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RATINGS: 1433   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 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 thatís usually overpowering in blonds. Palate is hearty, well-rounded.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Carl99Fan (187) - Suwanee, Georgia, USA - APR 23, 2007
Poured from 33cl bottle into a Trappist glass. White head layering top of brew. Dissipates quickly. Honey orange color. Smells like a towel that has been wet for awhile about to cross the threshold to stale. Bitter, yeasty flavor....alcohol present in palate. I like this one a little better than the Achel Bruin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2007 A nice light orange color with a decent head and nice lacing. The head disappated rather quickly. The thing that strikes you about this beer is the ridiculous amount of sediment floating around. It is almost takes away from the beer. The smell is yeasty and sweet as is the taste. There is a nice mouthfeel and a better than average bittering finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Diablo9845 (62) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2007
Very average when it comes to the trappist brews. Alcohol is masked nicely by a heavy yeast taste. Cloudy yellow with a noticable but short lived head. Smell was yeasty and tasted of an average ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brix (652) - DENMARK - APR 11, 2007
Tasted 2007-03-29. 3 years old bottle, 33cl. Light orange colour. Hazy. White head. Lotsa floaties, that stayed in the bottle. Surprisingly fresh aroma mainly of yeast. Sweetness and cloves in the aroma as well. Taste of yeast - a little acidic. Good taste! A very lively beer dispite itís age. I didnít expect much from this old bottle (aged it by accident), but itís good.

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