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

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Trappist Achel 8° BruinTrappist Achel 8° Bruin
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
Belgium | website

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by zerk on 01-14-2003

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
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: 4.28, a superb A-. 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.

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Photo of TippedMixology
3.64/5  rDev -11.7%
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

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
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

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Photo of Tucquan
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2014-05-11 in Columbia, PA

A - Clear amber-brown with a 4-finger tan head that sticks around. Some floaties.

S - Grassy, floral, fruit, caramel malt, hint of sour.

T - Pears, caramel, fresh baked brown bread, cinnamon. The Belgian yeast is evident but not predominant. In a way, this reminds me of a thick perry (pear cider). Finishes with a nice balance of fermented pear sweetness and sourdough. Delicious.

M - Light-medium body and effervescent carbonation. Works well for this beer.

O - My wife and I both enjoyed this beer. It's been in our fridge since 2011 and we decided to finally try it on this beautiful, spring day. Perfect.

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Photo of IPA35
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A dubbel colour, dark caramel with lots of haze. Offwhite head that fades pretty quickly to an
Inviting layer of foam, just enough to cover the surface of the liquid.

Smells great. Stewed pears, dried dark fruit (especially raisins), caramel (dark malts) and some light alcohol.

Taste follows the nose, a sweet fruity beer with enough bready malts to counter the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is good, creamy and full. Medium carbonation. Smooth.

Overal a very good dubbel/dark ale.

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Photo of mick303
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served at celler temp in a tulip snifter. Medium ruby brown wit ha healthy cap of light brown head, showing really great retention and lacing. The beer almost glows, looks outstanding.

S - warm notes of brandy treacle, banana bread with cinnamon and nutmeg spices, figs, honey, slightly sweet but with a lot of of rich mulled fruit and spice, and also a nice yeast component. Lemony, with some distinct fermentation aromas.

T - lots of similar stewed fruits, figs, plums, pears, with clove, nutmeg. Some moderate booziness but it goes really nicely to give a long smooth rolling flavour to it. Some really rich combinations of malt, boozey fruit and spice colliding, caramelization is apparent and works nicely. The finish is almost surprisingly clean, with a hint of yeast, clean dryness.

M - a full bodied dubbel with a sweetish start, and moderate carbonation, coating and satisfying palate, nice sipper. But an appropriate balance, light bitterness, and a nice stewy and lively character.

Really excellent beer here. The boozey and yeasty character are there but behind the wonderfully complex fruity/spice character. Very rich and interesting. Little bad to say about this beer, a solid interpretation, lively and complex at the same time, with a really nice and pleasing character. Paired very nicely with a rich aged cheddar.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $2.95 CDN. Served chilled into glassware.

Appearance - Hazy amber /brown concoction. 3 fingers of dense off-white head leaving some very sticky lacing as the head recedes at a glacial pace. Beautiful looking beer.

Smell - Sweet, Belgian yeasts, candied sugar and a slightly boozy aroma. There's traces of dark fruits and cherries as it warms. Inviting.

Taste - A bit of a let down for me but still very good. Sweet, with that Belgian bready yeast flavor in small quantities and some cooked sugars and caramel. Seems boozy at first but subsides and doesn't linger on the palate. There's a faint metallicness I picked up especially at colder temperatures that is a bit strange, but it seems to go away as it warms. Some cherries in there as well.

Mouthfeel - Softer than expected, despite packing a punch for flavor, but also has that light delicate feel to it as well. A bit spicy in the back of the throat and well carbonated.

Overall - A very nice Belgian that almost seems like a bit of a cross between a strong dark ale and a Dubbel. Definitely improves as it warms and I'm likely to try this one again while it's in stores.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 330 ml bottle to a chalice.

This is one nice looking beer. It pours a red-brown with a persistent thumbs worth of beige head. There is good lacing when you swirl the beer and head retention is long and strong. The smell is typical of a Belgian dubbel with plums, prunes, figs, and grapes all being present along with Belgian yeast. The taste is very nice with all the nose coming to mouth and the typical dubbel sweet coming through. The feel is medium body and carbonation and a touch of creaminess.

I am a fan of Belgian dubbels. Westmalle has always been my favorite and has been the standard by which I measure dubbels. Well...this is damn close. A fine dubbel that would stand with any. Get it if you can.

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Photo of JTuomi
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle into a goblet. Reddish brown with a three finger head that comes down to half a finger. The smell has sweet roasted malts, raisins and a hint of alcohol in it. Quite a sharp first taste that is followed by caramel malt and raisins. Not too sweet though. The aftertaste is dry and a bit bitter with some grapefruit and coffee in it. The alcohol doesn't come through on the taste. Medium body with pretty high carbonation. Feels creamy on the tongue. Overall a really pleasant looking beer with a great taste.

