Brewed by Brouwerij der Trappistenabdij De Achelse Kluis
Style: Belgian Ale
Hamont-Achel, Belgium


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Editor’s note: It’s uncertain if they changed the beer, but it’s presented as Bruin at the brewery’s cafe. Formerly known as Achel 5 Amber

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Koelschtrinker (12131) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - DEC 18, 2011
Dunkler, herb-bitterer Antrunk, eher wenig aromatisch. Das Malz ist geringfügig röstig, ebenso die Hefigkeit. Wässrig-bitterer Abgang mit wenig Malzeinfluss. 10/7/9/7//7

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
marcot (770) - Campomorone, ITALY - OCT 11, 2011
In abbazia. Belgian ale ambrata, dava un po’ la sensazione di "annacquato", leggermente watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2011
On tap at the Achel cafe during last week’s trip to Belgium. Reviewed from notes. Surprisingly, this one was not served in an Achel chalice, but rather just a plain chalice. A bit disappointing. Pours a medium brown color with a bit off-white head and loads of lacing on the way down. The nose brings some faint notes of dark fruit plus a bit of brown sugar. The flavor is somewhat bitter and a bit too dry in the finish. Mild sweetness and faint dark fruit. Nothing complex or too compelling; probably worth a try though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bierkoning (10911) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUL 28, 2011
Tap @ brewery. Dark brown color, cloudy. Only hints of bread and milk chocolate in the aroma. Thin to medium bodied. Watery mouthfeel. Soft roast flavor with raisinny notes. Slightly bready. Soft raisin and malt finish. Distant cellar flavor. Take your time drinking this beer, it is served way too cold.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tderoeck (5794) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 17, 2011
9/07/2011 33cl from tap @ abbey De Kluis (2011-317)

Served way too cold. A bit cloudy purple brown beer, creamy light beige head, adhesive, fairly stable. Aroma: very fruity, caramel, malts. MF: light carbon, light to medium body. TAste: bitter start, some malts, citrus, bit grassy even. Aftertaste: citrus, little bitter, some milk chocolate and red berries on warming up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
thewolf (11378) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2011
Tap @ Achelse Kluis, Belgium.
Pours ruby red brown with a small, creamy, off-white head. Aroma has mild maltiness, some caramel, raisins, molasses and a hint of chocolate. Medium carbonation, sadly a bit thin. The flavour is not excactly weak, more subdued. Light sweet, some malts and raisins. Nice aroma, rather weak flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mickmac (484) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - SEP 22, 2010
Tap. Average sized dense off white head over a clear dark garnet body. Strong grain-bread aroma with some earthy spiceyness. Very little taste in the body of the beer, with a roasted malt bitterness to the finish. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dnstone (2349) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 30, 2010
Wonderful hop aroma intertwined with roasty-sweet duble. Roasty-earth hop flavor with a hint of sweetness, subtle strong roasty finish that lingers. Nice complexity Lighter mouthfeel with an underlying hop-pine citrus. Deep amber-brown-orane color. Thin white head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2010
On tap at Achelse Kluis w/ eds4bama. Pours a nice dark reddish amber color. Aromas of fruit, and some other hints, maybe some spices, maybe caramel. Flavor is a bittersweet, malty, and a hint of hops with a nice bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thebeertourist (5069) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 12, 2010
On tap at Achelse Kluis. Deep red copper brown with a small head. Malty, caramel and molasses aroma. Malty flavours, caramel sweetness, offsetting bitterness. A bit light-bodied. Drinkable.

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