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RATINGS: 1436   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonMoore (2066) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2004
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Hazy golden colour with large rocky, white head. Very appealing aroma; spicy, hoppy, fruity (including peach). Taste is peach, citrus and grainy with a sour edge that lingers, turning into a slightly bitter finish. Smooth, moderately carbonated and dry. Like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Hazy and golden with a thick head that leaves a good layer of foam and good lacing. Aroma starts a bit skunky, but improves dramatically as it warms. (Takes on a citrusy aroma) The taste is underwhelming. Like the aroma, the taste improves as it warms. The alcohol is very evident at first, but becomes hidden as it warms. Rather bitter finish and really leaves a dry feeling in your throat. Thereís really nothing that sets it apart from others.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4889) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Pours a hazy orange color with a tall head. The aroma struck me as barley at first, but then moved into the category of a feed mill... just lots of miscellaneous grains. Same with the taste; itís quite grainy with possibly a greaty leaning on oats. Tasty, but not godly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2004
Appearance: hazy, dull golden, and infected with a multitude of floating flecks, but topped with a beautiful, pristine, snow-white cap of luscious, lace-leaving foam. Aroma: softly citric, slightly spicy, and light and airy and uplifting as sea-foam, feeling a bit like a witbier, almost. Taste: sweetness itself, with just a dash of citric sour at the edges, but overall, fruity, peach, apricot, orange. Zesty, with sour citric character returning, but not dominating. Hops dance delicately, and malt is assuredly around to provide a plush pillow for the tastebuds. A really well-integrated brew, any initial harshness is soon mellow-fied, and ease of drinkability is ensured. Mild, all in all, for sure, but thatís really what the style is all about. Very smooth, I could imagine downing this aplenty, if it werenít for the cost. Really, to smooth out financial matters, the only thing to do is actually become a monastic brother, and drink this stuff for free, aye, thatís what I ought to do...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ukoolaid (579) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 20, 2004
Bottle. Golden and hazy with white head. Aroma is hoppy with spice. Taste has great amount of hops balanced with warm malts. Yeasty as is warms. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (34696) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2004
A hazy orange beer with yeast sediment floating around and a huge off-white head. The aroma is sweet with strong notes of yeast, oranges, coriander, and earth. The flavor is powerful with strong notes of alcohol, yeast, oranges, and spices amongst those coriander. The mouthfeel is silky soft and ending on a dryness while the alcohol is felt in the throat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (9235) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 20, 2004
This blonde ale pours with almost no head, and elicits a very pleasant fruity aroma. The spicy flavor intensifies as the beer warms. This ale is a fine example of the Trappist style, and is sort of a cross between Westmalle Tripel and Orval.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 18, 2004
Best Before September 2005 (2 years old?)
Had to let this warm to fully apppreciate the citrus, spice, sourdough, and dry mustiness in the aroma. This is the way a blonde Belgian should look, esp. the lacing (the kind without legs anyway). The flavor matched the aroma, with lemon and orange peel being the most pronounced. The finish left a residual chalkiness (over spiced?) that marginally spoils something quite special. Overall the closest match in taste is actaully the Westmalle Tripel (not a surpise considering this beer comes from a former Westmalle brewmaster.

   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...

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