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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

553 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 553
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%


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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2005 03:25:43 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 03:03:39 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2005 16:55:16 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2005 12:22:58 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2003 15:10:27 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 05:08:05 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 01:12:18 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 02:14:32 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 20:51:49 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2004 22:32:58 | More by oberon
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 mild 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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 00:40:50 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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...

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2004 08:41:06 | More by feloniousmonk
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy gold-orange color, it is topped by a frothy tan head. I get aromas of pineapple, apples and tangerines with follow on notes of caramel, a hint of butterscotch and a rich malty note. The aroma is quite nice a mix of tropical fruit notes and malt. The beer is dry and spicy up front with a finish that has hints of acidity and hop bitterness, as well as a slight alcohol burn. There is a peppery carbonic note here at the beginning that is quite nice and prickly, though this is certainly not highly carbonated, just nicely so. There are some fruity notes of pears, apples and a hint of tropical fruit, which is almost the reverse order and intensity that the notes are in the nose. The beer is also not quite as rich as the nose would suggest, it is quite light and easily quaffable, even for an 8% beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2005 03:47:06 | More by Gueuzedude
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2006 01:04:49 | More by jwc215
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 33cl bottle, best before Feb 2008, drank March 2007.

Poured into my huge Judas (tulip) glass. I am no mug at pouring Begian beers, the glass took the bottle and head no problem, no sediment left the bottle.

This is one cloudy beer, old gold, dirty straw blonde, with a lovelly white head of about 3 inches (the Judas glass is big).

Yeast aroma hits you like you have wafted a handful of foam from the top of a fermenting tank at a brewery. Sweetness in the smell also, maybe toffee and some caramel flavours.

Where did the sweetness go? Sour and citrus fruits, with extra bubbles, wasn't expecting that, the yeast is in the mix of tastes, but you would never guess the taste from the smell.

Mouthfeel is OK, the sourness is overshadowed by the yeast flavours as your mouth drys after each sip (or gulp).

I am lucky enough to have tried beers from all the Trappist monk breweries in Europe that I know of, this is a long way from the best, but still a fine drink and I would certainly have another, but not tonight.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 19:24:58 | More by BlackHaddock
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2004 04:37:01 | More by WVbeergeek
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Halcyondays

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle, glad to see Achel back on the shelves after too long an absence, into my Orval chalice,

A: Pours a burnt ochre with a pillowy big Belgian head, lots of lace. Impressive.

S: Strangely I got a weird brown rice note immediately. But that soon transitions to a more classic nose, fairly hoppy with hints of iron minerals and pasta.

T: Substantially a hoppier beer than its Trappist counterpart Westmalle, I think it could be mistaken for a Belgian IPA in a blind tasting. Great earthy hay-like hop notes, some spiciness and hints of orange zest on the back end. The minerality I noted in the nose is here but much more understated. Nice.

M: Just a tad overcarbonated in the beginning, but I can get past that. Very dry, smooth and frothy which I enjoyed.

D: The Trappists know what they're doing when it comes to beer and the Achel Blond is no exception. Perhaps the youthfulness of the brewery is evident in it's agressive hoppiness, but that's fine by me. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 04:46:28 | More by Halcyondays
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kojevergas

Texas

2.68/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with white standard pressure cap served into a Trappist Westvleteren goblet (large format) in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof since it's trappist. 8% ABV confirmed.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

Some liquid started to surge out immediately upon opening, but we only lost a minute amount of foam.

A: Pours a three finger head of beige colour, decent thickness, slight cream, and fantastic retention for the high ABV as well as for the style. Body colour is an extremely hazy pale orange colour. Fairly vibrant. Nontransparent. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Champagne, HEAVY crystal malt, pale malts, clove, maybe light honey, and some assorted spices of such subtlety that I have trouble identifying them with me broken nose. A below average strength aroma.

T: Crystal malt, champagne/white sparkling wine notes, clove and other vague spices, pale malts, light specialty honey, and hints of yeast. Even a slight hint of very light funk. Incredibly light and refreshing for a tripel. Some notes of what tastes like what glass smells like - as though it's sat in the bottle too long; this off-flavour really hits the balance hard but I think my local bottle shop is mainly to blame. Metallic on the after-taste.

It's a tough call, but ultimately Achel should have more control over their distributors. These off flavours should not exist.

Mf: Delightfully light and tingly for a tripel; the mouthfeel is marvelous. Perfectly coarse and even a bit dry like a fine champagne or sparkling wine. Very light on the palate but with adequate presence. Ideal carbonation.

Dr: The off-flavours ruin it, but I can tell there's a good beer lurking beneath. I just wish Achel had better quality control. My local bottle shop is usually quite trustworthy, but this is a severe disappointment. I'll be revisiting this beer.

