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

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Ratings: 637
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.36%
Wants: 48
Gots: 53 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-06-2002

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Ratings: 637 | Reviews: 385
Photo of stulowitz
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Had a ring at the top of the bottle. My guess is it was bottled too early, or there is an infection. Open the chilled bottle and oh my, way over carbonated, but then again, belgian beers tend to be just that. But still. Head is fluffy and beautiful, like sitting in an airplane and looking down on the billowy clouds.

S - Smell is fresh and fruity. Has a distinct smell, not unsimilar to the Westmalle triple, I belive that Achel uses Westmalles yeast, so it doesn't come as a surprise.

T - Taste is powerful, with a slight bitter punch. Me like. Nothing extremely complicated, but rather refreshing and enjoyful. Feel a nice alcohol warmth as it goes down.

M - Highly carbonated, but still has a nice body to it.

D - Drinkable. Would I drink this all night, no, but a bottle or two with a nice book sounds like a nice night in...

Photo of jamie2dope
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Some of the staff I have spoken to at the Moan and Dove (one of my favorite bars) in Amherst have voiced their love and dedication to this particular Trappist brewery. So I guess that is why I picked up this brew, which I have not tasted in the past. Poured in to my Rapscallion glass an orange coloration, with a very good looking, large frothy white heading. Aroma reveals yeasty spice, green apple skin, hint of mango, and some leafy green hop. Taste is largely fruity...mostly a pear flavor, shadowed by a metallic finish. Light in body, and pretty drinkable for a Tripel. While this might be the smallest of the Trappist breweries, I cannot say that it is the best, or put as much faith in to it as my friends in Western Massachusetts. Sorry, but I have a feeling they are playing a favorite game based on image as opposed to quality of product. This, along with their Dubbel are great beers, but aren't nearly as good as some of the other Trappist examples IMO. This might be a good beginning point for beer drinkers getting in to the whole Trappist thing. Cheers

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, effervescent, burnished gold body with a full, off-white head.

Smell: Oh, what a stink! Aromatic scent of peaches, sliced melons, doughy malts, candi sugar, and a dash of booze.

Taste: Pale malts and a candi sugar sweetness. A bit of toasted sourdough bread. A drizzle of fruity, tangy peach and melon juice. A decent pop of balancing bitterness. Slight peppery hints. Certainly more bitterness than I had expected on the dry, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: A tad beyond medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent. It's reasonably balanced and easy going for an 8% blonde.

Photo of JBogan
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light to medium gold with a good sized foamy head which reduced to a thin film soon after.

Smell of straw and hops with some citric notes as well.

Taste was a bit flatter than I was expecting, nothing really jumped out. There was a bit of a yeastyness on the tongue towards the end of a sip.

Mouthfeel was nice. Crisp and with a little carb bite.

Overall this was a fairly enjoyable brew. I'd share it with friends during a spring/summer outing, although it was a little too pricy to make it a regular session beer.

Photo of deanhead
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured a nice golden strawlike color with an adequate lace swarming the glass. It had a reasonably sized head that reduces itself to almost nothing.

Nice citrusy, sweet aroma. Essence of horse blanket & yeast.

Taste was sweet and buttery with a noce hop biterness to it. Slight astringency and almost solvent like.

Bordeline thin moutfeel, but clean and crisp.

Very drinkable beer. I highly recommend trying this one. It's not my favorite Trappist beer, but at 8% it's darn good, and easy to drink.

Photo of Pencible
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured a slightly hazy straw color with tons of white head. It smelled like lemon, wild yeast, and pine hops (more bitterly scented than expected). It had a very strong citrus flavor at first, but that mellowed out significantly over time. It had an oily texture and was quite carbonated, with a mild but lasting bitter aftertaste. Alcohol was surprisingly noticeable in the flavor and aftertaste. Overall this was slightly better than the average Belgian light ale, but still not that great.

