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

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601 Ratings
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Ratings: 601
Reviews: 380
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 43
Gots: 34 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-06-2002)
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Photo of reinheitsgematt
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%

Within the last month, access to Belgian Trappist Ales has more than doubled in SW ID, and I have had the privilege to taste a number of these newly available beverages. We started with the Achel 8 Blond.

It poured the color of a washed-out straw, with very active carbonation, lively and inviting with an excellent head, persistent and well-laced, the consistency of a soft-boiled egg.

On the nose, I received candy and spice: clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, honey.

Flavors of mint, clove and pepper warmed my mouth and brain. The complexity of flavors seemed artfully arranged, and the finish lingered with an herbaceous, resinous quality.

Quite a way to start a day, one is plenty.

reinheitsgematt, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of Steve188821
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%

A - The apperance is golden yellow with a large fluffy head that left good lace.

S - The smell is floral with a hint of apple juice, there is also some spicy yeast.

T - The taste is of spicy yeast and phenols, there is also a hint of fruit.

M - The mothfeel was crisp with medium carbonation.

D - The drinkability was ok, I couldn't see me having more than one of these. There are better trapist beers out there.

Steve188821, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of JanM
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%

ome people are not so keen on this Trappist so my expectations were turned down low. Systembolaget started to sell Achel in the first days of March, 2007 so I went down and got the 8% Blonde and the Bruin. It poured with a nice golden color, a little cloudy and with a thick, creamy head that remains there indefinately. The taste is fruity with a tinge of yeast and a lot of bread. It's actually very restrained for this style of beer. It's definately sweet and with some alohol coming through.A strong citric bite emerges at the end. All and all, I like this beer a lot since it synthesizes some tastes in beer that I enjoy.

JanM, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of soulgrowl
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%

Appearance: Huge, luscious Belgian head, the color of champagne-macerated white peach flesh, meringuey and white with a Helenic blush. Incredibly smooth proteiny structure with fantastic retention. Body is an amber-tinged, lightly yeast-muddied golden straw.

Smell: Apple juice, honey, Riesling. Floral, fruity, and sweet with a marshmallowy schmaltz. Fresh grain and a touch of funky, lightly spicy yeast with a bagel shop bready quality. Associations of angel food cake and carnations come to mind.

Taste: Bolder and more balanced than the nose, with a bright, forward yeast character. Very bready and solid. Alcohol adds a warming spicy edge to a fleshy fruity foundation with just the tiniest brush of hops for bitterness. Finish is dry and tangy with a lingering boozy flush and a spectre of yeast and herbal hops.

Mouthfeel: Thanks to the amazing head, this is like drinking a cloud. Fluffy, smooth, and cleaner than happoshu.

Drinkability: This not the most complex beer in the style but it is still very enjoyable. If it were either more nuanced or less alcoholic it would be more drinkable, but it's definitely easy to sip nonetheless.

soulgrowl, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of beakerboy
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%

The beer pours a cloudy apricot with a lot of evervescence. There is a solid one inch white head on top. The aroma has hints or caramel with a lot of lemon and a hint of alcohol. The flavor has ripe fruit and malt flavors dominating. This triple is much more dry than many non-trappist tripels, which is a good thing. Some abbey and US 'tripels' are quite sweet and not as well attenuated. The mouthfeel is fairly light with a lot of carbonation on the tongue. My only complaint is the lack of yeast flocculation. I poured the beer very slowly and after half the bottle was in the glass, a lage lump of yeast splashed into the goblet and broke up into small lumps.

beakerboy, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of jeffaz02t
3.45/5  rDev -15%

A:Thin head, goes doen pretty quickly. Dark gold, cloudy.

S: yeast, citrus.

T: Malty, with hints of hops towards the end. I read another reviewer describe it as chalky, I would agree. A dry beer with a glimpse of fruits. Pretty good.

M: Seems a little thin... CO2 is at a good level.

