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

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90
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749 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
Ratings:
749
Reviews:
415
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
9.14%
 
 
Wants:
68
Gots:
112
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 749 |  Reviews: 415
Photo of Foley67
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tigerbrau
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MarkhamPete
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 123321123321
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of trevorpost
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SassaDog
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Epiktetos
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OlaB
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: gives of a clear deep orange color. Gives a 2 fingertip high top of head that is staying there for a good time. Great lacings on the glass.

S: fruity with light fruits like apples,pears,apricot and banana. Yeast,candied sugar and peppercorn.

T&F: starts of with much the same as the aroma. Light fruits is dominant in the flavour with that sweet belgian yeast in the background. In the middle and the finish the spices get noticeable in the flavour. It finish of both sweet and bitter and is noticeable in the aftertaste for a good time.

O: a great and delicious trappist ale. I have never tried anything from achel so I was a pleasant suprise. If you fond of belgian beers you will not be disappointed of this one

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of risenz
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of arthurspoor
3.46/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice fresh and malty. Slightly metallic tasting with orange. Not one of the greatest. Still ok.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass. A very solid offering all around, I would not say there is anything world-class about it but from all 5 aspects listed to rate a beer, all to me are are satisfying....I'm glad I tried this one.

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Photo of FBarber
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy opaque orange tinged gold color with a frothy white head. Thin white head sticks around with some nice sticky lacing.

Smell has aromas of apricots, raisins, prunes, pear, with a strong yeast aroma.

Taste is an array of flavors including apricots, raisins, prunes, pears and honey. A strong yeast presence that has peppery notes with some clove undertones. Solid backbones of freshly baked bread malts. Very gentle and complimentary. Overall a very balanced array of flavors. Dry finish coats the mouth in a very pleasant way and balances out the sweetness from the honey like flavor.

Feel was really exceptional. Smooth. Nice gentle carbonation providing a slight tingle but not distracting.

Overall a very nice tripel. Great flavor profile.

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Photo of Hanyuu
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cuvtcuv
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brolo75
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a goblet

A: Pours a golden orange with a white fluffy head, big clumps of lacing, beer is clear with a good amount of carbonation.

A: Light fruit aromas like pears, bananas, roses, touch of Belgian yeast, very nice aroma balanced and complex, alcohol not coming through at all.

T: Like the nose, light fruits bananas, pears, touch of spice and clove, finish is dry with light fruit notes lingering in the aftertaste, very well balanced, smooth and easy drinking.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

O: Another beer from Achel that I've enjoyed, very deceptive at 8%, lots of flavor, complexity and depth, definitely worth picking up if you like Belgian style beers.

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Photo of Zach_Nolan
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of captaincoffee
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Achel...I always see you on the shelves in Belgium looking sad and lonely next to the powerhouse Rocheforts, Chimays, Orvals, and St Bernadus. Never ever, l'll drink you.
Pours a golden straw with a fluffy white head that leaves some lacing. Nose is soft fruity esters and yeast. Mellow...not in your face. Taste is similar...like a laid back strong and tripel hybrid. Fruity with a surprisingly firm bitterness, especially at the end. Some bread and pepper notes. Overall, this is a really solid beer. Might not blow you away, but would be easy to drink more than one.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big head, this pretty blonde is close to amber.
Mostly fruity in the nose, the scent of hops comes through stronger in the mouth which ends dry and crisp. Overall, typical of the tripel but just a little better.

This is reviewed in the "1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die." I'm glad I did... and hope to again.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle, 13/06/15 printed on the back label, not sure if that's the bottling date, best by date or what exactly. Served in a Prairie Teku, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with a couple inch frothy off-white head that stuck around for a really long time. There's also a lot of lacing. Aroma is OK, the brew smells like candy sugar, pear, banana, bubblegum, yeast and breadiness. The brew tastes like clove, banana, pear, candy sugar, bready malt, and peppery spice. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and creamy with a lot of carbonation. By no means is this a bad beer at all, but it really didn't do anything for me. Glad I got to try it, but it's not my favorite. With that being said, it's worth trying if you've never had it before.

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Photo of Fabianno
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vixie
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy deep copper color. The white head is fairly large, leaving a lot of lacing on the sides of the glass as it dissipates.

Smelling a lot of Belgian funk here. There is a bit of citrus as well.

Quite a bit of Belgian funk up front, not surprising due to the smell. Picking up some citrus and honey in it, Finishes with a bit of pepper and alcohol warming.

Feel is a bit harsh, burns a bit going down.

This might be better if the funk was toned down a bit, but it really dominated the flavor. I don't mind a small amount of it, but this was a bit much. Normally Trappist beers are really complex and the flavors work well together, but the word that comes to mind here is harsh. Worth trying once, but not one I'll be adding to my rotation.

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Photo of Heeenrik
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful light golden colour, white foam, great lacing.

A smell and taste of sultana raisins, belgian yeast, crisp pilsner malts and a touch of banana.

There's also a tender hoppy thing going on at the end, and it works.

A nice tripel.

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Trappist Achel 8° Blond from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
4.05 out of 5 based on 749 ratings.
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