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RATINGS: 1433   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 12, 2006
Bottle: Yellow gold color, no head and light lacing. Nose of sweet apricot, nice malts. Nice cake and a sweet tea. The flavor is sweet and nutty like rose water, brown sugar and straw. The finish is balanced. Nice creamy blonde, not snappy enough nor citrusy. Too caramelly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - DEC 10, 2006
Flowery and sweet, both nose and taste. No banana flavour tho, which is good. Very good blonde in my book. Not at all like weiss bier like many blondes tend to be. Very good mouth feel with good carb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Palidor19 (3164) - Brandon, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2006
At first Whiff, it give a strong maple syrup flavor, taste is nice and thick, with high malts Carmel flavors and deep rich flavors. A must have for true beer fanatics

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Finn (6291) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 19, 2006
Bottle 0,33l. Clear golden coloured. Unclear. A huge tanned creamy head. Faint spicy aroma. Rich sourish fruity flavour.Sweet sourish aftertaste that lasts forever.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grovlam (4207) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2006
Bottle. Golden-amber like color, with a nice white head. Fruit and Tobago is the dominant impression for this beer I thought. Reasonable dry and bitter notes, with hints of honey and liquorish in the aftertaste. Medium bodied with a moderated mouth feel to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigBeer45 (1429) - Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2007 Poured a beautiful golden ale, lots of foam, flowery fragrance, sweet candy, touch of hop spiciness, and sourness, taste of sweet, bubbly, hop bitterness, full mouthfeel, when I poured the settlements, taste turned bready, the brightness of the ale on the tongue was subdued, the taste changed, wonderful brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 8, 2006
33cl bottle - pours a really nice golden colour, topped by a hugely foamy and rocky pure white head. Sweet ripe fruits hit you right away, citrus, apple, a bit of banana, malt. Impressively clean. The flavour fills this out, remaining equally clean and refreshing. Everything is in very good balance, very light and delicate in taste, with a good amount of a yeast/bread character that compliments the sweetness of the fruits very well. Very creamy mouthfeel. The finish is mildly bitter and warming. A very strong Belgian blonde ale - filling and as smooth as I’ve encountered in this style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (11120) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 5, 2006
330ml bottle (bb: 26.07.08), available from November ’06 at Vinmonopolet, Norway. Dense, rocky foam leaving tight and lasting lacing on the glass. Slightly unclear golden colour. Smell of lemon with a bit oily impression. Acidic and yeasty flavour with spicy and fruity notes. Moderately crisp finish. Medium to full mouthfeel. Alcohol warming far behind towards the end (04.11.2006).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Tap at Abbey. Pours with a hzay yellow color and not much of a head. Beer needs to warm up to get the aromas and flavors. The aroma is dominated by bananas and lemons, the flavors are also very much of banana but in addition there is strong yeastiness. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kopestes (164) - Braine l’Alleud, BELGIUM - OCT 31, 2006
Bottle at home. Hazy light amber color. Giant creamy white head that faded away quickly. Some lacing remained. Fruity aroma. Taste is great, mouthful is tick and lasting. Very good beer.

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