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: 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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#3,050
Reviews:
425
Ratings:
769
pDev:
9.11%
Bros Score:
3.8
 
 
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Photo of puboflyons
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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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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Photo of sneaks2210
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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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Photo of cleonile2000
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle. Semi-hazy pale orange with a thin white head. Notes of Belgian yeast, white bread, copper and overripe fruit. Medium body, medium carbonation and a bitter-sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into chalice from an 11.2oz bottle. Freshness date is "29/08/13," but I purchased this in France around early December.

Pours a delightful golden, pale yellow color that's clear and barely filtered looking, even with the inclusion of yeast. There's a generous head that lasts the entire time in which the beer was consumed, which is fantastic considering there's barely any carbonation, as well as a relatively high ABV. Inviting as a top Trappist product should be.

Scents are fruity and herby all around, but there's a huge backdrop of sweetness no doubt produced by the alcohol quantity. Chardonnay grapes seem to permeate, as well as banana, pineapple, and lots of other tropical fruit. There's no malty whiff to speak of, which is fine by me, and it definitely is aromatic enough to hold up well.

The initial flavor is anything but alcoholic, but instead quite yeasty and sugary. The tropical fruit flavor continues, but definitely seems to reach levels I haven't encountered before in any Trappist product - or hell, tripel for that matter - which includes mango, passion fruit, and definite notes of banana. Hops persist and spice up the beer, but only so much. There's a bit of an alcoholic burn at the back, but it's warming and toasty overall. There's substantial carbonation jets with every sip, and it's thick and syrupy no matter how it warms up. The proof is in the never-ending head!

A great tripel, and while I wouldn't rate it higher than Westmalle's, it's still one that I enjoyably return to again. I love the fruitiness, but the excessive sugary taste over a more bitter option might make it considerably less enjoyable over time. Still a good starter for people wanting to try nice Belgian beers!

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3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Will pour a five+ finger cream head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Apple and Belgian yeast nose and flavor is light fruit, light malt and Belgian yeast. Good but not great Trappist. $4.49 for a 330ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Philousa
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by date: 15/2/14.

Pours a crystal clear metallic gold wit hbillowy head that settles to cover the top with a single layer of bubbles. Aromas starts with big clove, allspice, banana with honey and nectar sweetness over a Belgian barley malt bill. Smells sweet with candied or beet sugar. Some floral element in the sweetness from the yeast, I'd bet. Flavor starts sweet and carries through the tasting experience. Tart Belgian malt pairs with bitterness from noble hops, which compliments the sugar. Seems like Achel knows how to balance the trio. Much more pungent with the yeast poured in, more bready too. To be expected I suppose. Better body, too. I always like a Belgian with the bottling yeast. Finish is dry but not too dry. Mouthfeel is middling.

Very crisp and clean without yeast, this turns into a bigger, more balanced beer. Different experience for sure, and both are interesting, though I'd add the yeast from the start next time. Can't beat that aroma and more balanced mouthfeel with the yeast. While this is a great Tripel, it's overpriced considering St. Bernardus is a couple dollars cheaper and tastes better.

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Trappist Achel 8° Blond from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 769 ratings