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

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Style:
Dubbel
Ranked #8
ABV:
8%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,957
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 8.94%
Reviews:
463
Ratings:
924
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Year-round
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SCORE
92
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plutonash from Latvia

3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Ruby-red/brown in colour. Looks appetising. 1 finger head at pour which later dissipats to 0.5 one. Decvent lacing.
S: Caramel banana, candy, plums, black currant, black bread, apricots, pears.
T: Smelled more complex, but getting notes of bread, biscuits, honey, candy, sugar, plum.
F: Med/high carb, good balance of sweet and bitter, low/mid mouthfeel, abv is hidden.
O: Good belgian brown, an easy drinking companion.

May 09, 2021
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Vixie from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Unusual color for the style, looks more like a tripel. It is a nice copper color with a full white head that stays around for a bit.

Smells strongly of yeast and malt, very fresh baked bread like.

Bit bready with a lot of fruit, mainly raisin and apple and pear. There is a touch of bitterness at the finish with some lingering sweetness.

Feel is smooth and fairly full, but not feeling much carbonation.

Overall a pretty good beer, but not quite world class. While I have yet to find a bad Trappist beer, this one is at the lower end of my favorites. Still, being a low end Trappist beer puts it ahead of many others.

Mar 20, 2021
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rawbraves from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Westvleteten glass that I “borrowed” from the tasting garden in Belgium. Pours into glass with very little head that dissipated quickly. Not as much initial bite from the esters as say an ABT. Tastes like a true Trappist Dubel like it is with strong raisin and dark dark fruits. Definitely not my favorite Belgian Dubel, but better than most attempts not made by a monk.

Feb 18, 2021
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Clear, dark Ruby with a big light tan head and modest lacing.

S: Spicy phenolics, light fleshed fruits, raisin, and bready yeast.

T: Big bready base supports flavors of raisin, leather, apple, pear, and spice.

F: Medium bodied but very crisp and dry.

Overall: A really fantastic dubbel, every bit as good as the other Trappist dubbels. Will definitely be getting this one again.

Dec 09, 2020
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mothman from Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Trappist Achel Bruin
Bottle. Gold cap no year. Caramel brown color. White head with some lace.

Raisins, figs, molasses, plums, caramel, toffee, and bready malts. Some citrus. Very malty. True to the quad style but only 8%? Very flavorful and very drinkable.

Oct 08, 2020
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PhilCarta from Florida

3.39/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm having a hard time getting to truly enjoy this because the flavors tend to be too bready, toffee, caramelly for my taste. That tends to make the brew seem not at all bright and refreshing.

Aug 22, 2020
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Steve555 from Wales

4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a rich reddy brown with a generous amber head which becomes lumpy and little lacing. Lively but not overpowering carbonation.

Aroma doesn’t give much away, quite faint hints of yeast and malt. Taste is everything with this brew, rich yet weirdly light, getting raisins, figs, dandelion and burdock. Heavy yet strangely easy drinking. Mouthfeel is soft and dry. Would recommend it.

Jul 07, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle marked 07/08/17 (assuming & hoping that's a package date) poured into a Westmalle goblet at just above fridge temp 8% ABV. The beer pours mostly bright medium brown in color with mahogany highlights and light brown head. The head recedes to a thin ring and puffy island. The aroma is faint with brown sugar and dark fruits. The taste is semisweet burnt sugar caramel, a hint of dark fruit, finished with some minimal tart and oxidized flavor. Mild to moderate bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with just above average carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, good. I'm afraid this one is many years old. Solid except for the smell and taste, which aren't bad, just muted. Would love to try it fresh. Purchased at a local shop at room temperature.

Apr 14, 2020
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JamFuel from Sweden

3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown with soft, soapy head.

Smell is malty and a bit sweet with fruity notes of raisins, dried fruit and a bit of paint.

Taste is fruity, spicy and yeasty with notes of dried fruit, raisins, brown sugar and banana, with a soft bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, frothy and well carbonated.

Overall, a well-made classic.

