Trappist Achel 8° Blond - Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
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4.98/5 rDev +22.7%
In this year 2013 I found this beer on the shelf labeled sept 2009. I was sick at the time so waited til I could properly taste to open. Immediately upon opening the bottle it made a slight hiss then filled the air with the scent of apples. The smell changed slightly in the pour openingup notes of caramel, toffee, honey, smells as if it's going to have a very big thick flavor. Taste starts with a light bread flavor then tastes like there's mixed fruit jam on th bread- apple, raisin, plum, peach with sweet toffee candy on the end of the taste.slight alcohol aftertaste with sugars and candy lingering. The toffee caramel and sugar influence is heightened actually when the sediment is poured. It's an amber orange-brown color with bubbles rising from the bottom towards a thick head that starts 3 fingers and lowers while sipping but never goes away. More toffee and sugar flavor in the head- more bread and fruit jam taste in the liquid. An excellent drink- though I hear some people prefer a young bottle o this. Somewhat warped that my first experience is a 3 yr bottle but I'll remember this beer and come back to this review to compare a younger bottle
01-11-2013 22:40:08 | More by tilopud_rye
4.97/5 rDev +22.4%
Slightly hazy appearance but with a bone white fluffy head. Aromas of floral hops and fruity esters. The taste of this beer is so damn complex it makes me shiver just thinking about it. First it has the classic wheat flavors of clove an banana, then you notice the hops, then a slight chocolate and cinnamon flavor invades, then a slight prune fruitiness, and finally the floral and earthy hop flavor lingers on your tounge. It is a little sweet but the late hop charge balances it nicely. When I had it at the Bier Circus in Brussels, I wanted to dive into the glass and drown a happy man. THE best beer I had in Belgium. Don't know why the lackluster reviews here - maybe it doesn't travel well? It was head and shoulders better than the Westmalle triple and was definitely not light in mouthfeel - in fact it was very creamy.
10-10-2002 14:19:01 | More by Longstaff
4.95/5 rDev +21.9%
Essa cerveja é realmente surpreendente. Antes de prová-la eu havia lido sobre ela em vários lugares, os quais não davam tanto elogios a ela. Porém na minha primeira oportunidade já senti que não concordava com a opinião da maioria dos especialista. Na segunda vez, eu tive certeza. É com certeza uma das melhores cervejas trapistas da humanidade.
01-16-2014 12:51:21 | More by LVituri
4.9/5 rDev +20.7%
The head is thick, just off-white, still and bumpy it floats on the hazy, dirty, peach-gold body. The aroma is huge: sweet, alcoholic with yards of thick caramel. Alcohol up front when cool, with some sour fruit, cream and caramel. The middle is thick and foamy. Much caramel, some milk, some more sour fruit extends through the finish, where some great, big bubblegum makes a surprise appearance. Tangtacular aftertaste. Wow. Absolutely gargantuan flavors: sour fruit, sweet caramel, bubblegum finish. Dee L. Icious!
09-09-2005 20:34:58 | More by kbub6f
4.83/5 rDev +19%
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!
01-26-2008 02:00:02 | More by SIRIUS2
4.83/5 rDev +19%
A - Light golden color. Moderately cloudy. Tall, bubbly, white head that dissolves at a medium rate.
S - Floral notes that I can't put my finger on. Smells like Spring in a glass. Sorry that I can't be more specific, but I don't have a very strong nose :-/ Great smell though. I can say that with certainty.
T - Mmm, delicious! Starts out with some solid maltiness, which I definitely look for in blondes. Just enough sweetness to help bring out the rich flavor, but not enough to cripple it at all. The dry bitterness lingers and gives you a magnificent aftertaste of hops/flowers. I'd say it's more floral than fruity. I feel like I'm eating out the Easter Bunny.
M - Light on the tongue. If I didn't wish to savor this beer so much, it'd definitely be one that could be easily pounded. If I had unlimited money, I'd use this for beer pong back home.
O - Might be my favorite blonde I've had to date. Light and refreshing, yet complex. PERFECT after a long, stressful day, which I've had. It seems to me like this beer accomplishes what Chouffe, Delirium, and many others try, but fail, to do. A must try!
P.S. Their Brune is just as awesome.
09-27-2011 18:37:41 | More by TRICKYD1CK
4.83/5 rDev +19%
Pour into a brandy glass (no I don’t have a glass for each brewery). Large fluffy head about 3 inches that dissipates well at room temp 65F to a thin layer. Smells like daisies, herbs, honey…mead, lemongrass. It looks golden, golden ale, see through, like if the rivers were made of gold, it should look like this. Tastes like what an amazing beer should taste like. An explosion of flavors, medium carbonation then low at room temp. A balance of flavor and alcohol. Not a lot of bitterness. An aftertaste that makes you want more. Win
06-15-2014 02:27:22 | More by tomordonez
4.83/5 rDev +19%
Poured from 33 cl bottle into a goblet.
A - Beer is extremely carbonated. A bit of foam escaped the bottle as soon as I popped the cap and it took three pours to get it into a glass without overflowing the moussy off-white foam. The beer itself is an light blond color with orange highlights. It has some cloudiness, but you can easily see through it when held up to the light.
S - The initial whiff is of earthy, spicy hops, smelling just like a saison. The malt aroma catches up later, along with some fruity smells reminiscent of grape, apple and pear. Alcohol is also evident. It is very appetizing.
