BEER STYLE AND COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Style category: Belgian Trappist Strong Ale / Dubbel
A dark amber, strong 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. The Bruin is shockingly easy to drink despite the alcohol and complexity. It is lightly filtered, but still wholesomely hazy with yeast remaining and refermenting in the bottle.
OUR BREWVIEW ON TRAPPIST ACHEL BRUIN 8
8% ABV, deep ruby-brown color with a creamy, dense, off-white colored head that leaves behind even sheeting in the glass.
The aromas are full of dark fruits- figs dates, raisins, cinnamon, cloves. The spicy phenols are as we remember 16 years ago. Faint tootsie roll chocolate, and walnuts.
The fruitiness / spicy phenols in this Dubbel is unlike any of the other Trappists. Faint nutmeg, cardamom, with a very gentle hop bitterness as well. The yeast character comes through quite nicely, but is not dominant.
Medium bodied, the first sips gently coat the entire mouth, and it has a semi-dry / spicy / nutty finish. The aftertaste is of cloves, sweet malt, and hops.
FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS
(Cheeses) Rich, Blue veined, Trappist or Washed Rind cheeses would go very well- many to choose from. The classic charcuterie platter with rich, salty meats.
Wide open, but our suggestions would be beef or venison. Barbeque, Carbonade flamande, Steak Frites, Boudin.
Dark Chocolate Chipotle Sweet Potato Fudge, Mini Spicy Crust Bourbon Pecan Pies, Triple Ginger Snap Cookies.
This was a great reunion of sorts- after 16 years, we do remember the Trappist Achel ales being unlike the others in aroma and flavor.
This would be a great addition to do a blind tasting against the other Trappist Dubbels, to see exactly what we mean.
We would highly recommend picking up some bottles now, and aging some – up to 5 years. Another world class product from the brewery, seek this one out for sure. If you can’t find it in your area (as it is somewhat rare), give our friends at Belgian-Style Ales a shout out!
ADDITIONAL LINKS- MARCH 2017 BREWERY SPOTLIGHT
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