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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 vanrassel
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A towering, three-finger head flowed over the lip of my goblet, even with a gentle pour of this beer. By the time I was done, it equalled the size of the cloudy gold body that sat beneath it. I wanted the beer to warm a little before going any further, but it looked so good, it was hard to resist....

The aroma was light and zesty — some yeast, a slight banana aroma with orange and lemon. The taste was lighter and more bitter than other tripels I've tried: the citrus flavours and hops cleansed the palate and there was less of a yeasty, chalky aftertaste or much sweetness from candi sugar. Low carbonation and medium body helped this one go down easy.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle (dated 01/08/07) to a small wine goblet at Stumptown in Portland, OR. A bargain at $3/bottle.

A: Man, that's a lot of yeast - the amount of sediment floating in this is unbelievable; looks like a lava lamp... Between the globs of protein, the beer is a clear golden with just a few rising bubbles. Huge white head which one could use many words to describe: rocky, fluffy, fizzy, chunky, pillowy...a beauty to look at minus the floating gunk...a '4' but could have been even better...

S: Huge fruity aroma. Lots of tart apples, cloves, spice, honey and perhaps some brandy.

T: Delicious - apple skins, plenty of grassy, 'barnyard' yeast flavor. Floral and honey-like sweetness. Finishes dry & medicinally herbal.

M: Zesty with loads of carbonation. Tangy/tart dryness in the finish. Crisp, refreshing and reasonably clean with just a slight lingering bitterness. Minimal alcohol warmth despite 8.0% abv.

D: Maybe my favorite Belgian Blonde/Tripel yet; a flavorful, beautifully balanced beer with tantalizing aroma and mouthfeel. I'll look forward to having this again...

Photo of phisig137
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled 1-8-07. Pours into my oversized tulip a light golden straw color, with a four finger, pure white head. Excellent retention lasts for 20 minutes or so, and leaves behind huge lacing. Despite a very gentle pour, a huge amount of yeast/protien chunks make it into the glass. I don't know how to rate the appearance.... the head is beautiful, but the liquid kinda looks like vomit.

Aroma is of light fruits, gentle spice, yeast, and wheat. Fresh honey also seems present, making this nose relatively complex and enjoyable.

Flavor is mild, but full. Big malt flavors, especially honey and delicate burnt sugar. Light fruity esters of pears are prevalent. Wheat also seems to be present, almost like a hefe trappist. Very complex, while remaining mild. Truly an exercise in balance. Mouthfeel is just about perfect. Drinkability is good.... so long as you don't look at it...

Great beer that is far underated in my opinion. I typically find that the small bottles store better than the larger ones, but this is one fantastic trappist. highly recommended, and worth seeking out.

Photo of Stephen63
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured an impressive head on an attractive blond body.

S -Wheaty with cirtus fruits with lemon dominant.

T - Felt this was very citrusy, slightly bitter but pleasant.

M - Rather lively carbonation.

D - Would probably stick to one of these, though enjoyed it thoroughly.

This is a fine beer. For me this was reminiscent more of a wheat beer than a tripel.

Photo of kgotcher
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into goblet from small 11.2 oz bottle.

I poured carefully but still suspended chunks of yeast float about. Light straw blond color with small head that leaves a dedicated film on top. Not all together impressive.

Aroma is pretty fruity, pear mostly, hints of a pino grigio. Still there is some noticable buiscuity matlyness, like an american amber. Taste is smooth and light, maltyness really comes through with very little of the typical belgium esters. This is not at all like I expected. Light mouthfeel with high carbonation, surprisingly hides the 8% ABV. Crisp finish that still leaves a slight grainy flavor in your mouth.

Again not at all what I would expect from a trappist. This is quite a drinkable brew. Not nearly as complex in flavor as some other Trappists. Nice and drinkable but maybe a bit too simple.

Photo of illidurit
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my Westvleteren goblet. I poured it slow because I wanted to avoid getting any of the huge yeast chunks into the glass; as a result the head is less than stellar for a Belgian but still a solid one finger. Massive sheets of fine bubbles adorn the sides of the glass as the volume dwindles with each sip, but they dissipate into thin spiderweb lacing over time.

