Chad9976 (1081) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 24, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I poured an 11.2oz bottle into a Trappist chalice.
Appearance: Nearly opaque orange/yellow with spastic micro carbonation visible. Forms a huge fluffy white soapy head which retains and laces tremendously well for a beer of the style.
Smell: Typical Trappist yeast esters - flowery perfume and orange and white fruit peels. A fresh, clean scent.
Taste: Trappist beers are known for being complex, but Achel 8į Blond is actually a repetitive palate. Thatís not to say itís bad, far from it, because the flavors that are on repeat here are quite tasty. Itís the rind and peel of the orange and white citrus fruits: orange, grapefruit and even some lemon but without the tartness or acidity. Throw in some white grape and green pear and youíve got the palate of this beer.
Thereís not much in the way of spice or sweetness, though, except for a hint of coriander and subtle banana flavors in the aftertaste due to the yeast. Thereís a bitterness that seems to engulf the mouth due to the foaminess of the head and effervescence of the body. It creates for a slight doughy, powdery sensation and flavor, but itís not sharp or dry or tangy (even with the addition of the bottle-conditioning yeast). Itís tasty and satisfying, but nothing mind-blowing.
Drinkability: Iíve yet to find a Trappist beer that is as smooth as a nitro stout, but for a Belgian tripel, Trappist Achel 8į Blond is one of the easiest beers of its class to throw back. The palate has energy for sure, but isnít anything obnoxious. Some carbonation does get stuck in the throat, but gradually. You donít burp until the end, instead of between each swig like, say, a Chimay White. The carbonation creates for a self-cleaning palate, leaving little aftertaste. For an 8% ABV Belgian brew thereís no alcohol warmth or distraction whatsoever. If it werenít so expensive this would be an ideal beer to keep in the fridge on a somewhat frequent basis to pair with dinner or enjoy on a warm evening.
Thompson (297) - - APR 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from bottle at Cafe Buitenlust, Oirschot. Yellow to orange colour....white head....Smell and taste malts, yeast, lightly fruity and some spices..
DroolYeast (84) - Odder, DENMARK - APR 15, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From 33 cl bottle.
Aroma of some earthy and grassy hops.
Pours hazy yellow with foamy white head. Tiny head lasting.
Moderate bitter, balanced with some sweetness. Little sourness.
Finish is bitter and sweet. Watery body and lively carbonated.
mircoas (17) - ITALY - APR 15, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
buona birra anche se in realtŗ mi aspettavo di meglio. Good but nothing else.
Swank (13) - - APR 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
One of the "new" trappists, Achel Blond 8 is a little sour in the nose but has a rich, full taste. For a strong beer the taste dies away quickly though, which makes this beer a decent but not so special trappist.
Icedwarf (99) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Donkergeel bier met veel koolzuur. Smaak is bitter met licht zuur fruit. Blijft lang hangen.
Lothore (451) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A- Lots of head, extremely hard to contain on the pour. Peachy orange hue.
S- Yeasty, hints of fig.
T- Candied fruit, yeast, undertones of hop bitterness.
M- Medium bodied with tons of carbonation.
D- A decent brew. Would have trouble drinking a lot of it. Mouthfeel was much too effervescent for me.
chapeau1977 (5) - ITALY - MAR 20, 2014 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Colore torbido, schiuma consistente, piuttosto dolce ma non esageratamente. Decisamente ottima
liquidbread86 (13) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 17, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Smells like hops, tastes like hops. Bitter compared to others from Achel. Maybe I donít like blonde Trappists?
EdwinLitzau (229) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Amber/goudkleurig, dikke laag wit schuim. Ruikt fris en zoetig. Smmakt goed, beetje zoet, fris. Wel wat veel koolzuur. Prima bier.
Beersiveknown (2473) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAR 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In tripel territory...weisse like banana esters and higher alcohol, full bodied, warming, malt sweetness.