Brewed by Brouwerij der Trappistenabdij De Achelse Kluis
Style: Abbey Tripel
Hamont-Achel, Belgium


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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
First brewed in 2010 and only distributed on 75 cl bottles. Based on a recipe from 2004 called Achel Zomer (8.5% ABV).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PeatyPete (953) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2015
Hazy golden color with white foam. Fruity aroma. Malt, Belgian yeast. Taste is slightly sweet, caramel, fruity and silky.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maakun (4066) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2015
75cl bottle shared with the crusty crew. Hazy dark golden with white head. Orange up front, fresh apricots, yeast, light doughy, herbs, sugary with soft caramel and fudge. Quite nice fruity sweetness with soft bitter finish. Above medium bodied with full carbonation. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lokitje (163) - - JUN 8, 2015
Great fresh aroma little malt and very fruitful looks yellow little trouble taste fruit hops some bitterness medium body a Nice beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (4604) - BELGIUM - MAY 30, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2016 The last of the current Achel trappists I hadn’t tasted yet, apparently only sold at the abbey in 75 cl bottles and the follow-up to Achelse Zomer, a wonderful brew I bought in 2004, which was a one-off made for the abbott’s birthday; this version is slightly different, more dry and stronger. Since I remember Achelse Zomer quite well despite it being eleven years, I am very interested in how this one relates to its predecessor. Big, towering, foamy, frothy, off-white, dense, lacing head (even very slight gushing), colour hazy golden blonde with a ’peachy’ hue and fierce, champagne-like fizz; turns a murky brownish peach with deposit. Strong ’Belgian yeast’ aroma of Conférence pear, green plum, hint of banana, fresh pineapple, white bread, dough, vague suggestion of crushed peppermint leaves, whisky, roasted pine nuts, soap, subtle honey accent, flowers, but some wet paper as well, bit phenolic. Powerful onset of unripe fruits, green plum, pear, some ’green’ banana and berries, citric freshness (a little bit sourish), with a very strong, minerally, drying carbonation tantalising the tongue - for a tripel, after all a well-carbonated style in most cases, this seems even a bit overcarbonated. Lovely bready and eventually even honeyish malt sweetness ensues, perhaps some white candi syrup sweetness too, very light toasted touch to it, while the spicy yeastiness persists, becoming clove- or even slightly mint-like in the end; full but smooth mouthfeel. Finishes in nicely lingering bready malt sweetness and estery fruitiness, along with a fair dosis of leafy, lightly peppery hop bitterness, retronasal soapy phenols and warming but nowhere disturbing, ’jenever’- or even lightly whisky-like booze. In all: more than decent, the trappist quality stamp is all over it, but it seems to lack some personality in comparison with e.g. Westmalle Tripel or Chimay Triple. Hoppier and more ’warming’ than the regular Achel 8 Blond, but a bit more ’coarse’ as well due to the high carbonation; in comparison with the original Achelse Zomer of 2004, this is a bit of a disappointment, as it lacks the lush, ’baroque’ fruit exuberance which gave Achelse Zomer its distinctive character. Still, the dry-hopping worked well here, this is a good tripel by all means.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maxbier (900) - Maryland, USA - MAY 13, 2015
Golden with off white head. Yeasty, herbal aroma. Flavor is similar; spicy, grassy and herbal. Some bitterness, light but sweet clean malty flavor through the finish. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (25472) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 22, 2015
Bottled (backlog). Hazy yellowish orange colour with a small white head. Aroma is wood, some herbs, yeast, quite citrusy as well as mild earthiness. Flavour is citrus, some wood, resin, quite strong on the yeast along with some herbs and earth to it. Yet very fresh and nice. Hides the alcohol really well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DwarfeD (2797) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - APR 5, 2015
75cl bottle shared at home. Somewhat hazy golden with a full white head. Full body with low to moderate carbonation. Well balanced sweet and bitter tones. Citrus, peach, yeast, warming alcohol and herbs. A very tasty trapist.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gangstergafje (699) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - MAR 17, 2015
Beautiful golden color. Little cloudy. Nice layer of foam. Fresh smell. Taste is bitter in the end, but sweet at first. Beautifully balanced, nice craftsmanship of the monks. God, do I love Trappist beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (3069) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 14, 2015
Bottle at S&G tasting. APPEARANCE: clear blond beer, nice stable white head. NOSE: wheat, alcohol. TASTE: wheat, alchol, nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PauloAG (251) - BELGIUM - MAR 10, 2015
750cc bottle. Pour dark cloudy blonde with a thick white head. Sweet, fruits and flowers. Slightly dry and bitter finish.

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