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RATINGS: 1424   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (5555) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2006
Bottle. Hazy golden color and a huge, stubborn, frothy cream head. Lively stuff! Photographs really well, thatís for sure. Lovely aroma of fruitiess and malt, sweet with a touch of alcohol. Full-bodied, sweet with a harsh warming alcohol at the back end, slick maltiness, extremely spicy. Yeast, pepper, orange liquor. Acohol is a bit too pronounced, I feel as if Iíve just done a shot. Healthy but not overpowering bitterness. Interesting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
balesjas (41) - Huntington Woods, Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2006
Nice lighter taste, full mouthfeel. The head stays around for a while and really adds to the body. A thin lacingg stays throughout. Light fruity nose. Complex but not overbearing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NachlamSie (3256) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2006
bottle. Light orange cloudy body with a white head that is apparent, but not overly huge. The nose is like a boquet of fruits, mainly citrus with some banana-esque notes as well. Pretty sweet stuff in the mouth akin to biting into a fresh apple. The finish is a little peppery and the carbonation is very apparent throughout. Notes of bananas, dry wine, and grassy spices help to make this brew complex enough to enjoy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2006
Hazy gold and very carbonated with a sticky white head. Spicy, yeasty citrus sherbert flavors with banana notes. Spritzy mouthfeel. Earthy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnfryd (14056) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 5, 2006
Bottle. Yellow/ orange colour with a large off-white head. Fruity apple with hops aroma. Flavour is long fruity apple with ahint of hop. Weak dry fruity finish. a beautiful beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ugly (3) - toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2006 does not count
This beer reminds me of Jurassic Park in that I feel I can penetrate the amber with a needle and suck out DNA from all the neutrally-buoyant chunks floating throughout. Pouring with a tight, creamy head that crinkles into fjords as it dissipates; the Achel 8 Blond is effervescent with a fruity and slightly metallic scent. The taste begins with a spiciness that holds onto the back of your tongue and gently converts to a modest bitter end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerdedone (3215) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2006
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours hazy golden with an off-white head. Aroma of spices, sweet malts, fruit and yeast. Flavor is sweet, spicey, floral, yeasty, sour and bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (5800) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2006
12 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy gold colored body under a creamy one finger white head. Great retention and lacing. Moderate sediment in bottle. Very nice fruity nose with banana, spicy yeast, light alcohol, clove, and pepper. Flavor is very fruity and refreshing with lots of spicy yeast, fairly dry on the finish. The finish also has sort of a dusty aged character to it. Mouthfeel is light with lots of carbonation. After the carbonation settles dawn, the texture becomes fairly creamy. Overall, a pleasant beer, not overly complex, but enjoyable. I found this to be much better than their Brune.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tubbfan (147) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2006
This one poured a clear, golden brown from the bottle until I got to all the yeasties disturbed all that. Slightly hoppy aroma, but somewhat muted. Not bad. Medium to full bodied. Small carbonation (not crisp, but you notice it nevertheless). Almost no head or lacing, small white bubbles. Aftertaste is very dry. Flavor dominated by the alcohol with some citrus and malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubbleflubber (2156) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2006
Pours hazy golden into the glass, with yeasty floatations through and through. Good head and decent lacing. Doughy spice aromas. Honey and slight alcohol notes to the flavor, with spice afterthoughts. Thicker consistency to the palate, and extremely satiating. Some astringent alcohol latent in the pull, and as the beer warms, the bouquet opens and more notes of citrus and vegetable compliment by shining through.

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