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

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Trappist Achel 8° BruinTrappist Achel 8° Bruin

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Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Colour dark brown with ruby highlights. Quite thick, beige foam. Built with fine bubbles. Aroma little bit clear, however, can be traced dark red fruit, delicate accents roasted notes and minimum alcoholic. The taste is dominated by bitterness, dry roasted, slightly seasoned. Next delicate notes of dark malts, cherries and again some notes of alcohol. The loading medium toward high. Definitely Alchel Bruin missing completely, the body.

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Photo of OlaB
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: pours a reddish brown clear color with a nice creamy top of head that disolves rapidly.some sticky lacings on the sides.

S: toffee,caramel, raisins,prunes,apples ,burned sugar and peppercorns

T&F: starts fruity with all the dark fruits involved but also some light fruits as well, caramel tofee comfortable in the background. Gets more spicy in the middle with a peppery taste and finish with a slight spicy bitterness. Good aftertaste that stays for a good time.kind of a creamy mouthfeel. The alcohol is very well masked here.

O:Maybe not the top of the shelf among Belgium beers but surely enjoyable and delicious enough for me. Would sure have this again

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Photo of Marius
3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle. Dark copper-brown with a tall tan head with very good retention. Smells like Belgian yeast, copper, dried fruit. The taste follows the same notes, bitter-sweet with a strong metallic feeling in the foreground. Medium bodied, medium carbonation and a bitter-sweet and very metallic aftertaste.

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Photo of Gajo74
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mahogany color and a moderate size foam head that quickly recedes. A thin ring frothy collar and some lacing retains.
In the aroma: Toasted biscuit, raisins, clove and a slight whiff of sweet alcohol.
In the tongue: sweet caramel malts and dark fruit dominate, however, halfway through the more spicy tones provide balance. Bubblegum, peppery, dark bread crust, and some alcohol in the finish rounds things off. Mouthfeel is full and fluffy but with medium body. Carbonation is tight and provides some crispness. Alcohol is well masked.
A solid Dubbel all around.

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Photo of MostlyNorwegian
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Respectable carbonation here. Nice, abiding head the covers the top for a good part of the ride. Faint wisps of Raisin. cherry, prune, dark caramel and yeast pepperyness on the nose and which follow through into a very dry finish. You can really only detect its 8% around the edges of its dry mouthfeel.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

June 10, 2016

11.2 oz bottle, snifter

A – Deep, rich, dark mahogany brown. Appears to be fairly clear, though hard to tell because of the dark color. A thick, sudsy, off-white head of an inch-plus hangs around for a while.

S – Caramel and toffee, slightly burnt, with red raisins and strong alcohol esters of pear. Perhaps the slightest herbal hopping, though that may also be the alcohol.

T – Very similar to the aroma profile. The caramel and toffee are prevalent, but a red grape juice flavor is there in place of the raisin (though those are obviously very similar, there’s a clear distinction.) The alcohol is less obvious as well.

M – Very sudsy, thick, juicy, though it actually finishes dry. Very malty, though not crazily sweet, and just a touch of bitterness for balance.

O – Fairly standard for a dubbel or strong dark, but also well executed. That touch of grape juice flavor is pleasant, and is a point of distinction.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i like this even better than their tripel, and even though i paid 17 bucks for a single smell bottle at highland tap and burger, i dont regret it. ive been meaning to try this one for awhile, as it represents one of the last trappist offerings i have yet to get into. im so glad i did, its amazing, as good as any of the others. raisin brownish red with over two inches of tan head, airy and foamy, rising above the rim of the glass even, and lasting the entire drink. it smells amazing, an old world yeast strain, something very special there, and a nice long boilded caramelized malt profile, but stopping well short of that chocolate malt depth you would find in a brown ale. this is more of a dubbel, with fruit like fig and raisin to it, and a moderate sweetness all the way through. a little molasses, vanilla, alcohol warmth. some nice white pepper and clove spice from the yeast, but its all just so well integrated, very impressive. smooth in the feel, effervescent on the carbonation, and creamy, sort of rich and regal feeling, infinitely satisfying and dangerously drinkable for its strength (and price). an extraordinarily complex and impressive beer, as good as any of the trappist stuff. one of the great beers of the old world, not to be missed.

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Photo of FBarber
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark reddish brown with a two finger white head that dissipates leaving no lacing or head.

Smell has aromas of brown sugar, molasses, dried dark fruits, and caramel, Undertones of alcohol and a rich malty backbone to the aromas.

Taste has notes of brown sugar, prunes, raisins, molasses caramel initially giving way to a robust malty backbone. Mild hoppy bitterness on the aftertaste with a cramely sweet finish.Lingering malt favors continue afterward.

Feel has mild carbonation with a very smooth feel. Surprisingly drinkable masking the alcohol very well.

