Trappist Achel 8° Bruin - Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
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2.35/5 rDev -43.2%
Got this at the bottle shop down the road.
From a bottle into a chalice.
APPEARANCE: Definately a gusher. Pours a big fluffy 3 finger thinner looking off-white / tan head with decent retention. Colour is a cloudy raw umber brown, quite muddy actually. Head fades to a decent cap leaving lots of immediate lacing. Medium to high levels of carbonation evident. A decent film cap stays to the end and leaves some lacing down the glass.
SMELL: A decently strong nose of caramel malt, brown sugar, and lots of dark fruits as well. Lots of fruity nuances, like raisins, dates, prunes, and something else unique, perhaps some dark grapes and green apples. Quite fruity, perhaps too much so.
TASTE: Caramel malt sweetness up front, but is soon dominated by the fruity esters from the nose and sweet brown sugar. Raisins, grapes, and some sour green apple in there before it's taken over by a solid spiciness from the alcohol. Sweet malt and spicy alcohol, with a bit of sour apples as well, are very prevalent in the long lasting aftertaste. A unique taste profile for a dubbel, but unfortunately not in a good way. The sourness was a little off putting by the end.
PALATE: Thin on the palate and lots of carbonation. Goes down prickly with a bit of a bite at the end and finishes quite cloying and mouth-coating. I'd like it to be a little thicker, creamier, and smoother. Not my favourite feel.
OVERALL: This seems to be a love-it-or-hate-it kind of brew, and I don't think I'm much of a fan. Definitely a unique dubbel, but a little too sour and thin for my palate. I had trouble finishing this one. There are plenty of dubbels I thoroughly enjoy, and sadly this is not one of them. I won't be getting this one again.
04-07-2009 16:33:52 | More by Jeffo
2.75/5 rDev -33.6%
Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle. Left a two finger head with excellent retention, and really good lacing. Body was a hazy light brown like a hazy apple cider. Looked really good.
Aroma - phenolic medicine and astringent alcohol, hint of plums under all that. Smelled more chemical than beverage.
Taste - same as the smell. Medicine and alcohol. As it warmed there were some plums and prunes, but it was mostly a chemical, medicinal, or even lower shelf liquor taste. It's not totally bad, but it's not really good either.
Mouthfeel - full, asringent, and rather drying.
Drinkability - it's not really good, so it's not sessionable, and high abv would have lowered that anyway.
08-22-2006 19:29:04 | More by ultralarry2006
2.9/5 rDev -30%
A: Pours a dark brown with excellent clarity. Two fingers of latte fall to a very thick quilt of the same. Stubborn lacing. Good looker.
S: Whoa, they didn't let the alcohol infuse into the beer at all! Smells like ETOH up front. After that, there's some clove, pepper, skunk (green bottle).
T: Sharp and sweet. Some hints of chicory, allspice and cherry. The skunking is evident - too bad.
M: Thin, thin, thin. Low in carb.
O: Meh, okay.
04-15-2011 08:59:01 | More by harrymel
3.05/5 rDev -26.3%
Pleasant aroma and appearance with a beautiful head which makes me believe it'll be quite a pleasant story. However, I become a bit sad when I take a sip. It tastes is good, but without depth and with an annoying metallic aftertaste that just ruins everything. A bit boring on the palate but not bad, it lacks a bit of mouthfeel for a dubbel in my opinion, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Decent beer, but not a lot more than that.
05-04-2011 14:02:01 | More by Pundarquartis
3.1/5 rDev -25.1%
Pours a burnished gold colour with deep red tinge. Head is cream-coloured, large webs on the side and sinking beautifully and unevenly on the top. Trails of lace left behind and strong, furious bead keeping it alive. Pretty nice.
Nose is quite grainy. Lots of barley with dark grain bread and hints of metal on there. Some slight darker notes, hints of soil and chocolate. Slight sourness with grain husk. Yeah, a bit lacking, just grain and not a huge amount else. Expected more from the style.
Taste is richer, maybe more malty, with a bronzey metallic edge. Lots of burnt sugar up front that descends into a sour and quite phenolic mid-palate with cherry notes and some tart blackberry character as well. Hint of like cleaning solvent or something on the back, with that slightly harsh phenolic astringency. Perhaps not bad stylistically but would appreciate more sweetness or spice. I'm not really enamoured with this beer.
