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

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BA SCORE
90
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405 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
405
Ratings:
709
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
12.13%
 
 
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Trappist Achel 8° BlondTrappist Achel 8° Blond
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
Belgium | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-06-2002

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Reviews: 405 | Ratings: 709
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.49/5  rDev -13.6%
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A 330ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2014, so it's a little out of date.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.

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Photo of draheim
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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?

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Photo of Lothore
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I can’t add to much more to what’s alreayd been said, this is an excellent beer! Smooth and velvety, with snappy palate...this is awesome! Bottle from Mi Orge, Mi Houblon in Arlon.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of LVituri
4.94/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of BWED
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of brureview
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of Auraan
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of Blindpigbiz
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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

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Photo of bmwats
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of RaphaelSC
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of bump8628
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of alex_hart
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
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,

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Photo of Parrotshake
2.77/5  rDev -31.4%
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.

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Photo of safaricook
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Blind Tasting Tripel Project of Fall 2015
L Clear golden, fine nice looking foam
S sweet pale malt, fruity with underlying phenols, bisquite cake, metallic (faint)
T fruity, bitter, dry but also metallic/rusty/tart somehow unpleasant aftertaste
F Prickly feel to it, burpy, otherwise appropriate, light medium body, no alcohol burn
This Tripel got character, but it is not my type. I don't like the metallic note to it that I might have liked in a Saison, but certainly not in a Triple.

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Photo of Douberd
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml brown bottle, at home. Poured into a tulip glass. I have this bottle for almost one year in my cellar. ABV 8%. Slighty hazy, deep orange colour. On top, two fingers of snow white, sopay head, very good retention. Leaves light lacing around the glass. Aroma was all malts when I opened the bottle, now that it sits in the glass, aroma is fruity, a bit yeasty, some notes of the alcohol too. Very nice flavour, very complex as well. Quite bitter, even from the beginning. Again, lots of fruity notes, a bit of malts. Aftertaste is sharply bitter. Alcohol very well hidden.Great. Full body, a biting carbonation, but only for a second.Quite dry on the palate. Overall, a very good belgian strong ale, the amount of bitterness surprised me on this one. Very refreshing and drinkable, in spite of the high ABV.

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Photo of Maakun
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

In Orval glass. Nice light copper color with big white head.

Smell is yeasty, freshly baked cakes, hint of cloves, young banana,

Taste: quite light, yeasty, malts, some spices and then some touches of barely ripe fruits. Light hops and some grapefruit. Aftertase is slighty bitter with light sour notes.

Mouth is medium with really nice carbonation, very good.

Overall: quite complex and very well balanced. A lot of blondes tend to be very big on one note, this one balances a lot of the common blonce notes very well, so it's a real winner in the style for me.

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Photo of CStrife187
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 33cl Bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a cloudy golden amber with a thick, white, fluffy head. The head sticks around for a good while and leaves behind quite a bit of lacing.

S - Herbed banana bread. Delicious. Definite ester fruit smells with wheat and a hint of clove.

T - Sweet light fruit up front followed by a full, crusty bread flavor. Finishes with a hint of clove and hop bitterness. Very well balanced from front to back. Leaves behind a faint pleasantly bitter aftertaste. VERY smooth for 8% ABV.

M - Fairly heavily carbonated in the beginning, but smooths out over time. Feels fairly thick and bready. Matches the taste almost perfectly

O - I'm glad I didn't let this beer get too much age on it. It will be an interesting experiment to see how it tastes with a few months on it but I'm pretty sure what makes it good will start to fade. This was a great blonde and I'll definitely seek it out again.

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Trappist Achel 8° Blond from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
90 out of 100 based on 405 ratings.