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

Trappist Achel 8° BlondTrappist Achel 8° Blond
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Trappist Achel 8° BlondTrappist Achel 8° Blond

Brewed by:
Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse

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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Photo of Fnerk
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's always hard to argue about the integrity of a Trappist beer. I bought this thinking that Achel only made one style, but it appears they make five. The manufacture date was August, 2006, so I'm drinking an 8% beer that is 3.5 years old. Has it matured, or has it degraded? The alcohol content implies it probably has changed a little, probably for the better. Carefully poured into a Westmalle chalice.

Appearance - a careful pour yields a three-finger head that settles to a nice fine frothy cap over about five minutes. The color reminds me of apricot nectar, with the typical yeast sediment and particles to be expected from a bottle-conditioned beer.

Aroma - oh, that lovely funk, with notes of pear. The cool thing about Belgian ales is that they hide the malt aroma and turn it into something magical--very hard to explain. No hop aroma that I can detect, but I'm a mediocre beer-taster, I'll leave the rest to the more seasoned reviewers on this site.

Taste - Again, Belgian funk, with a pronounce hop bitterness. It tastes great.

Mouthfeel - Effervescent, as to be expected with a Belgian ale. You don't casck-condition this stuff. ;)

Drinkability - Not sessionable, I could handle maybe two if I nursed them, but what Trappist/Abbey beer *is* sessionable? Orval, maybe, but the bitterness of that beer prevents even that.

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Photo of dstc
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange with a huge, foamy white head. Excellent head retention and nice sticky lace.

Smells like a Belgian blond. Yeasty and a bit sharp.

Nice familiar Belgian taste. Has a bite I did not expect and has a rather full alcohol taste.

Like the smell and the taste, the mouthfeel is a bit rougher than expected. Sharp bite with an alcohol feel on the tongue.

I like it. I am very pleased with this beer and would be happy to drink it more often if it was easier to get (and cheaper).

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Photo of glid02
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a clear golden color with a 1.5-finger white head. The head slowly recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of light malts with good amounts of syrup-soaked pears and milder amounts of green apples. As the beer warms the pear aromas subside a bit.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp and clean light malt flavors kick things off and are joined by solid amounts of green apple flavors - the green apple is stronger in the flavor profile than it is in the aroma. Midway through the sip the flavors sweeten a bit before carrying through to a crisp ending, leaving equal parts green apple and pear flavors lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily polish off another.

Overall this was more impressive to me than the aged Brune I had recently. A well done beer that works nice with the time of year. Worth a shot.

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Photo of CHickman
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy reddish brown with a massive 3 finger foamy/creamy beige head that lasted for a while with very good lacing that left clouds hanging on the side.

Smells of sweet malt, fruit like apple, cherry and citrus, caramel, pepper, spices and a slight metallic odor.

Tastes of sweet malt, grains, yeast, light caramel, raisin, plum, light pepper, herbs/grass, coriander, orange peel, brown sugar, mild spices and then a bitter green apple finish that leaves a pucker in the mouth. The malts are the dominant flavor and mix well with the spices, and this is a pretty balanced beer that is easy to drink. There are hints of the 8% ABV, but it's subtle and doesn't take away from the good flavor. The only knock is the slight metallic smell and taste at the end, which brings the overall taste down a little bit.

Pretty creamy mouthfeel that slides down easy with very light carbonation, but at the same time it's got some body to it and some weight. The caramel sweetness reappears as the beer sits and warms and negates the metallic taste. Overall a very enjoyable beer that's fairly tasty and very smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trapisst Achel 8° Blond. 11.2 oz. bottle. 2010.

Poured vigorously into an Ommegang chalice. Billowing white head holds at about 1" for at least a minute. Soft, hazy golden hue under the light with a torrent of bubbles streaming upwards. Thick, clumpy white lacing adorns the side of the glass in frozen, frothy waves of snow. EDIT: Whoa! Hold on, the lacing on this is AMAZING. I just finished the glass, and it's coated in cascades of white foam!

Phenolic resins. Herbal funk and citrus hops tinge.

hmm... really delicious actually. The lackluster aroma belies the wonderfully complex taste that follows it. A dry pale malt flavor is most apparent -- but it's flanked by big juicy, fruity notes that end on a bittersweet note. Towards the end a delightful chalky yeast flavor burst forth and does a dance with the lush phenols. The final note is somewhat bitter and dry, but there's also something sweet that persists long after the sip.

