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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 12, 2003
Orangey beer, white, quickly disappearing head. Yeasty, spicy, fruity. Quite full palate, it bursts with spices, yeast and citrus zest going towards an alcohol bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (8094) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 12, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2005 Yeast slightly in suspension, floculation. Orange, with thick, bubbly head, disappearing. Freshly sliced white bread in the nose, and rather spicy. Ureum as well! taste is quite bitter. Underlying firm malt sweetness. Some burnt-caramel, not much - some Maillard? I seem to keep getting coriander. Some alcohol and medium-bodied. Aftertaste gives some spicyness, getting more and more orangepeel, too. Yet no ’witbier’ character. Strange. Brew after brew is different. This is not the best.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5297) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2003
Smooth and creamy with the alcohol just making itself known. Some lovely flavours. Enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 4, 2003
Pours a cloudy, golden colour with medium sized whit head that quickly fades. Smells fruity and yeasty. Taste is sweet and very yeasty and the finish was a little tart. A solid beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2003
This one pours a very cloudy gold color with a medium sized, lingering white head. The aroma is fruity, spicy, and yeasty. Medium bodied and very smooth, the flavor is perfectly balanced between the malty sweetness and the yeast spiciness with banana undertones. Medium carbonation. This is a very enjoyable belgian blond ale, well balanced and very tastey.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crit (3420) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 27, 2003
Cloudy gold with visible chunks.Nose is peppery and yeasty.Flavor is sweet and far too yeasty for my liking as it warms

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
This beer poured a light cloudy gold color and formed a nice foamy head that left circular lace. A small bit of carbonation is present. It had an aroma of malt, clove and citrus. The flavor was of malt, citrus and banana. The finish was a touch tart. Not a bad beer for this style.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 22, 2003
Very light straw color with a moderate head. Crystal clear. Fruity aroma. Nice banana esters. Some malt in the nose. Quite spicy aroma and flavor, almost wheat-like. Very creamy and slightly sweet with a surprising bitterness in the finish. Strong similarities to a Belgian Strong Golden Ale. Excellent!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
diabel (1609) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JAN 18, 2003
Golden brown colour. Litlle bitter, little sweet.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 18, 2003
Imbibed in October 2002. Fruity, spicy aroma. A clear blonde-gold color with a nice, big, white head. An initial flavor of apricots and sweetness. A light bitter aftertaste follows nicely.


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