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

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Trappist Achel 8° BruinTrappist Achel 8° Bruin

Brewed by:
Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by zerk on 01-14-2003

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Reviews: 431 | Ratings: 829
Photo of atigerlife
3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, served in Achel glass.

A beautiful, fluffy, rather large head. Small beading. Nice light brown color. Head lasted rather long. A beautiful dark ruby color. A wonderful beer to stare at contemplatively.

Smells of of sweet burnt brown sugar. Malty. The taste starts out lightly bitter but quickly mellows. Slightly fruity, couldn't quite determine....plums, apples, pears....

Nice light carbonation that cleanses the palate. Quite drinkable, though not in the league of some other of its Belgian counterparts.

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Photo of Fish113d
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle served chilled into a wine glass, it pours a caramel color with a slight tan, thin bubbly and oily surface layer with some slight edge clinginess...very hazy appearance.

Aroma is of brown malts and some spice (maybe nutmeg), but due to being in a bar under a fan, it made it difficult to distinguish. Not very complex aroma but nice!

Sipping reveals lots of spice (nutmeg) along with some brown malts and fruit (the slight taste of a mix of pears and grapes or plums). However the maltiness takes over on this one.

Feel is a bit thin for a full-bodied brew to me actually. I expected it to have much more body. Bubbly up front like a champagne or a strong ale, but decent.

Overall, I enjoyed this one. Easy to drink for an 8%. Very smooth!

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Photo of yelterdow
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served in a Trappistes Rochefort chalice at cellar temperature. I opted to swirl in the sediment towards the middle of this tasting.

Appearance- Tawny to brown in the "biere brune" tradition, very murky with a thick, heavy look. Head begins at just under an inch and slowly fades to a thin mat, with the most miniscule bubbles hugging the inside of my glass. Minimal lacing.

Smell- dark fruity notes with a malt driven nose, with a slight indication of phenols and candy sugar. Sweet prunes, raisins come to mind. Alcohol level (8%) is apparent without much imagining. As the beer approaches 40 minutes in the glass (how did that happen?)... the aromas meld and become more complex and impressive.

Taste- Begins with a good integration of malts and dark fruit, with a mild alcohol suggestion at the very back. Hops are clearly evident in the finish, joined with a banana-like character and bready, bitter finish. Plummy and sweet, dry on the palate between mouthfuls.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Sublime in the mouth, the perfect blend of cream and foam. Medium weight, perfect for the flavors going on within. This drinks great over a long, unhurried hour when all you desire is rest and contemplation.

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

From the mini 33 cL bottle, pours a ruddy cloudy brown amber topped with a massive frothy pillowy statuesque khaki dense head cap that leaves well lace spotted in the glass.

Bright bold nutty aromatic scents of vanilla and cake icing. This is a sniffer treat with a slight twist of citrus.

First swigs: Sweet brown sugar, confectioners sugar, and pancakes. A doughy cake dough flavor. Quite the impudent little bottle. Fruity banana and flour. Dry banana aftertaste with a linger of vanilla ice cream. A dubbel to be desired. Sweet and fruity with a clean skim aftertaste.

Delicate soft attenuated carbonation that melts on the tongue.

Last swigs: Reminds me an awlful lot of Brasserie de Rocs. This has a slightly lemony spicy sugary complexity that is a true treat. Might be the best dubbel that this BlitheringIdiot has ever had.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of yoko
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Trappist Achel Bruin Bier

A dubbel, Mark’s favorite, Achel a gem by Helen. It sits before me. Where to start...the head mounts short at a finger and remains with a thick, creamy blanket – off white; a remnant light lace. They both diminish midway. Carbonation streams continuous with ferocity. Color without backlight an opulent amber brown yet with illumination radiates a peachy-honey; particles afloat. The nose, a delight, sweet, caramel, banana, fig, tropical fruit, and soft spice. Oh, this is nice. The taste is a true balance of all. Beautiful. Simple, nose plus an appropriate carbonation “is” this taste and mouthfeel right down to the medium body witnessed in both nose and body. How wonderful it is to appreciate a style for its greatness regardless of this individual’s preference. For what the Achel Bruin is it is good. I look forward to their triple –blond.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle bought from www.belgianshop.com

Poured a deep burgundy / brown colour... Head was a creamy tan / grey colour.
Quite small beading produced a nice thick, foamy head which lasted throughout...

Aroma - Malty, dark fruits (black grapes ?), burnt sugar. Slight hint of vanilla as well...

Taste – Toffee, malt, dark fruits, aniseed. Quite noticable alcohol.

Feel - Quite sharp at first but this mellows out....

Overall - An excellent trappist... not quite up there with the Westy or Rochefort, but not too far off...

