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

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Ratings: 732
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 66
Gots: 72 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse visit their website

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

This is a wonderful beer, full of soft and beautiful fruity impressions (apple, pear, white grape), and with a strong malt profile that is sweet, slightly salty and roasted, reminiscent of caramel and chocolate. Hop presence is delicate and nuanced. Some spicy touches are defining as well and give a wood-like impression to the beer. When it warms up a bit, it develops a small sour touch.

Mouthfeel is creamy and is supported by a full body. Combined with a proper amount of carbonation, this is a highly drinkable and even refreshing beer. It has a great dark look too, but needs a little gentleness when being poured in order to maintain a proper head size.

Brown Achel somewhat reminds me of a beer like Moinette Brune. It also seems to have gotten better and developed into a more complex beer every time I have one (which is about three times a year).

Photo of gonzo46and2
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Kingdom Liquors in Brandon FLA. Pours a dark red to brown color. Generated a nice fluffy head. Smellls like candied fruit and alchohol. Taste knocks it out of the park. Sweet maltiness full of caramel and fruit. Low hoppines. On the sweet end of the spectrum but well balanced.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.47/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Muddy brown with a hint of orange color with a thick tan colored head that leaves decent lacing in the goblet. Smells of yeast, dark malts, and dark candi sugar with a smidge of spiciness. Not particularly the most complex Trappist I've tried, but the flavor is there, the alcohol punch is there, and it's rather smooth. Like other Trappist ales, I couldn't drink them back-to-back because I reserve them for "special treats". I must admit that I was slightly disappointed by this one.

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

330ml bottle

Typical dubbel. Dark, some weird Belgian bitterness/pucker to it. Lots of malt sweetness, more than most dubbels where the candi sugar seems to dominate the sweetness. I'm more of a candi sugar man but this works plenty fine.

Massive head was interesting. Bit of a lagerlike smell early, but gave way to the usual dub aromas. Bit more alcohol note to this beer than other dubbels, at least in the flavor. Mild fruitiness to it.

Lots to like, not exceptional but far from bad either. Gotta love those Trappist ales!

Photo of dsa7783
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz slim, slender bottle purchased from State Line Liquors in Maryland for $5.99...
A slow and steady pour yielded an enormous foamy and frothy head that kept on rising and refused to dissipate... the head literally kept growing and foaming up non-stop... Dark-brown, chestnut hue with rising carbonation visible as well...
Rich malts, caramel, thick cream and a hint of vanilla in the nose... Sweet and inviting...
The taste - which was rich and exceptional, strongly mirrored the aroma, bursting with creamy, super-sweet malts, dark, candied sugars, a hint of alcohol, figs, prunes, dates, raisins, and caramel...
Creamy, very rich mouthfeel and extremely thick and full-bodied with a good level of drinkability to match...
An excellent, authentic, true-to-the-style Belgian dubbel...
Definitely recommended...

Photo of ABCJiugui
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- caramel amber, 2 finger of thick dense head that has great tension (supported drops of liquid on top). Retains excellent throughout. Large clumps of clingy lace.

S- spiced, clove-ish, typical good trappist dubbel smells, light sugar smell.

T- lightly carbonic acid sharpness, slightly mineral in finish, spiced.

M- creamy head, medium body, very light from the soft carbonation.

Overall, very nice, will return to it again to get a clearer sense of it.

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

330ml bottle
8.0% ABV
I tried this beer on December 20, 2007 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto. The beer poured a dark brown into the Trappist chalice with a huge tan head that lasts throughout the beer, getting rocky as it slowly dissipates. The aroma is a mixture of yeast, malt and fruit such as plums. The mouthfeel was highly carbonated and full-bodied. The flavour was malt, with some hop bitterness.

Photo of yourefragile
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Chimay goblet

A: Very dark, hazy ruby brown (almost looks like apple butter) color with a massive, fluffy rocking tan head that has nice retention, slowly dissipating to a thick film. Thick, clumpy lacing coats the inside of the glass.
S: Strong aroma. Slightly sour, citrus like, and ripe fruit (apples). Some malty sweetness and spice.
T: Sweet malt and belgian-y yeast with a slightly sour, lemon citrus. Very smooth and balanced flavors. Other flavors include ripe dark fruit, caramel and some earthy graininess.
M: A little thin and water like in the body, but very smooth and flavorful. As this warms up a little more of a warming alcohol presence in the finish.
D: Very nice, balanced, slightly sweet flavorful dubbel with well hidden alcohol. Slightly thin in the body but very rich flavor compensates for that nicely.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split the bottle.

