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 Hopfenpeter
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I used a crystal mug to pour the beer and the color is a very nice amber golden brown with an off white head.
The smell is soft and hints a little caramel an citrus.
Tasting the beer you be surprised of it fantastic balance between hops and malts. Not to sweet and not to bitter, it delivers a great palate of fresh tastes like caramel, wheat and fruit like plum.
A prickly mouthfeel turns into a nice bitter aftertase.
Certainly calls for more, but could not drink a lot.

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Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, yet dark amber color with a two-finger, off-white head of foam. It had some nice retention and left some soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruits - mostly raisin and plum. Good maltiness with hints of chocolate.

T - It tasted quite malty with strong raisin and plum flavors. A touch of apple. Overall, it's sweet with a touch of bitter hops.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a mild alcohol warmth.

D - This is a really nice dubbel. It is fairly easy drinking despite its high ABV.

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Photo of Strix
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy caramel, ridiculously foamy and lasting head.

Smells of honey, bread, and fruits, particularly apple.

Complex blend of bread, spices, apple, yeast, caramel, pepper, light fruits, hop bitterness, honey sweetness, and slight earthiness. I don't know how those monks do this, but they do it well. Alcohol undetectable.

Mouthfeel medium-light.

This disappeared quickly. I will definitely pick this up if I can find it again. Complex and flavorful.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stupid apperance, rocky white head that just stays and stays. Beautiful ruby brown color. Aroma of burnt caramel, dark candy sugar, raisins. Chewy and rich, notes of caramel, candy sugar, spices, and nice earthy hop tones. I can see how this ale might get cloying after a while. Nice mouthfeel for the style, good body not thin. These beers are drinkable, but too me really only in the fall and winter months.

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

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light to medium amber, much less of a head than the blond, but still good retention, some lace.

S: Sweet dark pastry bread and brown sugar, hint of ethanol.

T: Orange comes out a bit initially, but then I get bombarded with dark fruit, plum heavy, brown sugar, light notes of chocolate even. Fruitcake.

M: Medium-bodied, slightly sweet finish. This one shows the booze a bit more on the back end compared to the blond, soft creamy frothy carbonation.

D: A very good dubbel in a style that I've seen a lot of mediocrity in. Doesn't stand out to me as much as the Blond, but there's a lot of good flavours here and well worth a pickup.

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Photo of impending
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl into a tulip. Pours a deep dark chesnut. As the massive head slowly recedes clumpy froth remains behind.

Sweet dark fruits dominate the nose with candied dark crystal malts, very nice.

Taste could be described as a quad light with a tad extra phenols. Dry yeasty aftertaste doesn't linger as long as I would prefer. Medium mouthfeel, appropriate for the flavor.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle stamped 08/10/09.

Side note: this is the only Trappist brewery I haven't tried before.

Served cool into a pint glass. I would have chosen a more appropriate vessel but nothing was clean.

Achel 8 Brune is a slightly hazy redish brown with a thick tight head. As it settles, a perfect sheet of lace is left behind.

The aroma is wonderful with raisins, clove, and brown bread.

The flavor is excellent as well. Complex layers of fruit, spice, and yeast esters all come together beautifully in this beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and higher carbonation than ideal. Let the latter soften up and it would be fantastic.

Overall, it's really an exceptional dubbel. Great aroma and flavor. Even after having my first Westy 12 last night, this is very impressive.

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Photo of kwjd
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby brown colour with huge off-white head with a careful pour. The cloud of head hardly dissipates with nice lacing. Smells is sweet brown sugar, dried fruits and Belgian yeast. Flavour has a small amount of bitterness to balance out the sweetness. This comes together very nicely and may be the best dubbel I've ever had (at least so far). Very nice carbonation level.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a reddish plum like color with a light tan colored head that is very bubbly and sticks to the side of the glass.

S-notes of toasted bread and caramel, hints of brown sugar up front. hints of yeast lie underneath, somewhat dusty, with some dark fruits and notes of alcohol in the back.

T-the taste is similar, hints of bread, a fair bit of caramel and brown sugar, the yeast again seems to be underneath but present throughout and is again dusty, the back is sweet bringing candied dark fruits and hints of alcohol.

