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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2002
Gossamar and ethereal. Tart tangy lemons, thinly sweet powdered sugars. The finish is contemplative. This may all sound obscure, but some tastes and sensations are hard to put into words....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 brightness in both the yellow shine of the body and the huge white snowstorm above..aroma was a yeasty display of spicy bananas..yeast & spritzy..some sweetness..notes of banana, lemon,sourdough,warmingness, straw...not worth the trappist price though, thats for sure!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - NOV 17, 2002
Alcoholic apricots swirl from the nose. Thin head dissapates to a light laceing. Apricots and yeast dominate the beginning giveing way to candy, and the slightest touch of pepper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SteC (137) - Oostende, BELGIUM - NOV 13, 2002
This one is very hazy for a blondine... God quality brew, a bit yeasty, it has not got the fenomenal character other trappists have, but it is a good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Radek Kliber (6573) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 12, 2002
I loved this one! It hit the right notes. Flavor was impressive as well. Some presence of alcohol well mixed with rest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2002
Golden color with rising carbonation, medium white head receding quickly with good lacing, mild tripel nose. Spicy, fruity front, slight alcohol presence. Pretty typical for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
mauropd (37) - ITALY - NOV 3, 2002
Something recalling me my favorite Duvel ... ok, ok donít shoot on the piano player :-) tasty & refreshing together it keeps hidden the 8 on the label. Aromatic & tasty, definitely ok for tasty outmeals.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
David (34) - Charlottenlund, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2002
Overall a nice beer but itís still some ways from being as good as some of the best Trappist beer out there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 21, 2002
Iím right on the curve on this one, I guess; youíd have to call it a disappointment for a trappist, but its a top-quality beer overall. Wonderful clear shiny spun-gold color with a huge head (not quite Orval though). Yeasty, lambic-like barnyard aroma gradually sweetens and mellows as it warms, as does the dry champagne-esque flavor. Drink close to room temp; I may be underrating this, ícuz it doesnít seem that distinctive, but Iíve had a lot of GREAT beer in the last few days also. Will definitely try again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bloemart (257) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 17, 2002
The newest trapist, replacing the over comecialized laTrappe from the Netherlands, it is a nice addition, better than Orval, but i canít come close to the rest in itís class.

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