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Photo of Viggo
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another notch on my quest for complete trappist domination. Almost there. Pours a ruby red with brown highlights, huge creamy off white head, lots of sticky lace. Smell is rich and sweet malts, dark fruit, brown sugar, slight alcohol, some cherries. Taste is apples, pears, sweet spicy middle, light alcohol and a dry bitter finish. Kind of a wheaty aftertaste thats slightly tart. Medium mouthfeel, medium to high carbonation, pretty aggressive, a really dry finish. Tasty beer.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Drank from an 11.2 oz bottle, poured into chalice.

Appearance: Nice ruby brown color with lacy head.

Smell: Smells similar to Prior 8, but maybe not as intense. Very bready yeasty, with subtle fruity esters.

Taste: Very good. Has the classic Belgian flavor I crave. Again, I place this as close to Prior 8 (St. Sixtus). Probably 85 steps in the same direction as Prior 8, when 100 is called for.

Notes: I'll definitely drink this again. I found it at Cloverleaf in Detroit. I haven't found this in Columbus yet...

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Photo of ChrisBowers
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Maybe I got a sub-par bottle, but I don't see what the hype is with this beer. Its been by far my most disappointing of the trappists. I found it to be very one sided and uncomplex. Slight notes of banana, malt and a slightly hoppy finish were present. Good appearance with a nice dense head. Smell was ok, nothing special. Maybe I was expecting too much from this beer? Definitely will re-taste though from a different source though this one came home with me from Belgium.

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

33cl bottle bought from the bargain singles section at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Usually an indication of O-L-D beer, being in that section, but I figure it's worth a try, even with no date apparent on the bottle.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1" beige head over the reddish brown brew, which has a bit of particulate riding the bubbles swirling in the glass. Head lasts well, and the lacing is of the impressive, slow-falling, dense foam variety. Aroma is malty, spicy, fruity, putting it together nicely. Taste is prevalent spiciness, with dark fruitiness and alcohol dominant as the flavor progresses. Mouthfeel is creamy, packaging up the flavors very nicely, and drinkability is similarly good. Got better as it warmed closer to room temperature. Nice one here.

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Photo of tomthumbsblues
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this at Le Sous Bock on my return to Paris. This beer produced a one finger foamy head when it was poured into a glass. The beer was an opaque orange brown color. Aromas were mainly sweet and spicy. Taste was very smooth with spice and fruit notes. Mouthfeel was velvety. A very good beer and one I'd buy if I could find it back here in the states.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured with the yeast. It sits in my tulip glass a rich, hazy amber color and is topped by a thin head. The aroma is lightly spicy, but is dominated by rich bread-like notes, dark fruit and malt. The taste is quite rich and flavorful, yet remains light and dry on the palate.

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

11.2 dark brown bottle. Freshness date etched on back label (07/06)
It pours a deep, dark orange-hued amber.
A whiff of fresh honeycomb rises immediately from the bottle to glass. A yeasty smell is noticed throughout the glass. A faded horse stable aroma lingers in the background. A sweet malty smell comes and goes. A whiff of citrus is steady, if light.
Sweet caramel malty flavors dominate early, and then give way to citrusy grapefruit and orange-zest bitterness. A mild taste of cloves and peppery spices add, rather than detract from the overall malt to hop ratio.
A taste of sweet honey and hint of bourbon gives this Trappist its unique edge. Nice Brew!

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Photo of ypsifly
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz with no dates into a tulip.

Deep, reddish brown with a huge off-white, rocky mass of a head that has excellent retention and leaves gobs of lace as it slides down the glass.

Aromas of yeast, malt and some phenols with begonias or geraniums in the background. The nose reminds me of Orval.

Sweet malts, lemon bread, bitter hops and a belgian spiceness. Alcohol barely peeks through as it warms. Very complex and balanced. The mouthfeel is smooth like velvet. The abv is the only factor that could limit the drinkability.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale in my Trappist glass with a good inch of off-white foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma of roasted malt, sweet floral hops and unknown spices springs from my glass. Taste is somewhat spicy and well balance by the malt and the funky yeast. Overall, better then some other Belgian Strong Ale but not as good as Rochefort…

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Photo of waughbrew
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

[This seems to be a new label. Perhaps a change in the beer occurred also, since this seems to be much better than the previous ratings indicate.]

Now THAT is what a head should look like. Big, creamy, and everlasting. Floats on a body that goes from ruby to dark chestnut. Smells like an acidic cider but has a depth of cranberry and plum. Tastes like apple cotton-candy with a finish a little sweet and with just a nip of apple-skin tannins and tobacco. I could go for more flavor, but what is there is great and this beer seems to be more focused on the feel. The mouthfeel is one of the strangest I have had the pleasure to drink. It is creamy and sticky, but in a very very light smooth way. My, my, this is a beauty.