Photo of albern
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice Belgian Trippel but not my favorite. It pours a prodigious very white, soapy and frothy head, that clings to the sides of the glass. It is a hazy orange and very appealing. The haziness formed an interesting cloudy nebula in the glass as it was held up to the light. I don't believe I've seen this before. There were no yeasty bits which is a plus. The smell is very, very appealing. Candied sugars, coriander, apple, banana, all the typical Belgian smells. If you like Belgian ales, the smell will entice. The taste is slightly disappointing in that I had really high expectations. This is a medium bodied beer, less syrupy, fewer candied sugars, not as much banana as I would have liked. You'll get some peppery spiciness and more alcohol notes that I care for. There is a yeasty snap to this beer in the finish. Overall, this is a really good beer, but it does have its weaknesses though. I'm going to review their bruin 8 next. L'Chaim.

Photo of TripperDaniel
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes: Tasted on Tuesday, February 28, 2008. Best before 12/4/09. Bottle conditioned. Ingredients: Water, malted barley, hops, yeast.
Appearance: Head is exaggerated; although it doesn't foam out of the bottle, it erupts as you pour. It is clinical, platinum white. It lasts well, leaves a veritable wall of lace and diminishes to a good, pillowy covering. Beer itself is golden straw coloured, with bronze highlights. Very beautiful.
Nose: Biscuity malt. Belgian yeast. Bread dough. Resiny (piney) and grassy hops. Faint bitterness. Yellow plum. Toffee and something faintly sickly-sweet, like fermenting crab apples.
Taste: Carbonation is surprisingly smooth. Solid malt backbone. Metallic bitter finish. Tangy yeasty doughiness conveys apply sweet/tartness. Vein of acidity. Slightly off-dry, with a long, typical blonde finish. Faint pine on the finish, as well as citrus peel. Suggestion of Thai food, for some reason. Alcohol virtually unnoticeable.

Overall: A very nearly perfectly put-together blonde. More in the style of a blonde than a tripel. Smooth, drinkable, full-bodied and flavourful. Not enormously complex, but I don't think the style is meant to be. A beer of this quality could age quietly and gracefully for years, mellowing even further. For now, it loses a few points because of the metal on the finish, the Thai food, the sickly-sweetness, and the over-zealous head upon pouring. Otherwise outstanding.

Photo of dsa7783
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz slender bottle copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Appearance was truly exceptional, pouring a hazy, cloudy, straw-colored hue with obvious sediment on the bottom of the glass and a huge, five-fingered head that slowly receded...
Smell was sharp, and on-point with apparent alcohol aromas along with lemons, citrus, and fruit...
Superb Blonde, Tripel taste bursting with quality flavor, including essences of fresh fruit, florals, graperfuit, caramel, lemons, citrus zest, caramel, vanilla, and a nice balance of hops and malts...
Excellent creamy, rich, thick mouthfeel dominated with flavor...
Drinkability was likewise good, with a slight notice of the 8% ABV and thick, quality flavors...
Good stuff...

Photo of jf60657
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer from the typical small Achel bottle into a tuliped burgundy glass. The beer had a warm orange color and the head was strong and full, almost like meringue. There were notable amounts of yeasty globs. The bouquet was inviting, smelling of citrus and malts. Upon tasting I found grapefruits, caramel, candy sugars and slight alcohol warming. The mouth-feel was great, champagne liveliness that excited my tongue. I think this is a great Belgian and is very well executed for the style. I wont have this too often unless I am teaching a friend about trappist beer or have a specific craving upon seeing the bottle.

Photo of elmore
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Grapes of Mirth (Columbus, OH) a few days ago. Poured from a 33cl bottle into a Chimay chalice. Bright translucent orange color - not much sediment. Huge rocky bright white head that stuck around forever. Tons of thick foamy lace left on the glass. Very active carbonation keeping the head alive. One of the better looking Tripels.

Smells of yeast, biscuity malts, and spices. Tastes of coriander, lemongrass, biscuity malts. Pleasant, slightly bitter, grassy hops aftertaste. Sweetness not very noticeable. Very dry finish. Alcohol not detectable in the taste or feel.

