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RATINGS: 1401   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 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 (6372) - 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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2005
Minty and hoppy aroma, as peaches, orange, pineapple and freshly cut tangeri ne, doughy malts and yeast lollop out of the pale orange body and well densed white head. Nice yeast character, particularly in the flavor, with soft fruits and floral hop flavors. Creamy texture. Great Belgian feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2005 Gold body with a pillowy white head, this has an aroma of light fruits, yeast, and sweet malt. Light bodied, the flavor is sweet malts, juicy fruits, and peppery alcohol. It finishes on a sweet, malt and cherry note. Quite tasty.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunevdj (3734) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2005 Pours a nice amper with a stable head. Has a full, fruity flavor of yeasts and malts. Quite sweet. I miss a bit of bitterness from the hops. A lot like Duvel, just fuller and less bitter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gilvanblight (821) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2005
Full foamy head. Spicy bite to the scent and immediate to the mouth. Bright golden near opaque hue. Complex flavor changes constantly with different tastes coming to a head. Wonderful aftertaste. Some alcohol taste but not at all overpowering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DerWeg (1576) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2005 Castro’s Lounge, Beaches. Hazy deep orangey gold with medium fine bubble head and persistent fine carbonation from center of chalice. Heady feels silky and leaves fine lacings. Crisp and sweet nose as pours, green apple aroma and yeast. Bit of Seville orange marmelade flavor, medium sweet taste and light syrupy feel - taste hint sweet apples/pear, spice, honey, muted hops - fleeting notes of spearmint gum and other candyshop aromas, perhaps licorice allsorts? Nice slightly astringent taste and alcohol stays hidden as glass warms. Detached yeast clumps hard to avoid in pour so go easy. Very good for style. Memorable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scotty (1128) - SCOTLAND - MAY 18, 2005
Gift from Amsterdam, this has a hazy burnt gold colour with a big bubbled, but surprisingly long lasting white head. Aroma is clean and spicy, with citrus notes. That citrus and spice comes through on the palate too, becoming more intense on the finish, shame I only have one bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2005
Hazy amber with a white head. Malty and yeasty aroma with a light fruityness and hints of alcohol. Malty and sweet flavor with caramel notes and a yeasty finish.

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