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

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Reviews: 415
Hads: 781
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 83
Gots: 90 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse visit their website

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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Photo of AMiz602
4.94/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This Trappist was not quite as dark as its Belgian Trappist counterparts. However, don't judge by that. It is a sweet, extremely smooth, and delicate beer. It gets better as is warms, and is a beer best drank after a meal, when you can just relax with it. The head was not anything to particularly write home about (I do own a goblet glass for these specialties). However, the caramel-coffee smell was very savory, and hard to put down after a drink. It is a strong beer, but the sweetness of it masks the alcohol content nicely. Personally, I think it is the best out of the Trappist Breweries, and is not overly expensive.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

let me start by saying i am not a fan of the blonde achel. it's okay, but overrated for a trappist imho.

this beer pours a beautiful hazy dark brown with sparkly red highlights. bubbles on top of foam on top of creamy froth. what a championship head.. or maybe its just my slick pouring styles. lacing for days. thank you st. bernardus chalice, you've assisted me in the perfect pour.

smells fruity and sweetly spicy. no grain or hop character to speak of - very trappist. a stark contrast ALREADY to the blonde.

taste is light fruit, banana and apple with a background of musty aged wood. this beer accomplishes this complexity with carbonation and crisp flavor and the lack of an overall stale/old body character. this beer gives westvleteren a run for its money. i will buy more.

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Photo of nickthetick
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: pours a mahogany brown with ruby tints in a Brewers Art goblet with a solid two fingers of khaki head that hangs around for the whole beer and leaves lacing like something I hope my fiancée would wear on our honeymoon. Just a pretty damn beer.

S: dark sweet fruits, plums, nectarines, apples, candi sugar, toffee, caramel, a hint of citrus.

T: a lot of the fruits are present and mingle well with the citrus flavors. It all blends with the biscuit and yeast notes. There are honey notes and a pinch of nutmeg.

MF: solid body, a tad chewy, completely blends together and the effervescence melds well.

O: one of me favorite dubbles, not the easiest to find but worth the search.

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Photo of ccrida
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of marvmoreno
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

VERY thick magnificent head that seems to enjoy hanging out in the brew and doesn't seem to want to go away. Beautiful deep brown color

Sweet caramel, coffee, light spices and banana bread, faint smokiness

Starts with a symphony of malt, raisins and banana bread with a kiss of smokiness and sweetness. A beautiful burst of cinnamon and warm spices then comes up and perfectly accompanies the sweetness and does a good job of balancing it out. It ends in crescendo of spice, warming alcohol on the nose and a fruity bitter hop finish. Very lovely!

Slick and heavy but in a good way. Carbonation is perfectly subdued and does not get in the way

Absolutely amazing! A complex, perfectly balanced Dubbel that presents a myriad of different flavors together but manages to meld them together into a singular whole. All elements work in harmony together to give a beer that gives a truly pleasurable and albeit addicting experience! The only reason I'm sipping this beer slowly is its at a hefty 8% ABV, and I want it to last as long as possible!

Best served a bit warmer to let all the flavor and aromatics pull through

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Photo of ikantspel
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

served slightly chilled into a duvel tulip.

pours a dark brown with a HUGE carbonated head. looks like im pouring dads rootbeer into a tulip.

typical dark fruit and yeasty trappist smell. nothing really stands out

this is good. after letting it rest for about a minute the carbonation settles and you you get the subtle dark fruit taste followed by a little bit of sweetness. not overpowering at all.

excellent trappist. if you have friends interested into trying trappist beers this would be a good start.