A: The beer is very cloudy on account of the ample yeast. Pours a dark straw color.

S: Yeast is the dominant smell, followed by overripe apples.

T: Yeasty malt overrides a vague hoppiness, followed by slight booziness at the end which becomes more and more prominent as the beer warms. Notes of pepper, citrus rind.

M: Excellent mouthfeel. The carbonation is very fine, producing tiny bubbles that carry the beverage along the tongue like tiny wheels. A bit thin in the body though.

D: Pretty good, although the blatant yeastiness is a bit too much for me to want another right away.

The trappists have made better tripels but this one holds its own. I'll certainly come back to it another time.

Photo of Hammarby
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden, hazy with big foamy, white head.
S: Pear, red berries, yeast.
T: Yeast, pear, gentle alcoholic sting, almost no bitterness, sweetness, canned pears, light metallic taste.
M: Light body, low/moderate carboration.
D: Good.

The main impression of this beer is yeast and canned pears. After reviewing four quite good brews, this one stayed with me. Kind of grew on me afterwards.

Photo of mmcave
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled and poured aggressively into watou goblet, nice thick one finger of creamy white head with excellent retention and a wall of marsh mellow cream lacing. Body is slightly hazy blond stray color with peach tones and warm high lights, tiny bubbles are present. Smells up front of light fruit esters pears, apple, maybe even kiwi, no banana or fruits from warmer fermentation ( this is my guess any how). I also get a little spice, maybe some white pepper, yeast is in there, hops are minimal needless to say great aromatic balance. Taste is crisp and refreshing with just enough carbonation to make it move, but not get annoying. Begins with a slight sweet spiced character, then a into a dry finish. This is very complex and subtle at the say time. All of the fruit esters are apparent in the taste and manifest in a great way. This beer is great to drink alone, but would also be wonderful with food maybe some cheese and crackers or a fish soup, or fish period, even meat and potatoes. Great stuff, solid for the style, so glad I tried it.

Photo of bumblesouth
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What really impressed me about this one was the huge and lasting head (1.5", Chimay glass). It took good 10+ minutes to dissipate but still leaving traces on the glass. The colour is fading gold and smell is predominately yeasty. Taste got me a good surprise too as fruit, leather and a bit of wood arose to the mouth.
Drinkability: well altough it's a 8% lady here, the taste of alcohol is not in front at all. Small traces at lasting mouthfeel.
In resume, this was a great surprise as it doesn't "behave" like your average blond beer. I really recomemnd this one.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 33cl bottle, best before Feb 2008, drank March 2007.

Poured into my huge Judas (tulip) glass. I am no mug at pouring Begian beers, the glass took the bottle and head no problem, no sediment left the bottle.

This is one cloudy beer, old gold, dirty straw blonde, with a lovelly white head of about 3 inches (the Judas glass is big).

Yeast aroma hits you like you have wafted a handful of foam from the top of a fermenting tank at a brewery. Sweetness in the smell also, maybe toffee and some caramel flavours.

Where did the sweetness go? Sour and citrus fruits, with extra bubbles, wasn't expecting that, the yeast is in the mix of tastes, but you would never guess the taste from the smell.

Mouthfeel is OK, the sourness is overshadowed by the yeast flavours as your mouth drys after each sip (or gulp).

I am lucky enough to have tried beers from all the Trappist monk breweries in Europe that I know of, this is a long way from the best, but still a fine drink and I would certainly have another, but not tonight.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a huge, massive white head...I mean jeez! Chunked a bit in the middle then turned almost pastey. Hazy copper body, looks really good. Have to wait for the head to die down.
Smells of rich yeast, soft fruit (banana), some citrus zest and sweet malt.
Tastes much the same. Banana has left, more yeast and zest. Bubbly.
A bit too bubbly, tingles too much and intereferes with the flavor.
Probably better on a hot day.

Photo of reinheitsgematt
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Steve188821
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of soulgrowl
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of beakerboy
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of jeffaz02t
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Higravity
4.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 ;)

Photo of jwc215
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of EPICAC
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of supercolter
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of dgallina
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

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