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RATINGS: 1339   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (3738) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2003
Cloudy yellow with a fine white head and a spicey nose. Lots of corriander, pepper spice with a syrup sweetness to it. Bready yeast finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5569) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2003
Pretty cloudy blond. Aroma has a nice floral bouquet and a hint of sweetness. Definite yeast notes and hop character in the mouth. Meaty body with a surprisingly sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5183) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2008 When pourred into glass the head quicly dissipate but reveal a beautiful cloudy golden ale. Smells of hops and yeast emerge from this beer with a very sweet finish. Very fine trappist beer. Re-rate 2008: Spicy yeast with a light dry hoppy finish. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 2, 2003
Beautiful honey color with a quickly dissapating head. Brilliant Belgian smell laced with citrus and fruit, hops and sugar. Deep earthy flavor with overtones of sweetness and fruit. Mildly hoppy nose. Yeasty finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 28, 2003
Cloudy golden color with a frothy white lacy head and lots of swimming yeast chunks. Fruity yeast (strawberries and grapes) and bready malt dominate the aroma. Small bubbly palate gives a silky, full mouthfeel. Finish is dry, sweet and warming with chocolate chip cookie flavor. A very drinkable and respectable Trappist ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkover (1528) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2003
Cloudy yellow color with a big white head. Heavy lacing. Yeast aroma. Flavor of yeast, bread, spices nuts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mwesth (279) - Skovlunde, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2003
Bottled at the Danish Beerfestival 2003: Big head with nice lacework. Complex and spicy with hints of wheat. I will have this again!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ravidesai (949) - Bombay, INDIA - MAY 11, 2003
very nice ale from Achel. honey blind, big froth head, that left a dense lace sheet. yeasty hop aroma with hints of peaches and citrus. complex rich taste with everything from pepper to wild mushroom. yeasty hop finish left a citrusy aftertaste. hope Achel makes a dark ale such as a Achel 10 or 12.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAY 6, 2003
Bottled. Golden with spectacled yeast flor, white lacy head. Sweet sugured wheat taste, but distinctly un-honied. Lightly aroma. Not my personal favourite style but a trappist ale none the less.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Davidw987 (23) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 4, 2003
Very pleasant. Golden honey color, slightly cloudy with moderate head. The head collapsed to 1 mm pretty quickly, but then lasted the entire glass. Flavor was a great clovey peppery mix, followed by a slight but consistent metallic flavor. (This detracted from flavor and overall score.) Flavors and aroma were consistent through entire bottle. Carbonation was present throughout without being to fizzy. I'd happily drink it again, but I wouldn't spend the $9.00 it cost me at my local retailer.

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