Good full body with lots of texture. Too much carbonation though mars it slightly.
Not too fussed about this, as a dubbel or as a beer. I've had better of both.
01-14-2011 00:31:47 | More by laituegonflable
3.15/5 rDev -23.9%
12oz bottle poured into Trois Pistoles snifter. This is the 2nd time I'm having this beer. The first time I had it, I didn't rate it. The beer had survived a car crash at 70mph into the back of a semi-truck on Sept/10/11. So did the snifter, miraculously. I was going to rate it, but just ended up enjoying it slowly instead. Now I'm ready to come back to it.
Back label stamped 17/01/2010. Date notches not used.
Appearance - This bottle was a gusher. Was more carb than the first one of these I had. Huge loose tan head with medium low retention. Dark cloudy brown body with lots of yeast particulate.
Smell - This bottle is no where near as good as the first one. This one smells fishy. Olive juicy. Could be a skunked bottle. I remember the first st bottle being really malty sweet with no off smells. Very alcoholic this time around.
Taste - Metallic. Alcoholic. Not much of sweet balanced malty complexity from the first bottle I had. Perhaps it was a different vintage?
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Astringent.
Overall Drinkability - This beer deserves a much higher score, but unfortunately the bottle I'm using to base the rating on is not a great example. Has tons of negative characters that wasn't found in my first bottle, and none of the complexity either. Just goes to show you, ever beer deserves a second chance because you never know! For reference, the first one I rated would have been something like an A or A+.
09-23-2011 22:49:06 | More by ZenAgnostic
3.18/5 rDev -23.2%
Pours dark brown/ruby with a large lasting head.
Nose shows caramel, grassy hops, bready malt and doughy yeast. That grassy character ain't good.
Flavours include loads of candi sugar, bready malt, golden syrup and caramel. Very nice.
Unfortunately there's way too much carbonation. Seriously ridiculous. Can't get much of a taste because of it.
11-05-2010 10:32:53 | More by CrazyDavros
3.18/5 rDev -23.2%
Mildly hazy, deep golden colour with a small light tan head. Average head retention.
Cidery, apple aroma with mild caramel notes. A touch of cinnamon.
Mild malt flavour with lots of bitter apple. Again I get lots of cidery character.
Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Fair but the mouthfeel accentuates the cider notes.
A reasonable beer underneath the apple notes and easy enough to drink.
12-26-2010 09:50:18 | More by dgilks
3.25/5 rDev -21.5%
Murky brown with vague reddish-gold highlights, the off-white head reached about a finger in height. There is a massive amount of sediment suspended in my glass; I didnt notice it in the bottle, doh! Head retention was fair; it did start to dissipate almost immediately. The appearance, as whole, is satisfactory; the dandruff in the glass is annoying. Subsequent lacing was nonexistent. The nose is malty sweet with raisins, cola, airy pepper, sea salt and yeast; every other whiff or so I could get a hint of the alcohol. If it was more potent it might have been more inviting or at least exciting. The bouquet is a bit dull. The palate is much more enhanced than the nose indicated, apples, bananas, and pears upfront. In the middle it gets a little tart and some sweetness like a cola becomes more noticeable. A bit of toasty caramel and candied sugar finishes the beer. The aftertaste is awfully yeasty. Yuck. The flavors work well enough and it has moments of tastiness but they are few and far between. However the lack of body is too perceivable, its medium-light at best and far too thin for a Dubbel. The carbonation is quite massive and bothersome. I dont think this aspect of the beer is any good at all. In fact Im not really impressed with any aspect of this beer. It is quite average. The nicest thing I can say is the brewers hid the alcohol well. This is as lousy as Chimay Red. I need not drink it again. I bought my 11.2-ounce bottle in Iowa City.
03-24-2004 21:06:24 | More by bditty187
3.25/5 rDev -21.5%
Poured from a 330ml bottle with a printed date of 7/28/10.
A - A light pour into a tulip glass unleashes a massive off-white head. The color is a deep amber/brown with minimal light penetration.
S - Nice gentle aroma, not huge. Smells of dark fruits, figs/prunes. There's some sweetness as well, dark sugar.
T - The first thing I notice is a huge bready sweetness up front. Almost cloyingly sweet. After the sweetness I get mostly raisin/prune flavors and perhaps the tiniest hint of caramel or brown sugar. I don't detect any alcohol.
