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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

583 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 583
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 39
Gots: 28 | 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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mickeymac

California

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the classic 11.2 oz Belgian bottle, it's gold with a foamy white head that leaves swirling traces on top of the beer. Even with a careful pour, prodigious chunks of yeast are left floating around. The smell is candy sugar, spice, notes of crisp fruit, and a pleasant alcohol aroma. The taste is everything a tripel should be, with a nice dose of yeast rounding things out. Thanks to the gents at the monastary.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2003 05:12:56 | More by mickeymac
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Ardon

Ontario (Canada)

4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Beautiful yellow/orange. Pillowy head. Hazy.

Smell: The nose is completely sweet banana.

Taste: The taste has confirmed my feelings about the appearance. Taste like a richer more flavourful hefeweizen. Clove, banana, yeast flavours all the way through.

Mouthfeel: Fantastic, once again very hefeweizen like with just a little more burn from the higher alcohol.

Drinkability: Dangerously drinkable. Has the drinkability of a hefeweizen but with a higher alcohol level. Therefore, dangerously drinkable...

Notes: Fantastic. This beer is a dream come true for me. Has all the characteristics of a good hefeweizen but with the complexity of a tripel. Unbelievable.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2003 21:57:41 | More by Ardon
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a cloudy honey caramel color with little bits of yeasty goodness float about. A big white fades slowly leaving a good amount of lace in its wake. A damp earthy smell and aroma of yeast and hops lasts fairly long. The malt is a bit bread doughy. A wide variety of flavors emerge. Sweet sugar, yeast, coriander, orange zest, caramel and alcohol are all quite separate and distinct. The overall effect reminds me of a mixed drink, named Perfect John (2 fl oz Vodka, 1 fl oz Triple Sec Curacao and 4 fl oz Orange Juice). This is a highly underrated Triple...IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2003 04:12:59 | More by BeerResearcher
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

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

Served in the 11.2 oz. bottle. The color is a hazy golden , with wispy white head. The smell is a nice floral and yeast one. The taste is fairly dry for a tripel...the floral hints don't overwhelm the yeast/malt base of the beer, and the alcohol is noticable, but not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is very nice and smooth and just perfectly carbed. As for drinkability, I could have several of these.

Opened this one to celebrate the finish of a semester-long project. Not a bad tripel...not up there amongst the best yet, though. Then again, Westmalle has been making tripels for 100 years, while Achel hasn't for even 5, so I'm sure they can improve the recipe and make this a true classic. I'd probably have this one again!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2003 16:22:55 | More by beergeek279
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Bighuge

Minnesota

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

Hazy golden appearance. Slight, but frothy and dense, white head lays on top. Lacing is full and in sheets. Soft malt tones blend with some great yeasty bready tones and fruity esters to create a very nice smelling experience. Onto the taste. The flavors are quite delicate. And there's barely a trace of alcohol in the flavor. Breadcake. Yeast. Dough. Pepper. All blend quite nicely. The mouthfeel is very attractive. Smooth and velvety. Easy drinking. I could view this as a session beer. It's that easy to drink. The only problem is that a session of 14 of these would cost me close to $100. No thanks. Good beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2003 05:43:27 | More by Bighuge
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86MonteSS

Connecticut

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

Poured with a tall, thick head and a hazy golden body. Lots of carbonation to be seen and plenty of yeast floaters. The smell had a lot of substance to it, with a buttered popcorn aroma prevailing. The taste was also very substantial, and I'll be damned if I didn't taste a little broccoli. Not nasty, TV dinner broccoli though... more like mamma's home cooked broccoli smothered in cheese sauce. Ok, the cheese sauce part I made up, but it's still one of the more flavorful tripel's I've had.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2003 05:10:20 | More by 86MonteSS
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moulefrite

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light hazy golden-numerous chunks-attractive lace that leaves a delicate and rather elegant stick pattern. Aromas are very appealing! Light lemony citrus followed by creamy peach like sweetness, and a big hint of the malt-o-meal to come.And, boy is this a delicious malty beer! I've found a malt that my taste buds adore! Exceptional crispness helps balance this brew out. Served with baked cod-crabmeat stuffing-baked the cod surrounded by yukon gold potato wedges, and covered with a Mornay sauce. Man the malty flavors of the beer, and the complex tastes of the seafood continue on in a long glorious finish!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2003 02:16:09 | More by moulefrite
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Naerhu

Japan

3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

opaque ellow body and wispy small white head.
spicy banana aroma.
spicy wheat flavor.
creamy mouth feel
its "just a belgian"

What is wrong with the brewer and the importers of this beer? This is not identified as either blond or brune on the bottle, anywhere. The goal is to put your drinkers in a bad mood before they pour a glass?

