Trappist Achel 8° Blond - Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
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4.3/5 rDev +5.9%
Clear golden colour, generous rocky white head with thick lacing and good retention. Nice balance of aromas with lemony citrus, malty sweetness and light clove spice. Sweet flavour to start, along with cloves and fruit. Some doughy malt and a light bitterness. Great balance and complexity. Strong alcohol warming at the finish. Medium body with moderately high carbonation and a mousse-like texture. Great beer!
06-26-2005 18:59:39 | More by DrJay
3.78/5 rDev -6.9%
Pours a lightly hazy gold-orange color, it is topped by a frothy tan head. I get aromas of pineapple, apples and tangerines with follow on notes of caramel, a hint of butterscotch and a rich malty note. The aroma is quite nice a mix of tropical fruit notes and malt. The beer is dry and spicy up front with a finish that has hints of acidity and hop bitterness, as well as a slight alcohol burn. There is a peppery carbonic note here at the beginning that is quite nice and prickly, though this is certainly not highly carbonated, just nicely so. There are some fruity notes of pears, apples and a hint of tropical fruit, which is almost the reverse order and intensity that the notes are in the nose. The beer is also not quite as rich as the nose would suggest, it is quite light and easily quaffable, even for an 8% beer.
06-25-2005 03:47:06 | More by Gueuzedude
3.98/5 rDev -2%
Poured carefully into a belgian glass, this is a hazy orange color with a finger of head that fades pretty quickly and a few chunks of yeast that got into the glass. Smells like pears, cloves, yeast, and candied apples. Taste is better than the smell---spices, butterscotch, doughy malt, sweet fruit, citrus, slight alcohol, slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is dry and refreshing. Overall, this is a solid beer, but just doesn't have the complexity in flavor/aroma that other tripels have.
05-20-2005 22:46:22 | More by cubedbee
4.68/5 rDev +15.3%
Appearance - decanted with care into a Belgian glass, leaving a half ounce or so in the bottle. A light golden orange on the pour, the last few drops created some sedimentary rivulets in the glass like a lava lamp. A finger of white foamy head breaks down to a scant cover with dotted lacing.
Aroma - Belgian fruity sweetness (strawberries?), mixed with some heady alcohol vapors. Mild spices don't quite identify themselves, staying just out of reach. Great nose throughout, a joy to smell.
Taste - like candied yeast. Belgian candi sugars dominate the doughy, spicy flavors. A wonderful warm alcohol aftertaste blends the smells and taste together wonderfully.
Mouthfeel - bubbly, smooth, heavier than average, well done.
Drinkability - outstanding beer worthy of any self-respecting BA's palate at least once.
05-16-2005 17:03:24 | More by brewdlyhooked13
4.35/5 rDev +7.1%
Poured from an 11.2oz dated best before 7/06 into a chalice.
Hazy golden orange with a big white head that has great retention from the active carbonation. Leaves a nice sheet of foam inside the glass.
Smells of cloves and yeast with sweet malts underneath. Slightly fruity with some sugars as well.
Malts hit the tongue first followed by a quick tart note that fades into a lingering dry finish that's hoppy and has a hint of pepper. The alcohol barely registers, but it adds to the complexity.
I found the mouthfeel to be a bit light for the style, and the high price and abv hurt the drinkability, but this is a damn fine brew.
05-09-2005 04:19:44 | More by ypsifly
4.05/5 rDev -0.2%
Paid $7.42 at the Papago Brewing Company in early March.
Poured a golden orange with a heavy presence of yeast. A decent head was created leaving a dplotchy lacing. Nose is of fruity malts. Taste leans towards a hint of apple in the malts with a nice dry hopped finish. Mouthfeel is clean and refreshing, lively and full-very nice. Overall drinkabillity is good. The 8% ABV is well hidden in the taste of this brew. Probably overpaid for this beer but it was definitely tasty!
04-22-2005 01:26:37 | More by arizcards
3.35/5 rDev -17.5%
New labeled 33 cL bottle.
Appearance: Three finger head. Did not make it overwhelmingly difficult to pour as previous tripels I have tried. Somewhat of an amber tint to the classic gold color.
Smell: Not very strong. Difficult to discern.
Taste: A sharp feel to the palate. Some hoppy notes. Bitter as well.
Mouthfeel: Not quite as bubbly as other tripels. Still the classic carbonated feel to the mouth.
Drinkability: Not sure if this beer has bowled me over. Actually somewhat bland in comparison to other tripels.
04-19-2005 01:19:45 | More by OatherS
District of Columbia
3.88/5 rDev -4.4%
Pours a hazy golden-orange, turning translucent as the beer thins out. Smell is very sweet, mostly rich with a citrus smell. There is a cloudy haze which settles on the bottom of the glass once it is settled. The taste is surprisingly flat despite the extra large head that appeared when it was poured. Taste doesn't really come in till it is swallowed, when it turns into a sour citrus which resonates with too much alcohol.
04-09-2005 16:07:03 | More by Toddv29424
3.43/5 rDev -15.5%
Pours an opaquely cloudy orange amber, filled with floating particulates and topped with a two finger foamy off-white head, leaves rings of lacing with webs in between connecting them.
