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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tubbfan (147) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2006
This one poured a clear, golden brown from the bottle until I got to all the yeasties disturbed all that. Slightly hoppy aroma, but somewhat muted. Not bad. Medium to full bodied. Small carbonation (not crisp, but you notice it nevertheless). Almost no head or lacing, small white bubbles. Aftertaste is very dry. Flavor dominated by the alcohol with some citrus and malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubbleflubber (1914) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2006
Pours hazy golden into the glass, with yeasty floatations through and through. Good head and decent lacing. Doughy spice aromas. Honey and slight alcohol notes to the flavor, with spice afterthoughts. Thicker consistency to the palate, and extremely satiating. Some astringent alcohol latent in the pull, and as the beer warms, the bouquet opens and more notes of citrus and vegetable compliment by shining through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (7466) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 19, 2006
Hazy honey gold with a massive chunky head that lasts forever and leaves generous lace. Aromas of baked bread, honey, and vague stonefruit. Very smooth and heavy, sweet malt with subtle spicy vanilla and fruity yeast. Alcohol is well integrated and unobtrusive. I admit that I’m not the biggest fan of this style, but this was excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MarkoR (622) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2006
Very nice golden yellow colour. Nice white head also. Spices and fruits. Un très bon goût.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 12, 2006
spicy yeast, ripe fruit aroma. Pours a very nice golden yellow, white head, carbonated. Very smooth. Fruit undertones. Dry lingering finish. Refined in its presentation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (14336) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 12, 2006
cloudy yellow with white head. spices & fruits. Has a lively carbonation. Bitter hoppiness and quite dry taste. Long great finish!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
presario (4784) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 11, 2006
Such a great beer hidden such a plain bottle and across the sea. Head starts out an inch of thick foam and then subsides to an eternal half inch of thick cream floating on the golden beer. Texture is silky smooth. Strong scent from the bottle, the pour and the sitting beer; the soft spiciness reminds me of Hoegaarden. the soft palate is rich in pepper, and I can find the peach and yeast that Oakes mentions as well. In my mind one of the most enjoyable Belgians.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2006
bottle. This is one enticing beer in the glass. A really frothy light golden head that leaves mounds along the glass. Nice straw colored beer. Nose is apricots and cardamon, that carries over to the flavor. Very dry. This bottle was well within its date range, but had some off-putting metallic notes. Overall very good, and I would love to try it on draught.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - MAR 30, 2006
Cloudy yellow body with a moderate head. Wonderful lacing on the glass as usual. Aroma is spices, sugars, peppers, their yeast, and various fruits. Smooth drinking with light alcohol in the throat. Reminded me quite a bit of a Tripel but this is definitely a Belgian strong ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JK (4833) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2006
This is an amazing beer. It is a pleasure to look at and exceptionally complex. This beer is orange and cloudy. The huge, thick, firm, and long lasting white head takes up far more space than the beer in my Kapittel trappist glass, and leaves a thick and sticky lacing. Aroma starts off fruity and spicy suggesting a tripel; alcohol and malt follows. This is a very sweet beer, with coriander and other spices, sweet fruit and light malt as well as a hint of bitter hops. Aftertaste is a little sweet but has salt as well, with a hint of alcohol lingering. Flawless and outstanding.

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