D: I am glad I found a case of this beer, along with another kind from the same brewers. It is worth drinking, but I do not put it at the same level as the other Trappist brews. I will try their other products however. Good beer.

jeffaz02t, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of Higravity
4.63/5  rDev +14%

What a chunky monkey. Man even out of the fridge the yeast was still suspended as I tried to pour carefully. Lovely yellow cloudy white capped beer with chunks a plenty. The smell is lovely soft phenol joy the malt a candy sweetness. The overall flavor is mighty it feels as though it melts into the tongue and awakens taste sensors I didn't know I had. Like eating soft barely candy flowers with a hint of alcohol and atouch of hop spice. Lovely stuff, just give me less chunks, but fuck it I can suffer the chunks ;)

Higravity, Jan 08, 2007
Photo of jwc215
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

11.2 oz. bottle, best before end of June 07.

Poured into glass chalice.

Pours clouded orange with a thick, creamy head that descends to a lasting cover that leaves lacing along the sides of the glass.

The smell is of orange peel, spiced dough and a touch of pepper. Slightly perfumy.

The taste is of lemon zest and orange peel. Spiced fresh bread. Some medicinal notes. It has a pleasant, mild taste - not as strong or complex as other Trappists, but nice nevertheless.

Tangy and mildly creamy, the spices linger.

It's not as outstanding as other Trappist ales, but still is a very nice Tripel and fits well with this great style.

jwc215, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of EPICAC
3.98/5  rDev -2%

Served in an Achel chalice at Oud Arsenaal in Antwerp.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy golden with a very thick, meringue-like, off-white head. The retention is good with thick patches of lace.

Smell: Fruity, bananas, definite black peppery spice.

Taste: Light fruitiness upfront. The finish is peppery and spicy with a significant aged-hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thick and full-bodied, low carbonation with a dry finish.

Drinkability: The bitterness is quite nice.

EPICAC, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of andjusticeforale
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%

This was purchased in Buffalo New York on Thanksgiving day 2006.

This was chilled nicely and poured into a duvel tulip. The initial smell was a bit more bready and commercial smelling than I thought it would be. Luckily the taste was not. There was a beautiful almost "junior grand cru" taste to the malts in this beer. There was a nice casklike aged feel with just enough bitterness. The taste deepened with warming; however, it must be said that teh best thing about this beer is the champagne fine carbonation that lasts throughout. This creates fantastic dryness and terrific drinkability. Very nice indeed.

andjusticeforale, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of supercolter
3.18/5  rDev -21.7%

This one was kinda all over the board for me.
Appearance was just average with a golden brown color, some sediment, and little head with no lacing.
Smell was fantastic. I could smell ripe fruit, some sweet malt and a touch of spice.
Taste was kinda blah, just malty and then the after taste of cilantro-type spicing. I was not a fan but it got better the more I drank.
Mouthfeel was medium in body.
Drinkability, see taste.

supercolter, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%

Hazy sediment filled orange marmalade hued pour topped with a smattering of ivory ring.

Scents of bready spiced cake and apricot fruit.

First swigs: Mirrored nose and flavor of spiced cake and apricot fruits. Lingering tea and table sugar.

Subtle carbonation creates a drinkable Belgie. Not a traditional tripel, but a spicy drinkable sweet Ginger Ale tripel overall.

Last swigs: Not regretable, edible, forgetable.

blitheringidiot, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of dgallina
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%

330ml brown bottle without intelligible freshness date.

Pours into the goblet cloudy dark peach with small creamy head, nice lace. Tough to get a clean pour on this one due to the very active floating yeast. Ended up swirling and pouring the yeast since it couldn't be avoided. Smells earthy, yeasty, slightly fruity (lemons). Rather big hop aroma for a Trappist. Flavor profile is unusual. Emphasizes musty earth, yeast, caramel, and hops rather than overt fruit. Tastes earthy and yeasty, with rough hops, a bit of bitter lemon funk and alcohol bite in the finish. Very creamy medium body, with only slight carbonation. Rugged and somewhat unrefined; an unusual and not entirely successful beer.

dgallina, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

This beer poured a straw color with some honey highlights. The head erupted out of my tulip and was sustained by a geyser of bubbles from the dimple in the bottom. The head was a creamy, irregular egg shell white and lasted until the end leaving behind some nice clumps of lace.

Smells of powdered sugar, sweet bread dough, and a really delightful doughy but spicy yeast that carried with it touches of herbs. Very nice.

