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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

723 Ratings
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Ratings: 723
Reviews: 409
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 61
Gots: 63 | 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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Photo of glid02
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Lee - thanks! 2007 vintage.

Pours a hazy chestnut brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light molasses with good amounts of dark fruits - mostly raisins but with hints of dried dates. Also present are hints of indistinct spices that gain steam as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Deep caramel malt flavors augmented by thin molasses. Midway through the sip the flavor profile turns toward fruit - raisins and dates as with the aroma. The fruit flavors carry through to a mildly sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a bit on the thin side, especially given the flavor profile it's supporting, with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I didn't think this aged all that well. I'll have to have it fresh to be sure but it seemed to be only a milder version of what it once was.

Photo of OlRasputin989
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Chimay glass...

A: Pours a dark brown with a big rocky, white head. Leaves thick lacing and has good head retention.

S: a very fruity aroma(pears, apples, white grapes), bread dough, and a hint of caramel

T: very bread like upfront, spicy, with more of the aforementioned fruits, and a brown sugar background. seems like too much yeast to me, taking away from other characteristics of the flavor.

M: medium body, crispy, and dry.

Overall, a decent beer, but doesn't match the standards of other trappist ales I have tried. There is alot of yeast in the aroma and taste(more than I like for a Belgian ale), and the body is rather light. Worth trying but nothing exceptional.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dark coppery brown, somewhat translucent, with a thick cappucino foam head. The head shrinks a bit, but retains a thick foam layer and produces ample lacing on the glass.

Aromas of milk chocolate, coffee, ginger, raisins, clove, vanilla, hops. Very subtle, gets more complex as it warms up.

Tastes of milk chocolate, prunes, ginger, coffee, and the metalic taste of coca cola. Dry in the finish, with lingering notes of chocolate, fruit, pepper, nuts, and some mildly bitter hops.

The mouthfeel is light, with a scrubbing carbonation that delivers the flavors afresh with each sip.

This is a hugely drinkable beer, one that gives the palate a ride with each sip. It is one that I am resigned to keep in my cellar.

Photo of OnThenIn
3.33/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of joshstevens87
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a brown red with an enormous light tan head that very slowly dissapears
S-very fruity with dark fruit and apples and a bit of straw in the background and a hint of yeast
T-a little bit heavier tasting than the smell with a dark fruit that is still very refreshing and crisp with a bit of a yeasty funk in the background
M-a lightish body with a moderate carbonation and is very easy drinking but seems like it should be darker tasting
D-very drinkable at 8% and is very tasty and would love to have a few of these for a session

Photo of tedpeer
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium tulip.

A - Pours brown with a huge off-white head. Good lacing. Foam started pouring out of the bottle as soon as I popped the top.

S - Dark fruits and slight yeast.

T - Complex. Dark fruits, slight sweetness, dry finish. Alcohol is hidden.

M - Very tiny bubbles in the mouth.

D - Goes down easy.

Photo of HopEnforcer
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brownish/red in color, slightly murky. Nice creamy head with some excellent lacing.

S: Apple and raisin-like aroma

T: Starts with plum/date and a subtle caramel flavor. Slight apple taste mid-way. Leaves a very pleasant date and raisin-like aftertaste.

M: Excellent mouthfeel ; not too dry.

D: Very drinkable. "Easy to digest," as the Belgians would say.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this one up at Knightly Spirits this evening so let's give it a shot.

Appearance: Pours a clear medium brown color with a thick 1" head of active medium sized bubbles. The head was starting to fade within about a minute, but it doesn't look like it has any intention of giving up any time soon. After drinking there is some pretty thick lacing left on the glass.

Aroma: It is subtle through the foam. I really only get a little bit of caramel and some toasty notes. I don't notice any major yeasty characteristics or anything. As the beer warms up, it is getting a little bit more yeasty, but this is very subtle.

Taste: The flavor if this beer is really mild, but very complex and even refreshing. It is a clean beer for the style and it has a lot of malt complexity that makes up the backbone of the beer. The carbonation is quite high, so this also makes the beer come across the palate lighter than I know it is. The overall balance is definitely toward the malt, and only very late in the finish do you get a subtle warming from the alcohol. The dark malts aren't a big player, instead it seems like it is getting the complexity from the likes of Munich malt. I would guess that dark Munich is most likely because of the color.

Opinion: This is a really nice beer all the way around. In fact, it is so subtle and clean, that the untrained palate might mistake this for a Bock or something like that. I definitely think that it is the cleanest Dubbel that I have ever tried. Either way, I would certainly drink this beer again and I am already planning on picking up the Blond tomorrow when I return to Knightly Spirits.

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

Pours a red beer in color, not as I thought but a good surprise. Has the massive head that many Trappist beers have.
Smells of dark fruits, common I have noticed in many of the darker Belgians. The Belgian yeast comes through as well.
Tastes as well of the dark fruits, maybe plum but its hard to tell. Has a bit of sweetness to it that is not overwhelming.

Great beer thanks :).

