Achel Extra Trappist Ale 25.4 oz

Item #3176
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Limited Edition Trappist Quad

Brewed by: Achel Abbey
Country: Belgium
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale/Quadrupel

ABV: 9.5% rating: 100 rating: 94

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Achel Trappist Extra is a limited edition Belgian Strong Dark Ale with a dark chestnut color, a light tan, creamy head. and aromas of dried fruit, malt and yeast. Medium-bodied and very satisfying, it has a little malt sweetness, dark fruit flavors, warm sherry notes, and a brisk balancing backdrop of fresh hop bitterness. 25.4 oz. bottle.

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Achel Abbey: Achel, Belgium The Trappist St. Benedict Abbey of Achel (Sint Benedictus Abdij – De Achelse Kluis) which belongs to the Cistercians of Strict Observance (Trappists), is located in Achel in Flanders, Belgium. The abbey is famous for its spiritual life and its brewery, which is one of very few Trappist breweries in the world. Life in the abbey is characterized by prayer, reading and manual work, the three basic elements of Trappist life.

The early roots of the Abbey date back to 1686, when Petrus van Eynatten, a son of the mayor of Eindhoven, founded a community of hermits of Saint Joseph at Achel. The community would flourish until 1789 when they were expelled from their convent after the French revolutionary army invaded the Austrian Netherlands.

In 1844, the ruins were rebuilt as a Trappist priory by monks from Westmalle. Beer was first brewed on the site in 1852; in 1871 the priory was granted the status of abbey and beer brewing became a regular activity. By reclaiming waste land, the agriculture and cattle-breeding of the abbey prospered. In addition several daughter-houses were founded.

At the beginning of World War I the monks left the abbey. The Germans dismantled the brewery in 1917 to salvage the copper. After World War II a new abbey was built between 1946 and 1952, but with only two wings of the planned four completed. In 1989 the abbey sold most of its land to the Dutch National Forest Administration and the Flemish Government. In 1998, with support from the Trappists of Westmalle and Rochefort, brewing started again. Achel's is the smallest of the seven Trappist breweries. As with all Trappist breweries, the beers are sold in order to support the monastery and its charities.

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Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Jul 25, 2021  |  By Harry
I am a big fan of this style of beer, and this is certainly one of the best I've ever tried. At the first sip I was blown away how flavorful and robust it was. I've come to understand this is hard to find, So I feel very lucky I was able to try some. Highly recommend

A true hidden gem of Trappist beers
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Jan 7, 2020  |  By JULIO C.
I have been reading and tasting lots of Trappist beers. Achel brews very good beer but it was not on my top 3 for Trappist... but then as I was reading about the monastery and the reduced number of monks as well as their aging problem I learned the have this special beer: "Achel Trappist Extra" (not to be confused with Blond Extra). I was fortunate to find it and I opened it for Christmas. Color, aroma and body are unique but the rich flavors and subtle taste is really outstanding. It's now definitely on my top list next to Westvleteren and equally complicated and expensive to get. If you are lucky enough to get your hands on this gem, treasure it and enjoy it!