The mouthfeel is a near-perfect match to the taste. Medium bodied, but almost viciously crisp -- it somehow manages to feel big and make it's presence eminently known. The carbonation sends prickles along my tongue and the roof of my mouth, charging each sip with excitement and energy.

It's drinkable alright, almost dangerously drinkable at 8%ABV. The fact that the alcohol is so well sublimated by the carbonation and flavor can be quite deceptive.

Served with Gouda and Brie cheese and whole grain crackers.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from the bottle with a frothy, rocky white head and a slightly hazy yellow body. A lot of visible carbonation, and some nice lacing throughout.

S- Sweet pale malt aroma, with faint impressions of candied lemons. Delicate with light aromas of Belgian yeast esters throughout.

T- Sweet pale malts become dough-like in the mouth. Traces of candied lemon throughout. Some mild hop bitterness emerges in the finish and lingers on the tongue.

M- A big mouthfeel for a Belgian blonde... thick and textured with unattenuated sugar. There is some nice super-soft carbonation throughout.

D- Dangerously drinkable... and the 8% ABV will catch-up to you if you're not careful!

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5oz. bottle poured into my Orval chalice. Golden blond with a puffy white head. Tight bubbles. Fades to a thin white head that hangs around for the remainder of the beer. Not to much lacing at all, bummer. Smells awsome, sour apple, pear, green grapes and yeasty rising bread dough. Tastes fruity, malty, with apple, pear and again green grape type flavors. Slightly bitter with a clean finish. Feels a little buttery and slippery on the palate, nice level of carb. Pretty drinkable when you consider you're not gonna be plugging a bunch of these guys in one sitting. I'd have two.

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Photo of dqrull
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow hay, with a huge fluffy head that last really long, impressive! When it, at long last, fades a little, there are great clumps of lacing on the glass.

Smells of green apples and spices, cloves and... parsley I think. Not too strong a nose.

Taste is again apples, green grapes as well, and a little hint of apricots, the spices are here aswell, and the yeast esters are light, leaving room for the malt while still contributing with a slight hint of pepper.

Smooth and dry mouhthfeel, almost a little too dry to be hones, carbonation is okay though.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - pours a golden haze, with a very full head

smell - fruit forward nose, banana, spice

taste - calm hints of fruit, spice, semi-complex, alcohol taste lightly present in the back of the palate

mouthfeel - tinges the tongue, carbonation, very light, quick finish

drinkability - easy to drink although the taste wears on the palate a bit

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this beer up at Knightly Spirits today after trying the Brune yesterday. I was so impressed with the Brune that I wanted to get the Blond.

Appearance: Pours a super clear yellow gold color with a huge fluffy head of white bubbles that started to fall in rocky clumps, but was still over an inch high after a couple minutes. There are a bunch of bubbles rising to maintain the head and it was still huge after quite a few minutes and was leaving a wall of lace on the glass.

Aroma: There is some really clean and somewhat grainy malt in the beer with a hint of honey and even some floral notes. The fruity esters are coming out as the beer sits a bit, but the head never really fades.

Taste: The beer has a very clean malt profile with a little bit of alcoholic spice to make it more like a real beer than a dessert in a bottle. The overall balance of the beer is excellent. It starts out with a tad of sweetness and then just kindof stays as a push-pull kind of thing on the palate...this is a bit hard to describe, but even though the beer doesn't sway one way or the other, it still keeps the palate interested. I wonder if there is a sour hint in this beer too as it really keeps the palate confused the whole time. The beer is really carbonated and hits the palate hard. The finish is really clean with some warming from the alcohol to mix in with the fruit and sweet malt. As the beer warms up some, it has a lemon-zest flavor coming out.

Opinion: I really like this beer too. It is really clean and stupid easy to drink. The carbonation is so high that you can barely tell how strong this beer is. I am enjoying the beer and am glad that I got to try it. I would definitely like to have this beer again.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A – Golden-honey color, with a big foamy white head that recedes into a big puff, leaving a garter of lace on the side of the glass. Amazing.

S – Clean, slightly bitter pale malt is the mainstay of the aromatic, peppered with notes of honey, orange blossom, straw and pleasant solvent alcohol.

T – Very clean and light and dry, with similarities to a pilsener in its pale malt qualities, also well-hopped for bitterness, with nice alcohol tinge at the finish, and a very moderate fruity ester throughout, suggesting banana-nut bread, pears, and hay. Exceptional; like a slightly more complex Cinq Cents, or like Duvel but not as good.

M – Very nicely carbonated, very long and pleasantly dry finish.

D – This is an exceptionally well-crafted beer; it is the definition of balance. It is fabulous, yet restrained, making for a subtle stunner.

