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

BA SCORE
90
outstanding
740 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:
740
Reviews:
413
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
9.16%
 
 
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67
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Ratings: 740 |  Reviews: 413
Photo of neophilus
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid wall of white foam explodes when I pour this beer. Brilliant golden color, very clear, stream of tiny bubbles marching to the top. Thick, rocky foam head floats on top, tremendous lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

Grainy cereal aroma topped off with a little bit of boozy heat. Then, slowly, subtle esters are coaxed out of the glass. Rich, fragrant aroma of banana, pears and peach emerge tied together with spicy hints of clove. A veritable fruit basket on the nose.

Spicy on the tongue, with a little bit of heat. Heavy dose of sweetness and then cloves. Flavor is predominantly toasted cracker malt with some grassy hop bitterness. Some metallic taste coming through as well.

Thinner than I was expecting - sweet and thin as it goes down. Some residual dryness in the aftertaste but not much against the initial sweetness.

There is an odd metallic taste that slips through repeatedly and I can't put my finger on it, but it is very distracting from an otherwise solid beer. It's like sucking on a copper penny.

This is a very drinkable beer. I was left wanting for more flavor - the aroma promises so much but the taste is an odd combo of dry cracker and sweet malt. After a while though if you're not over-analyzing it, it starts to go down real smooth and refreshing. It masks the 8% abv very well, but the copper penny taste drags it down a notch.

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Photo of GeoffreyM
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Archemedies
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of NardiByNature
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale, clear gold with a pearly white head, sticky lacing, and it’s all around attractive. Pretty clear for a tripel. Nose is nice – usual suspects like green apple and that phenol smell that reminds you of aspirin, powder, etc. The taste takes a nice turn in that it’s sort of herbal and bitter in addition to the typical fruity, chalky tripel-ey taste. Mouthfeel is a little fizzy. Tasty beer but nothing to write home about. I appreciated its appearance and nose the most.

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Achel Chalice glass. Revisited on jul´12. Pours shining gold in color. Hazy & glowing appearance. Off-white, very small size bubbled, froth. Thick crown & fairly good retention. As expected, complex aroma profile: Belgian yeast, ripe fruits, floral/herbal notes, spices, brown sugar & alcohol to the nose. Flavors are: pale malts & subtle bready touch, medicinal/phenolic hues, warming alcohol with fruity/spiced hints. Medium but viscous body. Moderate carbonation. Slightly citric bitterness is shown to the finish. Highly recommended as every Trappist beer.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Blissmo
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Converge
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a 14.9oz goblet.

A - Pours a medium golden-yellow hue with a bubbly but sticky white head. Effervescent and hazy with lots of yeast. The head slowly settles down to a thick layer of frothy white foam that stubbornly clings to every bit of glass it can touch, resulting in a thorough sheet of sticky white lacing. Looks pretty great.

S - Spicy and grassy, with some sweet pale malt in the base. Bready malt and yeast character are reserved, but present. Some subtle citric notes here and there with some fruit as well; namely pears and white grapes. Light hops and a touch of booze are detectable. Some bubblegum, sweetness and yeast become more apparent as it opens up.

T - Pretty basic for the style. A fair helping of bready, pale malt upfront, with grassy hops, Belgian spices, and some subtle fruits in the finish. Yeast is more prominent than expected as well. Notes of citric rind, white grape, and grassy hops linger in the finish. Mild boozy character, although it isn't really obtrusive in any way. Sweetens up as it warms. Simple, tasty, and very drinkable profile.

M - A weak point for sure. Over-carbonated to the point where it stings my lips, throat, and I can feel it bubbling in my stomach as I drink. I find this surprising as I often find Belgian ale to be exceptionally smooth, with very fine, understated carbonation; but not this one. Other than that this is pretty typical. Medium bodied, slightly dry, and after a while a film of yeast builds on the palate.

D - Other than the blatant over-carbonation, this is an all around solid, drinkable tripel. As a side note, I'm beginning to think lacing is really dependant on the glassware used. I typically use a tulip or balloon shaped goblet for beer like this, and don't usually see a ton of lacing... but this glass, which has sides that are more vertical seems to allow for much more lacing to occur... Anyways, a solid beer save for the one carbonation flaw.

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Photo of Hyhat
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of ajs4bd
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the dryest of the tripels that I have been tasting and has an almost farmhouse/ saison quality to it. Very simple and easy drinking with an enticing spicy character. Pilsner malt really shines through and it is not very hoppy or bitter. I nice, stripped down, no nonsense tripel and an excellent intro to this style for anyone who's never had it.

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Photo of MacarthurParker
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of BostonHops
3.46/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle served in a DFH snifter glass.

pours a clear straw yellow that builds into a golden tone in the glass... mind-bogglingly large, frothy head has a life of its own; this thing is insane, enormous to the point of being too big, and not going ANYwhere... decent lacing.

aroma is vaguely citric (maybe lemon zest) with some spices and yeast evident. good nose, if nothing to go wild over. flavor delivers breadiness, yeast... tangy, subdued citrus notes and a distinct bitterness. dry. a bit of astringency in the finish. nice, definitely nice, but to be honest i was expecting a bit more. not quite to the level i've come to expect from a trappist ale.

crisp mouthfeel, medium-bodied with above average carbonation. i wouldn't object to another but for my money there are better tripels out there.

original review: 10-10-2010

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Photo of rdespain
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Jose9e
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears to have a date for when to drink by... 29/09/13.

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy white head that reduces by about 50% (leaving at least a finger of head) with a much denser and thicker patch covering the center. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Some fairly light to moderate aromas of spices, yeast, and light fruits (I think I would describe them as citrus, banana, and pear).

T: Upfront this beer offers up some sweetness, tastes almost like a combination of honey and light fruits (specifically pear and banana). Additionally there is a definitely pale malt presence with some Belgian yeast and spice notes.

M: Light to medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth with moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This beer has a nice complexity in both the smell and taste. I enjoyed the flavors but this is much more of a sipping beer than a session beer.

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Photo of vegasmac99
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of gfreed
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For a tripel this was a bit weak, lacking the salty, sea-weedy, lightly hammy flavor and the scabby, blotchy head that I find so oddly appealing. For a nice blond ale, however, this was pretty good. It's somewhat light in all categories, including the ABV-- is this really 8%?-- but still has plenty of yeasty, Belgian-comfy taste. I wouldn't become a monk over this one, but I'd at least visit a beer store on the monks' behalf.

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Photo of johnnybelgians
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of beerpirates
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured in my struise glass

A: Pours a pale yellow color, just a bit cloudy. Forms a huge thick, creamy fluffy white head. Good retention and many many chunks of foam and lacings left. Typical Tripel

S: Complex smell. Sweet honey upfront. Fruity and bit citrus. Malts, yeasts and citrus hops

T: Follows the nose. Sweet upfront, honey, mainly. Candy sugar, malts and yeasts. A dry taste, in overall, followed by a citrus and reasonable hoppy bitter aftertaste

M: Heavy creamy body and reasonable carbonation. Sweet upfront. Citrus bitter aftertaste

D: Very drinkable.

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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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Trappist Achel 8° Blond from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
4.04 out of 5 based on 740 ratings.
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