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RATINGS: 1360   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nesta13 (205) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 25, 2004
Pretty much the perfect tripel. Bubblegum, fruits, yeast, those special hops and nice full mouthfeel. Under-rated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PrimeMinister (138) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2004
This beer came out as a surprise. Achel does not necessarily have the same reputation as other Trappist and is definitely underrated compared to other in this category. The head was nice and stayed for a long period of time. The color was not as inviting as anticipated but it showed a unique range from blond to blond-brown. The taste had something really fruity and sweet which did not let the high percentage of alcool take over the taste. The aroma ranged from Melons to citrus fruits. This is one I will lood forward to taste again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 20, 2004
Nice light malty flavour, lots of sediment but it wasn't noticeable when drinking. Good but not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eructoblaster (3476) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 15, 2004
Pours an amazing very cloudy gold-orange beer topped with a dense and foamy white and long-lasting head. Fruity aroma bearing some hints of bread and apple. In the mouth, it is surprisingly sweet. The alcohol is well hidden and the palate is moderately bitter. This well balanced trappist has nothing to envy to more renown ones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2004
This brew pours with a golden body topped by a thick head with lots of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is sweet and flowery with some peachy notes. The flavor is sweet yet bitter, malty and flowery. Medium to full bodied and slightly dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 11, 2004
Enormous dense white foam head sitting atop of a slightly hazy golden body. Exotic fruit and spices are in the air above the mouth of the glass dominating all but a rich earthy yeast character. A medium palate is dominated by fruit and yeast character,with subtle notes of malt and alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
envane (568) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2004
This was very good. Light orange with plenty of yeast floaties. Aroma of tropical fruit. Flavour is citrus and mango with peppers and hops. Achel is a very underrated Trappist brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crockett (1039) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2004
My bottle was like a raging yeast infection. I've never seen so much cottage cheese in a bottle of beer. Pours light orange. Piles of floaters. Herby, sweet, and boozey. Some pepper, late hops, slightly sour. Has a brandy quality. It was good but not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sayravai (4700) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 8, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2005 (Bottled) Opaque orange with a medium, foamy, very lasting (lasts longer than the beer), lacy head. Very fruity, even phenoly aroma with banana, orange-peel and berries - surprisingly hefeweizen-like, and quite refreshing. Yeasty, very fruity, sweetish flavor with strong grassy hopping in the long, mouthdrying finish. Medium-bodied, crisp and refreshing palate with a bit foamy but balanced carbonation. Some alcohol burn, but suits the style - and warms even in the winter. A decently complex, pleasantly hoppy trappist. (Rated 2/8/2004, was 6-4-8-4-16=3.8) Amber color, no head. Mild, yeasty aroma. Sweetish toffee flavor, hides the ABV well. An excellent, easily drinkable and enjoyable blonde.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2004
Fluffy head, which soon dissipates. Cloudy golden colour. Quite a lot of bitty sediment. Exceptionally perfumed estery aroma. Mango, orange & honey. In the mouth, this is underscored by peppery hop presence. Very nice so far, but falls away a bit on the finish for me; it is bittersweet, but the aftertaste descends into sugar. Overall, though, very flavoursome and pretty good. It just needs a little more refinement to lift it into the very top rank. Bottle.

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