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RATINGS: 1418   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 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 5, 2005
Golden blond and a white head. Carbonation lingers and lingers...Beautiful looking beer. Lively carbonation. As head dies off aroma comes to life. Dusty, sweetly floral. Sugary and yet restrained by the complexity of the yeast. White grapes, the sharpness of cheddar, a slight hop zing! Flavors fall flat of the nose. Very pronounced contrast between hops and malts. Not sure if the yeats is playing a part as well. When the beer hits my mouth it is immediately bitter on the front of my tongue (strange) sweetness lingers for only a short while and bitterness resides. Lovely flavors are there, like for instance the pronounced doughy yeast that is welcoming and soothing, but the bitterness reigns completely. Malt and yeast interplay is magnificent...hop bitterness not floral enough too bitter. Bitingly so. Not sophisticated enough. However...this is a good beer and I would drink it regulary if it weren’t like $5 a bottle here in NC

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - SEP 21, 2005
Dark yellow body with a very large frothy head. Citrus aroma with a little bit of a yeasty smell. Extremely smooth with a creamy texture, and the alcohol is covered very well. Has a grapefruit flavor with hardly any sourness. Excellently balanced Belgian Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ross (2139) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2005
mmmmm this is a good ass beer. pours out a yellow color with a white head (see picture to the left). taste is malty, refreshing, and sweet. there isnt much of a presence of the 8% abv, its hidden well. as my tastes become more developed i am beginning to appreciate belgians much more than i used to, and this is clearly a fine example of a beer brewed in that magnificant country.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (16932) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2005
Bottle. Clear gold with thick white tight head. Yeasty orange peel aromas. Very niceblond beer slightly herby and creamy in mouth. Citrus hoppy finish which is slightly juicy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2005
Bottle at Ciro’s shared with GregClow (congrats on 900 Greg). Very strong yeasty and spicy formidable aroma. Dark yellow in the glass with a big white head. Bubble and lots of yeast floaties. Big flavour of yeast, citrus, and a hint of coriander - this is a very tasty brew! Complex, full bodied, and just a hint of alcohol. Fantastic, one of my favourites in this strong golden Belgian style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (3122) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 8, 2005
Bottle at Ciro’s - shared with tupalev. Bright honey gold with a lot of floaties and a big, foamy white head. Fantastic aroma - peppery, spicey & yeasty with some subtle band-aid and citrus notes. Mouthfeel is creamy and soft, very nice. Big, robust flavour of apricot, orange, pepper & yeast, with a pleasingly warm and bitter finish. A very good choice for rating #900!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (7034) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2005
Bouteille de 330 ml obtenue par Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes et de caramel. Apparence: Couleur blonde voilée. Énorme col mousseux sculpté qui perdure. Moyenne densité des bulles. Large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel, d’alcool et de cuir (?). Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture crémeuse. Forte effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût d’alcool et de terre. (Rating #275)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IslandHaole (1228) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - AUG 17, 2005
A hazy straw/honey color with a medium off-white head. Fruity yeasty smell with underlying oakiness. A chewy malt thickness with an alcohol bite in the middle, spicy hop end and a sticky cotton candy follow with a nice warming feel all the way down. This beer reminds me why I love Belgians. Bordering on world class!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - AUG 8, 2005
Bottle from Beers of Europe. These monks are really getting the hang of it, now. Cloudy yellow with persistant creamy head. Peppery orangey hop aroma, with something funky from the yeast which I wasn’t expecting. Good soft mouthfeel with a grapefruity hoppy finish. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4043) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2005
bottle. nice orange/golden color. fruity flavors mixed with nice hop aftertaste. alcohol is well hidden within this 8% brew, could easily go for another one

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