Ernest (6425) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
pivo (2603) - GERMANY - SEP 30, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Apricots, honey in the light, pleasant nose. Hazy, pale, pale orange with no head. Fruity taste up front (apricots), turning spicy and peppery in the middle, with a light dry finish. Wasn’t convinced of the balance and there was a slightly unpleasant aftertaste. Extremely smooth brew, though, but I liked the dubbel better.
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not very exciting. I bought this one at the supermarket inside the Achel Abbey! Not because i liked it, but because I could!!! Ha ha
YogiBeera (2510) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dusty and apricots nose. Also tasted like dried apricots and pepper. First sweet, when medium bitter. Fizzy carbonation. The aftertaste unidentifiable, but all in all quite unlikely. Not as good as the Bruin.
radiomgb (2425) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy yellow colour, fruity aroma with peaches being at the forefront. Nice yeasty flavour, smooth dry finish.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
While this is a well-crafted beer, I canít really get into it. Has a very spicy, yeasty flavor with some alcohol hints--quite harsh on the palate. There is a decent fruity sweetness in there as well, but I was displeased with the aftertaste, which was quite bitter and almost a bit sour.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 15, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Achel 8 is a clear, yellow-gold ale, with a large frothy head & lots of champagne-like bubbles. It has a slighty fruitness w/ an overall well balanced flavor.
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 13, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Starting with a lemon pepper nose with a frothy head that leaves the party quite early, this is a pure pale golden pond of goodness. At first I though there wasnít a whole lot to this, but as I get deeper, the deeper it becomes. There is a twangy alcohol tone that blends very well with malty sweetness, accented with just a hair of lemony bitterness. As it goes away , it gives up a good bit of bitter, but not enough to counteract what came before. Second thought, a bit long on the alcohol, but a tremendously mellow blend nonetheless.
madsberg (10521) - SÝborg, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden colour. A disappointing head, that dies immediately. Aroma is yeasty and have some citrus and other fruit notes. Flavour is a bit more light and not as complex as the other 2 trappist-beers, iíve tried.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 8, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
had this served to me cold, it tasted okay, but this beer needs to warm a litle before it really starts to taste great. well balanced trappist ale, my only complaint is the lack of yeast in the bottle.