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2003 14:32:30 | More by Naerhu
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ADR

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dull gold appearance, good but not spectacular bottle-conditioned head but dense and clinging Brussels lace. Deeply yeasty aroma, green apples and a spritz of fresh lemonade. Nice body and malt sense, closest to fruit-infused carrot cake that dries to a slightly medicinal finish. A bit of an alcoholic sense, but the best part is the well-bittered finish. A good beer, but I was looking for more in the surprise department, this Tripel also grows a bit too sweet as it approaches room temperature.

Source: Liquid Solutions

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2003 17:50:41 | More by ADR
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I think I'm starting to like this Belgian stuff, as this beer impressed me with its strong malty flavors. The couldy golden body had a nice thin head and laced well. The overall nose screamed malts and offered little in the way of alternatives except perhaps for a bit bready yeasts and some hint of citrus hops. Thickly bodied, but not quite over the top, it could get there on any brew run. As with many goods foods and drinks, the body can only handle so much of a good thing, i.e., I'd like to drink more but can't.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2003 17:58:31 | More by AtLagerHeads
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Jon

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden hue with a frothy white head. Retention is excellent and lacing is impressive, permeating the chalice glass with firm rings. Nose is fresh with notes of pear, kiwi, earthy hops, crisp malt and a hint of alcohol. Flavors include herbal, mildly bitter hops, passion fruit, apple, yeast and mild rushes of alcohol and sugar on the finish. Complex, but by all means drinkable. Smooth, full-bodied, and relatively creamy mouthfeel works well. The alcohol content does show itself a bit too much for this to be considered overly quaffable. A quality Trappist ale, to be certain, serve this at cellar temperature to discover the abundant flavors lurking within.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2003 16:56:24 | More by Jon
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Cloudy yellow with a decent head that went down slow but did not lace the glass well.

Smell – Good malt and fruit aroma with a tinge of alcohol and some coriander along with other spices.

Taste – The traditional malts actually feel a bit balanced with hops. The fruit at the nose was not prominent at the taste. The sweetness at the end was complimeneted with coriander and something else (maybe cinnamon).

Mouthfeel – Well carbonated with a smooth feel on the tongue. IMHO, this is its strong suit.

Drinkability – I thought the hops were too prevalent for the style, but this is an all around nice beer to drink

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2003 00:59:28 | More by RoyalT
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Jarod

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dated 2001
Serving size: 33 cl

Poured a pale yellow gold haze color. Started off with a full sticky foam that was white in color, but fell shortly after to a small film on the top. Some lace was present and had a sticky quality to it. Sediment was noticeable all through the glass and in the bottle. Mental note: pour carefully. The aromas that came from the glass were of spicy yeast, bread, citrus, sweet malt, bananas coriander and cloves. Fairly sweet in the nose and it was soft in nature. As for taste, I experienced flavors of sweet malt, honey, spices (cloves), yeast, fruits (banana, citrus), bread, slight bitter hop and a small hint of alcohol. It finished on the dry side. Nice blend of spicy/sweet and dry flavors. Body was on the creamy medium side. This beer had characteristics of complexity, when it came to its combination of flavors and the balance they took on, and it is very easy to drink as well, considering the alcohol level of 8%. I rather enjoyed it, and would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2003 17:57:05 | More by Jarod
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When pourred into glass the head quickly dissipate but reveal a beautiful cloudy golden ale. Smells of hopps and yeast emerge from this beer with a very sweet finish. Very fine trappist beer. Hides very well the strong alcohol taste. Can go wrong with this brew

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2003 15:10:27 | More by Phyl21ca
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hotstuff

Indiana

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

There was a medium white creamy head with fine-medium bubbles when this brew was poured into my glass. The body was a cloudy gold color. The lacing was excellent on the sides of my glass. There was carbonation observed with this brew. The aroma was citrusy and spicy. There was no aftertaste with this brew and the taste was relatively smooth.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2003 05:35:46 | More by hotstuff
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jcalabre

California

3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 15 September 2002. Achel 8 is a clear, yellow-gold ale, with a large frothy head & lots of champagne-like bubbles. It has a slighty fruitness w/ an overall well balanced flavor. Very nice, but not one of the world class Belgians.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2003 20:18:45 | More by jcalabre
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TheDM

Indiana

3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a large head of fine to medium sized white bubbles and a very carbonated cloudy blonde body. It has a mild but very plesent aroma of malt, hop and floral scents. Its palate is smooth but fizzy at first then settles. Its flavor is mild with slightly complex flowery notes mixed with yeast and bread.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2003 15:46:44 | More by TheDM
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beerguy101