[update 1.16.07] This beer still tastes good, but watch out for sludge! This recent bottle that I bought is seriously chunky. Beyond ok. Totally ruined the experience when you can't take a sip without having an m&m sized chunk slide down your gullet. Not a good use of $5. at all.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured beautifully from a "new label" bottle into my newly acquired St. Bernardus chalice. Looks the part of a dubbel for sure, with a dark coca-cola complexion and a thick dimpled foamy cap. She's a smokin' hot looking Belgian brunette, alright. The smell is where I cease to be impressed with this beer, as was the case with the blonde. It lacks the depth and complexity of the other trappist dubbels. Smells very malty and hay-ish with a little bit of dark candi-sugar fighting its way out of the rim of the chalice. The taste is nothing short of exceptional, though. It has been too long since I had a Belgian style beer that didn't taste like bananas and cloves, and that is one hell of a refreshment, though I've actually come to like that signature Chimay taste that everybody seems to want to mimic with their Belgian style brews. The taste is very well rounded. It is not too sweet and malty, not too tart, somewhat earthy. This is what a dubbel should taste like (also see: St. Bernardus and it's selection of dubbels). The mouthfeel is somewhat light, but its about right at where I like it for this style, if only it were just slightly more full. As is the case with any of the trappist ales I've had, I would absolutely love to drink this stuff all night if I could afford it and be able to handle the alcohol level (which is very well hidden I might add... completely indetectable by my tastebuds).

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Photo of StevenZubler
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The one I drank had a different label but I’m 90% sure this is it. I drank this one cold. Good smell, strong, sweet malt and complex flavors, good heavy body (which I like). It has more of an alcohol bite than I’m used to. I think it’s too strong and too expensive to drink a lot. I’ve had better in this variety; I want to try the 5%.

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Photo of OatherS
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: bottle with "old" label that just identifies the abv as 8%.

Appearance: Pours brown with a nice two finger head. Head lingers.

Smell: Slight phenol smell, somewhat of an alcohol smell. Nice aroma.

Taste: Very robust flavor. Great dubbel taste.
Mouthfeel: Smooth.

This is a beer that I would have again, very good example of a dubbel.

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

Pours a cloudy brownish amber, topped with a two finger foamy tan head, leaves a sheet of lacing.
Fruity and spicy aroma, lemon, slightly sour.
Fruity and spicy taste, a bit lip tingling, lemon zest, sweet with a cocoa-ish aftertaste.
Medium to full bodied, good drinkability especially at the ABV, not as sweet or candylike as a lot of dubbels.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

let me start by saying i am not a fan of the blonde achel. it's okay, but overrated for a trappist imho.

this beer pours a beautiful hazy dark brown with sparkly red highlights. bubbles on top of foam on top of creamy froth. what a championship head.. or maybe its just my slick pouring styles. lacing for days. thank you st. bernardus chalice, you've assisted me in the perfect pour.

smells fruity and sweetly spicy. no grain or hop character to speak of - very trappist. a stark contrast ALREADY to the blonde.

taste is light fruit, banana and apple with a background of musty aged wood. this beer accomplishes this complexity with carbonation and crisp flavor and the lack of an overall stale/old body character. this beer gives westvleteren a run for its money. i will buy more.

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Photo of guinnessman
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I enjoyed this brew a lot. Pours with a golden huge with an excellent thick creamy white head. Aroma of orange peel and spices was very present. It felt rough and grainy on the palate, a nice mouthfeel I think. Taste of bananas, citrus, and cinnamon. I would definitely try again.

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Photo of Paddez
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, amber coloured brew with a large, tan head that produces some excellent lacing.
The nose is full of caramel and plums, there are some other fruits present as well. (banana, apple, ... ?)
Bitter, yet malty caramely and fruity flavours dominate in the taste as well. Some spicy woodyness near the end. The beer is quite dry overall but still nicely balanced.
The mouthfell is good. The beer is medium bodied and the carbonation is well done.

All in all, this is a very nice dubbel. It was better than I expected especially after I had its disappointing tripel counterpart (Achel 8° Blond) not so long ago. Recommended!

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Photo of taez555
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a thick fluffy white head with a rich amber brown body.

The nose was quite beautiful. Sweet caramel, port, phenols and dark sugars. Really a lovely mellowed dark malt smell.

The taste was medium to full bodied. Sugary sweet, caramel, phenols, raisins, port with an earthy wood flavor. It’s surprisingly bitter with a spicy, even slight black pepper, hop note. A slight sour flavor as well with a candy sweet, sugar sort of taste.

I know I don’t do it justice describing it, but I really liked this beer. Simply a great representation of a dark trappist ale.

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Photo of watermelonman
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to an awesome dark brown with ruby highlights. A nice big head sat on top and lasted very well, while a few lines of lace add to the effect. It looks outstanding.

The smell was also nice, bringing mild esters on top of a solid malt base. The taste is rich and smooth, consisting of malt alongside various fruits. The flavor is good and it t is very easy to drink as well.

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Trappist Achel 8° Bruin from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
4.12 out of 5 based on 829 ratings.
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