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.95/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Foam a little sweet but that quickly becomes bitter. Nose a little alcohol that recalls the classic combination of orange-cilantro. The taste is fairly simple and has little flavor, it is still bitter and spicy but it remains unconvincing. The aftertaste is bitter, too spicy but is actually quite interesting. Despite the appetizing qualities of beer, we find ourselves with a beer relatively low in flavor, and certainly it is a beer style triple coupled with a Trappist beer. One of the few Trappists who really disappoints.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours perfectly with three fingers of rich and sticky bright white cranium. Impecable retention, and has a golden hazy body.

Spicy fruity notes, along with a powdery dryness is in the aroma.

In the taste, it has a fruity and copperish metallic flavor. There is some bubble gum and orange rind too.

Refreshing upfront with a bit of an alcohol warmth in the end.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy, brownish gold with a large beige foamy head. Moderate retention and decent lacing.

S - Some fruitiness (peach, apricot, some citrus). Also some dark sugar.

T - Good amount of malts and breadiness along with the fruitiness described in the smell and some dark sugar. Also a bit of clove and pepper present. A bit of medicinal taste as well.

M - Medium to light body and a good amount of carbonation. Fairly crisp and slightly creamy. Also has a bit of a drying effect.

D - Good balance of sweet and spice makes it fairly easy to drink.

Notes: Good beer, but not as intense and flavorful as other Trappists beers.

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Photo of OskarL
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Hazy pale golden with a big head that leaves lacing.

Smell - Spicy hops, yeast, citrus and a bit of alcohol.

Taste - Malty bread, apples, some sweet malt and pepper. Finishes with bitterness and esters.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, medium body with quite some carbonation that feels right.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to duffman069 for this quaff, ooh yeah!

A - Pours copper with 1 finger of white head. Dissipates fast and leaves nice lacing.

S - Caramel and nectar.

T - Honey, nectar and light bittering hops.

M - Moderate bodied, malt dominated and sweet.

D - Not bad, this beer is really boring though. I will probably not revisit this one.

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Photo of hansgruber
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Leffe goblet it produced a two finger head. Very clear golden yellow color with a thin layer of foam that remained throughout with some lacing as well. No visible yeast chunks was a big plus. Poured all but the last bit in the glass.

Aroma is bubble gum, earthy, rustic, and slightly fruity. Pretty similar to most in the style but not quite as 'wow' though. Good balance of all the different aromas.

Taste mirrors the aroma. Mild hop bitterness and taste. Sweet but not overly so and its still rustic and earthy just how I like it. Very smooth with no alcohol presence.

Carbonation is never too much or prickly. Pretty dry mouthfeel. Drinkability is good and the 8% doesn't slow you down at all.

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Photo of BeerSingh
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the second time I'm having the Achel Blond. I remember it being thoroughly enjoyable the first time, so I was very excited to pop open the bottle. As soon as I pried open the crown, the foam behaved as if it was waiting for an opening all along. Glad I had the goblet ready, and I eased the feisty liquid into the glass. It poured with a 3" dull white head, loose and lathery. The body was a dark peach with orange hues. There were copious amounts of dark brown yeast floaties towards the base, dancing around at first but subsequently and strangely setlling just above the base, as if trapped in an orange jelly or glued to the walls. Swirling the glass too did not budge the particles - it was a strange phenomenon. Gosh - what about toe jam ??A jet of thin bubbles continued to streak upwards from the base. The head started to cave in leaving a thick blanket of lace on the sides. The nose too was weak for a Belgian trappist. Faint lagery smell, with a diluted air of fruit like apples and grape. I tried hard for the aroma to match up to expectations from a Tripel, but either my olfactory sense was asleep or I was becoming too accustommed too the overpowering lupulins that I had been savoring lately.

There was a greater fruity sweetness present in the taste thankfully, but alongside an aftertaste that made me feel like I was having a pilsner. There was a dim Belgian funk, but had it not been for the fruitiness (grapes, musk melon) upfront, I could have passed this as a pils in a blind taste test, especially for the speck of grassy bitterness that lingered on. Further sips, and the second pour results in a head double the size. Mouthfeel is medium heavy, leaving the palate moist. The carbonation is above average, making the beer appear more tart, or rather subduing the fruitiness.

I remember really enjoying the Achel Blond a lot more the first time, but this time I am a little disappointed. I am a big fan of all Trappist beers, but this one is on the lower end of the scale. I have a couple of bottles of the Blond still left, maybe I should invite a friend over and enjoy the beer without having to review it.

