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 BMoney575
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 6-19-09
Best before 8-10-09

Pours a fizzy, deep caramel brown color, with a creamy off white head that to a thick crust. Lacing is a thick layer of foam that gradually slides down the glass.

Smell is sweet, lots of dark fruit aromas and just a touch of slight age and alcohol. The malt is there, subtle and sweet, with a slight smokiness and burnt sugar.

Taste is light caramelized malt, with a slightly Belgian sourness in the middle. Light but very sugary, with a nicely bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is extremely carbonated and as a result, rather thin. Too bad.

Drinkability is very good, light flavors let the alcohol sneak right up on you.

Overall, a good beer and worth a shot.

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really in the mood for a trappist tonight and my local bottle shop didn't have any of my go-to's in stock, so my venturing mind and palate decided on this.

Poured into a chalice. Great white creamy head that just sits on top like it ain't no thang. Very hazy rusted nail body that clears up around the top and sides. Carbonation seems to run through the beer at a mild pace.

The smell is utterly complex. I feel like I smell something different every time I dip my nose into the glass. It's this type of complexion that can only be seen in Belgian Trappist beers IMO. My nose picks up on coriander, white grapes, acetic apple, lavender, floral scents, tart cherry, a smooth typical belgian yeast, lemongrass.

The taste is just as complex as the smell. My palate is able to decipher tart white grapes, fairly acetic green apple, light belgian candy, light tart cherry, brown sugar, and lemon among other things. Tons of raisins come out nicely and match well with the brown sugar, both of which are two of the more noticeable features. There is a yeasty mouthfeel to do this which is a little bit off putting, but this is greatly outweighed by the other flavors and is only a trivial matter.

Excellent beer, will definitely have another one of these again soon. Curious how this one ages.

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

Poured into a Chimay goblet.

From a 33cl bottle.

A - Pours a nice brown color with some orange hues. A one finger head that is off-white and is very dense and retains itself well.

S - Fruity and phenolic. Mostly banana and some coriander sprinkled about.

T - Bananas all through the palate and also some prunes. Yeats tastes are also present and so is some nuts.

M - Very well carbonated but a bit watered down.

D - Refreshing and very drinkable. The fruity sweetness is not overwhelming.

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Photo of berkey
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle poured in a Chimay glass.

Pours with a massive, incredibly persistent, slighly off white head. Body is a pale yet dense medium brown. Lacing is beautiful and so is this beer overall.

Aroma is of dates and figs typical of the style but a little milder than many others. Just a bit of spice and an unexpected tart-sour aroma.

More fruity malt on the palate, still quite subued though. Also some powdery chocolate and bready yeast. Whatever tart aroma I was picking up earlier is now not to be found. High carbonation creates the prickly mouthfeel one would expect from a Trappist Dubbel. Highly drinkable, more so than others I've tried so far.

Overall not as complex as some other I've tried but the clean refreshing quality keeps it very enjoyable. This may be the latest Trappist ale to earn a spot in my fridge.

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Photo of peabody
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out dark Iced tea color with three fingers of off white really small and foamy bubbles that cling to the chalice.
Smell is typical for the dubbel with lots of spice and malt and sugary goodness. This one smells really inviting. Corriander and clove and pepper with a sugary maltyness.
Taste is Belgian all the way. A little watery and washy but still very nice flavors of malt and sugar with a slight raisin fruityness.
This doesn't hold up to other Belgians in the mouthfeel area. This one has a bit too much watery feel to it.
Drinkability is good here if you can stand the price.

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Photo of Kensai
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice brown caramel color. Carbonation rich in the beginning, but not persistent.

Amazing aroma, very pleasant taste: a great representative of the Dubbel style. Slightly acidic and rich in sensations. 8% alcoholic content so go easy on the bottles you open.

Pairs greatly meat plates.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 into Ommegang chalice. BBD 7/28/2010.

A fair amount of carbonation rising from this one into a moderately clean (for a Dubbel) fig/date colored body. Head was around 3/4 finger but calmed down pretty quickly. Color of body is a little turbid.

This has a little bit of either skunkiness or a Germanic hop profile at first. Then the creamy dried fruits emerge, but they're pretty subtle. Hint of booze.

Oooh...classic Dubbel bounce. A little bright carbonation and sweetness of dates, figs and a little bit of plum and prune. Light enough to make the spritely carbonation deliver a little bit of dry booze with just a hint of hop pine to moderate. A little tinny aftertaste at first...this is common with a lot of Belgian bottles I'm noticing...especially in the Dubbel/Quad/BSDA goes in decent time. This is one of the good ones.

