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

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Ratings: 733
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 66
Gots: 73 | 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 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.

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

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : bière brune de fermentation haute, robe brun-rouge
Smell : arômes grillé et de houblon poivré
Taste and mouthfeel : palais malté ferme au goût prononcé
Drinkability : une bonne bière dans le style Trappiste

Photo of debaniel
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Hazy brown, not much light shining through on this one - some ruby colors showing through... and a mountain of rocky head.

SMELL: Sweet raisins and figs, brown sugar and cherries.

TASTE: Just like the smell, with all the brown sugar and cherries - with NO alcohol flavor. I'm telling you, it's just not there. Wonderful.

MOUTHFEEL: Creamy with just enough carbonation.

DRINKABILITY: This one surprised me with it's exceptional taste and the complete lack of alcohol flavor. It's complexity makes it hard to imagine drinking all night, but when you want to treat yourself, this is a great brew with which to do it.

Photo of brendan13
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a snifter a murky brown with a hugh fluffy beige head. Big patchy lacing.
S - Smell is Belgian yeastiness, spicy, fruity & caramel malt. Some alcohol notes. Nothing dominates, just a nice big complex mix.
T - Again a nice mix of spice, fruitiness & some caramel malts. Some slightly sour hints towards the end.
M - Smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with a moderate level of carbonation.
D - Probably not something to drink all that often but once in a while wouldn't be a bad call.

Photo of ablaze
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a foamy mocha head with thick lacing. Murky brown with some ruby highlights.

Warm buttered pumpernickel, smoky, earthy, with some sprinkled pepper.

Delicious brew. More pumpernickel, some chocolate gravy and roast beef. Soft and creamy latte. Cookies, maybe a nutty biscotti and figs. Smooth, nice carbonation and full body make this a treat.

Very nice and tasty. I'm coming back to this one soon and wish it came in four packs, as the 8% is invisible.

Achel's blond is quite nice as well.

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

33 cl. bottle. Red fire colour, with darker shades on the top. Creamy foam, last for a while and leaves a good lace. Aroma of fruits, chocolate, vanilla, figs or dates, spices. Taste of dark fruits, spices, chocolate, background of cherries. Flavos has an acid alcoholic touch.

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

Trappist Achel 8° Brune pours a deep mahogany from dark brown 11.2 fl oz glass bottle with a pry off cap. Head and lacing of light tan are for the record books. Which has more foam, the Atlantic Ocean or an 11.2 fl oz bottle of Trappist Achel 8° Brune…

Nose is of dried fruit, fig and raison with a whiff or two of alcohol. Palate is dried fig and tart prune mingled with a lightly spiced burnt chocolate.

Intriguing and mysterious this Trappist Achel 8° Brune is, and a willing student am I.

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

Trappist 6 of 6 for me! (And I've had Koningshoeven too) The other 5 have set some pretty tough standards. I'd bet Achel will be right up with the rest of them.

Date stamped: 06/10/07

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Trois Pistoles chalice an opaque reddish brown. The edges are barely translucent and has deep crimson highlights. The dense off-white head is enormous and sticks around for quite some time.

SMELL: The aroma is huge with a significant breadiness to it. Fruity esters are moderate but deep and complex. Alcohol is very apparent but does not seem to detract too much.

TASTE: Tremendously bready with a huge yeast character showing through. Fruity esters pale in comparison to the aromas. Alcohol is nearly undetectable. The finish is remarkably clean and fleeting. My only knock would be that is slightly one-dimensional, but it's a shining example of an abbey dubbel otherwise.

MOUTHFEEL: Nice body with just a bit of a syrupy quality. Carbonation is sharp and effervescent.

DRINKABILITY: A bit of a heavy-hitter for repeat drinking, but it's a great choice for a special bottle. You know the alcohol is there, but not at 8% levels.

I'll say it again. Those monks sure know what they're doing. I'm increasingly impressed by each one, and I certainly plan on buying them again.

Photo of bosco7
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kind of a murky brown color with a nice two finger foamy head.

Brown sugar, caramel, black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, rum, and fig aromas.

Starts with toffee, fig and rummy flavors and progresses to a phenolic bite (pleasurably spicy-not overwhelming) black pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon flavors. There is some grainy flavors. Finishes extremely dry leaving the palate thoroughly refreshed.

