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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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (12885) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2006
Dark golden with a big frothy white head. Some lacing. Intense perfumed aroma, spice and malt and some fruit. Spicy malt flavour too, dry and full and with some alcohol warmth. Bitter and spicy finish. A very great blonde.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewgirlca (57) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 8, 2006
A classic Belgian Strong Golden Ale - although smoothness belies any use of candy sugar and the label suggests that that is true. Truely therefore it is a BIG blond. Light clove in nose that follows through in the flavour. Soft palate but ends crisp and dry; very clean for a Belgian. Lite body for what appear to be an all malt beer. Alcohol warmth distinctlly there but very pleasent and not at all overstated. Beautiful creamy head that lasts until last drop and floats on a lovely deep blond base. Excellent beer - finely crafted.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
haukur (1742) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - SEP 8, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2009 magnificent head, really HUGE! fluffy almost Duvel like. Very orangey aroma, some citrus hints, floral, outhouse, farm and something that reminds me of a nice spring day. Fantastic when it hits the tongue, very fruity with a perfect amount of bitterness to match it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2006
My girlfriend bought this one back from Spain. Pours a nice cloudy golden with thick white head. Aroma is slightly white wine like, with a fruity, yeasty touch. Itís crisp, with a bubbly mouthfeel. Has a solid, yet mild sweet malt character with a subtle pepperyness, honeyish background and a later yeasty dryness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (5648) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Smells pretty good. Huge head; nice appearance. This is a pretty tasty blonde with a pretty high alcohol content. The alcohol is noticeable, but thatís okay. A great strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - AUG 26, 2006
Mild phenolics, ripe pears and plums, light grainy malt. Hazy golden color with lots of chunkies and floaties - looks like I might need to chew. Nice balance of spicy phenolis and fruity esters, very slight sweetness. Medium body with medium-high carbonation, I can feel the protein chunks on my tongue, dry finish. Nice aroma and flavor, the chnks are a minor detraction.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - AUG 22, 2006
Bottle - musty and sweet aroma. Golden-bodied with about two fingers of white head and excellent retention. Very nice flavor - fairly straightforward with hints of banana, citrus and quite dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBunn (2736) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Boring pour... dingy light amber/dark straw color with minimal head. Aromas are nice and hit you from a distance. Bananas and cloves dominate with a bit of a sweet apple overtone. Bread is also dominant in the nose along with a fair ammount of sweetness. Flavor is pretty consistent with smell, and there is a smooth blending here that makes it a nice drink. It is smoother than a lot of the other Belgian Ales Iíve tried by not quite as complex either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 31, 2006
Bottle thanks to someone at last yearís YeHaw gathering in MKE. Aroma of yeasty banana, bready caramel and old raisins. Color is clear and golden with a tall white head and sparkling bubbles. Flavors of dusty caramel and some dried fruits that were raisin-like, banana and a warming touch of alcohol. Highly carbonated, but with a very full body and sweet, almost cloying finish. Bottle was marked best by 11/06, so this might be fairly old?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (16771) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2006
Bottle. Huge huge white head with very long duration. Color is hazy golden with lots of yeast sediments. Aroma is fruity. Taste is light and sweet with some hints of citrus.

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