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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 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUN 30, 2006
Pours darker golden and clumpy w/ a gigantic semi creamy froth that hangs around an reduces to a heavy cream. Aromas of dusty rock candyfruit and flowers. Flavors are very bright and forthright then turns dry on a dime. Big candy fruit w/ banana, citrus rind and spice. Finish is bittered yet fruity. Very tasty, well balanced, alcohol is well hidden. Overall: it’s a blind date with a blonde that goes round all the bases, a few times =). Leaves nothing to be desired. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1394) - BELGIUM - AUG 4, 2012
Un nouveau nom de la bière trappiste en Belgique, le 6ème, ce qui porte ainsi le nombre de bières trappistes à part égale entre la Flandre et la Wallonie, 3 de chaque côté, ce qui n’est pas plus mal !!! Quelle talent pour une nouvelle venue … Il est vrai qu’elle s’est appuyée sur sa sœur de Westmalle pour concocter certaines portions du divin nectar... Mais ne rechignons pas devant les qualificatifs quand ils sont mérités et amplement mérités. En effet cette blonde d’Achel me paraît s’améliorer à chacune de mes dégustations. La couleur avec l’âge passe du jaune d’or soutenu au quasi ambre clair. La mousse d’un blanc cassé est énorme, avec des cratères dans la texture, ce qui en fait une véritable œuvre d’art, avec du velouté. Les bulles sont de taille moyenne, présentes partout dans le verre et super vivantes. La clarté présente un léger voile de toute beauté. Les arômes sont superbes avec les céréales, la levure et une pointe d’Orval... La classe. La lèvre trempe dans la première gorgée, magnifique, plutôt sur l’amertume d’un très fin houblon. La 2ème bouche est déjà à l’équilibre avec un velouté sans pareil et une longueur en bouche importante. La 3ème bouche est quant à elle voluptueuse. La longueur est de grande ampleur avec des épices fines, des herbes monastiques et une pointe de girofle. La levure est de très grande classe, trappiste, elle vient de Westmalle. La finale est tout en crescendo, avec tous les éléments de la grande bière : saveur, ampleur, finesse, complexité, équilibre et chaleur. Du grand art et une incontestable place parmi les trappistes belges. C’est avec le plus grand bonheur et une très grosse cote que nous accueillons la nouvelle venue (du Seigneur). 300 sur 100 (bien reçu). Bravo Achel, amen.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Augustijn55 (82) - Izegem, BELGIUM - JUN 19, 2007
Bottle, 33 cl. Taste again for rating. Golden color, with a large white head. Aroma, yeasty, sweet, fruity . Medium body. Hoppy tatse, good balance with the bitterness. My favorite.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nuplastikk (5785) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 6, 2008
330ml bottle, bought in Belgium and closeted for 7 months. Explosively carbonated and lively. Saltwatery bitter farmhouse aroma. Big head which added a nice creamy mouthfeel. Dry with a wonderful hoppy sweet finish. Completely classic Belgian beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gilvanblight (821) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JK (5741) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2006
This is an amazing beer. It is a pleasure to look at and exceptionally complex. This beer is orange and cloudy. The huge, thick, firm, and long lasting white head takes up far more space than the beer in my Kapittel trappist glass, and leaves a thick and sticky lacing. Aroma starts off fruity and spicy suggesting a tripel; alcohol and malt follows. This is a very sweet beer, with coriander and other spices, sweet fruit and light malt as well as a hint of bitter hops. Aftertaste is a little sweet but has salt as well, with a hint of alcohol lingering. Flawless and outstanding.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jerre (3223) - Waregem, BELGIUM - MAY 31, 2007
Bottle, 33 cl. Golden color, with a large white head. Aroma, yeasty, sweet, fruity . Medium bodied. Taste is very hoopy, i like it very much, nice bitterness. A really good trappist !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Bottle 330ml from King&Godfree. Masterpiece, great flavours. Aromas of dough, caramel, vanilla, and citrus. Taste is sweet, with sour and bitter notes, and very long length. Palate is creamy, and full bodied. Amber, with a frothy head.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
vickey9 (999) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 4, 2012
Cloudy pale gold with full fizzy head. Fresh, spicy citrusy and yeasty aroma. Notes of lemon and bread. Full body, high carbon. Extensive sweet and dry bitter lemon on palate. Great. Bitter aftertaste. B@H

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 6, 2012
Pours a clear golden-yellow with huge white head and lace all the way up the glass. Aromas of floral hops, light fruitiness and some moderate spicy pepper notes and somewhat perfumy. Flavours are fruity, spicy and of alcohol as per the style. Orange comes across with the bitter finish. Fantastic beer just as the style should be!

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