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

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396 Reviews
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Reviews: 396
Hads: 688
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 59
Gots: 84 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
Belgium | 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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Photo of jdhilt
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Will pour a five+ finger cream head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Apple and Belgian yeast nose and flavor is light fruit, light malt and Belgian yeast. Good but not great Trappist. $4.49 for a 330ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of Philousa
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by date: 15/2/14.

Pours a crystal clear metallic gold wit hbillowy head that settles to cover the top with a single layer of bubbles. Aromas starts with big clove, allspice, banana with honey and nectar sweetness over a Belgian barley malt bill. Smells sweet with candied or beet sugar. Some floral element in the sweetness from the yeast, I'd bet. Flavor starts sweet and carries through the tasting experience. Tart Belgian malt pairs with bitterness from noble hops, which compliments the sugar. Seems like Achel knows how to balance the trio. Much more pungent with the yeast poured in, more bready too. To be expected I suppose. Better body, too. I always like a Belgian with the bottling yeast. Finish is dry but not too dry. Mouthfeel is middling.

Very crisp and clean without yeast, this turns into a bigger, more balanced beer. Different experience for sure, and both are interesting, though I'd add the yeast from the start next time. Can't beat that aroma and more balanced mouthfeel with the yeast. While this is a great Tripel, it's overpriced considering St. Bernardus is a couple dollars cheaper and tastes better.

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Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into chalice, best by 7/5/2013. Pours hazy golden amber color with a very nice 2 -3 finger fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice thick foamy lacing clings to the glass, with a lot of carbonation streaming up retaining the head. Aromas of pear, pepper, apple, herbal, clove, banana, bread, candi sugar, grass, earth, and yeast spices. Very nice aromas with nice balance and complexity. Taste of apple, pear, banana, clove, pepper, bread, earth, grass, candi sugar, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of light fruits, clove, pepper, bread, candi sugar, clove, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance and complexity; with no cloying flavors at all, very crisp. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a lightly slick and very crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very excellent tripel! Great flavor complexity and balance; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. Really enjoyed this one. I also had a bottle that was 3 years older recently, and this fresher bottle was far superior.

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Photo of neophilus
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid wall of white foam explodes when I pour this beer. Brilliant golden color, very clear, stream of tiny bubbles marching to the top. Thick, rocky foam head floats on top, tremendous lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

Grainy cereal aroma topped off with a little bit of boozy heat. Then, slowly, subtle esters are coaxed out of the glass. Rich, fragrant aroma of banana, pears and peach emerge tied together with spicy hints of clove. A veritable fruit basket on the nose.

Spicy on the tongue, with a little bit of heat. Heavy dose of sweetness and then cloves. Flavor is predominantly toasted cracker malt with some grassy hop bitterness. Some metallic taste coming through as well.

Thinner than I was expecting - sweet and thin as it goes down. Some residual dryness in the aftertaste but not much against the initial sweetness.

There is an odd metallic taste that slips through repeatedly and I can't put my finger on it, but it is very distracting from an otherwise solid beer. It's like sucking on a copper penny.

This is a very drinkable beer. I was left wanting for more flavor - the aroma promises so much but the taste is an odd combo of dry cracker and sweet malt. After a while though if you're not over-analyzing it, it starts to go down real smooth and refreshing. It masks the 8% abv very well, but the copper penny taste drags it down a notch.

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Photo of NardiByNature
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale, clear gold with a pearly white head, sticky lacing, and it’s all around attractive. Pretty clear for a tripel. Nose is nice – usual suspects like green apple and that phenol smell that reminds you of aspirin, powder, etc. The taste takes a nice turn in that it’s sort of herbal and bitter in addition to the typical fruity, chalky tripel-ey taste. Mouthfeel is a little fizzy. Tasty beer but nothing to write home about. I appreciated its appearance and nose the most.

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

330ml bottle. Achel Chalice glass. Revisited on jul´12. Pours shining gold in color. Hazy & glowing appearance. Off-white, very small size bubbled, froth. Thick crown & fairly good retention. As expected, complex aroma profile: Belgian yeast, ripe fruits, floral/herbal notes, spices, brown sugar & alcohol to the nose. Flavors are: pale malts & subtle bready touch, medicinal/phenolic hues, warming alcohol with fruity/spiced hints. Medium but viscous body. Moderate carbonation. Slightly citric bitterness is shown to the finish. Highly recommended as every Trappist beer.

