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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

615 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 615
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 43
Gots: 37 | 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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Reviews by jabocu:
Photo of jabocu
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange/red hazy hue, nice thick billowy head that falls into taverns on top. Lots of belgian lacings up sides. Aroma is belgian yeast, ripe fruit of pears and bananas, and light lemon and grain. Low alcohol in nose. Belgian yeast flavor right off the bat. Wheaty mustiness. As aroma suggested, lols of ripe fruit of pears and plum. Citrus hops blended into sour grain undertones. Not very biting, but mellow as the frut flavors fill the palate. Nice med-high amount of carbonation, medium body, and finishes dry. Nice example of style... really like the pears.

jabocu, May 17, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poures a pale yellow with a a light orange tint with chunks and floaties abound (I poured to hard ) with a creamy head that leaves a light amount of lace,spicey aroma some cinnamon and apple going on with a light smokiness going on very appetizing.Taste is phenolic in its smokiness with a nice apple pie flavor spicey and some apple tartness not any alcohol burn like alot of tripels finishes smooth.A real drinkable ale for the style with alot of nice flavors not overly complex but very solid.

oberon, Oct 21, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Cloudy yellow with a decent head that went down slow but did not lace the glass well.

Smell – Good malt and fruit aroma with a tinge of alcohol and some coriander along with other spices.

Taste – The traditional malts actually feel a bit balanced with hops. The fruit at the nose was not prominent at the taste. The sweetness at the end was complimeneted with coriander and something else (maybe cinnamon).

Mouthfeel – Well carbonated with a smooth feel on the tongue. IMHO, this is its strong suit.

Drinkability – I thought the hops were too prevalent for the style, but this is an all around nice beer to drink

RoyalT, Aug 12, 2003
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the dryest of the tripels that I have been tasting and has an almost farmhouse/ saison quality to it. Very simple and easy drinking with an enticing spicy character. Pilsner malt really shines through and it is not very hoppy or bitter. I nice, stripped down, no nonsense tripel and an excellent intro to this style for anyone who's never had it.

JudgeRoughneck, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of SIRIUS2
4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden color with abundant creamy white head. (Poured into a goblet style glass)

S: Awesome floral bouquet with a hint of spice (corriander?)

T: Hop bitterness struck me first with additional notes of citrus and spices that I couldn't quite place, but seemed consistent with an Abbey style tripel

M: Light mouthfeel with notable carbonation

D: Smooth and easy, incredibly easy going down, although the warming was fairly prominent - but nice.

Overall this was a great experience! All the flavors came together nicely without hitting you over the head with any one particular element. Unfortunately this was pretty hard to find and at $7 for a small bottle, it's not something I'll be experiencing very often. Fantastic when available!

SIRIUS2, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of generallee
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1.2oz bottle into a tulip glass. The labels information includes its abv (8%) but there is no freshness date.

Appearance: It has a hazy yellow/orange colored body with lots of carbonation rising up to the head. The just off white head is very tall and thick like a meringue. It is very slow fading and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has an earthy and bready yeast like character with a touch of funk (horse blanket) and spicy hops.

Taste/Palate: The flavor has the same funky bready yeast character from the aroma but with hints of fruity apple and pear notes. On the palate it has a smooth creamy texture with mild carbonation and the finish has a touch of spicy hop flavor and light bitterness for some balance.

Notes: Yep this is your standard Belgian Style Blonde/Tripel.

generallee, May 20, 2010
Photo of Callmecoon
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Callmecoon, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of petewheeler
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

petewheeler, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

33 cl brown bottle with drink before date on the side label.

Appearance: Thin but sticky white lace, hazed yellowish golden hue yields a dull glow in the light.

Smell: Phenolic and herbal resins, a lemony hop and chalky yeast make up the soft aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Medium body with a crisp smoothness that digs in deep. Dry pale malt character throws down a floury flavour and combines with the chalky yeast. Big phenolic flavour bursts at the same time as the alcohol shows it juicy and fruity side with warming esters and mild solvent flavours abound. More chalky yeast and bitty pale malt husk in the end.

Notes: This reminds me of Westmalle Tripel in a way though I much more prefer Westmalle, this is a good tripel but I am just not as impressed.

Jason, Apr 01, 2003
Photo of merlin48
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle that is past its prime, according to the label. Really didn't know what I had here until I poured it. A hazy, honey colour in the St Bernardus goblet. Chunks of yeast obscure any sight of bubbles. Leaves nice chains of Belgian lacing all over the goblet. Aroma is typical Belgian, with pink grapefruit and baked bread in the spotlight. Cloves and allspice also share top billing. Mouthfeel is thick, almost chewy, and is tart and bitter. Hops make more than a cameo appearance. Taste is complex, with biscuity yeast, sharp citrus, and bitter hops. Not what I was looking for in a Tripel. The yeast chunks settle to the bottom at room temperature, but the taste remains bitter. This is not one of the better Belgian ales I've had over the years. Maybe a fresher one would change my opinion.

merlin48, Feb 01, 2004
Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried a bottle of this tasty concoction at the Blind Tiger in NYC. Its a new one on their bottle list. Poured a typical Belgian shade of light golden, hazy/cloudy, with a puffy, silky white head, leaving some fine lacing. Nose was all nuts, yeast, fruity. taste is boldly tripel, all the way. Fruity, yeasty notes, pleasing on the tongue and quick to the cranium. Very soft and silky mouthfeel. Finishes dry with more fuit and some spice adding to the mix.

Billolick, Oct 31, 2004
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up from Knightly Spirits in Orlando. Been having trouble finding this anywhere in Ontario...

Pours a light, opaque golden, with a thick foamy head, crackling with carbonation. Looks great.

