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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 Padron4KM
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle. Date stamp is 04/04. not sure if that is bottle date or BB date.

hazy golden with lots of yeast in the glass despite careful pouring.

Fruity aroma with peaches and apricots a hint of melon and yeast.

flavor is fruity, a little spice, some yeast and a slight bitter tingle. tasty.

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

33 cl bottle pours a murky dull orange with lots of floating particles, decent creamy off white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Caramel and cheese aromas, caramel candy,honey, toffee and chocolate flavors. Medium to full bodied with a soft and creamy mouthfeel, finishes dry.

Photo of Oxymoron
2.81/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a extremely cloudy off yellow color with hints of copper and honey. No foam to speak of when poured and thus no lacing.

The smell is bready and yeasty. Some light malt flavors and more noticeable candi aroma's than malt. Would have like a more distinct Belgian pale or pils malt aroma. Very yeasty even for a triple. Limited esters, I would like a bit more phenolics as well.

The taste is light and not as noticeable as the smell. Some Belgium pale malt and ample candi flavor do come out but limited. Some yeasty flavors but limited with the esters and phenols. Would like more of a the fruity and citrus flavors but really nothing is there. Disappointing. A light pepper note but very limited.

The body has a medium feel. Carbonation is non-existent. Overall this disappointing trappist beer.

Photo of HochFliegen
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear and vibrant dark orange, like a setting sun, with a thick and creamy white head. The head is quite even and always budding. The smell is most complex. A quick whiff and you detect a potent spiced scent. Hidden in there is the sweet malt and fruity esters so common to the Tripel.
The first taste was an explosion of light feeling sweetness on my tounge. A very powerful hop bitterness is present in the aftertaste. A slight taste of alcohol but not to noticeable very well hidden. A fine example of a Tripel.

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light honey-color with a Brobdignanian white head that retains so well it hardly has the chance to leave much lacing behind

Smell: Bready and yeasty with a range of light fruit elements (green apples and bananas) as well as a hint of clove

Taste: Malty and bready with a building spice flavor of anise, clove and golden raisins; some bitterness arrives at mid-palate; nice flavor burst after the swallow along with the impact of the warming alcohol

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation

Drinkability: Very interesting brew; well-balanced blend of sweet and bitter tastes

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

Managed to get this beer as part of a trappist six pack.

A = Poured a golden orange with a thick foam head.

S = Smelt of light fruits and candy sugar.

T = This beer is sweet. Candy sweet. There are hints of fruits and a light citrus flavour. But the candy sweetness is dominant.

M = Moderately carbonated to give the beer a light bubbly feel.

D = Drinkable just damn expensive.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.39/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Westvleteren chalice. Straight off, the appearance was awesome. Really thick creamy white head, sticking to the glass, just sitting there not losing any volume.

But unfortunately the rest of this beer can't live up to the first appearance and the long anticipation I've had at trying a new Trappist. The smell is faintly tripel, faintly Duvel. The taste is faintly the same. This beer is standing in the shadow of other great Belgian originals in my opinion.

No need to search this out. Just get Westmalle tripel, it'll save you money and effort. You'll have a much better beer.

Photo of WetCoaster
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, deep gold with a huge, fluffy white head. Great retention and monster lace layers deep on the glasswall. Gotta love it.

Smell: Soft. Sweet, spicy, fruity, but in a well-blended, gentle way. Tart orange and yeast are the most apparent.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is mildly carbonated, smooth and... uh... glassy, maybe? The taste is quite pleasant indeed. Sweet and yeasty up front, with white pepper and tangerine. Finishes tarty citrus with a nice lemon/lime and citus peel bite.

Drinkability: Three words: Too. Damn. Expensive. $9 for a 11.2 ounce bottle? Yipes. Otherwise, a nice trip, although Westmalle still reigns supreme in my book.

Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle bought from the bargain singles section at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Usually an indication of O-L-D beer, being in that section, but I figure it's worth a try, even with no date apparent on the bottle.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/2" bright white head over the nearly opaque golden brew, I know, seems like an impossibility, but there you go. Head lasts nicely, and the lacing is thin and delicate, yet ample at the same time. Aroma is spicy Belgian malts, with some sugar and alcohol present. Taste is an almost spiced wheat sweetness, with a touch of citrus at the outset. Mouthfeel puts it all together with smooth and creamy, and drinkability is also very nice. A great find.