California

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

Light gold color. Smallish head. Aroma is floral and honey. A nice Belgian Blonde. Typical Belgian flavors, yeasty, spicy and fruity. Yeast and malty. Very complex flavor. Light and refreshing. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2003 21:49:48 | More by beerguy101
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clvand0

Kentucky

2.5/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a very bright, but cloudy yellow with lots and lots of floaties hovering about. It has a very sweet aroma hinting of fruits. The taste is very full and reminds me of a weiss beer. I really didn't enjoy the taste much because the wheaty flavor is not something that I have ever grown accustomed to. I couldn't drink very much of this just because I really don't like the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2003 20:35:31 | More by clvand0
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francisweizen

Alaska

4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Holy Moly! This is some good stuff! This beer is the last trappist beer that I needed to review, as I have already reviewed all of the other ones. I have to say that the Achel brewery probably ranks third on my list of Trappist breweries, and with good reason. This beer poured a very unique bright blonde colour with a very dense, rich, white head. The aromas were of honey, coriander, spices, yeast and malts. The taste was more of the same. A lot of honey flavor as well as some nice spicy, yeast flavor notes. The mouthfeel was very velvetty and smooth and the drinkability was good as well, despite this beers 8% ABV.
Cheers!
-F

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2003 11:33:17 | More by francisweizen
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ipogios

Cyprus

3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a BLONDE colour like NO other beer topped by a large head that settled rather easily. Aroma reminded me of tropical destinations. Taste consists of tropical fruits and spicy hints. Mouthfeel was quite impressive. The only bad thing as far as i'm concerned about this beer is the drinkability. I wouldn't drink another one.

A thank you goes to MJR for sending me this beer and giving me the opportunity to try it...

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2003 03:26:43 | More by ipogios
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

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

I tasted this against other trappist beers and Duvel and I must
say that it suffered from being up against world class ales.
The citrus nose and the pale gold colour make it suggest Westmalle but I found the finish almost sweet and the body less
complex than Westmalle. Don't get me wrong this is a very good
beer but its playing with the big boys from Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2003 13:18:39 | More by canucklehead
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

33 cl brown bottle with drink before date on the side label.

Appearance: Thin but sticky white lace, hazed yellowish golden hue yields a dull glow in the light.

Smell: Phenolic and herbal resins, a lemony hop and chalky yeast make up the soft aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Medium body with a crisp smoothness that digs in deep. Dry pale malt character throws down a floury flavour and combines with the chalky yeast. Big phenolic flavour bursts at the same time as the alcohol shows it juicy and fruity side with warming esters and mild solvent flavours abound. More chalky yeast and bitty pale malt husk in the end.

Notes: This reminds me of Westmalle Tripel in a way though I much more prefer Westmalle, this is a good tripel but I am just not as impressed.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2003 20:11:17 | More by Jason
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MJR

Missouri

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

Best before date of 03/2004.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale golden color that's a shade or two darker than Duvel. It's head starts out a half an inch and shrinks down to a tiny cap with islands here and there. Laces my glass decently. There was a lot of sediment, fairly large chunks for that matter, in the bottle and I did my best to keep them in the last inch of the bottle, for once...

Smell: The aroma's both sweet and spicy with notes of banana, clove, yeast, and a slight phenolic character. Even the nose is complex on this one!

Taste: I wasn't sure what to expect with this one, but I'm glad I took a chance! This one's extremely full-flavored with tons of spicy fruit, bready yeast, banana, and clove. Adding the yeast at the bottom of the bottle expands this brew's complexity, and makes it even more juicy and delicious! The alcohol is barely even noticed, and makes itself known only towards the end. I've never drank such a strong beer so quickly before! What a kick-ass brew!

Mouthfeel: Starts dry and crisp, then appears to turn creamy, but it's only the complexity fooling you. Finishes spicy with a slighty tart feel...another sip please!

Drinkability: Scary... I went through this one really quickly. If I could get this stuff in six-packs at a good price, it would be downright dangerous! Not one of the best trappists, but still quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2003 20:48:25 | More by MJR
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

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

I sampled this at a beer tasting event from a 750 mL bottle. It poured to give a hazy, straw colored beer with little foam. The smell was fruity (banana and pear) and malty. The taste was light and fruity (grapes) with a moderate amount of malt flavor. The mouthfeel was clean and crisp. The drinkability was very good. This ale was very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2003 19:32:42 | More by UncleJimbo
Trappist Achel 8° Blond from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
91 out of 100 based on 583 ratings.