Just a very enjoyable old-school Dubbel feel. The carbonation and the dark fruits mesh up in Beautiful Chemistry to yield a creamy palate feel...sort of like cappucino foam (if you drink that sort of thing). Finish is long, deep and velvety. Just enough hops and dry booze to clean this one out nicely.

I should let this one breathe a lot more but I find myself reaching back to the glass to enjoy more of it. Wish they would make 750s of this readily available; 33 cl just isn't enough.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A very deep orange red with some brown essence in there. There is a massive amount of carbonation making its way to the bone white head that is huge, fluffy, and creamy looking.

S- Very fruity with lots of pear and apple in the nose. Some figs, vanilla, white bread, bubble gum, and a hint of pepper is also in there. This smells absolutely wonderful. If I didn't know any better, I would almost say this was a Quad.

T- Exactly the same as the aroma but a bit more of a sharp edge to it. There is a slight sour quality to it as well. Still, this is very nice.

M- A little overcarbonated for my tastes. Although, it does keeps things pretty light. The alcohol is slightly numbing, but not noticeable otherwise.

D- A really enjoyable Dubbel. A complex treat that drinks pretty nice. This is one of my favorites of the style, if not my favorite. I will most definitely be getting this again.

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Photo of deg
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured the beer into a goblet. The beer was quite foamy, I had to wait a minute or so for the head to subside so that I could finish pouring the beer. The head was an off-white color and very thick, it never completely subsided. The beer itself had a nice slightly cloudy brown color. I couldn't place the smell, it was very faint to my nose, but I think there was malt and spice in there. I picked up a variety of flavors when I drank the beer. Malt, fruits like fig and raisins. The taste lingered nicely.

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Photo of rye726
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a rich cloudy brown with a nice thick tan head, excellent lace. Nose has bready malts, tropical fruits and spicy yeasts. The taste is also quite fruity and well balanced. Medium body has a nice soft carbonation and a lingering finish. A tasy brew from Achelse. Would love to have this on tap.

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

poued it out into a goblet with the date 07/04/2009 .

Appearance: i got a mountain of froth right after the pour ,the foam is off white and the beer is fairly deep mohogany .the retention of the foam is amazing it just stays and leaves sheets of lace.

Smell:fruity ester and malt a tad bit of flower scent in there as well.Dark fruits remind me of prunes and raisin some green apple and brown suger ,you can get alot out of this beers complex aroma.

Taste:it`s dark fruity flavor is evident follow by sweet suger and malt even the yeast and alcohol are noticeable in this brew .

mouthfeel:creamy and bitter ,yet it has a sweet side on the palate an alcohol bite and dry finish .

Drinkability: this is a fine brew a great catch at the least. i get this one often ,it`s a fruity bitter sweet sensation ,that has alot of complexities.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.42/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this at the bottle shop down the road.

From a bottle into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: Definately a gusher. Pours a big fluffy 3 finger thinner looking off-white / tan head with decent retention. Colour is a cloudy raw umber brown, quite muddy actually. Head fades to a decent cap leaving lots of immediate lacing. Medium to high levels of carbonation evident. A decent film cap stays to the end and leaves some lacing down the glass.

SMELL: A decently strong nose of caramel malt, brown sugar, and lots of dark fruits as well. Lots of fruity nuances, like raisins, dates, prunes, and something else unique, perhaps some dark grapes and green apples. Quite fruity, perhaps too much so.

TASTE: Caramel malt sweetness up front, but is soon dominated by the fruity esters from the nose and sweet brown sugar. Raisins, grapes, and some sour green apple in there before it's taken over by a solid spiciness from the alcohol. Sweet malt and spicy alcohol, with a bit of sour apples as well, are very prevalent in the long lasting aftertaste. A unique taste profile for a dubbel, but unfortunately not in a good way. The sourness was a little off putting by the end.

PALATE: Thin on the palate and lots of carbonation. Goes down prickly with a bit of a bite at the end and finishes quite cloying and mouth-coating. I'd like it to be a little thicker, creamier, and smoother. Not my favourite feel.

OVERALL: This seems to be a love-it-or-hate-it kind of brew, and I don't think I'm much of a fan. Definitely a unique dubbel, but a little too sour and thin for my palate. I had trouble finishing this one. There are plenty of dubbels I thoroughly enjoy, and sadly this is not one of them. I won't be getting this one again.