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Photo of supermeniscus
4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first beer from the Achel trappist brewery and i have to say it was extremely positive. I can't wait to try the others
A. Poured into a tulip glass which produced a massive head, which although died down a lot remained lacy. Colour was dark ruby in the light
S. One of the nicest smelling brews...ever. Lots of dark fruits and yeast
T. Astonishing. Very interesting fruits
M. Quite thick, very bubbly with a medium-dry finish

O. Simply put, this is perhaps the best dubbel i have ever tasted

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Photo of sinistrsam
4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Damn this was impressive...I have to admit I'm not as big a fan of Dubels as I am of Tripels and I had heard mediocre things about Achel in general. I have officially changed my mind.
The Brune poured dark orange-brown and had few champagne-like bubles, below a huge thick, foamy head. It left increedible lacing and had wonderful retention.
I noticed candy sugar, hops, clove, spices and sweet fruits and possibly(?) bubblegum in the nose. But the taste....oh the taste. Honey, cloves and citrus, plenty of alcohol, peppers, cinnamon, other spices, apple, yeast. It was incredibly complex and beautifully balanced. The taste started spicy but ended semi-sweet.
The mouthfeel was immediately bitting which I took to be harsh, but quickly turned into a smooth, semi-sweet, light finish. It was excellent.
This is a good,no; a great Dubel.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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.

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Photo of crnipeter
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The reviewed beer belongs to a lot of bottles that came near to the expiration date declared on their labels. The beer evolves continuously with aging and so does my curiosity so lets try one while still within the limits of rapidly approaching BBE (17.01.2010). The beer is highly effervescent so needs to be poured quickly within seconds after cap removal as it literally erupts from the bottle. St. Bernardus goblet gets instantly crowned with spectacular tan head that never completely fades although its surface become dimply as it gradually subsides forming thick solid cap above the dark coppery-brown liquid. Nose pampering aromas of barriqued red wine, grape seeds, unrefined sugar, grapes, berries - predominantly strawberries, fully ripened figs, wine soaked raisins and trace of cocoa. How I wish they would make such fragrance for women... The fully matured flavor profile closely corresponds to the aroma - slightly vinous with all sorts of dark fruits and berries whose sweetness is gently balanced by grape seed and bread crust bitterness. This is perhaps the most complex beer I've ever encountered. Prickly yet velvety smooth followed by mild pleasantly warming sensation in the stomach. So good it's almost unreal. I still have a dozen bottles or so and will continue to cellar some to see how this beer gains with further aging. Based on recent experience the future seems promising. I dunno how fresh Achel would do it but an old one is the finest of all dubbels. I don't see a beer of its kind capable of dethroning this one in the foreseeable future.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Perfectly clear red brown body. Very high carbonation, great lacing and great head. Head color is slightly pinkish, texture is loose.

S: Malty sweetness present, but mostly the wonderful yeast aromatics come through. Mostly fruity grape, some apple.

T: Some malty sweetness, but mostly fruity yeast character, mimicking the aroma. A mild bitterness cleans the palette. Delivers powerful Belgian character.

M: Wonderfully filling and creamy feeling. Finish is clean.

D: Easily drinkable, no flavors are offensive or overstay their welcome. Well balanced.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.69/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As soon as I cracked this one, there was a pop!, I smelled banana-nut muffin, and then I scrambled to contain this Trappist gusher. I could immediately tell that it was not the average Dubbel.

A - Pours a deep walnut-brown hue with reddish highlights at the glass' edges. The body is capped by an expansive khaki head that is similar to foamy cola, but frozen in time. Well, at least the foam sticks around for a few minutes, if not time immemorial.

S - Delicious beyond what I've experienced in a Dubbel, and I haven't even sipped it yet; I've just been sampling the aromatic. Sweet honey-mead notes, delicious port wine, nutty and jammy, dark fruits are eschewed in favor of medium-colored and/or dried tropical fruits like papaya, nectarine, guava, pomegranate and plum. Time to get sippin...

T - This is a delicious brew; perhaps too complex for me to articulate the essence of effectively, but I'll give it a shot. I get some concord grape, granny smith apples, fig jam, dates, and a bit of an herbal spiciness that seems a result of the flavor-fusion of yeast and hop. I also get some small root essences, like sarsaparilla or sassafras, and something that is involved in the flavoring of cream soda. It has a mostly clean finish, except that I get a bit of a walnut taste lingering at the finish and beyond. Above all, the strength of this beer lies in the fact that all of the aforementioned disparate elements are so well-integrated; the result is phenomenal.

