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

Now I've tasted at least one brew from every trappist brewery!

Pours a clear deep red, almost wine red. A large, really resilient airy and dirty-looking head, lots of clumpy lacing sticking to the inside of the chalice, beautiful!

Smells of lots of dark dried fruits, raisins, prunes, dried peach maybe? Apples in caramellized sugar, belgian yeast-esters give it all a slight hints of honey, and honeydew. finishes with a sweet fudge-like maltiness.

Apples are very prominent in the tastel, backed up by carramelized brown sugar, which makes me think of the dessert, where you bake apples whole in the oven together with sugar and syrup, never experienced this kind of prominent apple-taste in a beer. It gets a little bit uniform in its apple-ness though, there are small hints of raisins and some honey (guess you could have raisins and honey in the dessert as well, got to try it!) backed up by a finishing sweet maltiness, still fudgy in character.

Very soft carbonation, but lacks creaminess because it doesnt foam up very well in the mouth.

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Photo of ryanonline
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy, dark brown, with a large off white head. nice lacing.

potent scent of brown sugar and figs, dark cherry also. the alcohol comes through pretty strong too.

taste is slightly more bitter and, the sweetness all but disappears. still tasting some dark fruits though. alcohol on the end.

mouthfeel is creamy with a little bit more carbonation than i like.

sort of heavy, but not overly complex. moderate drinkability.

nice but nothing to write home about.

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

This poured a cloudy brown with a nice head. The nose was malt and caramel with hints of spice.

At first this was a little bubbly and that interfered with the drinking experience. After this beer aired out the taste and mouth feel improved. Very nice beer. Easy to drink.

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Photo of WoogityBoogity
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown body, clarity is cloudy. High flocculating yeast floaties reside at bottom of glass. Tall collar of off-white foam stays throughout consumption.

S - Complex malt character with low mild fruit esters. Phenolic notes and yeasty aromatics complete palate.

T - Malt sweetness blends with spice phenols to create an accentuating and exciting array of flavor. Alcohol flavor and very subdued bitterness on finish.

M - Medium body, high in carbonation. Mild warming from ABV.

O - A very well-off Belgian, from the youngest Trappist.

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Photo of Beejay
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Ruby reddish brown, a full 2+ fingers of head, though it is dissipating as I type this.

S: It almost has a little hint of a skunk scent though I think it is something else. Yeasty, sweet, fruity. Not amazing though. :(

T: The taste is very nice.. very crisp and clean tasting.. Slightly fruity with fig and banana esters and a bit of a tart bite in the finish. Maybe my tasters are off, but I get just a hint of American Adjunct in there somewhere. Raisons and and brown sugar in the finish. Overall very enjoyable.

M: This one really wakes your mouth up. It is not so much carbonated, but actually fizzy. Like Champaign or tonic water. And still a little slick and sticky. Quite interesting..

D: Nice for a change, and I am really glad that I got to try another one of the trappist beers. But I don't think it will be beating out others in it's style. Still worth picking up if you come across it.

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Photo of nicnut45
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Holy head! This thing was foaming out of the top when I took the cap off. I poured into tulip glass and waited for foam to settle before finishing.As it subsides it leaves plenty of cola like foam with a nice whip cream dollop in the middle. This beer is a dark cherry brown color.

S-This beer changes as it sits in the glass. At first whiff it smells just like raw cookie dough. As the foam subsides it takes on a peppery scent. I also smell what reminds me of blue cheese that kind of funky scent and some banana bread in there too.

T-A lot going on. At first I get like a sour cider taste which isnt at all bad, followed by peppery pizza crust flavors. Reminds me of fruit that is starting to go bad kind of like those brown banana spots. Nice doughy bread like flavors throughout. And when this is all done you get a nice peppery dry finish.

M.F.-Heavy mouthfeel, perfect carbonation.

D-The alcohol is well hidden, it is interesting and I want to keep drinking just because each sip is different and unique. I would consider buying again for 5.99 for a 12 ounce bottle.

