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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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -14%
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 -1%
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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Photo of jdhilt
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
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 -1.7%

Photo of Philousa
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Photo of samEBC
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into chalice, best by 7/5/2013. Pours hazy golden amber color with a very nice 2 -3 finger fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice thick foamy lacing clings to the glass, with a lot of carbonation streaming up retaining the head. Aromas of pear, pepper, apple, herbal, clove, banana, bread, candi sugar, grass, earth, and yeast spices. Very nice aromas with nice balance and complexity. Taste of apple, pear, banana, clove, pepper, bread, earth, grass, candi sugar, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of light fruits, clove, pepper, bread, candi sugar, clove, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance and complexity; with no cloying flavors at all, very crisp. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a lightly slick and very crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very excellent tripel! Great flavor complexity and balance; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. Really enjoyed this one. I also had a bottle that was 3 years older recently, and this fresher bottle was far superior.

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Photo of neophilus
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of NardiByNature
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
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 -1.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Converge
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
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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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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