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

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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

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Added by zerk on 01-14-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
854
Reviews:
440
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
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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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Photo of ckollias
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 10 oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: This brew pours a dark amber-brown ale with a thick 2-½ finger, off-white, thick head that lasts forever leaving a georgous trail all the way down the glass.

S: Strong malty Belgium yeast aroma fills the nose. Hints of dark and fruits are blended in the background with ever sniff.

T: Dark caramel sweetness and Belgium malt cross the palate with ever sip.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Pretty good Dubbel. Alcohol is blended and masked nicely. Worth the taste but probably nothing I would search our for again.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.18/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into Trois Pistoles snifter. This is the 2nd time I'm having this beer. The first time I had it, I didn't rate it. The beer had survived a car crash at 70mph into the back of a semi-truck on Sept/10/11. So did the snifter, miraculously. I was going to rate it, but just ended up enjoying it slowly instead. Now I'm ready to come back to it.

Back label stamped 17/01/2010. Date notches not used.

Appearance - This bottle was a gusher. Was more carb than the first one of these I had. Huge loose tan head with medium low retention. Dark cloudy brown body with lots of yeast particulate.

Smell - This bottle is no where near as good as the first one. This one smells fishy. Olive juicy. Could be a skunked bottle. I remember the first st bottle being really malty sweet with no off smells. Very alcoholic this time around.

Taste - Metallic. Alcoholic. Not much of sweet balanced malty complexity from the first bottle I had. Perhaps it was a different vintage?

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Astringent.

Overall Drinkability - This beer deserves a much higher score, but unfortunately the bottle I'm using to base the rating on is not a great example. Has tons of negative characters that wasn't found in my first bottle, and none of the complexity either. Just goes to show you, ever beer deserves a second chance because you never know! For reference, the first one I rated would have been something like an A or A+.

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

Poured into Rochefort chalice. Had a craving for a good dubbel after a summer of weizens and IPAs. Very high carbonation, couldn't even pour the whole bottle in one pour. Nice dark reddish brown. Crazy lacing. Coated the cup.
Good malt smell. Some plums also. The usual stuff from a Trappist dubbel.
Was not expecting it to be as sweet as it was. It hit me right in the face. Malts, nuts, plums. The sweetness calmed down the further down the glass.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Pours a brown colour with a noticeable haze to it. A big head.

Smells quite hoppy and pleasant.

Tastes very hoppy, with quite a bit of sweetness as well. Hops hit in the middle, but build up steadily from the start. A nice bitterness from the start too. Very sharp and noticeably high in alcohol making it quite harsh on the palate.

Too harsh tasting and bitter to be an easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Mar02x
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark red/amber with a fluffy head, pretty bright.

S - Citrus fresh, orange apple, very nice and inviting.

T - Bitter sweet, caramel, complex, alcohol in the end and an easy drinker.

M - Somewhat to much carbonation, but very nice, almost the same as the blond Achel (8 alc.).

O - A very good double

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Photo of JayS2629
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had to rate this high because it was excellent in its own right, but it does not stand up against Rochefort 10. I probably need to go re-rate that to be all 5's.

It pours a hazy dark brown with a rich cloudy head of off white that refuses to fade and leaves beautiful pillowy walls of lace.

The aroma is full of rich, dark fruits. Plums, raisins, figs and overripe apples. Toffee, biscoti, and hazelnuts. Notes of vanilla.

The taste follows with rich, malty toffee, and caramels wrapping up hazelnut, and chocolate malts with dark fruit throughout. Figs, chocolate covered raisins, and dark cherries. Vanilla and oak notes. A touch of warming booziness. Complex and interesting.

Rich, smooth, and slightly too fizzy/overcarbonated. Awesome aroma and flavors. A delicate, decadent sipper.

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

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich, tawny-brown hue with tons of haze and 3 fingers of pillowy tan foam which have a tenacious nature. Very nice.

Smell: very rich, fruity aroma. Dates, plums and a little cherry are present, along with a rich maltiness which has some nutty and biscuity qualities. Complex and attractive -- very good.

