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

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rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.27%
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: zerk on 01-14-2003

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Achel Chalice glass. Revisited on jul´12. Reddish brown in color. Light tan, medium size bubbled, close froth. Slowly dissipated crown leaves spots on sides & a nice lacing layer on top. Toasted malt & Belgian yeast aromas, hints of prune, toasted bread, candies & phenolic alcohol to the nose. Caramel & sweet malts at first sip followed by sugary, fruity & biscuit flavors. Full body. Moderate carbonation. Texture is dense. Gentle warming alcohol in the middle lingers into a grape/fruity finish. Very good beer!! (531 characters)

Photo of Converge
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz goblet.

A - A slow (thank god) gusher when the cap comes off. Pours a deep, murky garnet color with a big, frothy light tan head. Despite using a glass that doesn't really allow for a lot of lacing, this brew leaves a generous amount of sticky chunks of foam all over the glass.

S - Surprisingly similar to the tripel of the same abbey. A simple yeast strain, not too fruity or bready or anything, but nice. More spices than I expected as well, with some citric, earthy, and grassy spices like the tripel had, as well as some ginger and all spice. Not big on the dark fruits really; a bit of raisins and figs, but that's about it. Caramel malt, brown sugar, and some earthy, almost woody notes too.

T - Much like the nose for the most part. Bready caramel malt, reserved dark fruits, and some spices upfront. Candi sugar and brown sugar add a little kick of sweetness. Notes of figs, raisins, and even a touch of dried cranberry. Finishes with a balance of rich sweetness, mild earthy hop bitterness, and slight green apple tartness. Alcohol is hardly perceived, with just a touch of warmth coming through on the back of the palate. Overall a ridiculously drinkable, well balanced and very tasty Trappist brew.

M - Medium bodied, but the carbonation is a touch too high for my liking. Yeast builds on the palate, and it also gets a bit sticky as it warms. Overall no complaints here other than slightly high carbonation for the style.

D - I have yet to try a dubbel I didn't enjoy thoroughly, and this was no exception. Just a delicious, tasty Belgian brew, with a well crafted and balanced flavor profile. Definitely the better of the two between this and their tripel. While I can certainly see myself drinking this again, there are still better options in the style readily available to me. (1,831 characters)

Photo of ksimons
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-a slightly cloudy chestnut brown with a large amount of cream white head

S-malts, a great deal of yeast, raisins, brown sugar, and spices. A lot of stuff going on in this nose but it all works.

T-taste matches the smell very well. Solid malt backbone with yeast, raisins, some dark fruits, caramel, and a mild spiciness.

M-medium body, nice fizzy carbonation

Overall this is a really great Dubbel. Expensive for the bottle but totally worth it to try. (457 characters)

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by date: 3/10/13

This may be my first review of a Trappist beer. Of course, "Trappist" mean little stylistically.

Achel Bruin is a gorgeous beer. Poured into my Brewer's Art chalice, this beer shows off a rich, off-white, meringue-like head on top of a stunning red colored brew. A very long lasting head that leaves webs of lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma seems to be a bit subdued at first, giving off gentle wafts of dark fruits and only the slightest suggestion of banana-like phenolics. As the beer warms, the aroma opens up and reveals a toffee, caramel-like quality amid brandy notes.

The first sip is unpleasant. Creamy texture from the head is nice, with robust carbonation behind that, followed by some alcoholic heat and an unpleasant metallic finish. The second and third sips improve, with the metallic finish disappearing. Notes of dried fruits start to shine through. Like the aroma, as the beer warms the flavors become more multi-dimensional and notes of sweet black cherries linger into the aftertaste.

Intense carbonation really lightens the body and creates a fluffy mouthfeel. Somewhat typical of Belgian beers in my opinion.

This beer really became much better with the slight rise in temperature. IS this a world-class beer? I think it is worth getting a bottle and testing for ones self. I probably won't pay another $8 for a bottle, but on draft??? Definitely.

Try pairing this with mussels in a red sauce. (1,456 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I aged this bottle for about a year. I thought tonight felt like a good night for a dubbel.

I poured this into a snifter and got a lot of fluffy head on a brown body. Looks good, unfortunately there wasn't much lacing. That was surprising for such a sweet beer.

This beer smells really, really good. You get a bunch of malt. I also get a dose of dark fruit and a little sour. It comes off the top really well.

The flavor is a really good malt presence. I like the way this flavor just sits residually on my tongue.

This is a very good beer. I thoroughly recommend finding a bottle of this. (594 characters)

Photo of psuKinger
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle brought back from Vintage Estate, poured into my La Trappe chalice.

A: Pours a murky burgundy/brown with a nice thick frothy off-white on top. Fills up my chalice perfectly. Head sticks around nicely, all the way to the bottom of the glass. Perfect.

S: Muted notes of raisins, figs, and other dried fruits.

