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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

393 Reviews
THE BROS
86
very good

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Reviews: 393
Hads: 666
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 55
Gots: 68 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-06-2002

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Reviews: 393 | Hads: 666
Photo of babaracas
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy gold with two fingers of dense white foam, thick sheet of lace for a couple of inches down. Smell: some "import grain" character which faded quickly, then... pilsy, floral, white grapes, candied lemon peel note. Taste: sugar cookie, overripe pear, sugared dried apricot blip, lemon-pepper and some citric bite. Really fine, velvety feel, finishing drying with grassy hopping punching through a sugary base. Best by 12/15. Pretty good. (456 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2014-10-18 in Columbia, PA

A - Mildly-hazy golden-yellow with a big 3-finger white head and mild lace.

S - Melon, pale malt, flowery yeast. Sweet and appealing.

T - Follows the smell with melon and malt sweetness, herbal with a hint of white pepper, touch of lemon and grass and a reasonable amount of bitterness in the finish, which dissipates quickly.

M - Medium body and excessive carbonation. Perhaps there were enough residual sugars in the beer when bottled that additional fermenting happened. In any case, the excessive carbonation scrubbed the flavors away too quickly and was distracting.

O - I like the flavor and aroma, which are appealing and well balanced. Definitely a flavor profile I enjoy. I'll definitely try this again and hope for less carbonation. (792 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%

Review from 21OCT12. Had originally placed this under Achel Extra Blond in error....

Early October, 2012... I settled into a bar seat at Café De Knijnspiep after some shopping for some serious drinking. Started with three bottles of this nice Tripel, 0.33l at €3.75 per...

My small chalice was filled with a medium golden, slightly flat bier. It was still a vibrant hue, with a creamy white head. Topping was fluffy and lasted well, with decent lacing. Nose is nice and fruity, with super tropical fruit present. Body was medium, and the feel was light and airy on the tongue.

Had a nice crackery, doughy sweetness, and was dry and crisp through and through. Had lots of tropical fruit, with white grape skin, apple, pear and some peppery spice. At the finish there was a healthy amount of spicy, yeasty notes. Really nice, yes indeed! Zum Wohl!!

4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Bierman9, Oct 21, 2012 (958 characters)

Photo of a0lbudman
4/5  rDev -0.7%

A-hazy gold color with a large white head that faded slow and leave a good lace around the glass
S-lemon, spice, malt and hops
T-lemon and spice with a good hop bitter aftertaste that fades back to a spice finish
M- medium carbonation and light body
O-a good mix of spice, and nothing overpowering (297 characters)

Photo of tomordonez
4.81/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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 (539 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy, caramel orange with a massive coarse white head that dissipated quickly to a more persistant thick cap with great lacing. A bit of a gusher, lost a quarter of the bottle, but managed to save most of this nectar. Great aroma of bready malt, Belgian yeast and spicing and nicely balanced light and stone fruit. Flavor follows with excellent mixed light and stone fruit, bready malt, nice strain of Belgian yeast, clove and coriander. Flavor reserved but nearly perfect. Medium bodied with active carbonation. A classic Belgian ale, leaning more towards a dubbel than a tripel, but just what it claims to be, a Belgian blond ale. After a week of some pretty big ales, its nice to return to something a bit reserved but beautifully balanced and flavorful. An excellent Trappist ale deserving its reputation. (853 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
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. (1,634 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330mL into a tulip. Pours a hazy pale straw color, big fluffy white head that leaves behind nice thick clumps of lace. Really nice looking.

Aroma is full of fruity esters and spice; Belgian yeast, some floral Old World hops, clove, and a touch of bubblegum.

Taste is very Belgian. Pale bready malt and Belgian yeast, slightly bitter floral hops, overripe banana and clean pure water. Nicely minerally and hard, gives it a clean finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, balanced, soft but also crisp.

Overall a very nice Belgian ale, well put together. (550 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Opaque golden with a one and ahalf finger head that held on. Foamy as hell. Thick lacing.

S: Floral, fruity,lemons, oranges, banana, Belgian yeast.

T: Follows nose. Sweet. Coriander. A sightless bitter hop finish. Just terrific.

M: medium to heavy. Thick, chewy carbonation.

O: A great springtime beer. Highly carbonated. Exploding with fruits and yeast. What's not to like? (405 characters)

Photo of Lothore
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Lots of head, extremely hard to contain on the pour. Peachy orange hue.

S- Yeasty, hints of fig.

T- Candied fruit, yeast, undertones of hop bitterness.

