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

Trappist Achel 8° BruinTrappist Achel 8° Bruin
863 Ratings
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

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

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Ratings: 863 |  Reviews: 442
Photo of akttr
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of pants678
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really the perfect frothy, off-white head is on a deep, wood brown body. Foam stands throughout.

Apple and vanilla on the nose, pleasant but not more than that.

Little bit of fig and spice, subtle notes of brown sugar or maple completely cover the alcohol. Perhaps not as outstanding as other trappist dubbels (Westmalle, Rochefort). Sweet if you let it sit on your tongue.

It's all very light but still staining, carbonation is little aggressive but not offensive

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The creamy beige head is big and just sits there in all its glory over a dark chestnut beer with innumerable columns of fine carbonation. The head just gets creamier and thicker with time. There is no room in the La Trappe chalice for any real lacing.

The aroma is dominated by malt, however, there is a simple background of musty spice.

This may be the benchmark for balance. Flavors include applesauce, figs, and brown spices. While less complex than others of this style, it is still great.

Fine carbonation bursts up front in this full bodied, smooth beer with a creamy middle and finish.

Better paired with food than other dubbels.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with huge billowing off-white head that lingers forever. Lacing draped all over the side of the glass.

Smell is of clove and ripe banana. Some bread and plun mixed in.

Taste is sweet with lots of ripe plum and bread. Almost no bitterness except very late.

Tons of carbonation. Very smooth with medium to full body.

Overall this is a very nice dubbel.

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Photo of peensteen
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper brown colour, orangey hues toward the bottom, nearly two fingers of eggshell coloured head, good lacing. Smell is spicy with dark fruits, yeasty, some faint banana, some lightly burnt dark sugars, light pockets of alcohol, raisin, plum, lots of fruit present, quite the complex nose. Taste is of overripe dark fruits, nice spiciness, mild alcohol, bruised figs, raisin, plum and apple, mild sweetness and dark sugars, caramel like flavours toward the end. Full weight, medium carbonation, medium body. This was really good, very complex and drinks incredibly quick, certainly something I would come back for.

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Photo of Cinderbike
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark brown with a thick cream head, Belgian lace
S - prunes, coffee, nutmeg, plums, and some banana
T - caramel, stone fruit, raisin. Some light roasted notes as it warms
M - medium body; tons of carbonation, quite fizzy actually.
O - another great Trappist beer.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 03/13/13 poured into a tulip glass slowly to avoid disturbing the sediment.

Appearance: Translucent coppery brown with some red highlights when held up to the light. Thick persistent very light tan foam with lots and lots of persistent lacing all over the glass. A great looking beer.

Smell:: Mildly yeasty, malty, maybe a little bit musty with the barest hint of hops at the end. Not that fragrant.

Taste: Malty, fruits (sweet, but not overly so). A toned-down yeasty fruit Danish pastry would be a reasonable way to describe this. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation, nice thickness but airy and creamy at the same time. Really amazing.

Drinkability / Overall: A very good beer. Went great with Quiche Lorraine but I could easily have another all by itself. Great looking beer with great mouthfeel. I don’t think I’ve had a beer with this good of carbonation and mouthfeel in quite awhile. Only weak in the aroma department but with the other great aspects I think it’s still fair to say that this is a great beer.

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Photo of StephanieKenyon
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of nickthetick
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: pours a mahogany brown with ruby tints in a Brewers Art goblet with a solid two fingers of khaki head that hangs around for the whole beer and leaves lacing like something I hope my fiancée would wear on our honeymoon. Just a pretty damn beer.

S: dark sweet fruits, plums, nectarines, apples, candi sugar, toffee, caramel, a hint of citrus.

T: a lot of the fruits are present and mingle well with the citrus flavors. It all blends with the biscuit and yeast notes. There are honey notes and a pinch of nutmeg.

MF: solid body, a tad chewy, completely blends together and the effervescence melds well.

O: one of me favorite dubbles, not the easiest to find but worth the search.

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Photo of de322
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of BMoldy
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown in color with a very large 1 1/2" head that takes its sweet time settling down. Settles quicker around the edges of the glass, leaving a little rounded plateau in the middle. Lots of super sticky lacing.

S: Caramel-like malt sweetness combines with some grassy hops. Classic dubbel smell, really.

T/M: Very full-bodied and packed with fruit– more so than the average dubbel I'd say. A bit of a too vigorously frothy carbonation spoils the feel a little bit (kind of like the Rochefort 10) but is otherwise spot-on. Although the syrupy sweetness is pronounced, it isn't as aggressive as other examples of the style; yet the hops are incredibly subdued and the bitterness remains minimal. As for the alcohol? What alcohol? Finishes a bit on the sweet side, but remains relatively tame otherwise.

O: Overall a very solid Trappist dubbel: full-bodied, sweet, and with just enough other elements –in this case fruit– to make it interesting. Very well done, as is to be expected.

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Photo of samEBC
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of shagal
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of irishkyle21
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Agent1
4.13/5  rDev 0%
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 -2.7%
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 +13.1%
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 +19.6%
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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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of beerinNV
2.5/5  rDev -39.5%

Photo of Huffaroma
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of supermeniscus
4.79/5  rDev +16%
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 +6.8%
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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Photo of jtmcgraw
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of Harkrank
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Trappist Achel 8° Bruin from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 863 ratings
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