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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

655 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 655
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 53
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 03:49:38 | More by DenisKolkin
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-28-2014 23:21:33 | More by RedAleMan
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justme

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

03-28-2014 22:23:54 | More by justme
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 20:56:03 | More by polloenfuego
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Cadbury

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

03-25-2014 00:15:04 | More by Cadbury
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JTuomi

Finland

4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 19:39:03 | More by JTuomi
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-23-2014 06:01:40 | More by liamt07
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timotao

New York

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-22-2014 23:55:10 | More by timotao
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AugustusRex

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-22-2014 03:46:07 | More by AugustusRex
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afsdan

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

03-21-2014 05:33:27 | More by afsdan
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poorbuthappy

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

03-19-2014 20:08:21 | More by poorbuthappy
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javahead71

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

03-16-2014 13:23:57 | More by javahead71
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BrazilianAussie

Brazil

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-16-2014 03:33:51 | More by BrazilianAussie
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threedaggers

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-07-2014 02:32:05 | More by threedaggers
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stevoj

Germany

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

03-01-2014 04:24:23 | More by stevoj
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RusImpStoLuv

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-24-2014 18:09:14 | More by RusImpStoLuv
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vermilcj

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-21-2014 16:02:46 | More by vermilcj
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jkball01

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-19-2014 14:05:35 | More by jkball01
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bunbury

Panama

5/5  rDev +20.8%

02-10-2014 17:18:49 | More by bunbury
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JoeG

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-08-2014 13:57:04 | More by JoeG
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HowlingTurkey

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-01-2014 04:33:03 | More by HowlingTurkey
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Gotti311

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

01-30-2014 13:06:52 | More by Gotti311
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BJSmit

Netherlands

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-28-2014 13:53:29 | More by BJSmit
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-28-2014 04:17:15 | More by jaydoc
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ricknelson

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 19:47:41 | More by ricknelson
Trappist Achel 8° Bruin from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
92 out of 100 based on 655 ratings.