Photo of jrallen34
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 11.2 oz bottle into my Westmalle goblet.

The beer pours dark brown with ruby red highlights. The head is tope rising about 2 fingers. It loses one finger quickly but keeps the other a long time falling pillowly leaving a soapy cover for over 15 minutees. The lacing is great.

The aroma is really nice and balanced. It starts off really malty with toffee, dark fruits and a bready yeast finish.

The taste is really nice and complex, I almost like this more than Westy 8. It starts off very sweet, has a nice bitter middle then a great yeasty finish.

Overall, a very excellent dubbel.

Photo of runner72
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - brownish/orange cloudy. Pours nicely with a large head clings to the glass. Lots of carbonation. very inticing

S - Complex smell. brown sugar/fig/yeast/fruit all in one.

T - Excellent! Very complex. Smooth malty taste. fruit/fig very nice.

M - tingly with carbonation. smooth, malty feel.

D - very drinkable. smooth going down. very nice. you can't taste the alcohol at all.

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Amber to mahogany in color, with a thick frothy cream-colored head. Head retention is very good and lacing is phenomenal.

S: Aromas of biscuity malt, candi sugar, some spice and dried fruit are present, but not intense. There's also a slight medicinal note that I cannot seem to get past. Hops lend the beer a nice clean aroma in the back.

T: Toast, caramel, and spice hit the palate first, with a some dried fruit lingering behind. The finish is crisp and floral, with some citrus notes most likely lended by the hops.

M: Medium bodied, but has nice viscosity. Carbonation gives this beer a very silky mouthfeel.

D: Flavorful, smooth, and easy to drink. This brew is a great example of the style. It's definitely worth trying.

Photo of BeerNemesis
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trappist Achel 8 Brune. 12oz. bottle. 2009 vintage.

Appearance:
Thick copper-brown with a pluming three finger light tan head that slowly dissipates but never fully disappears. Strong, clumpy lacing. Tingly carbonation is visible.

Smell:
Earthy, malty, dry, with some fruit aromas.

Taste:
Earthy taste complemented by apple and caramel flavors. Raisons and honey tastes in the back. Sweet malty finish.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability:
Soft carbonation. Not thick but not thin. Not as creamy as it is light.

Notes: It's a good beer with a dessert-like taste. The baked apples and raisons impart fruitiness that is counterbalanced by caramel-honey sweetness. All in all quite a worthy and very drinkable beverage.

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: great appearance, deep copper color with incredible full head all the way to the bottom of the glass
S: earthy, dry, malty
T: well-balanced, a bit yeasty with good malt taste and traditional Belgian fruity ale
M: very nice, a bit tinny in finish
D: good, very light for a beer of its strength

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium brown color with a huge off-white head with good retention and a bit of lacing. Smells very malty with a dry with some fruitiness. Tastes fruity with dry nuts, malts and a small hop profile. Mouthfeel is pretty standard, which is very enjoyable. Drinkability is great for this beer, the alcohol stay quiet and it's fairly mild.

Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear coppery brown with a 1 inch, fluffy, tan/beige cap. Good head retention with sticky and clumpy lace. Malty sweet aroma, bread crust, mild, with slight solvent character. Low bitterness with a lot of malt sweetness and caramel, dried fruit, bready, brown sugar, and light alcohol at the end. Medium body with ample carbonation and an airy texture, light warmth. Quite tasty overall.

Photo of crnipeter
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The reviewed beer belongs to a lot of bottles that came near to the expiration date declared on their labels. The beer evolves continuously with aging and so does my curiosity so lets try one while still within the limits of rapidly approaching BBE (17.01.2010). The beer is highly effervescent so needs to be poured quickly within seconds after cap removal as it literally erupts from the bottle. St. Bernardus goblet gets instantly crowned with spectacular tan head that never completely fades although its surface become dimply as it gradually subsides forming thick solid cap above the dark coppery-brown liquid. Nose pampering aromas of barriqued red wine, grape seeds, unrefined sugar, grapes, berries - predominantly strawberries, fully ripened figs, wine soaked raisins and trace of cocoa. How I wish they would make such fragrance for women... The fully matured flavor profile closely corresponds to the aroma - slightly vinous with all sorts of dark fruits and berries whose sweetness is gently balanced by grape seed and bread crust bitterness. This is perhaps the most complex beer I've ever encountered. Prickly yet velvety smooth followed by mild pleasantly warming sensation in the stomach. So good it's almost unreal. I still have a dozen bottles or so and will continue to cellar some to see how this beer gains with further aging. Based on recent experience the future seems promising. I dunno how fresh Achel would do it but an old one is the finest of all dubbels. I don't see a beer of its kind capable of dethroning this one in the foreseeable future.

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

Poured this into a Chimay chalice and got a 2-finger frothy, billowy head that was tan in color. Had a murky, dirt-brown appearance to it.

The aroma consists of dates, plum, and fruity malts.

I taste apple, caramel, and something molasses-like. The taste ends sweet and a little boozy when first tasted cold. But that boozy kick goes away once this warms up.

