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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

705 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 705
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 59
Gots: 62 | FT: 1
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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Photo of Viggo
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another notch on my quest for complete trappist domination. Almost there. Pours a ruby red with brown highlights, huge creamy off white head, lots of sticky lace. Smell is rich and sweet malts, dark fruit, brown sugar, slight alcohol, some cherries. Taste is apples, pears, sweet spicy middle, light alcohol and a dry bitter finish. Kind of a wheaty aftertaste thats slightly tart. Medium mouthfeel, medium to high carbonation, pretty aggressive, a really dry finish. Tasty beer.

Viggo, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Drank from an 11.2 oz bottle, poured into chalice.

Appearance: Nice ruby brown color with lacy head.

Smell: Smells similar to Prior 8, but maybe not as intense. Very bready yeasty, with subtle fruity esters.

Taste: Very good. Has the classic Belgian flavor I crave. Again, I place this as close to Prior 8 (St. Sixtus). Probably 85 steps in the same direction as Prior 8, when 100 is called for.

Notes: I'll definitely drink this again. I found it at Cloverleaf in Detroit. I haven't found this in Columbus yet...

TurdFurgison, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of ChrisBowers
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Maybe I got a sub-par bottle, but I don't see what the hype is with this beer. Its been by far my most disappointing of the trappists. I found it to be very one sided and uncomplex. Slight notes of banana, malt and a slightly hoppy finish were present. Good appearance with a nice dense head. Smell was ok, nothing special. Maybe I was expecting too much from this beer? Definitely will re-taste though from a different source though this one came home with me from Belgium.

ChrisBowers, Jul 15, 2005
Photo of ppoitras
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle bought from the bargain singles section at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Usually an indication of O-L-D beer, being in that section, but I figure it's worth a try, even with no date apparent on the bottle.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1" beige head over the reddish brown brew, which has a bit of particulate riding the bubbles swirling in the glass. Head lasts well, and the lacing is of the impressive, slow-falling, dense foam variety. Aroma is malty, spicy, fruity, putting it together nicely. Taste is prevalent spiciness, with dark fruitiness and alcohol dominant as the flavor progresses. Mouthfeel is creamy, packaging up the flavors very nicely, and drinkability is similarly good. Got better as it warmed closer to room temperature. Nice one here.

ppoitras, Jun 19, 2005
Photo of tomthumbsblues
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this at Le Sous Bock on my return to Paris. This beer produced a one finger foamy head when it was poured into a glass. The beer was an opaque orange brown color. Aromas were mainly sweet and spicy. Taste was very smooth with spice and fruit notes. Mouthfeel was velvety. A very good beer and one I'd buy if I could find it back here in the states.

tomthumbsblues, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured with the yeast. It sits in my tulip glass a rich, hazy amber color and is topped by a thin head. The aroma is lightly spicy, but is dominated by rich bread-like notes, dark fruit and malt. The taste is quite rich and flavorful, yet remains light and dry on the palate.

Gueuzedude, Apr 20, 2005
Photo of BeerResearcher
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 dark brown bottle. Freshness date etched on back label (07/06)
It pours a deep, dark orange-hued amber.
A whiff of fresh honeycomb rises immediately from the bottle to glass. A yeasty smell is noticed throughout the glass. A faded horse stable aroma lingers in the background. A sweet malty smell comes and goes. A whiff of citrus is steady, if light.
Sweet caramel malty flavors dominate early, and then give way to citrusy grapefruit and orange-zest bitterness. A mild taste of cloves and peppery spices add, rather than detract from the overall malt to hop ratio.
A taste of sweet honey and hint of bourbon gives this Trappist its unique edge. Nice Brew!

BeerResearcher, Apr 20, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz with no dates into a tulip.

Deep, reddish brown with a huge off-white, rocky mass of a head that has excellent retention and leaves gobs of lace as it slides down the glass.

Aromas of yeast, malt and some phenols with begonias or geraniums in the background. The nose reminds me of Orval.

