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

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Trappist Achel 8° BruinTrappist Achel 8° Bruin
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
Belgium
achelsekluis.org

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by zerk on 01-14-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
854
Reviews:
440
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
Wants:
97
Gots:
124
For Trade:
1
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Photo of 123321123321
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LocusSolus
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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 Lipa
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of newbeeraday
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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 Hanyuu
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of khargro2
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gspeer711
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 cuvtcuv
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Best dubbel I've tried, better than the westmalle one

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Photo of djchrismac
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Fabianno
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Trappist Achel 8° Bruin from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
4.12 out of 5 based on 854 ratings.
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