Apple, wine, honey, yeast, and a lovely citrus zest to it as well. Smells like a typical, but well-made tripel.

Notes of apple, sugar, malt, pear and grape. Starts sweet, but finishes tartly with a good earthy character.

Crispy carbonation, somewhat biting, but it recedes to a drinkable level soon. Leaves a slightly sticky sensation on the tongue. Tart.

Tastes and drinks like a typical tripel, which for me is a good thing!

JohnnyBarman, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Marius, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2014, so it's a little out of date. Hopefully still alright. Picked up ages ago from a supermarket while on a trip to Belgium and subsequently stored in my garage. One of the less common Trappist brews - the label doesn't give much away.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A bright orange-amber hue with faint haze and good carbonation. Produces a huge head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a thick surface layer. Slight lacing. Aroma of fruity yeast esters with hints of raisins, dried fruit, apricots, a twinge of marzipan, sugar, clove, mild spice, earthy yeast and faint stewed leaves. A warming whiff of booze in the background. Vaguely sweet and deliciously complex.

Tastes of fruity yeast esters with a lingering dry finish. Notes of raisins, dried fruit, subtle sugar, mild spice, earthy yeast and harsh stewed leaves. A touch of cardboard in the background, accompanied by a hint of solventy alcohol. A dry, herbal bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with effervescent carbonation and decent body. Pretty astringent, followed by an aftertaste of acrid stewed leaves/herbs, fruity yeast esters and earthiness.

OK but not exceptional. Looks nice, and the aroma is a lovely blend of fruity, spicy hints rounded off with booze. However, the flavour lacks the complexity and balance of the aroma - harsh bitterness is a dominant feature. Body is alright but feels a shade too spritzy. Perhaps this bottle is just a bit too old - I may re-review in the future. Drinkable enough but no need to run out and hunt it down.

jazzyjeff13, May 04, 2014
Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev -1.5%

chickenm, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of Dinkel
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Dinkel, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of ADR
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dull gold appearance, good but not spectacular bottle-conditioned head but dense and clinging Brussels lace. Deeply yeasty aroma, green apples and a spritz of fresh lemonade. Nice body and malt sense, closest to fruit-infused carrot cake that dries to a slightly medicinal finish. A bit of an alcoholic sense, but the best part is the well-bittered finish. A good beer, but I was looking for more in the surprise department, this Tripel also grows a bit too sweet as it approaches room temperature.

Source: Liquid Solutions

ADR, Sep 28, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep golden slightly hazy sunshine hue nice creamy fine bubbled head leaves detailed Belgian lacing. Aroma: Candi sugar lnes layers of sweet pale malts nice fruity undertones some tropical notes with a kiss of hops. Taste: Nice fairly mild overall flavor, sweet candi sugar some fruity undertones and bubblegum with evident alcohol leaves me quite underwhelmed. Mouthfeel: Medium body fine effervescent carbonation, not bad. Drinkability: Nice but for a trappist ale and eight dollars for the bottle I want more, not only do I want more but I expect more.

WVbeergeek, Apr 16, 2004
Photo of kwkdmk
4/5  rDev -1.5%

kwkdmk, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of glid02
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a clear golden color with a 1.5-finger white head. The head slowly recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of light malts with good amounts of syrup-soaked pears and milder amounts of green apples. As the beer warms the pear aromas subside a bit.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp and clean light malt flavors kick things off and are joined by solid amounts of green apple flavors - the green apple is stronger in the flavor profile than it is in the aroma. Midway through the sip the flavors sweeten a bit before carrying through to a crisp ending, leaving equal parts green apple and pear flavors lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily polish off another.

Overall this was more impressive to me than the aged Brune I had recently. A well done beer that works nice with the time of year. Worth a shot.

glid02, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of Beer21
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Beer21, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of rastaman
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite a potent little brew, hazy orange appearance, with bits of sediment here and there (i docked .5 of appearance for that), smells a bit sweet, but very strong, good bittering on the finish, i got things like apricot, apple in the flavour. Very nice but potent, goes straight to your head.

rastaman, Jul 05, 2002
Photo of Auraan
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a gorgeous cloudy light orange with a two finger white head. It looks fantastic, a good tripel in appearance. Scents of Belgian yeast, candi sugar, moscato wine, apple juice, slight honey, slight spice, caramel sweetness, and very faint hints of bubblegum. A very Trappist aroma, quite sweet, yeasty, fruity and deep with faint spice. Quite nice, excellent, enticing and complex. Flavor follows the aroma, quite sweet upfront, with hints of moscato wine, apricot, slight citrus peel bitterness and sour tang especially in the middle, candi sugar, some hints of Belgian yeast, and spices, some very faint alcohol, and some graininess on the finish. The finish is also quite dry. Very nice combination of flavors, on style for a tripel, which is certainly what this beer is. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Quite on style for a tripel, yet again. Overall this is a very good tripel, one of the better ones I've had. I recommend getting a bottle and giving it a try. It's got an excellent and complex aroma, and a nice taste that melds with a very nice mouthfeel. It's not the best Trappist, but it is one of the better beers I've had.

Auraan, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of Hammarby
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden, hazy with big foamy, white head.
S: Pear, red berries, yeast.
T: Yeast, pear, gentle alcoholic sting, almost no bitterness, sweetness, canned pears, light metallic taste.
M: Light body, low/moderate carboration.
D: Good.

The main impression of this beer is yeast and canned pears. After reviewing four quite good brews, this one stayed with me. Kind of grew on me afterwards.

Hammarby, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of ltdantheman
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

ltdantheman, Feb 25, 2012
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Trappist Achel 8° Blond from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
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