A: Cloudy copper color with a ton of creamy slightly brownish head. Really nice lacing.

S: Very bready with powerful notes of the yeast coming through.

T: Amazing how sweet this beer is. The yeast dominates. I think there was a hint of some dark fruit in the back but the yeast crushed it.

M: Really high level of carbonation for the style but it works with the sweetness. Slightly creamy on the tongue.

D: Not too bad. Not something I would reach for all the time but damn can those monks brew.

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

A- Pours with a gigantic creamy, tan head- root beer float-like. Took a while to pour, waiting for it to dissipate in-between. Color is a muddy orange-brown

S- Sweet malts with an estery yeast background

T- Again, sweet malts with an estery yeast and molassas character. finishes sweet. Nothing spectacular, but solid.

M- Medium bodied. balanced carbonation- surprising, given the pour

D- again, nothing spectacular but solid- good but won't blow your mind

Photo of GJ40
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 330ml bottle in a chalice.

Deep brown color with a small head which dissipates quickly. Aroma is very sweet and syrupy with a strong smell of molasses and a bit of alcohol. The flavor follows the aroma very closely. It starts with a roasted flavor and ends with a lingering sweetness.

I had a bottle in Seattle and didn't like it. I really wanted to give it a second chance and wasn't sorry I did. I think I just had a poorly treated bottle the first time around. This is a good beer and worth a try.

Photo of grub
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this was part of a belgian gift pack that i got for christmas. my wife's aunt+uncle traveled to belgium as part of a european tour last summer and brought back a shirt, some westmalle+orval glasses, and a bunch of good beer. this was one of the bunch, sampled in the westmalle glass. thanks to colleen, harry, and the boys for this great brew!

review #600. woohoo!

330ml bottle, best before 12/12/08. sampled march 23/08.

pours hazy red-brown with a huge fluffy meringue-like tan head. some nice ruby highlights showing at the edges. the head lasts forever. in the last 10 minutes the center has fallen slightly, but the edges are still solid right to the top of the glass. there's a solid sheet of lace that coats the glass all the way to the bottom.

aroma is nice. bit of lemony sourness. belgian yeasty spice. date and raisin. bit of plum. bready malt. touch of alcohol. i also get a bit of brett character that i didn't expect - the lemon, as well as some leather and horseyness.

taste is good. definitely some brett here. touch of lemon and cider vinegar. leather and horse blanket. bit of sour orange. some dark fruit - date and raisin. bread and cracker malt. bit of alcohol. belgian yeasty character. touch of caramel.

mouthfeel is good. high carbonation level, slightly sharp at first but smooths out with time. medium-light body with a nice dry finish.

drinkability is quite good. not used to having a bit of brett influence in a dubbel, and not sure if it's intentional, but i'm rather enjoying it. the alcohol is hidden very well. nicely balanced. i also like the light dark fruit character too. interesting, unique, and quite good.

Photo of albern
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really fine Belgian Dubbel and very representative of the style. It pours a nice slightly hazy ruby color with a lot more carbonation than you would expect. The head is huge, hangs around awhile and laces a bit. The head is soapy off white in color. The aroma is candied sugars and then some, along with some very sweet malts, and some spice. The flavor won't disappoint. Again, lots of sweet malts, candied sugars, some caramel and butterscotch, maybe some green apple. You will also find a rather yeasty carbonation towards the finish that is characteristic of the style as well. Where I knocked the beer down is in the overly throaty alcohol in the finish and aftertaste. There is a slight sourish hue as well on the backend, coupled with the too warming alcohol notes, and I took some points away. Well worth seeking out but not perfect. L'Chaim.

