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RATINGS: 1382   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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4100) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 20, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2005 Rerate June 2005
Pours a lightly hazy gold-orange color, it is topped by a frothy tan head. I get aromas of pineapple, apples and tangerines with follow on notes of caramel, a hint of butterscotch and a rich malty note. The aroma is quite nice a mix of tropical fruit notes and malt. The beer is dry and spicy up front with a finish that has hints of acidity and hop bitterness, as well as a slight alcohol burn. There is a peppery carbonic note here at the beginning that is quite nice and prickly, though this is certainly not highly carbonated, just nicely so. There are some fruity notes of pears, apples and a hint of tropical fruit, which is almost the reverse order and intensity that the notes are in the nose. The beer is also not quite as rich as the nose would suggest, it is quite light and easily quaffable, even for an 8% beer.

Rated March 2003
This beer was poured with the yeast. It sits in my tulip glass a light hazy gold color and is topped by a thin head. The aroma is spicy with a sharp fruitiness that reminds me of apples and pears. This beer is quite light on the palate. It has a nice clean malty sweetness to it and finishes with a sharp spicy note that is characteristic of a good Tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hunsell (400) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2005
Bottle from 2002. Murky blond coloured beer. Yeasty, fruity, complex and powerful. Very good beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawkshadow (107) - Rural Retreat, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2005
33cl bottle (11-03) Aroma is yeast (barnyard, leather) strong, somewhat hoppy. Poured cloudy yellow, few medium particulate. Small lasting head, lacing, and effervescence. Starts dry and earthy, malty, creamy mouthfeel. Finishes alcohol warming, somewhat bitter, astringent. Lasting aftertaste. The citrus is there but mixed with many flavors. The aroma is markedly different from the taste. Taste hits the back of my throat, unusual. Reinforces my liking for blonde ales and triples!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
highlandlad (1452) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - APR 11, 2005
Delightful fruity Trappist blonde. Poured a cloudy pale tangerine with a huge rocky head that took an eternity to settle and left long archipelagos of lace. Fruity aroma dominated by bananas and bubblegum. Initial taste impression was sweet and malty, with banana notes and a controlled rush of alcohol in the dry finish. Rounded mouthfeel, full and creamy. The finish is extremely dry and spicy - has a tart, medicinal quality. Excellent strong blonde. (Bottle, best before 7/07)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 6, 2005
Bottle courtesy of Pailhead. Blond in color which is a good thing. Peppery and yeasty aroma with perhaps other spices. Sharp, dry peppery flavors. Well carbonated. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Choos (697) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - APR 5, 2005
Aroma: light bubblegum and apricot VERY inviting. Apperance: orange/brown hazy with yeast added. Huge lasting white head. Some lacing. Flavour: immediate sweetness followed by apricot and beautifully balanced hop bitterness. Palate: medium mouthfeel which suits with a lingering sweetness and balanced hoppiness. Barely noticeable alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - APR 5, 2005
Deep golden (greyish) unclear. Small white head. Fresh, yeasty aroma. Floral. Fruity. Citrus. Hops. Malty sweet aroma. Pepper. Pineapple? Wheat, yeast. Some perfumy notes. Somewhat oily palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (4841) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 3, 2005
Unsure of the date on this one, sampled at Julios Spring Beer Fest, 04/02/05. Bottle. Pour is a light straw yellow, with a faint tinge of amber. White head is large and mostly lasting. Aroma of light bret, spicy hops and hay, quite dry and rustic, with some white pepper, and perhaps some caravienne and biscuit malts. Dryness in the nose is very pronounced in the body. A uniquely flavored beer, for me, as I have tasted little like this. Some similarities to Orval, though nowhere near as hoppy, but it has that dry, almost band-aid like yeast quality, with some hay and light bread/grains. Dry toast, lightly astringent. Seems like lots of white pepper, though that may just be lots of dry biscuit malt. Engaging carbonation is natural and does not interrupt the medium, smooth body. No alcohol noted, wow, didnt realize this was 8 abv. Some honey, band-aids/plastic and cracked grains linger on, but ultimately far too dry for my tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6142) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2005
Bottle: Yeasty citrus aroma with some light sourness. Pours a bright yellowish-orange with a white head. Up front the flavors are banana, citrus, and yeast. Finishes lightly bitter and lightly spicey,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lunkie (1665) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - APR 1, 2005
Sweet amlt floral aroma. Thick creamy head with poor lacing and cloudy yellow colour. Creamy smooth flavour with hop aftertaste. Smooth palate.

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