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Photo of bskrtz
3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A) Earthen brown, hazy but not cloudy & dense like many of its brethren. Light passes through my full pint challice

S) Sweet & sour, ginger, licorice & carmelized sugar

T) Crisp & dry, bitter overtones with strong alcohol. The sweet doughy taste of Belgian Bruin is there but lersser than most

M) Fizzy carbonation, thin & smooth

D) On the light side of the Dark Belgian Ale style. A great beer with or before a meal

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Photo of 1000Bottles
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber brown color with chunks of lees and a medium to thin light tan head. Aroma is sweet-n-sour, like a Flemish style. Fruity berries and cherries and tart sourness. Flavor is surprisingly un-tart. Wow, I was really expecting a bit of a puckerfest. Lightly sweet, rounded caramel, toffee, hints of apple and pear. Not rally a sweet beer, but not tart. Defies the senses. Really a nice beer - wonder where the tart nose comes from?!? Maybe the two years in the bottle?

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Photo of wl0307
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 17/01/2010, served lightly chilled in Westmalle's broad-rimmed chalice.

A: it pours a beautiful dark copperish to mahogany hue, showing constant input of lively carbonation when seen against light supporting a light beige creamy froth that simply refuses to budge for 1mm for even a second throughout the drink. A beauty.
S: dark sugary malts is intertwined seamlessly with the estery elements of Belgian dark ales that I would only relate to Chinese red-bean paste; not too sweet in terms of maltiness, while the fruit esters provide a really mild hint of red dates, prunes, and maybe sweet berry-fruits, while the yeastiness contributes a faintly stinky layer on top of everything. A well-made, integrated whole, the aroma.
T: upfront, immediately the bitter-sweet swallow introduces the palate to a mixed fruity maltiness full of the same ingredients as identified on the nose, added by an extra touch of dried & salted spicy hawthorn-fruits and semi-metallic touch of dark malts, while a healthy dose of dried-herb/tea's bitter-sweetness and maybe licorice laces the main flavour lightly. Slightly bitter and chewy-tannic in the finish, while the estery taste is equally lingering and provides a complementary sour-sweet fruity edge at the end of each sip.
M&D: pretty light on the carbonation, medium-bodied for a 8%abv. dark ale, easy to drink and coming with reasonable complexity, but all in all this bottle is not so impressive as my previous encounters throughout the years.

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

I absolutely hate it that it has taken so long to try the Achel beers. I haven't had a trappist ale that I haven't liked yet.

The beer explodes as it hits the bottom of the goblet with very active carbonation, and a volcanic head froms and prevents the 10 oz of beer from fully decanting. A deep burgundy hue with mild haze retains the foamstand well while leaivng an abundance of lacing on the glass. An ideal look for a Dubbel.

Candi-coated pilsner malts create a mouth-watering effect through sheer aromatics. Fruited with raisons, figs, dates, prunes, grapes, and apples. All with a sweet confectionate scent. Mild alcohol tart aromas blend well with phenolic peppery, spicy notes. Again, this all fits with the best Dubbels.

The candi-coated barley flavor continues well into the flavors and delivers a sugar cookie flavor with fruit punch esters and spicy, tart yeastiness that again, compiments the alcohols very well. Very round and complex flavors that come close to quinching my expectations of boldness- somehow, I want more.

As the carbonation promises, the beer is full, round and rich; expanding in the mouth with a dry, cotton-candy like sweetness. As the sweetness evaporates, the dryness and powdery textures make the beer whisp away effortlessly. A light coating of residual sweetness rests on the surfaces of the mouth.

This is one terrific beer; certainly fitting the high expectations of Trappist Dubbels.

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

Pretty clear dark amber with a lasting pancake like tan head with spotty lacing.

Very winey aromas of green apple and white grapes. Touches of sweet maltiness underneath the fruit.

Quite fruity and winey up front with white wine fruit like apple. Transitions to a nice bitterness with some toast and caramel sweetness in the finish.

Medium body and creamy.

Very interesting beer with lots of complexity and big wine character. Makes me want some soft stinky cheese. Good stuff.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Perfectly clear red brown body. Very high carbonation, great lacing and great head. Head color is slightly pinkish, texture is loose.

S: Malty sweetness present, but mostly the wonderful yeast aromatics come through. Mostly fruity grape, some apple.