Taste: rich malt flavor with some of the fruit which is present in the aroma. Alcohol is a bit warming. The flavor doesn't quite live up to the aroma, but it is darn good nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big, bodacious carbonation which makes this a delightfully creamy treat. Love it.

Overall: this beer is great in a lot of ways, but I feel like it has got more potential than it is showing. Still, a very good beer and definitely one of my favorite dubbels.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

09 vintage

A- murky muddy brown with a reddish glow and a few suspended yeast chunks. a hard pour got me about an inch of lovely tan foam that settled somewhat hastily to a nice thin belgian disk that slopes its way up the walls of the glass terminating at a ragged edge that could possibly become a single lace ring.

S- sweet, fruity, and chocolatey encompass the aroma profile, but with many points of direction in between. there's the tartness of dark chocolate along with the creamy goodness of a wendy's frosty and a chocolate malted milkshake. there's hints of vanilla, there's bold date and fig, there's prune and raisin and all manner of dried fruits, sandalwood and cedar, nag champa, and oak.

T- at first fruitier than the aroma and much more floral, with a sharp transition mid way into milk chocolate and grain and hops territory. starts off with a distinct wild strawberry tartness that only lasts until you move the glass from your lips before date-fig-raisin and that chick plum creep up in it with pear like alcohol esters followed by the drop off-- fruity is gone, sweetness falls away slowly, tartness comes back to wave goodbye. alcohol lingers quietly in a corner as toasted malt, caramel, and bread flavor move in to clean up the mess from this serious mouth party. there's a bit of herbal hop flavor but not much bitterness which nicely balances things out in the finish.
alcohol seems to provide more bitterness than anything, either that or there's a seamless mesh with the hops, which at 2 years old, i wouldn't expect.

MF- full, zesty, richly carbonated, and moderately dry. very clean on the cheeks yet residual on the tongue and sticky on the lips. she has the the qualities of heavier and lighter beers all rolled up in her bosom and could as easily be treated as a nip of scotch as she could a brighter thirst quencher.

D- alcohol is tasted and felt. the warmth it gives is comforting and nice. it's not so pronounced as to be a nuisance, but it is there in the most polite way possible. everything else about this beer- its weight, its aroma and flavor, is just remarkable.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl, label date of 8/17/12, purchased in Belgium.

Pours a lovely and clear ruby brown hue. Excellent pillowy head and epic lacing.

The aroma has some nice dark fruits and mild alcohol.

The flavor is initially sweet and full of brown sugar, but it dries out with the alcohol and swift finish. Notes of plums and dark cherry. Not too malty and not terribly yeasty, though definitely some bright esters going on. The excellent mouthfeel is highly carbonated, yet soft and thick.

This stuff is great. One of the overlooked Trappist Ales.

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Photo of seabass87
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 33cl bottle into Chimay chalice.

A- Careful pour reveals glowing, hazy gold color. Small cap disipates and leaves a foamy ring around the glass. There was a whole lot of sediment in the bottom of the bottle - I tried to avoid it but I still got a fair amount, which is floating around or sinking to the bottom of the glass.

S- Mostly sweet profile: Caramel malts, candy sugar, raisin pudding - balanced by bready yeasts and a hint of alcohol.

T- The fruits are more apparent than the nose would suggest - I'm getting raisins and figs, coming out sweet and wet. This is followed by a caramel-y malt profile and and lingering bread taste. Aftertaste is a combination of all the above mentioned, with a little bit of warmth. It's kept relatively simple, and is satisfying.

M- Medium-light body with a slight amount of carbonation - just right. Finishes relatively dry and not sticky.

O- I was overall quite pleased with this beer. It's very much in the Trappist tradition of quality, traditional style beer. Not my favorite in the style, but a good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33 cL bottle with a best by date of 20/08/11, this one is at least a year or two old. Pours a hazed, light brown color with a fluffy cap of tan head. Retention is good and lacing even better.

Nose is very fruity and bready. Raisin bread comes to mind, along with cola, licorice and caramel. Malty and yeasty, as a trappist dubbel should be.

