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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Photo of brewcrew76
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Soft brown, reddish hues with a bubbly soda like tan head the quickly fades to a thin layer of foam on top.

S - Clove, yeast, lots of dark fruits, fig, plum, raisin, earthy, caramel and toasted bread.

T - Rich malt, brown sugar, candi sugar, toasted bread, figs and plums but a little more muted than aroma, earthy with yeasty esters.

M - Sweet but dry finish with plenty of carbonation.

D - Lacks a little complexity compared to other top notch dubbels but still very tasty.

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Photo of Roman5150
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

bottle poured into tulip, purchased from Total Beverages in Murfreesboro, TN

Appearance: dark caramel brown with the slightest amber hue, very complex color. huge off white head, very carbonated, head retains well. Lots of lacing.

Smell: dark figs, dark fruits, bread, caramel, sweetness, apple, grape, raisins

Taste: off the bat it's sweet, bready, biscuity with sweet notes of cherry, dark figs, raisins and a prominent malt backbone. Very smooth quick to finish taste, not overwhelming but decently complex. Flavors come out more when it warms. Slight taste of alcohol, not as disguised as other trappist beers, but still decently balanced and not too prominent.

Mouthfeel: high amount of carbonation, goes well with the sweetness however and helps disguise alcohol bite.

Overall: I would pick other trappist beers first, but for $2.99 this is a weekly buy. Amazing trappist taste and craftsmanship for a great price, and my bottle says 8% abv however. It has also the bready, dark fruity notes of other trappist, most similar to a Westmalle Dubbel or Rochefort 6 (or even an 8). For the price you can't beat it.

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Photo of artdob
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Continuing my tour of beers brewed by monks.

Picturesque pour with a phenomenal tan meringue head that doesn't quit.

Careful not to stick your nose into the high foam when nosing. Yeast tones and stewed fruits emerge out of the head.

Great taste. Fruit basket with layers of bread. The foundation leans much more toward sweet tones versus bitterness. Stewed raisins.

Mouthfeel initially creamy as the beer mixes with the meringue head. Supported with ample carbonation.

...and that head is still there!

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Photo of FLima
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brown amber color with a thick head with an eternal retention and leaving laces. Visible carbonation.
Light aroma of prunes, earthy hops, yeast and barley. I was expecting more intensity.
Mild sweet level (perfect) with flavor of malt, orange, apple juice, bananas, earth, light on condiments, some caramel and Belgian yeast. Dry aftertaste and mildly bitter.
Medium body with good carbonation. Alcohol of 8% ABV is almost non-noticeable, nice feature.
As its blond sister, it is a trappist with high drinkability, not overly sweet and still rich in flavor.

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Photo of sekk
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Drank this one two years and two months after bottling. Stored in a dark room at room temperature.

Served in Corsendonck Tulip glassware

Appearance: Milky chocolate color, pours beautifully with two and a half fingers of foam. Medium retention.

Smell: Smells peppery and of roasted spices and hops. Small hints of caramel and even some banana.

Taste: Dried fruits and malt, semi-smokey with a hint of licorice. Bitter chocolate on the finish.

Mouth: Smooth and creamy feel. Slightly overcarbonated at first, but normalizes quickly.

Overall: A great trappist that tastes even better after 2-year storage. Smooth smokey taste and a nice warm feeling afterwards

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Photo of Douberd
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, 330 ml, at home. Poured into a tulip glass. I have this bottle almost for a year on my cellar,
Light brown/deep ruby colour, with a big, three fingers tall head. Off white in colour, soapy in texture. Very good retention, leaving light to medium lacing around the glass.
Aroma of roasted malts and faint caramel, chocolate, light alcohol.
Taste of red grapes, roasted malts, chocolate albeit mostly on the aftertaste. Mildly sweet. Very good.
Quite high carbonation, full on the body and somewhat sticky on the palate.
Overall a very nice dubbel that it became even better when it warmed up a bit. Nice, warming feeling from the alcohol, which is not that notable on the taste.

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Photo of intensify
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kept in a cool dark place for about 2 years.

Creamy off white head with the slightest visibility. Nice retention

S- Apple crisp, figs, dried cherry, banana and plenty of spices.

T- not much of a sour taste for this style. The alcohol is barely visible and my tastebuds tell me to go back for another drink. Dark fruits and a hint of vanilla. Things are evened out by the sweetness of it all.

M- dry finish in the throat but leaves the mouth with a creamy, oily feeling.

