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A pale, strong, fruity, hoppy Trappist ale from one of Belgiumís six official abbey breweries. Achel 8į is hard to find even in Belgium; in the U.S. itís 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1353) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 24, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
flying_pig (1094) - SCOTLAND - MAY 16, 2015
330ml bottle at home from Whole Food, Giffnock (£2.69):
Appearance wise this beer was okay and the smell wasnít particularly interesting but the taste of this one was exceptional and the balance was excellent as well. Despite coming in at 8% abv. the alcohol content was remarkably well hidden and the beer went down very easily with a light, sweet and fruity taste that was distinctly Belgian with some yeast and plenty of spices coming through from the start.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
charlotte (4571) - rÝdovre, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2015
Bottle.Hazy golden olour with white head.Aroma is bready and fruity with nice note of yeast and hops,mild spicey with soapy mild taste nice and well balaned mouth feels and mild finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
josanguapo (80) - SPAIN - MAY 7, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2015 Compra: www.cervezasespeciales.com Muy suave y sabrosa. Entra tan bien que parece que es un peligro. Ingesta: Jugando a kings bounty dark side

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
luklaer (144) - BELGIUM - APR 26, 2015
2015-04-19 - This is a very nice beer, although it is in a simple bottle, it has a very sofisticated taste!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryantaylor22 (1) - NETHERLANDS - APR 25, 2015 does not count
Surprisingly crisp, sweet to the taste, but not sweet, mostly a dry and tangy effect. Very delicious and a well crafted blond. Color and appearance are great, with an endless carbonation bubble from the bottom of the glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
edsspoon (714) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2015
Bottle - hazy golden with a huge fluffy white head. Aroma of cloves, wheat, yeast and a little alcohol. Taste of cloves, earth, grassy and slight sourness with yeast and light bitterness in the finish. Soapy, dry mouthfeel with low carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
murran (314) - - APR 18, 2015
Pours a hazy amber body with a large lasting head. Yeasty aroma. Creamy taste with malty tones. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChtiBreizh (88) - Rennes, FRANCE - APR 13, 2015
UPDATED: APR 29, 2015 Beautiful apperance. Golden with a creamy white head. Aromas are banana-like typical for belgian yeast, and citrus. Compared to other trappists it is quite dry and not too boozy. Quite carbonated. Not very complex but not cloying at all. A good compromise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HIGHB4LL (823) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2015
11.2 oz. bottle from Wilburís. Appearance: finger white head, golden color, cloudy, Aroma: grassy, lemon, Belgian yeast, bready, light alcohol aroma. Palate: light body, alcohol thinness and warming on the end slightly, low to moderate carbonation. Taste: sweet fruit with light lemon and caramel, going into a slight grassy hops profile with light bitterness that gives way to a stronger alcoholic nature. Overall, very enjoyable, hops with the alcohol balance this beer out very well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hesiodus (28) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 7, 2015
Some fruits, alcohol, spicy, looks golden, clear, with white head, taste sweet bitter, fizzy carb. enjoyed this beer

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