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

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Trappist Achel 8° BlondTrappist Achel 8° Blond

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Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Longstaff
4.97/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Slightly hazy appearance but with a bone white fluffy head. Aromas of floral hops and fruity esters. The taste of this beer is so damn complex it makes me shiver just thinking about it. First it has the classic wheat flavors of clove an banana, then you notice the hops, then a slight chocolate and cinnamon flavor invades, then a slight prune fruitiness, and finally the floral and earthy hop flavor lingers on your tounge. It is a little sweet but the late hop charge balances it nicely. When I had it at the Bier Circus in Brussels, I wanted to dive into the glass and drown a happy man. THE best beer I had in Belgium. Don't know why the lackluster reviews here - maybe it doesn't travel well? It was head and shoulders better than the Westmalle triple and was definitely not light in mouthfeel - in fact it was very creamy.

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Photo of tilopud_rye
4.97/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In this year 2013 I found this beer on the shelf labeled sept 2009. I was sick at the time so waited til I could properly taste to open. Immediately upon opening the bottle it made a slight hiss then filled the air with the scent of apples. The smell changed slightly in the pour openingup notes of caramel, toffee, honey, smells as if it's going to have a very big thick flavor. Taste starts with a light bread flavor then tastes like there's mixed fruit jam on th bread- apple, raisin, plum, peach with sweet toffee candy on the end of the taste.slight alcohol aftertaste with sugars and candy lingering. The toffee caramel and sugar influence is heightened actually when the sediment is poured. It's an amber orange-brown color with bubbles rising from the bottom towards a thick head that starts 3 fingers and lowers while sipping but never goes away. More toffee and sugar flavor in the head- more bread and fruit jam taste in the liquid. An excellent drink- though I hear some people prefer a young bottle o this. Somewhat warped that my first experience is a 3 yr bottle but I'll remember this beer and come back to this review to compare a younger bottle

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Photo of LVituri
4.94/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Essa cerveja é realmente surpreendente. Antes de prová-la eu havia lido sobre ela em vários lugares, os quais não davam tanto elogios a ela. Porém na minha primeira oportunidade já senti que não concordava com a opinião da maioria dos especialista. Na segunda vez, eu tive certeza. É com certeza uma das melhores cervejas trapistas da humanidade.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.88/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The head is thick, just off-white, still and bumpy it floats on the hazy, dirty, peach-gold body. The aroma is huge: sweet, alcoholic with yards of thick caramel. Alcohol up front when cool, with some sour fruit, cream and caramel. The middle is thick and foamy. Much caramel, some milk, some more sour fruit extends through the finish, where some great, big bubblegum makes a surprise appearance. Tangtacular aftertaste. Wow. Absolutely gargantuan flavors: sour fruit, sweet caramel, bubblegum finish. Dee L. Icious!

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Photo of SIRIUS2
4.82/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden color with abundant creamy white head. (Poured into a goblet style glass)

S: Awesome floral bouquet with a hint of spice (corriander?)

T: Hop bitterness struck me first with additional notes of citrus and spices that I couldn't quite place, but seemed consistent with an Abbey style tripel

M: Light mouthfeel with notable carbonation

D: Smooth and easy, incredibly easy going down, although the warming was fairly prominent - but nice.

Overall this was a great experience! All the flavors came together nicely without hitting you over the head with any one particular element. Unfortunately this was pretty hard to find and at $7 for a small bottle, it's not something I'll be experiencing very often. Fantastic when available!

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4.82/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light golden color. Moderately cloudy. Tall, bubbly, white head that dissolves at a medium rate.

S - Floral notes that I can't put my finger on. Smells like Spring in a glass. Sorry that I can't be more specific, but I don't have a very strong nose :-/ Great smell though. I can say that with certainty.

T - Mmm, delicious! Starts out with some solid maltiness, which I definitely look for in blondes. Just enough sweetness to help bring out the rich flavor, but not enough to cripple it at all. The dry bitterness lingers and gives you a magnificent aftertaste of hops/flowers. I'd say it's more floral than fruity. I feel like I'm eating out the Easter Bunny.

M - Light on the tongue. If I didn't wish to savor this beer so much, it'd definitely be one that could be easily pounded. If I had unlimited money, I'd use this for beer pong back home.

O - Might be my favorite blonde I've had to date. Light and refreshing, yet complex. PERFECT after a long, stressful day, which I've had. It seems to me like this beer accomplishes what Chouffe, Delirium, and many others try, but fail, to do. A must try!

P.S. Their Brune is just as awesome.