T - The taste is perfectly balanced between malt, hops, and yeast notes. The hops are again spicy or peppery. The yeast lends the apple and pear flavors. There is also some sweetness reminding me of honey or candi sugar. Truly outstanding.
M - The body is moderate, but the feel fades quickly, then there is some residual sweetness that coats the mouth in the end to remind you that you are drinking a substantial beer.
D - This is a continual contradiction that all comes together as a great beer. It is perfectly balanced but still shows some great individual elements. It is substantial and mouth coating but still dangerously drinkable. Bravo!
08-17-2010 03:30:11 | More by Radome
4.8/5 rDev +18.2%
I really enjoyed this beer and will definatly keep it stocked in my cellar all the time. It poured a dark maple brown color, with a small bubbly head that quickly dissolves into a nice ring around the glass with tiny bubbles all racing to the top. It smelled of ripe fruitm malty sweetness, smoked apple wood, and caramel. It tasted great complex and well balanced. Malty sweetness, ripe fruit, smoked applewood, and a nice smoky finish. This beer had a slick oily mouthfeel and it tasted great a definate good beer all around.
08-12-2006 01:26:12 | More by ryantupy
4.78/5 rDev +17.7%
Stamped 13GI 11:19.
33cl bottle served cool into the Watou glass.
I open the bottle and it's a good thing I have the glass nearby. It almost immediately overflow but I don't loose a drip.
Achel 8 blond is a hazy golden yellow with thick towering head that settles to a rocky cap. Very fine texture and nice chunky lacing left behind.
Aroma is fantastic and just what a good authentic tripel should be. Lemons, herbs, pepper, and yeast. Fresh and wonderful.
Flavor is excellent as well. It's pretty hard to find fault with this beer right now. Great citrus, French bread, pepper... the list of flavors goes on. Perfectly balanced and delightful in every way.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with full carbonation.
I don't know what it is about this beer but it seems like the most amazing thing right now. Very possibly my new favorite tripel.
10-14-2010 22:56:34 | More by GilGarp
4.78/5 rDev +17.7%
A- huge fizz when i popped the cap, poured into chimay goblet this is one foamy beer. some foam came out the top of the bottle volcano-style and smells amazing as it dries on my hands. rising over the lip of the glass, the head is insane. white and puffy, dense yet not heavy, and buildable enough to easily rise an inch and a half over the rim. and with some careful pours i have a 2in high monster blob hanging off the edge. nice! body is a hazy orange apricot color with yellow highlights and some minute yeast particles. delicate sticky crusty lace is...lacey. like a nice curtain or something. yeah, like lace in some places and thick like that cottony filling inside a comforter in other places. i don't know if the foam is ever gonna shrink down because it's been sitting as a wobbly lumpy mass for quite some time now. and the chimay 'C' etching is totally one of those lumps.
S- what up spicy funky belgian yeast. that's what i'm talkin about. fruity phenolic and barnyard fun. smells like muskmelon cherry bandaids. orange, pineapple, banana. baptized in the funk. there's so much yeast character goin on in this beer. sweet-tart and sweet malt like pound cake, or belgian waffles, vanilla, whipped cream, apple, pear, white grape, strawberry, lemon and orange peel, this is THE aroma i want out of a blonde.
T- perfect balance of sweet, tart, and bitter with a perfect accompanying somewhat metallic mineral water flavor (no sulfur at all). saaz hop zesty spiciness from start to finish balances out any residual sugars. tart orchard fruits like pear, apple, white grape, and apricot make up the fruity portion of the flavor with some melon and banana flavors as well. funky band-aid, basement, and horse blanket in the taste also and perfectly so. hop bitterness does become a little rubbery at times and that's the only reason this isn't getting a 5. finishes sweetly malty and candyish with some pale grainy and husk flavors mingled in with earthy yeast.
MF- full and creamy with sparkling aggressive carbonation. some serious pressure built up in that bottle. stamped 31/10/08, i'm assuming this was bottled on halloween making the beer almost 2 years old. it's definitely aged well. clean and dry on the cheeks and sticky on the lips with a lasting bitterness on the tongue.
D- saw it at that old gulf gas station with 500 single bottles and grabbed it right away, i've been lookin for this for quite some time. all i need to do is find a westvleteren and i'll have had a beer from all 7 trappist breweries. very refreshing and drinkable for such a big beer. gotta be one of my favorite tripels ever and the yeast funkiness keeps me comin back for more. shoulda got 2 bottles.
08-18-2010 04:41:31 | More by hustlesworth
4.78/5 rDev +17.7%
A – Golden-honey color, with a big foamy white head that recedes into a big puff, leaving a garter of lace on the side of the glass. Amazing.
S – Clean, slightly bitter pale malt is the mainstay of the aromatic, peppered with notes of honey, orange blossom, straw and pleasant solvent alcohol.
T – Very clean and light and dry, with similarities to a pilsener in its pale malt qualities, also well-hopped for bitterness, with nice alcohol tinge at the finish, and a very moderate fruity ester throughout, suggesting banana-nut bread, pears, and hay. Exceptional; like a slightly more complex Cinq Cents, or like Duvel but not as good.
M – Very nicely carbonated, very long and pleasantly dry finish.
D – This is an exceptionally well-crafted beer; it is the definition of balance. It is fabulous, yet restrained, making for a subtle stunner.
02-25-2010 22:08:16 | More by ktrillionaire
Trappist Achel 8° Blond from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
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