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RATINGS: 1360   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (5019) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 22, 2006
Pours bright hazy gold into a tulip. Bright white frothy ocean-foam head. Fizzy with upfront spicy lemon with a lasting bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 21, 2006
Pours a chunky blond with a LARGE white head. Aroma of yeast, lemon, and bananas. Taste is the same. Unique mouthfeel, I can’t quite describe it. Finish is sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 19, 2006
Cold 11.2oz bottle: Pours a murky egg yolk orange color with mega floaties and a fluffy ivory head that dissipates to a thin layer of bubbles and alot of lacing. Aroma is of sharp yeast, sweet malts, alcohol, spice and lemon. Taste is subtle and nicely blended; of sweet malt, sharp yeast, lemon, spice, light bitterness and less noticeable alcohol in the taste versus the aroma. Well carbonated. Ending is mostly sweet with light bitterness and sour notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (40504) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2006
Bottle. Dark golden with a big frothy white head. Intense perfumed aroma, spice, malt and some fruit. Spicy malt flavour, dry and full and with some alcohol warm. Bitter and spicy finish.

   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 (11983) - 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 (1517) - 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.

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