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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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Photo of OatherS
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

OatherS, Apr 19, 2005
Photo of Toddv29424
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Toddv29424, Apr 09, 2005
Photo of mschofield
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

mschofield, Mar 23, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 21, 2005
Photo of WanderingFool
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

WanderingFool, Mar 13, 2005
Photo of santoslhalper
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

santoslhalper, Mar 04, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Sammy, Feb 08, 2005
Photo of BeerBuilder
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BeerBuilder, Jan 31, 2005
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Dukeofearl, Jan 14, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

goodbyeohio, Jan 07, 2005
Photo of aquatonex
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

aquatonex, Jan 04, 2005
Photo of stjarnflikka
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

stjarnflikka, Jan 01, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

neonbrown82, Dec 20, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

GCBrewingCo, Nov 13, 2004
Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Billolick, Oct 31, 2004
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

oberon, Oct 21, 2004
Photo of paterlodie
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

paterlodie, Oct 19, 2004
Photo of SeanChouffe
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

1st review
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.

SeanChouffe, Oct 19, 2004
Photo of HappyHourHero
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

HappyHourHero, Sep 20, 2004
Photo of marburg
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-yellow body and fluffy white head that slowly settles out to a thin film. I'm getting cantaloupe, phenolic cloves, and orange bubble gum with a bit of lemon zest. Peppery spice tingles the nose a bit. Slightly plastic flavor is sweet up front, herbal and clove-like in the middle, and surprisingly dry and bitter through the finish. Somewhat raw -- like eating bread with thick chunks of seed still in it. You know it's good for you, and you don't really mind it -- but it still jars you a bit. A solid, drier-than-some tripel.

marburg, Aug 27, 2004
Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

33 cl brown bottle with a white crown cap.
Poured a hazy gold color which had a very thick head that was fluffy and white, leaving behind nice lace. Aroma is very citrussy with a lemon scent and a flat chalky yeastiness. Taste has a nice hop bitterness up front which segues into a lemony hop flavor with sweet, light malt and a generous amount of alcohol. The body of this ale is nearly perfect as the carbonation has very little carbonic bite while the light moughtfeel lends smoothness and a dry finish. A nice Belgian Tripel though i have had better.

RenoZymurgist, Aug 12, 2004
Photo of danadeny
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one poured a huge frothy head with laced the glass until I was finished. The color is a brownish orange and smells yeasty like bread with a hint of orange peal. The flavor is spicy at first and a little orange is hidden in there. It feels very light on the tongue, with a watery finish. The alcohol is present throughout. Overall the flavors are subtle leading to a good mark for drinkability.

danadeny, Aug 03, 2004
Photo of putnam
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A tall, even, molten foam of off-white over yellowish tan liquid. Many flakes of yeast bob in silhouette within.
This is an easy, cream-flavored ale. The nose offers butterscotch, baked apple, banana, vanilla and milk while the palate displays whipped cream-like textures, roasted nuts, biscuity grain and more vanilla. Never does the alcohol seem evident and whatever hop component there is is strictly in the background for bitterness. Its closest competition would seem to be St. Bernardus Tripel, only that this is less vinous and wild tasting. Beautifully balanced and clean - this is clearly suitable for trappist beer initiates.

putnam, Jul 20, 2004
Photo of bigbeerdrinka
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pale cloudy amber with a light head about quarter inch thick. Recedes quickly with only a slight lace. Yeast sediment is very present in this beer.

Smell: Aromas of fruity esters, a little sugary wheat, and slight citrus. Also alcohol is present.

Taste: This beer hits with a fruity malt flavor that shows off some dark fruit. Afterwards this beer tones down with some nice citrus notes, some pepper, and slight biscuit. This beer finishes with a little banana, a nice little hop bitterness, warm alcohol, and a slight yeast bite.

Mouthfeel: This beer is super crisp, almost a little overdone. Personally I would like it to be just a hair less carbonated, but this beer is an explosion in the mouth.

Drinkability: At first the complex flavors made this a little hard to put down. But as I continued to try this one it really started to go down easy. For 8%, it was hardly noticeable.



Mouthfeel: This

bigbeerdrinka, Jul 16, 2004
Photo of scottum
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nicely nice blond amber with a large robust head. Tastes of sweet and a nose of fruit with a slight blend of spice just to round things out. Hops add some perfect balance. This is a wonderfully crafted brew which perhaps lies above my total beer grasp. Smooth to the mouth adds to the drinkability.

scottum, Jun 25, 2004
Trappist Achel 8° Blond from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
91 out of 100 based on 615 ratings.