Tastes of a very simple, smooth dry honey, wheat and rye base with a big creamy yet spicy yeast sitting on top. This yeast dries a bit in the finish.

The mouthfeel is thin, but dense with a huge thickening swarm of little bubbles that don’t’ interfere with the swallow.

I must say that although this is a delicious beer, the flavors didn’t meld with each other as well as I had hoped.

DarkerTheBetter, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of cbl2
3.98/5  rDev -2%

8/26/2006 $4.00 330 mL 8.00% Bottled 03/04 clearly notched on the label.


Wasn't sure until I poured this, whether it was the blond or brune, since there are no distinguishing marks on the bottle, but upon opening it is clearly the blond. Pours a murky orange with lots of clumpy yeast sediment. No head to speak of, but a faint white wisp rims the glass.


Sweet bready aroma, almost reminiscent of sticky buns sans cinnamon. Very doughy and billowy.


Slightly chunky mouthfeel, almost viscous, but not quite. Rather sweet with notes of raisins and starfruit accompanied by that bready yeast detectable in the aroma. Alcohol is apparent upon swirling in the mouth, and increases in intensity as the beer warms. An intriguing beer, worthy of the Trappist mark, though not truly exceptional.

cbl2, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of peabody
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours out very easily with little foam. Slight lacing that might increase with the temp. Has a little sediment in the bottom but with the clarity of the brew, you can drink it down and miss the mess if you do feel the need. I chug all of it in.
very bready smell with hints of grape/raisin hiding a slight alcohol
aroma. I too can detect a slight banana smell as it warms.
Taste is banana and cream with orangepeel and cinnamon. Way in the back are the yeast and malts.
Very sweet in the mouth leaving just a slight bitter taste followed by the alcohol. Not too strong, but you know it's there.

peabody, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of DragYourBone
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%

I picked this up in a travel to Milwaukee. For some reason I have not seen this in Madison, so it seemed like a great opportunity.

Let me preface this review as stating that this would be a great introduction to this style. With the exception of the enormous head (pour r e a l l y s l o w), this met nearly all my needs at this given time.

The nose was very light for this style, but refined. Nothing too overpowering nor underpar. The carbonation was light and airy which contributed to the near velvet like feeling when inbibing. The taste was light with soft malt and spice flavors, but not too light. It seemed very well balanced...refined.
For some reason though, the 8% seemed to catch up to me at the end. Something to watch out for since I could have had a few more of these so easily.
In a word, refined.
Definitely recommended.

DragYourBone, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of dblinkhorn
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a golden/honey straw color. The head is fairly large, about four fingers. It is slightly off-white and tan. Very tiny bubbles make it up, and it is very silky. The retention is excellent, and the head takes a very long time to dissipate to the typical ring/cap on the surface of the liquid. Looking at the brew itself, it seems very active with a lot of very tiny bubble columns rushing to the surface. Also, it is slightly hazy and has a lot of very small particles floating in the brew. From inside the bottle, this beer has about a finger-thick layer of sediment that rests at the bottom.

Smell - The aroma is sweet up front. There are notes of medium-dark ripe fruits (prunes/figs) on the nose, along with a nice scent of banana. The spices are also quite noticeable, with traces of clove and others. The smell isn't quite as strong as others of this style, but it is decent. The hops are in the background, and smell fairly crisp and of average bitterness. I can also smell a nice bready, earthy malt aroma.

Taste - Right up front, the taste is of the ripe fruits and spice, along with a low to medium alcohol burn. The hops and malt grab you right after the initial flavor of fruit and spice. They are not as strong a taste as the former, but certainly satisfying and have a decent strength. The alcohol is present through the entire taste (and of medium to low strength), and is accompanied by a nice blend of all the flavors (the malt being the strongest this go around) in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is near perfect, with a nice little bite to the tongue (but nothing even remotely unpleasent) as soon as the liquid hits your mouth. The beer is medium- to light-bodied and very smooth. This particular blonde has a very pleasant mouthfeel.

Drinkability - The flavors have decent strength, the mouthfeel is very good, and the alcohol is well-hidden (although certainly noticeable). This is a brew that is quite easy to drink. I could have several with no problems.

