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

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Trappist Achel 8° BlondTrappist Achel 8° Blond

Brewed by:
Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-06-2002

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Photo of MCDuhamel
2.45/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass, at fridge temperature.

A: Poured an absolutely enormous head that continued to balloon out well after the pour. Hugely carbonated, like Champagne. Dark straw, light orange in color, perfectly clear. Tons of lacing down the glass.

S: Powerful aroma of clove, green apple, some tropical fruit. A definite "catty" smell. Overpowering for a tripel or strong golden.

T: First impression is all clove and cattiness. There is a hint of tropical fruit and some sugar, which ultimately yields to a slightly dry hoppiness. The intense clove is rather overwhelming. There is nothing subtle about this beer.

M: Light in body, with a definite spritziness. The carbonation is highly evident, and a bit distracting.

D: The overpoweringly strong flavor of clove makes this definitely a one at a time kind of beer.

Overall: Of all the Trappist beers I have had, this is easily my least favorite. I don't know if the beer was perhaps stored improperly, but it certainly seems off to me.

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Photo of clvand0
2.6/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a very bright, but cloudy yellow with lots and lots of floaties hovering about. It has a very sweet aroma hinting of fruits. The taste is very full and reminds me of a weiss beer. I really didn't enjoy the taste much because the wheaty flavor is not something that I have ever grown accustomed to. I couldn't drink very much of this just because I really don't like the flavor.

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Photo of blakelive784
2.65/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a goblet, reviewed live:

A - Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a fizzy, champagne-esque head of three fingers. Retention is average.

S - Candi sugar, crystal malts light clove, yeast, and light lemon notes. Mild in strength.

T - I try to ignore the off flavors, but I think this bottle is a bit too old. Delicate pale malts and light yeast are obscured by a medicinal quality and a metallic aftertaste. The abv is entirely too noticeable. This probably is a good beer.... but based on this sampling I can't judge.

M - Crisp and light bodied. Dry. Would work well.

D - I'll give it another chance sometime.

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Photo of Beer_Loving_Brandon
2.71/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Drank out of the bottle like the barbarian that I am.

Look - It has a label. A cheesy label.

Smell - Skunky.

Taste - unimpressive and very pilsner-ish.

Feel - nothing notable here.

Overall - not worth the money and not on par with other Belgium offerings.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with white standard pressure cap served into a Trappist Westvleteren goblet (large format) in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof since it's trappist. 8% ABV confirmed.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

Some liquid started to surge out immediately upon opening, but we only lost a minute amount of foam.

A: Pours a three finger head of beige colour, decent thickness, slight cream, and fantastic retention for the high ABV as well as for the style. Body colour is an extremely hazy pale orange colour. Fairly vibrant. Nontransparent. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Champagne, HEAVY crystal malt, pale malts, clove, maybe light honey, and some assorted spices of such subtlety that I have trouble identifying them with me broken nose. A below average strength aroma.

T: Crystal malt, champagne/white sparkling wine notes, clove and other vague spices, pale malts, light specialty honey, and hints of yeast. Even a slight hint of very light funk. Incredibly light and refreshing for a tripel. Some notes of what tastes like what glass smells like - as though it's sat in the bottle too long; this off-flavour really hits the balance hard but I think my local bottle shop is mainly to blame. Metallic on the after-taste.

It's a tough call, but ultimately Achel should have more control over their distributors. These off flavours should not exist.

Mf: Delightfully light and tingly for a tripel; the mouthfeel is marvelous. Perfectly coarse and even a bit dry like a fine champagne or sparkling wine. Very light on the palate but with adequate presence. Ideal carbonation.

Dr: The off-flavours ruin it, but I can tell there's a good beer lurking beneath. I just wish Achel had better quality control. My local bottle shop is usually quite trustworthy, but this is a severe disappointment. I'll be revisiting this beer.


05.09.14 truncated impressions:

Violently gushed upon opening, making a mess. Ugh.

A: Head is a bit thin, and lacks fullness, creaminess, and frothiness. Body has abundant yeast particles floating about, and the colour is nice.

Sm: Soapy, with some clean barley and muted crystal malts. Moderate in strength. A bit starchy and stale.

T: Has some nice elements, but ultimately it's a bit simple and unbalanced. Hints of honey, Belgian pale malts, barley.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with a carbonation edge.

Dr: Hides its ABV okay, which is high for a purported "blond bier." I remain unimpressed with this beer despite my trust of Achel. I'll need to have this fresh in Belgium to really review it properly.

Low C

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Photo of Parrotshake
2.77/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aside from Westvleteren I thought I'd tried at least one beer from every Trappist brewery until I saw this in the store this evening and realised I've never had an Achel beer either. Off we go, then.

Pours a clear... golden colour. Cripes. For some reason I thought I'd bought the Brune. Huge marshmallowy head and lots of little bubbles, looks good at any rate. Smells nice too. Candi sugar, underripe peach, sweet spices, something a bit vinuous.