M - Medium-bodied and velvety, yet retaining semi-prickly carbonation. Dynamic.

D - This is quite simply the best Dubbel I've had up to this point. I am not a tremendous fan of the style, usually, especially in comparison to the other Trappist works. But this one is ridiculous!

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Photo of LVituri
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Mais uma dubbel de respeito. Equilibrada e suave. Muito condizente com o estilo, tanto que eu teria muitas dificuldades em discernir a diferença entre ela e a Westmalle dubbel. Acredito que ambas são muito parecidas. Achel é outra cervejaria de peso, com rótulos sensacionais.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From www.elcervecero.es. Playing Kings Bounty Dark Side, in La Trappe chalice. As good as the blonde version. I couldnt determine which of if best without drinking them side by side. Its drink quickly

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Photo of stageseven
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay goblet

A - This beer has a good 2 finger light tan head that dissipated slowly and left a fair amount of lacing on the glass. The color is an attractive reddish-brown.

S - The aroma is strongly fruity. Cherry but with malt hints. There's a hint of alcohol in the smell as well, but not overwhelming.

T - Initially the flavor has a mild alcohol taste, but this goes away quickly. There is a good bit of malty sweetness to the beer, with underpinnings of cherry and spice. The finish is a little bitter but well balanced, and warming.

M - The beer itself is lighter than expected in the mouth, medium-light body, and fairly carbonated. Almost tingly on the tongue.

D - This is a very flavorful, and incredibly tasty beer, but one that seems like it's meant to be sipped and enjoyed. I couldn't see myself sitting down and drinking a lot of these.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours your classic dubbel brown. Tan foamy head is a billowing cloud of puffy foam.
Well carbonated.
Nicely aromatic with loads of rich candied malts, candied sugar and yeast.
Taste has a sweet and sour aspect to me. At first sip it's a nice malty ale rich with candied sugar and fruitcake. It ends on a sour and tart note akin to a Flemish red.
Thinner to medium mouthfeel smooth with a semi-dry finish. At the finish is a mild soft alcohol warming.
I like the way it starts sweeter and ends on a sour note.
Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic It all I can say.

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Photo of asabreed
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of rinhaak
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle poured into a goblet.

Pours a rich brown color the color of fresh prune juice when held up to the light. A thick, foamy head graces the top of this beer, and remains all the way to the last sip. A perfect Trappist pour.

The nose is phenomenal with cloves, banana, fresh bread, and a little cinnamon. The yeast really commands the attention.

The taste is simply tremendous. Rich and complex, it is not at all syrupy in the mouth. Mildly sweet with an ever so slight tartness on the tongue, flavors of cloves, bread, and brown sugar are all perfectly balanced. The beer warms you on the way down, and a nice long finish allow you to really slowly sip and enjoy this beer.

Overall an extraordinary beer and easily among the best dubbels I've had to date.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.64/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

09 vintage

A- murky muddy brown with a reddish glow and a few suspended yeast chunks. a hard pour got me about an inch of lovely tan foam that settled somewhat hastily to a nice thin belgian disk that slopes its way up the walls of the glass terminating at a ragged edge that could possibly become a single lace ring.

S- sweet, fruity, and chocolatey encompass the aroma profile, but with many points of direction in between. there's the tartness of dark chocolate along with the creamy goodness of a wendy's frosty and a chocolate malted milkshake. there's hints of vanilla, there's bold date and fig, there's prune and raisin and all manner of dried fruits, sandalwood and cedar, nag champa, and oak.

