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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernest (6425) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2014 Bottle (BB Nov 21, 2015). Head is initially large, frothy, white, fully lasting. Body is hazy dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs), moderately yeasty (cobwebs), with light notes of pineapple, gum, white peppercorn, nectarine, alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. While Iíve never been a fan of the Bruin, this monastery definitely knows how to make a strong golden ale...beautiful yeast, beautiful esters. This is coming up on a year old (if memory serves, the BB dates are 2 years from bottling date), and thus the nose is a tad quiet, but very elegant and enticing. Iíve had 4.5+ bottles in the past that were fresher, so I think this is one to seek out in Belgium primarily, but itís quite reliable even near a year old (and this particular batch will probably still be great for several more months). Itís nice that this particular Trappist beer continues to impress year after year, and I always buy several bottles when I see a "new" (as new as importers/distributors deem fit to give us, sigh) batch appear on shelves.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivo (2603) - GERMANY - SEP 30, 2002
Apricots, honey in the light, pleasant nose. Hazy, pale, pale orange with no head. Fruity taste up front (apricots), turning spicy and peppery in the middle, with a light dry finish. Wasn’t convinced of the balance and there was a slightly unpleasant aftertaste. Extremely smooth brew, though, but I liked the dubbel better.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2002
Not very exciting. I bought this one at the supermarket inside the Achel Abbey! Not because i liked it, but because I could!!! Ha ha

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YogiBeera (2510) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2002
Dusty and apricots nose. Also tasted like dried apricots and pepper. First sweet, when medium bitter. Fizzy carbonation. The aftertaste unidentifiable, but all in all quite unlikely. Not as good as the Bruin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2425) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2002
Hazy yellow colour, fruity aroma with peaches being at the forefront. Nice yeasty flavour, smooth dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2002
While this is a well-crafted beer, I canít really get into it. Has a very spicy, yeasty flavor with some alcohol hints--quite harsh on the palate. There is a decent fruity sweetness in there as well, but I was displeased with the aftertaste, which was quite bitter and almost a bit sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 15, 2002
Achel 8 is a clear, yellow-gold ale, with a large frothy head & lots of champagne-like bubbles. It has a slighty fruitness w/ an overall well balanced flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 13, 2002
Starting with a lemon pepper nose with a frothy head that leaves the party quite early, this is a pure pale golden pond of goodness. At first I though there wasnít a whole lot to this, but as I get deeper, the deeper it becomes. There is a twangy alcohol tone that blends very well with malty sweetness, accented with just a hair of lemony bitterness. As it goes away , it gives up a good bit of bitter, but not enough to counteract what came before. Second thought, a bit long on the alcohol, but a tremendously mellow blend nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (10521) - SÝborg, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2002
Golden colour. A disappointing head, that dies immediately. Aroma is yeasty and have some citrus and other fruit notes. Flavour is a bit more light and not as complex as the other 2 trappist-beers, iíve tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 8, 2002
had this served to me cold, it tasted okay, but this beer needs to warm a litle before it really starts to taste great. well balanced trappist ale, my only complaint is the lack of yeast in the bottle.

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