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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

678 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 678
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 58
Gots: 52 | 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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Reviews by armock:
Photo of armock
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Perry's liquor in Livermore, CA.

A - Poured a a dark copper brown with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sugary sweet malt with dark fruits and some alcohol

T - Follows the nose with sweet malt upfront for a moment then the dark fruit takes over and finishes with some alcohol

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

O - This is one enjoyable Dubbel the smells and flavor make this one pretty damn easy to drink

armock, Nov 01, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma- Moderate Banana, light tart cherry, and hints of raisin, no hops and a very sneaky perfumey alcohol.

Taste- Peppery character is prominent, with notes of whorehound and dried cherry and raisin the finish. A more aggressive phenol/ alcohol profile than some other dubbels. Banana barely comes through in the flavor. All this of course darts in and out of a big caramelly malt center. A long, complex, dry, bready/ toasty finish.

Overall- Very intersesting and multi-dimensional palate experience that is well inside the conventional dubbel realm but offers an nusual combo of flavors. Least fruity example of the style that I have had, and dried fruit characters are very subdued. Characterisitically dry like Achel's other beers.

App- Hazy muddy brown character with low off-white head. Not that appealing really.

Mouthfeel- medium-bodied, lively, slight alcohol numbing

JudgeRoughneck, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a deep dark murky brown with some visible floaties and a nice half inch of bubbly bone white foam on top. Crimson tinged with nice lacing. Aromas of dark burnt brown sugar, caramel, with a fruity spicy yeastiness. A touch of anise as well. Pretty nice, though a bit subdued.

First sip brings a deep brown sugar, caramel maltiness that has a nice nutty aspect to it. Notes of dark fruits, anise and a faint touch of bubblegum follow. Spicy yeast tones weave there way in and out of each subsequent sip. Slightly vinous....this one finishes rather sweet with a lingering roasty, malty flavor. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a brash carbonation that stays strong throughout the brew. Goes down smooth and is really quite refreshing even at 8%. I wouldn't mind having a few bottles of this lying around. I'll have to try some of the other Achel line.

orbitalr0x, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

JakerLou, May 14, 2013
Photo of Billolick
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ouncer, pours clear Dubbel brown, head is initially huge, then slowly receeding, loose and frothy, leaving a thick collar and thick film and some spots of thick stick and areas of sheeting. Bread, brown sugar and ripe fruit nose. Sweet malts, more fruit, and notes of vanilla, alcohol, and rum. Yummy stuff. Warming, complex and flavorful. A nice treat (Expensive @ $5.99 for the teeny bottle)

Billolick, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of henryclay_
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

henryclay_, May 11, 2014
Photo of jakester
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet. L,a, and '04 are notched in the label.

Pours (after pouring in the yeast) a dense dark red with a nice two finger head of beige colored foam. Big hunks of yeast are floating in the beer, and chunks of yeast are clinging to the sides of my glass.

Aroma is, huge caramel, rum soaked raisins, plums, yeast, and maybe a little chocolate. A funny, metallic-y chalky smell developes in a while, and remains for the rest of the drink.

Flavor is dark sweet caramel malts, rum soaked fruits like above, yeast out the wazoo, and alcohol warmth. Some decent spicy phenolics going on as well. A sort of metallic aftertaste developes after a while. Hop bitterness is detectable, but hop flavor and aroma are not.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, with a medium to high level of carbonation. Finish is long, sweet, and smooth.

This is a very good Abbey dubbel. Dark, caramel-y, some phenolics, and a good alcohol punch. Not great, but good.

jakester, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter,a dirty red,dark amber like color.No real head just a constiant white foam ring,with extra tiny bubbles stringing to the top of the glass.
A clean fruity aroma,with hints of apples,raisins,figs,a bit woody.Very complex aromas and inviting as well.
Tastes of green apples,fruity,caramelly,grassy a bit woody.
A very dry,but crisp finish that very complex.
The mouthfeel was silky,slightly cloying,but crisp and light with a mouthwatering dryness.
A sipping wine like drinkability,but I could sip on this for a good while.

jcdiflorio, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of deebo
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A-Ruddy brown with brilliant red hues. A filmy off-white tan head with lots of lively CO2 bubbles. Heavy lacing.
S-Toasted barley malt with hints of vapory alcohol, not much else.
T-Rich toasted malt flavor with a fair amount of estery yeast.
M-Very nice heavy body with a warming finish. Creamy. High carbonation.
O-A solid Trappist ale, comparable to Westmalle, superior in the mouthfeel but lacks the complexity in the nose and taste.