T: Raisins and cinnamon spice shine through from the start. A touch of dried dates underneath. A sharp candied sugar arrives midway through, and contrasts nicely against the dry spiciness in the bready yeast here.

M: Rich, creamy, and voluminous, trappist ale always seems to have such great mouthfeel.

D/O: Definitely repeatable. In fact, I would enjoy having another one consecutively, but it likely would not be my first choice. (750 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy dark brown in color with some garnet red highlights when held up to the light and some very light amounts of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a three finger tall dense creamy beige head that reduces to a medium sized thick patch, a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of caramel malts, dark malts, and dark fruit (raisin and plum) - all contributing to the sweetness of the smell for this beer. Additionally there are some hints of spices.

T: The beer has some definite sweetness but it is pretty well balanced. As the beer warms, the sweetness becomes more pronounced. There are caramel and dark malts and dark fruit flavors (raisin and plum) along with some spices... Also, there is just a hint of hop flavor in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with high amounts of carbonation. Very smooth.

O: Very easy to drink and enjoyable. The alcohol is very well hidden and the flavors and aroma really continue to improve as the beer warms (and it was pretty darn good just after the pour). (1,152 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Trappist Westvleteren stem-goblet (the smaller model) in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are sky high given its reputation, the style, and its status as a trappist brew. I believe this is me first beer from this abbey brewery. Imported by the Shelton Bastards.

Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Served a bit warmer than refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

I couldn't find a bottled on or best before date.

Poured just fine from the bottle with no difficulties.

A: Pours a 3.5 finger head of nice cream, glistening beige colour, good foam, good thickness, and great retention considering the ABV. Colour is a semitransparent chestnut amber-copper. No yeast particles are visible - though this is the top of the bottle's contents. Colour is vibrant if understated. No bubble show - though none is expected for the style.

Sm: Biscuity yeast, plum, fig, cream, clean malts, biscuit malt, a hint of candi sugar, fresh red and green apple, very light floral hops, and some other indistinct fruit esters I can't quite identify. A very subtle mild strength aroma. I'm intrigued.

T: Dried fig and plum are the most notable notes. They rest atop clean unobtrusive malts with no caramelization or toasting to distract from the subtle fruit character. Cream is buried in the layered malts. Hopping is light, with vague floral notes and even a light bitterness hinted at on the climax. Hints of crisp apple emerge in the third act and finish. Biscuity yeast rounds out the flavour. Nicely balanced and built if somewhat muted. Westvleteren 8 is far more evocative, but the fruit notes here are nice, especially when accented by the yeast. I get some mild spice (likely from the yeast). Well built and nicely subtle. Complex enough. I like it.

Mf: Dry throughout, which does reduce its drinkability but helps bring out the flavours. Gets wetter in the third act. I'd prefer this structure reversed. Somewhat coarse. Slight subtle cream. I find it too dry, but it is nice. Nicely carbonated. Very delicate.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but too dry. I'd have it again, and I look forward to having more beers from this brewery. Hides its ABV extremely well. I'd quite like to try it aged.

Would pair well with crisp apples.

High B- (2,417 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle from Whole Foods Las Vegas NV for 3.99$

Appearance - Slightly hazy brown colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, wood, vinegar/citric

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste dates/raisins, malts, clove, and some faint chocolate. There is also some vinegar/citric flavour and a light smokiness. It ends with a dark fruit slightly bittersweet aftertaste.

Overall - A wonderfully complex and very drinkable beer. Each sip is interesting and the alcohol is well hidden. The scent is really the highlight for me. Another beer that falls into the must try category. (763 characters)

Photo of beerpirates
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into my struise glass !

A-pours a reddish plum like color with a light tan colored head that is very bubbly and sticks to the side of the glass.

S-notes of toasted bread and caramel, hints of brown sugar up front. hints of yeast lie underneath, somewhat dusty, with some dark fruits and notes of alcohol in the back.

T-the taste is similar, hints of bread, a fair bit of caramel and brown sugar, the yeast again seems to be underneath but present throughout and is again dusty, the back is sweet bringing candied dark fruits and hints of alcohol.

M-medium to light body and lively and carbonated on the tongue, it has a crisp semi dry finish.

D-this is a pretty tasty beer, its a little sugary with all the dark candied fruits and lacks complexity, but still a tasty brew and nice lively feel. (817 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330mL bottle (bottled 4/23/2011) into a tulip. Pours a murky mahogany w/ a towering off-white head that fills the glass, settles slowly, leaves clumps of sticky lace clinging to the glass.

Aroma is sweet dark fruit - mostly plums and raisins - and dark candi sugar. Sweet and bready. Some nice warming booze in there too.

Taste has the same dark fruity profile w/ a pretty dry finish. Sweet but not sugary. Still, not a whole lot of complexity here - mainly dark caramel malt, candi sugar, and Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel has a slightly prickly character - smooth and dry but there's a bite too.

