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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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2002
Pours a golden orange color with a quickly dissipating head. Aroma is very strong. Serious spice and yeast in the nose. All kinds of stuff in there - dough, citrus fruit, some spicy sweetness (coriander?), and a touch of alcohol. Super smooth and easy to drink. The finish is quite long. Good, but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2008 Big frothy white head. Cloudy blond color. Aroma is indistinguishable. Flavor is slightly citric, a bit wheaty and sweet. Finish is moreso citric.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 8, 2002
Bright gold and lively. Initial thick head made of billions of tiny white bubbles slowly turned into a meringue-looking top. Piles of flour, dried, spiced fruit and lemon peel in the nose. Crispy, almost spicy on the tongue. My tastebuds found notes of pepper, mint, and sour grapes with a slight alcohol aftertaste. Very clean, almost soapy? I like it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2002
Apricots, Bubble Gum, slightly rotten. Quite tasty, however. Hmmm....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernest (6489) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2014 Bottle (BB Nov 21, 2015). Head is initially large, frothy, white, fully lasting. Body is hazy dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs), moderately yeasty (cobwebs), with light notes of pineapple, gum, white peppercorn, nectarine, alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. While Iíve never been a fan of the Bruin, this monastery definitely knows how to make a strong golden ale...beautiful yeast, beautiful esters. This is coming up on a year old (if memory serves, the BB dates are 2 years from bottling date), and thus the nose is a tad quiet, but very elegant and enticing. Iíve had 4.5+ bottles in the past that were fresher, so I think this is one to seek out in Belgium primarily, but itís quite reliable even near a year old (and this particular batch will probably still be great for several more months). Itís nice that this particular Trappist beer continues to impress year after year, and I always buy several bottles when I see a "new" (as new as importers/distributors deem fit to give us, sigh) batch appear on shelves.

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