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

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Trappist Achel 8° BruinTrappist Achel 8° Bruin

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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 irishkyle21
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Agent1
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The youngest of the Trappist family, respectively. Unlike many other long-running Trappist monasteries such as Chimay, St. Bernardus or Trappiste Rochefort, this brewery was seized by the Germans in WWI. It has only been until recently that they began brewing Belgian recipes again. Now, that being said, there is still a long history to this brewery well before 1914; one to be admired and enjoyed!

Appearance - Thick, dark brown with ruby coloring when held up to the light. Excellent head retention. This has been sitting for almost 25 minutes now (letting it warm quite a bit) and it has turned to a thick, bubbly cream. Beige head. Very impressive!

Smell - Very sweet. Lots of brown sugar and dark fruits on the nose. Plum, raisin and fig come to mind immediately. A little yeast is also present. Not mind-blowing, necessarily, but makes my mouth water nonetheless.

Taste - Toffee, anise, butter, caramel, yeast/ bread, cocoa, earthy herbs and spices (not too many, not too overwhelming) and finally, a touch of bitter orange peel. This is quite complex considering it has only been fermented twice -- wow!

Mouthfeel - Nicely carbonated. Smooth and creamy on the tongue. Not the most impressive mouthfeel, but nice. I feel this buzz mostly on the roof of the mouth. Fairly balanced, but not nearly complex as I would like.

Overall - Given that this is a Dubbel, I am very impressed with how many taste notes are present in this brew. Bordering on a quad at times, this is somewhat stunning. Considering I believe their blonde to be rather dull, this is a 180 for me, personally. Nice, dark, sweet and chewy flavors really bring this beer to life. An excellent Dubbel!

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Photo of haazer
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured???? into a tulip.

A- Holy head, carbonation overload. First pour into the glass is nothing but white foam. Kind of alarming. The beer that finally does show itself is a nice looking strawberry red. Pretty dark red. Lacing left on the glass from the rediculous amounts of head. Yes it looks nice but I would like to drink it at some point.

S- Smells real fruity. Raisins, prunes, dates, and a bit of funk. Perhaps some brett in here. I detect a nice strong oak presence.

T- Flavor has the fruits but fairly subtle. A bit of cherry pit, raisins, and some chocolate blended together Some noticeable esthers and booze is tasted. There seems to be some wood on the backend.

M- My favorite part of this beer. Medium bodied, super smooth and syrup consistency. The carbonation is high but its fairly well masked by the brews consistency. If Drinkability were still around this would get a high score.

O- Definitely an interesting take on a dubbel. Didn't have the maryjane candy flavor that most others have on my palatte. Seems like a blend of an Oud Bruin and Dubbel, and it works. Once the super carbed head dies down this is fairly enjoyable.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours your classic dubbel brown. Tan foamy head is a billowing cloud of puffy foam.
Well carbonated.
Nicely aromatic with loads of rich candied malts, candied sugar and yeast.
Taste has a sweet and sour aspect to me. At first sip it's a nice malty ale rich with candied sugar and fruitcake. It ends on a sour and tart note akin to a Flemish red.
Thinner to medium mouthfeel smooth with a semi-dry finish. At the finish is a mild soft alcohol warming.
I like the way it starts sweeter and ends on a sour note.
Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic It all I can say.

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Photo of AMiz602
4.94/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This Trappist was not quite as dark as its Belgian Trappist counterparts. However, don't judge by that. It is a sweet, extremely smooth, and delicate beer. It gets better as is warms, and is a beer best drank after a meal, when you can just relax with it. The head was not anything to particularly write home about (I do own a goblet glass for these specialties). However, the caramel-coffee smell was very savory, and hard to put down after a drink. It is a strong beer, but the sweetness of it masks the alcohol content nicely. Personally, I think it is the best out of the Trappist Breweries, and is not overly expensive.

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of supermeniscus
4.79/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first beer from the Achel trappist brewery and i have to say it was extremely positive. I can't wait to try the others
A. Poured into a tulip glass which produced a massive head, which although died down a lot remained lacy. Colour was dark ruby in the light
S. One of the nicest smelling brews...ever. Lots of dark fruits and yeast
T. Astonishing. Very interesting fruits
M. Quite thick, very bubbly with a medium-dry finish

O. Simply put, this is perhaps the best dubbel i have ever tasted

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Photo of BigCheese
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle on Christmas morning.

A: WOW! Monstrous amounts of foam/head. Literally the thickest head I've ever seen on a beer. Looks like sand castles. Wallpapered the glass with lacing. Dark Ruby in color.

S: I have a bit of a cold, but sweet Belgian yeast, sweet malts(not roasted), cherry.

T: Very sweet but not overtly so. Dark fruit, light hints of spice/pepper, some sweet Belgian yeast, brown sugar. Awesome, even the non-beer drinkers all like this.

M: Nice syrupy creaminess, again extremely carbonated. Extraordinarily sessionable/drinkable.

O: One of the best belgian's I've ever had.

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of ludachris
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one was a gusher as soon as I popped the crown. That's probably why it had no trouble producing 3 fingers of thick, frothy, and billowing cream coloured head. Dense patches of lace cling to the glass as the head slowly recedes. The body is a rich and brilliant hue of amber red. Piercing ruby red highlights reveal themselves at certain angles. Aesthetically, this is near perfect.

Bright and lively tart apple skins mingle with fresh wild cherries. A soft but rich breadiness encases the nose. Spicy yeast characteristics become more pronounced as the beer warms and help further its tingly/lively impression. It's straight forward, clean, and very, very inviting.

The fruitiness subsides in the taste, giving way to a dense earthy spiciness. Tart, semi-sweet apple prick through on the middle of the tongue. There's a flash of cherries midway through that quickly fades to a shadow of itself at the back of the palate. A touch chalky in the finish, giving a drying and soft bittering quality. I notice that the more I sip this, the more the semi-tart, semi-sweet apple and cherry characters come through. The same goes for the chalkiness, becoming almost dusty at times. Just short of a 4.5 from me.

Creamy, dense, and medium bodied. Despite its higher ABV, it possesses a refreshing quality with the lively fruit, dry finish, and stern carbonation.

This is the best Dubbel I've had in a long time. For this to have been perfect, I would loved to have seen its tart, fruity qualities amplified and the chalky finish toned down a notch. But it is what it is and it's still a great beer.

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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