Overall an outstanding dubbel, but definitely a lesser Trappist Dubbel. Still an amazing beer and a must try.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark bronze with a dense, frothy head that lasts the entire glass. Stewed fruit, raisins and bran barley in the nose. Plums, molasses, orange zest add nuance to the massive maltiness in the nose. The high ABVs very well hidden. The mouthfeel is creamy with carbonation and full bodied. The finish is medium dry with a lingering fruitiness.

This is a benchmark Dubbel. Fantastically complex and contemplative but also quaffable. Highly receommend seeking this old classic out.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great brewer with only six ales. Something to ponder.
While Looks are undistinguished, the yeasty Belgian Smell and Taste immediately announce fruits and balanced sweetness. It somehow finishes dry... and I'm getting used to those Trappists bubbles.

MJ really likes this abbey and writes of its Brothers fondly, almost 4 pages in his "Great Beers of Belgium." This Bruin he describes as "dryish, firm, smooth, lightly toffeeish." But in his 1999 "Guide" he only gives this Bruin 2 of 4 stars and pronounces it "smooth and tasty." True, but less enthusiastic.

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a bottle into a tulip: glowing dark amber, almost ruby hue. "Brown" doesn't do the color justice! Slightly hazy. Smell is dominated by yeast; sweet and herbal. Dark fruit/plum, apple, slightly peppery, complex and wonderful taste. Excellent tenacious head of foam. Dry finish. What a wonderful beer; a real treat.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Huge, cloud like head, bubbly off white color. Beer is a dark, nearly opaque brown color.
S: First and foremost is a spicy sweetness, with touches of alcohol. After that is a well-rounded sweetness, soft like brown sugar or caramel. Toffee and nuts.
T: Very good, a cotton-candy like sweetness. Slightly creamy, with notes of cherry and raisin. Slightly toasty
F: Well balanced. Also a smoothness to this one. Despite the robust flavors, crisp carbonation and heavy body, it finishes incredibly well-rounded and smooth.
O: Very solid dubbel. Would highly recommend.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce beer poured into a Belgian stemmed glass

A: Pours a dark red, brown color with a tan colored head, head is full and creamy, a good amount of carbonation is streaming up the sides, beer is clear, some slight lacing, looks nice.

A: Belgian yeast notes, caramel, toffee, figs, raisins, bananas, hint of spice, lots of malts, smells really good.

T: Yeast, touch of banana, spice, clove, toffee, caramel, finish is dry with some spice emerging in the aftertaste, there's also figs and raisins, very balanced, smooth, complex, depth, very tasty.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation, dry finish.

O: A very tasty beer, like most Belgian beers I've tasted, this beer is complex with depth, has a nice balance of flavors, a great medium bodied mouthfeel, and is very drinkable. I hope my local bottle shop continues to carry this as I would continually buy it.

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Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can't get this in my region so I'm very pleased to have gotten my hands on this finally. Poured into a st. Bernardus goblet. A world-class example of the style: pours the way it should, nice 3 finger head and spot-on Amber-brown color, wonderful scent and taste. Prickly carbonation felt on the tongue. If you're seeking out a dubbel, there's no reason not to reach for this one.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a very dark Amber color with a tan head that spreads to the edge of the glass quickly. Smell is toffee, raisins, and yeast. The flavor is sweet bread and dark fruits. You also get a bubble gum flavor from the yeast. The feel is medium with good carbonation. This is a great Belgian dubbel. It has an almost perfect combination of flavors.

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Photo of drmeto
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

-pours a slightly hazy ruby-brown with a medium to big,foamy,offwhite head
-medium carbonation visible
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
-alcohol noticeable
Very nice Dubbel,not as Yeast-heavy than other Trappists (Chimay,Rochefort,Westmalle)

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Photo of Zet
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow, very pretty dubbel: mohagony with amber around the edges and an awesome three fingers of frothy beige head that retains very well and leaves lacing on the glass. A full nose of malt, hoppy herbs and chocolate. Taste follows with the same flavours, very rich. Not as sweet as most dubbels; it tends to lean more to the bitter side actually. Taste is not very complex, but the amount of flavour is very satisfying. Mouth feel is how a dubbel should be: soft, smooth and creamy, with little to no carb noted. Very good dubbel.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.83/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Poured into a Chimay chalice. One finger width tan head, and a ruby red body. Slight carbonation was visible.

S: Apple, pear, citrus, caramel, dark fruit, malt.

T: Apple, pear, citrus, malt, dark fruits, slightly tangy.

F: Creamy, foamy, smooth, medium bodied, slight alcohol warmth.

O: A very good Dubbel.

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Photo of BeerChancelor
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a 30cl chalice.

A: Cloudy dark-brown with one-finger head. Medium carbonation.