Sweet malts, lemon bread, bitter hops and a belgian spiceness. Alcohol barely peeks through as it warms. Very complex and balanced. The mouthfeel is smooth like velvet. The abv is the only factor that could limit the drinkability.

ypsifly, Apr 12, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale in my Trappist glass with a good inch of off-white foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma of roasted malt, sweet floral hops and unknown spices springs from my glass. Taste is somewhat spicy and well balance by the malt and the funky yeast. Overall, better then some other Belgian Strong Ale but not as good as Rochefort…

Phyl21ca, Apr 08, 2005
Photo of waughbrew
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

[This seems to be a new label. Perhaps a change in the beer occurred also, since this seems to be much better than the previous ratings indicate.]

Now THAT is what a head should look like. Big, creamy, and everlasting. Floats on a body that goes from ruby to dark chestnut. Smells like an acidic cider but has a depth of cranberry and plum. Tastes like apple cotton-candy with a finish a little sweet and with just a nip of apple-skin tannins and tobacco. I could go for more flavor, but what is there is great and this beer seems to be more focused on the feel. The mouthfeel is one of the strangest I have had the pleasure to drink. It is creamy and sticky, but in a very very light smooth way. My, my, this is a beauty.

[update 1.16.07] This beer still tastes good, but watch out for sludge! This recent bottle that I bought is seriously chunky. Beyond ok. Totally ruined the experience when you can't take a sip without having an m&m sized chunk slide down your gullet. Not a good use of $5. at all.

waughbrew, Apr 05, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured beautifully from a "new label" bottle into my newly acquired St. Bernardus chalice. Looks the part of a dubbel for sure, with a dark coca-cola complexion and a thick dimpled foamy cap. She's a smokin' hot looking Belgian brunette, alright. The smell is where I cease to be impressed with this beer, as was the case with the blonde. It lacks the depth and complexity of the other trappist dubbels. Smells very malty and hay-ish with a little bit of dark candi-sugar fighting its way out of the rim of the chalice. The taste is nothing short of exceptional, though. It has been too long since I had a Belgian style beer that didn't taste like bananas and cloves, and that is one hell of a refreshment, though I've actually come to like that signature Chimay taste that everybody seems to want to mimic with their Belgian style brews. The taste is very well rounded. It is not too sweet and malty, not too tart, somewhat earthy. This is what a dubbel should taste like (also see: St. Bernardus and it's selection of dubbels). The mouthfeel is somewhat light, but its about right at where I like it for this style, if only it were just slightly more full. As is the case with any of the trappist ales I've had, I would absolutely love to drink this stuff all night if I could afford it and be able to handle the alcohol level (which is very well hidden I might add... completely indetectable by my tastebuds).

neonbrown82, Apr 03, 2005
Photo of StevenZubler
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The one I drank had a different label but I’m 90% sure this is it. I drank this one cold. Good smell, strong, sweet malt and complex flavors, good heavy body (which I like). It has more of an alcohol bite than I’m used to. I think it’s too strong and too expensive to drink a lot. I’ve had better in this variety; I want to try the 5%.

StevenZubler, Apr 02, 2005
Photo of OatherS
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: bottle with "old" label that just identifies the abv as 8%.

Appearance: Pours brown with a nice two finger head. Head lingers.

Smell: Slight phenol smell, somewhat of an alcohol smell. Nice aroma.

Taste: Very robust flavor. Great dubbel taste.
Mouthfeel: Smooth.

This is a beer that I would have again, very good example of a dubbel.

OatherS, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of mschofield
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brownish amber, topped with a two finger foamy tan head, leaves a sheet of lacing.
Fruity and spicy aroma, lemon, slightly sour.
Fruity and spicy taste, a bit lip tingling, lemon zest, sweet with a cocoa-ish aftertaste.
Medium to full bodied, good drinkability especially at the ABV, not as sweet or candylike as a lot of dubbels.

mschofield, Mar 30, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.88/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

let me start by saying i am not a fan of the blonde achel. it's okay, but overrated for a trappist imho.

this beer pours a beautiful hazy dark brown with sparkly red highlights. bubbles on top of foam on top of creamy froth. what a championship head.. or maybe its just my slick pouring styles. lacing for days. thank you st. bernardus chalice, you've assisted me in the perfect pour.

