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

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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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Photo of BeerSingh
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
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 +0.7%
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 -1.5%
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%
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 +2.2%
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 -1.5%
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 +9.1%
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 -11.1%
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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Photo of Brandt
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this beer poured out into a tuliped glass and filled the glass with head, took a long time to settle down and actualy fill the glass, the head left chunks of itself hanging from the glass even after there was no beer below it to support it, it was really its own thing so to speak.

the smell was earthy and msuty wheatlike smell with hints of ripe banana and clove and a classic spicy belgian yeast character.

the flavor of this beer was very wheat-centric with subtle hints of citrus and moderate alcohol flavors. there is a semi dry "husk" kind of taste on the tail end of things here and a rich estery punch

the finish has lingering subtle malt sweetness from the med body. this beer is ok but not the best trappist by a long shot.

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Photo of ultrasupergenius
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am struggling to come to terms with whether I am allowing the Trappist designation to sway my opinion on this beer. I will certainly revisit this tasting, and update as/if necessary.

Appearance - Nice bright golden yellow with a large and lively but somewhat short lived head.

Smell - Somewhat neutral. Not getting any distinct aromas - but certainly nothing off or overpowering.

Taste - A bit of the Westmalle Tripel flavour, but not as much... almost hidden. A bit of vanilla on the finish. Long but neutral finish - nothing strong about this beer's flavor. Sweetness is there, but in a balanced and in the background way.

Mouthfeel - Bright and crisp from carbonation. Balanced.

Drinkability - This is a beer that I would likely put down faster than it should be. This is a beer best sipped.

Overall, good but not great in comparison to its brethren.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured in a Leffe chalice.

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, Belgian yeasts and citrus hops

T: Follows the nose. Sweet upfront, honey, mainly. Candy sugar, malts and Belgian 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. Authentic Belgian Triple. Authentic Trappist quality

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Photo of slk22
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a blond/golden yellow color, slightly turbid, with a huge offwhite head that was constantly replenished by the high carbonation and left ample lacing on the glass. Aroma was moderate and seemed overly simple, mainly corn, rice, and crystal malt. Flavor is simple, yet elegant. Very clean corn and rice flavor upfront, followed by angel food cake and freshly baked white bread. Warming as well. Mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth despite the high carbonation. Despite the fact that this is not my favorite style, I found this to be a very clean and refreshing beer.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The least known of the 7 trappists, I think.

Pours golden clear with an orange glow, beautifull fluffy head and great carbonation. Turns hazy as you pour it out.
Smell is of bread, with some flowery notes, as well as banana. Taste is hoppy, malty and some banana. Spicy finish.

Creamy, but also dry mouthfeel.
The alcohol is present, somehow more than you'd expect. I've had this trappist before. It's modest in it's range of flavours, and allthough it's certainly well worth a try, it's not quite as significant as f.i. Rochefort, Chimay or Orval.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lovely dark yellow with a thick white head. Wonderful fresh banana/banana bread assertive nose, candi fruit and fresh stone fruit.

Rich full mouthfeel with perfect carbonation and character.

Flavors follow nose with rich malt and rich banana, stone fruit and candi sugar flavors. Perfect balance and character. Tastes like "a real Belgian ale."

Quality, rich and bold drink with assertive and very pleasant flavor profiles.

This could well be a favorite of many. Great drink with a nice malt finish.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
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%
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 +3.4%
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 +10.6%
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 +4.2%
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 +9.6%
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%
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 -3.2%
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 -8.1%
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 -3.7%
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 +5.7%
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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Trappist Achel 8° Blond from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 762 ratings
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