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Trappist Achel 5° Bruin - Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse

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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.5%
Wants: 18
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 03-01-2005

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A: Pours a medium brown with 3-4 finger fluffy off white head. Long lasting retention and plenty of lacing. Gushed all of the counter when I opened it, but smells and tastes OK.

S: Raisin, dates, dark fruits, and sweet caramel. Some Belgian yeast esters.

T: Dark fruits and cherries, candy sugar.

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Surprisingly, this one was not served in an Achel chalice, but rather just a plain chalice. A bit disappointing.

Pours a medium brown color with a bit off-white head and loads of lacing on the way down. The nose brings some faint notes of dark fruit plus a bit of brown sugar. The flavor is somewhat bitter and a bit too dry in the finish. Mild sweetness and faint dark fruit. Nothing complex or too compelling; probably worth a try though.

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S: Aroma of malt, Belgian yeast and some fruits.

T: Flavored mainly with malts, dark fruit, yeast and spices. Not the most complex of tastes, but alright.

M: A good amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: On the whole, this was a drinkable beer. I'd hardly put it up with other Belgians, but it's an OK beer.

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Look: pours dark-red-brown color with a small head.
Smell: Malts, yeast, caramel, dark fruits, and some spicy hops
Taste: bitter sweet roasted malts, caramel, hints of dark fruits, some light spices, and a medium bitter hoppy finish. Sounds more complex than it is.
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Tried this dark Trappist at the Achel Abbey, along with a toast made with ham and their "kaas" (cheese) and the blond 5° too (how could I've been missing it ?!).
Appearance is as good as the 8°, except for the thin head: deep brown, so beautiful in its goblet with no brand on it: monks, they know what they make and what they drink, no need for merchandising!
Unfortunatly that goblet came from a flooded sink, and the aroma suffered of a water and soap "flavour".
Taste was not exciting as I was expecting. Indeed I was expecting much from this trappist, I am nothing that in love with the Achel Brune 8°. But as for the Petit Orval, this seemed to me as a little sister, with less flavor, less taste and less mouthfeel. Obviously the drinkability is at higher levels, that's why they made it like this.

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Trappist Achel 5° Bruin from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
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