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RATINGS: 1433   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2005
Well, itís a trappist, so it has an inarguable pedigree, and it lives up to it - almost. The complexity of flavour is there with elements of fruit and spice. However, the alcohol comes through in a way that is a little bit jarring. It finishes well, and overall is a good experience, but I kinda expected more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2005
I liked tis one very much. High medium-lastinf off-white head on a hasy gold body. The taste is sweeter than I would have expected. Notes of fruit, like banana or the like. It was perfect with Greek food.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2005
Golden colour. Hazy. Lots of foam. The head is off-white. Some banana and yeast in aroma. There is to much carbon dioxide in this beer. And to much taste from the alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy (11180) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2005
past due. I got it that way in the trade, but didnít have time to check the bottle. Not much in the way of taste. Inconsistent taste, carbonation, eggshells, yeast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pilsnerrogge (2818) - FinspŚng, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2005
Golden, somewhat hazy colour. HUGE head. Yeast and citrus aroma. Somewhat fruity with a light body. Alcohol finish. Drinkable but simple.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aggie80 (808) - Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2005
Nice thick head with solid lacing. Slightly cloudy with a malty aroma. Undertones of spices with nothing coming out to the forefront. A good one, but not exceptional.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LittleChicken (6) - ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2005 does not count
Pours with a nice white head which disappears slowly. Nice light golden brown colour. Spicy toffee with a bit of hoppy smell. Good flavour, mild marmitey flavours with a few pears and coriander-burned orange present. Nice hoppy flavour at the end. Pretty average for a Belgian (listen to me - itís better than most of the beer in New Zealand) which means itís good but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aldrighetti (163) - Coltura, ITALY - JAN 11, 2005
(Bottle) Golden coloured, large white head, slowly to disappears. Very light hazy. Citrussy, herbal aroma on bread dough. Herbal, peppery taste, weak yeasty flavor, with note of preversed fruit (peach, apricot). Medium body, nice dry-bitter taste. Good for aperitif...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - JAN 7, 2005
Pours an amber yellowish colour with a large foamy white head. Nose is spicy with hints of fruit. I can taste some tropical fruit and spice. NOt bad, but Iíve had a lot like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtw (1153) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2005
dull straw color with a frothy white head. bready and citrusy, slightly nutty. very mild/neutral flavors for a belgian ale--harder to find than something like chimay, and iím not sure itís worth the extra effort.

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