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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 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 13/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Pours to a bright copper/straw body with a thin white head. The aroma is very yeast and fruity. Lightly spicy. The flavor is yeasty and spicy. Soapy. Not really what I think of in terms of BSA’s.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2005
light golden color nice white head lots of lacing good visable carbonation. Some good spice aroma light fruits very light and pleasant. Full even palate good body and smooth finish. Flavor is very light some light yeast and bread a good light spice and hints of bitterness. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Golden straw yellow with active carbonation, floaties and huge, soft, billowing lacing white head. Instant aroma of spice and citrus. Flavor of yeast, light spice and mixed well with full smooth body and medium carbonation. Head laced the entire glass and lasted to the last gulp.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Bottle. Nose-soapy and chamomille, spicy. taste-very soft lotion like moputhfeel, chamomille, very subdued spices, soapy. Tastes more like a tripple than a BSA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2005
hazy amber color,large off white head that faded slowly until it left a nice lace behind.The aroma was fruity and mildly malty with a bit of spice coming through in the back ground.The flavor was very pleasant with plenty of fruity notes mild malt side a bit of hops and the alcohol makes itself known in the tail end with a nice warming effect.Very nice brew and i’m glad i have one more for later when it really gets cold.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - NOV 24, 2005
33cl bottle. poured a hazy orange with a great head. Fluffy white, and very active, I got a lot of entertainment from my tulip before actually drinking the beer. Aroma is fruity with that wonderful belgian yeasty present. The first sip was spicy, with a more of an alcohol bite than I expected, but it soon even out a great citrus sweetness with the perfect balence of bitter hops. great all around brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2005
This beer poured a hazy medium gold color with a creamy, lasting off-white head. Aromas included yeasty notes of cellar and bright aromas of hay and hops with plenty of spicy notes. The carbonation was lively and the texure was light and refreshing. The flavor was initially sweet, giving way to a moderatley bitter, lasting, dry hoppy finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2005
This beer has a huge white creamy head, beige hazy colour, medium colour. If you’re ever lucky enough to smell this beer, hops are the first thing noticed. Fruits, orange, perfume, spices, and all of that together with the nice aromas of malts and alcohol, finished with a perfect touch of the world-famous West-Malle yeasts. An aroma better than every other beer from Belgium, thus better than every other beer of the world. If the aroma of a beer lasted forever, I wouldn’t dare to drink any single drop of this beer. The beer itself is medium bodied, a bitter taste with a dominant flavour of hops and citrus. Quite complex taste, with alcohol not as dominant as the Tripel of the monks’ colleagues of Westmalles. Strong finish of hops. Delicious mouthfeel if you pour the yeast in your glass, with some more gentle sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonas (6644) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - NOV 16, 2005
Bottle Hazy amber, heavily carbonated, foamy white head. Citrus, banana aroma, minerally yeast edges, peach. Light metallic trapist-yeast flavorbase, peach, bubblegum. Mouthfeel quite foamy, makes the beer seem lighter. Spicy and metallic yeast and hop aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 11, 2005
33 cL bottle, snifter. Marvelously huge and creamy off-white head comprised of very dense and small bubbles. Leaves a nice brussels lacing behind as it slowly recedes. Formidible looking, slightly hazy, peach-amber hue. Ah, a pleasantly pepper-spicy aroma with strong citrus and honey tones. Other notes of white grapes, lemon meringue pie (crust and all), coconut, cereal, light cloves, and pears. The yeast lends a very earthy aroma to the whole ordeal. Starts off with a strong candy, caramel, and honey sweetness. Light acidity (tart) and a light spicy bitterness up front prevent cloying tendencies. Finishes with the gusto of spicy hops and tingling acidity along with a moderate sweetness. Perhaps a bit simplistic as compared to the aroma, though some pineapple note begin to develop as it warms. There’s the slightest hint of metal in the swallow as well as a touch of alcohol that mars an otherwise beautiful mouthfeel. Medium full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation.

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