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Trappist Achel 8° Blond - Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

578 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 578
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 38
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-06-2002)
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gonzo46and2

Florida

4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy unfiltered orange with a massive head. Had to wait a while for the head to recede before I could finish pouring the beer. Still had plenty of carbonation afterward.

Aroma is loaded with sweet fruit esters. Not much spice compared to other Belgian tripels or witbiers. Mostly reminded of pineapple and pithy citrus rind, namely orange and lemon.

Taste is super sweet with a touch of bitterness. A bit of pineapple, banana, bread, cake... This is dessert in a glass.

Mouthfeel is sweet but not cloying. Very small tickling bubbles that are perfect complements to the flavor.

Overall this is a very good tripel.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 18:31:31 | More by gonzo46and2
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Trappist Achel 8° Blond from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
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