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Photo of Converge
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a 14.9oz goblet.

A - Pours a medium golden-yellow hue with a bubbly but sticky white head. Effervescent and hazy with lots of yeast. The head slowly settles down to a thick layer of frothy white foam that stubbornly clings to every bit of glass it can touch, resulting in a thorough sheet of sticky white lacing. Looks pretty great.

S - Spicy and grassy, with some sweet pale malt in the base. Bready malt and yeast character are reserved, but present. Some subtle citric notes here and there with some fruit as well; namely pears and white grapes. Light hops and a touch of booze are detectable. Some bubblegum, sweetness and yeast become more apparent as it opens up.

T - Pretty basic for the style. A fair helping of bready, pale malt upfront, with grassy hops, Belgian spices, and some subtle fruits in the finish. Yeast is more prominent than expected as well. Notes of citric rind, white grape, and grassy hops linger in the finish. Mild boozy character, although it isn't really obtrusive in any way. Sweetens up as it warms. Simple, tasty, and very drinkable profile.

M - A weak point for sure. Over-carbonated to the point where it stings my lips, throat, and I can feel it bubbling in my stomach as I drink. I find this surprising as I often find Belgian ale to be exceptionally smooth, with very fine, understated carbonation; but not this one. Other than that this is pretty typical. Medium bodied, slightly dry, and after a while a film of yeast builds on the palate.

D - Other than the blatant over-carbonation, this is an all around solid, drinkable tripel. As a side note, I'm beginning to think lacing is really dependant on the glassware used. I typically use a tulip or balloon shaped goblet for beer like this, and don't usually see a ton of lacing... but this glass, which has sides that are more vertical seems to allow for much more lacing to occur... Anyways, a solid beer save for the one carbonation flaw.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the dryest of the tripels that I have been tasting and has an almost farmhouse/ saison quality to it. Very simple and easy drinking with an enticing spicy character. Pilsner malt really shines through and it is not very hoppy or bitter. I nice, stripped down, no nonsense tripel and an excellent intro to this style for anyone who's never had it.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.46/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle served in a DFH snifter glass.

pours a clear straw yellow that builds into a golden tone in the glass... mind-bogglingly large, frothy head has a life of its own; this thing is insane, enormous to the point of being too big, and not going ANYwhere... decent lacing.

aroma is vaguely citric (maybe lemon zest) with some spices and yeast evident. good nose, if nothing to go wild over. flavor delivers breadiness, yeast... tangy, subdued citrus notes and a distinct bitterness. dry. a bit of astringency in the finish. nice, definitely nice, but to be honest i was expecting a bit more. not quite to the level i've come to expect from a trappist ale.

crisp mouthfeel, medium-bodied with above average carbonation. i wouldn't object to another but for my money there are better tripels out there.

original review: 10-10-2010

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears to have a date for when to drink by... 29/09/13.

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy white head that reduces by about 50% (leaving at least a finger of head) with a much denser and thicker patch covering the center. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Some fairly light to moderate aromas of spices, yeast, and light fruits (I think I would describe them as citrus, banana, and pear).

T: Upfront this beer offers up some sweetness, tastes almost like a combination of honey and light fruits (specifically pear and banana). Additionally there is a definitely pale malt presence with some Belgian yeast and spice notes.

M: Light to medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth with moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This beer has a nice complexity in both the smell and taste. I enjoyed the flavors but this is much more of a sipping beer than a session beer.

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Photo of gfreed
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For a tripel this was a bit weak, lacking the salty, sea-weedy, lightly hammy flavor and the scabby, blotchy head that I find so oddly appealing. For a nice blond ale, however, this was pretty good. It's somewhat light in all categories, including the ABV-- is this really 8%?-- but still has plenty of yeasty, Belgian-comfy taste. I wouldn't become a monk over this one, but I'd at least visit a beer store on the monks' behalf.

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Photo of beerpirates
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured in my struise glass

A: Pours a pale yellow color, just a bit cloudy. Forms a huge thick, creamy fluffy white head. Good retention and many many chunks of foam and lacings left. Typical Tripel

S: Complex smell. Sweet honey upfront. Fruity and bit citrus. Malts, yeasts and citrus hops

T: Follows the nose. Sweet upfront, honey, mainly. Candy sugar, malts and yeasts. A dry taste, in overall, followed by a citrus and reasonable hoppy bitter aftertaste

M: Heavy creamy body and reasonable carbonation. Sweet upfront. Citrus bitter aftertaste

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of mscudder
4.61/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel Snifter.