Feel is creamy, effervescent, and refreshing. Carbonation is high with a very fine, champagne-like quality. Very drinkable.

A very good Tripel. The appearance really stands out on this one - amazing head and lace. Flavour is not as complex as other Trappist Tripels - like Chimay and Westmalle. Overall, a very good Trappist Tripel - although I prefer Westmalle or Chimay over this one.

Photo of ojclark
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden-orange. Some haze and sediment. Lasting off-white head. Toasty, malty, bready aroma with slight fruitiness. Complex flavor with big spiciness from hops and peppery phenols. Nice maltiness with toasty and bready notes. Very fruity with some alcohol notes. Aftertaste of spice, fruitiness and some alcohol warmth. Long finish. Medium body with rich mouthfeel. Well-carbonated.

Photo of iasanlee
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear pale golden cider color. Big off-white 4 finger rocky head, with plenty of lacing.

S- Yeast. Spices. Orchard bouquet. Very herbal.

T- Pears, bananas, and fresh strawberry. Slight tartness. Definite citrus hints. Not an overpowering, but obvious sweetness that I expected. Reminds me quite a bit of the New Belgium tripel, especially the finish.

M- Good lively tiny bubble carbonation. light in body, and crisp.

D- Delicious and well balanced, I can see making a night of it, but not a top on my tripel list.

Photo of Traquairlover
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into a snifter.

A = Hazy gold, big white foamy head, lots of carbonation with small bubbles (looks like champagne bubbles), leaves light lacing on the glass.

S = Hay, barnyard smells (sounds bad, but it works), phenols, yeast.

T = Light flavors of malts, sharp cheddar, slight smokey yeast flavor. Not my favorite tripel , but good and complex.

M = Medium bodied, carbonation at a level that tickles but doesn't overly strong, good coating of mouth, long bittersweet finish.

D = Good drinkability. Alcohol is present but not offensive, tastes are relatively light (for the style) and enjoyable. A great sipping beer in moderation.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden color with abundant creamy white head. (Poured into a goblet style glass)

S: Awesome floral bouquet with a hint of spice (corriander?)

T: Hop bitterness struck me first with additional notes of citrus and spices that I couldn't quite place, but seemed consistent with an Abbey style tripel

M: Light mouthfeel with notable carbonation

D: Smooth and easy, incredibly easy going down, although the warming was fairly prominent - but nice.

Overall this was a great experience! All the flavors came together nicely without hitting you over the head with any one particular element. Unfortunately this was pretty hard to find and at $7 for a small bottle, it's not something I'll be experiencing very often. Fantastic when available!

Photo of SaintsFan
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a honey amber into my Chimay glass. HUGE, pillowing head recedes after a while, but leaves tons of lacing down the glass. Lots of bubbles float to the top...truly great stuff here.

Aroma is fairly subtle, with some banana and bubble gum poking through, as well as a bit of alcohol.

Taste is very good, as the classic Belgian yeastiness gets you right away, but there's also some honey and citrus happening as well. Finishes with some nice hop bite, so there's a pleasant bitterness after each sip. Alcohol is noticeable, but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is medium and appropriate, and the drinkability is fairly high, though a sipper for sure.

In sum, it might fall a bit short of the Westmalle tripel, but not by much. A wonderful trappist beer.

Photo of Mudpuppet
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from a 11oz bottle into my Ommegang Chalice. Pours a nice orange color with some yeast in the beer. No head to speak of in this brew but with some bubbles rising to the top.

S- Smells of wheat bread.

T- Tastes of out of season oranges with a strong yeasty character.

M- Small bubbles in this beer. No overly carbonated and somewhat thin on the tongue.

D- No my favorite beer tastes like sourdough bread and hides the alcohol well.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 ml from the Coop for a pricey $5.75 .. poured into a Kasteel tulip.

Huge meringue head that lasts forever... beautiful lacing... Pretty gold with only a slight haze.

Aroma is spices and Lite Belgian candy sugar... complex cloves ginger and cardamom... a touch of lemon zest.

