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

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630 Ratings
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Ratings: 630
Reviews: 384
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.36%
Wants: 46
Gots: 49 | 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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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.

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.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of santoslhalper
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.32/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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.

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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

Trappist Achel 8° Blond from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
91 out of 100 based on 630 ratings.