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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (9642) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2004 Poured hazy yellow, averaged size head, and lots of big yeasty floating chunks. Fruity, yeasty, citris, spice and floral aromas. Sweet beginning taste with a well balanced slightly bitter aftertaste. Also tastes of spices, bananas. A very good beer and easy to drink. Even though it was on the expensive side, Iím glad I bought a case.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2004
Hazy golden color. Citrus aroma. Descent hop bite with good spicyness. Crisp and carbonated. Lemon hoppy aftertaste. A good beer. Nothing crazy good, but still quite tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 5, 2004
Bottle BBD 01/04 Hazy blond, dirty dishwater, slight white foam on top, chunky, appears still. Nice malty nose, a bit of funk, Brett?? citrusy floral otherwise. Sweetish brew glides down with no carbonation...slight alcoholic heat at the finish. More sweet citrus and malt in the flavor, they mingle well, but not massively complex. Some carbonation would have helped this tremendously. The aged brune was quite good, this one a step down. Iíll need to re-rate a fresh bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - JUN 4, 2004
creamy golden-yellow color, lightly cloudy with many yeasty chunks. thick & rocky white head with lasting microthin lacing. flowery, honey-like nose, some mild banana too. fine carbonation. crisp hoppy dry flavor. elusive hints of sweetness. lemon peppery finish with a little alcohol. probably my favorite blond. sexy, and classier than the "Hoe"!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Very nice cloudy golden color with a fluffy white head. Banana, clove and hops aroma. Initial flavor is nice and sweet with banana, clove and honey. Then an overwhelming bitter metallic aftertaste hits that makes this beer nearly undrinkable for me. Disappointing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Cloudy gold color (banana juice?) with a large, creamy, white head. The aroma was fruity (peach, apricot) with a strong hoppy background. The flavor was much more yeasty with a strong floral/fruity tone...peaches and grapes, and a hefty hopps bitterness in the aftertaste. The feel was very crisp, bubbly, with a semi-dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2004
Bottled, Belgo Central, London. A very good trappist beer, I guess the other trappist beer it could most be likened to would be Westmalle Tripel. Warming alcohol, slightly spicy, slightly fruity. Goes down VERY easily.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Did not like this. Pale yellow with foamy white head. Wasn;t able to pinpoint anything in the nose. Just seemed to smell of weak beer. The flavor was bad and watery. Sour. Not my style but have enjoyed other examples of Belgian Strong Ale. Didnít like this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2004
Slightly hazy bright gold. Stunning head, thick and incredibly creamy, nice lacing and retention. Nose is yeasty, a bit fruity, mild spiciness. Big yeasts in flavor, has a bit of apple tartness, some soft banana, and bubblegum sweeteness. Very bright and juicy, lots of crisp flavors, very drinkable. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2004
This is a really great session belgian. Light and fluffy, with some juicy tasting fruit flavors complimented nicely by the candi sugars. Nicely balanced, and zesty, very easy to drink.

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