Photo of ewpgolf2
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle stamp date: 04/07/09 (serve by). Before I started, I wanted to read some of the reviews (which I'm sure a lot do). I have to say, I found completely different things in my review from what I read??? The appearance of this Dubbel is nothing like I've seen before. It is one of the most beautiful ruby/garnet/scarlet hues I've ever seen in a beer. I'm new to the site, but certainly not to Belgians. The head was filled w/ thousands of tiny bubbles which dissipated extremely slow. I didn't find it to be overly aromatic though-I expected a lot more-quite odd? The temp. is 60+F* now (at least) and I'm starting to taste/feel the warmth of the alcohol through to the mouthfeel. Somewhat complex and numbs the tongue (in a good way). Toasted hops with cooked cherries w/ brown sugar & molasses. Took another wiff w/ only a swallow left-now I get a great redolence.
This is not a 3-4 beer Brune-I would serve this to guests as a digestif' w/ pride!

Photo of Foxman
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a murky milk chocolate brown with hazy amber margins. Several fingers of puffy light tan head ice cream cone the top of the glass. Lacing is thick, licky, and sticky.

In the aroma, the grain is earthy with caramel and fruity with figs and currants. A quick blip of banana cedes to clove and crisp apple. Cocoa and mild coffee part before a poke of alcohol.

Upon sipping, the malt is moderately sweet, with caramel, dried fruit, and truncated candy sugar. Esters help dry the sweetness with a crisp clove spice and green apple duo. Milk chocolate slips into a very brief and thin sour note tjay disappears in front of a warm eddy of alcohol. The grain crops back up with a raisin feel that's promptly crisped by the start of a dry, estery finish. It's a rich, blended, Trappist standard.

Medium bodied, it lays soft and creamy on the palate with a reasonably slick presence.

Nicely complex, craftily blended, and seamlessly smooth, it's a comforting taste of monastic Belgium. It's not quite top of the heap, or A number one, but it's certainly upper tier. The ABV is healthy and noticeable but it's a warm asset instead of an obstacle to easy drinking. As they say, what's not to like?

Photo of TripperDaniel
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes: Tasted Wednesday, February 27, 2008. Best before 12/12/08. Bottle conditioned. Ingredients: Water, barley malt, hops, yeast.

Appearance: Pours with a much less aggressive head than the Blonde 8. Leaves an impressive trail of lace from the dark cream coloured head, which reduces to a just incomplete covering and a monolayer of bubbles. Beer itself is chestnut brown with a pinkish-orange hue to it. Pale burgundy highlights. Unique colour.
Nose: Chocolatey malt and Belgian yeast funk, but what is really striking is the impression of an oud bruin or a Flanders red ale - slightly sour, with a woodiness to it. Even some cherry, maybe. Hops are faint. Alcohol not noticeable. Something dusty/musky and leathery. Very interesting, complex nose.
Taste: Surprisingly sour. Not as sour as a lambic, but certainly gives that impression. I'm beginning to wonder if this bottle is an anomaly (it's not the way I remember the first time I had an Achel Brune). Very, very interesting. Chocolate malt follows the tartness. The carbonation is fairly lively. Molasses and toffee on the finish, but the beer is bone dry. The finish shows apples and cherries. Definite dark raisin element. Maybe some faint vanilla and even a suggestion of spice - clove, coriander? Quenching. I think the carbonation is too dominant - I'll let the beer warm and breathe and see if that changes anything. It didn't really (although I didn't wait that long).

Overall: One of the more interesting beers I've tried, certainly unique among the Trappists. Complex but not terribly so. Very drinkable and thought-provoking. Clearly cellar worthy for a decade or more. You can feel that it is a high-quality, carefully put together beer.

Photo of SirSaranac
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark burgondy... Amazing head... crazy frothy head. Very nice lacing.

Malty scent with heavy dark fruit.. almost like a belgian strong. Alcohol... yeast

Tastes very malty... dark fruites... sweet... hops are present... spicy... very well balanced. Medium body.... this is a rather complex brew... very nice surprise.

Well, I need to grab a few more bottles of this.... very delicious.

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

picked up at the wine specialist in d.c. on a recent trip.

pours a deep brown with ruby highlights from the light, the head was enormous, but dropped in to a 1/8 inch sheet covering the beer for the duration of consumption.
the aroma is malty with a sharp smell, fruity, hint of alcohol.
the flavor is malty with a quick twang, fruity, raisins, woody, and alcohol.