Maybe its because its been cellered for 2 years but this is definately a well put together Dubbel.

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Photo of Maakun
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
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 +1.2%
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 Cozzatoad
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
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 JudgeRoughneck
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
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 deebo
3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
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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Photo of thagr81us
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
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 marvmoreno
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
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 -3.2%
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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Photo of Serge
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark brown colour with a medium beige head. Aromas of dried fruits with wood, leather, belgian yeast and som citrus. The flavour is reflecting the aroma and is dominated by the dried fruits, and some alcohol. Has a soft and slick mouthfeel, and a light bitterness. A good trappist ale that feels fresher than other trappist bruins.

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Photo of Dope
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been is dated 20/08/11 so pretty much exactly a year old.

A: Pours a very dark amber with a big fluffy tan head. Fades slowly, leaving a full-on wall of fluffy lacing everywhere. Head retention is practically forever.

S: Lots of brown sugar and toasty bread. Some nuts and caramel to boot. Touch of banana and spices.

T: Malty and smooth. Lots of brown sugar, caramel and sweet belgian candi sugar. Touch of toast and nuts in there too. Some muted dark fruits, fig and plums maybe? Finish has just a touch of earthy, spicy bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, full and smooth. Lighter carb is nice.

O: A very nice dubbel. Most I find are very bland. This has quite a bit of complexity though it is almost purely malt. The nuttiness and toastiness is nice, almost halfway to being a sort of belgian brown ale really. I really enjoyed this one, very tasty, smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exploring some dubbels as prepare to give the style another go next week with homebrew.
Lots and lots of bubbles upon pouring. Could barely do a couple of ounces before nearly filled SN tulip with head. Darker amber, but not necessarily that dark for style. Very clear with continuous bubbles.
Soft yet persistent spicy aroma with malt more background. Intermittent layer of fruit and a stroke of alcohol.
Flavor is even more interesting than aroma with a nice streak of alcohol-ed fruit being the primary focus and the rounding off with spice and malt. The flavors lay wonderfully on the tongue as the ample dryness slowly tries to sweep away the enjoyable flavors - fortunately unsuccessfully for quite awhile.
Remarkably all that carbonation does not render the feel uncomfortably in any way. In fact, it seems they rapid activity seems to dissipate the bubbles leaving a smooth quality and a firm malt body.
I can see why this in one of higher rated dubbel beers. Unique and enjoyable flavors, nice feel and high, but probably dangerous, drinkability. Nice beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into chalice, best by 8/17/2012. Pours very hazy reddish brown color with a very nice 2 finger fluffy light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice foamy lacing clings to the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of huge raisin, apple, prune, banana, pepper, candi sugar, caramel, earth, and yeast spices. Damn nice aromas with a ton of fruity complexity and nice balance. Taste of raisin, prune, apple, pear, caramel, biscuit, toast, pepper, earth, candi sugar, molasses, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light and dark fruits, bread, pepper, caramel, molasses, pepper, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor complexity and balance; no cloying flavors at all, very clean finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a fairly slick and crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding dubbel! Great flavor complexity and balance; extremely crisp and easy to drink. An easy winner, really enjoyed this.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from 3/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy brown with a big white head that fades but leaves lacing. Complex aroma of dark and light fruit, caramel, Belgian spices. High carbonation. Sweet dark fruits, spice and caramel start and middle with a somewhat bitter metallic finish, probably because of the carbonation. The bitter finish is well balanced. A very nice dubbel. Will be back to revisit this ale.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before 07/29/2010. 11.2oz bottle poured into a Corsendonk tulip.

Carbonation seeking up over the lip of the bottle alarmed me, but it formed a stiff peak and never dripped over. Pouring it in slowly still yielded four fingers of a lovely bone-colored head. More stiff peaks formed with a volcanic shape well above the lip of the glass. Bigger bubbles pop and crackle as the head recedes and the foam laces the sides of the glass. The body is ruby-brown with cloudiness. Decent clarity was compromised by the last of what I was willing to decant from the bottle. Few beers look this good or better.

Dark raisiny aroma that isn't compounded by sweetness. Nuttiness from the yeast cuts back some of the dried medley (dates and figs). Dark breads, plum, and a malty liqueur character all included. Interesting floral notes (like cherry blossoms) that cannot be from any remaining humulus presence. Not a particularly lively nose for a dubbel. The age may have deadened some of the volatiles.