Taste is quite nice...bready with a Dr Pepper and caramel maltiness. Dark fruit is vague at best; lending a light, tart undercurrent. Yeast is prevalent an even a bit spiced. Mouthfeel is full enough for a dubbel, but the body does not approach full-on quad proportions. This one falls in between a dubbel and a quad in terms of flavor, body and alcohol presence. Tastier than I expected, this is certainly worthy of the trappist designation. Good beer.

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Photo of Brad007
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy reddish-brown color with a thick, frothy head into my glass. Color is where I expected it to be.

Sweet with a hint of molasses. Little, if any alcohol heat in the nose. Very simple.

Here's where it gets complicated: sweet, grainy malt that's chewy and chock full of alcohol heat. It has certainly mellowed a bit as the alcohol doesn't come on as strong as it would.

Lingering chewy, sweet malt and alcohol heat. Nothing else of note.

A simple, drinkable dubbel. You won't find any surprises in this bottle.

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Photo of rinhaak
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle poured into a goblet.

Pours a rich brown color the color of fresh prune juice when held up to the light. A thick, foamy head graces the top of this beer, and remains all the way to the last sip. A perfect Trappist pour.

The nose is phenomenal with cloves, banana, fresh bread, and a little cinnamon. The yeast really commands the attention.

The taste is simply tremendous. Rich and complex, it is not at all syrupy in the mouth. Mildly sweet with an ever so slight tartness on the tongue, flavors of cloves, bread, and brown sugar are all perfectly balanced. The beer warms you on the way down, and a nice long finish allow you to really slowly sip and enjoy this beer.

Overall an extraordinary beer and easily among the best dubbels I've had to date.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy brown with a big white head that fades but laces.

Smells of honey, sweet malt, some fig and darker fruit.

Tastes sweet with some small amount of upfront bitterness that gives way to a sweet yet dry finish...some dark fruit complexity.

Mouthfeel is nice. It has high carbonation and is dry, though, maybe even a bit more dryness would up this one.

A great beer that has the dark Belgian complexity and drinkability, if not to a slightly lesser degree than some of the other trappists

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Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking brown color. The head is big and foamy. The lacing is pretty good along the glass. The smell of the beer is earthy, sweet and had just a touch of fruit and spice on the nose. The taste had most of the same elements, it started off sweet with some earth in the middle and just a slight touch of fruity spice in the end. The mouthfeel of the beer is a very smooth and drinkable. Overall this beer is very good but I'm still partial to The Achel Extra when it comes to these Trappists.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As before mentioned, this brew produces a gorgeous head, absolutley explosively thick and rich tan brown tone.The mahagony-tea brown color is ruby accented, lighter than some other examples.
Aromatically really spetacular.-Fig,raisin,cherry,oak,cocoa,tobacco,booze,grain,yeasty clove spice,orange, spicy brown bread. Soured apple, fig, bruised peaches emerge as the beer warms. Really warming and complex, perfect for this suprisingly cold day.
Flavor is nice, really nice.
A delicate balance of fig, spiced boozy fruit, sour apple, smoke, light hint of cocoa, spiked with a nice hint of pepper and clove on the finish. Sweet cherry, hot yeasty spice mixed with a nice touch of heat in the throat I normally don't find in Dubbels.
MOuthfeel is soft, light, ending with more heat and tingling sensation than most Dubbles.
In comparision to most, lighter colored, but far more flavorful.I had a Leffe Dubble at lunchtime, and like most, ended with a somewhat overbearing sweet malt-caramel note that makes me generally avoid this style.
The ruby tone, the spicy aroma and near-perfect balance mingle to create easily one of the best Dubbles I've had.Saving ultimate awards for later as I have a Westy 8 to try in the next few weeks, but honestly can't imagine a better Dubble.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle, best by October 2012, into a wine glass.

A: It positively explodes with carbonation as soon as it hits the tilted glass, leaving a huge four-finger head of creamy, rocky tan foam that slowly recedes, leaving some nice spiderwebs of frothy lace. The clear body underneath glows a lovely, dark ruby-brown. A bit overcarbonated, but beautiful all the same.

S: Beautiful aroma of spicy and richly floral (jasmine?) yeast, along with some very, very sweet candy. Like candy-shop sweet, but well-balanced with the floral notes.. Candied orange and raisins, light booze. This is quite possibly the most aromatic Dubbel I've ever had, and I love it.