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Photo of nickfl
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The cap comes off with a loud hiss of pressure and in the time it takes to grab a glass a slow gush of foam is poking out to the mouth of the bottle. The beer pours with a huge, four finger, head of loose, white foam. The body is a dark copper color with good clarity, but quite a bit of sediment suspended in it. The foam settles quite slowly and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S - A strong, peppery yeast aroma with some pineapple and vanilla notes. A little bit of tangy wheat aroma and some light, earthy hops in the background.

T - Some sweet, bready pilsner malt up front with earthy hops and spicy yeast. A little bit of pepper and red apple from the yeast appear in the middle with strengthening notes of herbal hops and bitterness. Finishes with more bready malt and fruity yeast as well as light peppery notes and moderate hop bitterness to balance. Lingering yeast pepper and a bit of meaty character from yeast that has started to turn bad.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is a nice triple with great yeast character, especially in the aroma. The hops are put to good use here and manage to balance out the relatively sweet finish while also augmenting the peppery character of the yeast in the flavor. My only complaint is that the yeast in the bottle has obviously started to go bad and dulls the flavor a bit (not to mention the unpleasant looking floaters in an otherwise good looking beer). Overall is is quite enjoyable, though I can't help but think it was a better beer when it left Belgium than it is by the time it makes its way over here.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into delerium tremens glass.

Pours over a finger of off white head. Pretty nice retention leaving splattered lace. Color is a hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Lots of spices notes. Bananas, cloves, yeast, and spice flavors. Very sharp. Not a bad tripel.

Taste: A warmer tripel. Lots of yeast and spice notes. Cloves and and bananas. I can't definitely taste the Belgium aspects of this beer. I dig it.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and refreshingly crisp. Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Ends spiced and dry.

Overall, not a bad tripel. A very fine representation of the style. I liked the flavor. Nothing special, but the beer is supposed to be what it is supposed to be. Very nice.

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Photo of sweethome
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour is hazy golden, fairly large bright white head. Lazy large bubbles continue for some time - followed by finer champagne type bubbles.

Nose is lemon, bread, light yeast and dirty dishrag and barnyard.

Tip taste is sweet malts, mustiness, carmel malt and a bit of lemon rind.

Mouthfeel is full, thick, and drying out towards the outside of tongue.

Decent warming effect.

Not overly complex or satisfying from a flavor perspective. Not one of my favorite trappist beers. A long way off from Westmalle - the standard for my money.

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Photo of randawakes
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Snow Goose Restaurant and Brewery in Anchorage.

Poured into a snifter. Pours golden and leaves a nice bit of residue at the bottom of the glass, which floats mid-body just after the pour.

Thick head, wouldn't dissipate. Yeasty, very residual, thick triple taste with mild carbonation. The aroma is sweet citrusy, taste turns into dry hops. Very good beer.

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Photo of HumanCarBomb
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

~ 33cl bottle purchased from Bierkraft in Brooklyn, NY. The pour from this Trappist Ale is a hazy yellow with a thick creamy head. Citrus fruits, malt sweetness, some spices, and a touch of alcohol make up the aroma. The taste is clean and sweet with some warming at the end from the 8% ABV.

Conclusion: Far from the best, but not the worst. If you are looking for a Belgian Tripel that is well-crafted, tastes delicious, and is easy to drink- look no further. ~

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Photo of drpimento
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Whoa! Yummy! orrr perhaps I should say luxuriant ~ Very lively beer, started foaming over over as soon as the bottle was opened. Poured with a great textured, foamy, frothy, big off-white to light tan head with plenty of lace. Color is a very clear and bright orange amber until the lees at the bottom was added to cloud it up. Aroma is similar in a way to the bavarian weiss with the banana and clove, but different - lot's of malt, yeast, honey, a little hop, and white wine. Flavor is much the same with good interplay between bitter and sweet. Satsifying. Good for a few sips and perhaps, a couple of quaffs before returning to sipping. Great finish too. A little boozy at the end. Head lasts forever. A session beer for the slow going.

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Photo of saintwarrick
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big pour from this brew, my first from this Trappist brewery. Big foamy white head similar to Duvel with a dark orange juice-like tint. Aroma is very nice and sweet, light with some floral and honey hints. Taste starts off sharp, very perfumey, before tapering off into a chapagne-like peachy fruitiness. Peach champagne? Sure, why not. Belgian sugar also shows through, though this is not all that sweet of a beer. Some alcohol shows through, as this beer is a bot fresh.

Overall a good tripel and a very well-crafted brew, as you would expect.

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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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