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

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637 Ratings
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Ratings: 637
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.36%
Wants: 48
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
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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 cbl2
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of peabody
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of dblinkhorn
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ryantupy
4.79/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Hautacam
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Sigmund
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of jettjon
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of geexploitation
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Tupperwolf
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a chalice. It has a cloudy golden color with a nice head settling into a very thick lace. The aroma is yeasty, with notes of plums and grapes. There are some malty smells, but it's really subdued. The taste is very fruity from the yeast with notes of the pale malts, but the malt is definitely secondary to the yeast flavors. There is almost hop presence and some sourness along with the sweetness. The sourness is interesting, more typical of a lambic or biers from the Flanders area. It has a medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall, it’s very lively and enjoyable. However, I prefer the brune as the malt is a bit more interesting to me.

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

Pours a orange/red hazy hue, nice thick billowy head that falls into taverns on top. Lots of belgian lacings up sides. Aroma is belgian yeast, ripe fruit of pears and bananas, and light lemon and grain. Low alcohol in nose. Belgian yeast flavor right off the bat. Wheaty mustiness. As aroma suggested, lols of ripe fruit of pears and plum. Citrus hops blended into sour grain undertones. Not very biting, but mellow as the frut flavors fill the palate. Nice med-high amount of carbonation, medium body, and finishes dry. Nice example of style... really like the pears.

Photo of Drew966
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Achel Blond pours a beautiful golden color with a thick fluffy white head (way more foam than I wanted, and it was a slow pour - by my standards) from a brown 33 cl bottle. The aroma is estery, it smells much like I expect a tripel to taste. Tastes like a tripel should as well, although I'm somewhat at a loss to describe the flavors. Very tasty beer. Recommended.

Photo of CreamAle128
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This triple looks kind orange/red, more on the orange side. Excellent head retention, very very similar to a Duvel.

Smell: Nice, mellow soft aroma of belgian yeast, little bit of herbal, ripe fruit. Also a little bit of lemon, and very faint alcocol. Finally there is just a hint of honey! All in all, a very nice, and complex aroma, I just wish i could distinguish more of it.

Taste: Sweet malt upfront right after a quick shot of yeast, not too weak nor too strong, just nice and mellow. Then quickly after comes a bit of lemon. Tart like soon after. Right towards the end comes the hop finish, not sharp, but a mellow rounded hop bitterness. At the absolute end there is a bit of drying, and the malt sweetness comes again. Perfect yeast character. It reminds me of my first Belgian I ever had, which was a Hoegaarden White.

Mouthfeel: This is where this beer really shines! It is thick, but at the same time it is very fluffy, something compared to a unibroue 10 and 11. When swished around in the mouth, it is like velvet. Extremely soft, and leaves a slight coating in the mouth every so slightly. Not heavy by any means.

Drinkability: This will be short and sweet. This can be chugged no problem.

I highly recomend this Triple!

Photo of IronDjinn
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A massive deluge of foam exits the bottle, as if were waiting its entire life to make that great leap and escape. Even on a tight angled pour I can only fill the chalice a third full with actual ale at first. White gossamer sponge caps it off to the lip of the glass, which eventually turns creamy in the centre and starts to get chunky as it recedes. Another attempt at a pour only yeilds me an extra inch of beer, and raises the crater that was forming in the middle of the head into a large dormant volcano of foam. It's that aggressively carbonated, clear apricot hued tasty magma below it that I'm itching to tap into. It takes me 4 seperate pours to empty this 330 ml Euro bottle into my chalice. Huh, I suppose I can start by saying this stuff has pretty amazing head retention, and by my last emptying pour that dormant crater on the head resembles more of a hoodoo now, running the spectrum of geological wonders.

Spicy and yeasty nose up front, white pepper and grain, some fruit sweetness buried beneath. Tough at first to get a good smell, as I'm trying not to settle my nose into the eroded raised landscape that the head has still left.

Mellow flavour for the alcohol content, it starts refined, but by the aftertaste you notice a bit of a subterrainean alcohol burn. Sweet honey and clover greens up front, very sweet malt bill that lingers through a long middle portion. It's only towards the finish that some mild spice appears along with the hops, which resemble a spring mix salad, a little herbally and astringent, but mild all the same. Everything about this blonde ale seems refined and not over done.

A light mouthfeel for the abv%, but it's velvety smooth and carries enough density that it can't be accused of being watery or too thin. Even the texture and weight of the mouthfeel seems refined.

In the end this is a pretty fine Trappist blonde, well crafted and not overwhelming or over-bearing. I'll be picking up more to sip in the evenings now that the days are growing longer. An ideal ale to help herald in twilight with. Only one at a time for me though, the alcohol content is deceptive in regards to the flavour and mouthfeel. And the side of my chalice, now that this is all over and done with, is caked by a good even layer of sticky lacing.

