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

Trappist Achel 8° BlondTrappist Achel 8° Blond

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553 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 553
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-06-2002)
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Photo of ADR


4/5  rDev -1.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2003 17:50:41 | More by ADR
Photo of AtLagerHeads


3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2003 17:58:31 | More by AtLagerHeads
Photo of Jon


4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2003 16:56:24 | More by Jon
Photo of RoyalT


3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2003 00:59:28 | More by RoyalT
Photo of Jarod


3.93/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2003 17:57:05 | More by Jarod
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Quebec (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2003 15:10:27 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of hotstuff


3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There was a medium white creamy head with fine-medium bubbles when this brew was poured into my glass. The body was a cloudy gold color. The lacing was excellent on the sides of my glass. There was carbonation observed with this brew. The aroma was citrusy and spicy. There was no aftertaste with this brew and the taste was relatively smooth.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2003 05:35:46 | More by hotstuff
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3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 15 September 2002. Achel 8 is a clear, yellow-gold ale, with a large frothy head & lots of champagne-like bubbles. It has a slighty fruitness w/ an overall well balanced flavor. Very nice, but not one of the world class Belgians.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2003 20:18:45 | More by jcalabre
Photo of TheDM


3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a large head of fine to medium sized white bubbles and a very carbonated cloudy blonde body. It has a mild but very plesent aroma of malt, hop and floral scents. Its palate is smooth but fizzy at first then settles. Its flavor is mild with slightly complex flowery notes mixed with yeast and bread.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2003 15:46:44 | More by TheDM
Photo of beerguy101


4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold color. Smallish head. Aroma is floral and honey. A nice Belgian Blonde. Typical Belgian flavors, yeasty, spicy and fruity. Yeast and malty. Very complex flavor. Light and refreshing. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2003 21:49:48 | More by beerguy101
Photo of clvand0


2.5/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a very bright, but cloudy yellow with lots and lots of floaties hovering about. It has a very sweet aroma hinting of fruits. The taste is very full and reminds me of a weiss beer. I really didn't enjoy the taste much because the wheaty flavor is not something that I have ever grown accustomed to. I couldn't drink very much of this just because I really don't like the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2003 20:35:31 | More by clvand0
Photo of francisweizen


4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Holy Moly! This is some good stuff! This beer is the last trappist beer that I needed to review, as I have already reviewed all of the other ones. I have to say that the Achel brewery probably ranks third on my list of Trappist breweries, and with good reason. This beer poured a very unique bright blonde colour with a very dense, rich, white head. The aromas were of honey, coriander, spices, yeast and malts. The taste was more of the same. A lot of honey flavor as well as some nice spicy, yeast flavor notes. The mouthfeel was very velvetty and smooth and the drinkability was good as well, despite this beers 8% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2003 11:33:17 | More by francisweizen
Photo of ipogios


3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a BLONDE colour like NO other beer topped by a large head that settled rather easily. Aroma reminded me of tropical destinations. Taste consists of tropical fruits and spicy hints. Mouthfeel was quite impressive. The only bad thing as far as i'm concerned about this beer is the drinkability. I wouldn't drink another one.

A thank you goes to MJR for sending me this beer and giving me the opportunity to try it...

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2003 03:26:43 | More by ipogios
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tasted this against other trappist beers and Duvel and I must
say that it suffered from being up against world class ales.
The citrus nose and the pale gold colour make it suggest Westmalle but I found the finish almost sweet and the body less
complex than Westmalle. Don't get me wrong this is a very good
beer but its playing with the big boys from Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2003 13:18:39 | More by canucklehead
Photo of Jason


3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2003 20:11:17 | More by Jason
Photo of MJR


4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before date of 03/2004.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale golden color that's a shade or two darker than Duvel. It's head starts out a half an inch and shrinks down to a tiny cap with islands here and there. Laces my glass decently. There was a lot of sediment, fairly large chunks for that matter, in the bottle and I did my best to keep them in the last inch of the bottle, for once...

Smell: The aroma's both sweet and spicy with notes of banana, clove, yeast, and a slight phenolic character. Even the nose is complex on this one!

Taste: I wasn't sure what to expect with this one, but I'm glad I took a chance! This one's extremely full-flavored with tons of spicy fruit, bready yeast, banana, and clove. Adding the yeast at the bottom of the bottle expands this brew's complexity, and makes it even more juicy and delicious! The alcohol is barely even noticed, and makes itself known only towards the end. I've never drank such a strong beer so quickly before! What a kick-ass brew!

