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RATINGS: 1433   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2006
Bottle. Cloudy yellow gold body with a lot of sediment and a towering fluffy white head - think meringue. Aroma is sweet with yeast, peaches and pears, some lemon. Flavor is more subtle but similar. Body seems a bit fizzy to me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
henrikb (1262) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2006
Clear amber body, creamy white head, some laces; Pleasant deep nose, not to fresh (maybe my bottle?): yeast, white bread, coriander seeds, orange and a little fresh potato (?); Soft textured body, deep and complex with a superb balance; Quit long finish, with alcohol showing quite a bit, orange peel, quite a bit if bitterness waaay back almost on the sides of the tongue that sticks for a while mixed with a very little fruity acidity.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2006
Bottle. Pours a very pretty honey / apple juice yellow with a big creamy white head. Seriously, its like a cappuccino head. Incredibly fragrant, I could smell this like 2 feet away after I poured it. Sweet pear, non dairy creamer, malt all very heavy in the aroma. Flavor much more muted than the aroma. Very malty, lots of apple, yogurt (?), and some sort of metallic flavor. Like brass (I donít know if if have ever tasted brass, but...). After taste mostly metallic and red apple kin bitter. Not bad, but not great. Mouth feel on the other hand is great, nice and thick (ever present head helps) and creamy, with lots of carbonation. One of the most exciting thing about this Trappist ale is what it does not have: that rotten fruit taste and spell many Trappist ales area cursed with. In comparison, this one is lighter, more refreshing, and just easier to drink than most. Why are most of these Belgian beers so difficult anyway? This is a great beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (5495) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 22, 2006
Pours bright hazy gold into a tulip. Bright white frothy ocean-foam head. Fizzy with upfront spicy lemon with a lasting bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 21, 2006
Pours a chunky blond with a LARGE white head. Aroma of yeast, lemon, and bananas. Taste is the same. Unique mouthfeel, I canít quite describe it. Finish is sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 19, 2006
Cold 11.2oz bottle: Pours a murky egg yolk orange color with mega floaties and a fluffy ivory head that dissipates to a thin layer of bubbles and alot of lacing. Aroma is of sharp yeast, sweet malts, alcohol, spice and lemon. Taste is subtle and nicely blended; of sweet malt, sharp yeast, lemon, spice, light bitterness and less noticeable alcohol in the taste versus the aroma. Well carbonated. Ending is mostly sweet with light bitterness and sour notes.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2006
Bottle. Dark golden with a big frothy white head. Intense perfumed aroma, spice, malt and some fruit. Spicy malt flavour, dry and full and with some alcohol warm. Bitter and spicy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2006
thanks to sprinkle for this, bottle marked best b4 7/06. poured a hazy pale yellow. very strong aroma of spice, clove and banana. strong acidic flavor, light hop flavor overpowered both the complexity. bubbley mouthfeel, very carbed. good beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cab (866) - DENMARK - OCT 14, 2006
bottle. What a head it just stayīs ther, strong aroma and palate is intens, what a beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brew4all (103) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2006
Poured a nice golden with a thick huge head that is always there.Aroma strong with floral and fruit. Very smooth taste with nice hints of fruit and yeast as well as some cream. Nice little bite at the end and the alcohol comes thru a touch. Very good brew and well worth another visit.


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