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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5697) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2006 Poured a cloudy golden color with no real head or lacing. Lemony aroma also included hints of banana and clove. Hard, carbonated mouthfeel. Sweet and fruity, with some alcohol noticeable as well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TAR (2526) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2003
Best before Jan., 2004: Foggy saffron. Thin, resilient, rocky lathery froth leaves behind gorgeous lacework. Elegant aroma of shortcake, lemon, rose petals, and soft notes of banana. Peppery yeast undertones with fresh noble hop blossoms, frosting, peach tart, and soil. Soft, expansive carbonation. Very light and fluffy at the same time. Lavishly yeasty and flavorful with copious levels of flowers and esters right away. Slightly woody with some pale malt funk underneath. Simultaneously rich and elegant. Hints of cork and hay make a late appearance before a beautiful round finish of glazed peach, doughy yeast, and banana. Lightly dry and spritzy with peppery yeast flashes. The faint leathery noble hop textures deflect the pale malts and fruity elements with just enough girth, adding a whole new layer of depth. It doesn't get much more artisinal and elegant than this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - OCT 16, 2003
Another one from those trappists. I thought this a bit lighter on the malty tones than most other belgians I have had. It had a long lasting head and nice tongue feel on the back of my tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2003
I must try this again, as the festive nature of the time I tried it might have clouded my judgment. This is big, bold and fruity with a ton of alcohol that has the courtesy to allow the amazing tropical fruit flavors to shine. Must revisit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kinz (3567) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2003
Poured a pretty golden color, lots of exciting yeasty chunks floating about. Creamy smooth white head that remains in a thin veneer. Aroma is of bitter orange peel, and some faint mustiness. Complex, layered flavor, more oranges, wheatish malts, and a whiff of smoke on the finish. A very pleasant surprise from a beer I knew nothing about.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 31, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2005 Bottled. 1 year old bottle. Hazy amber.. A bubbly diminishing head. Champagne-like nose, along with wheat. Flavor initially of wheat, but turns into a yeasty flavour. Spicy and slightly smokey in the long finish. Fat lacing!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsniclas (6247) - Billdal, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2003
A lot of yeastparticles. A fresh, fruity champagneish and somewhat metallic aroma and flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (9046) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2003
Good head on a golden, slightly cloudy brew. Bit of spice in the aroma. Warming in the stomach as I drink. Fruit and spice in the flavour, with a bit of alcoholic notes upon swallowing. Smoothly drinkable. Not my favourite trappist beer, but well worth tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RobBestwick (706) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 17, 2003
sweet hoppy aroma with some orange tones, pours with a cloudy orange hue and a good head, rich yeasty/spicey flavour. thick creamy palate with a strong alcohol finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - AUG 2, 2003
I like this beer a lot. Looks just like the picture. This is one of the better blonds that I have had and is better than the Achel Bruin in my opinion. Peary, slightly spicey flavor. Yummy.

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