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Photo of Brandt
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer poured out a med brown color with touches of burgundy towards the edges. a stong 4 finger head that took a while to settle and held through out the beer

the aroma here is a very clean subtle caramel note and hints of nut (walnut) and the faintest touch of dried fruit, perhaps cherry.

the taste is quite rich with malt and hints of fig/rasin mixed so none is dominent. the sweet caramelized malts give a pleasent sugary tone and there is a moderate hop bitterness at the end.

this beer finishes with a medium body and a good balance of malt, esters, and subtle hops. a nice belgian brown and worth a go.

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

Poured in a Grimbergen chalice.

Taking this one just after the Achel Blond. I was expecting a Belgian Strong Dark Ale but it's a Dubbel! :) Nevertheless, it has a very nice appearance and it's probably the best Dubble I've ever had.

A: Dark Amber color, just a bit cloudy. Thick and creamy head.
S: Sweetish. Aroma of spices, malts, caramel, yeast.
T: Brown malts, caramel, and sweet bread with some smooth bitterings from the hops (sweet spices and dark fruits?).
M: Long aftertaste. Could feel more the 8% ABV here, if compared with the Blond.
D: Again, a very a discrete Trappist but not underrated at all. Remarkable.

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Photo of JayDub
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

A - Medium brown, slightly hazy. A dense, sticky, cream colored head that settles to a nice sheet, lasts to the bottom, and leaves a bit of lace all the way down.

S - Caramel, dark fruits, hints of clove spices. A somewhat subdued and pleasing aroma.

T - Toasted malts, a hint of hop spiciness, medicinal notes, and some dark fruits. A slightly metallic note lingers at the end. The 8% alcohol is well hidden.

M - The carbonation on this smacked me hard at first, then I let it rest and warm a bit. Definitely better when it warms up. A creamy, medium body that goes down with ease. A clean and dry finish with a medium level of carbonation.

D - This is a very nice Trappist. Cold out of the bottle it was a bit brash, but changed character nicely when it warmed. I wish I had a few more bottles to get to know this beer better, but alas, it's not available locally.

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Photo of vancurly
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

8% ABV ? My bottle comes in at 9.5%.

BB 3/11. Served in gold-rimmed La Trappe chalice.

a) Gorgeous deep cherry brown, good bubbling, thick beige head that clings to the side with a foamy meniscus.

s) Honeycomb, some stale hops, touch licorice. Warms into waxy, candle perfume... maybe some stonefruit.

t) Outstanding melange of flavours. Slight metal/rust note, prunes, dates, touch of lemon sorbet (in mouthfeel too), molasses, toast crust, chocolate. Faint funky vegetal note & wet hessian, white pepper. Seems like a hint of curacao in there too, although I could be mistaken. Late herbal taste, like bay leaf. Brandy-like with the alcohol warmth.

m) Tingly tongue first up, slight dustiness, but smooth body lit up with some alcohol warmth.

d) Outstanding ale. Seems more complex than other Dubbels - more like Strong Dark Belgian Ale, but not with the cloying heaviness. Makes this an easy yet complex drink.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the liquor shop around the corner. The newest trappist brewery, with the smallest output (even less than westvleteren!!)....let's see Poured into an original Achel glass. The beer pours a nice brown-amber color with a thick, very creamy head that offered good lacing during drinking.

Smell: Clear roasted malts, citrus fruits, yeast, spicy hops and some brown sugar.

Taste: Roasted malts again, caramel, raisins and/or prune, citrus, the beer is slightly sour as well (cherrie) with some well balanced bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

Overall: I like this trappist, it is clearly different from all others. Perfectly balanced and very easy to drink. Recommendable.

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Photo of bobsy
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A careful pour results in a creamy light tan head filling my goblet to the brim as it enthusiastically rises above a deep chestnut coloured body. While the retention is excellent, constantly replenished as it is by a steady carbonation, its lacing is not as prolific as you would hope.

The nose is a tad disappointing, and seems to lack the richness and depth that I look for. Instead of assertive malts, what we have is far more subtle. Delicately scented fruits overlay a light sweet breadiness and faint hint of alcohol. Even as it warms its more of a ballet dancer than a bruiser, and although its not what I initially wanted I'm starting to appreciate its nuances. Taking a sip I find that a pillowy carbonation manages to bulk up what is otherwise a surprisingly light body. Its certainly not as chewy as a regular dubbel, but the extra bulk and smoothness from the bubbles certainly helps.

