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RATINGS: 1417   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 11, 2007
Slight hop aroma with belgian yeast. Slight citrus. Easy drinking, a little bitter. Pretty damn good. Huge head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
FastEddie (230) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 11, 2007
Head is white, and the nose is just full of hops. This is oine really delicious ale that is just full of hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tenghave (404) - Taastrup, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2007
Gul ufilreret øl med meget højt flot hvidt skum. Duften er ?. Smagen er tung og sødlig, men alligvel frisk og frugtig. Varm øl, som ikke er så klosteagtig - minder meget om leffe blond, dog stærkere og med mere krydret.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 8, 2007
33cl bottle from devino. pours a only-slightly cloudy gold, vigorous carbonation and bright white head. aroma is apples, some higher alcohols, peach. medium-bodied, flavor is caramel, apple, some booze, and then a very dry finish with noticable alcohol. the spicy/boozy finish is actually quite nice. a very enjoyable trappist, if not one of the best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 7, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2008 Original rating on 05/07/2007 updated on 07/04/2008. Hazy golden body with a large rocky white head. Sweet fruity and yeasty aroma with tons of candi sugar and caramelization. Sweet fruity sugary flavor with some light yeast, more caramelization and a bit of candi sugar. Medium body with fairly high carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2007
Bottled in 01-04. Pours a cloudy, pale orange color with enermous chunks of sediment and a fizzy, short-lived, white head which leaves sporatic lacing. Nose is heavily yeast and sweet with dominant pear notes. Other smaller notes of banana, caramel, clove, apple, and faint peach. Flavor is similar with more sweetness than I would have thought from the style. Still heavily yeasty with pear notes and caramel background but also light citrus notes of lemon zest. Apple and banana still round out the flavors. Palate is good with a moderate body, a soft, lightly creamy, somewhat round feeling, and a moderately lively carbonation. Finishes with slight bitterness and a moderate dryness with earth (almost like a wet bark), pear, and yes, yeast. Not your run-of-the-mill Strong Belgian Blonde but decently done. Yeasty character is a bit overdone and lacking in hop qualities and spicing. Overall, a nice change of pace to the style and highly drinkable, just not really intriguing or exceptional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - APR 30, 2007
Bottle 33 cl. Golden, a bit hazy, color. White head. Aroma is sweet, fruity, apple and alcohol. Flavor is apple/fruit, alcohol - vinous. Dry, bitter finish. Not my style, but not bad at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2007
Bottle. Pours a slighly hazy golden/amber color with a nice two-finger head that has good retention. Citrus & yeast dominate both aroma and flavor. Some sourness, but well-balanced by the malt & fruitiness. A bit on the dry side. Really enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - APR 25, 2007
Apple nose. Only a faint whiff of spice. Bitter, spicey, fruity taste thats balanced well. Slight tart.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2007
Bottle. Nose is primarily apples. Cloudy, active yellowish beer with a hugely frothy white head. Very well balanced sourness that’s usually overpowering in blonds. Palate is hearty, well-rounded.

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