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Photo of tomordonez
4.81/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pour into a brandy glass (no I don’t have a glass for each brewery). Large fluffy head about 3 inches that dissipates well at room temp 65F to a thin layer. Smells like daisies, herbs, honey…mead, lemongrass. It looks golden, golden ale, see through, like if the rivers were made of gold, it should look like this. Tastes like what an amazing beer should taste like. An explosion of flavors, medium carbonation then low at room temp. A balance of flavor and alcohol. Not a lot of bitterness. An aftertaste that makes you want more. Win

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- huge fizz when i popped the cap, poured into chimay goblet this is one foamy beer. some foam came out the top of the bottle volcano-style and smells amazing as it dries on my hands. rising over the lip of the glass, the head is insane. white and puffy, dense yet not heavy, and buildable enough to easily rise an inch and a half over the rim. and with some careful pours i have a 2in high monster blob hanging off the edge. nice! body is a hazy orange apricot color with yellow highlights and some minute yeast particles. delicate sticky crusty lace is...lacey. like a nice curtain or something. yeah, like lace in some places and thick like that cottony filling inside a comforter in other places. i don't know if the foam is ever gonna shrink down because it's been sitting as a wobbly lumpy mass for quite some time now. and the chimay 'C' etching is totally one of those lumps.

S- what up spicy funky belgian yeast. that's what i'm talkin about. fruity phenolic and barnyard fun. smells like muskmelon cherry bandaids. orange, pineapple, banana. baptized in the funk. there's so much yeast character goin on in this beer. sweet-tart and sweet malt like pound cake, or belgian waffles, vanilla, whipped cream, apple, pear, white grape, strawberry, lemon and orange peel, this is THE aroma i want out of a blonde.

T- perfect balance of sweet, tart, and bitter with a perfect accompanying somewhat metallic mineral water flavor (no sulfur at all). saaz hop zesty spiciness from start to finish balances out any residual sugars. tart orchard fruits like pear, apple, white grape, and apricot make up the fruity portion of the flavor with some melon and banana flavors as well. funky band-aid, basement, and horse blanket in the taste also and perfectly so. hop bitterness does become a little rubbery at times and that's the only reason this isn't getting a 5. finishes sweetly malty and candyish with some pale grainy and husk flavors mingled in with earthy yeast.

MF- full and creamy with sparkling aggressive carbonation. some serious pressure built up in that bottle. stamped 31/10/08, i'm assuming this was bottled on halloween making the beer almost 2 years old. it's definitely aged well. clean and dry on the cheeks and sticky on the lips with a lasting bitterness on the tongue.

D- saw it at that old gulf gas station with 500 single bottles and grabbed it right away, i've been lookin for this for quite some time. all i need to do is find a westvleteren and i'll have had a beer from all 7 trappist breweries. very refreshing and drinkable for such a big beer. gotta be one of my favorite tripels ever and the yeast funkiness keeps me comin back for more. shoulda got 2 bottles.

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Photo of Radome
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 33 cl bottle into a goblet.

A - Beer is extremely carbonated. A bit of foam escaped the bottle as soon as I popped the cap and it took three pours to get it into a glass without overflowing the moussy off-white foam. The beer itself is an light blond color with orange highlights. It has some cloudiness, but you can easily see through it when held up to the light.

S - The initial whiff is of earthy, spicy hops, smelling just like a saison. The malt aroma catches up later, along with some fruity smells reminiscent of grape, apple and pear. Alcohol is also evident. It is very appetizing.

T - The taste is perfectly balanced between malt, hops, and yeast notes. The hops are again spicy or peppery. The yeast lends the apple and pear flavors. There is also some sweetness reminding me of honey or candi sugar. Truly outstanding.

M - The body is moderate, but the feel fades quickly, then there is some residual sweetness that coats the mouth in the end to remind you that you are drinking a substantial beer.

D - This is a continual contradiction that all comes together as a great beer. It is perfectly balanced but still shows some great individual elements. It is substantial and mouth coating but still dangerously drinkable. Bravo!

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Photo of ryantupy
4.79/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer and will definatly keep it stocked in my cellar all the time. It poured a dark maple brown color, with a small bubbly head that quickly dissolves into a nice ring around the glass with tiny bubbles all racing to the top. It smelled of ripe fruitm malty sweetness, smoked apple wood, and caramel. It tasted great complex and well balanced. Malty sweetness, ripe fruit, smoked applewood, and a nice smoky finish. This beer had a slick oily mouthfeel and it tasted great a definate good beer all around.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.78/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very cloudy when poured. The head was off white and medium thick the smell was stronger than I thought it would be. 1st taste was a hint of honeysuckle with still quite a bit of carbonation. Second best Trappist beer so far.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.77/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stamped 13GI 11:19.

