thornecb (4789) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured dark copper into snifter. Initial active carbonation quickly dissipates to cling to the rim. Raisins and date aromas. Very interesting body - light to medium to full. More raisins and dates to a long trappist malt finish. Quite nice.
RichardGretton (4407) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Cloudy off black beer with a strong head. The aroma is fermented fruit and the flavour is thick, fruity, dry, fizzy and slightly coffee. Overall a nice beer.
ezra456 (39) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 31, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
poured out a dark brown with a huge fuffy head, that stuck around for a while. nose consisted of prunes, yeast, and some alcohol. flavors consisted of bread, caramel, toffee, vanilla, and a finish of bananas and alcohol. a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. an amazing brew. defenitely worth the 6 bucks i paid for it.
NosirIwont (2121) - Aalborg Vestby, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours hazy amber brown with a slightly off-white head. Creamy, sweet and fruity aroma. Flavour is sweetish and fruity with notes of alcohol and faint notes apple in the finish. Not a lot of body, but it works anyway. Not a very complex beer, but pretty nice. 28-01-06.
Ratman197 (11100) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured a Hazy copper with a small off white head. Aromas of banana, spices and a hint of brown sugar. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of spices and fruitiness with a dry sweet finish.
SHIG (3923) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JAN 28, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2008 Very dark in color with creamy head. Smell is very rich of fruit. Malty flavor that last on the tongue. Was a very pleasent beer overall!
Rerate 17 Apr 08 - Bottle: Poured a dark brown with a jello like tan cream head. The aroma is rich fruit with some earthy tones. The taste is a tangy leafy malt with some strong fruit. Still a solid beer but not the 4.7 I orginally rated it.
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy deep reddish-brown in color with a large creamy off-white head. Fruity and malty aroma is nice but lacks the complexity of other trappist ales. Flavor is excellent and complex, with notes of chocolate, fruit, and roasted malt. Nice thick body with a salty, slightly bitter finish.
GarrettB (1204) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2007 Achel, the new born babe of the Trappist family, has nothing to fear from its elder brothers. This precocious brewery pours some fine beers, especially the 8 Bruin, a Strong Belgian characterized by a unique flavor in a sub-category bloated with prosaic flavors. Although I’m mired in the landlocked state of Colorado, the fine Crosling of LiquorMax offered Achel at his store, enabling me to get a wee taste of the fine life. And fine it is indeed. The voluminous and luminous color of the Achel is a murky brown, and reminds me of when I was younger, peering through hollow logs on a spring day’s exploration. Atop this fancifully brown beer is goose-down textured fluff; a cream colored mattress that gives the lip a place to rest while the mouth does its work on the brew. First impressions are often misleading, which is the way it was between myself and the 8 Bruin. At first all I could notice was a dominating alcohol, which in this beer is a double edged sword of delicious pungency and lacerating booze. But then marches in the sweeter flavors of darker fruits and wood, which Achel has made an inseparable duo. After the sweet stage fizzles away I’m left with a dry, malty and woody aftertaste which fades away quickly. The Achel reminds me of “the fruits of the land” so to speak, with its heavy emphasis on foraging flavors and the scent of the woods. Could this have been the favored drink in Eden? A paradise replete with verdancy and sweet delicacies would not be better served by much than the Achel 8 Bruin; a top notch and refreshingly unique Belgian Strong Ale.
Quinten (1051) - zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 22, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
wonderfull one! next one of my favorits, Big stable creamy light brown head. Flavour of malt and brown sugar. some late peppery aftertaste. nice carbonation.
no 8 in the kelder
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gorgeous color! Looks like browned cherries. Body is thick and nearly opaque with only some slight glowing from within when up to a strong light source. Solid medium sized cap of delicately bubbled froth sits atop for good length showcasing a bleached sandy brown hue. Lacing sticks in some minimal stringy patches.
Aroma is grapey and dark to say the least. Quite vinous-like with a rustic red/dark grape quality mixing with hints of raisin, prunes, and has a ghostly magnitude of yeasty alcoholic esters.
Taste is fruity, dark, and uncomfortably dry in the finish. Starts pretty vibrant and active with a bit much on the carbonation end taking away from the overall aspects that could be reached. The malts are there underneath the carbonation carrying a core of grapey prunes,cherry, and raisin. Chalky mid ranges with floral hints and yeasty esters grabbing hold in a drying tone that drags right into the finish with awkwardly handled balance. It bleakfully gains some acceptable tonality.
Feel is overly carbonated and hard to get down at times. Body seems about medium but is hard to tell with so much activity in the carbonation and yeast tones. Smoothes out some as it goes, thankfully.