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 Maakun
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice medium brown, beige head that quickly setteles in to a tin layer with some big bubbles.

Smell: sweet, yeasty, dried plums, some fresh fruits

Taste: more plums, some bitter chocolate, lightly roasted malt, lemon and grapefruit, grape soda, some unripe apples. All very complex and balanced.

Mouth: medium mouth with perfect amount of carbonation.

Overall: a bit less sweet than I expected. More bitter, and complext notes of very different kinds of fruits. Really good beer with a unique character. Really enjoying this one!

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Photo of CStrife187
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a tasting glass. Best-by date reads 17 July 2014

A - Pours a soft brown with a reddish hew when held up to the light. Poured with a two finger head that fades quickly to one and sticks around from there. Leaves behind moderate lacing.

S - Fairly dry. I get clove and yeast with some faint earthy notes and a hint of fruit.

T - The yeast dominates this beer. Clove and dark fruit with only a hint of sweetness. A hint of bitterness in the finish. Slight alcohol warmth, but very smooth for 8%. Very dry and clean-tasting.

M - Started off feeling a little over carbonated. Carbonation fades slightly as it breathes. The feel seems to match the smell and emphasize the yeast character in the taste. A bit over-carbed for my personal preferences.

O - Quite good, and definitely worth picking up if you get the chance. I might not go out of my way for it, but I'm glad I have a couple to age.

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Photo of Dinkel
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of CalebHiliadis
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Tiburon
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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

330ml bottle, best before march 2014

A- Deep brown colour, reddish hints if seen through light. Slight off-white head, not as big as you may expect but still showing nice persistence and lacing

S- A bit subdued maybe but still good. Sweet mix of caramel and dried fruit notes, maybe a slight toasty hint. Very clean aroma

T- Clean taste as well like the smell suggested, not very much on the yeast side, just malt and alcohol playing together. Sweet malty notes (caramel, along with some notes of liquorice), dried fruits, a slight warming touch/estery spiciness from the alcohol

M- Body is not as dense as you may expect per style, but the beer still fills your mouth with very nice smoothness. Delicate carbonation brings a bit of life on the tongue. Mouthfeel and scarse yeast presence are giving this beer some kind of a "light dubbel" feel which i really like, cause it does not detract from the flavour at all

O- Nothing outstading. Just plain good stuff, perfectly balanced, definitely an easy drinker for the style

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Photo of MN_Beerticker
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Edgerrin32
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of brewsclues
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of jcoulighan
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma- Moderate Banana, light tart cherry, and hints of raisin, no hops and a very sneaky perfumey alcohol.

Taste- Peppery character is prominent, with notes of whorehound and dried cherry and raisin the finish. A more aggressive phenol/ alcohol profile than some other dubbels. Banana barely comes through in the flavor. All this of course darts in and out of a big caramelly malt center. A long, complex, dry, bready/ toasty finish.

Overall- Very intersesting and multi-dimensional palate experience that is well inside the conventional dubbel realm but offers an nusual combo of flavors. Least fruity example of the style that I have had, and dried fruit characters are very subdued. Characterisitically dry like Achel's other beers.

App- Hazy muddy brown character with low off-white head. Not that appealing really.

Mouthfeel- medium-bodied, lively, slight alcohol numbing

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Photo of crosenkrantz
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of wesbray
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Scamboogery
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of deanhead
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Theshooster
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of deebo
3.66/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A-Ruddy brown with brilliant red hues. A filmy off-white tan head with lots of lively CO2 bubbles. Heavy lacing.
S-Toasted barley malt with hints of vapory alcohol, not much else.
T-Rich toasted malt flavor with a fair amount of estery yeast.
M-Very nice heavy body with a warming finish. Creamy. High carbonation.
O-A solid Trappist ale, comparable to Westmalle, superior in the mouthfeel but lacks the complexity in the nose and taste.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of thagr81us
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to JYounger30 for sending this one as a part of the Birthday BIF! Served from bottle into a Trappist Westvleteren chalice. Poured a deep reddish brown with a two finger off-white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, dark fruit, fruit, and subtle spices. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, dark fruit, spice, fruit, raisin, and subtle toasted malt. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation (almost creamy). Overall this was a pretty good brew. I really like the components going on in this one in both the flavor and aroma. It was really well balanced and decently complex. If there would have been just a little more going on, this could have definitely been on a whole new level. A really well put together brew that I would suggest to anyone out there.

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Photo of ErwinGS
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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