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

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-06-2002

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Reviews:
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Ratings:
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pDev:
9.11%
 
 
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Photo of kojevergas
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%
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.

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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 blakelive784
2.65/5  rDev -34.7%
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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3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow golden color, a bit cloudy. Head couldn’t be more abundant, very thick with long retention, eternity would be more appropriate. Very interesting aspect, it left a rounded mountain of head in the middle of the glass and laces all over the walls.
Mild aroma of yeast and condiments, touches of bananas and citrus.
Flavorful and refreshing taste. Perfect sweetness level from its malts, with hints of cloves, citrus, tropical fruits, pepper and yeast. The 8% ABV is in harmony. Last pour was quite strong on the banana given the residual yeast.
Aftertaste is dry and mildly bitter with its residual taste. Light body with a good carbonation.
A Trappist with higher drinkability than average, refreshing and still packed with flavors and spices, to a moderate level, which is good for a change.

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4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 330 ml. bottle stamped 29/08/13-29H-3:39. Sampled December 24, 2012.

The color is a murky golden yellow with a delicate and soft foamy white head that laces and laces.

The aroma is complex. It is both pungent and mellow with Belgian pale malts, Belgian sugars, yeast, clove, and a touch of citrus zing.

The body falls into the medium range and it is also creamy but it does not holds its consistency too long on my tongue.

The taste is similar to the nose but with a powerful pepper character and a moderate bitterness that lingers for a long while. It has the kind characteristics I like in a Trappist Ale but it has a bit more bite to it than others.

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Photo of spoony
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From an 11.2 oz bottle into a chalice. The bottle has a best by date of sometime in 2013 (I couldn't read the other digits).

A-The beer is bright and hay colored with two fingers of dense, off-white foam on top. The head never completely dissipates and leaves chunky lacing on the glass.

S-The first whiff produces a huge, sweet hit of mushy, overripe bananas backed up by a spicy, slightly medicinal alcoholic note of white pepper. The fruitiness mellows a bit with time, but never completely disappears. Sugar is well-represented, as is bready yeast.

T-The brew has a paler, more bitter and herbal taste than the smell would indicate. You still get some of that banana/clove fruitiness, but hops provide a slightly more grassy flavor that I did not really pick up in the smell. The yeast is dry and slightly chalky.

M-The carbonation is very fine and brew has a creamy feel that devolves to almost watery by the finish.

O-I found this to be an above-average beer, but not in the same league as my favorite tripels (Karmeliet, Fin du Monde, or Tank 7, for example). The flavors are solid, but not as well-integrated as the leading beers of this style and the mouthfeel was a little lacking. My criticisms, however, are all relative, and I would readily drink this beer again.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strong, malty aroma has a fruity overtone that is crisp and cider-like rather than sweet. Pours a bubbly clear solar yellow with a thick, fluffy white head. Crisp, malty flavor has a firm fruity note, mostly apple with a hint of pear, and a hoppy green wood undertone, just a little bitterness. Smooth flavor has good body and plenty of tingle. You go, monks!

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Trappist Achel 8° Blond from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 775 ratings