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RATINGS: 1346   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElGaucho (2308) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2004
Perfumy, fruity aroma. Cloudy, dark gold in color. Looks like a German weiss beer. Nice lace. Wheaty, rich in flavor. Smooth with some caramel notes. Somewhat like Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Crus, although I think I might like that a little better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2004
There wasa touch of alcohol on the aroma. Both the taste and aroma reminded me of dried fruits. Plum, raisons, etc. It was malty, a tad astringent, but very good. The mouthfeel was thick, a bit slick.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
clutchrogers (90) - Broussard, Louisiana, USA - NOV 13, 2004
33 cl bottle aromas pours hazy gold with a creamy head that lingers in chunks. aromas of citrus, apricots, orange, yeast, and hard candy. flavors of citrus, lemon, orange, hard candy. very typical of belgian ales but a little more complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 10, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2004 This one unlike the bruin has more caramel and citrus notes, but the same underlying base notes in the hops and spiciness. It’s an interesting change of direction that pays off. Peaches, citrus and acid abound! Smooth finish!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - NOV 4, 2004
Sweet cara-malt aroma, with yeasty bread and spice. Hazy yellow in colour. Caramel start with fruity mid and spicy finish. Smooth full bodied mouthfeel. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - OCT 24, 2004
Thanks to Ryan @ Country Club Liquors for this complimentary brew. Usually lighter colored beers don’t appeal to me much, but the blonde beer and it’s 1/4 inch white head look great. Fruity, sweet aroma. Taste is of apples, yeast, slightly spicey, mouthfeel is very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2004
Pours light orangish yellow with moderate head. Nose is quite fruity, citrusy like grapefruit. Mildly spicy. Flavor is acidic with slight sourness. The candy sugar and yeast are faintly present. There is a lingering hint of alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 19, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2004 this is my 100th rate! the achel has a nice murky dark-golden color.the head was strong at first but calmed down and left some lacing.very nice smell and the taste is a good blend of belgian yeast and hops.excellent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2004
Hazy Apricot With Good White Head. Grains and Barley on the Tongue... Grains on the Nose and some Citrus There. Very Decent but Not a Fantastic Brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2648) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Large white head, rocky, Good retention with a sticky lace. Hazy blond color. Malty, bready, nose with a hint at butterscotch. Medium body, smooth, slick texture. The butterscotch flavors are moreso in its flavor along with caramel, earthy notes a light mustiness and some stale hops in the finish. Dry finish.

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