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

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Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
Ranked #9
Ranked #4,960
4.13 | pDev: 8.96%
Feb 09, 2022
Jan 14, 2003
Trappist Achel 8° BruinTrappist Achel 8° Bruin
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Beersnake1 from California

2020 bottle poured slightly warmer than fridge temp. Pours a gorgeous dark brown with a solid amount of slightly off-white head. Lots of lacing as the head recedes.

Nose is dominated by toffee and freshly baked bread. Malty, with really nice notes of raisin, plums, and port. A little bit of apple and a hint of brown sugar. Rich and wonderful.

The taste is excellent. Rich and very flavorful. Again, hit with a nice amount of toffee upfront. A Christmas cake flavor follows. Sultanas, maraschino cherries, banana bread, and a little bit of chocolate. Quite sweet and fruity. Tastes fresh! Absolutely love it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. The aftertaste is also fairly sweet and malty. Overall, a lovely beer that I will definitely buy again.

Feb 09, 2022
3.8 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Dec 07, 2021
3.49 by heerboth from Pennsylvania on Nov 20, 2021
4.22 by Hophazzard from California on Oct 17, 2021
4 by Birdlegs from Washington on Sep 19, 2021
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4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by colts9016 from Idaho

Review 1540
Transitioning to Beligum Dubbel for my next beer. First beer from this brewery. The beer is 46 degrees and served in a goblet. The pour of the beer created a two-fingered creamy tan head with fair retention. The head dissipated slowly leaving some lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 24, a dark brown with some ruby hues. The beer is not clear and more cloudy. The appearance of the beer is average, wanted a longer-lasting head.

The initial aromas in the beer are raisins, plum, cherries, and toffee. Nosing further, I detect roasted malts, bananas, caramel, fruity esters, biscuit, and malty sweetness.

The flavors in the beer are peppery, spicy phenols, bananas, malty sweetness, plums, raisins, cherry, fruity esters, toffee, caramel, cloves, and leather.

The mouthfeel of the beer is warming and coating.

The body of the beer is medium, low carbonation, and a medium finish.

The beer is good, but I wanted more depth in the flavor profile. I thought the beer was a touch light in the body for me. Well balanced and not overly acidic. It was okay to me, I wanted more from the beer than what I got.

Jun 13, 2021
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3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by plutonash from Latvia

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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3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Vixie from Florida

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
4.19 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin on Feb 25, 2021
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4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by rawbraves from Colorado

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
4.19 by Daniel_Mott from Sweden on Feb 14, 2021
4.25 by eawolff99 from Minnesota on Jan 25, 2021
3.53 by NightINgale from Russian Federation on Jan 17, 2021
3.8 by DvdP from Netherlands on Dec 30, 2020
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4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Siriusfisherman from Vermont

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
4.25 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Nov 29, 2020
4.04 by Insomniac from Canada (ON) on Nov 10, 2020
4.03 by Gkruszewski from New York on Nov 06, 2020
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4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by mothman from Minnesota

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
4.4 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee on Sep 15, 2020
3.92 by arzt from Russian Federation on Sep 02, 2020
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3.39/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by PhilCarta from Florida

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
4.29 by Tcsox from Massachusetts on Aug 05, 2020
4.4 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts on Aug 05, 2020
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4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Steve555 from Wales

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
4.41 by Shanex from France on Apr 17, 2020
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3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by jkblr from Indiana

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
4.24 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Feb 23, 2020
4.17 by Technosmith from South Africa on Jan 10, 2020
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3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by JamFuel from Sweden

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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4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by JonnoWillsteed from England

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
4.16 by edthehead from New York on Dec 06, 2019
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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by npolachek from New York

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
4.22 by Gadzook from Georgia on Oct 10, 2019
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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by SB2017 from Iowa

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
3.71 by Jgmiller829 from Massachusetts on Sep 13, 2019
4.23 by ptarmigan98 from Alaska on Aug 19, 2019
4.17 by brandoneast from Texas on Aug 05, 2019
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3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ChicagoJ from Illinois

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
4 by bpfrush from Wisconsin on Apr 29, 2019
Trappist Achel 8° Bruin from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
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