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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

662 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 662
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 54
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: zerk on 01-14-2003)
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DougT

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured slowly into a Rochefort chalice.

Clear mahogany brown with a 1 finger tan head. Dissipates quickly leaving a light lace. Readily bubbles on the Rochefort R nucleation point producing a light foam across the top.

Yeasty smell of dark bread, some dark fruit notes, prunes/plumb, raisins, apricots. Yeast takes top honers, fruit a bit light.

Taste has some hops, not much sweat, some yeast, some dark grains. I get a lot of a non-carmel dark grain like black patent or roasted barley which produces a bitter that isn't a hops bitter. Too big a part of the flavor profile for me. Flavor gets better as the glass warms.

Nice and fizzy, medium body, coats the tongue and inside of the mouth, the flavor last because of it.

Overall not too bad, I'm glad I tried it. The flavor is a bit has a bit too much dark grain bitterness, but otherwise a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 03:29:11 | More by DougT
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coffeecubb

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

08-01-2014 00:16:46 | More by coffeecubb
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.4%

07-25-2014 22:10:11 | More by tbeckett
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Belgium

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

07-21-2014 21:05:36 | More by benlhoest
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

07-20-2014 13:02:32 | More by SebD
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SamuelT

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

07-19-2014 06:21:35 | More by SamuelT
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California

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

07-18-2014 18:11:20 | More by boudeysbigbrew
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c-rum

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

07-11-2014 12:38:34 | More by c-rum
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured with a solid finger and a half of head that retained masterfully, lacing is decent but not extreme and is the only thing keeping this one from a perfect score here. The body is a heavy brown that shows ample signs of carbonation, but not so opaque that you can't see the solid head being showcased.

Smell: I've noticed that figs seem to be a common theme with Dubbels, but thankfully this one does let them steal the show here. Rich, nutty, toffee malt dominates the nose as brown sugar, figs, plums with a hints of pear, cinnamon and the barest touch of charred wood make this one to remember. Warming helped it out a bit but not much, but that's fine as it's solid none the less.

Taste: Starts with that sweet toffee malt that's presently restrained by nutty almond and walnut tastes and the barest notes of spice. From there a mix of floral and earthy hops, a woodsy note and that odd fig takes over but comes across as presently subdued, as none of them seem capable of taking the spotlight.

Mouthfeel: Although the beer seems to transition too quickly, the fruity dry aftertaste of pear, raisin and sweet malt with the barest nutty hints leave me impressed, as does the ample carbonation that helps out the entire beer but not excessively so.

Drinkability: Ironically though, the carbonation is this beer's downfall as the high carbonation leaves this one a bit gassy. The dryness could be toned down a bit too, but the surreal smoothness and the masterful concealment of the high alcohol content certainly is more then enough to bring it into the positive category.

Final Thoughts: This one is probably my new Trappist beer king, and I think it gave my top picks a run for their money. For some reason I can see this going well wish fish, but realistically, this beer is awesome regardless. Even in the sweltering heat, nor the coldest winter night would not turn this down. Thumbs way up.

Edit: You can remove the probably, this beer is my highest ranked Trappist beer so far and my highest ranked Dubbel at this time. Hopefully that convinces you to try this one for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2014 02:00:36 | More by TheHammer
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Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

07-07-2014 03:50:23 | More by KAF
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josvemden

Belgium

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

07-05-2014 20:53:55 | More by josvemden
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poskok

Croatia (Hrvatska)

4/5  rDev -3.4%

07-02-2014 21:54:47 | More by poskok
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China

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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Italy

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; best before 05/11/15. Served slightly chilled, poured into a wine glass.

Pours a ruddy ruby-brown colour, opaque with sediment and topped with one finger of pillowy, pale beige-coloured head. Great retention; this creamy 1/2 inch cap remains in place for much of the drink, depositing lacing as it evaporates at a seemingly infinitesimal rate. The aroma is fruity and malty, with notes of raisin, toasted bread and yeast coming through loud and clear, alongside some cherry, toffee and light boozy notes. Roughly what I expect from this style, but a little subdued.

This is a rich-tasting, highly enticing dubbel. Caramelized sugar and bready malts are the first flavours I detect, with fruity notes of raisin, red apple, fig and ripe banana following soon after. The hops come off as a bit earthy, with some peppery spiciness from the yeast providing a nice interplay at the finish. Dry aftertaste, with a quickly-fading boozy raisin note providing only the slightest bit of heat. Medium in body, perhaps pushing the upper limit of that category, with somewhat assertive carbonation that prickles the tongue. A wonderful sipper that goes down very smoothly.

Final Grade: 4.31, a superb A grade. While dubbels are probably my least favourite of the various trappist styles, Achel 8° Bruin is one example that I am finding very easy to enjoy. Well-balanced, with barely a peep from the alcohol content; this is the sort of brew that comes highly recommended to any and all Belgian beer enthusiasts. Is it the finest trappist beer in the world? Probably not, but that doesn't mean I won't be seeking out more of this at some point - hopefully to cellar.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2014 16:56:27 | More by thehyperduck
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sephyrott

Spain

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-18-2014 09:42:27 | More by sephyrott
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Kikat2680

Texas

5/5  rDev +20.8%

06-18-2014 04:07:14 | More by Kikat2680
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

06-17-2014 11:52:25 | More by djrn2
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psm90

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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West Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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TippedMixology

New York

3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

If you're interested in a Trappist beer, (the history and the exclusiveness) this is probably one of the best I've had. That being said, I'd personally pick another beer if given the choice.

Appearance - Heavy head. Cloudy, amber-red caramel coloring--pretty interesting. Probably the most interesting thing about the beer.

Smell - Malty and grainy. A hint of smoke.

Taste - Pretty normal. Malty on the uptake with a sweetness through the middle and a lingering, slightly interesting bitter note at the end--wouldn't say it's a hoppy quality, just bitter... almost like something was toasted a little too long, but not bad.

Mouthfeel - Nothing interesting to report here. Good carb, refreshing.

Overall, pretty decent, nothing special. Would have it again if I come across it.

- Adam from Tipped Mixology

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2014 00:45:19 | More by TippedMixology
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Trappist Achel 8° Bruin from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
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