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

748 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is hazy golden with some red in it. The head is thick and creamy, white and sparkeling, it last really long before it dissipates leaving great lacings.

S: A very dry smell with lots of fruit - green apples and citrus is most dominate. There is also a brettanomyces smell to it.

T: Dry fruit (green apples and citrus), together with the brettanomyces yeast is very well balanced.

M: A really long aftertaste with lots of dry bitterness. The body is medium and the carbonation is rich.

D: Not as heavy as other Trappist-beers but very nice in the great dryness. A bit more discrete than other Trappist-tripels. If you see the Trappist-stamp on the label you can't go wrong...

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Photo of berley31
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a huge, frothy, fizzy white head that slowly diminished to 2-finger size. Very good lacing left on the glass. Body is a light orange color, and hazy. An excellent-looking beer.

S: Aroma is of average malt, with bread coming through, and some light yeast. Citrus and orange are present, too. I can also detect a very light scent of alcohol.

T: Yeast and lemon are the most prominent flavors... the beer finishes with a light alcohol warmth in the back of the throat.

M: Light-to-medium bodied, with a creamy texture and average carbonation.

D: A very nice tripel with an excellent appearance. Pretty solid across the board.

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Photo of david18
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good triple from one of the heavy weights. Everything about this beer was good/right. Great carbonation, excellent flavor, aroma is awesome. This beer also seems to do better traveling to the US than many of the other classic triples from Belgium.

Get this beer anytime, anywhere.

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Photo of adamette
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle that I purchased at The Beer Engine in Lakewood, Ohio last week into my Orval Chalice.

A Glowing yellow opaque body with a tinge of orange under a brief, creamy head. 4.0

S Really nice citrus, sweet malt with that great Belgian yeast smell as well. This smells delicious and might be a redifining beer for the style. It cannot be improved. 5.0

T/M Big carbonation hit me first followed quickly by the big sweet malt, citrus tartness and yeasty, grainy background. I have to say that I was a little surprised by the big carbonation. I just did not expect it but it is appropriate to style. Excellent. 4.5

D To me this is a sipper but each of those sips are simply delicious. 4.0

Notes: It is hard for me to believe that I waited until review #625 to review this Trappist beer from Achel but I think that waiting that long gave me a good perspective to enjoy this beer with the proper perspective. This is an expertly made version of the style. Bravo!

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Photo of Vengeance526
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a massive pillowy white head that has great retention and leaves a good bit of sticky lacing.

Fruity aroma of pear and citrus, lightly spicy with a noticeable touch of yeast and alcohol in the background.

Taste starts off very fruity with notes of apple and pear upfront along with lighter hints of lemon, orange peel and some dark cherries. A nice bit of Belgian yeast, candied sugars and a slight hint of alcohol come out in the finish.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Enjoyable all around. Another great Trappist and a great tripel.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

A: Hazy yellow/gold, with a thick head that lasted, and laced very well.

S: Banana/Lemon/Pineapple/GreenApple/Clove/etc...excellent bouquet.

T: All of the aforementioned come to fruition, with a bit of an alcohol finish/aftertaste that was a little stronger than expected. Nice full flavor though.

M/D: Thick-bodied for a tripel, but pleasant. I could certainly drink a few of these in the blink of an eye.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 33cl bottle into a wine goblet.

Appearance: attractive gold with a very thick, frothy head.

Smell: wheat and citrus with a sweet but tangy character.

Taste: wheaty and malty with nice fruity notes which are carried along by the alcohol. Quite good, but it doesn't knock my socks off.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body and a fizziness akin to champagne.

Drinkability: I love a good tripel and this is no exception. Light despite a high ABV, beautiful malt character bringing interesting flavors; just what the doctor ordered.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz into a Chimay chalice. Golden in color with a soapy white head and good retention. Good clarity, obvious active carbonation bubbling to the top. Sheet of lace. Looking good.

This beer gives of a fruity scent with slight bready whiffs, hint of alcohol as well. Malt pokes through at times.

Tart up front, with ample carbonation clinging to bitter noble hops. A good belgian twang can be found in this beer almost sour but not quite there. Banana and bubblegum flavors from the yeast are underlying this brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lingering puckering finish.

A decent overall tripel here. Good balance of flavors and deceptive given its strength. I can reccommend drinking this.

