Friday, April 8, 2011

Achel – Bruin Bier

Achel Brewery  - Brouwerij der Sint-Benedictusabdij de Achelse Kluis - is a Belgium Trappist brewery and is the smallest of the seven Trappist breweries.  I had not sampled anything from Achel before and Bruin Bier is a Dubbel with an ABV of 8%.  Bruin pours amber brown with a large head and has an aroma of spices, caramel and what I term a Belgian yeast aroma.  Bruin has nice malt sweetness, tastes like a beer from Belgium with a good balance.  I think Westmalle, Orval, Rochefort and Chimay are better.  In no means is Achel bad, I think the others are just better.  I purchased the new Ovila Dubbel release from Sierra Nevada and I think it will be nice to compare it with the classic Belgian beers.

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