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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6303) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 20, 2004
This blonde ale pours with almost no head, and elicits a very pleasant fruity aroma. The spicy flavor intensifies as the beer warms. This ale is a fine example of the Trappist style, and is sort of a cross between Westmalle Tripel and Orval.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 18, 2004
Best Before September 2005 (2 years old?)
Had to let this warm to fully apppreciate the citrus, spice, sourdough, and dry mustiness in the aroma. This is the way a blonde Belgian should look, esp. the lacing (the kind without legs anyway). The flavor matched the aroma, with lemon and orange peel being the most pronounced. The finish left a residual chalkiness (over spiced?) that marginally spoils something quite special. Overall the closest match in taste is actaully the Westmalle Tripel (not a surpise considering this beer comes from a former Westmalle brewmaster.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 3, 2004
Pours a hazed yellow color with a white creamy head and light carbonation. The lace is sticky and clingy. The aroma is fruity, tart, bubblegum and a light aroma hop. Taste has a sweet start and a tart finish with a lingering dry peppery aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with no real representation of CO2. IMHO: A very one-dimensional beer. The tart overwhelms the other more subtle features. I do not think that it is a good representation of a triple, but it is different. Has a nice warming effect as it goes down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2004
Poured straw with thin white head which I was disappointed in...smells yeasty and citrusy...sea monkey town...very active on the tongue, fizzy, sweet and fruity with orange?...finishes a little spicy and bitter with some definate alcohol...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Geiserich (3268) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - AUG 18, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2009 Malty, light fruity aroma. Hazy yellow to orange color. Flavor is malty, pleasant sweetness, some candies followed by light herbal hops. Only hints of fruit. Light bitter fonish. Harmonic, not great but nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2004
33cl. Pours a hazy yellow with a lasting head. I had to leave more behind in the bottle than normal to avoid some serious sea monkey action. The aroma doesn’t do the taste justice. It smells mostly yeasty, but the flavor is a much nicer balance of sweet malt and the spice of Belgian yeast. Very delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2004
decenthazy yellow body with a sizable head staying on top. The flavor is mostly just a sweet malt flavor. The alcohol is noticable in it, which makes up most of the bite to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (10044) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2004
Hazt golden, nice white head. Malty and fruity aroma from plums and some pear.Flavor is yeasty and spicy with fruity notes from peach.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2005 Bottle. Hazy brown colour with a big white head. Spicy fruity aroma and taste. Medium body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2004
Thin layer of foam on top of a cloudy amber brew that has lotsa’ stuff floating in it.Hoppy,fruity spicy aromas blended together make this beer a joy just to smell.The taste is just as complex as the aroma with the fruits and spices caressing my tastebuds.This is a great after-exercise beer as it is so refreshing.

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