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

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Trappist Achel 8° BlondTrappist Achel 8° Blond

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395 Reviews
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Reviews: 395
Hads: 681
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 56
Gots: 80 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-06-2002

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Reviews: 395 | Hads: 681
Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.36/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

33 cl brown bottle with a white crown cap.
Poured a hazy gold color which had a very thick head that was fluffy and white, leaving behind nice lace. Aroma is very citrussy with a lemon scent and a flat chalky yeastiness. Taste has a nice hop bitterness up front which segues into a lemony hop flavor with sweet, light malt and a generous amount of alcohol. The body of this ale is nearly perfect as the carbonation has very little carbonic bite while the light moughtfeel lends smoothness and a dry finish. A nice Belgian Tripel though i have had better.

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Photo of danadeny
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one poured a huge frothy head with laced the glass until I was finished. The color is a brownish orange and smells yeasty like bread with a hint of orange peal. The flavor is spicy at first and a little orange is hidden in there. It feels very light on the tongue, with a watery finish. The alcohol is present throughout. Overall the flavors are subtle leading to a good mark for drinkability.

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Photo of putnam
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A tall, even, molten foam of off-white over yellowish tan liquid. Many flakes of yeast bob in silhouette within.
This is an easy, cream-flavored ale. The nose offers butterscotch, baked apple, banana, vanilla and milk while the palate displays whipped cream-like textures, roasted nuts, biscuity grain and more vanilla. Never does the alcohol seem evident and whatever hop component there is is strictly in the background for bitterness. Its closest competition would seem to be St. Bernardus Tripel, only that this is less vinous and wild tasting. Beautifully balanced and clean - this is clearly suitable for trappist beer initiates.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pale cloudy amber with a light head about quarter inch thick. Recedes quickly with only a slight lace. Yeast sediment is very present in this beer.

Smell: Aromas of fruity esters, a little sugary wheat, and slight citrus. Also alcohol is present.

Taste: This beer hits with a fruity malt flavor that shows off some dark fruit. Afterwards this beer tones down with some nice citrus notes, some pepper, and slight biscuit. This beer finishes with a little banana, a nice little hop bitterness, warm alcohol, and a slight yeast bite.

Mouthfeel: This beer is super crisp, almost a little overdone. Personally I would like it to be just a hair less carbonated, but this beer is an explosion in the mouth.

Drinkability: At first the complex flavors made this a little hard to put down. But as I continued to try this one it really started to go down easy. For 8%, it was hardly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: This

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Photo of scottum
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nicely nice blond amber with a large robust head. Tastes of sweet and a nose of fruit with a slight blend of spice just to round things out. Hops add some perfect balance. This is a wonderfully crafted brew which perhaps lies above my total beer grasp. Smooth to the mouth adds to the drinkability.

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Photo of travolta
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance: Appricot, golden yellow. The head is frothy and white. Retention is decent, lacing is pretty good, with nice thick rings.

Nose: Nice... grapes. It smells sweet. Pineapple. There are a lot of fruits in this brew. Green apples. Other citric fruits.

Taste: Lightly bitter, which mixes with a sweetness. This is like a sweet and sour. Lightly carbonated, but crisp at the end. The aftertaste is pungent.

Notes: Very nice beer. It is sweet and a little bitter. I really enjoyed this beer. An awsome trappist drink!

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Photo of rdrummer
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy yellow with a little, quickly dissipating head. The head is pure white, the overall appearance is impressive. The nose is has a lemony smell with some definite hoppiness as well.

The taste is yeasty but has a lot of fruitiness in the body with a malt undercurrent throughout. There is a definite alcohol hit at the end. It feels very crisp and dry in the mouth.

I really like this and other than the higher alcohol content find it very drinkable although it was hard to find. Another excellent Trappist brew.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of bditty187
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pale yellow in hue with vague gold highlights, it looks ghostly, a rocky white of a finger in height lasted for a moment before dissipating to a soapy residue. The subsequent lacing was disorganized, pocked, but prevalent. The nose was rather lively with tart and funky, citrusy lemon grass upfront. Then a note of distant pepper, cloves, and a good amount of herbs can be found in the middle, the finish shows the alcohol and yeast. I like the potency but the aromas don’t really mix that well, each seemed a little too naked. I feared the palate would be harsh, it wasn’t, I mean, wow, this is like night and day! The palate is soft and well rounded; yes there is a raw alcohol burn at the end but the medley of apples, pears, citrus fruits, hay, grass, cloves, dates, earthiness, bready maltiness and yeast really propel the flavors in a tasty direction. It manages to be complex yet kind of straightforward, does that make sense? So what, it does to me. The taste is enjoyable but I don’t think this is an outstanding Triple. Medium in body with low and natural carbonation, kind of airy, I’d say the mouthfeel is quite agreeable. I found this to be plenty quaffable but I won’t go out of my way for more. It was costly for one thing. I bought my 11.2-ounce bottle in Iowa City. It is worth trying.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.07/5  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...

