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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

629 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 629
Reviews: 384
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.36%
Wants: 45
Gots: 40 | 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Photo of travolta
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance: Appricot, golden yellow. The head is frothy and white. Retention is decent, lacing is pretty good, with nice thick rings.

Nose: Nice... grapes. It smells sweet. Pineapple. There are a lot of fruits in this brew. Green apples. Other citric fruits.

Taste: Lightly bitter, which mixes with a sweetness. This is like a sweet and sour. Lightly carbonated, but crisp at the end. The aftertaste is pungent.

Notes: Very nice beer. It is sweet and a little bitter. I really enjoyed this beer. An awsome trappist drink!

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

The beer pours a hazy yellow with a little, quickly dissipating head. The head is pure white, the overall appearance is impressive. The nose is has a lemony smell with some definite hoppiness as well.

The taste is yeasty but has a lot of fruitiness in the body with a malt undercurrent throughout. There is a definite alcohol hit at the end. It feels very crisp and dry in the mouth.

I really like this and other than the higher alcohol content find it very drinkable although it was hard to find. Another excellent Trappist brew.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep golden slightly hazy sunshine hue nice creamy fine bubbled head leaves detailed Belgian lacing. Aroma: Candi sugar lnes layers of sweet pale malts nice fruity undertones some tropical notes with a kiss of hops. Taste: Nice fairly mild overall flavor, sweet candi sugar some fruity undertones and bubblegum with evident alcohol leaves me quite underwhelmed. Mouthfeel: Medium body fine effervescent carbonation, not bad. Drinkability: Nice but for a trappist ale and eight dollars for the bottle I want more, not only do I want more but I expect more.

Photo of bditty187
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pale yellow in hue with vague gold highlights, it looks ghostly, a rocky white of a finger in height lasted for a moment before dissipating to a soapy residue. The subsequent lacing was disorganized, pocked, but prevalent. The nose was rather lively with tart and funky, citrusy lemon grass upfront. Then a note of distant pepper, cloves, and a good amount of herbs can be found in the middle, the finish shows the alcohol and yeast. I like the potency but the aromas don’t really mix that well, each seemed a little too naked. I feared the palate would be harsh, it wasn’t, I mean, wow, this is like night and day! The palate is soft and well rounded; yes there is a raw alcohol burn at the end but the medley of apples, pears, citrus fruits, hay, grass, cloves, dates, earthiness, bready maltiness and yeast really propel the flavors in a tasty direction. It manages to be complex yet kind of straightforward, does that make sense? So what, it does to me. The taste is enjoyable but I don’t think this is an outstanding Triple. Medium in body with low and natural carbonation, kind of airy, I’d say the mouthfeel is quite agreeable. I found this to be plenty quaffable but I won’t go out of my way for more. It was costly for one thing. I bought my 11.2-ounce bottle in Iowa City. It is worth trying.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy, dull golden, and infected with a multitude of floating flecks, but topped with a beautiful, pristine, snow-white cap of luscious, lace-leaving foam.
Aroma: softly citric, slightly spicy, and light and airy and uplifting as sea-foam, feeling a bit like a witbier, almost.
Taste: sweetness itself, with just a dash of citric sour at the edges, but overall, fruity, peach, apricot, orange. Zesty, with sour citric character returning, but not dominating. Hops dance delicately, and malt is assuredly around to provide a plush pillow for the tastebuds. A really well-integrated brew, any initial harshness is soon mellow-fied, and ease of drinkability is ensured. Mild, all in all, for sure, but that's really what the style is all about. Very smooth, I could imagine downing this aplenty, if it weren't for the cost. Really, to smooth out financial matters, the only thing to do is actually become a monastic brother, and drink this stuff for free, aye, that's what I ought to do...

Photo of merlin48
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle that is past its prime, according to the label. Really didn't know what I had here until I poured it. A hazy, honey colour in the St Bernardus goblet. Chunks of yeast obscure any sight of bubbles. Leaves nice chains of Belgian lacing all over the goblet. Aroma is typical Belgian, with pink grapefruit and baked bread in the spotlight. Cloves and allspice also share top billing. Mouthfeel is thick, almost chewy, and is tart and bitter. Hops make more than a cameo appearance. Taste is complex, with biscuity yeast, sharp citrus, and bitter hops. Not what I was looking for in a Tripel. The yeast chunks settle to the bottom at room temperature, but the taste remains bitter. This is not one of the better Belgian ales I've had over the years. Maybe a fresher one would change my opinion.

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

Appearance: dark gold, two fingers of whipped-cream foam, great head retention, a bit hazy, some lace

Aroma: malty sweetness, sugar, bubblegum, touch of continental hops

Flavor: bready malt sweetness, mild hop flavor, slight tanginess, bubblegum fruitiness, finish is semi-dry w/ a very slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste, full round flavor

Mouthfeel: medium body, lots or carbonation, smooth alcohol warmth

Overall Impression: This is the first Achel product I've tried and I'm quite impressed. If the rest are as good (or better), then I might have a contender for my new favorite Trappist brewery here. Could it be that the youngest Trappist brewery is giving the old stalwarts a run for their money?

Photo of mickeymac
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.

Photo of Ardon
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.

Photo of BeerResearcher
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.

Photo of beergeek279
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!

Trappist Achel 8° Blond from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
91 out of 100 based on 629 ratings.