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

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Trappist Achel 8° BruinTrappist Achel 8° Bruin

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

655 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 655
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 53
Gots: 36 | 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 keithmurray:
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keithmurray

New York

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - took me about ten minutes to pour this, yielded so much head. Reddish mahogany color with tan/khaki head

smell - cocoa, cola, caramel, black licorice

taste - cocoa, yeast, caramel

mouthfeel - high carbonation, lighter side of medium bodied, flavors are well balanced, sweet, but not cloying, smooth finish

overall - good representation of the Dubbel style. recommended

Price Point - $5.69/11.2oz bottle

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 22:00:00 | More by keithmurray
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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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KAF

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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

Belgium

5/5  rDev +20.8%

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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Troublebar

China

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

06-30-2014 09:10:56 | More by Troublebar
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hoppecatania

Italy

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-27-2014 19:10:45 | More by hoppecatania
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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%

06-12-2014 19:31:57 | More by psm90
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ridgeline23

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

06-09-2014 23:42:27 | More by ridgeline23
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kkmiller76

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

06-09-2014 02:22:11 | More by kkmiller76
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xJMFCx

West Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-03-2014 00:33:41 | More by xJMFCx
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wrightst

Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-01-2014 13:13:00 | More by wrightst
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-01-2014 00:44:47 | More by outoffocus
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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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NickThePyro

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

05-19-2014 02:19:36 | More by NickThePyro
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(best-by(?) date of 05/11/2015 - poured into an Achel chalice)

A: finger of dense, silky-creamy foam, couple shades off-white - settling midway rocky-lumpy - later a soft, pillowy cover that lasts till the end... gorgeous chestnut-red liquid, beautifully clear before sediment... not a ton of lees... lovely, mostly unbroken drapes of lace

S: like a rich, toasty dubbel... mildly wood-roasted grain, maybe even a little earthy noble hop... touch of lightly-burnt brown sugar, currant... wonderous aromas, maybe a touch too mellow overall (due to the design of the glass?)

T: medium-dark caramel malts, brown sugars, essence but not so much sweetness of raisin... not incredible depth, but compact and bold dark, toasty sugary flavors... hint of an herbal-floral ester and subtle allspice in the aftertaste... elegantly understated deliciousness, similarities to Westmalle Dubbel

M: tiny phenolic-spicy prickle up front... luscious-ass, satin-smooth, medium-ish body... finishes perhaps a bit too light?, attenuated by the strong yet static-frayed booze, which its presence gradually fades into the background

O: gotta be one of the best Trappist ales I've had - looks, flavor - just damn refined and fantastic

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2014 17:17:05 | More by Bouleboubier
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BradC

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

05-18-2014 00:34:55 | More by BradC
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WeissBoy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.4%

05-16-2014 04:20:38 | More by WeissBoy
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oxfordmini

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

05-14-2014 00:54:00 | More by oxfordmini
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2014-05-11 in Columbia, PA

A - Clear amber-brown with a 4-finger tan head that sticks around. Some floaties.

S - Grassy, floral, fruit, caramel malt, hint of sour.

T - Pears, caramel, fresh baked brown bread, cinnamon. The Belgian yeast is evident but not predominant. In a way, this reminds me of a thick perry (pear cider). Finishes with a nice balance of fermented pear sweetness and sourdough. Delicious.

M - Light-medium body and effervescent carbonation. Works well for this beer.

O - My wife and I both enjoyed this beer. It's been in our fridge since 2011 and we decided to finally try it on this beautiful, spring day. Perfect.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2014 18:39:43 | More by Tucquan
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henryclay_

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

05-11-2014 02:24:40 | More by henryclay_
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Trappist Achel 8° Bruin from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
92 out of 100 based on 655 ratings.