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

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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

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Added by zerk on 01-14-2003

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Ratings: 852 |  Reviews: 439
Photo of MacStinson
5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of wordemupg
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
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 +21.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Amalak
4.53/5  rDev +10%
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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Photo of atlason
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
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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Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of jrenihan
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 2008, according to the sticker on the bottle (best before August 20, 2011).

Beer is a chestnut brown colour with red tinges. A very gently pour results in a modeately sized off-white head which dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving behind quite a lot of lacing.

Full malty smell. Bready with brown sugar, as well as date, raisin and plum. Good smell.

Taste follows the nose, but I find it better. The bready, malty backbone is full of rich plum and raisin flavours. Quite sweet, especially at the end, where nice mellow brown sugar flavours play a strong role. A little bit boozy, and some spice is present as well. A bit of a molasses or treacle taste.

High carbonation level, but not irritating. Full bodied, a bit chewy.

Overall, a very enjoyable dubbel. Good stuff.

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Photo of theArchitect
5/5  rDev +21.4%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of armock
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Perry's liquor in Livermore, CA.

A - Poured a a dark copper brown with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sugary sweet malt with dark fruits and some alcohol

T - Follows the nose with sweet malt upfront for a moment then the dark fruit takes over and finishes with some alcohol

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

O - This is one enjoyable Dubbel the smells and flavor make this one pretty damn easy to drink

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3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank from my Chimay Chalice

A - Poured a cloudy Amber colour with a thick off white head with good lacing on glass

S - Dark fruits, raisins. Plum, apples with Toffee throughout. Very impressed.

T - Malty, Dark fruit throughout with toffee and chocolatel malts, raisins, apples and hint of Vanilla. A little boozy with a slightly bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied but very carbonation which I find disappointing.

) - A very nice complex beer with great dark fruits but a little boozy with too much carbonation for mine. Overall though pretty good.

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4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lively, overflowing borderline gusher. Chestnut with incredibly frothy creamy taupe head. Chesnut-apple cake with some wax and birch beer on the nose.
Brown bread and nut loaf malts with a waxy hit, then spice cake, clove, kola and cardamon ending. Bubblegum end and spice cookie finish.
Medium, chewy, a bit of heat.

Big spicy chewy malts - like Sunday bakery. Very balanced in that there's an impressive amount of flavor while being drinkable yet never burning or heavy. Kinda really what a dubbel should be.

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4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber with a thick khaki head. Not nearly as dark as I expected it to be.

S: Aromas of toffee, cider apples, spices, and alcohol are present on the nose. The smell is a little boozy, but is just complex enough to be interesting.

T: Opens sweet and soft with notes of toffee, cream, honey roasted nuts, baking spices, vanilla bean, and dark candy sugar. The finish is sweet and velvety with vanilla, nut, and toffee flavors underscored by warming alcohol.

M: Medium-bodied and firm, but also smooth and velvety. I wish it were a bit drier, but thankfully it's not slick or sticky.

O: I enjoyed this one tremendously. It is a bit sweet and heavy for the style, but is still well worth a go.

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Photo of ikantspel
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

served slightly chilled into a duvel tulip.

pours a dark brown with a HUGE carbonated head. looks like im pouring dads rootbeer into a tulip.

typical dark fruit and yeasty trappist smell. nothing really stands out

this is good. after letting it rest for about a minute the carbonation settles and you you get the subtle dark fruit taste followed by a little bit of sweetness. not overpowering at all.

excellent trappist. if you have friends interested into trying trappist beers this would be a good start.

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Photo of pettis
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark, almost completely opaque brown. Thick, craterous foam that you'd expect from a good Belgian ale slowly subsides to a nice medium-thick head that lasts to the final drop.

S: Sweet malts and candy sugars dominate the nose. Smells promising!

T: A little bit of tartness initially, followed by caramel sweetness and roasted malt that linger on the tongue well after each sip.

M: Smooth, creamy, and bubbly. Very nice.

This beer seems to me an excellent representative of the Belgian dubbel. It sometimes verges on being too sweet, but never quite crosses the line. The alcohol, at 8% abv, is very well hidden, and the silky mouthfeel makes this beer dangerously drinkable, though the sweetness would probably keep me from having two in a row. Overall, an excellent beer if you're in the mood for an authentic Dubbel.

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Trappist Achel 8° Bruin from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
4.12 out of 5 based on 852 ratings.
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