Flavor is the same but with much more of a rush .. there is some white pepper and again the lemon zest... solid mouthfeel and alot of carbonation... dry finish.

This on the 2nd time I remember having this beer and have no notes from the last time... but I will say, I will buy it again, but probably only if I was going to drink more than one triple.

Photo of thartman
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured to a three finger foamy head, with foamy lacings clinging to the glass. The color was golden yellow.

S: There was a strong musty, musky, perfume-like smell.

T: Tasted sourdough bread and yeast flavors, with a lingering aftertaste of oranges.

M: Mouthfeel was light-bodied and refreshing.

D: Easy to drink, it was hard to notice the 8% alcohol rating. Very distinguishable as an Authentic Trappist Product.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : bière blonde de fermentation haute, couleur dorée
Smell : arôme épicé, malté avec des notes florales
Taste and mouthfeel : finale avec des notres sèches et épicées
Drinkability : une bonne bière dans le style Trappiste

Photo of janubio
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle, pours a deep golden hazy colour, good head, it doesn't last much but leaves a nice cloak and lace. Acid aroma, floral, citrus, coriander and clove. Taste is acid, champagne-liked, spici, sour apples, confitted fruits.almonds and even some chocolate Sweet finish.

Photo of kelticblood
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Towering and extremely thick white head. Tons of bubbling carbonation from the bottom up. Has a Pilsner-like color to it giving it a clear gold appearance. It is very different from most of the Belgian Tripels I've had. Very bitter with strong Phenolic notes. Has a slight skunky pilsner aroma to it with hints of green apple and a citrus grapefruit aftertaste. Refreshing mouthfeel is very light and foamy. ABV is strong and noticed within the first few sips. Leaves an almost immediate warming on the stomach. Very complex and unique brew. I doubt I would buy this again. Overpowering Phenols and ABV make it not very drinkable.I bought this at Tully's in Wells, Maine for $5.00/Bottle.

Photo of meadhead
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tart fruit bread spice
orange pear clove cinnamon
only the massive chunks of yeast
hampered my opinion
(this bottle was over agitated)

not too sweet
not too spiced
some earthen hops
bittered it nice

pours hazy orange
a decent head
yeast in the lace
stuck to the edge

good mix of flavor
crisp refreshing
fruits, spice, and sugars
triple blessing

(is that funny?)

not the best
but a very good ale
rich complex and warming
all under one sail

Photo of MCDuhamel
2.45/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass, at fridge temperature.

A: Poured an absolutely enormous head that continued to balloon out well after the pour. Hugely carbonated, like Champagne. Dark straw, light orange in color, perfectly clear. Tons of lacing down the glass.

S: Powerful aroma of clove, green apple, some tropical fruit. A definite "catty" smell. Overpowering for a tripel or strong golden.

T: First impression is all clove and cattiness. There is a hint of tropical fruit and some sugar, which ultimately yields to a slightly dry hoppiness. The intense clove is rather overwhelming. There is nothing subtle about this beer.

M: Light in body, with a definite spritziness. The carbonation is highly evident, and a bit distracting.

D: The overpoweringly strong flavor of clove makes this definitely a one at a time kind of beer.

Overall: Of all the Trappist beers I have had, this is easily my least favorite. I don't know if the beer was perhaps stored improperly, but it certainly seems off to me.

Photo of markaberrant
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in 20oz red wine glass.

Appearance - Huge, pillowy white head, lovely orange colour, not quite clear. Lively carbonation. Gobs of lacing. Looks awesome.

Smell - Soft sweet malt, a bit of spice and a hint of hops. Enticing.

Taste - Delicious, sweet like candy, but balanced out with alcohol, hops and spice.

Mouthfeel - Prickly carbonation also keeps the sweetness in check. Very refreshing, yet alcohol is warming.

Drinkability - I'm finding this way too easy to drink... the mark of an excellent Belgian! However, if I was to carry on with several of these, I would be in trouble for sure.

Overall - This is so good to me. I know there is higher rated Belgians, and I've had some of them, but this is really hitting the spot right now.

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