This is a highly refreshing beer-I usually don't think Dubbel when I want a refreshing summer beer but this certainly fits the bill.

Photo of dnichols
3.66/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served a 330 ml bottle in a challis.

A: This beer pours a reddish brown that when held to the light becomes a bright cherry red. It's topped by a persistent creamy tan head. As the head dissipated it the lace was evident.

S: There was a earthy aroma accented with spices (almost peppery), and dark fruit (plums and figs). The slight caramelized malty background is dominated by whiffs of alcohol.

T: A spicy alcohol warmth lingers on the palate and the heavier than expected carbonation and hops make each sip filled with zip and a tang that entertains the tongue. Caramel and malt flavors are evident giving it a fruity sweetness.

M: A crisp, carbonated smooth medium bodied mouth feel.

D: This is a good beer that is easy to drink. It is more heavily carbonated then I prefer but in the end the carbonation adds to the liveliness of the beer and give it a unique character.

Comment: This is a better looking beer than tasting one. I like it but would not put it at the front of the class. Its drinkable but not terribly entertaining.

Photo of franksnbeans
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours murky dark brown. Huge creamy head that doesnt go anywhere. Looks absolutely delicious. Smells of faint fig, some caramel, toffee and spice, maybe rind. Very subtle smells that are slightly dissapointing compared to its looks. Tastes sweet at first but dies quickly. Dried fruit, caramel, chocolate. Feels full in the mouth but a vibrant tingle on the tongue from the carbonation is a little too much. Overall a delicious and great beer but falls a little short for a Monk mix. Great brew but if Im going to pay the Monk premium, I might look elsewhere...or pour my second.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.66/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Great frothy sea foam head, off white topping a dark brown glass. Couple of fingers, good retention, and fantastic full coating of lace. Really great looking, appearance is impressive.

Nose, however, is lacking. Overripe fruit, strong Belgian yeast sort of spiciness. Just not strong enough to be credible.

Brown malt powers through the flavor, little bitterness although the hops drop in edgewise. There is a some clove or herbal thickness. It's not tart, and to me the flavor seems thin, and finishes a little dry. I found it quite agreeably creamy and nice in the mouthfeel, very plesent and full.

Drinkability is tough, because the alcohol is superbly hidden, and it's really a smooth ale. But I didn't really like the flavor enough to want another.

Photo of tpd975
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: One of the most beautiful beers I have ever seen. It pours a murky creamy brown color. The head is monstrous. It is sooo large and fluffy kind of like whipped cream in appearance. It's like a large feather pillow as it comes to rest above the rim of my Affligem Chalice and leaves behind thick lacing. This baby reminds me of a root beer float. The head absolutely refuses to die. Magnificent.

S: Very subtle smells here. What I do smell is rising bread dough with a hint of sweetness and spice. It has the aroma of a wonderful sweet bread in the making.

T: This one starts of with a blast of malt; I taste slightly bitter nuts, and dark fruits. It finishes with some sweetness and hints of chocolate. Very nice.

M: Very Smooth and even Creamier. A full bodied and filling beer.

D: This is a very nice sipping beer, I enjoyed it greatly.

Overall: Another solid beer from those Monks in Belgium. This one is very pleasant and filling. It's a very solid example of a Dubbel. If you can find it buy it and give it a try. You won't be disappointed.

Photo of jdoolin
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 33cL bottle, poured into my Achel chalice

Appearance: A dark garnet, clear as a gem, with a beautiful frothy tan head that lasted for the duration. Very good visual appeal.

Aroma: Bready yeast, with some fruitiness and a hint of spice.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a not-quite creamy mouthfeel. The taste is wonderful. Just the right amount of sweetness. The bready yeast that was in the nose is also in the flavor, although not as prominent. A nice fruity flavor that runs neck and neck with the caramel like malt. The alcohol presence is very well hidden with only a slight warming effect. Some very nice hop flavor shows up at the finish.

Notes: Another great one from Achel. They bring out fruity esters so well, and both beers I've had from them were SO easy to drink. I wish I had gotten more than one bottle of this when I had the chance.

Photo of Shadman
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium brown, slightly hazy brew. Loads of fine bubbles support an amazing head..looks like a dollop of tan colored whipped cream still and this is 5 minutes after pouring it.