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Photo of CoolJosh
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saw this for 2.99 at whole foods. Couldn't pass this up at that price.

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. The appearance is stunning. Beautiful hazy golden orange with some pink hues. Really huge white foamy head that slowly dies down over time and leaves a slight drape of lacing.

The smell is pleasantly aromatic. While nothing jumps out of the glass, the complexity is there. Orange peel, light lemon, vanilla, light belgian candy, a unique and spicy belgian yeast strain. There are light corriander and cinnamon notes. Blends very well together.

the taste is light and the flavors still come out nicely but there is a slight harshness provided by the yeast strain. While equal in complexity to that of the smell, the taste is a bit spicier and very drying. Tastes of horse blanket and astringent orange are also present but not completely disturbing. I've learned that you can't go wrong with any trappist, but some are more drinkable than others. Still, this is a very good beer.

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Photo of Redwood21
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: impressed, at 8% it keeps a white wispy head extremely well, which is a shift from many of the beers I have reviewed lately. the golden color is spot on and very pleasing

S: nothing too dramatic here, there is a slight tart malt note but nothing too positive nor detracting

T: very tart and effervescent, i suppose that falls with mouthfeel as well. i am not a huge fan of the bubble taste but i get how its used and its not bad, for style it seems spot on, it starts out a bit sweet and tart like a candied apple or something similar, and then the bubbles rush in with a slight spice that while nothing ajor helps keep your palate interested and denotes a more complex beer.

this beer could get you in trouble but i dont see it as an incredibly easy drinker, as in you wont sit down drink 4 or 5 and get tossed, its more of an even draw drink thatll leave you satisfied

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Photo of Fnord
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This particular beer has reportedly been sitting in storage for a few years, but most Belgians can take some aging, so I'll go ahead and review it anyway. The use by date on the bottle reads 9/5/08, over a year ago assuming they arrange it day/month/year like most Europeans. The writing on the label is all in French and Dutch except for "Authentic Trappist Product", and a Surgeon General's Warning sticker slapped on there by the importer.

Appearance - Very cloudy amber with a lasting but uneven white head that clings to the glass. I'm a little concerned about some black(!) sediment at the bottom of the glass, though.

Smell - Grass, apple, alcohol, caramel, plum, perhaps a bit of citrus.

Taste - Whoa. Caramel, toffee, and apple are at the forefront, but there's a lot more going on underneath. There's a pleasant grassy aftertaste, and the alcohol is very warming, as expected for the style. Some yeast. I can taste a few other fruits as well that aren't normally associated with tripels: cherries, prunes, and maybe dates.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light body with medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability - Tripels aren't made to be guzzled, and this one perhaps even more than most because of its sweetness.

Notes - It's pretty sweet for a tripel, and kind of sour as well. I imagine that would turn many people away from this beer, but not me. I love it! It's deliciously complex, there's no way I can figure out everything that's going on in here.

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Photo of atpben
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the tap house in Norfolk. Poured into a goblet. Appears a nice clowdy golden color. Aromas of citrus fruits mostly pineapple with some caramel. The beer starts off dry and spicy with carbonation hitting in tbe middle with a nice acidic finish. Very drinkable and the alcohol is hidden well. Another great trappist beer.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank from 11.2 oz bottle into a chalice Brussels at Delirium Cafe.

Hazy golden color with a decent white head, lots of lace. Love when it hangs around.

The aroma is fruity and with somes spcies mixed in.

The drinks easy for its strength, good beer, not a great Trappist.

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Photo of wheatman106
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed with capra12 and Jimmy

A: Appeared a pristine clear, golden color with a big fluffy, porous head which, unfortunately, dissipated quite quickly. Upon swirling and drinking this beer did not lace much at all.

S: Mostly predominant Belgian yeast; behind this I was able to note various green fruits with apples and cider in the background. Moderately aromatic.

T: Crisp, tart opening. The middle opens up to a moderately hoppy sensation but proceeds to a medium to long finish with no fruit flavor and dominated by pleasant, lingering alcohol.

M: Dry and highly carbonated. This was very easy to drink, light in body, stirring up lots of carbonation in your mouth if you swish ever so lightly.

D: I liked this beer and could drink it all night if I wanted. Not over the top in any bit of its character.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay goblet.

From a 33cl bottle.

