Trappist Achel 8° Blond | Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse

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4.06/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
Belgium
achelsekluis.org

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-06-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,623
Reviews:
430
Ratings:
780
pDev:
9.11%
 
 
Wants:
74
Gots:
122
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Ratings: 780 |  Reviews: 430
Photo of Duncian
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of xtonytx
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puck1225
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a fluted glass.

Golden yellow color with a nice white head and great lacing. Fruity smell and taste. Nice sweet apple and pear. Warming spice flavors come out as it warms, flavor becomes more complex. I have had it several times but did not review it. A classic beer.

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Photo of jeschaefer
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of soundaurora
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JonnoWillsteed
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- Pours with off-white head, holds well. Body mid-amber with slight haze. [Very small amount of residue left in bottle].
S- Fruit [apricot and cherry, for me] and spice.
T- Ooh, it has a pungent fruitiness, into a rich meaty finish with a tinge of sour in it. Very idiosyncratic indeed. If this was a regular/fav I've no doubt you'd have zero problem IDing this blind-folded, it's very distinctive.
M- It's puddingy, and full-bodied, but it has lovely balance.
O- A good example of a Belgian monastic tripel. My wife is a fan of such beers too and she also gives it two thumbs up. Just a shame I've yet to find it from a cheaper source than perhaps one of the most supermarkets in the UK.
33Cl bottle, bought from Wholefoods London [£2.99) BB 18/4/20
-- Note also the simplest of simple lables, just about the opposite of the typical hipster lable these days!

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Photo of Shade1951
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sniffing this brew, poured from a bottle into a standard glass, I actually do get hints of toffee or caramel. It's a nice fragrance.

The look, I guess, is solid, meaning that it looks "right." Dark amber, small head, lots of lacing.

I'm not as wild about the flavor, though. I'm not sure why. If it followed the nose, as they say, I think I would like it quite a bit more. As it is, it's not unpleasant, but.... I guess I've been spoiled by the several times I've had Chimay and La Fin Du Monde, both of which just have a crisper, cleaner flavor.

Carbonation is fine. I guess I was expecting more from the flavor.

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Photo of 1988sqft
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jetlag767
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Monk’s did an outstanding job!

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Photo of chitoryu12
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Deep gold with a foamy white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Raisins, citrus, hops, figs, and a bit of spiciness.

Taste: A wine-like herbal fruitiness backed by hops and a bit of malt.

Mouthfeel: Average thickness and sharp carbonation.

Overall: A beer that can truly be called "deliciously different".

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Photo of REVZEB
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know how I haven't had this by now! A classic tripel, and in my opinion, holds up even though the years have passed it by. Light and peppery compared to other tripels I have had, but still has nice fruit bouquet and malt biscuit finish. More balanced on the smell. The body is a very nice consistency for the style

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Photo of evergreen_machine
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep gold color with slightly off-white head, which dissipates quickly. Has a nose of sweet malts and banana. Taste is bright and warm with more banana and a hint of toffee. Mouthfeel is light and on style with a refreshing level of carbonation.

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Photo of Nichols33
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tigg924
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy blonde in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is pear, apple, apricot, and Belgian spice. Medium bodied, high carbonation and slightly sweet. Very clean and tasty. Good for the style.

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Photo of emincems
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of edthehead
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Scotty859
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good color, slightly hazy. Sweet fruity nose of tangerine. A slightly malty and moderately sweet taste with crisp and sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of Narthax
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bitterbill
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, best before August 17th, 2018. Pours a fairly clear gold, initially large head of foam, shrinking slowly, not much lacing. Smells spicy, hoppy, notes of coriander, pepper, light grass, picking up some fruit, sweet malt Spicy taste up front, from the hops and yeast. Coriander and very much the pepper. Malt is semi sweet, earthy, adding much delicious flavour. A spicier Tripel than say, the Chimay but equally acceptable and enjoyable.

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Photo of AAG
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Yoann
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a goblet
A - Hazy pale gold with a quickly disappearing white head
S - Herbal and spicy hops
T - Corresponding to the smell with some light metallic aftertaste
M - Well carbonated
O - A tasteful tripel

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Photo of 22Blue
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WormGod
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

08/06/19 date on the bottle

A: Pours a clear gold. Tall wispy white head. Quite good head retention and nice little tufts of lacing.

S: Spicy and peppery right at the first whiff. Light citrusy hops and maybe some grass too?

T: A little citrus and a lot of grass. Sharp, grainy malt with a bunch of white pepper. Lots of spices in the finish, even for a tripel. Spiced, grassy aftertaste that lingers.

M: Heavy-ish, crisp and clean.

O: A very nice tripel. On the crisp, spiced side of tripels in my opinion.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle poured into a chalice.

Cloudy amber gold in color with very thick creamy white head, it stays with excellent retention before slowly subsiding to an everlasting fluffy layer on the surface and leaving tight lacing all around.

Bread from malt, herbal hop, floral, honey, and Belgian yeast character of mild fruitiness in kind of pear, peach, and apricot as well as some peppery spice.

The taste is built upon the foundation of bready malt that provides moderate sweetness. Yeast decorates and fulfills with notes of apricot, pear, peach, sourness like an orange peel, and some peppery spice. Hop is there too with its subtle bitter bite and herbal.

Medium body with silky smooth mouthfeel and low to moderate carbonation through the palate, the feeling is well-rounded with a pleasantly dry finish.

Considering not much complex comparing to the other Trappists, still pretty much to enjoy with.

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Trappist Achel 8° Blond from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 780 ratings