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Photo of merlin48
3.32/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle that is past its prime, according to the label. Really didn't know what I had here until I poured it. A hazy, honey colour in the St Bernardus goblet. Chunks of yeast obscure any sight of bubbles. Leaves nice chains of Belgian lacing all over the goblet. Aroma is typical Belgian, with pink grapefruit and baked bread in the spotlight. Cloves and allspice also share top billing. Mouthfeel is thick, almost chewy, and is tart and bitter. Hops make more than a cameo appearance. Taste is complex, with biscuity yeast, sharp citrus, and bitter hops. Not what I was looking for in a Tripel. The yeast chunks settle to the bottom at room temperature, but the taste remains bitter. This is not one of the better Belgian ales I've had over the years. Maybe a fresher one would change my opinion.

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Photo of GreenCard
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark gold, two fingers of whipped-cream foam, great head retention, a bit hazy, some lace

Aroma: malty sweetness, sugar, bubblegum, touch of continental hops

Flavor: bready malt sweetness, mild hop flavor, slight tanginess, bubblegum fruitiness, finish is semi-dry w/ a very slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste, full round flavor

Mouthfeel: medium body, lots or carbonation, smooth alcohol warmth

Overall Impression: This is the first Achel product I've tried and I'm quite impressed. If the rest are as good (or better), then I might have a contender for my new favorite Trappist brewery here. Could it be that the youngest Trappist brewery is giving the old stalwarts a run for their money?

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Photo of mickeymac
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the classic 11.2 oz Belgian bottle, it's gold with a foamy white head that leaves swirling traces on top of the beer. Even with a careful pour, prodigious chunks of yeast are left floating around. The smell is candy sugar, spice, notes of crisp fruit, and a pleasant alcohol aroma. The taste is everything a tripel should be, with a nice dose of yeast rounding things out. Thanks to the gents at the monastary.

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Photo of Ardon
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Beautiful yellow/orange. Pillowy head. Hazy.

Smell: The nose is completely sweet banana.

Taste: The taste has confirmed my feelings about the appearance. Taste like a richer more flavourful hefeweizen. Clove, banana, yeast flavours all the way through.

Mouthfeel: Fantastic, once again very hefeweizen like with just a little more burn from the higher alcohol.

Drinkability: Dangerously drinkable. Has the drinkability of a hefeweizen but with a higher alcohol level. Therefore, dangerously drinkable...

Notes: Fantastic. This beer is a dream come true for me. Has all the characteristics of a good hefeweizen but with the complexity of a tripel. Unbelievable.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a cloudy honey caramel color with little bits of yeasty goodness float about. A big white fades slowly leaving a good amount of lace in its wake. A damp earthy smell and aroma of yeast and hops lasts fairly long. The malt is a bit bread doughy. A wide variety of flavors emerge. Sweet sugar, yeast, coriander, orange zest, caramel and alcohol are all quite separate and distinct. The overall effect reminds me of a mixed drink, named Perfect John (2 fl oz Vodka, 1 fl oz Triple Sec Curacao and 4 fl oz Orange Juice). This is a highly underrated Triple...IMHO.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 11.2 oz. bottle. The color is a hazy golden , with wispy white head. The smell is a nice floral and yeast one. The taste is fairly dry for a tripel...the floral hints don't overwhelm the yeast/malt base of the beer, and the alcohol is noticable, but not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is very nice and smooth and just perfectly carbed. As for drinkability, I could have several of these.

Opened this one to celebrate the finish of a semester-long project. Not a bad tripel...not up there amongst the best yet, though. Then again, Westmalle has been making tripels for 100 years, while Achel hasn't for even 5, so I'm sure they can improve the recipe and make this a true classic. I'd probably have this one again!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy golden appearance. Slight, but frothy and dense, white head lays on top. Lacing is full and in sheets. Soft malt tones blend with some great yeasty bready tones and fruity esters to create a very nice smelling experience. Onto the taste. The flavors are quite delicate. And there's barely a trace of alcohol in the flavor. Breadcake. Yeast. Dough. Pepper. All blend quite nicely. The mouthfeel is very attractive. Smooth and velvety. Easy drinking. I could view this as a session beer. It's that easy to drink. The only problem is that a session of 14 of these would cost me close to $100. No thanks. Good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of 86MonteSS
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a tall, thick head and a hazy golden body. Lots of carbonation to be seen and plenty of yeast floaters. The smell had a lot of substance to it, with a buttered popcorn aroma prevailing. The taste was also very substantial, and I'll be damned if I didn't taste a little broccoli. Not nasty, TV dinner broccoli though... more like mamma's home cooked broccoli smothered in cheese sauce. Ok, the cheese sauce part I made up, but it's still one of the more flavorful tripel's I've had.

