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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - APR 5, 2005
Deep golden (greyish) unclear. Small white head. Fresh, yeasty aroma. Floral. Fruity. Citrus. Hops. Malty sweet aroma. Pepper. Pineapple? Wheat, yeast. Some perfumy notes. Somewhat oily palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (3927) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 3, 2005
Unsure of the date on this one, sampled at Julios Spring Beer Fest, 04/02/05. Bottle. Pour is a light straw yellow, with a faint tinge of amber. White head is large and mostly lasting. Aroma of light bret, spicy hops and hay, quite dry and rustic, with some white pepper, and perhaps some caravienne and biscuit malts. Dryness in the nose is very pronounced in the body. A uniquely flavored beer, for me, as I have tasted little like this. Some similarities to Orval, though nowhere near as hoppy, but it has that dry, almost band-aid like yeast quality, with some hay and light bread/grains. Dry toast, lightly astringent. Seems like lots of white pepper, though that may just be lots of dry biscuit malt. Engaging carbonation is natural and does not interrupt the medium, smooth body. No alcohol noted, wow, didnt realize this was 8 abv. Some honey, band-aids/plastic and cracked grains linger on, but ultimately far too dry for my tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (5330) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2005
Bottle: Yeasty citrus aroma with some light sourness. Pours a bright yellowish-orange with a white head. Up front the flavors are banana, citrus, and yeast. Finishes lightly bitter and lightly spicey,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lunkie (1507) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - APR 1, 2005
Sweet amlt floral aroma. Thick creamy head with poor lacing and cloudy yellow colour. Creamy smooth flavour with hop aftertaste. Smooth palate.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - MAR 29, 2005
(on bottle) Red-golden, with pretty, pale white and lasting head. Light sour, medical and fruity nose. Round, some-what spicy(time) og a sharp freshness from the esters. The medicinal-ish taste ruins the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - MAR 22, 2005
Light amber color with fine golden shine and outstanding warm-white creamy head. Fine refreshing aroma’s of fresh stone fruits, fresh bread, yeast, some cachew nuts, a little caramel, fine herbs and spices. Taste is elegant malty, with nice touches of fresh peach, some mints, spices and fresh white bread. It end with a smooth malty fruityness and a great accent of fine hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2005
Aroma is yeasty, like the trub at the bottom of a fermentation tank.Hoppy. Flavor is malty caramel with some subtle spices. Wow. I want more of this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Bottle. Murky yellow color with a small head and lots of floaters. Sweet malt flavor with lots of citrus and dark fruits. Flavor definitely does not match the appearance. Very malty sweet with a bunch of caramel and tropical fruits. Very enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JadoreBlanche (114) - London, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2005
Bottle at the keaton in London...pours an amber coloured body, with slight frothy head. Huge sedimentaion. Initial aroma of citrus fruits, with some spice. Tatse is very sweet, with flavours of pear and banana. Alcohol is present aswell. The finish was nice, slight burn form the alcohol, but great beer to sip while conversing with friends.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mephisto (1272) - TAIWAN - MAR 12, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2005 a hazy, well carbonated bottle, w/ fruity aroma. it has a slight bitter aftertaste w/ a hint of exotic spice. a very nice beer.

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