Trappist Achel 8° Blond

Before I start this review, I want to say how lucky I’ve been with beer, generally speaking. I rarely get a beer that’s off. This one, I think, was definitely off. The flavors that I got didn’t match up with a tripel at all and definitely wasn’t a world-class beer. With that being said, this a beer I would definitely have again and by no means would I discourage anyone from trying this beer. Onto the review…

ABV: 8%

Style: Tripel

Trivia: According to, “The history of the brewery goes back to 1648, when Dutch monks built a chapel in Achel. The chapel became an abbey in 1686, but was destroyed during the period of the French Revolution. In 1844, the ruins were rebuilt by monks from Westmalle, and various farming activities began. The first beer to be brewed on the site was the Patersvaatje in 1852, and 19 years later in 1871, the site became a Trappist monastery, with beer brewing a regular activity. In 1914 during World War I, the monks left the abbey due to German occupation. The Germans dismantled the brewery in 1917 to salvage the approximately 700 kg of copper. In 1998 the monks decided to begin brewing again. Monks from the Trappist Abbey of Westmalle and Rochefort Abbey assisted in the building of the new brewery. In 2001, the brewery released the Achel 8° beers. Like all other Trappist breweries, the beers are sold in order to support the monastery and charities.”

Random: I don’t know who looks worse today, the Eagles or the Giants. This is annoying.

This brew poured with a huge and fluffy egg white head. It dissipated insanely slowly, to the point of being excessive. It left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, light orange with moderate carbonation. The nose had a lot of bright citrus, golden fruit and some Belgian yeast. The taste? Not so good and not reminiscent of a tripel. I got lemon and this other weird taste that I couldn’t place. It was like rubber and pepper. I couldn’t find any yeast in this at all. This beer was eh… The finish was quick and the body was light, with very light carbonation. Two things that are also odd for a tripel. I’m thinking that there was something majorly off with this beer. This is one I’m definitely going to have to try again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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