BEER STYLE AND COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Style category: Belgian Trappist Blonde / Tripel
A pale, strong, fruity, hoppy Trappist ale from one of Belgium’s six official abbey breweries. Achel 8° is hard to find even in Belgium; in the U.S. it’s up there with the rarest of beers. This blond, flavorful beer is a surprisingly refreshing brew at 8% alcohol by volume. It is lightly filtered, but still wholesomely hazy with yeast remaining and refermenting in the bottle.
OUR BREWVIEW ON trappist achel blonde 8
Deep gold color with a creamy, cotton ball density, white colored, 3-finger height head with large and small bubbles.
The aroma is very detectable from at least a foot away from the glass. Bready Trappist yeast, young peach skin, Loquat, Apricot, with some pineapple and green apple skin. As the beer warms up, the hop character does express itself even more.
The aromas definitely carry over into the taste, but there is also a nice European hop flavor with the Blonde, that adds a fresh but mild grassiness. The yeast character is not overly dominant; the malt-hop-yeast flavors are very well balanced. The spicy phenols are evident, as with all the Trappist Achel ales.
Medium bodied, very refreshing, dry and crisp finish. It tickles the tip of the tongue, and has a grainy, hoppy aftertaste.
FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS
(Cheeses) Rich, Blue veined, Trappist or Washed Rind cheeses would go very well. Boterhammen / Tartines, Salade Liégeoise. A great charcuterie platter with light sausages would be excellent.
Moules-frites, Waterzooi, Gegratineerde witloof / Chicons au gratin, Kip met frieten en appelmoes / Poulet-frites-compote, Paling in ‘t groen / Anguilles au vert, Stoemp. A well appointed platter of Sushi would be a gastronomic delight.
First thing that comes to mind- classic cheesecake! Anything lemon based: Lemon bars, Lemon Chiffon cake, Layered Lemon pies, Lemony White Chocolate Cheesecake, Lemon Ricotta Cookies With Lemon Glaze.
Being fans of the Trappist Tripel style, this holds its own very well within the genre.
This is one of those ales that evolves over time during consumption, the flavors and aromas keep improving as the beer warms up and is exposed to the air.
This was our first time tasting the Trappist Achel Blonde, and it was a delight! Fans of Trappist Tripels and crisp, refreshing beers will enjoy this one for sure! Seek this one out- we recommend aging for at least 2-3 years. Drink some now for sure, but the Blonde’s hoppiness would round out nicely over time with proper cellaring. World class, highly regarded.
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BrewView author GORDON A. PONCE is the main driving force behind Belgian Beer Journal.com. Since 1983, Gordon recognized that beers from Belgium were special, set apart from the typical craft beer.
He views beers from Belgium (plus Belgian-style and Belgian Inspired beers from other countries) great examples of the brewer’s art. Gordon and his wife live in beautiful Northern California- a great place to enjoy Belgian beer! Ecclesiastes 8:15