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RATINGS: 1415   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2006
bottle. light cloudy orange with a huge and long lasting off white head.Near the end of the bottle some yeast particles. Heavy carbonation. Aroma is tart citrus, woody, and earthy yeast. Taste is very slightly tart citrus, bready and earthy.....slightly acidic and bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 20, 2006
Bottle, notched @ 01/04. Pours a cloudy orange golden with a medium white head. Aroma of musty basement, sour bread dough, yeast, some oranges, and an off-flavor I canít quite figure out. Iím assuming the 01/04 is the best by date, as this tastes a little too old. Flavor is much the same as the aroma, with some funky sourness becoming the dominant flavor. Considering this was five bucks, I am not happy. Quite fizzy carbonation, light-medium bodied. Not that great, Iíll have to wait until Johnís gets some fresher bottles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (4083) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 15, 2006
Bottled 1/04 Nose was yeasty/citrusy; color was hazy yellow tinged with orange; flavor was malty and citrusy with a little hoppiness in the bacground. Alcohol was well covered, I just barely could notice it under the other flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (3019) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 7, 2006
Ah, not my cup of tea on a twist of the finer Belgian beers, no less a trappist. This one poured with a nice orange color and a very pillowy fluffy head that just stayed fluffy for the entire drink. Lots and lots of carbonation rising in the clear beer as it set there in my Chimay chalice. Aroma was yeasty and hoppy, most interestingly grassy hoppy (get that grass out of my Belgian, and put it in a pilsner or something, yikes!). Flavor was citrus-like with honey, grassiness, and very light candi-sugaring. Finished with the grassy hoppy bitterness, a little too much for the style (probably because I generally donít like grass in my beers). Apples and grapes came out in the aftertaste as the beer warmed. Mouthfeel was acidic and moderate, not as thick as most tripels, though. Not bad, not great. More beautiful than anything else, but it improved in flavor as it warmed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2006
Appears a hazy, light gold with a foamy white head that slowly fades out. Carbonation pumping to the top. Lots of yeasty chunks floating around the glass that is a bit less than appealing. Smell is of light citrus, bubble gum notes, and a doughy, yeasty, breadiness. Taste is of the same aromas with an apricot and bready yeast like taste. There is a touch of a mild sour lemon in there. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a crisp, effervescent bite that hits you after the yeasty notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (5515) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 5, 2006
A pale amber colour with a fruity citrus aroma poured a nice white head and has good carbonation. Had a good maltiness and tastes of Belgian ale yeast. A fine trappist ale, a joy for anyone who likes this style to try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 26, 2006
From a 33cl. slender long neck brown bottle with a notched bottled on date the right side of label, 01/04, served in a chalice, sampled at cellar temperature. Made a good appearance, poured a cloudy lightly orange hued pale golden with a foamy white that settled into a thin lacing, good carbonation. Had a dry yeasty, herbal, and faint lemon fruity nose with a sweet pale maltiness in the background, whiffs of alcohol at the edges. A crisp, carbonated smooth medium bodied mouth feel, above average drinkability. Dry tasting in all areas, yeasty with a powdery flour maltiness in the forefront, the alcohol has a solvent quality that lasts through out the taste, a nice herbalness and a fruity and chalky finish with the solvent warmth lingering in the palate. A decent Tripel, well worth trying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bmanLS (134) - Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2006
The bottle I had poured thick, cloudy and was nothing like the picture shown on this page. There was actually settling in the bottom of the glass. The mouth was fruity sweet as was the aroma and the carbonation was very mild. Nice enjoyable brew but a bit on the pricy side.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - MAY 25, 2006
The aroma is a complex mixture of fruit, bread, caramel, and spices. The pour is a hazy golden with large amounts of particulate matter. Nice off-white head of moderate duration and little lacing. The flavor has elements of fruit, spice, earthiness, and malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ojclark (69) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAY 20, 2006
Golden-orange. Some haze and sediment. Lasting off-white head. Toasty, malty, bready aroma with slight fruitiness. Complex flavor with big spiciness from hops and peppery phenols. Nice maltiness with toasty and bready notes. Very fruity with some alcohol notes. Aftertaste of spice, fruitiness and some alcohol warmth.. Long finish. Medium body with rich mouthfeel. Well-carbonated.

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