smells fruity and sweetly spicy. no grain or hop character to speak of - very trappist. a stark contrast ALREADY to the blonde.

taste is light fruit, banana and apple with a background of musty aged wood. this beer accomplishes this complexity with carbonation and crisp flavor and the lack of an overall stale/old body character. this beer gives westvleteren a run for its money. i will buy more.

goodbyeohio, Mar 17, 2005
Photo of guinnessman
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I enjoyed this brew a lot. Pours with a golden huge with an excellent thick creamy white head. Aroma of orange peel and spices was very present. It felt rough and grainy on the palate, a nice mouthfeel I think. Taste of bananas, citrus, and cinnamon. I would definitely try again.

guinnessman, Mar 16, 2005
Photo of Paddez
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, amber coloured brew with a large, tan head that produces some excellent lacing.
The nose is full of caramel and plums, there are some other fruits present as well. (banana, apple, ... ?)
Bitter, yet malty caramely and fruity flavours dominate in the taste as well. Some spicy woodyness near the end. The beer is quite dry overall but still nicely balanced.
The mouthfell is good. The beer is medium bodied and the carbonation is well done.

All in all, this is a very nice dubbel. It was better than I expected especially after I had its disappointing tripel counterpart (Achel 8° Blond) not so long ago. Recommended!

Paddez, Feb 26, 2005
Photo of taez555
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a thick fluffy white head with a rich amber brown body.

The nose was quite beautiful. Sweet caramel, port, phenols and dark sugars. Really a lovely mellowed dark malt smell.

The taste was medium to full bodied. Sugary sweet, caramel, phenols, raisins, port with an earthy wood flavor. It’s surprisingly bitter with a spicy, even slight black pepper, hop note. A slight sour flavor as well with a candy sweet, sugar sort of taste.

I know I don’t do it justice describing it, but I really liked this beer. Simply a great representation of a dark trappist ale.

taez555, Feb 23, 2005
Photo of watermelonman
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to an awesome dark brown with ruby highlights. A nice big head sat on top and lasted very well, while a few lines of lace add to the effect. It looks outstanding.

The smell was also nice, bringing mild esters on top of a solid malt base. The taste is rich and smooth, consisting of malt alongside various fruits. The flavor is good and it t is very easy to drink as well.

watermelonman, Jan 12, 2005
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 33cl brown glass bottle, the shape of which is so typical of Belgium Trappistes. Simple silver colored crown cap has the word ‘Bruin’ faintly inked on it in small text. The main label is a similar design to that shown in the BA Database, but my bottle has the newer label. The pale brown square border and white background has gone to be replaced by an aged parchment like color, in an effort to reflect the Monastic links no doubt. The word Achel is the same parchment color but is now set against a dark red background, instead of a dark brown one, and the Trappist Hexagon is also the same dark red. All in the all the new presentation has a much more authentic established look about it, and is a distinct improvement. Described as Bruin Beer / Bière Brune and Listed at 8%, with a nicked Best Before Date of 11/05 on the reverse label.

Appearance: Excellent appearance - I broke my Chimay Glass some weeks ago (again) so I used my Westie Goblet which I usually reserve for special brews, but as this is also a Trappist I guess the beer Gods will not be mad at me. It sits in the Westie Goblet with a stunning appearance. Gorgeously clear dark brown body with darkened amber highlights. The head is superbly constructed; incredibly fine bubbles form a super smooth covering that has immense staying power throughout the entire drink. No lacing to talk of but you cannot help but notice the fine coating of bubbles that layer the inside of my Westie Goblet as a I angle the glass to drink. Excellent looks!!!

Nose: Solid smooth malts, raisins, dark fruits, dark everything. A Prune-Brune nose with plenty of high quality rich malts to back up everything. Neat.

Taste: Rich malty beginning with some milk chocolate flavors in the middle. Super Teflon smooth, where is the alcohol, no sign of it at all, except for maybe a hint of warmth immediately after the swallow, but I’m too pre-occupied with the beautiful tastes that are left on my tongue and cheeks. Raisin like back end with some dark fruits licking the cheeks. Brune-tastic.