Photo of Absumaster
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is pours a nice orangy colour with a lot of fierce carbonation and some yeast flakes. The heavy carbonation keeps the head very stable, it even seems to grow 2 inches above the glass.
The smell is really excellent, ripe bananas, hoppy and resinous, some solvent, so quite complex and fruity.
Taste was somewhat sweet, bitter and fruity, the amount of carbonation make the beer very refreshing. The typical Belgian funkiness is very much present and appears to be very similar to the Westmalle yeast strain, the only difference with a WM is the lower amount of bitterness and this one is less dry, but nevertheless a very good beer! Worth a try!

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

I poured this into one tulip, and only got through half of the glass. While pouring, despite a slow pour, an immense head formed. I ended up splitting this into two glasses. One has the yeast swirled in, the other, I am waiting for the head to settle.

In the end both glasses have a very large head on them. Too large I'd say, I wonder if I shook the glass somehow before opening it. The first glass is clear peach colour and the second is a very hazy dull orange. The head is ivory and thick as shaving foam on both.

The smell on these ones is lacking, A bit of soap or shampoo with a faint tartness underlying it. The yeast sweetens this a bunch, and changes soapy to sweet and flowery.

The taste is mostly sweet, though hops form a dry tart finish. I find a lot of melon and citrus fruit sweetness to the glass without the yeast. The yeast doesn't change the profile of the flavour much, but does make it more robust. I like it better with the yeast in, and my score reflects that glass.

The beer has some body, but I find it feels a touch flat, as though the mega head draned the carbonation far too quickly.

Not bad, but this one won't have me updating my list of favorite tripels. I like it better with the yeast in, and my score reflects that glass.

Photo of Orrshow
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pours a hazy deep peach color with lots of frothy head that made weird formations at the top of the glass. Nice.

Smell – Smells of yeast, citrus, and spice. There is a touch of sweetness to it as well. I don’t know why but I smell something resembling rubber in there too?!? Nothing that I smell is that strong anyways. Not overly impressive but not terrible.

Taste – Taste is much nicer than the smell. This beer has a decent spiciness to it with hints of honey. Classic belgian yeast is there as expected as well. It finishes hopped with a slight tart and dry feeling. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel – High carbonation as this style should be with a good body. No complaints.

Drinkability – Very good. Nice flavors all around while masking its 8% ABV well.

A good tripel. I will revisit this one from time to time.

Photo of Crosling
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Minty and hoppy aroma, as peaches, orange, pineapple and freshly cut tangeri ne, doughy malts and yeast lollop out of the pale orange body and well densed white head. Nice yeast character, particularly in the flavor, with soft fruits and floral hop flavors. Creamy texture. Great Belgian feel.

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

Another well done abbey beer. Mine had very little head, and the head that was there was very fizzy, almost like soda. It has now almost disappated and forms a thin, fractured island that drifts around the glass. Colouring is opaque orange. Bits of yeast sediment are suspended in the glass and seem to be falling slowly amongst the rising bubbles. (I'm a little sad most of my sediment is stuck in the bottle because I didn't swirl it around)

Scent is candy sugar, spice and malts. Very pleasing to the nose.

I find the taste of this enjoyable, if not a bit one dimensional. The traditional Belgian trappist flavours are here, but they come of as thin and flat compared to a Rochefort 8. A bit more spiciness is detectable.

This is also seems to be a bit too carbonated; maybe aging it a bit would have helped (although my bottle is dated October 2004).

Regardless, this is a nicely done Trappist tripel and is definitely worth buying again.

Photo of bennetj17
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Semi cloudy gold/orange color. Massive head over one-inch that remains for several minutes and never really disappears completely throughout the experience. Spiced fruit aroma, with notes of apple, citrus, cinnamon, and Belgian yeast. The taste is strong on fruity malt flavors, much like the aroma. Mild spice again present, alcohol does not seem very strong. Loads of carbonation, medium thickness with a decent smoothness. I very much enjoyed this trappist ale, not amazingly unique, but done well...

Photo of bodybyadam
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this Achel. I had this one at a trappist tasting, which gave me a chance to sample its similar counterparts. The ale was a golden blond in color with some small sediments swirling, which I don't mind and even enjoy the "extra" taste. A thin layer of a head, just enough to not see the golden ale from atop. The fruity nose is pleasant, then the touch of sweetness on my palette has a resemblance of mixed pear. The roll to the back of my mouth brings out the mild bitterness, just enough to a balanced bitter finish.


Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: Dark golden or light orange hazy with nice fluffy head. Lacing is present and accounted for.
s: Very strong sent of pairs.
t: Sweet but metalic, finsihes with some bitterness. Does not live up to smell.
m: Nice creamy and fizzy mouthfeel.
d: This isn't a great beer, but enjoyable.

Photo of doctorjoeyboey
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is a golden orange with an extreme head. The taste is pleasantly light on the alcohol undertone and is grainy. After pouring in the large clumps of yeast, the taste was improved and the drink took on a more full body. The taste was also improved as the beer warmed but it didn't really become any more complex. This is a good beer but the taste isn't as unique as some other Trappist beers.

Trappist Achel 8° Blond from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
91 out of 100 based on 637 ratings.