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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunevdj (3134) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2005 Pours a nice amper with a stable head. Has a full, fruity flavor of yeasts and malts. Quite sweet. I miss a bit of bitterness from the hops. A lot like Duvel, just fuller and less bitter.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gilvanblight (771) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2005
Full foamy head. Spicy bite to the scent and immediate to the mouth. Bright golden near opaque hue. Complex flavor changes constantly with different tastes coming to a head. Wonderful aftertaste. Some alcohol taste but not at all overpowering.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DerWeg (1487) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2005 Castro’s Lounge, Beaches. Hazy deep orangey gold with medium fine bubble head and persistent fine carbonation from center of chalice. Heady feels silky and leaves fine lacings. Crisp and sweet nose as pours, green apple aroma and yeast. Bit of Seville orange marmelade flavor, medium sweet taste and light syrupy feel - taste hint sweet apples/pear, spice, honey, muted hops - fleeting notes of spearmint gum and other candyshop aromas, perhaps licorice allsorts? Nice slightly astringent taste and alcohol stays hidden as glass warms. Detached yeast clumps hard to avoid in pour so go easy. Very good for style. Memorable.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scotty (1047) - SCOTLAND - MAY 18, 2005
Gift from Amsterdam, this has a hazy burnt gold colour with a big bubbled, but surprisingly long lasting white head. Aroma is clean and spicy, with citrus notes. That citrus and spice comes through on the palate too, becoming more intense on the finish, shame I only have one bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2005
Hazy amber with a white head. Malty and yeasty aroma with a light fruityness and hints of alcohol. Malty and sweet flavor with caramel notes and a yeasty finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2005
Bottle best by 3/2004 making it anybody’s guess to how old it is. Pours a brilliant golden color, lots of floaties from a not all that vigorous pour, nice white head, dense bubbles. Aroma of honey, spice, pear, yeast, pale malt. Complex flavor, sweet, peppery, very mild hops. Fuller, firm body. Just a touch of alcohol, but it is complementary. Very nice, well done.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 4, 2005
Couleur blonde dorée, revêtu d’une mousse blanche considérablement dense. Les arômes de petites bananes bonbon faiblement anisées sont rapidement envahis par la levure et les phénols très épicés. Liquide de corpulence semi mince à moyenne en bouche, transportant des notes de poivre blanc fraîchement moulu. Il semble manquer de matière et de complexité, devient quelque peu ennuyant en peu de temps, surtout pour une trappiste.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 3, 2005
Floral, meaty, pine-like, spicy, sugary aroma. Hazy yellow-gold with a decent and lasting cover of white head that leaves some sudsy lacing. Fair amount of protein in suspension. Icing sugar-like sweetness contrasts with a fair bitterness with some ashy notes and some pine-like hop flavour. Medium-light body is very dry and well-attenuated. Bottle enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Yowie.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 2, 2005
Cloudy yellow color with yeast in suspension and a creamy white head. Aroma and flavor of fruits, spices and yeast. Light body, creamy texture, moderate carbonation. Interesting trappist but somewhat uninspiring (and uninspired).

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6123) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 1, 2005
Lightly hazy golden. Foamy white head looks good and coats the glass nicely. Overwhelming yeast aroma reminds of simpler beasts than trappist ales. This feels almost corny, definitely peppery and clovey. Estery (bananas) and peppery yeastiness, rather phenolic as well (approaching band-aids). Light-medium body, very tired low carbonation level. For one, more hops would be more than welcome and then, more malt exploitation through the yeast could create far more complex flavours…


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