A - Pours a rich gold color with a slight orange tint. A nice 1 in. white head is present that has great retention. I've noticed this on other Achel beers. The head is frothy and attractive, almost like whipped cream. Slight carbonation can be seen rising from the middle of the goblet and from the sides as well. There is thick and ample lacing as the beer recedes down the glass.

S - Fresh fruits are present such as banana and some clove as well as some peach. Very soft nose feel but appealing none the less. Some yeast is also present.

T - Delicious banana and clove as well as some bready yeast and nice malty sweetness present in the taste. Some alcoholic warmth on the back end plus some other phenol characteristics are also present. As it warms the phenol is more present and so are the malts. There is also at the end some mild hop character that gives it a nice dry and bitter finish but is well balanced by the sweetness of the malts, sugar and alcohol. I really enjoy this beer.

M - Crisp and well carbonated in the mouth almost champagne like, even after a big head with the pour.

D - Refreshing and crisp. Very drinkable. The ABV isn't as high as it could be but still could get you into trouble. Cheers!

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Photo of gonzo46and2
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy unfiltered orange with a massive head. Had to wait a while for the head to recede before I could finish pouring the beer. Still had plenty of carbonation afterward.

Aroma is loaded with sweet fruit esters. Not much spice compared to other Belgian tripels or witbiers. Mostly reminded of pineapple and pithy citrus rind, namely orange and lemon.

Taste is super sweet with a touch of bitterness. A bit of pineapple, banana, bread, cake... This is dessert in a glass.

Mouthfeel is sweet but not cloying. Very small tickling bubbles that are perfect complements to the flavor.

Overall this is a very good tripel.

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Photo of stbfan
2.98/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

translucent straw colored with good carbonation and an awesome white head.

lots of yeast in smell,apricots, light hops, bright.

tastes a little bitter with metallic, dry finish.alcohol not hidden very well.

pretty decent tripel. ther are several i have tried that are better. very dissapointed compared to other trappist ales. reminds me of a strong american pale ale. OK.

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Photo of wl0307
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BB 18/03/2010, served cool in Hapkin's tulip-shaped bowl sniffer.

A: translucent dark golden to light amber in colour, topped with a very thick and puffy white head that slowly breaks down to a thin cap to last throughout the drink, while the carbonation remains moderate and constant, with super fine fizz in action. Handsome.
S: fine aroma... sweetened Chinese green beans, sweet mangos + sweet orangey citrus, clear honey, white pepper and coriander all spring to mind, laced with a tinge of lactose-drink like sour yeastiness; a swirl gives rise to the hidden depth of alc. as well as well-integrated pale malts. Overall, really pleasant and soothing, although the orangey-candy notes somehow come a bit overwhelming on the balance.
T: lovely, tasty, and well-structured - the salty-sweet, exotic fruitiness (overripe oranges and pale prunes mainly) upfront is never far from a lightly earthy/leather-ish as well as lightly spicy (white pepper and coriander, as on the nose) taste; quickly, an increasingly dry and marvellously chewy palate of quality citric hops and savoury yeasts catches up, rendering a long, bitter finish most suitable for a dry, "session"-type Tripel!
M&D: the palate benefits a lot from the refreshing yet also super-fine carbonation, as much as from the chewy bitter palate attributable to the good proportion of hops in the mixture highlighted by the yeast intervention. Overall, the texture is rounded and smooth, turning bitter and heavenly chewy, while no trace of alcohol is picked up what-so-ever. While being neither as colourfully estery nor as profoundly malty as some other Tripel ales, I like this one for its (almost) pure integrity, an achievement made possible by people (the monks!) who really know their stuff and proudly keep the long tradition. To me, this is a supremely drinkable example of Tripel, or whatever style one wishes to label it!

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Photo of germanbeer1
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Konigshoeven glass in order to keep with the trappist theme. This produced a very large, white head, very much like a pilsener. The color is a hazy yellow and it's possible to detect the sediment at the bottom of the bottle. This is the first Achel brew that I have tried and I was surprised that the beer was so sour for a Belgian Tripel Ale. Nevertheless it's still a pretty solid beer and it has not deterred me from trying more Achel products.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy golden with a HUGE creamy white head that has tremendous lasting power and good lacing. Nearly explodes out of the bottle.

Aroma of apricots, spices, sweetness and alcohol.

Taste is apricot, orange, sweet, malts. Alcohol is very present.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely cleansing.