A - Wow this brew explodes into a frothy foam right out of the bottle. Easily the largest head I have ever seen a beer put out. Nice golden yellow hue to the beer. Leaves nice lacing behind. I must say I never thought waiting on the head to go down would be such an issue.

S- Soft bready malts. Certainly not dominate but contains hints of citrus, and light fruits.

T - First thing to hit me is sweet creamy citrus. This Tripel contains a strong body that is dominated by sugary sweetness. The flavor from the malts is absolutely delicious and wraps up with a bit of a biscuit-like taste, crisp and clean.

M - Smooth with a big body that is fantastic on my palette. I absolutely love large blondes and this is no exception. ABV gives it just a tad bit of warmth, while remaining beautifully masked.

O - Overall this is well worth the tag of a Trappist beer. I had my reservations on purchasing this one given its high price tag but wow my doubts were mislead. An absolute must for any lover of blondes, Tripels, or Trappist ales.

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Photo of n2185
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Foams over as soon as the seal is broken. A frantic minute later, it pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold with four fingers of billowy white head that fades into a frothy cap with lacing covering the entire glass.

S: Light Belgian spice notes up front followed by lots of bubblegum, bananas, candy sugar, and pears. The finish is of sweet breads.

T: Again there are Belgian spice notes up front followed by candy sugar, bubblegum, and some light fruits. The finish is sweet and bready with a slight bitterness from the yeast.

M: Medium body with mid-low carbonation; despite the massive head on this thing, the body is somewhat watery and underattenuated.

O: A good tripel, overall. I'd like a bit more depth in the aroma and flavor along with a lighter and crisper body, but still it's quite tasty.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle emptied into a Corsendonk tulip.

Side-by-side tasting with a Tripel Karmeliet.

Lovely bone-colored coarse head with lots and lots of big bubbles sticking all around the inside of the glass. Deep honey-amber colored body with some suspended yeast haze.

Rustic notes of wet hay, dried grass, and mild nuttiness; hints of clementine, white pepper, and green banana.

Belgian yeast takeover on the first sip (I tried to decant on the pour, but it doesn't taste like I did). Cake-y malt character and texture. More grassiness from the aged hops. The alcohol settles in on the finish and warms the back of the throat. Not much fruitiness. No prominent notes of banana or clove. Some bitter peppery tastes on the back of the tongue, but does not actually taste like ground pepper. A bit of lemon candy syrupiness stuck on the way down. Finishes kind of sweet.

A hair thicker than medium. Almost milky. Wet feeling. The booze is well-managed. Medium carbonation with bubbles that climb up your gums on the sips.

This is a nice treat. A beer that always seems to command a high price tag, and is not as easily available as other (better) options. Still a prize Tripel that's easy to enjoy.

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

Poured from the bottle into a tuliip glass.

A ridiculous off white soapy head with good retention. I am decanting this on the edge of the glass and it's just massive. It looks like bubble bath in a bottle, leaving some lacing. Body color is a real nice orb glowing bronze, with a good column of rising carbonation. I love this but the head is just too annoying no matter how you slice it. I like big heads, but I don't like them to wait for my beer.

Nose is a great bready malt. Very dry ripping grain and barley. But kind of muted. No sense of booze heat though. Solid.

A sweet wine like body on the palate , but a big not of sugar. Sweet malty body, some spice action, and thick vanilla. Vanilla angle seems to come out more, and matches well with the aromatics of grain on the nose.

I really like this beer, but I don't like to have to wait for its goodness through a giant head. Pretty good though, actually, quite good indeed. I'll want another from this brewery for sure.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium gold color with an enormous 4 finger eggshell head- even with a careful pour. The beer is murky, and impossible to see through, and the head leaves massive lacing on my tulip glass. The nose is actually very average for a Tripel. A little fruit, a little spice, a little malt, and all of them are on the weak side. It just doesn't have that amazing aroma and complexity the best in style have. Fortunately, the taste is WAY better. I get fruit, caramel, sugar, spices, and burned toast in the taste. Much better than the nose. Feel is medium, with decent carbonation and a very chewy feel to the beer. None of the 8% ABV is felt or tasted. Overall, a good brew- but the nose really brings this one down. Cheers.

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Photo of mariposafan
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange-gold, just slightly hazy. An 11.2 oz bottle topped out my Duvel tulip with four fingers of fluffy head. Probably the most persistant lacing I've ever seen - almost looks like meringue clinging to a mixing bowl.

