Trappist Achel 8° Bruin - Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
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3.25/5 rDev -21.5%
Murky brown with vague reddish-gold highlights, the off-white head reached about a finger in height. There is a massive amount of sediment suspended in my glass; I didnt notice it in the bottle, doh! Head retention was fair; it did start to dissipate almost immediately. The appearance, as whole, is satisfactory; the dandruff in the glass is annoying. Subsequent lacing was nonexistent. The nose is malty sweet with raisins, cola, airy pepper, sea salt and yeast; every other whiff or so I could get a hint of the alcohol. If it was more potent it might have been more inviting or at least exciting. The bouquet is a bit dull. The palate is much more enhanced than the nose indicated, apples, bananas, and pears upfront. In the middle it gets a little tart and some sweetness like a cola becomes more noticeable. A bit of toasty caramel and candied sugar finishes the beer. The aftertaste is awfully yeasty. Yuck. The flavors work well enough and it has moments of tastiness but they are few and far between. However the lack of body is too perceivable, its medium-light at best and far too thin for a Dubbel. The carbonation is quite massive and bothersome. I dont think this aspect of the beer is any good at all. In fact Im not really impressed with any aspect of this beer. It is quite average. The nicest thing I can say is the brewers hid the alcohol well. This is as lousy as Chimay Red. I need not drink it again. I bought my 11.2-ounce bottle in Iowa City.
03-24-2004 21:06:24 | More by bditty187
4.5/5 rDev +8.7%
This is a great Trappist ale. It is ruby-brown in color with a yeasty, fruity, spicy aroma. It is malty with some spicy phenols. It is complex and creamy and has a warming finish. There is not much info on the labnel so I have little idea on how old this particular bottle is. I only know that it has been in my possesion for about a year now.
03-02-2004 13:35:28 | More by ark57
4.25/5 rDev +2.7%
Light, reddish brown color, firm, proud, thick off-whitish head, lace-leaving.
Aroma: nutty, slightly sweet, minor caramel notes, small hints of spice, cocoa.
Taste: big, hoppy blast, quickly replaced by a full-ness of dark, rich malty flavors that totally dominates the palate. Rich, chewy, yeasty, sweet, just a trifle complex, even. A delicious melange of dark flavors, a well-matched blend of hops and malt. Very tasty. Medium to full in body, chocolatey finish, though brief, and overall enjoyable. Not a bad dubbel, but not spectacular. And tremendously overpriced in this instance, a whopping $5.69 for the bottle. Glad I tied it, but I won't be going back, when I can find dubbels just as good or better for a better price.
Make no mistake, though, a really tasty beer here!
02-26-2004 09:23:02 | More by feloniousmonk
3.98/5 rDev -3.9%
Light sweet and malty. Not too complex. Chunky yeast pieces in dark brown cloudy liquid. Small lacing head. Med-heavy body & med carb. Light sugary malts. Toffee. Raisins. Finish brings out decent bitterness. Nice after- nutty, sweet. A good offering.
02-04-2004 20:51:04 | More by ChicoraBoy
3.65/5 rDev -11.8%
Best by date: 08/2005...
Appearance: light to dark brown, somewhat hazy, a medium size layer of tannish foam that slowly compacts and disappears leaving a half-moon of suds
Aroma: pineapple fruitiness, a touch of clove and malt, light woodsy hops, alcohol
Flavor: a big clovey phenol-bloom at first, then a mild maltiness followed by a touch of roast, the sweetness is mild and balanced w/ a minute hop bitterness, finish is semi-sweet with a vegetal/herbal aftertaste
Mouthfeel: medium body, mellow carbonation, slight alcohol warmth
Overall Impression: Not as wow-ing as the 8 deg Blonde which was the first Achel brew I tasted. A pretty good brune/dubbel, but a far cry from something like Rochefort 8.
01-15-2004 18:27:36 | More by GreenCard
4.18/5 rDev +1%
Pours a murky amber brown with a huge 3 finger head... it took several minutes for the head to settle down. Some people would find this annoying... I might at times agree... in this case however, I just admired the foamy beauty while my mouth watered. Once the head settled, it left behind some nice patches of lace on the glass.
