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

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Ratings: 677
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 58
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse visit their website

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: zerk on 01-14-2003)
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Jofroi, Apr 26, 2014
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target88, Apr 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Ewhite2121, Apr 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Cycle69, Apr 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Wobbly, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of IPA35
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

IPA35, Apr 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Beervana, Apr 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

andrenaline, Apr 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

brutalist, Apr 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Danielr26, Apr 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

byronic, Apr 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

kevinlater, Apr 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

bigjoe786, Apr 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

evil_liver, Apr 06, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

mick303, Apr 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

HATS4BATS, Apr 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

devilfluff, Apr 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

yancot, Apr 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

mattb777, Apr 01, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

DenisKolkin, Mar 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

RedAleMan, Mar 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

justme, Mar 28, 2014
Trappist Achel 8° Bruin from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
92 out of 100 based on 677 ratings.