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

Trappist Achel 8° BlondTrappist Achel 8° Blond
BA SCORE
4.07/5
754 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:
#2,569
Reviews:
419
Ratings:
754
pDev:
9.09%
Bros Score:
3.8
 
 
Wants:
69
Gots:
113
Trade:
0
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Photo of dandy14
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DanGeo
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Bujon
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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Photo of threeviews
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
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)

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Photo of Zet
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of mltobin
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BelgianBeerChef
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cunning_stunt
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mishi_d
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shelby415
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cyrenaica
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brittanylicious
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heysuz
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dentist666
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stevehagy
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BigGold
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of yaron73
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A bottle at "2be" in Brugge.

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Photo of igl
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of JohnTurano
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a wonderful mixture of gold orange, and brown with classic cloudy haze. Excellent fluffy head, that quickly dissipates and gives way to classic lacing. A very nice-looking beer.

The nose is inundated immediately by classic Belgian yeasts and phenols, providing a fresh fruity (think raisins and other dark fruits) aroma.

The taste starts out much like the nose--the Belgian yeast is fantastic and very "in your face" with plenty of fruity notes as well. All seems well, but the finish is pretty bitter for this style, and seems a little off. Just a little too rough.

The mouthfeel is crisp without being overly dry. Perhaps a little "thin" for the style.

Overall, a solid trappist, just a little "hoppy" for my taste.

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Trappist Achel 8° Blond from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 754 ratings
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