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Achel Blond 8°

Brewer: Brouwerij der Sint-Benedictusabdij de Achelse Kluis (Hamont-Achel, Limburg, Belgium)
Alcohol: 8,0% ABV
Price: 29:90 SEK per bottle (90:61 SEK per litre)
Packaging: 33 cl bottle
Malts: Unknown
Hops: Unknown
Recommended temperature: 10-14 degrees Celsius

Colour: Clear warm yellow with a large head.
Aroma: Fruity esters, somewhat like apples, slightly grainy. Hints of citrus, yeast, cloves and spices.
Taste: Outstanding! Spices, honey, some maltiness, some sweetness, fruitiness like that of soft red apples, Hints of a large array of barely distinguishable tastes like sweet tea biscuits, citrus, herbs, used tea leaves, orange zest and much more. Great volume of a great variety of tastes, complex yet completely balanced. Very thick and soft mouthfeel, with a rippling finish across the tongue from the carbonation.
Aftertaste: Not a lot, or rather several indistinguishable hints of taste. Slightly bitter. Some numbness from the alcohol.

Afterword: Absolutely lovely. Just like the Achel Bruin, I can’t see why anyone wouldn’t buy this, price aside – and as for the price, its well worth the money. This is most certainly not only a great beer, but one of the best to come out of the seven Trappist monastery breweries.
I can’t understand why Systembolaget, the Swedish alcohol monopoly store, says I should drink this at a temperature of 8-10 degrees. It would be sacrilege!
Short version: Yet another great beer from the monks at Achelse Kluis. Buy it if you can!

Achel Bruin 8°

Brewer: Brouwerij der Sint-Benedictusabdij de Achelse Kluis (Hamont-Achel, Limburg, Belgium)
Alcohol: 8,0% ABV
Price: 29:90 SEK per bottle (90:61 SEK per litre)
Packaging: 33 cl bottle
Malts: Unknown
Hops: Unknown
Recommended temperature: 10-14 degrees Celsius

Colour: Murky orange-brown.
Aroma: A bit thin. Fruity esters and a bit spicy. Hints of over-ripened apples, malt and cloves. Slightly sweet, like brown sugar.
Taste: Brilliant! Complex and balanced, full of fruity notes, lots of soft apples, some citrus, hints of dark fruits (plums, black currant), brown sugar, maltiness and lots more. Vague spiciness and hints of cloves again. Mouthfeel is soft, made up of large bubbles growing in your mouth.
Aftertaste: Soft, slightly spicy with vague hints of over-ripened apples and dark fruits. If peace has a flavour, this must be it. Tongue is pacified the alcohol.

Afterword: Absolutely brilliant. Majestic. Almost enough to make you believe in a god. This rivals the Rochefort Trappists, which isn’t saying little.
Short version: There is absolutely no reason not to buy this beer.

Trappistes Rochefort 6

Name: Trappistes Rochefort 6
Brewer: Brasserie de Rochefort (Abbaye Notre-Dame de Saint-Remy) (Rochefort, Namur, Belgium)
Alcohol: 7,5% ABV
Price: 29:80 SEK per bottle (90:30 SEK per litre)
Packaging: 33 cl bottle
Malts: Unknown
Hops: Unknown
Recommended temperature: 12-14 degrees Celsius (according to bottle)

Colour: Murky light brown.
Aroma: Incredibly fruity, somewhat citric, some dark fruits and apple. Hints of roasted almonds.
Taste: Fizzy start, full of apricots and somewhat nutty. Apples, raisins, some citrus, hints of malt. Overall very fruity and well-balanced. Alcohol is completely hidden.
Aftertaste: Somewhat malty with hints of dried dark fruits, citrus and apples. Tongue is slightly numbed.

Afterword: Apparently this is the rarest of the three Rochefort trappists, being brewed only once a year and representing one percent of the total production, so I should feel lucky I found a bottle. Like the 8, the 6 is a perfect trappist and a brilliant representation of the Belgian monastic brewing tradition.
Short version: One of the best trappists I’ve tried. Absolutely brilliant!

La Trappe Tripel

Name: La Trappe Tripel Dubbel
Brewer: Bierbrouwerij de Koningshoeven B.V. (Tilburg, The Netherlands)
Alcohol: 8,0% ABV
Price: 19:90 SEK per bottle (60:30 SEK per litre)
Packaging: 33 cl bottle
Malts: Unknown
Hops: Unknown
Recommended temperature: 12-16 degrees Celsius

Colour: Dark reddish yellow
Aroma: Mostly like the backseat of a car in summer, with some fruity apples, spices and a clear alcoholic scent
Taste: Incredibly malty, a decent amount of hops, apricots, dried cloves, a touch of apples and some subtaste of alcohol that wasn’t quite concealed
Aftertaste: A fine malt taste, somewhat bitter, tongue numbness

Afterword: It’s great, but the Dubbel I tested yesterday is in fact better. Not only is the Dubbel more complex, it also manages to hide the rather high alcohol content. The Triple, however, has the hops I would have wanted from the Dubbel, but there’s a strong taste of alcohol that detracts from the other flavours.
Verdict: It’s great, but the taste of alcohol is too strong and ruins it. The Dubbel from La Trappe is better.

La Trappe Dubbel

Name: La Trappe Dubbel
Brewer: Bierbrouwerij de Koningshoeven B.V. (Tilburg, The Netherlands)
Alcohol: 7,0% ABV
Price: 18:90 SEK per bottle (57:27 SEK per litre)
Packaging: 33 cl bottle
Malts: Unknown
Hops: Unknown
Recommended temperature: 12-16 degrees Celsius

Colour: Dark reddish brown
Aroma: Raw apples, boiled apples, dried apricots and a touch of vanilla, faint alcoholic scent
Taste: Very malty, sweet dried apricots, summer field flowers, tad of liquorice and butterscotch
Aftertaste: A little bitter with hints of spices, tongue numbness

Afterword: It’s a great beer, incredibly fruity in the very best sense of the word. The lack of aftertaste, possibly due to tongue numbness stemming from the rather high alcohol content, did surprise me. I would have liked a little bit more hops, but I guess that would have upset the taste sensation.
Verdict: Brilliant!