M-medium to light body and lively and carbonated on the tongue, it has a crisp semi dry finish.

D-this is a pretty tasty beer, its a little sugary with all the dark candied fruits and lacks complexity, but still a tasty brew and nice lively feel.

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Photo of BobZ
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 Oz. bottle, Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance: Rich brown, head builds to a creamy 1/2" then exhibits excellent lacing.

Smell: Beautiful, deep, Belgian yeast, dark fruit, even some mild hops in the nose.

Taste: Excellent dubbel, depth, complexity, dark fruit, hints of caramel, very, very well balanced. One of the best dubbels I have ever had.

Mouth feel: Excellent carbonation, very smooth on the palate.

Drinkability: Very Drinkable, may be better for longer sessions than higher abv beers.

An extraordinary example of what a Trappist dubbel is all about.

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Photo of domtronzero
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before date of 17/03/12. Enjoyed out of my Duvel Green tulip.

A - Pours a slightly hazy orangish brown with a long-lasting, huge, rocky whitish head. Lots of lacing left everywhere with this one. Aside from the slight haze, this is exactly what I like to see in these kinds of beers.

S - Big estery profile, quite complex. A little bit of banana with some apple-like esters. Could be a little pear-like, but to me seems a little closer to apples. Slight pilsner malt condy sweetness. A touch of alcohol comes through as mildly perfumy, enhanced as the beer warms, although it remains pleasant.

T/M - Pilsner malt sweetness with a big ester character. Again, the bananas and apples come through. Light alcohol comes through as a slight honey-like flavor. Very light earthy hop flavor with a modest bitterness that really helps this beer finish clean and dry. Medium body with moderately high carbonation. Slight warming in the finish, with a pleasant aftertaste of honey and pilsner malt sweetness. Very smooth for 8% abv.

D - This is a great beer. Very easy to drink by itself or with food- in fact, dangerously easy considering the 8% abv. This is the kind of Belgian beer I could have several of in a sitting. I have had several of the other offerings from Achel, but this is the best I've had so far.

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Photo of HalfFull
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wine glass form a 330 ml. bottle, showing a clear ruby pour. An inch of frothy head lingers for a good time and leaves some scattered lacing as it settles. Maintains a steady cap through the glass.

Nose is clean and of yeast and some light muddled fruit though surely not overly enticing. Does expand with some warming to offer a touch of chocolate. Touch of alcohol and cherry with some warming are welcome.

Taste follows with a nicely balanced footprint and a bit of brown sugar. Solid and without the defects/overabundance often found in the style. Gets better with a bit of warming. Bit creamy on the finish given the carbonation. A very solid beer that doesn't overwhelm with either excessive fruitiness or sweetness. Not as complex as a few of the style, but very nice and hides its ABV well.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date says: 23/04/11. Poured into a White Birch Chalice. Huge foam head on this one that stays for minutes. The color is a nice nut brown. Gorgeous. The smell reveals cinnamon and a hint of dried fruit. The taste is very dry, but indicates brown sugar and cinnamon apples. The yeast character is very dominant. I am a huge fan of Belgians that are nice and dry. This is an excellent Trappist ale and I regret not trying it sooner.

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Photo of ZDub
3.23/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 330ml bottle with a printed date of 7/28/10.

A - A light pour into a tulip glass unleashes a massive off-white head. The color is a deep amber/brown with minimal light penetration.

S - Nice gentle aroma, not huge. Smells of dark fruits, figs/prunes. There's some sweetness as well, dark sugar.

T - The first thing I notice is a huge bready sweetness up front. Almost cloyingly sweet. After the sweetness I get mostly raisin/prune flavors and perhaps the tiniest hint of caramel or brown sugar. I don't detect any alcohol.

M - Moderately light to medium bodied. Little carbonation.

D - I would have no problem having one of these from time to time but there are better dubbels out there.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.69/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As soon as I cracked this one, there was a pop!, I smelled banana-nut muffin, and then I scrambled to contain this Trappist gusher. I could immediately tell that it was not the average Dubbel.