Aroma is fruity with notes of bubblegum, raisins, and a hint of banana. Flavor begins sweet with banana, fresh figs, and a nice grassy finish. Not quite as complex as I expected from the aroma, but still quite tasty.
Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety, with low carbonation and a medium body.
Overall, a very enjoyable beer!
12-08-2003 03:09:32 | More by zerk
3.95/5 rDev -4.6%
Served in the 330 mL bottle. The color is a dark amber/brown, with a good white film of head. The smell is of alcohol and of raisins. The taste is very raisiny-apply-candi sugar sweet, and alcohol is definitely present and actually a little overpowering. Mouthfeel is heavy. Drinkability-wise, could probably have a couple more.
Not a bad dubbel, but not a world beater either. Still, if I saw it around again, I might consider having it, depending on how much a bottle.
11-23-2003 01:18:21 | More by beergeek279
4.58/5 rDev +10.6%
Tasted from a 33cl bottle dated best before 06/04 on 11/11/03
Appearance: Brown and hazy with a thick lasting tan head, that eventually degrades to copious bits of lacing.
Smell: Fruity, plum and peach especially, with spice and yeast followed by just a hint of alcohol
Taste: Malt, raisin, prune, blood orange all spring to mind. A weighty yeastiness on the midpalate thats joined on the finish by a little more citrus and some alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, creamy and eminently drinkable.
Drinkability: see mouthfeel while I have another.
11-12-2003 04:03:18 | More by Hefe
3.8/5 rDev -8.2%
Muddy brown with a hint of orange color with a thick tan colored head that leaves decent lacing in the goblet. Bottle dated best before 5/04. Protein coagulation and particle suspension evident. 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, the only brand in the Trappist family I'd yet to try.
11-06-2003 07:05:42 | More by crookedhalo
3.43/5 rDev -17.1%
Pours a deep mahogany, with a large tan head that mostly diminishes, leaving good amounts of lacing. Aroma is dark fruits (mostly raisin), backed with some bready maltiness. Flavor is sweet, somewhat fruity (raisin), and some doughie malts. Medium body.
10-04-2003 20:57:34 | More by goz
3.43/5 rDev -17.1%
This beer poured a dark murky brown with very thin, almost nonexistent off-whte head. The smell was predominately yeast, with only a faint bit of malt. The flavor had alcohol notes, a bit of spiciness, and some fruity esters and phenols tossed in. The mouthfeel felt thin to me, and the taste just didn't seem all that great.
09-29-2003 22:56:39 | More by jlervine
United Kingdom (England)
4/5 rDev -3.4%
Murky brown, with lovely off white lasting head. Smelt of yeast, raisins, and a touch of orange and citrus aswell and perhaps some toffee. The palate was definitely yeasty, but nicely soft, rounded and long. Quite raisiny, with some late citrus orange, some nice late bitterness, and some slight acid.
09-08-2003 03:11:04 | More by rastaman
4/5 rDev -3.4%
330 ml bottle..
Poured out a murky light brown with quite a bit of sediment. Smell was restrained, malty and sweet. Taste was good, slightly sugary with the raisiny fruity overtones I would expect, but without the robustness of a Rochefort. Overall a nicely drinkable beer, but for the price, I'll stick with a St Bernardus..
08-03-2003 13:17:20 | More by euskera
4/5 rDev -3.4%
The beer pours a nebulous deep brown color, the head portly in size, frothy in structure, the color a light tan with the residual lace a nice coating upon the glass. Nose is a bit plummish, sweet malt, fresh and pleasant to the senses with a sweet malt start and the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is stingingly acidic, the hops purposeful in their spicy bite, quite dry aftertaste and a nice warming sensation from the relatively high ABV, Quite a drinkable beer, and much better than the blond.
