Trappist Achel 8° Bruin - Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
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3.9/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
05-13-2004 03:40:19 | More by Sammy
4.08/5 rDev -1.4%
Pours a semi-clear dark iced tea color with a huge 4 inch light brown head that becomes a puffy island of foam on the top of the beer. The head on this beer is ridiculous. I poured the beer in a non-aggressive manner and the head just exploded. Small spots of lace here and there on the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark fruits, yeast, and some spices. Taste is of dark fruits (cherry, grapes, plums), grape juice, yeast, and spices. Beer is very carbonated and is very bubbly and crisp. There is a bit of an alcohol burn in the throat with each sip. Overall, this is a very nice dubbel but the alcohol burn is somewhat surprising.
05-18-2011 01:37:36 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.78/5 rDev -8.7%
Reviewed from notes.
Pours a nice purple-brown color with a good off white head. Nice lacing spots. Nose brings dark sugars with a tiny amount of roast as well as spice and a bit of booze. The taste is raisins, dates, other dark fruits as well as caramelized sugar, some booze, and caramel. Nice medium mouthfeel with low-ish carbonation. Drinks quite well. Good, not great, beer.
10-20-2010 01:16:23 | More by Thorpe429
4.22/5 rDev +1.9%
A: Poured cloudy dark brown into a goblet with a thin, beige head. The level of carbonation appears to be moderate from the amount of bubbles rising near the edges of the glass. It has good head retention and a thin layers of bubbles consistently remained on the surface.
S: There's an aroma of sweet, caramel, dark malts with slight notes of dark fruits and spices.
T: There's a lot of sweetness in the flavor, but it's balanced enough by the hops so as not to come across as being too sweet. Some hints of hop flavors are noticeable in the finish; as the beer warms up the overall taste becomes sweet, including in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and very smooth given the level of carbonation. The level of smoothness increases as the beer warms up.
D: It's very easy to drink, particularly as it warms up. Any traces of alcohol in the taste are very well masked.
04-13-2010 19:38:56 | More by metter98
4.35/5 rDev +5.1%
Boisterously bubbled hazy tawny capped by a light beige, frothycreamy head that filled the majority of the glass after the initial, gentle pour. Ragged ropes of lace appear as the foam gradually deflates, helping to solidify my more than positive impressions of the appearance.
Achel 8 Brune smells like a stand-up dubbel (none of this 'barely slid in under the tag after the shortstop bobbled the throw' shit). Badly bruised apples are the centerpiece of a fruity nose; nothing darker that that. I also get mild cocoa notes and just enough yeasty spiciness to make it interesting. The aroma is a wonderful melage of all of the best elements of the style. A bit bolder would be better.
Simply put, this is a very good dubbel, verging on great. It isn't as brash and bold as some, yet it's easily flavorful enough to impress the hell out of me. The thing that I like best is the depth of flavor. It's one of those beers that causes me to think 'I'll need more than a few of these to explore every nook and cranny of the flavor profile and I'll have great fun doing it'.
The beer is wonderfully brown malty, still fallen apple fruity and much more clove spicy than the nose implied. Hops have not been forgotten; bitter just does edge ahead of tart. Sweet has been left by the wayside and isn't missed. The exquisite balance is brought home again and again as I sip and savor.
The finish is moderately bitter and very close to clean. I'd describe the mouthfeel as light-medium and am pleased to report that it's nowhere near as active as I'd feared. Alcohol hadn't even entered my mind until I glanced at the label and saw '8%'. That has to be a misprint. It all adds up to one tremendously drinkable ale.
I enjoyed Achel Blond and I'm enjoying Achel Brune even more. Dubbels aren't among my top handful of favorite styles, but I recognize a beautifully brewed beer when I taste one. If you get the chance, don't pass up an opportunity to try a great beer from the smallest of the Trappist breweries.
02-23-2006 14:39:24 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.2/5 rDev +1.4%
Appearance: Pours an ice tea russet brown cloudy body with garnet highlights; very nice head with great retention and lacing
Smell: Caramel and candy sugar but not overyly sweet nose; a bit of bubblegum and a subtle touch of bitterness
Taste: Starts out bready and then the sweetness opens up; not cloying at all; a bit of milk chocolate appears mid-palate and a nice bitter, yeasty finish; alcohol is well-disguised
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin for a dubbel; frothy carbonation
Drinkability: Very drinkable but a bit understated compared to other dubbels; a nice broad range of flavors, however
10-08-2005 23:16:01 | More by brentk56
4.15/5 rDev +0.2%
Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale in my Trappist glass with a good inch of off-white foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma of roasted malt, sweet floral hops and unknown spices springs from my glass. Taste is somewhat spicy and well balance by the malt and the funky yeast. Overall, better then some other Belgian Strong Ale but not as good as Rochefort
04-08-2005 14:28:18 | More by Phyl21ca
4.28/5 rDev +3.4%
I absolutely hate it that it has taken so long to try the Achel beers. I haven't had a trappist ale that I haven't liked yet.
The beer explodes as it hits the bottom of the goblet with very active carbonation, and a volcanic head froms and prevents the 10 oz of beer from fully decanting. A deep burgundy hue with mild haze retains the foamstand well while leaivng an abundance of lacing on the glass. An ideal look for a Dubbel.
