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RATINGS: 1359   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
A pale, strong, fruity, hoppy Trappist ale from one of Belgiumís six official abbey breweries. Achel 8į is hard to find even in Belgium; in the U.S. itís 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marko (4417) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 28, 2006
Bottle / Achel glass from Tolkienís House Pub in Zagreb.
Poured a dark gold/orange colour, with a tiny but persistent white head. Lovely fresh hoppy, lemony, malty and fruity nose. Hmm.... I peered in the bottle, and it seems that this is bottle conditioned. A nice bit of yeast sediment down there. The taste is certainly insteresting. The background is, surprisingly hoppy, but hops donít dominate, and neither does the malt. Yeast "owns" this one. The taste is... oooh... some fruity malt from time to time, ash & dust (in the most positive way possible), yeast. Grape seed bitterness in the late taste and into the aftertaste. Very, very, interesting and different. Not sure if everyoneíd like it, but I do, in a way.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerMountie (117) - Placentia, Newfoundland, CANADA - FEB 15, 2006
Bottle fromm Oakes. Poursa cloudy orange with a thick long lasting white head. Lots of carbonation in this one. This is my first trappist beer and I donít kow where to start describing it other than to say this is one great beer. There is a lot of spice in the aroma and yeast in the taste, I guess this is the Belgium yeast I hear people talking about. I can taste the alcohol but not as much as I would expect from an 8% beer. I believe there is also some fruit in there but I would not hazard a guess at what it is. It is one of the best beers I have ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (15759) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 14, 2006
Bottled. Slightly hazy, yellow-orange beer. Large, off-white head. Sweet, spicey and hoppy aroma. Sweet, tripel-like and fruity flavor, with a long bitter finish that has some resin-notes too. (060210)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewfriesen (23) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2006
My least favorite of theTrappists. Overwhelming orange zest and some type of herb. Maybe oregano. Strong spice as well. A good beer, but I just donít think it stands as well as the other Trappists.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ebarnes (260) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2006
33cl bottle dated 12/05. Pours very cloudy orange-amber with a large head and loads of sediment. Massive fruity aroma. Citus, melons, apricot, spice and yeast. Flavor is tartly sweet or sweetly tart, I canít tell. The fruit steps up nicely as does the spice. A really nice Belgian Strong Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2006
Bottle (from Bitter Virtue, BBE Mar 07). Prominent aroma of pineapple and bubblegum with spicy hops and rounded malt underneath. Quite sweet but this is balanced by a tangy fruit flavour and subtle earthy bitterness in the finish. For once I think the relatively high carbonation of the beer helps to lift the flavours.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (4045) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 6, 2006
Light amber with thick long lasting head. Slight fruit taste with a bitter orange or other tangy fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
temporrari (389) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 1, 2006
Bottle, dated 3-04. Pours a cloudy orange/yellow, lots of yeast floaties, minimal head. Itís kind of ugly to be honest. Luckily the aroma is quite nice. Fruity, with Belgian yeast and spice. Flavor of fruit, bread, and spice and it very much reminds me of the feel Westy beers have. Smooth and very well rounded. Alcohol is perfectly masked. You can tell some serious skill went into the brewing of this beer. Very nice. Overall gets +1 to make up for lacking appearance, a category of little meaning.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Padron4KM (734) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JAN 29, 2006
33cl bottle. Date stamp is 04/04. not sure if that is bottle date or BB date.
hazy golden with lots of yeast in the glass despite careful pouring
Fruity aroma with peaches and apricots a hint of melon and yeast.
flavor is fruity, a little spice, some yeast and a slight bitter tingle. tasty

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ALLOVATE (2718) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 29, 2006
Another wonderful beer from this small Trappist monastery located near the Dutch border. Surprised to find this hasnít fared too well, as I honestly found it to be an extraordinarily balanced and unique ale that was in-step with the greater of Abbey ales and indeed other Trappist offerings. Tasted from a bottle well over 16 months old (missing BB stamp) and poured into a chalice glass, quite cool. Poured quite clear; a summery hue of sparkling orange similar to a glass of lucozade, with very, very fine carbonation raising up an immensely creamy, dense white head that lasted and left trails of lace in its wake. Very clean, tart and spicy, ripe fruit on the nose, hinting at a Brettanomyces strain similar to Orval (?), with an underpinning bouquet of floral and earthy hops, palest grains and soft melonous esters. Fresh, clean and delicate on the tongue with a lot of the qualities of the wonderful aroma shining through. Biting peppery spices and a sprightly, prickly carbonation keep it lively on the tongue whilst flavours of ripe, tart and juicy fruits blend with clean palest malts and fresh bitter herbs in the back giving it little length past the swallow bar a hint of the peppery hops and alcohol. Medium bodied and balanced to perfection, this worked a wonderful spell on my taste buds with its artisanal simplicity. At 8%, it showed incredible control and went down with alarming ease making me wish I had of stored a dozen more for the time. This was a lovely beer and like its Bruin brother, it is worthy of praise. Delicious!!! (33cL, Intíl Beer Shop, W. Leederville)

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