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

bottled
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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (34282) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2009
Draught @ the monastary
Clear dark red brown color with a large, frothy - creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, off-white head. Aroma is light to moderate malty, brown sugar, roasted notes, black berry, light to moderate yeasty, spicy, light notes of coriander and pepper. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a long to average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20081026]

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (30747) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 27, 2008
From tap at the monastery. Pours almost clear and golden deep amber with a diminished off-white head. Roasted malty aroma. Light spiced. Flavour is mild fruity and with a light roasted caramel malt base. Light bitternes and spiced into the finish. Smooth and medium dry with a light bitternes. Light yeasty fruity in the far finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25089) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2008 (On tap) Deep orangey brown, filtered with a small, creamy head. Light caramel-like notes and a marked yet discreet hoppiness. Again a very quaffable and quenching light trappist. 110505

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dedollewaitor (13747) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2014 Draught @ Achel. Pours cloudy amber with a creamy head. Nuts, caramel and grain. A bit of fruit. Smooth and dry. Fine.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MiP (13513) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2008
Draught at the monastery’s cafeteria. Hazy dark brown colour. Very small light brown head. OK roasted flavour, quite mild. Slightly citric finish, probably from the grain.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (13191) - 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

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
thewolf (11128) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bierkoning (9999) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Koelschtrinker (9998) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (7809) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 9, 2006
Draught Small, but stable beige head, leaving some lace. Darker amber than this is usually known as black. Fresh, light hops nose. Once again, a vegetable bit - like the Buxus in the blonde, but less obvious than in that one. Some dry malt and hopstaste as the blonde, but the real dark malts enhance the bitterness just that little bit to give it a real malt character without excess sweet. Dry, even dry-out effect. Another very well-balanced beer, good and reviving.


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