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

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4.13/5
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865 Ratings
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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:
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Added by zerk on 01-14-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,810
Reviews:
442
Ratings:
865
pDev:
9.2%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
100
Gots:
127
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 865 |  Reviews: 442
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +21.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of wordemupg
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 27/11/11

A slight haze in a ruby red body when held to the light, I can see bubbles but not what you would expect after a hands width of light tan foam from a 2/3 bottle pour, its loose except for a dense island, plenty of lace with chunky rings and soapy spots and there was still foam in the glass after I drank all the liquid
I can't think of much too improve on here its a sexy looking brew

S sour apple and cherry hit me first followed by some brown sugar, some spice, faint licorice and then overripe dark fruits

T faint booze to go along with what I smell, its missing just a little something the smell has and a little more yeasty spice

M a little foamy but after a few swirls of the glass its creamy and less gassy, lingering flavors are pleasant and you can feel the booze just a little on the way down

O fairly complex and looks beautiful, this is something I will drink again

not sure why I've never had this one before as its been sitting on the shelf here for some time now, price is right and I've now tried something from all the Trappist brewers

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has one of the most intense heads I've ever seen. It's like an Atomic Bomb. The middle keeps crawling up. I've never seen this, not even with a Guinness. Brownish/red in color, dark,and opaque. There's a metallic, fruity scent to it.

There's definitely a grape/dark fruit taste in there. It's actually very fruity, but not overpowering. So smooth, but it has a bitter bit. Lavender. The most unique looking head and a very nice taste.

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4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 33cl bottle to tulip glass. Freshness date 17/03/12.

A: Pours a somewhat opaque copper with generous head and very good lacing.

S: Milled barley, fresh yeast, milk.

T: Strong, mellow and pleasant Belgian yeast character with the dark brown malty flavors like toffee and milk chocolate. Enough hops to keep it interesting and refreshing but not overpowering,

M: Velvety, low attenuation and probably medium carbonation. This is a slow drinker.

O: Great authentic dubbel.

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Trappist Achel 8° Bruin from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 865 ratings
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