T: Some malty sweetness, but mostly fruity yeast character, mimicking the aroma. A mild bitterness cleans the palette. Delivers powerful Belgian character.

M: Wonderfully filling and creamy feeling. Finish is clean.

D: Easily drinkable, no flavors are offensive or overstay their welcome. Well balanced.

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

This beer is a light clear amber/slightly red color. I didn't get much of a head on it because I poured it as slowly as possible as to try and prevent the MASSIVE amounts of monstrous Belgian yeast from invading my glass.

It doesn't have much of a smell to it, just a slight sour note; seriously smells almost like an almond, oaky, cherry champagne with some sweet barley in it.

Tastes great, very easy to drink and its heavy carbonation tickles your lips just like a champagne does. Big notes of yellow apples, pear, a hint of cherry and... passionfruit in the deep aftertaste? The more attention you give it, the more dimension it gives you! It's great stuff that comes off as simple and ends with a delicious, radiant smile.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy burgundy color with two fingers of rocky off white head.

Scent of dark fruits, sugars, yeast, with well hidden alcohol. It has a nice sweetness, but it does not have enough depth for my preference.

Taste of dark fruits, candi sugar, and yeast. A nice sweet fruity flavor without being too strong. Alcohol is hidden nicely.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a big bite from carbonation.

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Photo of Suds
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's a reddish, ruddy brown color with a towering white head. Cloudy liquid with a yeasty, beady, malty nose. The aroma is not intense, but pretty coy and restrained. There's also some difficult to discern fruits...peach? (Even tomato without the acidity?). A touch phenolic. The taste is solidly good, with a lot of malt and yeast interplay...there's a lot of sweetness up front and considerable spice, with an alcohol warming in the finish. Yeast flavor is present throughout the taste as well. Very carbonated, almost champagne like, with a medium-light body. All in all, I'd say that this brew, although quite good, doesn't live up to my expectations. It's nowhere near as complex and engaging as other Trappist ales.

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Photo of beveritt
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 33cl brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Label is very simple, various shades of brown with the name of the beer and brewery. Back label has dates to notch for freshness, but nothing is notched. Description in French and German/Dutch.

Appearance: Pours with 4 fingers of light tan head. this settles slowly to a pillowy, undulating 1 finger layer of foam. Nice sticky lacing. The beer itself is a deep mahogany. Surprisingly clear, with just a little haze. Some sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Caramel malt with hints of fig and raisins. Strong sourness/wheat twang.

Taste: Sweet fruity malt upfront, with hints of apricot and citrus. Mild, aged hop bitterness in the finish. Very yeasty and bready throughout.

Mouthfeel: Amazing "blooming" carbonation I have experienced in several Belgians lately. When the beer hits your tongue, the CO2 literally explodes out of solution, filling your mouth with a very creamy beer. Great. I love it. Body is very good.

Drinkability: A solid, full bodied, complex Belgian.

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

Beautiful fluffy tan head. Great retention and copious lacing. One of the best looking beers I've seen.

The first noticeable aromas are of sweet malt and Belgian yeast derived spice. Intensity is moderate. Nice vanilla note, with raisin, banana, cocoa, apple and much, much more. The longer you pay attention, the more you notice.

Flavor is incredibly good. Perfect level of bitterness (moderate) and sweetness (low). Soooo complex. Flavors match the aromas above.

Mouth filling carbonation and light-ish body make this very drinkable.

Damn good. I like as much as the Westvleteren 8. Very similar in fact.

Where's the praise for Achel?

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

Bottle from River's Bend.

Poured clear reddish brown color with a huge frothy head that lasted with excellent lacing.

Complex dark sweet fruit and yeasty aroma.

Medium body with a sticky texture.

Medium dark fruity flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of long duration with a small alcohol burn.

This is a standout beer.

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

Served from a bottle into a tumbler-like glass.

A: pours hazy, red-brown, with an amazing tan foam that forms like an ice cream cone and collapses into a rocky layer. beautiful.

S: currants, raisins, plums, slight grapes, molasses-like sweet aroma.

T: dark dried fruit, and in particular plum, raisins, and figs; mixes with slight spice notes (pepper and fennel). malt flavors are most like molasses, slightly caramel, and light. alcohol notes also present and provide balance against the fruity and sweet flavors. a bit of tart yeast flavor, maybe because I also decanted some of the dregs.

M: very effervescent; about medium feel and slightly syrupy.

D: a very good example of the dubbel style; does not hide the alcohol as well as others in the style but still a very good choice.

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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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