A - Pours a deep walnut-brown hue with reddish highlights at the glass' edges. The body is capped by an expansive khaki head that is similar to foamy cola, but frozen in time. Well, at least the foam sticks around for a few minutes, if not time immemorial.

S - Delicious beyond what I've experienced in a Dubbel, and I haven't even sipped it yet; I've just been sampling the aromatic. Sweet honey-mead notes, delicious port wine, nutty and jammy, dark fruits are eschewed in favor of medium-colored and/or dried tropical fruits like papaya, nectarine, guava, pomegranate and plum. Time to get sippin...

T - This is a delicious brew; perhaps too complex for me to articulate the essence of effectively, but I'll give it a shot. I get some concord grape, granny smith apples, fig jam, dates, and a bit of an herbal spiciness that seems a result of the flavor-fusion of yeast and hop. I also get some small root essences, like sarsaparilla or sassafras, and something that is involved in the flavoring of cream soda. It has a mostly clean finish, except that I get a bit of a walnut taste lingering at the finish and beyond. Above all, the strength of this beer lies in the fact that all of the aforementioned disparate elements are so well-integrated; the result is phenomenal.

M - Medium-bodied and velvety, yet retaining semi-prickly carbonation. Dynamic.

D - This is quite simply the best Dubbel I've had up to this point. I am not a tremendous fan of the style, usually, especially in comparison to the other Trappist works. But this one is ridiculous!

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Photo of Brabander
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For a dubbel this is a very good one. Achel is known for the wonderfull blond they make but now i notice that they also make a very good dark beer.

Nice broken white head with a fluid that looks like a dark tea.

The smell and taste is soft and caramellic. The head disappears after a while and a little ring remains. I see a nice carbonation.

All in all one of the better dubbels for me.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ML poured into a tulip glass

A-- moderate pour got a huge 3 finger light brown head. Slowly died down to just under a finger. Good head retention and some small carbonation beads. Color is more of a muddy ruby grape color.

S-- Grape, bubblegum, poached plum and pear. A little bit of hop spice to offset the sweetness of this.

T-- Stewed plums and cherries. Very hearty and almost jam like.

M-- Spice still cuts down on the sweetness of this. More it sits in mouth the bubble gum taste comes back more as well as the poached plum and pear that are not really in the taste. A bit high in carbonation and maybe that is a good thing as this would be very jammy if it was lower carbonated. Gives it more of a candy type taste and feel with more carbonation.

D-- Really scary how drinkable this is. A little sweet and carbonated, but reminds me a lot of La Chouffe Nice and their Brune. ABV is very well hidden and can drink a 750 without even thinking about it. More I think about it does remind me a lot of carbonated grape soda. YUM!

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Photo of seanyfo
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into a delirium tremens chalice.

A- Dark ruddy ruby body with a 3 finger off white head that has remarkable staying power and produces excellent lacing.

S- Malty caramel sweetness, minimal clove spice

T- Malt sweetness dominates, with a semi dry finish, very light hop bite and some clove in the finish lingering.

M- Low carbonation (should be higher), medium body, slightly sticky dry finish.

D- A nice example of the style, some good complexity with malt domination without overpowering the semi dry finish.

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Photo of smcolw
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge, five-finger head. Dies slowly and leaves lots of webby lace. Recedes in a rocky fashion. Leaves a solid froth dome that extends well over the glass! The liquid is brown and clear. Simply put, a 33cl bottle fills a 20 oz glass, most of which is head.

Dark malt aroma, reminiscent of chocolate ice cream

Strong alcohol and darker malt flavor on the initial sip. There's a bitterness present from light hop. Overall, this is a sweet offering. The aftertaste is short lived for the style. Good blend on the swallow of sweet-bitterness. Rich bodied with a low carbonation. Warm alcohol finish.

