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RATINGS: 1237   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JUN 29, 2004
bottled: trying to finish up the trappists...only westy to go. not as impressed with this one. typical tripel or whatever they call this. pours just like the picture. wheat citrus fruit notes in the nose. at first the taste was bitter and alcohol sweet (only 8%). as the beer warmed a little the alcohol flavor subsided or my palate got used to it. bringing out more of the rock candy wheat spicy banana notes. okay but not leaving me yurning for more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUN 27, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2004 Poured a hazy yellow color with an average white head and lots of floating yeast chunks. Aroma is fruity, yeasty, citrus and spice. Light sweet lemony start balanced by a slightly bitter peppery finish and a long lightly bitter grape skin aftertaste. Complex, but subtle and not overwhelming like some belgians. $

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2647) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 21, 2004
Brewtopia’04. All sorts of bubblegummy Belgian yeastiness. Spices all over the place. This beer is deeply complex and ridiculously balanced. Big, appropriate alcohol presence. Hop spices come on strong with temperature. Leathery and a tad cloying, cut by some lemon. Really nice, very complex beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 17, 2004
Bottle that exploded with foam. Bright golden orange with massive hunks of sediment and enormous white head that never died. Aroma of pears, yeast, spice, cinnamon, honey. Flavor is a mix of sweet and slight bitterness, most of which I think came from the head; more vanilla, pepper, fruity at times, lingering dry maltiness, spice, alcohol burn. Solid tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (8848) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2004 Poured hazy yellow, averaged size head, and lots of big yeasty floating chunks. Fruity, yeasty, citris, spice and floral aromas. Sweet beginning taste with a well balanced slightly bitter aftertaste. Also tastes of spices, bananas. A very good beer and easy to drink. Even though it was on the expensive side, I’m glad I bought a case.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2004
Hazy golden color. Citrus aroma. Descent hop bite with good spicyness. Crisp and carbonated. Lemon hoppy aftertaste. A good beer. Nothing crazy good, but still quite tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 5, 2004
Bottle BBD 01/04 Hazy blond, dirty dishwater, slight white foam on top, chunky, appears still. Nice malty nose, a bit of funk, Brett?? citrusy floral otherwise. Sweetish brew glides down with no carbonation...slight alcoholic heat at the finish. More sweet citrus and malt in the flavor, they mingle well, but not massively complex. Some carbonation would have helped this tremendously. The aged brune was quite good, this one a step down. I’ll need to re-rate a fresh bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2004
creamy golden-yellow color, lightly cloudy with many yeasty chunks. thick & rocky white head with lasting microthin lacing. flowery, honey-like nose, some mild banana too. fine carbonation. crisp hoppy dry flavor. elusive hints of sweetness. lemon peppery finish with a little alcohol. probably my favorite blond. sexy, and classier than the "Hoe"!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Very nice cloudy golden color with a fluffy white head. Banana, clove and hops aroma. Initial flavor is nice and sweet with banana, clove and honey. Then an overwhelming bitter metallic aftertaste hits that makes this beer nearly undrinkable for me. Disappointing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Cloudy gold color (banana juice?) with a large, creamy, white head. The aroma was fruity (peach, apricot) with a strong hoppy background. The flavor was much more yeasty with a strong floral/fruity tone...peaches and grapes, and a hefty hopps bitterness in the aftertaste. The feel was very crisp, bubbly, with a semi-dry finish.

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