M- Medium bodied with tons of carbonation.

D- A decent brew. Would have trouble drinking a lot of it. Mouthfeel was much too effervescent for me. (304 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, best by 6/13/15.

Appearance - Lots of foam on the pour. Very pale orange, lots of bubbles. Ridiculous foamy structure of a head, retains and leaves lace like a champ.

Smell - Sweet and yeasty, apples, fresh bread, light spices, light citrus+herbal tones and some alcohol. Simply good ol' tripel stuff going on here.

Taste - Taste mostly follows, though didn't quite live up to the scent. Sweet malts and Belgian yeast, good mix of light and dark fruits (raisins) and bread. Still slightly boozy for 8%.

Mouthfeel - Great body and carbonation level here. Good foam-level without being overbearing, smooth.

Overall - Definitely a solid no-frills tripel, can't quite hang with some of the best of its kind but a fine example, quite easy drinking as well. (770 characters)

Photo of LVituri
4.94/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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. (355 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip.
8% ABV, 01/03/12

A - The beer gushes immediately, spewing from the bottle like a geyser, making it hard to retain quite a bit of the 11.2 oz bottle's beer. Massively carbonated, the tall head takes forever to drop but it finally plateaus to a lumpy ivory pile, all the while draping the tulip in heavy sheets of lace above the hazy blonde beer.

S - Heavy notes of sweet Belgian candi sugar suppress the subtle Belgian yeast characteristics of coriander, clay, and banana notes. Traces of alcohol make it in on the back end but this tripel has a tame aroma overall.

T - Pilsner malt and sweet candi sugar are arresting, putting the breaks on all other subtle nuances of the beer, namely it's Belgian yeast. Simple spice peeks through a drop of orange citrus and finishes back out with a trail of spiciness.

M - Heavy carbonation dances on the tongue, sparkling like effervescent champagne and carrying it's light spice nuances away with it's light body and faint alcohol heat on the back end.

O - More subtle and delicate than most Belgian tripels, Achel 8° exhibits some awesome traits of the style but without underlying complexity, only to show shallow yeast characteristics of coriander spice and clay with sugary sweetness taking over most of the profile. It's carbonation level aids in the drinkability of such a sweet beer but, it's also the cause of the beer exploding all over the place, and it's not the first time it's happened to me. Be cautious opening the bottle and don't expect a smack-in-the-face Belgian tripel from this one. (1,584 characters)

Photo of BWED
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice from a 330 ml bottle

A- Golden in color with a white head. Retention is okay, but the lacing is fantastic.

S- Banana, belgian yeast, booze. Very fragrant.

T- Yeast is a big one in here. Sweetness comes out as well, almost a pear flavor. Crisp but more mild than apple.

M- Medium body. Delicate and fizzy. Really nice to let sit in your mouth and evaluate all it has to offer.

O- Very tasty. The delicate feel of this makes it really enjoyable and really showcases its sweet flavors. (509 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is amazingly complex. Drink slowly to appreciate the subtleties in taste.
A snifter works well to fully appreciate the beer.

Poured a light golden color with a 1 f head in a snifter. Nice lacing.

Aroma: lemon, clove, apricot, which become more pronounced with warming.

Relatively moderate carbonation which works well for the style.

Taste- wonderful elements melded together: sweetness, clove, apricot, lemon, and an alcoholic finish which is stronger with warming.

The apricot and alcoholic finish blend well with warming. The body of the beer is light- offset by a complicated, well balanced taste profile.

Drink slowly and enjoy. (648 characters)

Photo of Auraan
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (1,181 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy yellow with frothy white head that keeps on going. Aroma screams tripel, with a sweet honey nose, some spice, and lots of dry yeasty characteristics. Taste is banana and citrus, dry yeasty finish. This one goes down pretty easy and I enjoyed it. Could drink it in any occasion. While this was a nice beer, the premium price that comes from the "Trappist" label puts this out of reach as a regular brew. Solid beer though. (434 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

33cl bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with two fingers of fluffy white head. Great retention, amazing lacing.

S: Dried apricot and caramel sweetness upfront with a light spice in the background. Very well integrated.

T: The sweetness that I got in the aroma is no longer present. Tangy, a bit boozy, with a touch of caramel in the background. A bit of spice, but not much.

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation.