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Photo of BeerSingh
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour into my Chimay goblet which results in a light tan head filling it to the lip. It rests above a body which is a deep and dark mangosteen coloured. The retention is quite spectacular but the lacing is quite spotty. Maybe its the alcohol which wipes it clean.
The nose is a tad weak, and seems to lack depth. Faint dark malts and a light scent of dark fruits carefully waft through. A little doughiness and booze place themselves alongside. Its a little mild in the beginning, but on repeated inhalation, the aromas tend to stick on. Taking the first sip I notice that the carbonation makes the beer a little more aggressive on the palate.
Fruity and raisiny to the core, the flavours are well rounded and balanced, with ripe fruits layered against a biscuity malt background. The finish is spicy and fruity, leaving the palate moist and asking for more. As the beer warms the flavours deepen and the tenure on the palate increases.
I really enjoyed this beer, though I felt that the flavours could have been more panoramic, the malts more assertive and toasty. Anyway, its definitely there with some of the great dubbels out there.

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Photo of basica
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out a copper brown with a thick, stable, clingy and milky head into my Trappist Achel chalice. The head was really a beauty (4.5)

S - Upfront nose of sweet dark fruits, caramel, spices and dark malts. A rich combination albeit not too strong (4.5)

T - Brown sugar sweetness and dark fruity goodness, main prunes, hit the palates right off, with caramel and liquorice decking the middle backed with a distinct flavour of dark malts. The alcohol was mildly noticeable in the middle towards the finish which was lightly sweet and lightly bitter, coming across as a very well-balanced and fairly complex Belgian dubbel. The after taste was surprisingly short for this brew style and may have been pretty perfected had it lasted longer. (4.5)

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation; goes down with a foamy smoothness with a very light alcohol warming. It's noteworthy that slight thickness is felt at times on the body probably due to the sugars involved. (4)

D - Very drinkable due to the well-balanced nature and also sweet, fruity goodness in the taste. Well disguised alcohol content definitely adds a good bonus here. (4.5)

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Photo of Dubber55
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big time gusher. Pours a murky brown with some amber highlights. Tremendous carbonation. 2 fingers of off white head. Plenty of lacing and retention.

Aromas consist of a lot of clove and banana. Definitly has the distinctive aroma from Belgian yeast. Lots of fruity esters. Smells a lot like gingerbread and caramel. I am also getting lots of dark fruits like prunes, dates, figs.

Pretty complex brew. Rum soaked dark fruits like prunes, dates, figs. There is also some caramel and a bunch of licorice. Plenty of savory spices like clove and nutmeg, some gingerbread, banana and a bit of alcohol. The finish is sweet with some hop bitterness to balance things out.

The mouthfeel is on the thin side with some fairly high carbonation.

The drinkability is average. There are lots of flavors going on but everything is kept in check. The clove could be a bit much at times though. A very good dubbel

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Achel chalice

A - Pours an exquisite dark brown ruby colour with a off white head that retains for a while before reducing to a film.

S - Spicey malts and caramel.

T - Dark fruit and raisins with spice and figs. But what is most impressive is it's balanced sugars, it is at its optiumum balance with flavours.

M - Smooth medium body and perfect carbonation.

D - Top marks again for this very solid bruin. This is so incredibly well balanced and makes it very complex.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light brown body with a thick fluffy white head. Beauty in a glass.

S: Mild nose. Mostly malt.

T: Flavor is light spice with a fruity note. Mellow and light.

M: Light and zingy. Effervescent.

D: Very good. Light and easy to drink.

The least of the Trappists? Maybe, but it's still a nice tasty dubbel. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of Pittsburgh
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a large amount of foam, rose up very high above the glass, pretty amazing to me, takes the cake for the best pour I've seen, but I haven't tried that many Belgian beers yet.

Smells more fruity than I expected, pretty strong smell.

Taste, fruity combined with a malty finish at the end, very carbonated, a pretty strong tasting beer, starts really fruity and then moves to a stronger finish, stays with you a little while, very slight hint of bitterness as well. A complex beer with alot of different things going on, I think the alcohol comes through a little and sticks around a bit, not overwhelming though.

Also has a sticky quality to it, an almost piney quality.

I think this is the first authentic Belgian beer I have rated on this site, so I don't have a huge frame of reference....but all in all I liked the beer, and I would try other varieties in the future if given the opportunity.

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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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