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RATINGS: 1346   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2006
thanks to sprinkle for this, bottle marked best b4 7/06. poured a hazy pale yellow. very strong aroma of spice, clove and banana. strong acidic flavor, light hop flavor overpowered both the complexity. bubbley mouthfeel, very carbed. good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cab (866) - DENMARK - OCT 14, 2006
bottle. What a head it just stay´s ther, strong aroma and palate is intens, what a beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brew4all (103) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2006
Poured a nice golden with a thick huge head that is always there.Aroma strong with floral and fruit. Very smooth taste with nice hints of fruit and yeast as well as some cream. Nice little bite at the end and the alcohol comes thru a touch. Very good brew and well worth another visit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (11804) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2006
Dark golden with a big frothy white head. Some lacing. Intense perfumed aroma, spice and malt and some fruit. Spicy malt flavour too, dry and full and with some alcohol warmth. Bitter and spicy finish. A very great blonde.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewgirlca (57) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 8, 2006
A classic Belgian Strong Golden Ale - although smoothness belies any use of candy sugar and the label suggests that that is true. Truely therefore it is a BIG blond. Light clove in nose that follows through in the flavour. Soft palate but ends crisp and dry; very clean for a Belgian. Lite body for what appear to be an all malt beer. Alcohol warmth distinctlly there but very pleasent and not at all overstated. Beautiful creamy head that lasts until last drop and floats on a lovely deep blond base. Excellent beer - finely crafted.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
haukur (1438) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - SEP 8, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2009 magnificent head, really HUGE! fluffy almost Duvel like. Very orangey aroma, some citrus hints, floral, outhouse, farm and something that reminds me of a nice spring day. Fantastic when it hits the tongue, very fruity with a perfect amount of bitterness to match it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3030) - Flushing, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2006
My girlfriend bought this one back from Spain. Pours a nice cloudy golden with thick white head. Aroma is slightly white wine like, with a fruity, yeasty touch. It’s crisp, with a bubbly mouthfeel. Has a solid, yet mild sweet malt character with a subtle pepperyness, honeyish background and a later yeasty dryness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4902) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Smells pretty good. Huge head; nice appearance. This is a pretty tasty blonde with a pretty high alcohol content. The alcohol is noticeable, but that’s okay. A great strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - AUG 26, 2006
Mild phenolics, ripe pears and plums, light grainy malt. Hazy golden color with lots of chunkies and floaties - looks like I might need to chew. Nice balance of spicy phenolis and fruity esters, very slight sweetness. Medium body with medium-high carbonation, I can feel the protein chunks on my tongue, dry finish. Nice aroma and flavor, the chnks are a minor detraction.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - AUG 22, 2006
Bottle - musty and sweet aroma. Golden-bodied with about two fingers of white head and excellent retention. Very nice flavor - fairly straightforward with hints of banana, citrus and quite dry.

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