There's a spicy quality to the yeast. Blanched nuts, toffee, dates, raisin, dark bread, and a prominent alcohol note that contributes to the prickle. More bitter in the backend than most in its style. Finishes fairly clean (all considering) with light booze lingering. Browning apple flesh appears in the middle as it warms up. All adds in to the caramelized candi sugar element.

Velvetine body with impressive carb still remaining in the bottle after a good five or six years. An elegant drink.

Achel Bruin is a fabulous dubbel in the context of the style. It's held up remarkably well with 8% ABV backing up that claim. No oxidation notes, whatsoever. Highly recommended for advocates of Belgian beer.

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4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Achel Chalice glass. Revisited on jul´12. Reddish brown in color. Light tan, medium size bubbled, close froth. Slowly dissipated crown leaves spots on sides & a nice lacing layer on top. Toasted malt & Belgian yeast aromas, hints of prune, toasted bread, candies & phenolic alcohol to the nose. Caramel & sweet malts at first sip followed by sugary, fruity & biscuit flavors. Full body. Moderate carbonation. Texture is dense. Gentle warming alcohol in the middle lingers into a grape/fruity finish. Very good beer!!

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Photo of Converge
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz goblet.

A - A slow (thank god) gusher when the cap comes off. Pours a deep, murky garnet color with a big, frothy light tan head. Despite using a glass that doesn't really allow for a lot of lacing, this brew leaves a generous amount of sticky chunks of foam all over the glass.

S - Surprisingly similar to the tripel of the same abbey. A simple yeast strain, not too fruity or bready or anything, but nice. More spices than I expected as well, with some citric, earthy, and grassy spices like the tripel had, as well as some ginger and all spice. Not big on the dark fruits really; a bit of raisins and figs, but that's about it. Caramel malt, brown sugar, and some earthy, almost woody notes too.

T - Much like the nose for the most part. Bready caramel malt, reserved dark fruits, and some spices upfront. Candi sugar and brown sugar add a little kick of sweetness. Notes of figs, raisins, and even a touch of dried cranberry. Finishes with a balance of rich sweetness, mild earthy hop bitterness, and slight green apple tartness. Alcohol is hardly perceived, with just a touch of warmth coming through on the back of the palate. Overall a ridiculously drinkable, well balanced and very tasty Trappist brew.

M - Medium bodied, but the carbonation is a touch too high for my liking. Yeast builds on the palate, and it also gets a bit sticky as it warms. Overall no complaints here other than slightly high carbonation for the style.

D - I have yet to try a dubbel I didn't enjoy thoroughly, and this was no exception. Just a delicious, tasty Belgian brew, with a well crafted and balanced flavor profile. Definitely the better of the two between this and their tripel. While I can certainly see myself drinking this again, there are still better options in the style readily available to me.

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Photo of ksimons
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-a slightly cloudy chestnut brown with a large amount of cream white head

S-malts, a great deal of yeast, raisins, brown sugar, and spices. A lot of stuff going on in this nose but it all works.

T-taste matches the smell very well. Solid malt backbone with yeast, raisins, some dark fruits, caramel, and a mild spiciness.

M-medium body, nice fizzy carbonation

Overall this is a really great Dubbel. Expensive for the bottle but totally worth it to try.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by date: 3/10/13

This may be my first review of a Trappist beer. Of course, "Trappist" mean little stylistically.

Achel Bruin is a gorgeous beer. Poured into my Brewer's Art chalice, this beer shows off a rich, off-white, meringue-like head on top of a stunning red colored brew. A very long lasting head that leaves webs of lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma seems to be a bit subdued at first, giving off gentle wafts of dark fruits and only the slightest suggestion of banana-like phenolics. As the beer warms, the aroma opens up and reveals a toffee, caramel-like quality amid brandy notes.

The first sip is unpleasant. Creamy texture from the head is nice, with robust carbonation behind that, followed by some alcoholic heat and an unpleasant metallic finish. The second and third sips improve, with the metallic finish disappearing. Notes of dried fruits start to shine through. Like the aroma, as the beer warms the flavors become more multi-dimensional and notes of sweet black cherries linger into the aftertaste.

Intense carbonation really lightens the body and creates a fluffy mouthfeel. Somewhat typical of Belgian beers in my opinion.

This beer really became much better with the slight rise in temperature. IS this a world-class beer? I think it is worth getting a bottle and testing for ones self. I probably won't pay another $8 for a bottle, but on draft??? Definitely.

Try pairing this with mussels in a red sauce.

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Trappist Achel 8° Bruin from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
4.11 out of 5 based on 842 ratings.
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