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RATINGS: 1313   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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 17/20
GregClow (2958) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 8, 2005
Bottle at Ciro’s - shared with tupalev. Bright honey gold with a lot of floaties and a big, foamy white head. Fantastic aroma - peppery, spicey & yeasty with some subtle band-aid and citrus notes. Mouthfeel is creamy and soft, very nice. Big, robust flavour of apricot, orange, pepper & yeast, with a pleasingly warm and bitter finish. A very good choice for rating #900!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (6352) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2005
Bouteille de 330 ml obtenue par Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes et de caramel. Apparence: Couleur blonde voilée. Énorme col mousseux sculpté qui perdure. Moyenne densité des bulles. Large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel, d’alcool et de cuir (?). Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture crémeuse. Forte effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût d’alcool et de terre. (Rating #275)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - AUG 17, 2005
A hazy straw/honey color with a medium off-white head. Fruity yeasty smell with underlying oakiness. A chewy malt thickness with an alcohol bite in the middle, spicy hop end and a sticky cotton candy follow with a nice warming feel all the way down. This beer reminds me why I love Belgians. Bordering on world class!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - AUG 8, 2005
Bottle from Beers of Europe. These monks are really getting the hang of it, now. Cloudy yellow with persistant creamy head. Peppery orangey hop aroma, with something funky from the yeast which I wasn’t expecting. Good soft mouthfeel with a grapefruity hoppy finish. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4010) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2005
bottle. nice orange/golden color. fruity flavors mixed with nice hop aftertaste. alcohol is well hidden within this 8% brew, could easily go for another one

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PandoraGreen (27) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 22, 2005
Bottle, at Pub Italia, Ottawa. Beautiful golden colour, bit cloudy. Insanely thick creamy head, to eat with a spoon. Taste is creamy with hints of banana.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (22903) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2005
Bottled. Cloudy yellow colourd with a medium sized white head. Perfumed aroma of fruits, hops and spices. Perfumed flavour of fruits, spices and pine needles. Dry bitter finish. Very balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vanvenlo (1396) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUL 21, 2005
1 Apr 2005 - Lovely apricot fruit and light earthiness. Hazy orange -brown colour, big lasting head and reasonable lacing. Tangy, luscious apricot sweet fruit with heaps ’o’ hops and light easy drinking malt. Lingering fruit and big hop bitterness and medium mouthfeel. Lovely hoppiness at every stage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
can8ianben (1387) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2005
Not bad! This had loads of sediment in it, big brown flaky stuff at the bottom of my glass. There was some nice lacing, good amber colour and a thick white head. The aroma was typical belgiun strong, sweet caramel, apple, alcohol, malt, hops. Flavour was also typical with lots going on. Not as heavy as some, fairly easy to drink and not a noticeable 8%. Very smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4609) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 18, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2005 Pours a cloudy golden with a thick white head. A number of floaties in this one. Aroma reminded me a good bit of the popular Leffe Blonde, but the flavor was a good bit better in this one. Sweet and fruity flavor with a slight spicyness. I enjoyed this beer a lot. Nice burn on the tongue, picked up some apples in the flavor as I drank this one.

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