Overall, decent brew but there are much better beers of the style out there.

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into red wine glass.

The "Best By" date on this bottle was December of 06, which I didn't realize until I cracked it. From what I know, this beer could really be anywhere in the 4-6 year range. That being said, it's quite tasty so I'm giving it a go all the same.

A - Light golden with a slight haze and some bigger chunks at the bottom. 2-3 finger off white head with decent retention. Moderate lacing.

S - Strong aromas of sweet malt and hints of spice including cinnamon, mace, and allspice. The dark, sweet bread is extremely dominant and reminds me of boiling wort. There's also an iodine-laden phenolic edge laced throughout, giving the aroma a unique kick. Small suggestions of apple, pear, pineapple, coconut, and even slight hints of oxidation reminiscent of port are noticable as well.

T - Sweet malt upfront, similar to the wort described in the nose. Mild hints of cinnamon and apples. Maybe some vanilla hiding in there? Phenolic character is noticable but blended beautifully with the sweetness. Iodine/band-aids are particularly distinct. The interplay between lightly spiced malt and it's near flawless segue into phenols is indescribable beyond this point. Finish is fairly sweet with a touch of bitterness and chalky aftertaste.

M - Light to medium bodied with very soft carbonation. It seems a little thick and a little less crisp than I'd prefer, but this is likely a result of the years this brew has accumulated.

D - Damn, this is quite delicious. It doesn't fit my general perception of a tripel, but it's bursting with unique and complex flavors. Undoubtedly this unique character is a result of aging, but I would love to get a hold of this stuff fresh to compare.

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Photo of SimmoGee
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a chalice glass (Grimbergen which is very similar to the Achel glass). Finding a bottle of this is pretty rare and I found this at Plonk in Canberra.

A - Pours with a nice fluffy ivory head about an inch thick which laces nicely in the glass. This sits on a slightly cloudy amber liquid. Looks good.

S- A nice sharp floral smell hits the nose

T - A sharp hoppy and yeasty taste which lingers in the mouth as an aftertaste. Gentle malts provide some balance to this beverage.

M - Carbonation bites at the tongue which accentuates the taste. Medium body which is not too heavy and not too light.

D - Not a bad drop. The sharpness of taste may inhibit imbibing too many of these. Not my favourite Trappist but good nonetheless.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Got this at the bottle shop.

From a bottle into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a thinner looking 2+ finger bubbly white head with decent retention. A decent amount of carbonation evident. Colour is orange peel or amber orange and it's much clearer than average. Head levels out to a decent film cap and leaves some decent lacing down the sides.

SMELL: Mild nose of toasted malt, sweet apples and pears. Some spices, especially clove, in the background, but not overly pronounced. Decent, but not quite strong enough.

TASTE: Toasted malt and sweet apples and pears up front. A bit of clove shows through before some spicy alcohol takes over the flavour profile to the end. An aftertaste of toasted and sweet malt, as well as spicy alcohol, is strong and long lasting. Nice; much more impressive than the nose.

PALATE: Thinner bodied and somewhat light on the palate. Higher levels of carbonation means you get a lot of air going down. Goes down pretty smooth and finishes on the right side of sticky. Not bad, but too thin and light for my liking.

OVERALL: Not a bad brew taste-wise, but the rest of it was pretty average. A bit too thin as well. That said, however, it's a much better offering than their double and I'd go for it again.

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Photo of mhatters
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass at my house poured from a bottle

Straw golden-yellow color when poured with lots of white thick head. The head sticks around for a long time.

Lots of fruit in the nose, apples, peaches ans maybe pears. Spices like pepper and coriander complete with a sweet malt scent that finishes with lemon citrus.

The malt and sugar come together really well, with some background fruity notes. Some yeast to the back, but well controlled.

Lots of carbonation to this guy, crisp and dry in the finish.

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Photo of alovesupreme
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage bottled in 04
Yellow body with a white head that fades to a thin sheet but sticks around. Yeast is in a large unappetizing clump on the bottom of the bottle.
Lots of phenols and lemon character.
Slightly sour but sweet at the same time. A light pepper character plays a role and a malt finish makes up the body.
A full mouthfeel with good carbonation.
A great beer from the lesser known of the trappist breweries.

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Trappist Achel 8° Blond from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
4.05 out of 5 based on 748 ratings.
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