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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

601 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 601
Reviews: 380
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 43
Gots: 34 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev -18%

This was past due. I got it that way in the trade, but didn't have time to check the bottle. Not much in the way of taste. Inconsistent taste, carbonation, eggshells, yeast. Not quite skunked, but getting there. Salty. Blonde orange with initial overflow. Some sediment that was creamy.

Sammy, Feb 08, 2005
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev -2%

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow color with a HUGE 4 inch stark white head. The head overflowed when I poured the beer and there are super aggressive carbonation bubbles in this one. The head settles down into a mountainous pillow of foam on the top of the beer. Random spotting of lacing on the glass as the head settles too. Smells of Belgian yeast, spices, mild fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is very yeast forward with spices, lemongrass/citrus, and some malt on the finish. Slightly bitter citrus zest flavors on the palate after each sip. Feel is extremely carbonated to the point where is detracts from the overall experience in my opinion. Overall, this is a good tripel from this Trappist brewery and I am glad I got a chance to try it.

UCLABrewN84, May 11, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

djrn2, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%

Picked this up down in North Carolina. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice very light orange with a good white head and a pretty large number of lace rings. Nose brings forward some spice, sweetness, light fruits, and a bit of pear. Taste brings in a bit of booze along with spice and light grain. Good, fairly-light mouthfeel with some alcohol heat. Drinks quite well, although not nearly as good as the Westmalle.

Thorpe429, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -1.5%

zestar, Today at 11:11 AM
Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

A: It pours light golden yellow with a big, white head. A moderate level of carbonation is visible. There was a good amount of head retention.
S: There are gentle aromas of fruit, spices and yeast.
T: The taste is rather complex and the flavors are an interesting mix of malt, hops, and spices. There is a bit of sweetness in the overall taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and relatively smooth. There is a good amount of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is extremely drinkable and rather refreshing.

metter98, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light honey-color with a Brobdignanian white head that retains so well it hardly has the chance to leave much lacing behind

Smell: Bready and yeasty with a range of light fruit elements (green apples and bananas) as well as a hint of clove

Taste: Malty and bready with a building spice flavor of anise, clove and golden raisins; some bitterness arrives at mid-palate; nice flavor burst after the swallow along with the impact of the warming alcohol

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation

Drinkability: Very interesting brew; well-balanced blend of sweet and bitter tastes

brentk56, Nov 23, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

Murky butternut squash with a yeast-cluttered, carbonation-filled body and a high quality cap of creamy, pearlescent foam that maintains a mesa-like surface as it descends. A wide band made up of interlocking curlicues of lace has formed on the upper reaches of the glass and is the capper on a wonderful look.

Blond smells at least as much like a BSPA as it does a tripel, but then my nasal knowledge of Belgian brews is still in its infancy. While it isn't as assertive or as deep as it might be, it's still a pleasant nose. Sweet, fruity and clove spicy, but not clove-dominant. There isn't a whole lot wrong here and there's quite a bit right.

Still going strong on the palate. The flavor comes on like gangbusters early in the mouthful as waves of fruity spiciness wash over the tongue. It can't maintain that initial rush throughout the mouthful however. This is definitely good beer, but I can't quite bring myself to consider it great beer.

Clove and white pepper are dominant, yet don't overwhelm the fermented peach and melon fruitiness that lie one layer down. The beer isn't as sweet as some tripels and dries out considerably on the clean, bracing back end. A lingering sweetness keeps it from being mouth puckeringly dry. I love beer that is a study in contrasts like this one is.

Achel 8 Blond fits somewhere between good and very good for me. I'd love to drink it side by side with a few other quality tripels to tease out the relevant differences and nail down my preferences regarding this style once and for all. In the final reckoning, I'll grant it 'just short of greatness' status. Rest assured, I'll be giving it plenty of chances to change my mind for the better.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 21, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.18/5  rDev +3%

When pourred into glass the head quickly dissipate but reveal a beautiful cloudy golden ale. Smells of hopps and yeast emerge from this beer with a very sweet finish. Very fine trappist beer. Hides very well the strong alcohol taste. Can go wrong with this brew

Phyl21ca, Jul 16, 2003
Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

This, the second Achel beer that I have ever had, and second tonight. I can really get on board with this brewery.

The beer opens, er errupts with a very efforvescent pour with the beer's head expanding far above the level of the liquid. You got to like the fight in these Belgian Trappist Ales. the color is a deep straw color that rides the line between straw and golden- definately some caramelized pilsner malts going on here. The stark white foamstand lasts as long as is needed while leaving an ordinant amount of lacing on the glass- all signs of a great beer.

Peaches, pears, appricots, and apples lead the estery way while sweetened pilsner malts follow closely behind, giving substance to the fruity, confectionate aroma. White pepper and a zesty, lemony tartness give the phenols representation deep in the olfactory senses. Lightly vineous and acidic like a sharp chardonay.

Soft pilsner malts with the light candi sugars all swirl together in an effortless sweet maltiness. Again, the fruity esters show up but do not dominate the flavors as they did in the aromas. The peppery notes accent the hop flavor (yes, floral hop flavor). Sweet cookie-dough tastes give a lot of yeasy roundess and berry-like sweetness. Quite complex and delicate for such boldness and power.

Like the Dubbel, this one expands rapidly with the carbonation and the lift off of the tongue, but then lightens considerable and seems to evaporate into thin air. Powedery and warming, the beer does some serious magic tricks. No residual sweetness for ultimate dryness- but not overly acidic or chalky.

