way - rather soda-like. Highly carbonated with a large, frothy head but the head doesn't have much density - very light and fades pretty...

Trappist Achel 8° Bruin

Trappist Achel 8° Bruin

Additional notes 09/13/23 (Pictured) I've drunk this a 100 times since those original notes from 17 years ago, but with the recent changes in the status of the brewery I wanted to go back and make some extra visits. It's ASTONISHING to me have those original notes are so out of whack with what I see in the appearance today. Now I have a crystal clear, beautiful, garnet/burgundy body with a fantastic head with great retention. Smell and taste are MUCH more reminiscent of a pure BDSA, so much so...

Achel Trappist Extra

Trappist Achel 8° Blond

Poured into the Val-Dieu chalice it presents itself as a very pale golden color. The head is big and lacks a real rocky appearance (rather ultra-fine bubbles predominate), but the slightly thinner nature means the best lacing I have seen for a very long time forms on the glass - I'm giving it a 5.0 for appearance PURELY based on the lace. Aroma is mild yeast with some lemony/citrus hops. Mild sweetness in the taste, typically Belgian Tripel notes, but not nearly as sweet as many of the style....