T- at first fruitier than the aroma and much more floral, with a sharp transition mid way into milk chocolate and grain and hops territory. starts off with a distinct wild strawberry tartness that only lasts until you move the glass from your lips before date-fig-raisin and that chick plum creep up in it with pear like alcohol esters followed by the drop off-- fruity is gone, sweetness falls away slowly, tartness comes back to wave goodbye. alcohol lingers quietly in a corner as toasted malt, caramel, and bread flavor move in to clean up the mess from this serious mouth party. there's a bit of herbal hop flavor but not much bitterness which nicely balances things out in the finish.
alcohol seems to provide more bitterness than anything, either that or there's a seamless mesh with the hops, which at 2 years old, i wouldn't expect.

MF- full, zesty, richly carbonated, and moderately dry. very clean on the cheeks yet residual on the tongue and sticky on the lips. she has the the qualities of heavier and lighter beers all rolled up in her bosom and could as easily be treated as a nip of scotch as she could a brighter thirst quencher.

D- alcohol is tasted and felt. the warmth it gives is comforting and nice. it's not so pronounced as to be a nuisance, but it is there in the most polite way possible. everything else about this beer- its weight, its aroma and flavor, is just remarkable.

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Photo of joerodiii
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer fills a Chimay chalice 2/3 with beer and over an inch of foam...a thing of beauty. It slowly diminishes to about 1/8 inch which then lasts for the entire beer.

The aroma is light with a beautiful combination of raisin, fig, sweetness, and very subtle alcohol. It tastes like it smells, a very clean dubbel with multiple subtle flavors...slight malt, slight bitterness, "candi sugar sweetness", interesting yeast characteristics. Carbonation is lower than other trappists, yet it works. Mouthfeel is perfect for the style...light and "digestible" as the monks say.

This could be the most drinkable dubbel I have tasted. It's not as rich in flavor as Chimay Red or even Rochefort 6, but it is delicious and enjoyable in its subtleties.

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Photo of runner72
4.61/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - brownish/orange cloudy. Pours nicely with a large head clings to the glass. Lots of carbonation. very inticing

S - Complex smell. brown sugar/fig/yeast/fruit all in one.

T - Excellent! Very complex. Smooth malty taste. fruit/fig very nice.

M - tingly with carbonation. smooth, malty feel.

D - very drinkable. smooth going down. very nice. you can't taste the alcohol at all.

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Photo of nortmand
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy brown pour, with a huge fluffy white head that leaves solid lace.

Phenolic ripe fruits dominate the smell. Hot fermented Belgian yeast at its best.

Sweet chocolate prunes up front. Ends with an assertive bitterness and a bit of an alcohol burn. Slight astringency throughout.

Very carbonated, dominates the tongue. A full bodied, very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy copper brown tea like color with a huge frothy light brown head and great lacing. Complex yet not overwhelming yeasty, malty nose with hints of carmel and plums. The 8 percent alcohol is very well hidden from start to finish. Malt and yeast flavors to start. The middle becomes very complex with hints of fruit, carmel and nuts. The finish is very tart and warming but highly drinkable.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy brown with a big white head that fades but laces.

Smells of honey, sweet malt, some fig and darker fruit.

Tastes sweet with some small amount of upfront bitterness that gives way to a sweet yet dry finish...some dark fruit complexity.

Mouthfeel is nice. It has high carbonation and is dry, though, maybe even a bit more dryness would up this one.

A great beer that has the dark Belgian complexity and drinkability, if not to a slightly lesser degree than some of the other trappists

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Photo of Strix
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy caramel, ridiculously foamy and lasting head.

Smells of honey, bread, and fruits, particularly apple.

Complex blend of bread, spices, apple, yeast, caramel, pepper, light fruits, hop bitterness, honey sweetness, and slight earthiness. I don't know how those monks do this, but they do it well. Alcohol undetectable.

Mouthfeel medium-light.

This disappeared quickly. I will definitely pick this up if I can find it again. Complex and flavorful.

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Trappist Achel 8° Bruin from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
92 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.