Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Trappist Achel 8° Bruin

Best before date: 7/20/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 26B Belgian Dubbel

AROMA: Moderate malty/estery nose with notes of dark and dried fruits. Subtle phenolic spicy character. Mild alcohol presence, though clean. No discernible hops (none needed). 9/12

APPEARANCE: Dark, slightly cloudy burgundy/light brown hue (17-22 SRM). Large foamy head retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Fairly complex palette with a constant interplay between genuine malt base and fruity/spicy yeast character. Almost perfume-like at first with a tingling spicy, slightly soapy sensation. Malt base is fairly bready with a rich sweetness on the finish. Notes of dark fruit and a touch of banana are present throughout. Alcohol is a significant component as well imparting just a bit of vanilla. Phenols seem to account for the bitterness; actual hop presence is rather low in terms of both taste and bitterness. Lingering fruitcake flavor in the aftertaste. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body; moderately-high carbonation. Texture is quite soft and smooth. Alcohol warmth is present, but gentle at 8% ABV. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Classic Belgian Dubbel in virtually all aspects. One of the lesser-known and underrated Trappist brews. 9/10


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