deebo, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of wattoclone
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of Dinkel
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Dinkel, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of ivanwatling
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Good thick head. Brown/red hue when held up to light

Smell: subtle mix of spices and wheat

Taste: Caramel, restrainted biterness. Pleasant. Not particularly complex

Mouthfeel: Fairly low carbonation, fine for this beer. Subtle aftertaste, sweet and bitter

Drinkability: Nice enough but no wow factor. Would choose a different trappist ale over this one, but if it was the only one available I might try it. The bottle label is very poor though, so I would probably pass over it.

ivanwatling, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of jtladner
4/5  rDev -3.4%

jtladner, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Medium caramel colored body with huge head.

Smell: Roasted malts with hints of prunes and dates. Minor alcohol notes present.

Taste: Roasted malts comes through initially but the dates and prunes soon present themselves.

Mouthfeel: Very pleasant carbonation present throughout this creamy beverage. Lingering hops stay present after each sip.

Drinkability: This beer goes down smooth. I could easily enjoy a couple of these in a row.

stereosforgeeks, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of glid02
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Lee - thanks! 2007 vintage.

Pours a hazy chestnut brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light molasses with good amounts of dark fruits - mostly raisins but with hints of dried dates. Also present are hints of indistinct spices that gain steam as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Deep caramel malt flavors augmented by thin molasses. Midway through the sip the flavor profile turns toward fruit - raisins and dates as with the aroma. The fruit flavors carry through to a mildly sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a bit on the thin side, especially given the flavor profile it's supporting, with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I didn't think this aged all that well. I'll have to have it fresh to be sure but it seemed to be only a milder version of what it once was.

glid02, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of rastaman
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky brown, with lovely off white lasting head. Smelt of yeast, raisins, and a touch of orange and citrus aswell and perhaps some toffee. The palate was definitely yeasty, but nicely soft, rounded and long. Quite raisiny, with some late citrus orange, some nice late bitterness, and some slight acid.

rastaman, Sep 08, 2003
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has an oak hazy brown body with a thick mousse tan head that last for most of the glass. Tiny bubbles support the head.

S- The soft aroma of applesauce has a slight candy sweetness in the finish.

T- The dry brown sugar flavor has a slight sweet malt flavor to it with a faint oaky slightly soapy finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight champagne fizz finish.

D- There is a nice slight perfume aroma to this big beer but otherwise there is not much depth of flavor.

rhoadsrage, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of justme
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

justme, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of Tarks
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Tarks, May 17, 2012
Photo of AxlSkull
3/5  rDev -27.5%

AxlSkull, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of watermelonman
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to an awesome dark brown with ruby highlights. A nice big head sat on top and lasted very well, while a few lines of lace add to the effect. It looks outstanding.

The smell was also nice, bringing mild esters on top of a solid malt base. The taste is rich and smooth, consisting of malt alongside various fruits. The flavor is good and it t is very easy to drink as well.

watermelonman, Jan 12, 2005
Photo of JamesStreet
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

JamesStreet, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of rnm410
5/5  rDev +20.8%

rnm410, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, with a dual-coloured label that is sort of reminiscent of the Taoism symbol.

This beer pours a mildly hazy, very dark orange brick amber hue, with a teeming tower of effervescent, densely foamy, and essentially puffy beige head, which settles rather slowly, leaving a multifaceted network of webbed lace around the glass.

It smells of somewhat tart, acidic apple and cherry wine, softly roasted caramel malt, bready yeast, dark musty orchard fruit, and quite ineffectual earthy hops. The taste is more subdued, semi-sweet apple, wrapped in a slightly charred caramel malt, some earthy, spicy yeast, fleshy, overripe fruit - think bruised banana and wet figs - low-test red wine, and soft earthy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is on the low side, quite understatedly frothy, the body medium-full in weight, generally smooth, and perhaps a touch creamy. It finishes with a small drying flourish - alcohol and fruit esters clamping down on the increasingly wan malt, yet providing adequate balance.

A pretty agreeable dubbel, maybe a bit sweet up front, but hardly a runaway sugar or booze bomb, as it does well to mask the 8% ABV, making this slide down oh so enjoyably. Good stuff, overall.

biboergosum, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of akukucka
4/5  rDev -3.4%

akukucka, Aug 20, 2013
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Trappist Achel 8° Bruin from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
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