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

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Belgian Dubbel
Ranked #9
Ranked #2,631
4.14 | pDev: 9.18%
Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
Trappist Achel 8° BruinTrappist Achel 8° Bruin
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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.

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Photo of JamFuel
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.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
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

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Photo of npolachek
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.

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Photo of SB2017
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!

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Photo of dukeandduke
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.

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Photo of Harrison8
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.

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Photo of emerge077
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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
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.

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Photo of flyingpig
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.

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Photo of The_Bujon
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

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Photo of BucBasil
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.

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Photo of jwilcox767
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.

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Photo of tigg924
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.

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Photo of MKV
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.

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Photo of Bruno74200
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.

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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

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Photo of ngusset
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.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
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%
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 -17.9%
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 -3.4%
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 +6.8%
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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4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
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%
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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Trappist Achel 8° Bruin from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 905 ratings