Photo of kbub6f
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The head is thick, just off-white, still and bumpy it floats on the hazy, dirty, peach-gold body. The aroma is huge: sweet, alcoholic with yards of thick caramel. Alcohol up front when cool, with some sour fruit, cream and caramel. The middle is thick and foamy. Much caramel, some milk, some more sour fruit extends through the finish, where some great, big bubblegum makes a surprise appearance. Tangtacular aftertaste. Wow. Absolutely gargantuan flavors: sour fruit, sweet caramel, bubblegum finish. Dee L. Icious!

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

Best by 9-05 unless lost in translation.
Pours chill hazed gold in my 0.4 L rastal New Belgium sniffer and fills the top half with pearl white dense head slowly settling to a persistant and bead supported cap. The lace that seems to form legs on the sides of glass- probably not possible with only 8% ABV. Excellent appearance. Haze clearing with warming.

Aroma sweet, fruit and spice with reserved cloves. Phenolic and alcoholic aromas peak out a little at the start.

Flavors well blended with warming white pepper letting the peach and melon emerge. Full body and smooth velvet mouthfeel make great sipping. Initial sweetness is dried well by the finish with a little pepper and spice aftertaste.

Photo of GClarkage
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

08/12/05- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a bestby November 05 on the label. Have had it ageing for at least a year, so assuming it's a 2003 brew at the latest. Poured into my Maredsous tulip.

Appearance- Cloudy amber pour. Thick, creamy and chocolate mousse like head. Almost like a whipped cream. Excellent caking lace.

Smell- Lemon, plus other citrus and tropical fruit. Also rather hoppy.

Taste- Smooth fruit backed malt flavor. Hops are there and letting you know. Almost a cognac kinda taste. Alcohol comes through slightly. Quite delicious.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, slightly creamy and inviting. Perfect carbonation.

Drinkability- Ahhh, the trappist that gets no play. Well, believe it everyone, this brew is worth some praise.

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

330ml bottle, poured into a brugs challice

Pours with a cloudy yellowy body, thick white head, good retention

Smell, strong whiff of tropical fruit, some more fruity esters. A few phenols, some hint of spice

Taste, smooth and creamy fruity estery alcohol, some hint of yeast. Big crisp zesty mouthfeel

Another great tripel, very very good

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

Had this bottle at Spuyten Duyvil.

My sample, poured in a Rochefort glass, emerged with a massive, mouselike head. The beer was a deep orange/amber color, and appeared active with carbonation.

The aroma was nice - spicy, with fruity accents of plums, apricots, and currants. A little bit of clove and nutmeg too.

The taste was rather sweet, but had a perfect amount of flavor hops to balance it out. Rather full-bodied for a tripel, I thought this was a nice feature.

Very drinkable brew, although I found myself sipping it to enjoy it.

Photo of stcules
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber/orange color. Not so much foam, but quite beautiful and compact. And quite persistent.
The smell is yeast, and breadcrust. A lot. The alcohol is perceptible, but not so boring. But you can feel it well.
Then fruity, peach, pear, citrus fruit. Anyway, sweet.
The taste is fruity and malty. Somewhat less light and fresh than the smell. Yeast again, and a lot of citrousy (grape fruit?). Then peach.
The aftertaste is fruity again, with peach, and citrus fruits. And yeast again.
Some spices in the back, but light and not intrusive.

Re-review, 21/02/2009

Clean blonde color, with abundant foa, white and compact. Beautiful, with a very thin perlage.
In the smell malt with fruity notes: orange, tropical fruit, lychees.
Malty taste, and fruity, with a hint of warming alcohol, but not invading. Pleasant.
Adequate body.
Malty again in the aftertaste, with again tropical notes, and a light hop in the back.
Very drinkable.

Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on 22nd July 2005, in The Porterhouse, Dublin, Ireland.
Bottle as pictured on this site, does not say "tripel" anywhere on the label.

Poured into stemmed beerglass a nice hazy amber with a decent, but not overpowering head. Head lasted throughout the experience.

Nice but subtle smells rise from the brew inviting further investigation and promising things to come.

Taste improves as the brew was exposed to the elements. Very satisfying combination of taste and alcohol warming make this a very nice beer.

I was not disappointed with this beer, and yes I would have another.

Photo of DrJay
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.69/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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

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.

Photo of arizcards
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of OatherS
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Toddv29424
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of mschofield
3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.
Medium bodied.

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