M - Moderately light to medium bodied. Little carbonation.
D - I would have no problem having one of these from time to time but there are better dubbels out there.
08-13-2010 01:51:56 | More by ZDub
3.28/5 rDev -20.8%
330 mL bottle with 11/04 notched on the label. A head develops in the bottle from the conditioning before I even pour. It pours a deep crimson/brown that is very cloudy with lots of sediment and a 1/2" khaki head that leaves little lacing. There are aromas of vinous malts, sweetness, caramel, hints of mango and apple, and a distinct wet paper scent. The taste follows suit with some grass/hay notes and some powdery yeast on top of a medium to thick body that isn't quite as thick as I'd like. Past it's prime, but still tolerable. I'd like to try a fresh bottle, though.
02-07-2006 00:32:56 | More by mmmbeer
3.33/5 rDev -19.6%
Appearance: Straight foam. This beer just explodes and creates a fluffy tan head. There is crazy lacing and the beer itself is a rusty brown color.
Smell: A sweetness and dark fruit aroma. Pretty light aroma actually.
Taste: A bit alcoholic with a lot of warmth. There is a definite dark fruit component. A bit of plum and raisins with a tiny bit of breadyness. The complexity is there, but it is just so light.
Mouthfeel: Perfect mouthfeel. I mean the carbonation is good even though the beer basically exploded out of the bottle. Just a really smooth drink.
Drinkability: Sipping this beer was rather enjoyable due to the great mouthfeel. I really just wasn't impressed due to how light the flavors and aroma was in the beer.
03-20-2010 03:31:32 | More by OnThenIn
United Kingdom (England)
3.38/5 rDev -18.4%
Brown 33cl bottle, best before Apr 2008, drank March 2007.
Poured into a Straffe hendrik chalice glass, well almost half was before the foaming head came to the top of my glass. Cloudy redish brown with a huge biege head, which stays for a long time.
Yeast and some hop aroma, toffee smell came as the beer warmed up, as did sour apples.
Bitter sweet taste, yeasty with a fizzy toffee-ish feel to it.
Aftertaste of the bitter sweet yeasty flavour hangs around.
The second pour was even more yeasty (the sediment came with the second pour) and cloudier of course.
Very drinkable, but a long way from the best Trappist beer i have had.
03-20-2007 23:28:33 | More by BlackHaddock
3.4/5 rDev -17.9%
A) Earthen brown, hazy but not cloudy & dense like many of its brethren. Light passes through my full pint challice
S) Sweet & sour, ginger, licorice & carmelized sugar
T) Crisp & dry, bitter overtones with strong alcohol. The sweet doughy taste of Belgian Bruin is there but lersser than most
M) Fizzy carbonation, thin & smooth
D) On the light side of the Dark Belgian Ale style. A great beer with or before a meal
03-30-2009 23:32:47 | More by bskrtz
3.43/5 rDev -17.1%
Pours a deep mahogany, with a large tan head that mostly diminishes, leaving good amounts of lacing. Aroma is dark fruits (mostly raisin), backed with some bready maltiness. Flavor is sweet, somewhat fruity (raisin), and some doughie malts. Medium body.
10-04-2003 20:57:34 | More by goz
3.43/5 rDev -17.1%
This beer poured a dark murky brown with very thin, almost nonexistent off-whte head. The smell was predominately yeast, with only a faint bit of malt. The flavor had alcohol notes, a bit of spiciness, and some fruity esters and phenols tossed in. The mouthfeel felt thin to me, and the taste just didn't seem all that great.
09-29-2003 22:56:39 | More by jlervine
3.48/5 rDev -15.9%
Opaque mahogany with some seriously good-sized chunks. Huge beige head that is very rocky, with an almost sticky quality to it. It slowly settles to an incomplete and rocky cap.
Nose is rich cakey malt with nice candied fruit notes, which become more apparent as the beer sits. Rummy/alcholic notes join the nose with time as well. Palate is malty sweet with a lot of raisin/prune/candied citrus notes. It definitely takes on a brown bread taste as well. Eventually becomes a bit alcoholic, and the finish quite drying.
Maybe I just don't get Dubbel, but I don't particularly enjoy this. Best before date of May, 2004.
05-24-2003 10:10:43 | More by Realale
Trappist Achel 8° Bruin from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
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