O: Great aroma - complex and very well integrated. The aromas go very well together. The flavor, though, is not great. Tangy, a bit too dry, without all the complexities of the aroma. (628 characters)

Photo of Blindpigbiz
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smell: subtle lemon notes with pears and herbs hit the nose within a few sniffs

Taste: the beer is the definition of bright and citrusy. With intense sweet lemons and limes alongside blood oranges, this beer is a citrus beast; cloves, subtle peppers, white oak, and effervescence also gives this beer a nice body, texture, and taste; even extremely subtle hints of very good vodka are in the background

Pairs well with: margarita pizza, traditional Caesar salad, and Alfredo pasta (482 characters)

Photo of bmwats
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a Westy chalice.

A: Hazy golden hue. Pours about a 2 finger, frothy, white head. Some effervescence clings to the sides of the glass. Craters slowly and unevenly leaving little peaks and valleys, and plenty of dry sticky residue behind as it does. Never fully dissipates. Thick, persistent lacing.

S: Hay, wheat, and lots o' yeast.

T: Yeast and hay with a touch of lemon zest and grapefruit.

M: Crisp and hearty. Yeasty aftertaste lingers throughout. A bit of a coppery finish.

D: Sip and love.

Atmosphere is really good. Hazy and golden, with a substantial head, and lots of thick lacing. Nose is yeasty and hearty. Grainy flavor, very yeasty, accentuated with a citrus tones. Overall, this is a great quaff. (748 characters)

Photo of RaphaelSC
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden yellow with a thick white head.

S: Fruity and sweet, with some cinnamon and spices.

T: Follows the smell with a fruity and spice flavour, has a good carbonation and hides the alcohol well.

M: The carbonation don't interfere in the aftertaste that is rich and complex with a mix of fruity and moderate bitterness.

O: Achel 8 is a Trappist Trippel of high class, very smooth and very drinkable. (415 characters)

Photo of bump8628
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nearly clear gold with a creamy white head that remains dense throughout the session. Excellent balance between fruity esters, hop spice, and a slightly rustic but crisp malt. Faint banana, coriander, nutmeg, pear, black pepper, with a slightly chalky bitterness. Dry and airy in the mouth. Goes down way too easy. An excellent Trappist ale. (341 characters)

Photo of alex_hart
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: a translucent orangey yellow with a half finger snow, white head that quickly dissipates to a thin layer. Extremely high carbonation visible.

Smell: Pretty simple. Belgian yeast, a bit of sweetness, and a slight wheatiness.

Taste: Much of the same. Pretty simple in flavor, but it is successful in its subtleties.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation upon the tongue with little to no residue left in the mouth upon the swallow.

Overall: This is a good tripel, not great, but good. Not sure it is worth the $5 per 12oz price tag, but if you have the extra cash, go for it. (581 characters)

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, $4.

This was matched against Chimay White in the first round of my all-triple bracket.

A: Opaque gold, a shade lighter than the Chimay. Extremely clumpy, cloudlike head and a swirling sediment cloud just below it. No visible carbonation, but it's a storm in there.

S: Sweet bread, honey, red bean paste, and an unappealing plastic flavor.

T: Initial prominent sweet bun taste, unpleasant to this reviewer. It spreads out and improves somewhat, but remains problematically sweet even through the multiple layers. A tick of booze at the end.

M: Nice and full, appropriate carbonation.

O: A disappointment for a Trappist tripel and the resounding loser to Chimay White, which I scored 4.23. The unappealing plasticky sweetness is the memorable feature, and that's a drag, (791 characters)

Photo of Parrotshake
2.77/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aside from Westvleteren I thought I'd tried at least one beer from every Trappist brewery until I saw this in the store this evening and realised I've never had an Achel beer either. Off we go, then.

Pours a clear... golden colour. Cripes. For some reason I thought I'd bought the Brune. Huge marshmallowy head and lots of little bubbles, looks good at any rate. Smells nice too. Candi sugar, underripe peach, sweet spices, something a bit vinuous.

Taste is a bit of a shock at first. Boy this is sweet. Hard candy, cantaloupe, wet grain and entirely too little spice. A bit of bready pale malt presence but not enough to stop it from being super cloying. Not really noticing the alcohol but in this case it might have given it a bit of sharpness that it seems to want for. Nice finish of medicinal herbs takes your mind off the sweetness until the next sip, which is admirable.

Mouthfeel is a bit sluggish, could use a bit more carbonation, but not bad for the style. Overall a bit of a sweet mess. I wouldn't know what to do with another bottle of this. The kind of thing that that gives Tripels a bad name. (1,115 characters)

Trappist Achel 8° Blond from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
90 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.