Fruity and fragrant from start to finish, the flavours are just as delicate as the aromas, with ripe apple and pear providing the focus against a sweet bready malt background. The alcohol combines with the yeast to result in a spicy, slightly warm finish. As the beer warms more esters come to the fore, resulting in the addition of some tropical notes. While all this is well and good, I can't help but feel that it needs a bit more malt presence to elevate it to the next level. Without the extra oomph that a solid malt backbone provides this beer fails to go from good to great.

While I did enjoy this beer, its simply not up there with other world-class dubbels, mostly because it plays the malt too lightly. I feel it has so much promise and a few tweaks would make it spectacular.

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

Big time gusher upon opening, ended up losing a good 2-3 oz. probably. Pours Deep amber with a billowing 4 finger head that leaves webs of lacing as it subsides.

Smell is heavy on spices with hints of dark fruit and clove. Has a bit of a citrus kicks. Very pleasant.

Taste is light citrus and dark fruit up front with a good amount of spices washing it down. Fairly refreshing and easy to drink. Mouth is a tad thinner than I generally would want but the high carbonation levels luckily do not cause a whole lot of sting. Drinkability is top notch, this just went down smooth despite the spiciness. Great beer overall, a very high quality example of the style.

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Photo of christopherfalk
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OK, first review here so bear with me...

Tasted in an Achel goblet. Chilled the bottle from room temp for maybe 15 minutes in the fridge so it might have been a touch warm, but it seemed about right.

Appearance - Deep reddish-brown in color with big head, both in quantity and size of bubbles. Didn't lace much at all. Slightly cloudy appearance but mostly clear - probably some yeast knocked loose from the bottom of the bottle. The head subsided quickly.

Aroma - I was surprised to find not much of one. No hop presence I could detect, caramel and nut and a wonderful slightly funky/musty farmhouse kind of yeast smell.

Taste - Warm but without any solventy or alcoholic flavor. Caramel aftertaste married to more bitterness than expected. No hop flavor. Some tarty sour/farmhouse but proportionally not much compared to the aroma.

Mouthfeel - Silk. Absolute silky smoothness assisted by the fizz of high carbonation.

Drinkability - A strong but smooth beer that represents the style well. Smoother than some other Dubbels out there, Chimay included - possibly due to Achel's use of Westmalle yeast and a step mash that results in good balance of dextrins.

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

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

A: Deep, dark brown/black with a thick head that lasted, but lacing was a tad on the spotty side.

S: Brown sugar and roasted come to the forefront; was expecting a little more from the nose, but it came out moreso in the taste...

T: Brown sugar/caramel apple/vanilla/nutmeg amongst other spices. Excellent creamy round flavor with little bite on the finish.

M: Texture was velvety smooth on the palate; exactly what you would want from a dubbel.

D: I typically don't session a dubbel, but this one is do-able.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served ambient August Antwerp temperature into a Delirium glass in my hotel room on 08.13.09. Bottle reads 23/04/11.

Nose is dark and spicy with soft notes of Belgian funk. Soft and creamy, dark ripe fruit, notes of tropical fruit. Smells good.

Pours rich dark ruby, almost opaque, massive rocky head. Looks near perfect.

Thick and rich, almost rum-like sugary sweetness up front and a spicy linger. Smooth full body with warm soft carbonation. Hints of alcohol. Soft nut biscuit malt. Spicy coolness. Sweetness dies down to a softer bready sweetness. Suggestions of banana. Soft herbal musky bitterness. Finishes softly fruity, mostly clean. Tastes good. Feels good to very good. Good drinkability.

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

A: Poured it into my Achel glass. A beautiful brown/ruby color with a thick creamy head.

S: Roasted malts, toffee and some citrus. Slightly alcoholic.

T: Roated malts and nuts. Caramel, dark fruits, citrus and some bitterness.

M: A good body and medium carbonated.

D: A good rich trappist although not my favorite trappist.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled June, 2004

This beer was poured into a Biere de Miel glass and had a very dark mahogany color. There was a small cream colored head which went away.

