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RATINGS: 1398   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
khayman70 (153) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 3, 2004
Pours with a pleasant orange color and a VERY marshmallowy head. It is slightly spicy and very nice in the mouth. Slightly spicy and a bit fruity. bananas? maybe a hint of citrus. The alcohol is there but balanced well. The finish is dryish and crisp. A very nice beer and I would recommend to anyone.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2004
This was one of the best blonds that I have had. Very spicy with a pillowy white head on top of a golden/orange colored beer. Really worth trying.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2004
Beer pours (in Corsendonk glass) a cloudy and medium orange-golden colored liquid with a generous amount of virgin white head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a lingering film. Aroma is of bananna, and slight citrus. Flavor is of bannana, slight citrus, with a noticable, but slight hop, but ends crisp and clean, not really dry. Good beer. Sampled at 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2004
Pours a cloudy orangish-yellow with a nice white head. Has a nice sour orange and yeast nose. bread, banana, honey, and spice mix in the palate with a nice lasting finish. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9169) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2004
Cloudy golden-orange colour with about 1 cm of creamy white head. Small flocculant yeast particles suspended throughout the beer. Aroma is yeasty, with plum/raisin aroma and some faint citrus. Flavour is also yeasty, nice spiciness especially black pepper. Finish is very long with a bracing bitterness that I don't usually see in Belgian Strong Ales. Some alcoholic heat slips in. Very good, but not as complex as I was hoping.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 29, 2004
- cloudy peach-yellow color, white creamy head, yeasty-fruity aroma, peaches and apples, maybe a hint of banana, spicy, has a wheat malt character, fresh with an earthy quality as well; light flavor of alcohol, bitter with a fruity citrus bite, spicy-pepper and salt, lightly hopped, smooth, dry and acidic

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2004
Mmm tasty! Thanks Doug! Cloudy and hazy yellow body with a medium sized very bubbly head. Nice sediment noticable right away, but it does not get in the way of drinking this beer. Aromas of flowers and citrus. It tastes of fruit and vanilla. Very easy to drink, smooth as anything. This is a really good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5234) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 28, 2004
Cloudy golden haze. Very little head. Pears, vanilla and flowers make the aroma an absolute pleasure to experience. The favor is sweet, but not too much. A little honey and pear with a slight malty character. This is refreshing and an excellent example of the style. Ends with a slight sourness of cheese.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nesta13 (205) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 25, 2004
Pretty much the perfect tripel. Bubblegum, fruits, yeast, those special hops and nice full mouthfeel. Under-rated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PrimeMinister (138) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2004
This beer came out as a surprise. Achel does not necessarily have the same reputation as other Trappist and is definitely underrated compared to other in this category. The head was nice and stayed for a long period of time. The color was not as inviting as anticipated but it showed a unique range from blond to blond-brown. The taste had something really fruity and sweet which did not let the high percentage of alcool take over the taste. The aroma ranged from Melons to citrus fruits. This is one I will lood forward to taste again.

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