Aroma subtle, but quite pleasing. Hints of sweet caramel malt as well as lots of dried fruit..raisin, dates, etc.

Some hop sharpness( or maybe alcohol sharpness) in the front. Sweet, but not overly so. Malt is caramel, sweet, but not overpowering. The fruitness is subtle..date/raisin. Alcohol is present but not overpowering,but of a hoppy aftertaste. ,oh those sneaky Belgians and their complex flavors & skill at hiding ABV.

Nice mouthfeel, not overy chewy, but just a nice medium body.

Could certianly drink another one as the whole package is quite enjoyable. Was picturing German Soldiers occupying Belgium in the 40's getting fat, complacent, and drunk drinking brews like this. Thank You Belgium.

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

A: Huge epic light tan head that nearly cascaded over the glass rim twice. Even at the gentlest pour it foams up, and it took two pours to get the bottle into the glass; what can I say, I'm an amateur.

Lacing clings to the glass; even now, halfway down the glass is positively wreathed in it. The beer itself is a dark dark brick red.

S: Mostly malt and dark fruit, rimmed by pineapple (esters?) mildly spicy. Fresh "welch's" grape smell and leather as it begins to oxidize.

T/M: Very clean and flavorful. Warm alcohol only at the ending. The smell is a great indicator of flavor in this case. Taste has a higher yeastiness and a less sharp ester character than the smell. Very highly carbonated initially, as evidenced by the voluminous head... it settles down after a little while, and becomes very nice.

D: Clicked after about 1/2 of a bottle. I think I "got it" then, just after the carbonation started to settle down. I like to think of this as a gouden carolus classic, but far easier to drink.

Photo of markaberrant
3.49/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in 20oz stemless red wine glass.

A - Gigantic head forms, it barely fits into the glass. Takes forever for the head to recede, there is still big sticky gobs and tons of lacing. Clear dark red colour.

S - raisins, a bit of malt, spicy esters. Not overly strong.

T - Sweet dark malt, warming spice, hops round out the finish. Originally gave it 3.5, but it is opening up as it warms in the glass.

M - Prickly finish and quite warming, too much in fact. Tons of carbonation. Gets better as it warms and carbonation lowers... begins to get creamy and brings out more flavour.

D - It's taking a while for me to come around to this one, but I'm not sure it is worth the wait.

I had the Blond a couple days ago, and thought it was fantastic, but this is a different story. This is just so-so... very little character. My original scores were very harsh, but it substantially improved towards the end of the glass.

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

11.2 oz bottle purchased at Sam’s. No born on date just consume by date 28-06-08.
Chilled well, then let it sit about 5-7 minutes to warm. Poured vigorously into watou chalice, awesome two finger creamy white head develops with great retention and lacing. The body is a deep burgundy on the bottom, much darker plum color toward the surface. Smells of nice esters I get apple core, poached/ candied pear, rock candy, a hint of yeast sourness and a touch of spice.
Taste is malty and quite well shaped by bottle conditioning. I get all the same fruit esters in the taste as in the smell, plus a slight hint of yeasty goodness. Bitterness is at a minimum just enough to maintain balance with the malt and ester qualities. Drinkablilty is good on this yet again I wish I was drinking this with food. Honestly this is great on its own, but I can just imagine how good it would be with food? How great it would make the food. Great beer, solid for the style..

Photo of warmstorage
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle, 1,19 euro at a Brugges supermarket, states 8% ABV.

Pours a hazy medium brown, with a huge rocky beige head, leaving huge rocky chunky lace. Excellent.

Smell is yeasty and earthy, with backgrounded spices: cloves?

Taste is hot and spicy and sweet caramel, brown sugar, burnt sugar, slightly solventy, with indistinct spices.

Mouth is bright and sharp, highly carbonated.

Overall, to quote an unserious comedy about wine, it's quaffable, but far from transcendent.

Photo of bark
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is bottle conditioned; it is however quite easy to decant it properly. The colour is deep brown with a tint of red. The finger thick head is made of quite large pale beige bubbles. Lacing occurs.

The smell is very fruity (sweet apples, apricots, raisins, green grapes, cocktail cherries, fruit candy) with some lightly roasted malt and hints of sour wheat and fresh yeast.

