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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dnstone (2378) - 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 (3261) - 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 (5155) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (15605) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 1, 2010
On tap at the brewery cafe, as 5 Bruin. It poured a hazy, dark amber body under a small, off-white to beige head leaving lacings. The aroma was initially buttery and toffee-ish, but after finishing the blond first, it smoothened and presented roasted malts and dried fruits. Also some hops. The flavor was sweet, slightly buttery, and with caramel, dried fruits and hints of roasted malts. Full-bodied, and with caramel sweetness and some bitterness in the finish. A quite nice beer that is too buttery, even though it smoothens after a while. As I drank the beer though, I sort of grew fond of the level of butteryness, and it drank well with the cake I had to it. Still prefer the blond though. 091008

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
poroukas (8) - Larnaca, CYPRUS - OCT 17, 2009 does not count
Hazy dark brown colour. Flavor is sort of leafy with roasted malts and fruits. Ok but not really fantastic

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
delnoche (482) - Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA - OCT 16, 2009
Served in a Trappist glass from the tap at De Achelse Kluis. This beer is actually Achel Bruin 5. Cloudy dark brown with thick off-white head. Aroma is toasted malt and yeast. Flavor is toasted bread, cereal, brown sugar with a subdued hops kick. Medium-bodied. Lightly hoppy finish with sweet overtones. Very interesting flavor. Quite drinkable. Really nice brew.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Borresteijn (5572) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 21, 2009
On tap at De Achelse Kluis as Achel Bruin 5. Hazy dark brown with a thick off white head. Aroma of sulfur, rotten eggs, dung. WTF?! Flavour is light sulfur, some yeast and all bitterness. No malt backbone or any sugar left whatsoever. Dry mouthfeel, light bodied. This must have been in very bad shape, because this was Trappist unworthy. Bummer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Wim (3202) - Weelde, BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2009
on tap @de achelse kluis brown coloured body with a off white head a yeast spicy aroma a yeast spicy fruity caramel sweet taste with a sweet bitter finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
skortila (4867) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - AUG 10, 2009
On tap @ De Achelse Kluis. Aroma has caramel malts, sugar, yeast, dark fruits, some roast and is a bit soapy. Hazy, brown coloured beer with a creamy, off-white head. The taste is sweet, bit yeasty/bit earthy. It has caramel and dark fruits. Okay, but not really fantastic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4691) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 7, 2009
(Draught@Achel) Opaque dark brown with a smallish, lasting and lacy head. Mild, caramely-malty aroma. Flavor of caramely malt, some dried fruit, hint of licorice and coriander spiciness. Almost medium body, soft carbonation. Very clean and quite good for the ABV, but maybe it wouldn’t be a huge commercial success.

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