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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 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 9, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2005 11.2 oz bottle [Best before April 2005]: golden honeydew, with suspended flecks of yeast. . . extremely dense bright white icing. Banana cloves, flower petals, light airy dough and squishy soft lemons. Soft on the palate, while it tingles to every corner of my mouth. Full yeast constructs a dense chewy palate that is loaded with elegant pale malts, slightly tart lemon laced hops and silky vanilla icing. A sweet-resiny pepper finishes this gorgeous brew. 9/5/8/5/17
11.2 oz bottle [Best before February 2004, sampled end June 2005]: cloudy golden sunrise, with a thin, wispy head. Dusty, vanilla icing like aroma with sourdough, flower petals, and honey. Soft, only lightly carbonated palate with a tasty and peppery yeast. The palate is much more fluffy than the fresher version and the flavours are more rounded and subtle, here I would say fresher is a touch better flavour and I like the tingly palate moreÖ9/4/7/4/16

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2004
Smooth. Light hops, sweet aroma. Very fruity. Cloudy light amber with creamy off-white head. Medium-heavy watery with medium-high carb. Sweet, light bitter start. Fruity with light-medium hops bitter. Very good finish, alcohol. Dry, light sweet after. Good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - MAY 9, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2005 Hazy orange golden beer with a nice and foamy head. Fresh fruity aroma with apple notes and a slight bite of alcohol. Flavor is sweet and fruity. Notes of oranges, apples, yeast and hay. Full-bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - MAY 7, 2004
This one has a nice cloudy, golden/yellow hue. The nose is yeasty, with hints of spice and coriander. Bubble-gum as well. Pleasant mouthfeel and carbonation level, with a minor alcohol hit on the aftertaste as well. Very tripel-like. Slight banana flavors. Straight-forward and excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 6, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2006 They *ruined* my bottle with a stupid huge, white govít warning label...aargh! BBD of 10/04 and served at c. 55f: It pours with a creamy head, and has a honey yellow, almost cream ale appearance with plenty of large chunk floaties; fruity, banana, pineapple, and citrus nose; nice, subdued, fruity, tangy and late, slight, bitter flavor; light phonelic presence with a balanced tart/hop/malt profile; it has a certain pepperyness and a bitter/sweet lingering aftertaste.

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