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A pale, strong, fruity, hoppy Trappist ale from one of Belgium’s six official abbey breweries. Achel 8° is hard to find even in Belgium; in the U.S. it’s up there with the rarest of beers. This blond, flavorful beer is a surprisingly refreshing brew at 8% alcohol by volume. It is lightly filtered, but still wholesomely hazy with yeast remaining and refermenting in the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2005
Bottle best by 3/2004 making it anybody’s guess to how old it is. Pours a brilliant golden color, lots of floaties from a not all that vigorous pour, nice white head, dense bubbles. Aroma of honey, spice, pear, yeast, pale malt. Complex flavor, sweet, peppery, very mild hops. Fuller, firm body. Just a touch of alcohol, but it is complementary. Very nice, well done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 4, 2005
Couleur blonde dorée, revêtu d’une mousse blanche considérablement dense. Les arômes de petites bananes bonbon faiblement anisées sont rapidement envahis par la levure et les phénols très épicés. Liquide de corpulence semi mince à moyenne en bouche, transportant des notes de poivre blanc fraîchement moulu. Il semble manquer de matière et de complexité, devient quelque peu ennuyant en peu de temps, surtout pour une trappiste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 3, 2005
Floral, meaty, pine-like, spicy, sugary aroma. Hazy yellow-gold with a decent and lasting cover of white head that leaves some sudsy lacing. Fair amount of protein in suspension. Icing sugar-like sweetness contrasts with a fair bitterness with some ashy notes and some pine-like hop flavour. Medium-light body is very dry and well-attenuated. Bottle enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Yowie.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 2, 2005
Cloudy yellow color with yeast in suspension and a creamy white head. Aroma and flavor of fruits, spices and yeast. Light body, creamy texture, moderate carbonation. Interesting trappist but somewhat uninspiring (and uninspired).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6142) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 1, 2005
Lightly hazy golden. Foamy white head looks good and coats the glass nicely. Overwhelming yeast aroma reminds of simpler beasts than trappist ales. This feels almost corny, definitely peppery and clovey. Estery (bananas) and peppery yeastiness, rather phenolic as well (approaching band-aids). Light-medium body, very tired low carbonation level. For one, more hops would be more than welcome and then, more malt exploitation through the yeast could create far more complex flavours…

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (13836) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 27, 2005
Bottle. Fruity, malty, yeasty, peppery aroma. Golden colour, hint of cloudiness. White semi-stable head. Flavour yeasty, fresh fruit, malty, alcoholic. Mild, caramelly aftertaste. Astringent rather than bitter. Swelling mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (7051) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 24, 2005
Bottle. Amber beer with a big off-white head. Fruity/yeasty aroma. Summer fruit flavors with a yeast/spice backing and some malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2005
Sample courtesy of Pailhead. Pours hazy golden blond. Aroma has semi-sour yeastiness to it. Flavor was all pepper with a little fruit character, and some candy sugar. Nice lacing. Little too carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25079) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 20, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2005 (Bottle 33 cl) Golden, cloudy ale with large yeast sediment. Very substantial body with both sweetness and bitterness. Quite fruity and very, very solid. 241002

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 20, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2005 Rerate June 2005
Pours a lightly hazy gold-orange color, it is topped by a frothy tan head. I get aromas of pineapple, apples and tangerines with follow on notes of caramel, a hint of butterscotch and a rich malty note. The aroma is quite nice a mix of tropical fruit notes and malt. The beer is dry and spicy up front with a finish that has hints of acidity and hop bitterness, as well as a slight alcohol burn. There is a peppery carbonic note here at the beginning that is quite nice and prickly, though this is certainly not highly carbonated, just nicely so. There are some fruity notes of pears, apples and a hint of tropical fruit, which is almost the reverse order and intensity that the notes are in the nose. The beer is also not quite as rich as the nose would suggest, it is quite light and easily quaffable, even for an 8% beer.

Rated March 2003
This beer was poured with the yeast. It sits in my tulip glass a light hazy gold color and is topped by a thin head. The aroma is spicy with a sharp fruitiness that reminds me of apples and pears. This beer is quite light on the palate. It has a nice clean malty sweetness to it and finishes with a sharp spicy note that is characteristic of a good Tripel.

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