Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

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

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Trappist Achel 8° BlondTrappist Achel 8° Blond
BA SCORE
4.06/5
Exceptional
758 Ratings
Trappist Achel 8° BlondTrappist Achel 8° Blond
BEER INFO

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

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-06-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,803
Reviews:
421
Ratings:
758
pDev:
9.11%
Bros Score:
3.8
 
 
Wants:
70
Gots:
115
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 758 |  Reviews: 421
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.

 514 characters

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.

 911 characters

Photo of chossboss
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of dandy14
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DanGeo
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Bujon
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely light hazy body and medium foaming head.

Aroma is on the hoppy side, difficult to pick much else up beyond the alcohol.

Taste is good, malty and a nice warming burn down the throat.

Feel is pretty good too for this type of brew, packs a nice punch.

Overall very good, well worth a try

 303 characters

Photo of threeviews
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 33cl bottle (Best By Date: 05 November 2019) into a Affligem, short-stemmed chalice glass. Assuming a Best By Date of two-and-a-half years, this was bottled 05 May, 2017...(but this is just a guess since I purchased it in Brussels at a grocery store where all there beer is fresh)

A - Pours a light gold color with (thanks to bottle refermentation) a 1-2 finger of a white, fluffy head. A quintessential appearance for a strong Blond Trappist beer. (5.0)

S - Flowers, Honeysuckle, Pear, Peach, a hint of citrus and Cotton Candy all infiltrate the the nose. (4.75)

T - Bready malt sweetness followed by mild bitterness that is a collection of flowers and stone fruit. There is also the added not of Spearmint once the beer warms. (4.75)

M - The body is Medium-Minus, elevating the drinkability of an 8% ABV Blond to new heights. (4.75)

O - The Trappist's know how to brew a strong Blond! Honestly, Achel Blond reminds me of a lighter version of Westmalle Triple. Being that Westmalle Triple is my favorite Trappist (golden) beer, that makes Achel a very, VERY close second! I hope to learn more of Achel's brewing process...but until now, I will enjoy. (4.75)

 1,180 characters

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

Lively bubbles in a golden haze with a good steady head of soapy foam. Strong smell of malt, grass and citrus. Same flavours in the taste. Mildly sweet with a modest bitter aftertaste. Medium-bodied, crispy and easy to drink. Balance and intensity of this beer are fine, and it's a beer that does deliver, but it's also a bit boring in my opinion.

 347 characters

Photo of mltobin
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BelgianBeerChef
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cunning_stunt
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shelby415
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of cyrenaica
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle
8.0% ABV
Bar Hop (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
January 23, 2014
Trappist Number 21
The beer pours a hazed medium gold colour with a quarter inch snow white head and plenty of effervescence. The aroma is yeast, grass, some citrus, and a touch of honey. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average carbonation. Flavour is sweet, grainy with notes of honey and yeast. Quite enjoyable.

 401 characters

Photo of Zazzi82
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dentist666
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stevehagy
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BigGold
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had poured from 11.2-oz. bottle, stamped "21/11/15," imported from Indiana, into snifter. Classic Tripel, from a harder-to-find Trappist brewery.

 151 characters

Photo of yaron73
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A bottle at "2be" in Brugge.

28 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Trappist Achel 8° Blond from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 758 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.