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RATINGS: 1416   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
altonbrownd (5413) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 23, 2007
Its a very likeable trappist. Light colored. Has that instant bubbly taste that immediately hits the tounge. An easy pleasent drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2007
Drank in a trappist glass. Hazy golden poor with lots of sediments, creamy off-white head. Aromas of citrus, caramel and mangos with a distinct yeast smell. Very light creamy mouthfeel. Good dry finish but low carbonation. This can be a dangerous summer beer as it drinks to easily. Good all around with perfect balance. If i could describe this beer in one word, it would be "subtil".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2007
Bottle: Hazy gold in color with a rocky white head, and some great lacing. Aroma, some spices, yeasty, some floral notes, and some light fruits. Flavor, light bready malts, some sweetness in there, floral hops, some spice. Pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 12, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2008 Bottle, 330 ml (bb09/05/08). Pale golden body with the slightest haze. Big fluffy lasting white head. Nice lacework. Astringent fruity aroma, citrus and spices with notes of floral hops. Predominant taste of pale dry malts and yeast, followed by nice sweet fruits, spices and delicate hops. Good body, Long dryish finish. A beer for my tastebuds... Gentlemen prefer blondes!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FrankJohansen (3616) - Sabro, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2007
Bottle. Hazy golden colour with a huge mostly lasting white head. Rich aroma and taste of malts, fruits and citrus. Nice semi bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Capa (2597) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2007
A beautiful beer that pours a hazy gold with a large, fluffy, white head. The aroma hits you during the pour. Sweet, yeast, pineapple, alcohol, and lemony citrus. Flavor is spicey. Has yeast, banana, floral, some wheat-like notes, and the pineapple shows up near the end. Finishes warm from the alcohol and has a citrus bite to it. Some earth tones also come through in the end. The body is medium and packed a bunch of crbonation into it. I really enjoyed the varying flavors presented here, though I would like them to blend together a little more. I don’t know why I put off trying Achel for so long.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maria (10214) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2007
The head is silky smooth and lasting. Actually it leaves lace on the sides and an island of foam on the surface. The aroma has notes of spice, yeast, fruit and honey. The mouthfeel is smooth and nice. Its a sweet beer with distinct notes of grapefruit and other fruits, like banana, and I also sense flowers, honey and malt. The finish is long and citrus, sweetness and bitterness meet in a nice dance on the tongue. A nice blond...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CheersMate (1338) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - MAR 5, 2007
Smells of lemons, or another citrus fruit. Citrus flavor and smell is obvious, but the taste simply does not exist as I thought it would. I was not pleased with the taste, but the texture was nice. It was pretty thick for a strong ale, and very fizzy but lacked the flavor I was hoping for. Head was nice and tight, and didn’t become a problem. I would say try once and then move on.

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