Sweaty, almost a lambic sour aroma, wheat and yeast, sour apple.
Sweeter taste than aroma, candy (taffy), lemon. Interesting switch between the taste and aroma, far less consistent than usually found.
03-23-2005 01:55:14 | More by mschofield
4.15/5 rDev +2.2%
Murky butternut squash with a yeast-cluttered, carbonation-filled body and a high quality cap of creamy, pearlescent foam that maintains a mesa-like surface as it descends. A wide band made up of interlocking curlicues of lace has formed on the upper reaches of the glass and is the capper on a wonderful look.
Blond smells at least as much like a BSPA as it does a tripel, but then my nasal knowledge of Belgian brews is still in its infancy. While it isn't as assertive or as deep as it might be, it's still a pleasant nose. Sweet, fruity and clove spicy, but not clove-dominant. There isn't a whole lot wrong here and there's quite a bit right.
Still going strong on the palate. The flavor comes on like gangbusters early in the mouthful as waves of fruity spiciness wash over the tongue. It can't maintain that initial rush throughout the mouthful however. This is definitely good beer, but I can't quite bring myself to consider it great beer.
Clove and white pepper are dominant, yet don't overwhelm the fermented peach and melon fruitiness that lie one layer down. The beer isn't as sweet as some tripels and dries out considerably on the clean, bracing back end. A lingering sweetness keeps it from being mouth puckeringly dry. I love beer that is a study in contrasts like this one is.
Achel 8 Blond fits somewhere between good and very good for me. I'd love to drink it side by side with a few other quality tripels to tease out the relevant differences and nail down my preferences regarding this style once and for all. In the final reckoning, I'll grant it 'just short of greatness' status. Rest assured, I'll be giving it plenty of chances to change my mind for the better.
03-21-2005 16:55:16 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.25/5 rDev +4.7%
Achel 8 Blond pours a hazy straw yellow color with a thin foamy white head filled with big bubbles on top. Some spots of lace remain on the glass as the foam subsides. The aroma is mainly yeast with notes of lemon and dry malt.
Each sip of this smooth, medium bodied beer is filled with flavor. The taste is a wonderful combination of lemon, orange rind, yeast, corriander and dry malt. It finishes somewhat sour.
Another great trappist ale. I wish I could find these beers more often.
03-13-2005 22:16:04 | More by WanderingFool
3.33/5 rDev -18%
Appearence: Pours a wonderful gold with a creamy, beige head that clings forever.
Smell: The smell is incredibly spicy, with fruity notes everywhere. The alcohol is very present, and mixes well with a good amount of hops.
Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste has a very odd spicy feel to it, with something I can't put a finger on. It's an odd flavor, and doesn't mix well. Gasoline? No, not quite, but close. The flavor is definitly bold though, and mouthfeel is decently creamy.
Drinkability and Overall: It has the potential, but doens't fulfill it. Not bad, but not a very good representation of what can come from a Trappist brwery, in my opinion. Still, a decent brew.
03-04-2005 05:42:51 | More by santoslhalper
3.33/5 rDev -18%
This was past due. I got it that way in the trade, but didn't have time to check the bottle. Not much in the way of taste. Inconsistent taste, carbonation, eggshells, yeast. Not quite skunked, but getting there. Salty. Blonde orange with initial overflow. Some sediment that was creamy.
02-08-2005 03:25:43 | More by Sammy
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
Pours to a golden orange color with a thick white head. The aroma is yeasty and peppery, with a doughy maltiness, and fruit at the end. It flavor is spicy and peppery, with a bready maltiness, and a yeasty twang. Easy drinking with a lighter mouthfeel. A nice beer.
01-31-2005 00:37:02 | More by BeerBuilder
4.2/5 rDev +3.4%
Pours a honey golden, with almost no head, somewhat murky with lots of floaty yeasties. Aroma- honey, sweet flowers, light caramels, maybe a slight citrus note. Flavor is a sharp bite not expected from the aroma, with a bit of alcohol. I keep saying that about tripels, I love them (my favorite style), but they keep surprising me that the flavor is different than the aroma. Doesn't stop me from loving them, though... Mouthfeel is creamy, sweet & flavorful.
01-14-2005 02:38:00 | More by Dukeofearl
3.88/5 rDev -4.4%
some people say this beer pours hazy, but i have never seen anything but a crystal clear orange pour with heavy carb and a fluffy retentive foam head
smells buttery and sweet, strongly of malt and recalls most belgian goldens on the market in the nose
taste is very rich, bringing out that smoothness with a butterscotch flavor in with the malt and faint citrus hints. the alcohol is a creeper and shows itself only in the aftertaste. been reviewing similar beers for the past couple days and it doesn't do much to stick out.
not a bad beer, by any means though... drinkable but expensive for something supposedly on par with westy that tastes like something more ordinary. the worst trappist is still pretty damn good.
i will have another, if someone buys it for me
01-07-2005 13:53:28 | More by goodbyeohio
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
Pours hazy, very pale gold with a rich head of 2 fingers. Good retention and excellent lacing. Smells are a bit toned down, but light accents of fruits (apples and bananas) with mildy yeasts in the nose. Fruitiness and yeasts mix well in the taste to create smooth and creamy textures. Also, packs a nice alcohol content. The alcohol taste mingles well with the rest so it isn't gross or out of place. A very good and enjoyable brew.
