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

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760 Ratings
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Ratings: 760
Reviews: 414
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 75
Gots: 78 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: zerk on 01-14-2003

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Ratings: 760 | Reviews: 414
Reviews by ccrida:
Photo of ccrida
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

33cl bottle (best before 12/12/09) poured in my large St. Feuillien goblet, Achel is a very dark brown with a massive tan head that leaves huge sheets of fomay lace.

Smell is dark malts, semi-sweet, cider vinegar, salty, boozy vapors. Very unique. and intriguing, with excellent depth. Served at cellar temp, where it's been for 6-8 months.

Taste is fantastic, super rich flavor. The cider vinegar like acetic acid is a great surprise - I was not expecting it at all, this is basically an oud bruin - sweet! I always thought Orval was the only funked trappist, but this one is pretty obscure so it must get overlooked. The funk is actually on the mild side, with some nice grape fruitiness, a bit of spice, tart sweetness.

Mouthfeel is pretty lushly carbonated, a bit oily, with a dry, puckering finish.

Drinkability is dangerously high. This is an excellent oud bruin, the perfect balance of acid and sugar. I can't believe I've never had it before! Achel's extra is my favorite quad ever, and this is about as good as it gets for a Belgian bruin.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerStyx
2.75/5  rDev -33.4%

Okay beer, a bit more on the malty side rather than yeasty (bread). Small sting of alcohol in it. Not thick and syrupy. Not my favourite trappist.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
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

Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
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)

Photo of jakester
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.89/5  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.

Photo of deebo
3.66/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Nose: wine and plum, some sweet malt.
Pours hazy chestnut under a rocky slowly dissipating 3” tan tinted white foam collar. Classic Belgian Window lace.
Palate: plum, fruit cake, caramel, toffee, rich with long lingering toffee flavors well into the finish. Some plum flavors in the finish. The hops are not huge but they are there providing balance. Moderately sweet.
Medium full body with above average carbonation, warming.

Photo of ivanwatling
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of glid02
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of rastaman
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of watermelonman
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of nicnut45
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Holy head! This thing was foaming out of the top when I took the cap off. I poured into tulip glass and waited for foam to settle before finishing.As it subsides it leaves plenty of cola like foam with a nice whip cream dollop in the middle. This beer is a dark cherry brown color.

S-This beer changes as it sits in the glass. At first whiff it smells just like raw cookie dough. As the foam subsides it takes on a peppery scent. I also smell what reminds me of blue cheese that kind of funky scent and some banana bread in there too.

T-A lot going on. At first I get like a sour cider taste which isnt at all bad, followed by peppery pizza crust flavors. Reminds me of fruit that is starting to go bad kind of like those brown banana spots. Nice doughy bread like flavors throughout. And when this is all done you get a nice peppery dry finish.

M.F.-Heavy mouthfeel, perfect carbonation.

D-The alcohol is well hidden, it is interesting and I want to keep drinking just because each sip is different and unique. I would consider buying again for 5.99 for a 12 ounce bottle.

Photo of GilGarp
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle stamped 08/10/09.

Side note: this is the only Trappist brewery I haven't tried before.

Served cool into a pint glass. I would have chosen a more appropriate vessel but nothing was clean.

Achel 8 Brune is a slightly hazy redish brown with a thick tight head. As it settles, a perfect sheet of lace is left behind.

The aroma is wonderful with raisins, clove, and brown bread.

The flavor is excellent as well. Complex layers of fruit, spice, and yeast esters all come together beautifully in this beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and higher carbonation than ideal. Let the latter soften up and it would be fantastic.

Overall, it's really an exceptional dubbel. Great aroma and flavor. Even after having my first Westy 12 last night, this is very impressive.

Photo of asabreed
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle poured into my Corsendonk tulip.

Appearance: A head that's completely indomitable, sitting like ice cream at the top of the glass. As it slowly goes down the lacing's thick and sticks fiercely to the sides. Body is a hazy brown with amber and red hues shooting through it. Just a total perfect looking brew in my eyes.

Smell: Initial spicy citrus bite in the nose, some heavy lemon zest, slight cream and vanilla, slight maple. Along with that comes the darker fruits, though instead of taking their place as the dominant aroma, they're really more in the back, doing nothing but complimenting everything else at the forefront. For fruit I'm getting cherries, plum, and dark berries. All red fruits with dark skin. Also now I'm getting, with some deep inhaling, clove, ginger, and cinnamon. Almost like what pumpkin ales that don't stack up try to achieve with their spices, though somehow Achel, as a Dubbel, achieves this. I am utterly impressed beyond belief for a Dubbel; this is insane.

