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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2004
This brew pours with a golden body topped by a thick head with lots of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is sweet and flowery with some peachy notes. The flavor is sweet yet bitter, malty and flowery. Medium to full bodied and slightly dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 11, 2004
Enormous dense white foam head sitting atop of a slightly hazy golden body. Exotic fruit and spices are in the air above the mouth of the glass dominating all but a rich earthy yeast character. A medium palate is dominated by fruit and yeast character,with subtle notes of malt and alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
envane (567) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2004
This was very good. Light orange with plenty of yeast floaties. Aroma of tropical fruit. Flavour is citrus and mango with peppers and hops. Achel is a very underrated Trappist brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crockett (1010) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2004
My bottle was like a raging yeast infection. I've never seen so much cottage cheese in a bottle of beer. Pours light orange. Piles of floaters. Herby, sweet, and boozey. Some pepper, late hops, slightly sour. Has a brandy quality. It was good but not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 8, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2005 (Bottled) Opaque orange with a medium, foamy, very lasting (lasts longer than the beer), lacy head. Very fruity, even phenoly aroma with banana, orange-peel and berries - surprisingly hefeweizen-like, and quite refreshing. Yeasty, very fruity, sweetish flavor with strong grassy hopping in the long, mouthdrying finish. Medium-bodied, crisp and refreshing palate with a bit foamy but balanced carbonation. Some alcohol burn, but suits the style - and warms even in the winter. A decently complex, pleasantly hoppy trappist. (Rated 2/8/2004, was 6-4-8-4-16=3.8) Amber color, no head. Mild, yeasty aroma. Sweetish toffee flavor, hides the ABV well. An excellent, easily drinkable and enjoyable blonde.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7416) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2004
Fluffy head, which soon dissipates. Cloudy golden colour. Quite a lot of bitty sediment. Exceptionally perfumed estery aroma. Mango, orange & honey. In the mouth, this is underscored by peppery hop presence. Very nice so far, but falls away a bit on the finish for me; it is bittersweet, but the aftertaste descends into sugar. Overall, though, very flavoursome and pretty good. It just needs a little more refinement to lift it into the very top rank. Bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a cloudy golden color with a small creamy white head. Had an aroma of citrus and yeast. The flavor was of cream, citrus, and malt.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2004
Citrusy in aroma. Really good and complex. Cloudy yellow in color with a white head. Nice malt character to it. A well made brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2004 first in a trappist rating string of 5. Musty citrus aroma, with notes of orange, lemon, and lime. Pours a cloudy yellow, with floaties and a perfect, beautiful rocky white head (in my Belgian Ommegang glass). Nice citrus malt flavor, with a little taste of said fruit. Malt flavor is creamy, and all indications point to a very well made brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2004
Pale golden and hazy. Creamy white head. Citric and yeasty aroma. Notes of lemonade, apples and pepper. Sweet and malty flavour. Notes of lemon, coriander, yeast and spices. Slightly medicinal finish.

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