C-

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 01:14:37 | More by kojevergas
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Billolick

New York

4.05/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2004 20:39:57 | More by Billolick
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Will pour a five+ finger cream head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Apple and Belgian yeast nose and flavor is light fruit, light malt and Belgian yeast. Good but not great Trappist. $4.49 for a 330ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 22:30:07 | More by jdhilt
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2003 20:11:17 | More by Jason
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle bought from the bargain singles section at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Usually an indication of O-L-D beer, being in that section, but I figure it's worth a try, even with no date apparent on the bottle.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/2" bright white head over the nearly opaque golden brew, I know, seems like an impossibility, but there you go. Head lasts nicely, and the lacing is thin and delicate, yet ample at the same time. Aroma is spicy Belgian malts, with some sugar and alcohol present. Taste is an almost spiced wheat sweetness, with a touch of citrus at the outset. Mouthfeel puts it all together with smooth and creamy, and drinkability is also very nice. A great find.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2005 02:00:03 | More by ppoitras
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DoubleJ

California

3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

....wait, how have I avoided the Achel line so long? I'll bring in the Hardy boys for that mystery, but for tasting the beer, that's my case. From a 330 ml bottle, on to the beer:

This is a looker. A lovely fluffy head sits on top a golden color of liquid. Retention is very good; it caves at a few spots, giving it a rocky look. The lacing is a show, caking around the glass. Its nose is sweet in the form of toasted sugar and candied apricot, to a blandish note of soaked grain.

Almost there among the typical good Belgian tripel. The one aspect which takes it down a notch is the alcohol is a distraction with its echoing ethanol bite. Regarding the tasting notes, sugared apricots lead the way. A pleasant peppery accent works well with the profile and helps balance the beer out. Its body is medium-full and airy, with a pleasant sizzle of carbonation.

Achel Blond is a fine tripel. "Middle of the road" by Belgian standards, which is no laughing matter. But I wonder if it weren't brewed by monks, would it retain its prestige?

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 06:41:00 | More by DoubleJ
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BB 18/03/2010, served cool in Hapkin's tulip-shaped bowl sniffer.

A: translucent dark golden to light amber in colour, topped with a very thick and puffy white head that slowly breaks down to a thin cap to last throughout the drink, while the carbonation remains moderate and constant, with super fine fizz in action. Handsome.
S: fine aroma... sweetened Chinese green beans, sweet mangos + sweet orangey citrus, clear honey, white pepper and coriander all spring to mind, laced with a tinge of lactose-drink like sour yeastiness; a swirl gives rise to the hidden depth of alc. as well as well-integrated pale malts. Overall, really pleasant and soothing, although the orangey-candy notes somehow come a bit overwhelming on the balance.
T: lovely, tasty, and well-structured - the salty-sweet, exotic fruitiness (overripe oranges and pale prunes mainly) upfront is never far from a lightly earthy/leather-ish as well as lightly spicy (white pepper and coriander, as on the nose) taste; quickly, an increasingly dry and marvellously chewy palate of quality citric hops and savoury yeasts catches up, rendering a long, bitter finish most suitable for a dry, "session"-type Tripel!
M&D: the palate benefits a lot from the refreshing yet also super-fine carbonation, as much as from the chewy bitter palate attributable to the good proportion of hops in the mixture highlighted by the yeast intervention. Overall, the texture is rounded and smooth, turning bitter and heavenly chewy, while no trace of alcohol is picked up what-so-ever. While being neither as colourfully estery nor as profoundly malty as some other Tripel ales, I like this one for its (almost) pure integrity, an achievement made possible by people (the monks!) who really know their stuff and proudly keep the long tradition. To me, this is a supremely drinkable example of Tripel, or whatever style one wishes to label it!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 20:54:52 | More by wl0307
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ignited to the light, the heating glow of marmalade orange sets a backdrop for the foreground of escaped, self-exiled yeast. Its head is typical for a Trappist offering; sturdy and prone to lacing. Its light haze is not enough to prevent all light from passing through.

With its aroma, Achel Blonde explores the wonders of yeast. The monks really have only their yeast to thank for this. It provides a soft, fruity effervescence that hints at orchard fruits. It is very fragrant and well seasoned. It has a distinct character, one that includes a subdued citric tang as well as the enticing aroma of brasil nuts. My head keeps gravitating towards the glass as I attempt to write this sentence, my nose is simply drawn to this smell.

The flavours are similarly seasoned and savory. White pepper, ginger, cardamom and like spices are deceived onto the palate. I have read in numerous sources that no Trappist brewer actually uses any spices in their beer; there really is no need to with yeast like this! Sweet malts underlay the taste of pumpkin, pear, and apple. Faint tang is crowded out by bready, straw malt and drying, bitter hops on the finish.

I truly enjoy Trappist Achel, their offerings are wonderful examples of beer. I think I've always favoured their bruin, but tonight's re-rating of the Blond - a 330ml bottle that is exactly two years past the recommended best before - has seriously thrown that into question. This is certainly a recommended try, aged and fresh. Always a pleasure.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 03:40:34 | More by biegaman
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Trappist Achel 8° Blond from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
90 out of 100 based on 553 ratings.