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Photo of stevoj
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Mi Ourge, Mi Houblon. Clear brown color with oily head. Sticky lacing coats the chalice. Nice deep sweet, fruity flavor (prunes, raisins). Easy to drink, and tasty too.

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Photo of ricknelson
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Our group of 4 Beer Advocate members did a recent small bottle tasting of high alcohol brews.
Among the 12 brews tasted was; Achel 8% Brune Dubbel from Trappist. Although not a real high alcohol beer at just 8% , it did finishing 11th with an average rating of 3.56. It is possible that something was wrong with this bottle, maybe age. Can not read the date code for the year.

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Photo of LVituri
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
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 AmishLightning
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It poured into the glass pretty thick. I would gauge the color as a almost dark blood red with a handful of brown thrown in. Attractive head as well. 2-3 fingered foam with poofy surface that left trailing lacing along the sides.

Smell: Very much like a dry red wine. Figs and grapes also noticeable. Maybe a bit too wineish.

Taste: Once again the taste combats against the nose. I get lots of super sweet malt with a sweet white wine finsh to leave you asking for more. Also I noticed coffe or roasted malts on the initial impression. Figs were definately present throughout the experience. Also, no hops to speak of which is typical.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation went along with a stable body and an INCREDIBLE smoothness which really knocked this beer out of the park. The smoothness felt like it encompassed your mouth and coated your tongue with pillows. I know that analogy makes little to no sense but I can;t find any other words to describe it.

Overall: A fantastic Trappist dubbel that I would highly recommend to anyone. Great experience for a decent price. Cheers.

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Photo of proctah
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a big head that quickly fades to a longlasting lacing.
Smell: raisins bread and caramel.

Taste: same as the smell with licorice and a tad of hoppy bitterness. Complex as top trappistes. Maybe a bit strong sens of alcohol and i could wish the taste to linger a little longer.

Overall: a great double. It is to me a typically dark trappiste. Westmalle dubbel and Rochefort beers are really similar in aromas.

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Photo of DougT
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured slowly into a Rochefort chalice.

Clear mahogany brown with a 1 finger tan head. Dissipates quickly leaving a light lace. Readily bubbles on the Rochefort R nucleation point producing a light foam across the top.

Yeasty smell of dark bread, some dark fruit notes, prunes/plumb, raisins, apricots. Yeast takes top honers, fruit a bit light.

Taste has some hops, not much sweat, some yeast, some dark grains. I get a lot of a non-carmel dark grain like black patent or roasted barley which produces a bitter that isn't a hops bitter. Too big a part of the flavor profile for me. Flavor gets better as the glass warms.

Nice and fizzy, medium body, coats the tongue and inside of the mouth, the flavor last because of it.

Overall not too bad, I'm glad I tried it. The flavor is a bit has a bit too much dark grain bitterness, but otherwise a good beer.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a tulip.
Bottled on 08/20/11. Aged almost 2 years.

Appearance
Mahogany brown with 4 fingers of loose, fluffy head that dissipates slowly. Cloudy with lively carbonation.

Nose
Molasses, plum, candy sugar and nectarine.

Taste
Molasses, caramelized brown sugar and candy sugars. Overripe plum, nectarine and red grape skins with nuances of dates and chocolate. Finishes with touches of earthy Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel
Medium plus bodied and very smooth.

Overall
A very well made Trappist Dubbel. Complex and very easy drinking.

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Photo of TGS
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok. I've passed 150 beer ratings. It's time to write a review for a change and see if I've learned anything. Following the rubric is easy. Now to make some stuff up. Please forgive me.

A- Lightly cloudy, caramel colored

S- Yeasty and floral

T- Nice dried fruits and lightly spiced, with a hint of alchohol at the end

M- Lighly carbonated and a little creamy

Overall- another delightful dubbel...

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Photo of spoony
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a 330 ml bottle (best by April 22, 2015) into a chalice.

A-The brew is dark cola colored and mostly opaque. The carbonation is visible and it supports a one and one-half finger head of dense, light tan foam. The head has good retention.

S-This is a sweet-smelling dubbel with scents of overripe banana and bubble gum underneath dark fruit (prunes) and light spices. The alcohol is also sweet and fruity smelling.

T-The taste tracks the smell at first with sweet, dark fruits and a big mushy banana flavor. Towards the middle and finish, however, there is a bit of nutty chocolate and hoppy bitterness that creep in to balance things out.

M-The feel is medium to full body with soft, creamy, perfectly-executed Belgian carbonation that sort-of rolls around in your mouth.

O-I am surprised by how much I enjoyed this beer. I like my dubbels on the sweeter side and this brew delivers that sweetness I enjoy, but it also provides just enough balance in the finish to keep things interesting and prevent that syrupy/cloying feeling. I also think the feel is close to perfect and the alcohol, while noticeable in the smell, is concealed well on the palate.

