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RATINGS: 1403   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (4006) - - MAR 23, 2006
straw color with a enormous foamy rocky white head and lots of yeast solids floating about. yeasty, spicy, and citrus aroma but mostly a lemony citrus from this one. yeast, sugar, and spices in flavor. light to medium bodied. malty, bready finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2006
Best by 01/08/07. Murky gold. Full of chunks even with a cm of beer left in the bottle. Ginormous, rocky, white head. Aroma of spicy, peppery yeast, grainy malt, a bit of sharply sweet sugar, crisp hops. Same flavor with the yeast developing some doughy notes and a nice grainy malt/alcohol finish. Medium/full body. Balanced carbonation. Chewy aftertaste. Great stuff. Another brew that begs the question - why is there no belgian blonde category?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2006
(03.09.06) 11.2 fl oz brown bottle purchased from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. 8% ABV. Label states that best consumed before 08/03. Pours golden yellow with small white head. Soft carbonation. Fruity esters in the nose. Medium bodied ale that starts with moderate malt sweetness with spicy and tangy fruity flavors. Finishes dry with light malt fade. Good flavor. Good drinkable Belgium ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - MAR 15, 2006
Cloudy gold, medium off white rocky head. Had some flocculent yeast particles floating around, and I poured it pretty carefully.Wonderful citrus and yeast aroma. Medium mouthfeel, slightly resinous but quite pleasant. Ligthly sweet malt flavors, with lemon, spice, and a a slight sourness overall. Finishes a little sour, not actually dry or bitter, but nicely refreshing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marko (4717) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 28, 2006
Bottle / Achel glass from Tolkien’s House Pub in Zagreb.
Poured a dark gold/orange colour, with a tiny but persistent white head. Lovely fresh hoppy, lemony, malty and fruity nose. Hmm.... I peered in the bottle, and it seems that this is bottle conditioned. A nice bit of yeast sediment down there. The taste is certainly insteresting. The background is, surprisingly hoppy, but hops don’t dominate, and neither does the malt. Yeast "owns" this one. The taste is... oooh... some fruity malt from time to time, ash & dust (in the most positive way possible), yeast. Grape seed bitterness in the late taste and into the aftertaste. Very, very, interesting and different. Not sure if everyone’d like it, but I do, in a way.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerMountie (117) - Placentia, Newfoundland, CANADA - FEB 15, 2006
Bottle fromm Oakes. Poursa cloudy orange with a thick long lasting white head. Lots of carbonation in this one. This is my first trappist beer and I don’t kow where to start describing it other than to say this is one great beer. There is a lot of spice in the aroma and yeast in the taste, I guess this is the Belgium yeast I hear people talking about. I can taste the alcohol but not as much as I would expect from an 8% beer. I believe there is also some fruit in there but I would not hazard a guess at what it is. It is one of the best beers I have ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16315) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 14, 2006
Bottled. Slightly hazy, yellow-orange beer. Large, off-white head. Sweet, spicey and hoppy aroma. Sweet, tripel-like and fruity flavor, with a long bitter finish that has some resin-notes too. (060210)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewfriesen (23) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2006
My least favorite of theTrappists. Overwhelming orange zest and some type of herb. Maybe oregano. Strong spice as well. A good beer, but I just don’t think it stands as well as the other Trappists.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ebarnes (261) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2006
33cl bottle dated 12/05. Pours very cloudy orange-amber with a large head and loads of sediment. Massive fruity aroma. Citus, melons, apricot, spice and yeast. Flavor is tartly sweet or sweetly tart, I can’t tell. The fruit steps up nicely as does the spice. A really nice Belgian Strong Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2006
Bottle (from Bitter Virtue, BBE Mar 07). Prominent aroma of pineapple and bubblegum with spicy hops and rounded malt underneath. Quite sweet but this is balanced by a tangy fruit flavour and subtle earthy bitterness in the finish. For once I think the relatively high carbonation of the beer helps to lift the flavours.

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