LoveCaissa (874) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2004 Had this with a very nice dinner (made with Achel Bruin) at 'Den Tatoverede Enke' in Copenhagen. Initial flavour is malty and fruity (oranges) followed by a slightly spicy and bitter finish. An excellent (but not perfect) trappist ale. Added comment: Apparantly I missed the very nice touch of rowanberries in my first sampling. Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2002
Malty fruity and spicy. Not bad, but it still lacks the 'magic touch' to be as great as the old trappists. I have only tried this on tap at the abbey, but I have some bottles in my cellar which I'll have to try soon. skortila (6049) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 1, 2002
Dark, cloudy brown colour. Lasting head. So far so very good. Smell is good too; malty & spicy, perhaps a little sweet. Taste is superb. Definately one of those great trappistenbrews. Sweet, bitter taste, perhaps a little sour. Spicy though. Interesting brew. Taste is definately well balanced; complex between sweet and spice is very good. I would go as far as a 10 for taste! palate is less, a little alcoholic, that's I guess what made this trappist less than westvleteren and rochefort. pivo (2692) - GERMANY - SEP 30, 2002
Big nose of yeast, malt and spices, and hints of bananas. You can also smell the alcohol. A very nice reddish-brown color and a fizzy body with a lacy head. Caramel and toffee tastes with nutmeg undertones. A dainty bitter end that unfortunately has a slight metallic aftertaste. Full mouth feel. A meaty Belgian. MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2002
Actually nothing special for a Belgian strong ale. Very weak flavour (considered the alc. %) but little stronger and tastier than the Achel blonde. A great disappointment for me this Achel abbey was.
YogiBeera (2570) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2002
Mmh, yumm...nice nose of honey, raisons, malt and roasted chocolate. Wonderful hazelnut-brown body with hints of orange. Laying over it a small frothy head. Flavor very complex: On the sweet hand side: rosted chocolate also ripe bananas and on the spicey hand side: nutmeg and a lot of peppery notes. Fullmouth aroma, with a light bitter aftertaste. Finishes with a taste somehow strange. It's like a Pfefferkuchen for Christmas! I was nearly running up to the addict to get the christmas-stuff out, after drinking this beer...just kidding! omhper (26366) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2002
Deep ruby. Complex ose with notes of dried fruit. Malty and reasonably dry. Lingering flavours of fruit, berries and toffee, and complex all the way thruough to the dry and salty finish. Perhaps the rumour is true that one of the brewers from Rochefort is now brewing at Achel? Ernest (7989) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2014 Bottle (BB Nov 05, 2015).
Head is initially average sized, frothy/fizzy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium brown.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, nuts, toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers, herbs), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with light notes of gum and pepper.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Simple and somewhat bland. All these years and still have never had a great sample of this...it’s always ok but so very plain. Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - SEP 10, 2002
Brown, milky with a medium creamy head. Yeasty, malty aroma. Malty bitter taste. Well balanced, though it lacks the complexity of the noble trappists. Mads Langtved (2241) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2002
I have only seen this beer at the shop next to the Achelse Kluis. It is better then the blonde one. More complex.