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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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%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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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%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of marvmoreno
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

VERY thick magnificent head that seems to enjoy hanging out in the brew and doesn't seem to want to go away. Beautiful deep brown color

Sweet caramel, coffee, light spices and banana bread, faint smokiness

Starts with a symphony of malt, raisins and banana bread with a kiss of smokiness and sweetness. A beautiful burst of cinnamon and warm spices then comes up and perfectly accompanies the sweetness and does a good job of balancing it out. It ends in crescendo of spice, warming alcohol on the nose and a fruity bitter hop finish. Very lovely!

Slick and heavy but in a good way. Carbonation is perfectly subdued and does not get in the way

Absolutely amazing! A complex, perfectly balanced Dubbel that presents a myriad of different flavors together but manages to meld them together into a singular whole. All elements work in harmony together to give a beer that gives a truly pleasurable and albeit addicting experience! The only reason I'm sipping this beer slowly is its at a hefty 8% ABV, and I want it to last as long as possible!

Best served a bit warmer to let all the flavor and aromatics pull through

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Photo of keithmurray
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - took me about ten minutes to pour this, yielded so much head. Reddish mahogany color with tan/khaki head

smell - cocoa, cola, caramel, black licorice

taste - cocoa, yeast, caramel

mouthfeel - high carbonation, lighter side of medium bodied, flavors are well balanced, sweet, but not cloying, smooth finish

overall - good representation of the Dubbel style. recommended

Price Point - $5.69/11.2oz bottle

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Trappist Achel 8° Bruin from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
4.12 out of 5 based on 852 ratings.
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