Trappist Achel 8° Blond - Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
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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.
02-08-2005 03:25:43 | More by Sammy
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.
05-11-2011 03:03:39 | More by UCLABrewN84
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.
10-20-2010 01:12:18 | More by Thorpe429
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.
04-28-2010 02:14:32 | More by metter98
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.
03-21-2005 16:55:16 | More by BuckeyeNation
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
11-23-2005 12:22:58 | More by brentk56
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.
03-22-2009 05:08:05 | More by BEERchitect
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
07-16-2003 15:10:27 | More by Phyl21ca
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.
04-19-2008 20:51:49 | More by ChainGangGuy
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.
11-06-2009 04:47:59 | More by GRG1313
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.
10-21-2004 22:32:58 | More by oberon
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.
03-27-2011 00:40:50 | More by biboergosum
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.
01-18-2010 06:37:28 | More by nickfl
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.
04-01-2003 20:11:17 | More by Jason
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.
04-16-2004 04:37:01 | More by WVbeergeek
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...
02-26-2004 08:41:06 | More by feloniousmonk
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.
12-27-2006 01:04:49 | More by jwc215
3.78/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
06-25-2005 03:47:06 | More by Gueuzedude
Trappist Achel 8° Blond from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
91 out of 100 based on 591 ratings.