01-04-2005 14:48:30 | More by aquatonex
3.98/5 rDev -2%
Pours a clear and orangecoloured beer with a heavy carbonation and a thick, creamy foam.
Smell is fruity! Apples and citric traces bang into each other and there is malt, oranges, yeast and alcohol in there.
There is a dominating freshness to it though.
Taste is yeasty with strong malt and alcoholtraces. There is a sweet and bitter breadtaste in there and at the same time as its heavy and bitter its fruity and light. No mentionable bitterness in the aftertaste and its overall very compact with a candy like sweetness to it.
I like this brew, but thats probably because i like trappist beer. not as good as the brown brew of this though.
01-01-2005 16:18:20 | More by stjarnflikka
3.93/5 rDev -3.2%
The beer pours a cloudy gold color with an exceptional thick, white head (left a beautiful lacing on the glass as well). The smell was probably the least impressive of its traits. Almost smelled like a Coors Light. Everything else about this beer is wonderful, but at such a steep price tag, I wouldn't recommend more than a single sampler.
12-20-2004 04:31:59 | More by neonbrown82
4.4/5 rDev +8.4%
The beer poured golden with a chunky yeast sediment into the chalice. The head was white and long lasting to lace the glass.
The aroma was fruity with a sweet malty aroma in the background. The fruity aromas were light and fragrant, floral with a subtle spiciness.
The flavor was malty with a light carmel and fruity flavor. The fruits were bright with pineapple leading the way. The flavor was not overly sweet and was well balanced with crisp bittering and a creaminess.
The finish was even to dry wtih a crisp spiciness and light fruitiness lasting into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a well done creaminess from the carbonation. The alcohol in this beer was restrained and well done, only adding complexity.
33 cl bottle. 04 and '04 notches.
11-13-2004 00:26:24 | More by GCBrewingCo
4.05/5 rDev -0.2%
Tried a bottle of this tasty concoction at the Blind Tiger in NYC. Its a new one on their bottle list. Poured a typical Belgian shade of light golden, hazy/cloudy, with a puffy, silky white head, leaving some fine lacing. Nose was all nuts, yeast, fruity. taste is boldly tripel, all the way. Fruity, yeasty notes, pleasing on the tongue and quick to the cranium. Very soft and silky mouthfeel. Finishes dry with more fuit and some spice adding to the mix.
10-31-2004 20:39:57 | More by Billolick
4.1/5 rDev +1%
Poures a pale yellow with a a light orange tint with chunks and floaties abound (I poured to hard ) with a creamy head that leaves a light amount of lace,spicey aroma some cinnamon and apple going on with a light smokiness going on very appetizing.Taste is phenolic in its smokiness with a nice apple pie flavor spicey and some apple tartness not any alcohol burn like alot of tripels finishes smooth.A real drinkable ale for the style with alot of nice flavors not overly complex but very solid.
10-21-2004 22:32:58 | More by oberon
3.95/5 rDev -2.7%
Ejoying it last sunday at the monestary from tap and now again in from the botle in my trappist bokaal. Goot to great apearance; nice colour, foam and brightness and willing to go out( litle gushing that i noted earlier so I mad sure this time but its there). Pooring it in fast made no problem so the enjoyment could begin, nice nose with smooth& fine hops, litle fruit of the yeast and some alcoholdamps. Nice and dry tast with a just bitter enough aftertaste.
10-19-2004 18:44:45 | More by paterlodie
4.1/5 rDev +1%
A red/amber color with some light carbonation and an off-white head. The lacing is sticky and the head retention dwindles. The aroma is an interesting grassy/fruity/metallic combination with some bubblegum notes that is subtle, yet distinctive. Flavor is sweet and lightly malty with some well-balanced hops at the finish. Palate is medium bodied with some well-balanced effervescence and a dry finish. This is not the best of the Trappist ales, but it is an interesting interpretation of a tripel.
Pours a hazed yellow color with a white creamy head and light carbonation. The lace is sticky and clingy. The aroma is fruity, tart, bubblegum and a light aroma hop. Taste has a sweet start and a tart finish with a lingering dry peppery aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with no real representation of CO2.
IMHO: A very one-dimensional beer. The tart overwhelms the other more subtle features. I do not think that it is a good representation of a triple, but it is different. Has a nice warming effect as it goes down.
10-19-2004 03:16:46 | More by SeanChouffe
4.2/5 rDev +3.4%
Tiny thing film of a head is off-white in color. Fruity, appley aroma is joined by some mild spices. Hazy, apricot colored beer. Light apple flavor balanced by a creamy/yeasty maltiness, followed by a pinch of bitterness. Alcohol takes over towards the end leaving your stomach warm. Smooth carbonation makes for a nice mouthfeel. Easy to drink, solid beer.
09-20-2004 02:24:26 | More by HappyHourHero
Trappist Achel 8° Blond from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
91 out of 100 based on 596 ratings.