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

Trappist Achel 8° BruinTrappist Achel 8° Bruin
BA SCORE
90.5%
Liked This Beer
4.13 w/ 861 ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by zerk on 01-14-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,769
Reviews:
441
Ratings:
861
Liked:
779
Avg:
4.13/5
pDev:
9.2%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
99
Gots:
123
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 861 |  Reviews: 441
Photo of FBarber
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark reddish brown with a two finger white head that dissipates leaving no lacing or head.

Smell has aromas of brown sugar, molasses, dried dark fruits, and caramel, Undertones of alcohol and a rich malty backbone to the aromas.

Taste has notes of brown sugar, prunes, raisins, molasses caramel initially giving way to a robust malty backbone. Mild hoppy bitterness on the aftertaste with a cramely sweet finish.Lingering malt favors continue afterward.

Feel has mild carbonation with a very smooth feel. Surprisingly drinkable masking the alcohol very well.

Overall an outstanding dubbel, but definitely a lesser Trappist Dubbel. Still an amazing beer and a must try.

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Photo of cuvtcuv
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ControlVolume
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best dubbel I've tried, better than the westmalle one

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Photo of djchrismac
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark bronze with a dense, frothy head that lasts the entire glass. Stewed fruit, raisins and bran barley in the nose. Plums, molasses, orange zest add nuance to the massive maltiness in the nose. The high ABVs very well hidden. The mouthfeel is creamy with carbonation and full bodied. The finish is medium dry with a lingering fruitiness.

This is a benchmark Dubbel. Fantastically complex and contemplative but also quaffable. Highly receommend seeking this old classic out.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great brewer with only six ales. Something to ponder.
While Looks are undistinguished, the yeasty Belgian Smell and Taste immediately announce fruits and balanced sweetness. It somehow finishes dry... and I'm getting used to those Trappists bubbles.

MJ really likes this abbey and writes of its Brothers fondly, almost 4 pages in his "Great Beers of Belgium." This Bruin he describes as "dryish, firm, smooth, lightly toffeeish." But in his 1999 "Guide" he only gives this Bruin 2 of 4 stars and pronounces it "smooth and tasty." True, but less enthusiastic.

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Photo of Fabianno
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of I3eer
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of YvesB
4.79/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ckornmannn
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a bottle into a tulip: glowing dark amber, almost ruby hue. "Brown" doesn't do the color justice! Slightly hazy. Smell is dominated by yeast; sweet and herbal. Dark fruit/plum, apple, slightly peppery, complex and wonderful taste. Excellent tenacious head of foam. Dry finish. What a wonderful beer; a real treat.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Huge, cloud like head, bubbly off white color. Beer is a dark, nearly opaque brown color.
S: First and foremost is a spicy sweetness, with touches of alcohol. After that is a well-rounded sweetness, soft like brown sugar or caramel. Toffee and nuts.
T: Very good, a cotton-candy like sweetness. Slightly creamy, with notes of cherry and raisin. Slightly toasty
F: Well balanced. Also a smoothness to this one. Despite the robust flavors, crisp carbonation and heavy body, it finishes incredibly well-rounded and smooth.
O: Very solid dubbel. Would highly recommend.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce beer poured into a Belgian stemmed glass

A: Pours a dark red, brown color with a tan colored head, head is full and creamy, a good amount of carbonation is streaming up the sides, beer is clear, some slight lacing, looks nice.

A: Belgian yeast notes, caramel, toffee, figs, raisins, bananas, hint of spice, lots of malts, smells really good.

T: Yeast, touch of banana, spice, clove, toffee, caramel, finish is dry with some spice emerging in the aftertaste, there's also figs and raisins, very balanced, smooth, complex, depth, very tasty.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation, dry finish.

O: A very tasty beer, like most Belgian beers I've tasted, this beer is complex with depth, has a nice balance of flavors, a great medium bodied mouthfeel, and is very drinkable. I hope my local bottle shop continues to carry this as I would continually buy it.

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Photo of user785335
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Euroglot
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of khmel
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JoninVT
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can't get this in my region so I'm very pleased to have gotten my hands on this finally. Poured into a st. Bernardus goblet. A world-class example of the style: pours the way it should, nice 3 finger head and spot-on Amber-brown color, wonderful scent and taste. Prickly carbonation felt on the tongue. If you're seeking out a dubbel, there's no reason not to reach for this one.

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Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Meyers1023
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a very dark Amber color with a tan head that spreads to the edge of the glass quickly. Smell is toffee, raisins, and yeast. The flavor is sweet bread and dark fruits. You also get a bubble gum flavor from the yeast. The feel is medium with good carbonation. This is a great Belgian dubbel. It has an almost perfect combination of flavors.

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Photo of sd123
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MonkeyBread
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drmeto
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

L:
-pours a slightly hazy ruby-brown with a medium to big,foamy,offwhite head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-caramel,toffee,strawberries,raisins,plums,figs,coriander,perfumy
T:
-nutty,cherries,strawberries,caramel,toffee,raisins,plums,earthy
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
-alcohol noticeable
O:
Very nice Dubbel,not as Yeast-heavy than other Trappists (Chimay,Rochefort,Westmalle)

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Photo of Zet
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow, very pretty dubbel: mohagony with amber around the edges and an awesome three fingers of frothy beige head that retains very well and leaves lacing on the glass. A full nose of malt, hoppy herbs and chocolate. Taste follows with the same flavours, very rich. Not as sweet as most dubbels; it tends to lean more to the bitter side actually. Taste is not very complex, but the amount of flavour is very satisfying. Mouth feel is how a dubbel should be: soft, smooth and creamy, with little to no carb noted. Very good dubbel.

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Photo of KarlHvK
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stephenlee
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Trappist Achel 8° Bruin from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
Beer rating: 90.5% out of 100 with 861 ratings
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