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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.

Chad9976's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1135) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
martin00sr (500) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2014
Clear golden, frothy white head. Arima is fruity, yeasty, a little earthy. I also get malt and some light caramel. Flavour is sweet and strong, dried fruit and warming alcohol. Carb is lively, nice bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alusmamuts (194) - LATVIA - JUL 20, 2014
Sweet mild aroma. Amber, bit cloudy with rich white cap. Soury - bitter taste with some sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyit (3448) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2014
Clear golden of color with a white head. An aroma of fruits, hops, peach, sweets, honey and hops. A flavor of honey, herbs, spice, earth, dusty, bitter and dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (70) - BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2014
The youngest of the trappist breweries, at least if one does not consider the fact that they had been brewing up till 1918; this triple version shows a yellowish, delicately lacing foam above a warm orange-blonde colour, near bright but still a bit veiled, with quiet sparkling; aroma spicy and malty with hints of pink grapefruit, freshly grated ginger, pineapple, bread dough, old cheese, honey, thyme and damp clothes; taste begins citrussy with some sweet, exotic fruit, mineral, quickly overwhelmed by a soft, pils- and caramel-like maltiness, ever so slightly nutty, vividly spicy accents, aftertaste leafy and somewhat peppery hoppy, medium in length with a hint of gin-like alcohol, but nowhere astringent or disturbing. Clearly more balanced than ten years ago.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marcius (194) - Geneva, SWITZERLAND - JUL 12, 2014
Appearance with amber color, cloudy liquid and high foaming (excellent belgian lacing). Fruity and caramel aroma. TSeet and fruity flavor with alcohol properly inserted. Taste sour and bitter. Excellent tripel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sdmmb (706) - USA - JUL 8, 2014
Drunk from 33cl bottle bought from Delhaize, Brussels. Blonde Trappist style ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
simonblaine (273) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 2, 2014
Drank from bottle. Sweet, sugary, tasty. Not sure I could do lee than one. I enjoyed it tho. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AntoineGRD (39) - - JUL 2, 2014
Comparé aux autres bières trappistes, le goût de la Achel blonde est simple et moins caractériel mais se laisse apprécier. Elle apparait dans le verre drapée d'une robe ambrée et présente ainsi un nez aromatique, rond et doux où l'on retrouve aisément la présence des esters, et les senteurs de malt assez doux qui évoquent des raisins bien murs de vendanges tardives. En bouche, l'entrée est agréable, franche, ronde, veloutée, douce avec une pointe d'amertume et d'âcreté évoquant une pelure de pamplemousse rose bien mûr. L'ampleur en bouche est longue avec un corps ample et on note une post-amertume pas trop sèche toutefois. Une douceur maltée miellée domine l'ensemble.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mithe (832) - Opava & Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 1, 2014
(Bottle 0,33l)
Aroma : Sweet, yeasty, spicy, light fruity.
Appearance : Cloudy yellow color. Huge, long lasting, rocky, white head.
Taste : Medium sweet, spicy alcoholic.
Palate : Full body. Sticky texture. Long warm, light astringent finish.
Overall : Nice and warming trappist.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
generallee08 (596) - New York, USA - JUN 30, 2014
It has a hazy yellow/orange colored body with lots of carbonation rising up to the head. The just off white head is very tall and thick like a meringue. It is very slow fading and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. The aroma has an earthy and bready yeast like character with a touch of funk (horse blanket) and spicy hops. The flavor has the same funky bready yeast character from the aroma but with hints of fruity apple and pear notes. On the palate it has a smooth creamy texture with mild carbonation and the finish has a touch of spicy hop flavor and light bitterness for some balance.

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