Taste is a bit of a shock at first. Boy this is sweet. Hard candy, cantaloupe, wet grain and entirely too little spice. A bit of bready pale malt presence but not enough to stop it from being super cloying. Not really noticing the alcohol but in this case it might have given it a bit of sharpness that it seems to want for. Nice finish of medicinal herbs takes your mind off the sweetness until the next sip, which is admirable.

Mouthfeel is a bit sluggish, could use a bit more carbonation, but not bad for the style. Overall a bit of a sweet mess. I wouldn't know what to do with another bottle of this. The kind of thing that that gives Tripels a bad name.

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.81/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a extremely cloudy off yellow color with hints of copper and honey. No foam to speak of when poured and thus no lacing.

The smell is bready and yeasty. Some light malt flavors and more noticeable candi aroma's than malt. Would have like a more distinct Belgian pale or pils malt aroma. Very yeasty even for a triple. Limited esters, I would like a bit more phenolics as well.

The taste is light and not as noticeable as the smell. Some Belgium pale malt and ample candi flavor do come out but limited. Some yeasty flavors but limited with the esters and phenols. Would like more of a the fruity and citrus flavors but really nothing is there. Disappointing. A light pepper note but very limited.

The body has a medium feel. Carbonation is non-existent. Overall this disappointing trappist beer.

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.95/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Foam a little sweet but that quickly becomes bitter. Nose a little alcohol that recalls the classic combination of orange-cilantro. The taste is fairly simple and has little flavor, it is still bitter and spicy but it remains unconvincing. The aftertaste is bitter, too spicy but is actually quite interesting. Despite the appetizing qualities of beer, we find ourselves with a beer relatively low in flavor, and certainly it is a beer style triple coupled with a Trappist beer. One of the few Trappists who really disappoints.

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Photo of stbfan
2.98/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

translucent straw colored with good carbonation and an awesome white head.

lots of yeast in smell,apricots, light hops, bright.

tastes a little bitter with metallic, dry finish.alcohol not hidden very well.

pretty decent tripel. ther are several i have tried that are better. very dissapointed compared to other trappist ales. reminds me of a strong american pale ale. OK.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to duffman069 for this quaff, ooh yeah!

A - Pours copper with 1 finger of white head. Dissipates fast and leaves nice lacing.

S - Caramel and nectar.

T - Honey, nectar and light bittering hops.

M - Moderate bodied, malt dominated and sweet.

D - Not bad, this beer is really boring though. I will probably not revisit this one.

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Photo of supercolter
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This one was kinda all over the board for me.
Appearance was just average with a golden brown color, some sediment, and little head with no lacing.
Smell was fantastic. I could smell ripe fruit, some sweet malt and a touch of spice.
Taste was kinda blah, just malty and then the after taste of cilantro-type spicing. I was not a fan but it got better the more I drank.
Mouthfeel was medium in body.
Drinkability, see taste.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 15 September 2002. Achel 8 is a clear, yellow-gold ale, with a large frothy head & lots of champagne-like bubbles. It has a slighty fruitness w/ an overall well balanced flavor. Very nice, but not one of the world class Belgians.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a large head leaving lots of lacing.
Nose shows doughy yeast and spicy phenols with soft light fruit underneath (white grapes, pear). The yeast is a little overpowering.
Flavours are quite similar with the addition of some light malt and candi sugar.
Carbonation is stupidly high, just like the bruin. What is the point of carbonation so high that you cant taste the beer?

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Photo of merlin48
3.32/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle that is past its prime, according to the label. Really didn't know what I had here until I poured it. A hazy, honey colour in the St Bernardus goblet. Chunks of yeast obscure any sight of bubbles. Leaves nice chains of Belgian lacing all over the goblet. Aroma is typical Belgian, with pink grapefruit and baked bread in the spotlight. Cloves and allspice also share top billing. Mouthfeel is thick, almost chewy, and is tart and bitter. Hops make more than a cameo appearance. Taste is complex, with biscuity yeast, sharp citrus, and bitter hops. Not what I was looking for in a Tripel. The yeast chunks settle to the bottom at room temperature, but the taste remains bitter. This is not one of the better Belgian ales I've had over the years. Maybe a fresher one would change my opinion.

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Photo of Sammy
3.32/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was past due. I got it that way in the trade, but didn't have time to check the bottle. Not much in the way of taste. Inconsistent taste, carbonation, eggshells, yeast. Not quite skunked, but getting there. Salty. Blonde orange with initial overflow. Some sediment that was creamy.

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Photo of sweethome
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour is hazy golden, fairly large bright white head. Lazy large bubbles continue for some time - followed by finer champagne type bubbles.

Nose is lemon, bread, light yeast and dirty dishrag and barnyard.

Tip taste is sweet malts, mustiness, carmel malt and a bit of lemon rind.

Mouthfeel is full, thick, and drying out towards the outside of tongue.

Decent warming effect.

Not overly complex or satisfying from a flavor perspective. Not one of my favorite trappist beers. A long way off from Westmalle - the standard for my money.

