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RATINGS: 1424   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
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 it’s age. I didn’t expect much from this old bottle (aged it by accident), but it’s good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoritzF (9359) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - APR 9, 2007
(bottle, with thanks to bierkoning!) Cloudy orange colour with a huge, slightly off-white foamy head. Dusty, sweet pale malty aroma with a rounded, aromatic fruitiness (lemon, peach) and subtle coriander spice. Sweet flavour but not superficial, medium to full bodied with a lively carbonation. Solid malty base with yeasty and fruity notes upfront, growing spices towards the finish, which is fruity, malty, sweet-bitter and slightly hoppy. Very well-rounded brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2007
Pours a deep, cloudy, yellow/gold with a thick, almost-white head that consists of very tiny bubbles that lace the glass heavily. The aroma is very fruity with some alcohol and a bold malt and yeast undertone. Fruit aromas remind one of banana, peaches, and a hint of sour apples. The malty/yeasty aromas smell a lot like wheat. The flavor starts off dry and sweet with hints of tartness. Very yeasty, a little bit musty, and malty - but a subdued malty sweetness. The interplay of fruit, yeast, and carbonation bubbles tease the top and back of the tongue. The middle of the flavor has lots of dusty wheat, hints of hops, and lots of yeast. The finish is long, dry, and dusty. The aftertaste is a mix of yeast, wheat, and some hops. The fruit theme continues throughout. The mouthfeel is unexpectedly dry all over the tongue - and unexpectedly light. Overall, very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2007
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass, murky yellow with a lot of floaters. Aroma was of yeast and fruit. Taste was sweet with notes of citrus, apricot, butterscotch and honey. There was a touch of dryness as it warmed.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mugabe (258) - SWEDEN - APR 5, 2007
Bottle at home. Pours an opaque honey-y yellow with an impressively thick head. Fresh aroma of citrus and yeast. Full body with flavours of spice and citrus, but the finish is the best. Creamy and sour with a nice sting of alcohol, turns sweet. Grows on you.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rayg1 (586) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2007
This stuff pours out a hazy yellow with rediculous head! The aroma is very nice with sweet bananas and spices hitting the nostrils and perhaps a zesty lemony flavor? Taste is typical belgian thick yeasty bready taste with the spices comming in at the end, fairly sweet beer but nice and fairly refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jde123 (773) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 1, 2007
Pours like honey, though not in the sense that it pours slowly and thick, but that the color is amber blond, looks like solidified fat - no impurities. Huge frothy white head, aroma of light fruits and grasses. Flavor is biting, long, and smooth. Very very nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thomat (3298) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2007
Golden color with a heavy white head.Fruity, herbal and malty notes. Some sweetness combined with yeast. Full bodied. A very nice strong ale !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
altonbrownd (5451) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2007
Bottle at Cafe Zotte. Orange colour Ale with a fast-rising head. Taste of wheat, sweet, bubblegum even. Tangy, pinches the tongue. Alcohol taste a bit too pronounced. Harsh but also very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2007
From a 330mL Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy, honeydew golden color with a thin layer of quickly dissipating, sudsy, brilliant white head. Lightly sweet aromas of caramel, cardomom seed, and a hint of mango. Lots of sticky light fruity esters with some spicy, cumin-like qualities. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel with an effervescent prickle. A light, sugar glazed breadiness starts out on a palate that reminds me of some freshly baked nisu. As the sweetness fades, more spicy yeast esters come out, and the cheeks begin to warm. The final smack leaves a pleasant herbal hop bitterness lingering on the dry palate. Pleasing, but not overly contemplative.

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