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RATINGS: 1340   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy (9553) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2005
past due. I got it that way in the trade, but didnít have time to check the bottle. Not much in the way of taste. Inconsistent taste, carbonation, eggshells, yeast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pilsnerrogge (2633) - FinspŚng, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2005
Golden, somewhat hazy colour. HUGE head. Yeast and citrus aroma. Somewhat fruity with a light body. Alcohol finish. Drinkable but simple.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aggie80 (790) - Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2005
Nice thick head with solid lacing. Slightly cloudy with a malty aroma. Undertones of spices with nothing coming out to the forefront. A good one, but not exceptional.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LittleChicken (6) - ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2005 does not count
Pours with a nice white head which disappears slowly. Nice light golden brown colour. Spicy toffee with a bit of hoppy smell. Good flavour, mild marmitey flavours with a few pears and coriander-burned orange present. Nice hoppy flavour at the end. Pretty average for a Belgian (listen to me - itís better than most of the beer in New Zealand) which means itís good but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aldrighetti (163) - Coltura, ITALY - JAN 11, 2005
(Bottle) Golden coloured, large white head, slowly to disappears. Very light hazy. Citrussy, herbal aroma on bread dough. Herbal, peppery taste, weak yeasty flavor, with note of preversed fruit (peach, apricot). Medium body, nice dry-bitter taste. Good for aperitif...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - JAN 7, 2005
Pours an amber yellowish colour with a large foamy white head. Nose is spicy with hints of fruit. I can taste some tropical fruit and spice. NOt bad, but Iíve had a lot like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtw (1142) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2005
dull straw color with a frothy white head. bready and citrusy, slightly nutty. very mild/neutral flavors for a belgian ale--harder to find than something like chimay, and iím not sure itís worth the extra effort.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluevegie (3067) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 31, 2004
UPDATED: APR 13, 2006 Large white foamy head on top of a pale dull yellow/amber body. Good clumps of lacing on the glass. Citrus hop notes on the nose as well as warming alcohol. Citrus on the taste, along with a touch of pepper, pear, yeasty cheese and not a lot else.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorqui (2144) - Brescia, ITALY - DEC 27, 2004
Compact foam but not excessive long-lasting. Yellow pale much cargo and veiled color. Dense and with a strong and decided body. Perhaps lightly too much alcoholic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AndersR (195) - Ňrhus, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2004
Nice orange cloudy brew with a huge head. Very appetizing aroma with citrus, yeast, and sweetnes (peaches or apples) combined with notes of hop. The flavor is delicious. Again some citrus or orange sharpness combined with coriander and a distinct well balanced malty bittersweetness. Long robust finish that goes on forever. Enjoy!

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