Mouthfeel is velvety, but even slightly crisp. Drinkability is good for the style, especially at room temperature.

Overall, this is a solid trappist dubbel. And that's just it. I got that trappist taste I expected - no surprises. But a job well done. This beer did improve greatly when the last half of it was at room temperature. It also went well with some craisins I had, and I bet it would go very well with sharp cheddar cheese.

Photo of theboozecruise
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a smaller bottle (probably 11.2 oz.) into a Chimay goblet. It pours a hazy brown color, large creamy voluptuous head, lots of retention.

Pretty simple smell, caramel malts dominate but it's good for what it is. The taste is far better balanced, but still dominated by the malt flavors. The alcohol presence is hardly there at all, and the medium body gives it a really nice feel. I'd like to see more floral flavors mixed in from a Belgian ale, but this is still pretty solid, and while it's a dubbel, it claims to be a brown ale, so the high malt presence is expected.

I like this one, not quite what I was expecting, but quite tasty.

Photo of dqrull
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now I've tasted at least one brew from every trappist brewery!

Pours a clear deep red, almost wine red. A large, really resilient airy and dirty-looking head, lots of clumpy lacing sticking to the inside of the chalice, beautiful!

Smells of lots of dark dried fruits, raisins, prunes, dried peach maybe? Apples in caramellized sugar, belgian yeast-esters give it all a slight hints of honey, and honeydew. finishes with a sweet fudge-like maltiness.

Apples are very prominent in the tastel, backed up by carramelized brown sugar, which makes me think of the dessert, where you bake apples whole in the oven together with sugar and syrup, never experienced this kind of prominent apple-taste in a beer. It gets a little bit uniform in its apple-ness though, there are small hints of raisins and some honey (guess you could have raisins and honey in the dessert as well, got to try it!) backed up by a finishing sweet maltiness, still fudgy in character.

Very soft carbonation, but lacks creaminess because it doesnt foam up very well in the mouth.

Photo of ryanonline
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy, dark brown, with a large off white head. nice lacing.

potent scent of brown sugar and figs, dark cherry also. the alcohol comes through pretty strong too.

taste is slightly more bitter and, the sweetness all but disappears. still tasting some dark fruits though. alcohol on the end.

mouthfeel is creamy with a little bit more carbonation than i like.

sort of heavy, but not overly complex. moderate drinkability.

nice but nothing to write home about.

Photo of daledeee
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a cloudy brown with a nice head. The nose was malt and caramel with hints of spice.

At first this was a little bubbly and that interfered with the drinking experience. After this beer aired out the taste and mouth feel improved. Very nice beer. Easy to drink.

Photo of WoogityBoogity
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown body, clarity is cloudy. High flocculating yeast floaties reside at bottom of glass. Tall collar of off-white foam stays throughout consumption.

S - Complex malt character with low mild fruit esters. Phenolic notes and yeasty aromatics complete palate.

T - Malt sweetness blends with spice phenols to create an accentuating and exciting array of flavor. Alcohol flavor and very subdued bitterness on finish.

M - Medium body, high in carbonation. Mild warming from ABV.

O - A very well-off Belgian, from the youngest Trappist.

Photo of Beejay
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Ruby reddish brown, a full 2+ fingers of head, though it is dissipating as I type this.

S: It almost has a little hint of a skunk scent though I think it is something else. Yeasty, sweet, fruity. Not amazing though. :(

T: The taste is very nice.. very crisp and clean tasting.. Slightly fruity with fig and banana esters and a bit of a tart bite in the finish. Maybe my tasters are off, but I get just a hint of American Adjunct in there somewhere. Raisons and and brown sugar in the finish. Overall very enjoyable.

M: This one really wakes your mouth up. It is not so much carbonated, but actually fizzy. Like Champaign or tonic water. And still a little slick and sticky. Quite interesting..

D: Nice for a change, and I am really glad that I got to try another one of the trappist beers. But I don't think it will be beating out others in it's style. Still worth picking up if you come across it.

Photo of nicnut45
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Holy head! This thing was foaming out of the top when I took the cap off. I poured into tulip glass and waited for foam to settle before finishing.As it subsides it leaves plenty of cola like foam with a nice whip cream dollop in the middle. This beer is a dark cherry brown color.

S-This beer changes as it sits in the glass. At first whiff it smells just like raw cookie dough. As the foam subsides it takes on a peppery scent. I also smell what reminds me of blue cheese that kind of funky scent and some banana bread in there too.

T-A lot going on. At first I get like a sour cider taste which isnt at all bad, followed by peppery pizza crust flavors. Reminds me of fruit that is starting to go bad kind of like those brown banana spots. Nice doughy bread like flavors throughout. And when this is all done you get a nice peppery dry finish.

M.F.-Heavy mouthfeel, perfect carbonation.

D-The alcohol is well hidden, it is interesting and I want to keep drinking just because each sip is different and unique. I would consider buying again for 5.99 for a 12 ounce bottle.

Trappist Achel 8° Bruin from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
92 out of 100 based on 723 ratings.