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

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Ratings: 662
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 54
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse visit their website

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: zerk on 01-14-2003)
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3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2003 07:05:42 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of goz


3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2003 20:57:34 | More by goz
Photo of jlervine


3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2003 22:56:39 | More by jlervine
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2003 03:11:04 | More by rastaman
Photo of euskera

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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..

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2003 13:17:20 | More by euskera
Photo of Gusler


4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2003 16:28:36 | More by Gusler
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4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2003 17:33:55 | More by Wildman
Photo of Realale


3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2003 10:10:43 | More by Realale
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2003 19:39:42 | More by Shiredave
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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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...

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2003 21:14:22 | More by MJR
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3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2003 19:20:42 | More by UncleJimbo
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2003 07:39:45 | More by francisweizen
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Trappist Achel 8° Bruin from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
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