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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 15
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse visit their website
Belgium

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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Photo of Thorpe429
3.51/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Achel cafe during last week's trip to Belgium. Reviewed from notes.

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.

Photo of avalon07
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dirty brown color and a thick, muddy consistency. There was a decent amount of foamy head and some good lacing.

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.

Photo of Amalak
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of randylangford
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of uturn
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of RochefortChris
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Janeinma
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of OriolesFan1008
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of jkane101
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of richj1970
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 330 ml into snifter.

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.

M: Suprisingly light body. Tons of carbonation. Subtle sweet finish.

O: Tasty brew and very easy drinking. Fairly expensive for the ABV. Think I will stick to more Belgian Strong Dark Ales.

Photo of Benesi88
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BJSmit
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Sspeer1
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of rvdoorn
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is the table beer of the Achel monks and is only available on draft in the abbey pub.
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.
Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation with a watery body
Overall: Nice session beer but a bit too flat in taste

Photo of davidwhatshisnam
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of larbush
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of frlrv1020
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of cjac
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of TheDoctor
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:
Pours an almost-clear amber red-brown with a gloppy pile of creamy tan head. Great retention; beautiful lacing. Nearly perfect.

S:
Yeast and minerals with a lot of cherries and dark fruits with a touch of spice.

T:
Rich and sweet dark fruits mixed with hints of nuts, caramel, hard water, and doughy yeast. Malty and fresh on the whole.

M:
Creamy and rich with really crisp, strong carbonation. Chewy but medium bodied.

O:
Good, but certainly not the most outrageous Belgian brune on earth. All in all, it is a solid beer but is nothing too mind-blowing. It defends itself well and could be a good introduction to the style. Solid beer, beautiful to look at but all the rest of it is neither amazingly good not even slightly bad.
Would have again, worth trying if you get the chance.

Photo of Seaba
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of hotsudge
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of BWED
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice, from a 330 ml bottle.

A- Brown body. Some amber highlight shines through. Slightly turbid. Great pillowy, meringue-esque head, with a light tan color. Rings of lacing get left behind.

S- Dark roast, caramel, chocolate covered dark fruits.

T- Caramel, booze, and just a bit of the dark fruit are picked up.

M- Medium bodied, and pretty sweet. The booze twinge keeps the beer in perspective.

O- Sweet and boozy. Very nice.

Photo of TGS
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of henryclay_
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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Trappist Achel 5° Bruin from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
90 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.