Taste: Dark fruit comes out at first, with the citrus zest coming in behind, then leaving the yeast and a bit of hop bitterness (I think, though it could be the yeast also) to balance it all out. Alcohol is slightly present, but is well hidden. Lots of fruit, yeast, citrus, and almost some chocolate-like flavors come in at the end. Not as complex as the aroma, which is why it's getting a 4.5 from me, but it's damn close.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, rich body, creamy finish. Yeasty (which is welcoming for me) toward the end of the glass.

Drinkability: What a damn good beer. It's slightly expensive (around $5 a bottle), so until I actually have a real job and am out of grad school I won't be buying tons of it, but this is without a doubt my favorite Dubbel, and I recommend it very highly, style or not.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out the color of prune juiced mixed with chocolate milk. Some floaters say "I am raw, pure and all-natural," and the thin head stays alive thanks to thousands of bubbles rushing to greet it. The head is off-white and leaves lots of lace as the liquid disappears.

Dark and citrus fruits plus earthy yeast mingle boldly in the nose. It's malty, dessert-y, fruit and yeasty in a way that is singularly, quintessentially Belgian.

Flavor is mostly of a vinous quality that reminds of the one and only time I had a Westvleteren 12. Dark grape/raisin, with chocolately overtones, also some mildly pepper-ish spices, caramel, toffee, pumpernickel, rye and fig. Drying finish and lightly tart, keeping the cocoa/chocolate and grape characteristics alive.

Mouthfeel is tingly and carbonated yet still achieves the soft, silky texture of any number of fine Belgian ales.

Wonderful stuff. Has an old-world, untainted, all-natural purity to it that will always keep me coming back for more. Worthy of taking its place amongst the other Belgian Trappist ales.

Photo of Mar02x
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark red/amber with a fluffy head, pretty bright.

S - Citrus fresh, orange apple, very nice and inviting.

T - Bitter sweet, caramel, complex, alcohol in the end and an easy drinker.

M - Somewhat to much carbonation, but very nice, almost the same as the blond Achel (8 alc.).

O - A very good double

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasantly surprising carbonation. White bubbly head. Bold Belgium yeast. Malt to start and Fruit and spice mid and end. Acidic aftertaste that could match food. Extreme popular with mates. Good full mouthfeel. Eat less and drink this.

Recommended over the blonde.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Purchased from Camp Hansen Shoppette, Okinawa, Japan.

A - Pours a solid brown ale showcasing two fingers of creamy head

S - Malts, river water, and brown sugar on the nose

T - A deep, rich, mosaic of spice and bready malts, semi sweet with a dry backing

B - Full, warming, and chewy, with tons of small creamy carbonation

Overall not a bad Bruin I would appreciate a little more sweetness but it does the trick for what I wanted today.

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

A hazy russet brown body swirls particles of yeast at the base of the goblet as its bubbles rise steadily to take their place beneath its full head of dark ivory froth. The head holds well, dropping slowly as you progress through the goblet, but leaves only minor lacing. The nose is more restrained than most of the beers from the other Trappist breweries, but it does offer some sweetish, sugar-cookie like malt, red grape-like fruitiness, and delicate alcohol. It's effervescent carbonation is fine enough (from bottle conditioning) that it tingles the tongue, rather than prickling it. And there's enough body to put it solidly in the "medium" category and smooth it out a bit as well. More fruit is present in the flavor (particularily in the finish), and the malt takes on more of a doughy character which gives it a little bit more depth, but the alcohol is also more intense. It lends a distinct peppery quality which teams with the spicy yeastiness to help balance the malt, but it's also a little bit hot as well. Additionally, some banana and hints of tropical fruit due to the higher alcohol esters become apparent as it warms but don't have enough intensity to lend any more depth to the beer. Instead, they kind of detract from what maltiness is there. Overall, it's a decent enough beer, but it's slightly out of balance with its higher alcohols and pales in comparison to their just slightly stronger Achelse Kluis (as well as many other Trappist and abbaye ales). A trepidacious thumbs up on this one... there are better beers available at better prices.

Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Abe's for $5.25. Not a bad monk-made beer. This is a fine abbey ale. Very smooth flavors and very drinkable. I would have liked a little more pop from the taste, but the caramel and spice are quite pleasing to the senses. I might like to see what a couple years of cellaring could do. If it weren't cost-prohibitive (at least for me), this would be a dangerous beer.

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Trappist Achel 8° Bruin from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
92 out of 100 based on 760 ratings.