The taste is fruity, too: Raisins, dried apricots, orange peels, cucumbers, dill and a hint of cherries. There are also dry notes of pickled herring, roasted dry malt - dry dark hints of porter and some sour notes of lime. The finish got a clean bitterness (a little like a German pils), dry dried fruits and a generous mildly sweet malty flavour. The aftertaste is complex and dry with some yeast, dried fruits, bitter oranges and some spicy herbs.

The liquid is not as thick as I had expected, it is a bit dry in the mouth and very fluent. The carbonation is strong with large, tickling bubbles.

A nice Belgian brun without the chocolate or sweetness. Dangerously drinkable!

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.35/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 33cl bottle, best before Apr 2008, drank March 2007.

Poured into a Straffe hendrik chalice glass, well almost half was before the foaming head came to the top of my glass. Cloudy redish brown with a huge biege head, which stays for a long time.

Yeast and some hop aroma, toffee smell came as the beer warmed up, as did sour apples.

Bitter sweet taste, yeasty with a fizzy toffee-ish feel to it.

Aftertaste of the bitter sweet yeasty flavour hangs around.

The second pour was even more yeasty (the sediment came with the second pour) and cloudier of course.

Very drinkable, but a long way from the best Trappist beer i have had.

Photo of JanM
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a cloudy brown color and with lots of nice, hard foam to dive in. The smell was primarily of alcohol and yeast, very frutiy, and a whiff of detergent. Good carbonation. The taste was of dung, a lot of alcohol, yeast, caramel and sweet fruits. I was not overly impressed although the taste seemd to develop and improve after some time in the glass.

Photo of reinheitsgematt
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Having just delighted in the Achel 8 Blond, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from the Achel 8 Brune. Perhaps I had sampled in the wrong order, I'm new to this. In any case, the Achel 8 Brune awaited.

It poured a crystallized ginger / light maple syrup with good carbonation. The head loomed above the liquid like a mile-high meringue that hasn't quite set. Fine lacing and a whipped character prove formidable.

Herbs and fruits awaken your nose; bouquet garni - rosemary, thyme, mint hide a hint of black raspberry. The subtle presence of aged cheese emerges.

Meaty and coating, fennel and damp earth play across my palate. The finish has a bit of heat without being overwhelming.

As usual, I preferred the Blond.

Photo of brdc
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small bottle, label stating 03/05 which I assume is production date. Bought at Coffee Grounds in Eau Claire, 4.79 + tx.
I am not sure if I did not open this a bit too cold, since despite a beautiful mahogany color, the whitish head is very thin, although has some sticky lacing.
The smell is just fantastic; I have just put my nose into it now for the 20th time in the past 20 minutes, and every time I identify a new thing. It is heavily phenolic, as expected, but has roasted malts, some fruitiness, bread, sugar, molasses, caramel, coffee, and the list keeps growing. One more "sniff" and I notice caramel and toffee, and strong alcohol.
The body is medium to full, creamy but not heavy.
Taste is also very complex, and it seems that with every sip I also find something new. The first obvious taste is malts, heavy malts, mostly sweetish, with hints of caramel, sweet chocolate, but also some coffee, mild hoppiness and a powerful warming alcohol. It finishes mildly dry and warm. Adding the yeast to my last few sips added another different, pleasant yeasty taste.
Pleasant and fulfilling with a single glass, perhaps too strong and sweet for more than one, this is a very impressive beer, even more impressive than the first time I had it.
I will definitely get more of this despite the high price.

Photo of uberabr
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big off-white, creamy, Guinness-like foam head that really sticks around and leaves a monster ring of lace. Cloudy, and color is a muted nutty, burnt brown that has some orange-red and maybe even grey hues. Cool, and weird.

Smell unique too- extremely spicey, phenolic, peppery, and estery. Cinnamon, apples, bananas, nuts, and pumpkin. Apricot and cranberries. A mild hop as well. Subtle and charming, but a little sharp.

Taste goes from sweet to sour and then rounds out with a delicious sweet aftertaste. Really excellent. The booze is warming but not hot or burning. Tastes of rasberries, cranberry and and plum on a banana-nut bread with butter. Maybe a little too buttery, although it would definitely improve with age. Tartness is just right- very mild. All in all a very unique Dubbel- this one is a black sheep-and one of the best I've ever had.

Trappist Achel 8° Bruin from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
92 out of 100 based on 733 ratings.