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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

615 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 615
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 43
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse visit their website
Belgium

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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

sephyrott, May 25, 2014
Photo of NickThePyro
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

NickThePyro, May 19, 2014
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy, caramel orange with a massive coarse white head that dissipated quickly to a more persistant thick cap with great lacing. A bit of a gusher, lost a quarter of the bottle, but managed to save most of this nectar. Great aroma of bready malt, Belgian yeast and spicing and nicely balanced light and stone fruit. Flavor follows with excellent mixed light and stone fruit, bready malt, nice strain of Belgian yeast, clove and coriander. Flavor reserved but nearly perfect. Medium bodied with active carbonation. A classic Belgian ale, leaning more towards a dubbel than a tripel, but just what it claims to be, a Belgian blond ale. After a week of some pretty big ales, its nice to return to something a bit reserved but beautifully balanced and flavorful. An excellent Trappist ale deserving its reputation.

LiquidAmber, May 16, 2014
Photo of whatname
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

whatname, May 12, 2014
Photo of ColForbinBC
4/5  rDev -1.5%

ColForbinBC, May 10, 2014
Photo of zachpaschal
4/5  rDev -1.5%

zachpaschal, May 10, 2014
Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Bonsall_Phil, May 09, 2014
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2014, so it's a little out of date. Hopefully still alright. Picked up ages ago from a supermarket while on a trip to Belgium and subsequently stored in my garage. One of the less common Trappist brews - the label doesn't give much away.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A bright orange-amber hue with faint haze and good carbonation. Produces a huge head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a thick surface layer. Slight lacing. Aroma of fruity yeast esters with hints of raisins, dried fruit, apricots, a twinge of marzipan, sugar, clove, mild spice, earthy yeast and faint stewed leaves. A warming whiff of booze in the background. Vaguely sweet and deliciously complex.

Tastes of fruity yeast esters with a lingering dry finish. Notes of raisins, dried fruit, subtle sugar, mild spice, earthy yeast and harsh stewed leaves. A touch of cardboard in the background, accompanied by a hint of solventy alcohol. A dry, herbal bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with effervescent carbonation and decent body. Pretty astringent, followed by an aftertaste of acrid stewed leaves/herbs, fruity yeast esters and earthiness.

OK but not exceptional. Looks nice, and the aroma is a lovely blend of fruity, spicy hints rounded off with booze. However, the flavour lacks the complexity and balance of the aroma - harsh bitterness is a dominant feature. Body is alright but feels a shade too spritzy. Perhaps this bottle is just a bit too old - I may re-review in the future. Drinkable enough but no need to run out and hunt it down.

jazzyjeff13, May 04, 2014
Photo of jscal10
4/5  rDev -1.5%

jscal10, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of draheim
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330mL into a tulip. Pours a hazy pale straw color, big fluffy white head that leaves behind nice thick clumps of lace. Really nice looking.

Aroma is full of fruity esters and spice; Belgian yeast, some floral Old World hops, clove, and a touch of bubblegum.

Taste is very Belgian. Pale bready malt and Belgian yeast, slightly bitter floral hops, overripe banana and clean pure water. Nicely minerally and hard, gives it a clean finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, balanced, soft but also crisp.

Overall a very nice Belgian ale, well put together.

draheim, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of atrocity
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

atrocity, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of brewskifan55
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Opaque golden with a one and ahalf finger head that held on. Foamy as hell. Thick lacing.

S: Floral, fruity,lemons, oranges, banana, Belgian yeast.

T: Follows nose. Sweet. Coriander. A sightless bitter hop finish. Just terrific.

M: medium to heavy. Thick, chewy carbonation.

O: A great springtime beer. Highly carbonated. Exploding with fruits and yeast. What's not to like?

brewskifan55, Apr 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Wobbly, Apr 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

drummerguy, Apr 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

bigjoe786, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of Lothore
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Lots of head, extremely hard to contain on the pour. Peachy orange hue.

S- Yeasty, hints of fig.

T- Candied fruit, yeast, undertones of hop bitterness.

M- Medium bodied with tons of carbonation.

D- A decent brew. Would have trouble drinking a lot of it. Mouthfeel was much too effervescent for me.

Lothore, Mar 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

jim_carignan, Mar 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

javahead71, Mar 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Zetcha7x, Mar 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

stevoj, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of Chico1985
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, best by 6/13/15.

Appearance - Lots of foam on the pour. Very pale orange, lots of bubbles. Ridiculous foamy structure of a head, retains and leaves lace like a champ.

Smell - Sweet and yeasty, apples, fresh bread, light spices, light citrus+herbal tones and some alcohol. Simply good ol' tripel stuff going on here.

Taste - Taste mostly follows, though didn't quite live up to the scent. Sweet malts and Belgian yeast, good mix of light and dark fruits (raisins) and bread. Still slightly boozy for 8%.

Mouthfeel - Great body and carbonation level here. Good foam-level without being overbearing, smooth.

Overall - Definitely a solid no-frills tripel, can't quite hang with some of the best of its kind but a fine example, quite easy drinking as well.

Chico1985, Feb 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Maillard, Feb 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

bunbury, Feb 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

GJ40, Jan 30, 2014
Trappist Achel 8° Blond from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
91 out of 100 based on 615 ratings.