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RATINGS: 1408   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PandoraGreen (27) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 22, 2005
Bottle, at Pub Italia, Ottawa. Beautiful golden colour, bit cloudy. Insanely thick creamy head, to eat with a spoon. Taste is creamy with hints of banana.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (25605) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2005
Bottled. Cloudy yellow colourd with a medium sized white head. Perfumed aroma of fruits, hops and spices. Perfumed flavour of fruits, spices and pine needles. Dry bitter finish. Very balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vanvenlo (1679) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUL 21, 2005
1 Apr 2005 - Lovely apricot fruit and light earthiness. Hazy orange -brown colour, big lasting head and reasonable lacing. Tangy, luscious apricot sweet fruit with heaps ’o’ hops and light easy drinking malt. Lingering fruit and big hop bitterness and medium mouthfeel. Lovely hoppiness at every stage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
can8ianben (1458) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2005
Not bad! This had loads of sediment in it, big brown flaky stuff at the bottom of my glass. There was some nice lacing, good amber colour and a thick white head. The aroma was typical belgiun strong, sweet caramel, apple, alcohol, malt, hops. Flavour was also typical with lots going on. Not as heavy as some, fairly easy to drink and not a noticeable 8%. Very smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 18, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2005 Pours a cloudy golden with a thick white head. A number of floaties in this one. Aroma reminded me a good bit of the popular Leffe Blonde, but the flavor was a good bit better in this one. Sweet and fruity flavor with a slight spicyness. I enjoyed this beer a lot. Nice burn on the tongue, picked up some apples in the flavor as I drank this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintbypint (3309) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 18, 2005
330ml brown bottle, Pub Italia, Ottawa. Cloudy lemon gold. White head is whipped cream like, full and frothy. Has a fruity scent with citrus/lemon notes (also pears?) Flavour - sweet honey notes, some yeast/banana as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tejas (973) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2005
huge puffy white head even with a non-aggressive pour. aroma is a little yeasty & spicy. palate is light, tingly and a little dry. has a bit of wheat flavor to it. tastes like a cross between a tripel & a hefe but with less citrus, bubblegum flavors. very good & refreshing. much better after the cloud like head dies down. i’d never guess this is 8% ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2005
Burnt orange body with substantial carbonation and a uniform frothy white head that settled into a creamy, persistent sheet. Aroma of caramelized apples, allspice berries, new leather, and notes of bananas and alfalfa. Nice caramel flavor with some darker elements than other "Blond" beers. Has tons of caramelized sugar character. Medium-high sweetness with some warming alcohol and leathery bitterness. Palate is sweet and smooth, like velvety, warm syrup. This is candy for grown-ups. Ho-hum, another great Trappist beer. The monks should go to school to learn how to brew mediocre beers because they’re failing miserably in that department.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 7, 2005
Dense, fluffy white head on a deep golden liquor. The aroma is lightly sweet and fruity with malt and alcohol notes. Its body is bright and malty with a non-cloying sweetness, a yeasty character and a warming alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2005 Bottle (330ml) At BeerBistro. *note* I prefer the dark Belgians. Pours with a somewhat aggressive fine-bubbled white head - decent lacing. No sediment. Light gold colour, fairly clear. Aroma of tobacco, bitter spices, a hint of maltiness, banana and young white wine - Riesling, perhaps. Noticeable yeast note, but not overpowering. Taste much as aroma, quick finishing, sharp mouthfeel, great with food or hot day drinking. I only went 15 because of my strong preference for the Achel Bruin. An excellent Belgian blond (better than the Corsendonk, for point of reference)

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