The first sniff smelled like rich molasses and raisins. I took another and could smell other concentrated fruits like plum. The taste was not to far from the smell. A very rich and sweet molasses flavor dominated the flavor profile but not in a bad way. It turned into a slight malty bitterness and finished dry. The flavors were very mellow and easy to drink. The alcohol was undetectable.

This beer was a very nice treat.

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

Dark brow nearly opaque amber color. Strong full head slightly off white in a creamy caramel color. A well defined layer a lace keeps to the edge of the glass.

Smell is sharp with dark tones of glazes and roast. A hidden blend of malt and sugars. Whiffs up the nose remind me of past lives.

A smooth pleasant taste which leaves the mouth eager for the next.

Feel is import of fizz and tingyness that results from sugary alcohol.

Very drinkable. Another great Trappist.


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Photo of SleepyMonk
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 75cl bottle into a Chimay chalice at a temperature of 10 degrees Celsius.

The body boasts a very deep and splendid dark coffee hue and much darker than other beers of the brune category. The beer had to e poured in several stages as the degree of carbonation produces a very healthy two finger of white head.

Aroma is rather thin compared what one may expect after inspecting such a deep hue. Dark roasted fruits dominate the nose of the beer with the odor of crushed and heated red apples. The aromatic spectrum finishes with a soft, almost baked, yeast.

On the initial sips the palate is treated to roasted nuts and and a dark fruit like medley of sweet prunes, dates and raisons. Tart fruits like over ripened plum blend to give a sour mid tone and a soft, but well balanced, malt flavor rounds proceedings of nicely.

Initial inspection (in particular the active head upon pour) leads the drinker to expect an over carbonated offering however by the end of the glass it is clear that this is one of the most well balanced Trappist Dubbels available.

The mouthfeel is smooth and only a mild alcohol and spice finish. A great example of the Dubbel style and highly recommended.

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

Nose is fairly mute but upon deeper inhalation opens up notes of dried out raisins. Carbonation is extremely lively and produces a long lasting lace. Strong notes of champagne in the aftertaste. Clean. Dry. Tickles. Faint malt backbone. Some notes of dates come into the front.

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

Poured from bottle to Chimay chalice.

Appearance - Deep amber brown with no yeast seen inside. Poured with a 2 finger frothy head that recedes rather quickly and leaves a wispy lacing.

Smell - Tons of dark fruits, figs, plum and bready like yeasts. Belgian esters apparent. Maybe a bit of spicyness detected in the nose.

Taste - Very sweet with a lot of raisins and fig. Plums can be detected also, very nice belgian funk on the end. Grapes come through as it warms and it gets to become more like a sweet soda almost, very interesting. Not much hops to speak of.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth and refreshing in the mouth, carbonated just right. This is a very delightful mouthfull.

Drinkability - Could drink quite a few of these, and at this alcohol level I would get quite drunk, but wouldn't stop me, only the price would.

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

pours with a big old merangue head with beautiful bubbly carbonation

Smell is dried fruit, and a little banana bread

Taste is nice, a lot of yeasty dark fruits, caramel, some cherries, and a little minerally but clean alcohol kick at the end

Very drinkable, enjoyable Trappist brew, very light and tasty yet complex for a brune

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

A: The pour is a rich amber color with about one finger of foam.

S: The nose is quite complex with yeast, caramel, dark dried fuits, and floral notes as well. A very complex nose.

T: Sweet caramel malt and plenty of dark dried fruits. There is some mild spice (clove is what I mostly notice), and yeast as well.

M: Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation and a dry finish.

D: Great mouthfeel and some nice fruit and yeast character to this beer. I did not used to enjoy the Belgian styles all that much, but this is a good step in the right direction.

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

11.2 ouncer, pours clear Dubbel brown, head is initially huge, then slowly receeding, loose and frothy, leaving a thick collar and thick film and some spots of thick stick and areas of sheeting. Bread, brown sugar and ripe fruit nose. Sweet malts, more fruit, and notes of vanilla, alcohol, and rum. Yummy stuff. Warming, complex and flavorful. A nice treat (Expensive @ $5.99 for the teeny bottle)

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