Mouthfeel: Solid and smooth, incredibly rich feel, super fine carbonation. Very accomplished mouthfeel indeed, high quality indeed.

Drinkability: A silky gorgeous mouthfeel rounded tastes with an enticing smoothness makes this one a highly enjoyable libation. First of the day and its only 4:30pm

Overall: I have been trying Achel beers for some years now, since my first visit to the Sampling Café at the Monastery/Brewery back in April 2001. Back then, they only produced a Blond (4%), Bruin (5%) & Blond (6%), all were very average to say the least. Since then, they have moved on in “leaps and bounds” and the Achel brews have really improved. As such, my advice would be to try and avoid the bottles with the older labels (as shown) and pick up the ones with the newer darker parchment /dark red style label.

Well worth trying and an excellent Brune, but the price is simply just too damn high for me to return to it in the USA, I’ll save this one for when I’m back in Belgium. Nevertheless, an excellent Brune and Highly Recommended!!!

TheLongBeachBum, Jan 09, 2005
Photo of Sigmund
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, bought at Borough Market, London. Pours with a large light tan head, colour is brown, slightly hazy. Excellent aroma: Oak, sandalwood, camphor, caramel, toffee, spices. Flavour has caramel, spices, oak - but is not quite as complex as I hoped. Still very good - it’s a Trappist! Moderate but decent hops + spices in the finish.

Sigmund, Jan 07, 2005
Photo of stjarnflikka
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, brown and reed beer with strong carbonation and a thick, creamy foam. Nice.

Smell is fruity and fresh. There is malt in there togheter with yeast, apples and a peppery trace as well. Its very fresh and somewhat "wet and cold" :)

Taste is also fruity. There are raspberries and currant in there. A some what candy sweet tine blends this together with a malt, thick and quite bitter taste as well.
The beer has a very nice smoothness mixed with a thick creamy feeling. Its prickly from the carbonation and very well balanced.

I like this beer very much, its also better than the blond version. A nice trappist brew, not the best though :)

stjarnflikka, Jan 01, 2005
Photo of Troyone
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in a bottle, poured a hazy amber root beer color with a three inch head that disipated to a half an inch with lots of carbonation action.
Has a slight aroma of roasted caramel malt, pine grapefruit hops, and of doughy licorice.
The taste is a more pronounced similarity to the smell with a medium to light carbonation.
The mouthfeel is comfortable with a crisp medium to light carbonation that disappears with the aftertaste.
The drinkability is good for this type of beer the finish does not linger after a couple of minutes. This is a good beer.

Troyone, Dec 19, 2004
Photo of dauss
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trappist Achel 8 Brune
No distinguising feature on the bottle between Trappist Achel 8 Blond, except for cap color, and the darker color of the beer in the bottle.

Presentation: 33cl euro style bottle. nothing special.

Appearance: Very cloudy dark brown with yeast chunks, very large, light cream brown head, excellent retention and lacing.

Smell: Sweet maltiness, Spicy phenolic with a strong aroma of alcohol, and dark fruits.

Taste: Light carbonation, sweet dark roasty malts, a little spicyness, plums, and alcohol.

Notes: Though I'm not able to describe it very well, this is actually a very good beer with great drinkablilty.

dauss, Dec 09, 2004
Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky, sediment-filled mud brown with a clingy, rather large, light brown head. Excellent lacing.
Smells of rum, brown sugar, raisins, and bread pudding. Light whiff of alcohol there as well.
Sweet sugary malt flavors up front: burnt overripe bananas, brown sugar, and rum cake. Sweetness gives way to a wheat and banana bitterness mixed with spicy hops. Mouthfeel goes from thick to chewy. Finish stays bitter with echoes of dark, ripened fruit. Warming, but not alcoholic. A decent dubbel, but not as interesting/balanced as Westmalle's and many others.

alexgash, Dec 06, 2004
Trappist Achel 8° Bruin from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
92 out of 100 based on 705 ratings.