33cl bottle served cool into the Watou glass.

I open the bottle and it's a good thing I have the glass nearby. It almost immediately overflow but I don't loose a drip.

Achel 8 blond is a hazy golden yellow with thick towering head that settles to a rocky cap. Very fine texture and nice chunky lacing left behind.

Aroma is fantastic and just what a good authentic tripel should be. Lemons, herbs, pepper, and yeast. Fresh and wonderful.

Flavor is excellent as well. It's pretty hard to find fault with this beer right now. Great citrus, French bread, pepper... the list of flavors goes on. Perfectly balanced and delightful in every way.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with full carbonation.

I don't know what it is about this beer but it seems like the most amazing thing right now. Very possibly my new favorite tripel.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.77/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Poured into a Chimay chalice. Body is a hazy golden orange hue. Two finger white head slowly reduced to a half finger film covering the body.

S: Bready malts, Belgian esters of pear, apple, and mild banana. There is a bit of funk in the background.

T: Same as the nose. The flavor is dry with a slight bitter finish.

F: Medium bodied with medium carbonation and foamy, with a slight warmth.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A – Golden-honey color, with a big foamy white head that recedes into a big puff, leaving a garter of lace on the side of the glass. Amazing.

S – Clean, slightly bitter pale malt is the mainstay of the aromatic, peppered with notes of honey, orange blossom, straw and pleasant solvent alcohol.

T – Very clean and light and dry, with similarities to a pilsener in its pale malt qualities, also well-hopped for bitterness, with nice alcohol tinge at the finish, and a very moderate fruity ester throughout, suggesting banana-nut bread, pears, and hay. Exceptional; like a slightly more complex Cinq Cents, or like Duvel but not as good.

M – Very nicely carbonated, very long and pleasantly dry finish.

D – This is an exceptionally well-crafted beer; it is the definition of balance. It is fabulous, yet restrained, making for a subtle stunner.

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Photo of Ardon
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Beautiful yellow/orange. Pillowy head. Hazy.

Smell: The nose is completely sweet banana.

Taste: The taste has confirmed my feelings about the appearance. Taste like a richer more flavourful hefeweizen. Clove, banana, yeast flavours all the way through.

Mouthfeel: Fantastic, once again very hefeweizen like with just a little more burn from the higher alcohol.

Drinkability: Dangerously drinkable. Has the drinkability of a hefeweizen but with a higher alcohol level. Therefore, dangerously drinkable...

Notes: Fantastic. This beer is a dream come true for me. Has all the characteristics of a good hefeweizen but with the complexity of a tripel. Unbelievable.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.74/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Holy Moly! This is some good stuff! This beer is the last trappist beer that I needed to review, as I have already reviewed all of the other ones. I have to say that the Achel brewery probably ranks third on my list of Trappist breweries, and with good reason. This beer poured a very unique bright blonde colour with a very dense, rich, white head. The aromas were of honey, coriander, spices, yeast and malts. The taste was more of the same. A lot of honey flavor as well as some nice spicy, yeast flavor notes. The mouthfeel was very velvetty and smooth and the drinkability was good as well, despite this beers 8% ABV.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.69/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - decanted with care into a Belgian glass, leaving a half ounce or so in the bottle. A light golden orange on the pour, the last few drops created some sedimentary rivulets in the glass like a lava lamp. A finger of white foamy head breaks down to a scant cover with dotted lacing.

Aroma - Belgian fruity sweetness (strawberries?), mixed with some heady alcohol vapors. Mild spices don't quite identify themselves, staying just out of reach. Great nose throughout, a joy to smell.

Taste - like candied yeast. Belgian candi sugars dominate the doughy, spicy flavors. A wonderful warm alcohol aftertaste blends the smells and taste together wonderfully.

Mouthfeel - bubbly, smooth, heavier than average, well done.

Drinkability - outstanding beer worthy of any self-respecting BA's palate at least once.

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Photo of CreamAle128
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This triple looks kind orange/red, more on the orange side. Excellent head retention, very very similar to a Duvel.

Smell: Nice, mellow soft aroma of belgian yeast, little bit of herbal, ripe fruit. Also a little bit of lemon, and very faint alcocol. Finally there is just a hint of honey! All in all, a very nice, and complex aroma, I just wish i could distinguish more of it.

Taste: Sweet malt upfront right after a quick shot of yeast, not too weak nor too strong, just nice and mellow. Then quickly after comes a bit of lemon. Tart like soon after. Right towards the end comes the hop finish, not sharp, but a mellow rounded hop bitterness. At the absolute end there is a bit of drying, and the malt sweetness comes again. Perfect yeast character. It reminds me of my first Belgian I ever had, which was a Hoegaarden White.