T: Candied fruit, rich malt, and some spice. Plenty of booze and dark fruit on the finish. Tasty enough, but nowhere near as transcendent as the lovely aroma. A bit of a let-down.

M: Smooth, delicate, and only lightly carbonated - I guess it all went into that amazing head.

O: This was my first beer from this Trappist brewery, and now I only need to try Westvleteren to have had them all. I really enjoy it, but it's certainly too boozy for being only 8%. It just doesn't quite have the body to stand up to being so sweet and rich. I can't wait to try the Extra.

Cheers!

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle, serve by date 4/23/11, served in a Chimay goblet. Pours a cloudy ruby color, some floaties, a good sized, frothy off-white head, and lots of lacing. Aroma is caramel, candi sugar, raisin, and spicy yeast. Flavor is sweet malts, raisins, peppery, fruity, toffee, and yeast. Mouthfeel is medium, a bit of a grainy texture, warming, and sweet. Pretty good beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-clear dark iced tea color with a huge 4 inch light brown head that becomes a puffy island of foam on the top of the beer. The head on this beer is ridiculous. I poured the beer in a non-aggressive manner and the head just exploded. Small spots of lace here and there on the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark fruits, yeast, and some spices. Taste is of dark fruits (cherry, grapes, plums), grape juice, yeast, and spices. Beer is very carbonated and is very bubbly and crisp. There is a bit of an alcohol burn in the throat with each sip. Overall, this is a very nice dubbel but the alcohol burn is somewhat surprising.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours beatuifyll dark amber with a very large pale brown thick head that slowly dissipates into rich lacings; nice crater.

S: Dark dried fruits, plums and cherries. Sweet malt. Yeast and spices. Pears and orange sezt. Some alcohol in the back.

T: Sweet syrupy malt with lots of dark dried fruits; figs, raisins plums and cherries. Yeast and mild spices balances the sweetness in a nice way.

M: Aftertaste is long and surprisingly bitter, but also sweet. Body is creamy full and the carbonation is rather strong for a Dubbel. The alcohol is present and kind of too strong.

O: This is a nice Trappist-beer, but the alcohol was to obvious for my taste when it comes to a Dubbel. If the alcohol had been in better balance with the rest of this beer, then the "overall"-grade would have been higher.

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Photo of iguenard
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

( 36/50, 8% alc/vol, Home) Very yeast brown-orange beer with a sandy head that leaves quickly but spreads very strong aromas in it's wake. Sweets and potency in alcohol is hinted, not present. Bananas are very strong, along with fresh strawberries, vanilla and whipped cream. Despite strong malts, and a very nice and pleasant hops dry bite, the beer's age leaves a metallic mouth. Bitter chocolate and apples still come in. Very carbonated on the tongue. Very light, but at 5'C, left a strong alcoholic taste in the palate. Very warm and fizzy. Lemon and chocolate. Very sweet smelling beer. Yet does not deliver like a Koningshoeven. Very warm and very balanced. Age and temperature might have affected it.

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Photo of Pundarquartis
3.08/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pleasant aroma and appearance with a beautiful head which makes me believe it'll be quite a pleasant story. However, I become a bit sad when I take a sip. It tastes is good, but without depth and with an annoying metallic aftertaste that just ruins everything. A bit boring on the palate but not bad, it lacks a bit of mouthfeel for a dubbel in my opinion, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Decent beer, but not a lot more than that.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

413th review on BA
bottle to snifter
11.2 oz
8% Bruin on label (I'm assuming I'm adding right review)

App- Dark, very dark orange with an almost brown fade to it. Two finger head and a very nice cling.

Smell- Slight dark fruits with a yeasty damp smell. A little humid on my nose.

Taste- Just a great tasting beer. Slightly yeasty and a little damp, great deep flavors with a little fruit.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbed. A little dampness, sugary, yeasty and tingly on the lips.

Drink- I could drink a lot of these in a sitting. I will have to come back to this dubbel. Very tasty and well crafted.

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Trappist Achel 8° Bruin from Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse
4.12 out of 5 based on 854 ratings.
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