For me, this beer falls just behind Chimay White for sheer flavor, texture, and drinkability. Definately a must-revisit for me.

BEERchitect, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

ygtbsm94, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%

Lovely dark yellow with a thick white head. Wonderful fresh banana/banana bread assertive nose, candi fruit and fresh stone fruit.

Rich full mouthfeel with perfect carbonation and character.

Flavors follow nose with rich malt and rich banana, stone fruit and candi sugar flavors. Perfect balance and character. Tastes like "a real Belgian ale."

Quality, rich and bold drink with assertive and very pleasant flavor profiles.

This could well be a favorite of many. Great drink with a nice malt finish.

GRG1313, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Appearance: Pours a hazy, effervescent, burnished gold body with a full, off-white head.

Smell: Oh, what a stink! Aromatic scent of peaches, sliced melons, doughy malts, candi sugar, and a dash of booze.

Taste: Pale malts and a candi sugar sweetness. A bit of toasted sourdough bread. A drizzle of fruity, tangy peach and melon juice. A decent pop of balancing bitterness. Slight peppery hints. Certainly more bitterness than I had expected on the dry, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: A tad beyond medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent. It's reasonably balanced and easy going for an 8% blonde.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of Knapp85
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%

Knapp85, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +1%

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 largadeer
4/5  rDev -1.5%

largadeer, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -1.5%

330ml bottle. I would imagine that a single reference to the 'Trappist' designation on the label would suffice, no? Oh? Ok.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber colour, with a teeming, overflowing, and consequently counter-wiping amount of puffy, thinly foamy, and yet rocky off-white head, which settles all slow and steady, leaving a mess of scattered cloud detritus lace around the glass in the process.

It smells of mildly spicy, almost funky yeast, bready, and sort of crackery pale malt, stewed apples, black and white pepper, some citrus pith bitterness, and a hint of alcohol warming. The taste is sweet bready pale malt, some bittersweet orchard fruitiness - lemon and overripe apples, mostly - earthy, tacky yeast, and floral, perfumed hops.

The carbonation seems quite petered out after its introductory outburst, manifesting now in but a lame frothiness, the body a sort of wan medium weight, and decently smooth by the same measure. It finishes off-dry, and clean, with the admittedly well-balanced fruity malt tinged by an ever so slight booziness.

An agreeable, and equitably recommendable Tripel, the style's SOP alcohol edge honed, and reduced to a mere echo. Quite drinkable for that, or at least until the flipside of the sword makes its mark. Trappist brewers do excel at subtly, and this one sneakily possesses it in spades.

biboergosum, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -1.5%

JAHMUR, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%

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 nickfl
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%

A - The cap comes off with a loud hiss of pressure and in the time it takes to grab a glass a slow gush of foam is poking out to the mouth of the bottle. The beer pours with a huge, four finger, head of loose, white foam. The body is a dark copper color with good clarity, but quite a bit of sediment suspended in it. The foam settles quite slowly and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S - A strong, peppery yeast aroma with some pineapple and vanilla notes. A little bit of tangy wheat aroma and some light, earthy hops in the background.

T - Some sweet, bready pilsner malt up front with earthy hops and spicy yeast. A little bit of pepper and red apple from the yeast appear in the middle with strengthening notes of herbal hops and bitterness. Finishes with more bready malt and fruity yeast as well as light peppery notes and moderate hop bitterness to balance. Lingering yeast pepper and a bit of meaty character from yeast that has started to turn bad.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is a nice triple with great yeast character, especially in the aroma. The hops are put to good use here and manage to balance out the relatively sweet finish while also augmenting the peppery character of the yeast in the flavor. My only complaint is that the yeast in the bottle has obviously started to go bad and dulls the flavor a bit (not to mention the unpleasant looking floaters in an otherwise good looking beer). Overall is is quite enjoyable, though I can't help but think it was a better beer when it left Belgium than it is by the time it makes its way over here.

nickfl, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%

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 feloniousmonk
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%

Appearance: hazy, dull golden, and infected with a multitude of floating flecks, but topped with a beautiful, pristine, snow-white cap of luscious, lace-leaving foam.
Aroma: softly citric, slightly spicy, and light and airy and uplifting as sea-foam, feeling a bit like a witbier, almost.
Taste: sweetness itself, with just a dash of citric sour at the edges, but overall, fruity, peach, apricot, orange. Zesty, with sour citric character returning, but not dominating. Hops dance delicately, and malt is assuredly around to provide a plush pillow for the tastebuds. A really well-integrated brew, any initial harshness is soon mellow-fied, and ease of drinkability is ensured. Mild, all in all, for sure, but that's really what the style is all about. Very smooth, I could imagine downing this aplenty, if it weren't for the cost. Really, to smooth out financial matters, the only thing to do is actually become a monastic brother, and drink this stuff for free, aye, that's what I ought to do...

feloniousmonk, Feb 26, 2004
Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

mendvicdog, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of jwc215
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

11.2 oz. bottle, best before end of June 07.

Poured into glass chalice.

Pours clouded orange with a thick, creamy head that descends to a lasting cover that leaves lacing along the sides of the glass.

The smell is of orange peel, spiced dough and a touch of pepper. Slightly perfumy.

The taste is of lemon zest and orange peel. Spiced fresh bread. Some medicinal notes. It has a pleasant, mild taste - not as strong or complex as other Trappists, but nice nevertheless.

Tangy and mildly creamy, the spices linger.

It's not as outstanding as other Trappist ales, but still is a very nice Tripel and fits well with this great style.

jwc215, Dec 27, 2006
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Trappist Achel 8° Blond from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
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