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Photo of RaphaelSC
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark brown caramel with a 2 fingers cream color head with good rentention.

S: Sweet banana and caramel scents with a dry woody wine sensation.

T: Follow the smell with a dry wine flavour with some banana and caramel. Not a bitter beer nor so dry as other Belgian Dark Ales or Dubbels use to be.

M: sweet and spicy with a not so dry aftertaste, low bitterness than other of the same style, wich makes this beer mor drinkable than others in some sort of way.

O: A great example of Belgian trappist, with a quite complex flavor and still a smooth beer despite it's 8,0% ABV which can make this a tasteful trap if you drink too much! Great beer!

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Soft brown, reddish hues with a bubbly soda like tan head the quickly fades to a thin layer of foam on top.

S - Clove, yeast, lots of dark fruits, fig, plum, raisin, earthy, caramel and toasted bread.

T - Rich malt, brown sugar, candi sugar, toasted bread, figs and plums but a little more muted than aroma, earthy with yeasty esters.

M - Sweet but dry finish with plenty of carbonation.

D - Lacks a little complexity compared to other top notch dubbels but still very tasty.

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Photo of Roman5150
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

bottle poured into tulip, purchased from Total Beverages in Murfreesboro, TN

Appearance: dark caramel brown with the slightest amber hue, very complex color. huge off white head, very carbonated, head retains well. Lots of lacing.

Smell: dark figs, dark fruits, bread, caramel, sweetness, apple, grape, raisins

Taste: off the bat it's sweet, bready, biscuity with sweet notes of cherry, dark figs, raisins and a prominent malt backbone. Very smooth quick to finish taste, not overwhelming but decently complex. Flavors come out more when it warms. Slight taste of alcohol, not as disguised as other trappist beers, but still decently balanced and not too prominent.

Mouthfeel: high amount of carbonation, goes well with the sweetness however and helps disguise alcohol bite.

Overall: I would pick other trappist beers first, but for $2.99 this is a weekly buy. Amazing trappist taste and craftsmanship for a great price, and my bottle says 8% abv however. It has also the bready, dark fruity notes of other trappist, most similar to a Westmalle Dubbel or Rochefort 6 (or even an 8). For the price you can't beat it.

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Photo of artdob
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Continuing my tour of beers brewed by monks.

Picturesque pour with a phenomenal tan meringue head that doesn't quit.

Careful not to stick your nose into the high foam when nosing. Yeast tones and stewed fruits emerge out of the head.

Great taste. Fruit basket with layers of bread. The foundation leans much more toward sweet tones versus bitterness. Stewed raisins.

Mouthfeel initially creamy as the beer mixes with the meringue head. Supported with ample carbonation.

...and that head is still there!

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Photo of FLima
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brown amber color with a thick head with an eternal retention and leaving laces. Visible carbonation.
Light aroma of prunes, earthy hops, yeast and barley. I was expecting more intensity.
Mild sweet level (perfect) with flavor of malt, orange, apple juice, bananas, earth, light on condiments, some caramel and Belgian yeast. Dry aftertaste and mildly bitter.
Medium body with good carbonation. Alcohol of 8% ABV is almost non-noticeable, nice feature.
As its blond sister, it is a trappist with high drinkability, not overly sweet and still rich in flavor.

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Photo of sekk
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Drank this one two years and two months after bottling. Stored in a dark room at room temperature.

Served in Corsendonck Tulip glassware

Appearance: Milky chocolate color, pours beautifully with two and a half fingers of foam. Medium retention.

Smell: Smells peppery and of roasted spices and hops. Small hints of caramel and even some banana.

Taste: Dried fruits and malt, semi-smokey with a hint of licorice. Bitter chocolate on the finish.

Mouth: Smooth and creamy feel. Slightly overcarbonated at first, but normalizes quickly.

Overall: A great trappist that tastes even better after 2-year storage. Smooth smokey taste and a nice warm feeling afterwards

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Photo of Douberd
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, 330 ml, at home. Poured into a tulip glass. I have this bottle almost for a year on my cellar,
Light brown/deep ruby colour, with a big, three fingers tall head. Off white in colour, soapy in texture. Very good retention, leaving light to medium lacing around the glass.
Aroma of roasted malts and faint caramel, chocolate, light alcohol.
Taste of red grapes, roasted malts, chocolate albeit mostly on the aftertaste. Mildly sweet. Very good.
Quite high carbonation, full on the body and somewhat sticky on the palate.
Overall a very nice dubbel that it became even better when it warmed up a bit. Nice, warming feeling from the alcohol, which is not that notable on the taste.

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Trappist Achel 8° Bruin from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
92 out of 100 based on 429 ratings.