Photo of gmcfarre
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into Caracole tulip

A - Pours a creamy milk chocolate color with ruby tints. The massively frothy, light tan head never seems to settle down. Lacing is extremely nice and also massive. Another beautiful yet careful pour from Belgium.

S - Sweet, dark candy sugar (but not overly sweet) within a strong dark fruit context. Raisins and plums, maybe some cranberry.

T - Starts with a pleasing tart sweetness with some fruit flavor. A "steely caramel flavor" is nicely evident, especially in the finish. Bitterness only shows at the finish. Alcohol is not a factor. Once again, I am at a loss to explain the many complex flavors of a Belgian beer.

M - High carbonation on the tongue with a medium, creamy body that finishes sweet and only slightly dry.

D - One of my favorite dubbels to date. Really excellent flavor with a complexity that keeps you coming back. Little to no alcohol to worry about as you enjoy the beer.

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

I feel that the recent skein of bad beers I've tried (and re-tried) is now long over after sipping Achel 8 Brune. Very delicious, well-balanced Trappist beer, Achel 8 Brune presents three fingers of off-white froth on a mahogany body--a typically lovely Belgian beer. The nose is good and complex, but more subtle than other Trappist-style offerings--apple, banana, berry, brown sugar all emerge with time. The taste is superb--lots of the fruits mentioned above, plus some roasted malt, and certainly sugary sweet. Really nice. The mouthfeel is on the whole quite good, with carbonation and smooth texture in harmonious relationship; yet the "floaties" are a nuisance. I know, it's rather a product of the method and its great product, but still, getting a lump of yeasty potpourri is an unwelcome experience.

But all in all, there are few drawbacks for this beauty, a very good beer and one to which I'll certainly return. I'm proud to say that this is the sixth of the seven authentic Trappist products I've had, with only the cloistered Westvleteren remaining. That must wait until the family and I take the long-discussed trip to Europe. In the meantime, I'll have to choke down the rest of the Trappist offerings. I think I'll manage just fine.

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

A: Pours a dark amber body with a nice, silky tan head. Head slows down after a little while ot leave a nice lacing on the top of the beer with lacing all on the glass until the finish.

S: Smells of sweet malts and hints of caramel.

T: tasted very malty with a sweet aftertaste that did not quite seem like caramel. The alcohol was slightly evident in the taste, but overall it was pretty well-masked by the sweet malts.

M: A solid, silky, full-bodied mouthfeel. Easy on the tongue and went down very well.

D: An excellent Belgian Ale. Great taste, pretty high ABV with the alcohol not too noticeable. Better than other Belgians I've had recently. Definitely worth a try if given the opportunity.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby with a massive head. Nose is light with almost a floral touch. Taste is thick and flavorful with a robust malt edge. Mouthfeel is full of carbonation and overall this one is extremely drinkable. Watch out for the sediment on the bottom as it seems to kick the bitter up quite a bit. Overall a very good brew and one worth drinking again. (though it does not have any unusual or unique characteristics)

Photo of stcules
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown color (monk's habit), with ruby edges. A lot of a beautiful, creamy, sticking, light brown head.
Malty smell, with marzipan, light ripe fruit, hazelnut, yeast, bread crust.
Rich malty taste, with marziapn, raisins, dates and dry figs. Very smooth and velvety, as the body.
Sweet aftertaste, but not cloying, with toasted and hazelnut notes in the back, and a light liquorice.

Photo of Wasatch
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice a dark brown color, nice carbonation, got alot of floaties in this bottle (my first time ever), huge two-finger plus creamy tannish head, lots of sticky lacing followed. The nose is malty, with some figs, raisins, plumes, and some caramel. The taste pretty much follows the nose. The alcohol is hidden very well. Medium body. Drinkable, did not like the floaties, but it still tasted pretty good.

Photo of shirfan
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, dark copper brown with a good, thick layer of foam. Left decent lacing throughout the glass.

Yeasty, estery aroma -- Plum, fig, pear, a hint of molasses.

Taste: Whoa, *big* surprise. None of the sticky sweet, estery candi sugar expected of a typical belgian... this is dry and slightly sour. Plum, prune, black licorice are major flavors here, with a hint of green apple in the finish. Woody, leafy notes mingle with a light drinkability and little to no alcohol detected.

A much more unique and savory beer than I had planned on tasting.

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