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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2002
Pours cloudy and golden w. a small creamy head. Looks and smells suggest some wheat in the brew. Faint smoky aroma w. a touch of sourdough bread - hops also contribute a little aromatics. Flavor is sweet, very smooth and drinkable, hints of bubble gum fruitiness, anise, witbier. Overall a very good 1st effort - not as distinctive as the other Trappists though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fraternie (820) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2002
Spicy, fruity flavor at the start which eventually fades into a lager-like aftertaste that I didnít really enjoy. It lacks the complexity of some of the better trappists, namely everything by Westy, Chimay and Rochefort. Straddling the line in my opinion between a blond and a tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2002
Blonde with a medium head. Slighty spicy aroma and flavor. The flavor seems a bit weak and the finish is almost astringent. Not my favorite...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (5131) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 18, 2002
I dont think itís only available in the abbey anymore. There were loads of bottles in the store i went to. The bottle has a very modern label, so i think theyíre expanding their borders again. The beer has a pale golden color. A Spicy nose with citrus elements. Indeed some bitterness can be added when you arrive at the tasting. The palate is acceptable though. I presume the beer is a tripel, because of itís color, taste and ABV. If it wants to fit this category, iím a bit disappointed actually, because i think i may expect something special from a real trappist, as e.g. westvleteren and rochefort certainly satisfy my beer-needs. But itís still a very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (14609) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 24, 2002
Blond ale, average head, lots of stuff is suspension. Nice aroma, hop (not floreal like a Westvleteren), black pepper, some alcohol. Full mouth, average body, enough dry; some malt and some bitterness; palate enough bitter and strong, not enough aromatic. It gets smoother while getting warmer.
Enough strong and alcoholic, poor of malt taste and hop character. Still a pleasant beer, but the less interesting among the Trappist Ales.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - MAY 9, 2002
Whenever I find a beer I instantly fall in love with, itís sure to have less than a 4 average rating here. This champagne-like belgian has a cloudy, golden-yellow, witbier like appearance and exudes a malty pear, plum, and cherry aroma with a hint of yeast that knows its manners. Slightly fizzy and refreshing without the acidity of champagne, the flavor is lush with ripe pear (especially) and is supported by apple, berries, and heady malt. Rather light bodied, it packs a surprising density of flavor and character, and is one of the most enjoyable drinking experiences Iíve had this year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
William (202) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - APR 23, 2002
Duvel-like golden ale. Pretty bitter tasting trappist beer, not as malty as most trappists (Westvleteren, Rochefort). Dry finish. All in all not a bad beer, but lacking the complexity of most other trappists.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2002
Man, I was bummed. I like a different type of trippel anyway, but I expected more here. What I found was indistinct sweetness...not malt, not yeast, not spice, and certainly no hoppiness. No dryness. I may be missing something, and will return with a hosed down palate the next time. until then...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stijn Cuylle99 (37) - Oostende, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2002
I was disapointed when i drunk this one at the abbey in Achel. Almost no taste or flavors. Maybe i will wait a few years and then i will drink him again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (9509) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 7, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2004 blond-orange colour with a fine creamy head, nice lace, complex aroma (orange, peach, yeast and bread), smooth, full-bodied with a strong bitterness, long dry bitter, fruity and bready finish - robust and very well-made

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