Overall, good. A pretty traditional version of a Belgian dubbel, but maybe not a standout. (687 characters)

Photo of vgarneth
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have yet to try a Belgium beer that I do not like. This Dubbel from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse has nice color with a fragrant nose of green apples and figs. The alcohol is masked well by the brew's exquisite taste and body. Two thumbs up for Trappist Achel 8° Bruin! (287 characters)

Photo of pants678
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really the perfect frothy, off-white head is on a deep, wood brown body. Foam stands throughout.

Apple and vanilla on the nose, pleasant but not more than that.

Little bit of fig and spice, subtle notes of brown sugar or maple completely cover the alcohol. Perhaps not as outstanding as other trappist dubbels (Westmalle, Rochefort). Sweet if you let it sit on your tongue.

It's all very light but still staining, carbonation is little aggressive but not offensive (467 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The creamy beige head is big and just sits there in all its glory over a dark chestnut beer with innumerable columns of fine carbonation. The head just gets creamier and thicker with time. There is no room in the La Trappe chalice for any real lacing.

The aroma is dominated by malt, however, there is a simple background of musty spice.

This may be the benchmark for balance. Flavors include applesauce, figs, and brown spices. While less complex than others of this style, it is still great.

Fine carbonation bursts up front in this full bodied, smooth beer with a creamy middle and finish.

Better paired with food than other dubbels. (641 characters)

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with huge billowing off-white head that lingers forever. Lacing draped all over the side of the glass.

Smell is of clove and ripe banana. Some bread and plun mixed in.

Taste is sweet with lots of ripe plum and bread. Almost no bitterness except very late.

Tons of carbonation. Very smooth with medium to full body.

Overall this is a very nice dubbel. (372 characters)

Photo of peensteen
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper brown colour, orangey hues toward the bottom, nearly two fingers of eggshell coloured head, good lacing. Smell is spicy with dark fruits, yeasty, some faint banana, some lightly burnt dark sugars, light pockets of alcohol, raisin, plum, lots of fruit present, quite the complex nose. Taste is of overripe dark fruits, nice spiciness, mild alcohol, bruised figs, raisin, plum and apple, mild sweetness and dark sugars, caramel like flavours toward the end. Full weight, medium carbonation, medium body. This was really good, very complex and drinks incredibly quick, certainly something I would come back for. (615 characters)

Photo of Cinderbike
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark brown with a thick cream head, Belgian lace
S - prunes, coffee, nutmeg, plums, and some banana
T - caramel, stone fruit, raisin. Some light roasted notes as it warms
M - medium body; tons of carbonation, quite fizzy actually.
O - another great Trappist beer. (267 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 03/13/13 poured into a tulip glass slowly to avoid disturbing the sediment.

Appearance: Translucent coppery brown with some red highlights when held up to the light. Thick persistent very light tan foam with lots and lots of persistent lacing all over the glass. A great looking beer.

Smell:: Mildly yeasty, malty, maybe a little bit musty with the barest hint of hops at the end. Not that fragrant.

Taste: Malty, fruits (sweet, but not overly so). A toned-down yeasty fruit Danish pastry would be a reasonable way to describe this. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation, nice thickness but airy and creamy at the same time. Really amazing.

Drinkability / Overall: A very good beer. Went great with Quiche Lorraine but I could easily have another all by itself. Great looking beer with great mouthfeel. I don’t think I’ve had a beer with this good of carbonation and mouthfeel in quite awhile. Only weak in the aroma department but with the other great aspects I think it’s still fair to say that this is a great beer. (1,046 characters)

Photo of nickthetick
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: pours a mahogany brown with ruby tints in a Brewers Art goblet with a solid two fingers of khaki head that hangs around for the whole beer and leaves lacing like something I hope my fiancée would wear on our honeymoon. Just a pretty damn beer.

S: dark sweet fruits, plums, nectarines, apples, candi sugar, toffee, caramel, a hint of citrus.

T: a lot of the fruits are present and mingle well with the citrus flavors. It all blends with the biscuit and yeast notes. There are honey notes and a pinch of nutmeg.

MF: solid body, a tad chewy, completely blends together and the effervescence melds well.

O: one of me favorite dubbles, not the easiest to find but worth the search. (688 characters)

Photo of BMoldy
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown in color with a very large 1 1/2" head that takes its sweet time settling down. Settles quicker around the edges of the glass, leaving a little rounded plateau in the middle. Lots of super sticky lacing.

S: Caramel-like malt sweetness combines with some grassy hops. Classic dubbel smell, really.