Candi-coated pilsner malts create a mouth-watering effect through sheer aromatics. Fruited with raisons, figs, dates, prunes, grapes, and apples. All with a sweet confectionate scent. Mild alcohol tart aromas blend well with phenolic peppery, spicy notes. Again, this all fits with the best Dubbels.
The candi-coated barley flavor continues well into the flavors and delivers a sugar cookie flavor with fruit punch esters and spicy, tart yeastiness that again, compiments the alcohols very well. Very round and complex flavors that come close to quinching my expectations of boldness- somehow, I want more.
As the carbonation promises, the beer is full, round and rich; expanding in the mouth with a dry, cotton-candy like sweetness. As the sweetness evaporates, the dryness and powdery textures make the beer whisp away effortlessly. A light coating of residual sweetness rests on the surfaces of the mouth.
This is one terrific beer; certainly fitting the high expectations of Trappist Dubbels.
03-22-2009 03:56:15 | More by BEERchitect
4.25/5 rDev +2.7%
A: The pour is a rich amber color with about one finger of foam.
S: The nose is quite complex with yeast, caramel, dark dried fuits, and floral notes as well. A very complex nose.
T: Sweet caramel malt and plenty of dark dried fruits. There is some mild spice (clove is what I mostly notice), and yeast as well.
M: Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation and a dry finish.
D: Great mouthfeel and some nice fruit and yeast character to this beer. I did not used to enjoy the Belgian styles all that much, but this is a good step in the right direction.
07-20-2009 00:31:19 | More by womencantsail
4.22/5 rDev +1.9%
This beer poured out as a nice looking brown color. The head is big and foamy. The lacing is pretty good along the glass. The smell of the beer is earthy, sweet and had just a touch of fruit and spice on the nose. The taste had most of the same elements, it started off sweet with some earth in the middle and just a slight touch of fruity spice in the end. The mouthfeel of the beer is a very smooth and drinkable. Overall this beer is very good but I'm still partial to The Achel Extra when it comes to these Trappists.
06-15-2011 16:49:38 | More by Knapp85
4.33/5 rDev +4.6%
A - Poured out a clear, yet dark amber color with a two-finger, off-white head of foam. It had some nice retention and left some soapy trails of lace.
S - It smelled of dried fruits - mostly raisin and plum. Good maltiness with hints of chocolate.
T - It tasted quite malty with strong raisin and plum flavors. A touch of apple. Overall, it's sweet with a touch of bitter hops.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a mild alcohol warmth.
D - This is a really nice dubbel. It is fairly easy drinking despite its high ABV.
10-06-2010 02:08:22 | More by zeff80
4/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
12-05-2010 01:14:11 | More by biboergosum
4/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
06-26-2004 17:57:50 | More by NeroFiddled
4.4/5 rDev +6.3%
Pours a dark ruby with a massive head. Nose is light with almost a floral touch. Taste is thick and flavorful with a robust malt edge. Mouthfeel is full of carbonation and overall this one is extremely drinkable. Watch out for the sediment on the bottom as it seems to kick the bitter up quite a bit. Overall a very good brew and one worth drinking again. (though it does not have any unusual or unique characteristics)
12-30-2007 06:12:39 | More by RblWthACoz
4.25/5 rDev +2.7%
Light, reddish brown color, firm, proud, thick off-whitish head, lace-leaving.
Aroma: nutty, slightly sweet, minor caramel notes, small hints of spice, cocoa.
Taste: big, hoppy blast, quickly replaced by a full-ness of dark, rich malty flavors that totally dominates the palate. Rich, chewy, yeasty, sweet, just a trifle complex, even. A delicious melange of dark flavors, a well-matched blend of hops and malt. Very tasty. Medium to full in body, chocolatey finish, though brief, and overall enjoyable. Not a bad dubbel, but not spectacular. And tremendously overpriced in this instance, a whopping $5.69 for the bottle. Glad I tied it, but I won't be going back, when I can find dubbels just as good or better for a better price.
Make no mistake, though, a really tasty beer here!
02-26-2004 09:23:02 | More by feloniousmonk
4.2/5 rDev +1.4%
This beer was poured with the yeast. It sits in my tulip glass a rich, hazy amber color and is topped by a thin head. The aroma is lightly spicy, but is dominated by rich bread-like notes, dark fruit and malt. The taste is quite rich and flavorful, yet remains light and dry on the palate.
04-20-2005 05:42:56 | More by Gueuzedude
3.73/5 rDev -9.9%
Huge, five-finger head. Dies slowly and leaves lots of webby lace. Recedes in a rocky fashion. Leaves a solid froth dome that extends well over the glass! The liquid is brown and clear. Simply put, a 33cl bottle fills a 20 oz glass, most of which is head.
Dark malt aroma, reminiscent of chocolate ice cream
Strong alcohol and darker malt flavor on the initial sip. There's a bitterness present from light hop. Overall, this is a sweet offering. The aftertaste is short lived for the style. Good blend on the swallow of sweet-bitterness. Rich bodied with a low carbonation. Warm alcohol finish.
07-18-2010 21:07:00 | More by smcolw
Trappist Achel 8° Bruin from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
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