Trappist Achel 8° Bruin - Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
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4.95/5 rDev +19.6%
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.
01-08-2012 01:48:49 | More by AMiz602
4.88/5 rDev +17.9%
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.
03-17-2005 11:50:09 | More by goodbyeohio
4.85/5 rDev +17.1%
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.
02-02-2012 00:00:30 | More by nickthetick
Trappist Achel 8° Bruin from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
92 out of 100 based on 670 ratings.