Trappist Achel 8° Blond - Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
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4.21/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
05-16-2014 03:21:20 | More by LiquidAmber
United Kingdom (England)
3.46/5 rDev -14.8%
A 330ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2014, so it's a little out of date.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.
05-04-2014 00:07:28 | More by jazzyjeff13
4.2/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
04-27-2014 06:02:23 | More by draheim
4.11/5 rDev +1.2%
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?
04-20-2014 15:58:38 | More by brewskifan55
3.84/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
03-23-2014 03:11:51 | More by Lothore
Trappist Achel 8° Blond from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
91 out of 100 based on 595 ratings.