06-16-2003 16:28:36 | More by Gusler
4.1/5 rDev -1%
This beer poured a very cloudy dark brown with some sediment present. It formed a nice off white bubbly head that left circular lace. Some carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, caramel and a touch of cherry. A flavor of malt and caramel. The finish was a touch astrigent with a bit of sweetness to it. Overall I am not as big on dubbels as other styles of Belgians. But all in all, this is another nice beer from this brewer.
05-26-2003 17:33:55 | More by Wildman
3.48/5 rDev -15.9%
Opaque mahogany with some seriously good-sized chunks. Huge beige head that is very rocky, with an almost sticky quality to it. It slowly settles to an incomplete and rocky cap.
Nose is rich cakey malt with nice candied fruit notes, which become more apparent as the beer sits. Rummy/alcholic notes join the nose with time as well. Palate is malty sweet with a lot of raisin/prune/candied citrus notes. It definitely takes on a brown bread taste as well. Eventually becomes a bit alcoholic, and the finish quite drying.
Maybe I just don't get Dubbel, but I don't particularly enjoy this. Best before date of May, 2004.
05-24-2003 10:10:43 | More by Realale
4.33/5 rDev +4.6%
A carefull pour produced a nearly crystal clear, deep, rosey amber color and a thick and foamy, off-white head with specks of lace trailing behind. Slightly musty aroma of apples and cherries steeped in alcohol with sharp, yeasty phenolic notes. Flavor is reminiscent of toasted rye bread with rock candy sweetness and subtle hints of fruit combined with dry, grassy hops. The finish is very dry and warm with cidery tartness. Remarkably balanced and drinkable.
03-29-2003 19:39:42 | More by Shiredave
4.33/5 rDev +4.6%
Best before date of 06/2004.
Appearance: Pours a magnificent reddish-brown colored body that is opaque as can be. A creamy tan head starts it life as a 3/4' cap and dwindles down to a faint cap that laces very well.
Smell: Fairly sweet aroma of malt and candy sugar. Touches of plum, banana, clove, and dark fruits.
Taste: Wildly complex flavors of banana and clove, just like Achel 8 Blonde. A good analogy would be that of comparing a Hefeweizen to a Hefeweizen Dunkel, as this one's a bit more sweet. Lots of candy sugar and yeasty bread flavors are present in this juicy and complex brew. Very much like it's younger and lighter brother...as it comes across as a Triple with a great tan!
Mouthfeel: In terms of thickness, this one's closer to thin than it is to medium, but it has a slighty chewy feel that helps a bit. Finishes a bit dry and toasty.
Drinkability: Damn good, but it's a step lower on the ladder than the Blonde of the same strength. Again, the alcohol is hidden quite well, making it go down way too easy. Whatever the monks at Achel are doing, they're doing it right. Damn good stuff...
02-05-2003 21:14:22 | More by MJR
3.95/5 rDev -4.6%
This bottle was labeled "Achel Trappist Brown". I hope this is the same as Achel Bruin 8.
It poured a beautiful copper color with very good foam. The aroma was modest, and mostly malt. The taste was sweet and malty -- nice. The mouthfeel was very nice: good carbonation, smooth, and crisp. The drinkability was good. A very good dark, strong ale.
01-24-2003 19:20:42 | More by UncleJimbo
4.5/5 rDev +8.7%
What, no one put in Achel Bruin 8% yet!? The latest trappist beer from the 6th and newest trappist brewery. This is some good stuff. It comes in the same bottle as the regular Achel 8% Triple, the only difference is (of course) the liquid in the bottle and the colour of the bottle cap. This is one of the penultimate Belgian Brown Ales/Beers. This ale pours a dark brown (bruin) colour with a nice sized head sitting atop of the foam. This smells like belgian candy sugar, yeasts, fruits, and ester alcohols. This has a full mouthfeel and a wonderful drinkability as well. One of the best trappist beers out there today, and apparantly one that does not have a lot of representation here on BA!
PS: I don't know if these Achel beers are imported to the US of A yet, but they can be had for a reasonable price from Belgianshop.com!
01-14-2003 07:39:45 | More by francisweizen
Trappist Achel 8° Bruin from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
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