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

Not Rated.
Trappist Achel 8° BruinTrappist Achel 8° Bruin

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

685 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 685
Reviews: 406
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 58
Gots: 56 | FT: 1
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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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

benlhoest, Jul 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

SebD, Jul 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

SamuelT, Jul 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

boudeysbigbrew, Jul 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

c-rum, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of TheHammer
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.

TheHammer, Jul 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

KAF, Jul 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

josvemden, Jul 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

poskok, Jul 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Troublebar, Jun 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

hoppecatania, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of thehyperduck
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.

thehyperduck, Jun 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

sephyrott, Jun 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

Kikat2680, Jun 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

djrn2, Jun 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

psm90, Jun 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

ridgeline23, Jun 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

kkmiller76, Jun 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

xJMFCx, Jun 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

wrightst, Jun 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

outoffocus, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of TippedMixology
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

TippedMixology, May 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

NickThePyro, May 19, 2014
Photo of Bouleboubier
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

Bouleboubier, May 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

BradC, May 18, 2014
Trappist Achel 8° Bruin from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
92 out of 100 based on 685 ratings.