The aroma is orange and spice and sweet maltiness, but there just isn't much of it. The flavor, on the other hand, is all there! Something like bitter orange, good yeastiness and some spices. Not much of a finish, though, and what there is seems to be mostly residual bitterness.

The feel is just a little heavy but the carbonation cuts it pretty well.

A nice enough tripel but the competition is stiff in this style so I probably won't be buying it again.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip 27/11/11

A hazy golden orange with lots of big bubbles feeding a lovely three finger head with an island that never falls entirely, I can see 8 partial rings of lace if you can believe that and spotty lace after that, much like the Bruin version I can't imagine a better looking brew

S pineapple and pear with some yeast and subtle sweetness, its simple but good

T a little spice and very faint banana, a great tasting candy like sweetness that's not quite caramelized but a fruity sweetness almost like fermented pineapple but somehow it works well

M almost too much carbonation and some weight considering the color, no booze detected and a candied pineapple aftertaste

O I'm digging this one for sure, tropical candied fruit and a super mellow sipper, this one could lay you out if you let it perhaps a little too easy too drink at the strength

very curious to what a fresh bottle tastes like but I'm loving this as its BB date approaches, mellow and sweet this is something I could drink again

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: the beer pours a nice orange-golden color with a nice white fluffy head
Smell: Very flowery, spicy, malts and fruits (orange) and coriander.
Taste: Malts, spices, fruits (orange), yeast and a slightly bitter spicy finish
Mouthfeel: Soft, smooth, medium carbonation
Overall: A classic already!

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Photo of evlu1441
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This will mark my final trappist brewery!... Except for Westvleteren. Another time. This one looks good though.

It pours a nice medium hazy orange/apricot colour with a luxurious fluffy head on top.

There is a slight citrus bit in the beginning of the aroma, followed by flowery and fruity aspect that is typical, but very nice.

Sweet and citrusy up front with a nice hoppy bite in the middle of my tongue. IT finishes on a slightly sugary bready note.

Overall, this is a very good beer, but not absolutely amazing. I'd prefer a Westmalle tripel, but this is certainly a good substitute.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the 33cl bottle 05/7/13 into a snifter.

It poured a big pillowy white head with lots of bubbles. Produces a dark golden color. Left a sheet of lacing down the glass.

I smell citrus and yeast but it is also reminiscent of a hefeweizen with some banana and cloves here and there.

This is treat to drink. It is chalky, crisp, and dry with some yeast and earthiness going on. I should have gone slower with the tasting as there is a lot going on, but it is such an easy drink to enjoy.

A must try if you dig Belgian blondes/tripels.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle into long stemmed tulip

A: magnificent bustling head on top of a hazed golden body. the retention on this thing is excellent. looks like bits of clouds sitting on top. great lacing to boot.

S: chalky and earthy. there is a significant hop presence on the nose of this tripel. lemony and black pepper.

T: floral approach here. both with citrus and fruity yeast esters. there is a touch of vanilla in there too. finish moves towards fruit again, with a distinctive flair of orange peel.

M: vibrant bubbly, almost effervescent, carbonation on a medium/full body.

D: may be a full-ish body, but this brew is so easy drinking it doesnt matter. i could have one of these at any time of the day. belgian tripels have a great way of being full bodied without the heat.

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Photo of Squelch
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Gorgeous straw blonde, two finger head, Nice lacing, Effervescence. Beautiful

Smell: Complex aromas of banana, fruits, lemon, bread

Taste: Wow. Excellent complexity. The best tripel I've had. Lemon, banana, Slight hop bitterness. A+++

Mouthfeel: Alcohol well hidden. medium bodied. Nice.

Overall: Pleasantly surprised. The best I've ever had. Will be buying again.

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Photo of Mako82
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - First thing I noticed was the large head the beer poured. Head was white in color and very foamy. Lasted for a long time! Clear and golden in color, slight white hue in the light.
S - Picked up smells of floral, yeast, malt, and slight hint of clove
T - Most prominent taste I picked up was of pale malts, followed a subtle yeasty taste, then followed by a sweet taste that transitioned into a floral taste (if you can follow that)
M - Medium body, crisp taste, that made me want to keep grabbing another sip
O - Thought it was a decent beer, glad I tried it. Not my best tasting, which may have effected my review

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Trappist Achel 8° Blond from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
90 out of 100 based on 396 ratings.