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RATINGS: 1398   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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 3, 2004
Pours a hazed yellow color with a white creamy head and light carbonation. The lace is sticky and clingy. The aroma is fruity, tart, bubblegum and a light aroma hop. Taste has a sweet start and a tart finish with a lingering dry peppery aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with no real representation of CO2. IMHO: A very one-dimensional beer. The tart overwhelms the other more subtle features. I do not think that it is a good representation of a triple, but it is different. Has a nice warming effect as it goes down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2004
Poured straw with thin white head which I was disappointed in...smells yeasty and citrusy...sea monkey town...very active on the tongue, fizzy, sweet and fruity with orange?...finishes a little spicy and bitter with some definate alcohol...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Geiserich (3991) - Linz, AUSTRIA - AUG 18, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2009 Malty, light fruity aroma. Hazy yellow to orange color. Flavor is malty, pleasant sweetness, some candies followed by light herbal hops. Only hints of fruit. Light bitter fonish. Harmonic, not great but nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2004
33cl. Pours a hazy yellow with a lasting head. I had to leave more behind in the bottle than normal to avoid some serious sea monkey action. The aroma doesn’t do the taste justice. It smells mostly yeasty, but the flavor is a much nicer balance of sweet malt and the spice of Belgian yeast. Very delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2004
decenthazy yellow body with a sizable head staying on top. The flavor is mostly just a sweet malt flavor. The alcohol is noticable in it, which makes up most of the bite to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (16542) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2004
Hazt golden, nice white head. Malty and fruity aroma from plums and some pear.Flavor is yeasty and spicy with fruity notes from peach.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2005 Bottle. Hazy brown colour with a big white head. Spicy fruity aroma and taste. Medium body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2004
Thin layer of foam on top of a cloudy amber brew that has lotsa’ stuff floating in it.Hoppy,fruity spicy aromas blended together make this beer a joy just to smell.The taste is just as complex as the aroma with the fruits and spices caressing my tastebuds.This is a great after-exercise beer as it is so refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 5, 2004
Pours a rich golden honey colour with a thin everlasting head and plenty of floaties jostling about. Aromas of honey, pepper, corriander, and fresh apples to name a few. The taste is nice and pure belgian strong ale with hints of banana, pepper, apples and a nice hoppiness combined with a lingering finish. Man I love belgian strong ales.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ToolHead (266) - København, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2004
33 cl. bottle. Served in Westmalle chalice. Hazy gold (lots of floaties); moderate head. Full, sweetly citrusy taste with a nice, lasting finish. Nicely assertive.

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