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

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732 Ratings
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Ratings: 732
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 66
Gots: 73 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: zerk on 01-14-2003

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thebeertree
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jwale73
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle served in a tulip. 20/08/11 printed on the back label. Pours a mahogany hue with a slightly murky clarity and a dense, three inch, cream-colored head that eventually settles into a rocky, half inch cap leaving delicate, textured spatters of lacing in its wake. Nose expresses raisins, figs, prunes and yeast. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's a definite candied fruit quality added to the mix. Also, as the beer warms, some tannic notes are revealed as well as a cold-brewed tea character at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to light) with a mild, even carbonation. Overall, this may be my favorite dubbel. Great complexity and flavor and I almost get a cotton candy character in the flavor profile. Truly top notch.

Photo of FriarMickOnThePlateau
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

At 8% ABV, this is a Belgian Dark Strong, not a Dubbel.

Belgian Dark Strong Ales are dark, very rich, and complex. Most versions are unique in character reflecting characteristics of individual breweries. Authentic Trappist versions tend to be drier than Abbey versions, which can be rather sweet and full-bodied.

Although Achel is authentic Trappist, it drinks more like an Abby. It has a rich chocolate/munich malt character and aromas with a lingering sweetness. Very smooth tasting with a medium-heavy mouthfeel throughout.

I bought an 11.2oz bottle at Red Spirits & Wine AND BEER! on January 19, 2015. The date on the bottle was July 16, 2014, making it 6 months old.

I can't fault this beer to style. I tend to like my Belgian Strongs a bit drier, but this was very easy to drink and enjoyable. Worth a try!

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4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IPA1978
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ZEB89
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.57/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a huge two finger head with great retention, after 10 or 15 minutes, this head was still sticking around! The beer is a muddy brown color, fairly opaque and not possible to see through. The nose is hard to discern, very subtle, but I do get candied fruit and some very dark, very sweet malt. The beer is not nearly as sweet tasting as the nose would suggest, it is very malty, and a lovely thick mouthfeel. The taste starts off with lots of sweet and dark sugars, gets a bit sweeter, and then finises with a fairly nice malt body.

I have to be honest, I do not particularly like this beer. It is a decent representation of the style, but far from something I would buy again, especially at the price this beer goes for (about $6 a bottle).

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4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PVMT
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of AndyCowles75
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of MaSaiani
3/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of beergoot
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle label data: 05/11/15 (best-by date?) 05KM 13 10 (?)

The body appears hazy with a orange and brown hue; head is thick. Sweet malt aroma with a touch of musty, over-ripe fruit scents. Tart and phenolic edge to an otherwise slightly heavy malt sweetness; some alcohol burn; mildly bitter. Heavy body with a lively carbonation.

The bottle gushed when opened (it wasn't shaken or disturbed prior to opening), but got most of the bottle poured into the glass. The overall lasting impression was of the boozy burn and phenolic character. Some decent caramel malt flavor and feel were evident, along with a ripe fruit tone, but ultimately the beer seemed a bit out of balance and thin in the depth department. Not bad but hardly stunning.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of JackieKu
4.61/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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Trappist Achel 8° Bruin from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
92 out of 100 based on 732 ratings.