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Photo of germanbeer1
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Konigshoeven glass in order to keep with the trappist theme. This produced a very large, white head, very much like a pilsener. The color is a hazy yellow and it's possible to detect the sediment at the bottom of the bottle. This is the first Achel brew that I have tried and I was surprised that the beer was so sour for a Belgian Tripel Ale. Nevertheless it's still a pretty solid beer and it has not deterred me from trying more Achel products.

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Photo of OatherS
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New labeled 33 cL bottle.

Appearance: Three finger head. Did not make it overwhelmingly difficult to pour as previous tripels I have tried. Somewhat of an amber tint to the classic gold color.

Smell: Not very strong. Difficult to discern.

Taste: A sharp feel to the palate. Some hoppy notes. Bitter as well.

Mouthfeel: Not quite as bubbly as other tripels. Still the classic carbonated feel to the mouth.

Drinkability: Not sure if this beer has bowled me over. Actually somewhat bland in comparison to other tripels.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.36/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

33 cl brown bottle with a white crown cap.
Poured a hazy gold color which had a very thick head that was fluffy and white, leaving behind nice lace. Aroma is very citrussy with a lemon scent and a flat chalky yeastiness. Taste has a nice hop bitterness up front which segues into a lemony hop flavor with sweet, light malt and a generous amount of alcohol. The body of this ale is nearly perfect as the carbonation has very little carbonic bite while the light moughtfeel lends smoothness and a dry finish. A nice Belgian Tripel though i have had better.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearence: Pours a wonderful gold with a creamy, beige head that clings forever.

Smell: The smell is incredibly spicy, with fruity notes everywhere. The alcohol is very present, and mixes well with a good amount of hops.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste has a very odd spicy feel to it, with something I can't put a finger on. It's an odd flavor, and doesn't mix well. Gasoline? No, not quite, but close. The flavor is definitly bold though, and mouthfeel is decently creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: It has the potential, but doens't fulfill it. Not bad, but not a very good representation of what can come from a Trappist brwery, in my opinion. Still, a decent brew.

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Photo of JBogan
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light to medium gold with a good sized foamy head which reduced to a thin film soon after.

Smell of straw and hops with some citric notes as well.

Taste was a bit flatter than I was expecting, nothing really jumped out. There was a bit of a yeastyness on the tongue towards the end of a sip.

Mouthfeel was nice. Crisp and with a little carb bite.

Overall this was a fairly enjoyable brew. I'd share it with friends during a spring/summer outing, although it was a little too pricy to make it a regular session beer.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.39/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Westvleteren chalice. Straight off, the appearance was awesome. Really thick creamy white head, sticking to the glass, just sitting there not losing any volume.

But unfortunately the rest of this beer can't live up to the first appearance and the long anticipation I've had at trying a new Trappist. The smell is faintly tripel, faintly Duvel. The taste is faintly the same. This beer is standing in the shadow of other great Belgian originals in my opinion.

No need to search this out. Just get Westmalle tripel, it'll save you money and effort. You'll have a much better beer.

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Photo of mschofield
3.41/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaquely cloudy orange amber, filled with floating particulates and topped with a two finger foamy off-white head, leaves rings of lacing with webs in between connecting them.
Sweaty, almost a lambic sour aroma, wheat and yeast, sour apple.
Sweeter taste than aroma, candy (taffy), lemon. Interesting switch between the taste and aroma, far less consistent than usually found.
Medium bodied.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Got this at the bottle shop.

From a bottle into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a thinner looking 2+ finger bubbly white head with decent retention. A decent amount of carbonation evident. Colour is orange peel or amber orange and it's much clearer than average. Head levels out to a decent film cap and leaves some decent lacing down the sides.

SMELL: Mild nose of toasted malt, sweet apples and pears. Some spices, especially clove, in the background, but not overly pronounced. Decent, but not quite strong enough.

TASTE: Toasted malt and sweet apples and pears up front. A bit of clove shows through before some spicy alcohol takes over the flavour profile to the end. An aftertaste of toasted and sweet malt, as well as spicy alcohol, is strong and long lasting. Nice; much more impressive than the nose.

PALATE: Thinner bodied and somewhat light on the palate. Higher levels of carbonation means you get a lot of air going down. Goes down pretty smooth and finishes on the right side of sticky. Not bad, but too thin and light for my liking.

OVERALL: Not a bad brew taste-wise, but the rest of it was pretty average. A bit too thin as well. That said, however, it's a much better offering than their double and I'd go for it again.

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Photo of jeffaz02t
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A:Thin head, goes doen pretty quickly. Dark gold, cloudy.

S: yeast, citrus.

T: Malty, with hints of hops towards the end. I read another reviewer describe it as chalky, I would agree. A dry beer with a glimpse of fruits. Pretty good.

M: Seems a little thin... CO2 is at a good level.

D: I am glad I found a case of this beer, along with another kind from the same brewers. It is worth drinking, but I do not put it at the same level as the other Trappist brews. I will try their other products however. Good beer.

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