Overall, this is a darn good blonde, but out of some of the other trappist products, I think this one is outdone. However, it is definitely a quality brew in its own right. Recommended.

dblinkhorn, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of ryantupy
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%

I really enjoyed this beer and will definatly keep it stocked in my cellar all the time. It poured a dark maple brown color, with a small bubbly head that quickly dissolves into a nice ring around the glass with tiny bubbles all racing to the top. It smelled of ripe fruitm malty sweetness, smoked apple wood, and caramel. It tasted great complex and well balanced. Malty sweetness, ripe fruit, smoked applewood, and a nice smoky finish. This beer had a slick oily mouthfeel and it tasted great a definate good beer all around.

ryantupy, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of Hautacam
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%

Cloudy deep orange/gold...big white head...some lacing.
Smells of funky Saaz and hay.
Sweet and tart up front. Grassy citrus...lemons and oranges..alcohol evident....spicy , peppery... finishes with bitter hops and hint of bubblegum. Good and complex...gets more so as it warms up...this is very good.
Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation.
A very good tripel....one to linger over.

Hautacam, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of Sigmund
4/5  rDev -1.5%

330 ml bottle, bought in Frederikshavn, Denmark. Hazy golden colour, huge white head. Fairly moderate but very nice spicy, wheaty and fruity aroma. Flavour is spicy / peppery and sweet, with distinct bitter hops, hints of oak. Warming mouthfeel, alcohol is evident but not dominant. Another good Trappist!

Sigmund, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of jettjon
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%

Highs: Flavor, complexity
Lows: Watery mouth

Pours a transparent orange-apricot color with moderate, very tiny bubbles. Thick 3-finger head of heavy white-tan cream. Lacing is good. Nose is malty, heavy on the yeast, with evident hops and spices (coriander-clove). Taste is sweet malt nicely balanced against the hops, with the alcohol up front. Then again sweet fruit—a grape, apricot fruit flavor finishing on a slight alcohol note. Finishes very clean with a tiny bit of a bitter aftertaste. Complex and enjoyable. Mouth is watery and bubbly with some carbonation bite—overall OK. Drinkability is very good, it’s a great tasting brew with good complexity, but watch for the 8% ABV.

Overall: An excellent brew, beautifully balanced, very enjoyable.

jettjon, Jul 06, 2006
Photo of geexploitation
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%

Pours with a beautiful, fluffy white head and a slightly cloudy pale malt body. Nice lacing. The aroma is quite interesting and complex -- light sugars, citrus and a minty note with a strange, salty-sea essence at lower temperatures. As the beer warms, it throws off more fruit, as expected. On the palate, Achel Blond is familiar and comforting. Slight tart sweetness starts things off, followed by some citric acidity laid over a wonderful bready malt character. The finish is sticky-sweet. Alcohol is a bit evident in the mouthfeel, but that's balanced by the high malt content. Overall, an excellent beer that's good in all the areas a beer should be good in.

geexploitation, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of weeare138
3.98/5  rDev -2%

Appears a hazy, light gold with a foamy white head that slowly fades out. Carbonation pumping to the top. Lots of yeasty chunks floating around the glass that is a bit less than appealing.
Smell is of light citrus, bubble gum notes, and a doughy, yeasty, breadiness.
Taste is of the same aromas with an apricot and bready yeast like taste. There is a touch of a mild sour lemon in there.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a crisp, effervescent bite that hits you after the yeasty notes.

weeare138, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of Tupperwolf
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

Pours a very hazy apricot yelllow-orange into a tulip glass; it's crowned with a thin head which leaves a delicate, stickly lace of miniscule bubbles clustered in a tight pattern.

The scent is rich with dark Belgian yeasty notes; It's surprisingly fruity for a blonde, light-malted ale, with a bit of whole-grain bread and tangy kiwi fruit.

Nice, fruity, bready, yeasty; This Trappist has a bit more plum and brown sugar than a lot of blonds. Nice to know that these flavors are possible without getting too roasty.

Smooth, just spicy and yeasty enough in the mouth to lighten things; Very light, smooth carbonation keeps things relatively bouncy. The slightest bit of flavor lingers.

An interesting Trappist that deserves another time 'round for further contemplation.

Tupperwolf, May 25, 2006
Trappist Achel 8° Blond from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
91 out of 100 based on 601 ratings.