S: Yeasty, dark malts, alcoholic, slight notes of citrus and spices.

T: Bready and malty, dark malts. Sweet in the beginning, transitioning to yeasty and a faint hop taste. Also, some dark fruits in the mix. A complex ensemble of flavors going on. Temperature is a huge factor!

M: Very smooth, medium-body.

O: I really like the complex flavor profile! Definitely one of my favorite dubbels. If I had to critique something, is that it doesn't have that "Je ne sais quoi." that would make it a superb beer!

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Photo of Dzu
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 0.33l bottle into goblet.
L: Dark brown color with a medium white foam head.
S: Red wine, plums, roasted sugar.
T: Caramel, raisin, dark fruits. Similar to aroma.
F: Thick and tight , meduim carbonation.
O: Great balanced dubbel.

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Photo of MrDell
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Trappist Achel 8° Bruin
Dubbel – 8% - 330ml Bottle - Best before 30.04.2017

I have had this Trappist a number of times before and I remember it as always been one an absolutely fantastic representation of one of my favourite styles. The recipe for the first of Achel’s beers being devised by the late Brother Thomas of Westmalle and this one by Brother Antoine of Rochefort using yeast, malt –some of which is a chocolate malt - and whole flower saaz hops from Westmalle.

Appearance: Very deep red in colour; more red and less brown than most dubbels. Had a huge three finger, just off white hide when poured but has now dropped back to a fluffy one finger of head, leaving some nice lacing in its wake. Lots of very small bubbles moving up outside of glass.

Aroma: Lots of sweet malt and a bit of booze on the nose along with toffee. There is a slight perfumed tang in the background.

Taste: It's the middle that this beer really triumphs in. Upfront, on the first sip I thought my memory had tricked me as there was not a great deal for a second or two just malt, and then you get a hit of toffee in the middle with then a fairly bitter finish for a dubbel, but then the Westmalle dubbel is similar in that respect. While this is not the most flavour some dubbel, it is one so drinkable and just slides down.

Mouthfeel: Fairly low in body considering the ABV and style. Very smooth and gentle on the palate, with a dry finish.

Overall: I did thoroughly enjoy this beer, but i can't help but feel that it's not all I thought it was when I had it before. I remember it as being the best dubbel I had ever tried at that point and full of flavour but this time around it seems a little muted.... maybe I've just been drinking too many quads recently. Memory is saying 11 / 10 overall for this Trappist brew but in reality, this evening, this 8 / 10. Will have to revisit this soon to see what’s going on!

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Photo of jmasher85
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy shnikes! I tried this up against a most of the other easily available Trappists beers, and this one, while not the best, and certainly one of the least complex, might well have been one of the tastiest. I will happily buy it again. Reminds me of how much I used to adore Newcastle Brown Ale when I first started drinking beer, only this is much better and more...nutty, brown, every way. Doesn't taste anything like the other Trappist beers, lacking any fruit at all, and a good deal of spice, but the nut, savory malt, and sweet toffee flavors make it undeniably excellent. Not to mention a fascinating sawdust aroma (trust me, it's a good thing). I kinda want another right now...

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Photo of josanguapo
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From Playing Kings Bounty Dark Side, in La Trappe chalice. As good as the blonde version. I couldnt determine which of if best without drinking them side by side. Its drink quickly

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Photo of DaveBar
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for just over $3.00 for a 330ml bottle. Served at a bone chilling 4deg C in a tulip. Cellared for almost two years with an expiration date of 6/11/15.

A-Opens well and pours a nice high head that is gone in a minute but film stays forever. Dark brown, unfiltered.

S- Metallic. Boo!

T- Metallic- oxidation kills this beer but shouldn't after merely 1.5yrs away in a cold, dark cellar. Figs are there. Nice little dubbel after you get past the oxidation.

M- Nice and dry. Creaminess is there which is a nice break

O- Pretty good little beer. Have another in the cellar that will be choked back soon to avoid more oxidation.

Food Pairing

This pretty good beer went well with.... Beef stew with beef, potatoes, celery and carrots. Very good blend


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Photo of Jwale73
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle served in a tulip. 20/08/11 printed on the back label. Pours a mahogany hue with a slightly murky clarity and a dense, three inch, cream-colored head that eventually settles into a rocky, half inch cap leaving delicate, textured spatters of lacing in its wake. Nose expresses raisins, figs, prunes and yeast. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's a definite candied fruit quality added to the mix. Also, as the beer warms, some tannic notes are revealed as well as a cold-brewed tea character at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to light) with a mild, even carbonation. Overall, this may be my favorite dubbel. Great complexity and flavor and I almost get a cotton candy character in the flavor profile. Truly top notch.

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Trappist Achel 8° Bruin from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
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