Mouthfeel: This is where this beer really shines! It is thick, but at the same time it is very fluffy, something compared to a unibroue 10 and 11. When swished around in the mouth, it is like velvet. Extremely soft, and leaves a slight coating in the mouth every so slightly. Not heavy by any means.

Drinkability: This will be short and sweet. This can be chugged no problem.

I highly recomend this Triple!

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Photo of Squelch
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Gorgeous straw blonde, two finger head, Nice lacing, Effervescence. Beautiful

Smell: Complex aromas of banana, fruits, lemon, bread

Taste: Wow. Excellent complexity. The best tripel I've had. Lemon, banana, Slight hop bitterness. A+++

Mouthfeel: Alcohol well hidden. medium bodied. Nice.

Overall: Pleasantly surprised. The best I've ever had. Will be buying again.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: the beer pours a nice orange-golden color with a nice white fluffy head
Smell: Very flowery, spicy, malts and fruits (orange) and coriander.
Taste: Malts, spices, fruits (orange), yeast and a slightly bitter spicy finish
Mouthfeel: Soft, smooth, medium carbonation
Overall: A classic already!

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Photo of moulefrite
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light hazy golden-numerous chunks-attractive lace that leaves a delicate and rather elegant stick pattern. Aromas are very appealing! Light lemony citrus followed by creamy peach like sweetness, and a big hint of the malt-o-meal to come.And, boy is this a delicious malty beer! I've found a malt that my taste buds adore! Exceptional crispness helps balance this brew out. Served with baked cod-crabmeat stuffing-baked the cod surrounded by yukon gold potato wedges, and covered with a Mornay sauce. Man the malty flavors of the beer, and the complex tastes of the seafood continue on in a long glorious finish!

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Photo of mscudder
4.61/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel Snifter.

A - Wow this brew explodes into a frothy foam right out of the bottle. Easily the largest head I have ever seen a beer put out. Nice golden yellow hue to the beer. Leaves nice lacing behind. I must say I never thought waiting on the head to go down would be such an issue.

S- Soft bready malts. Certainly not dominate but contains hints of citrus, and light fruits.

T - First thing to hit me is sweet creamy citrus. This Tripel contains a strong body that is dominated by sugary sweetness. The flavor from the malts is absolutely delicious and wraps up with a bit of a biscuit-like taste, crisp and clean.

M - Smooth with a big body that is fantastic on my palette. I absolutely love large blondes and this is no exception. ABV gives it just a tad bit of warmth, while remaining beautifully masked.

O - Overall this is well worth the tag of a Trappist beer. I had my reservations on purchasing this one given its high price tag but wow my doubts were mislead. An absolute must for any lover of blondes, Tripels, or Trappist ales.

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Photo of Higravity
4.61/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a chunky monkey. Man even out of the fridge the yeast was still suspended as I tried to pour carefully. Lovely yellow cloudy white capped beer with chunks a plenty. The smell is lovely soft phenol joy the malt a candy sweetness. The overall flavor is mighty it feels as though it melts into the tongue and awakens taste sensors I didn't know I had. Like eating soft barely candy flowers with a hint of alcohol and atouch of hop spice. Lovely stuff, just give me less chunks, but fuck it I can suffer the chunks ;)

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Photo of GRG1313
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lovely dark yellow with a thick white head. Wonderful fresh banana/banana bread assertive nose, candi fruit and fresh stone fruit.

Rich full mouthfeel with perfect carbonation and character.

Flavors follow nose with rich malt and rich banana, stone fruit and candi sugar flavors. Perfect balance and character. Tastes like "a real Belgian ale."

Quality, rich and bold drink with assertive and very pleasant flavor profiles.

This could well be a favorite of many. Great drink with a nice malt finish.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

08/12/05- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a bestby November 05 on the label. Have had it ageing for at least a year, so assuming it's a 2003 brew at the latest. Poured into my Maredsous tulip.

Appearance- Cloudy amber pour. Thick, creamy and chocolate mousse like head. Almost like a whipped cream. Excellent caking lace.

Smell- Lemon, plus other citrus and tropical fruit. Also rather hoppy.

Taste- Smooth fruit backed malt flavor. Hops are there and letting you know. Almost a cognac kinda taste. Alcohol comes through slightly. Quite delicious.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, slightly creamy and inviting. Perfect carbonation.

Drinkability- Ahhh, the trappist that gets no play. Well, believe it everyone, this brew is worth some praise.

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