Dec 17, 2019
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JonnoWillsteed from England

4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lable in Dutch and French, but I see it says it's refermented in the bottle. After resting well and pouring carefully I pour no sediment and there is a minor amount left in the bottle.
L- Clear, deep chestnut brown, pours with 1Cm off-white head that's holding well. [15mins later, Head holding really well, and lacing forming down the sides of glass].
S- Quite mild, I might be congested. Just a touch of 'the deep Tripel style roasted fruit' smell and a hint of alcohol.
T- Woah, starts gently and builds on the palate. Deep dark roasty flavours balanced well by quite bright hopping. Hints of spice, and I think I'm getting hints of orange, or perhaps raisons + orange. I'd started on this straight from the fridge, but it's flavour is notably opening up as it warms just a touch in the glass. I'd suggest not over-chilling it.
F- It's definitely a meaty beer, I'd put it squarely in the Winter-warmer category. Made for slow-sipping, meaty enough to be enjoyed in place of wine.
O- It's lovely, very satisfying on a harsh winter's day. There's zero here wrong/out of balance/etc in my view. Would happily buy it again.
330ml bottle. Bought from Beerhawk/UK. BB: 22/02/2021

Dec 08, 2019
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npolachek from New York

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent beer with complex nose. Solid double taste and good mouthfeel. Some bread taste in this as well as dried fruit. Goes down smooth and very solid.

Nov 11, 2019
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SB2017 from Iowa

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Complex nose with plenty of malt and yeast as is to be expected with the style. The flavor is, up front, comfortingly spiced and rounded with banana, bread, and dried fruit notes. The finish is what makes this beer for me: the earthy, fruity, leathery nature of its aftertaste leaves with me the impression of an earthy, well aged tempranillo. Wine-like likely because of the high alcohol content. Good beer!

Sep 16, 2019
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5/12/19 (Chicago): 11.2 oz bottled 7/8/17 @ 1:43 (03) purchased 1/19/18 at Beer on the Wall for $7 w/ tax, poured into snifter. Dark burgundy brown pour, light off-white creamy head leaves light lacing. Various fruity rich aromas, bread, malt, plum, raisins and other well blended fruits. Bread and raisin plum taste, slightly sweet but pleasant. Light carbonation fizz holds, light dry and crisp mouth feel, very easy drinking. Overall this is a good Belgian offering.

May 12, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burgundy-brown that is dark enough the clarity is only noticeable when the beer is held against a light. Head is a finger and a half of dense, khaki foam that retains well. Aroma is dark fruit, plum, yeast ester, bready, nutty, caramely malts. It smells sweet, not sugar sweet, but fruit sweet. Flavor profile is dark fruit, plum, spicy hops and bready, caramely malts. Hints of molasses and toffee add a little sweetness. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a creamy, silty texture. Overall, delightful and lightly sweet. It's dense, but not over powering, providing a delightful sipping experience.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 11.2oz bottle.

Apr 25, 2019
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle date: 07/08/17

Dark russet brown with a finger of off white foam on the surface that recedes to a thin surface skim and a tiny bit of spotty lacing.

Aroma is mildly fruity and malty, with mild trappist yeast esters.
Tastes like multigrain bread with a little bit of spiced apple, mildly vinous.
Light bodied for 8%, somewhat creamy texture. Dry finish, mild clove.
Overall this is pretty good, though the Trappist Extra is the best Achel beer.

Dec 08, 2018
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Burnished red-orange color with perfect clarity and brightness. Cream-colored head settles after some time, and leaves spotty lacing on the glass.

S: Fruit cake, molasses, brown sugar, raspberry and a hint of grape. Brown bread. Mild phenols with some pepper/clove and a whisper of vague spices. Soft whiff of herbal hop.

T: In taste, we have a lot more complexity than was apparent on the nose. Fruit cake and brown bread. Hints of toast and cocoa. Nutty. Raspberry and currant. Herbal hops, soft brush of bitter alcohol, pepper, clove, and medicinal phenols. Goes bone dry by the mid palate and into the finish, which is abrupt with a lingering sense of baking spice and herbs.

M: Medium-full body. Chewy and creamy with a slight sense of heft that is briskly lifted away by the sharply scrubbing carbonation.

O: The nose is shy, but the palate is contemplative. Bigger than your average dubbel, and really more in Belgian Strong Dark territory, but this is nitpicking. This is a Trappist classic, and worthy of that appellation and the reputation it carries.