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Photo of moulefrite
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light hazy golden-numerous chunks-attractive lace that leaves a delicate and rather elegant stick pattern. Aromas are very appealing! Light lemony citrus followed by creamy peach like sweetness, and a big hint of the malt-o-meal to come.And, boy is this a delicious malty beer! I've found a malt that my taste buds adore! Exceptional crispness helps balance this brew out. Served with baked cod-crabmeat stuffing-baked the cod surrounded by yukon gold potato wedges, and covered with a Mornay sauce. Man the malty flavors of the beer, and the complex tastes of the seafood continue on in a long glorious finish!

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Photo of Naerhu
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

opaque ellow body and wispy small white head.
spicy banana aroma.
spicy wheat flavor.
creamy mouth feel
its "just a belgian"

What is wrong with the brewer and the importers of this beer? This is not identified as either blond or brune on the bottle, anywhere. The goal is to put your drinkers in a bad mood before they pour a glass?

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Photo of ADR
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dull gold appearance, good but not spectacular bottle-conditioned head but dense and clinging Brussels lace. Deeply yeasty aroma, green apples and a spritz of fresh lemonade. Nice body and malt sense, closest to fruit-infused carrot cake that dries to a slightly medicinal finish. A bit of an alcoholic sense, but the best part is the well-bittered finish. A good beer, but I was looking for more in the surprise department, this Tripel also grows a bit too sweet as it approaches room temperature.

Source: Liquid Solutions

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I think I'm starting to like this Belgian stuff, as this beer impressed me with its strong malty flavors. The couldy golden body had a nice thin head and laced well. The overall nose screamed malts and offered little in the way of alternatives except perhaps for a bit bready yeasts and some hint of citrus hops. Thickly bodied, but not quite over the top, it could get there on any brew run. As with many goods foods and drinks, the body can only handle so much of a good thing, i.e., I'd like to drink more but can't.

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Photo of Jon
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden hue with a frothy white head. Retention is excellent and lacing is impressive, permeating the chalice glass with firm rings. Nose is fresh with notes of pear, kiwi, earthy hops, crisp malt and a hint of alcohol. Flavors include herbal, mildly bitter hops, passion fruit, apple, yeast and mild rushes of alcohol and sugar on the finish. Complex, but by all means drinkable. Smooth, full-bodied, and relatively creamy mouthfeel works well. The alcohol content does show itself a bit too much for this to be considered overly quaffable. A quality Trappist ale, to be certain, serve this at cellar temperature to discover the abundant flavors lurking within.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Cloudy yellow with a decent head that went down slow but did not lace the glass well.

Smell – Good malt and fruit aroma with a tinge of alcohol and some coriander along with other spices.

Taste – The traditional malts actually feel a bit balanced with hops. The fruit at the nose was not prominent at the taste. The sweetness at the end was complimeneted with coriander and something else (maybe cinnamon).

Mouthfeel – Well carbonated with a smooth feel on the tongue. IMHO, this is its strong suit.

Drinkability – I thought the hops were too prevalent for the style, but this is an all around nice beer to drink

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Photo of Jarod
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dated 2001
Serving size: 33 cl

Poured a pale yellow gold haze color. Started off with a full sticky foam that was white in color, but fell shortly after to a small film on the top. Some lace was present and had a sticky quality to it. Sediment was noticeable all through the glass and in the bottle. Mental note: pour carefully. The aromas that came from the glass were of spicy yeast, bread, citrus, sweet malt, bananas coriander and cloves. Fairly sweet in the nose and it was soft in nature. As for taste, I experienced flavors of sweet malt, honey, spices (cloves), yeast, fruits (banana, citrus), bread, slight bitter hop and a small hint of alcohol. It finished on the dry side. Nice blend of spicy/sweet and dry flavors. Body was on the creamy medium side. This beer had characteristics of complexity, when it came to its combination of flavors and the balance they took on, and it is very easy to drink as well, considering the alcohol level of 8%. I rather enjoyed it, and would drink again.

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Trappist Achel 8° Blond from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
90 out of 100 based on 395 ratings.