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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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1390) - 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 8° Blond is actually a repetitive palate. That’s not to say it’s bad, far from it, because the flavors that are on repeat here are quite tasty. It’s 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 you’ve got the palate of this beer.

There’s 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. There’s 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 it’s not sharp or dry or tangy (even with the addition of the bottle-conditioning yeast). It’s tasty and satisfying, but nothing mind-blowing.

Drinkability: I’ve yet to find a Trappist beer that is as smooth as a nitro stout, but for a Belgian tripel, Trappist Achel 8° Blond is one of the easiest beers of its class to throw back. The palate has energy for sure, but isn’t anything obnoxious. Some carbonation does get stuck in the throat, but gradually. You don’t 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 there’s no alcohol warmth or distraction whatsoever. If it weren’t 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
witthatsbier (389) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 24, 2015
33CL Bottle Pours a hazy golden blonde with a white frothy head Aroma citrus with sweet grain Taste is light bitter with fruit notes and dryish bitter finish nice beer but not great

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
funcut (407) - SIBENIK, CROATIA - JUN 19, 2015
Zahvaljujuci mom prijatelju i vlasniku picerije VIVA u Sibeniku , odlicnom covjeku Goranu , dosao sam i do ove pive ...veliki izbor belgijskih piva ...svaka cast na tome .. ispijanje u drustvu moga pivoljupca Vedrana i ispunjeno platom od sira , maslina i kruha iz krusne peci s kojom smo pocasceni od gazde ... pivo je fenomenalno ...jako i punog okusa ...gusto ... uzivanje u svakom trenutku ..odlicna kvaliteta piva ..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hednom (93) - Messelbroek, BELGIUM - JUN 6, 2015
Bottle 33 cl, pours a hazy golden colour with a white head, fruity aroma, smooth taste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mauroruellas (256) - GETULINA, BRAZIL - JUN 28, 2015
Dourada,turva,espuma magnífica,alta,cremosa ,encorpada;aroma perfumado,floral ,cítrico,aparecendo cascas de laranja,abacaxi e fermento;sabor refrescante,frutado,leve picante finalizando,álcool bem inserido,boa carbonatação e corpo,boa drinkability,fácil de beber. Ótima trapista.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kokkenrolv (19) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 18, 2015
Bottle. Yeasty notes on the nose, with hints of banana, clove, fruity, citrus. Some bready malts. Cloudy golden, with big nice white head. Also yeasty on the palate, with honeylike tones of fruity malt. No hops, but nice and dry. Medium/high carbonation, still silky and nice mouthfeel. A very nice Belgian Blonde!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
willisread (724) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 19, 2015
Bottle from Tanakaya. Poured into a Duvel glass. Slightly hazy golden color with a nice big soapy off-white head. Aromas of apple, pear, yeast and apricot with some floral hops. Average to lively carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel. Sweet on the palate with some pepper and spice present. Almost has rum cake like flavor after it warms up. Complex with lots of fruit and spice flavors that are quite well balanced. Nice fruity finish. Hides the ABV very well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Huuug (3) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 28, 2015 does not count
Tastes like the Westmalle (origine) but softer, rounder, more balanced (if i remember westmalle correctly). Floral smelling hops, then a yeasty, peppery taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YigSvartka (217) - Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 10, 2015
Translucent cloudy gold with a frothy white head. Potent yeast, malt, banana, bubblegum, spice, and tart citrus fragrance. Full bodied. Yeasty bliss as expected. Banana, bubblegum, cloves, mild hops, robust carbonation, and of course yeast. Delectable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ferris (7581) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 15, 2015
Bottle - Vinrage 2001 - Butterscotch, bit of booze and Apple. Clear gold with a decent white head. Apple, some overripe fruity notes, paper and butterscotch. Age didn’t help.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jamestulloch (2049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 29, 2015
Bottle from Cork & Cask. Hazy golden body with a thick white head. Lively carbonation. Lots of lacing. Aroma of salted lime, white bread, flower petals, caramel and lemon. Flavour of coriander, pear, lemon sorbet and white sugar. Barely a hint of the ABV. Medium body with a frothy texture. An amazing beer, incredibly easy drinking for the strength.

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