Mouthfeel: Starts dry and crisp, then appears to turn creamy, but it's only the complexity fooling you. Finishes spicy with a slighty tart feel...another sip please!

Drinkability: Scary... I went through this one really quickly. If I could get this stuff in six-packs at a good price, it would be downright dangerous! Not one of the best trappists, but still quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2003 20:48:25 | More by MJR
Photo of UncleJimbo


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this at a beer tasting event from a 750 mL bottle. It poured to give a hazy, straw colored beer with little foam. The smell was fruity (banana and pear) and malty. The taste was light and fruity (grapes) with a moderate amount of malt flavor. The mouthfeel was clean and crisp. The drinkability was very good. This ale was very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2003 19:32:42 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of Wildman


4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a light cloudy gold color and formed a nice foamy head that left circular lace. A small bit of carbonation is present. It had an aroma of malt, clove and citrus. The flavor was of malt, citrus and banana. The finish was a touch tart. Not a bad beer for this style.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2002 16:54:19 | More by Wildman
Photo of Gusler


4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour is a hazy golden yellow, the head mighty in size, creamy in texture and bright white in color, the lace clings to the glass in thick sheets. Nose is bubble gum, lime like tones, malt sweet also quite clean and appealing. Front is sweet, the top is skimpy; the finish is considerate in its acidity, graciously hopped with the aftertaste dry and kindly bitter, nice drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2002 16:41:42 | More by Gusler
Photo of Longstaff


4.97/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Slightly hazy appearance but with a bone white fluffy head. Aromas of floral hops and fruity esters. The taste of this beer is so damn complex it makes me shiver just thinking about it. First it has the classic wheat flavors of clove an banana, then you notice the hops, then a slight chocolate and cinnamon flavor invades, then a slight prune fruitiness, and finally the floral and earthy hop flavor lingers on your tounge. It is a little sweet but the late hop charge balances it nicely. When I had it at the Bier Circus in Brussels, I wanted to dive into the glass and drown a happy man. THE best beer I had in Belgium. Don't know why the lackluster reviews here - maybe it doesn't travel well? It was head and shoulders better than the Westmalle triple and was definitely not light in mouthfeel - in fact it was very creamy.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2002 14:19:01 | More by Longstaff
Photo of aracauna


4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright, clear gold body with white bubbly head. Dancing streams of bubbles twist upward in the glass. I didn't realize the Trappist monks knew what filtration was, but this manages to be an attractive beer anyway (although I had to knock the score down a bit because of the lackluster head. Yeasty aroma is subdued but still there. Flavor is spiced citrus. This is a nice, light enjoyable beer. Some similar belgians have a dry cottony moutfeel that I don't like, but this has a wetter moutfeel that makes it much easier to drink and quite refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2002 10:44:33 | More by aracauna
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United Kingdom (England)

3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite a potent little brew, hazy orange appearance, with bits of sediment here and there (i docked .5 of appearance for that), smells a bit sweet, but very strong, good bittering on the finish, i got things like apricot, apple in the flavour. Very nice but potent, goes straight to your head.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2002 03:06:36 | More by rastaman
Photo of sprinkle


4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright golden in color. Slight citrus and sweetness on the nose and can definatly smell the maltyness.but richer and fuller than most of your sweet trips.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2002 23:01:27 | More by sprinkle
Photo of Viking


4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like Matt Maples, I was expecting something a bit different than what I actually got. It was described as a 'Tripel, well sort of' so I had some odd ideas in my head. Anyhoo, this ale was pale golden and fairly clear. It had a decent head, which left a fair amount of lace as the beer retreated to the bottom of the glass. The aroma was much hoppier than I expected, with undertones of grain - almost hay-like. The taste was crisp and clean, with nice (but not overpowering) hop flavor. There was also a malty sweetness and a bit of yeast present as well. All in all, a good refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2002 14:54:02 | More by Viking
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is fruity, citrusy, sweet, and more hoppy than other Belgians. Golden in color and a wonderfully rocky head. What really threw me was the level of hop bittrerness for a Belgian. I must say that my expectations got in the way. I was expecting something totaly awsome and what I got was a good beer. I would bet good money that when fresh that it has a lot more hop flavor than I got out of this one (I mostly just got bitterness). As my review stadns it is a good but rather uniquely bitter Belgian Trappist.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2002 23:59:09 | More by mattmaples
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Trappist Achel 8° Blond from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
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