Sep 07, 2018
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle from Carrefour, Brussels (€1.95):
A beer that wasn't the strongest on the nose given the strength & style but it wasn't quite weak either & a things became more pronounced with the taste as well with plenty of dark fruits & sugars coming through with this one. The beer had some nice prune & raisins in the early going with bread & caramel malts alongside some subtle toffee sweetness & spices. It's was a well carbonated but dry beer with a nice balance, although some of the alcohol content was showing & it was a slightly boozy offering at times too but still a very drinkable beer as well.

Jul 20, 2018
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The_Bujon from Ireland

4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely deep burnt umber, voluminous caramel head which lingers a while.....lacing reasonably good.

Aroma is spiced, think malty cinnamon and your on the money.

Taste is really very good, a warming malt and plumb, not too boozy despite the abv.

Feel is a touch artificial with a sweet residue, but goes down smoothly enough.

Overall, the BA score is bang on for this, a contender for top Belgian Dubbel for sure

Mar 24, 2018
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BucBasil from Rwanda

4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my last Trappists. I think I've had most of the other ones. Stumbled upon this one by chance in a store in Shanghai China.

A: Poured from the 330mL bottle into a goblet-style glass. The beer is a dark brownish red, pure red when held to light. Head was off-white, foamy, and 2 fingers with ok retention.

S: Dark fruits and booze in there, medicinal note with brown sugar to balance and smooth things out. Fruity yeasty notes all throughout.

T: Mostly dark fruits, especially cherries and plums. Some brown sugar in there and some balancing malt. Has a light yeast note in there that adds a hint of tartness, almost with the effect of making a cherry pie kind of flavor. Then the alcohol comes in.

F: Smooth with a bit of light carbonation.

Overall: I liked this beer. It had a really nice unique flavor, although the alcohol wasn't as well disguised or blended as I would have liked. A very solid choice.

Mar 17, 2018
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jwilcox767 from Ohio

4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Cloudy dark brown, a finger of head that dissipated after a minute.
S - Strong dark fruits, not much of a booze vibe.
T - Nutty/belgian yeastiness up front. Perfectly balanced with the dark fruit and alcohol.
M - Excellent mouth feel with the level of sweetness and carbonation.
O - An excellent, true Belgian Ale. I may have a let it age for too long (3+ years) but I'll remember not to do that next time.
Overall, a very nice standby for me.

Dec 03, 2017
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours murky, dark brown with a touch of orange in color, with one inch head. Taste is brown sugar, mineral, and pumpernickel and a hint of maple. Sweet, medium bodied, with low carbonation. Wow is this a great beer. One of the best dubbels I have ever had....Could drink this all day.

Oct 21, 2017
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MKV from Belgium

3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pleasant brown color. Nothing special.
Smell: Strong and dark but pleasant.
Taste: Subtle sweetness with a characteristic brune palate of roasts, some spice.
Feel: In the mouth, it's fine, though a bit less full-bodied than I'd expect from a brune. The aftertaste is unpleasant, with some mineral or metallic bitterness lingering longer than it should.

Jul 18, 2017
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Bruno74200 from France

4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on june 20th 2017. Best by date of 20/07/2018. I've seen on several occasions that Achel's best by dates are 3 years after bottling so this beer must be 2 years old.

L - Clean dark brown, nice head but not for long

S - Dark fruits mostly dattes and booze soked raisins

T - dates, raisins, candi sugar. Perfect balance. Upfront a certain sweetness followed by a nutty astringency. Very nice.

M - Almost no carbonation. Smooth.

O - A very well rounded ale. Really good. No booziness at all. All the flavors come together perfectly. Nice.

Jun 20, 2017
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schavuytje from Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A brown trappist doubles the least pronounced taste or layering under the trappists doubles but still a solid double brown; How sour and sweet about it

May 27, 2017
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ngusset from Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Carolus chalice. Nice tan head, deep copper brown hue. Concord grape and spicy plum nose. Huge fruit flavor bursting through roasted malt, similar notes to the smell. Lovely long tangy finish with a hint of iron and hops. Refined, light mouthfeel, yet full and round. What a great brew. It's been a long time since I've had an Achel, seem to recall a preference for the 8°, based on this on it's own it's a reasonable memory.

May 13, 2017
Trappist Achel 8° Bruin from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 924 ratings