T/M: Very full-bodied and packed with fruit– more so than the average dubbel I'd say. A bit of a too vigorously frothy carbonation spoils the feel a little bit (kind of like the Rochefort 10) but is otherwise spot-on. Although the syrupy sweetness is pronounced, it isn't as aggressive as other examples of the style; yet the hops are incredibly subdued and the bitterness remains minimal. As for the alcohol? What alcohol? Finishes a bit on the sweet side, but remains relatively tame otherwise.

O: Overall a very solid Trappist dubbel: full-bodied, sweet, and with just enough other elements –in this case fruit– to make it interesting. Very well done, as is to be expected. (996 characters)

Photo of Agent1
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The youngest of the Trappist family, respectively. Unlike many other long-running Trappist monasteries such as Chimay, St. Bernardus or Trappiste Rochefort, this brewery was seized by the Germans in WWI. It has only been until recently that they began brewing Belgian recipes again. Now, that being said, there is still a long history to this brewery well before 1914; one to be admired and enjoyed!

Appearance - Thick, dark brown with ruby coloring when held up to the light. Excellent head retention. This has been sitting for almost 25 minutes now (letting it warm quite a bit) and it has turned to a thick, bubbly cream. Beige head. Very impressive!

Smell - Very sweet. Lots of brown sugar and dark fruits on the nose. Plum, raisin and fig come to mind immediately. A little yeast is also present. Not mind-blowing, necessarily, but makes my mouth water nonetheless.

Taste - Toffee, anise, butter, caramel, yeast/ bread, cocoa, earthy herbs and spices (not too many, not too overwhelming) and finally, a touch of bitter orange peel. This is quite complex considering it has only been fermented twice -- wow!

Mouthfeel - Nicely carbonated. Smooth and creamy on the tongue. Not the most impressive mouthfeel, but nice. I feel this buzz mostly on the roof of the mouth. Fairly balanced, but not nearly complex as I would like.

Overall - Given that this is a Dubbel, I am very impressed with how many taste notes are present in this brew. Bordering on a quad at times, this is somewhat stunning. Considering I believe their blonde to be rather dull, this is a 180 for me, personally. Nice, dark, sweet and chewy flavors really bring this beer to life. An excellent Dubbel! (1,679 characters)

Photo of haazer
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured???? into a tulip.

A- Holy head, carbonation overload. First pour into the glass is nothing but white foam. Kind of alarming. The beer that finally does show itself is a nice looking strawberry red. Pretty dark red. Lacing left on the glass from the rediculous amounts of head. Yes it looks nice but I would like to drink it at some point.

S- Smells real fruity. Raisins, prunes, dates, and a bit of funk. Perhaps some brett in here. I detect a nice strong oak presence.

T- Flavor has the fruits but fairly subtle. A bit of cherry pit, raisins, and some chocolate blended together Some noticeable esthers and booze is tasted. There seems to be some wood on the backend.

M- My favorite part of this beer. Medium bodied, super smooth and syrup consistency. The carbonation is high but its fairly well masked by the brews consistency. If Drinkability were still around this would get a high score.

O- Definitely an interesting take on a dubbel. Didn't have the maryjane candy flavor that most others have on my palatte. Seems like a blend of an Oud Bruin and Dubbel, and it works. Once the super carbed head dies down this is fairly enjoyable. (1,154 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours your classic dubbel brown. Tan foamy head is a billowing cloud of puffy foam.
Well carbonated.
Nicely aromatic with loads of rich candied malts, candied sugar and yeast.
Taste has a sweet and sour aspect to me. At first sip it's a nice malty ale rich with candied sugar and fruitcake. It ends on a sour and tart note akin to a Flemish red.
Thinner to medium mouthfeel smooth with a semi-dry finish. At the finish is a mild soft alcohol warming.
I like the way it starts sweeter and ends on a sour note.
Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic It all I can say. (558 characters)

Photo of AMiz602
4.94/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This Trappist was not quite as dark as its Belgian Trappist counterparts. However, don't judge by that. It is a sweet, extremely smooth, and delicate beer. It gets better as is warms, and is a beer best drank after a meal, when you can just relax with it. The head was not anything to particularly write home about (I do own a goblet glass for these specialties). However, the caramel-coffee smell was very savory, and hard to put down after a drink. It is a strong beer, but the sweetness of it masks the alcohol content nicely. Personally, I think it is the best out of the Trappist Breweries, and is not overly expensive. (624 characters)

Photo of supermeniscus
4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first beer from the Achel trappist brewery and i have to say it was extremely positive. I can't wait to try the others
A. Poured into a tulip glass which produced a massive head, which although died down a lot remained lacy. Colour was dark ruby in the light
S. One of the nicest smelling brews...ever. Lots of dark fruits and yeast
T. Astonishing. Very interesting fruits
M. Quite thick, very bubbly with a medium-dry finish

O. Simply put, this is perhaps the best dubbel i have ever tasted (504 characters)

Trappist Achel 8° Bruin from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
92 out of 100 based on 414 ratings.