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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 (1250) - 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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gerardgathier (397) - - DEC 27, 2014
Currently I am updating my ratebeer with al the beers I drank but was too lazy to rate at the time. I give the scores I gave back than. If I drink the beers again I might re-rate them.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chromeotaphor (54) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2014
Citrus sinasappel perzik aroma heerlijk fruitig zacht. Immense carbonatie die wild en krachtig is on the zien. Prachtige schuimkraag end mooi gouden heldere kleur. Prachtig om te zien. Een van de zachtere trappisten een echte dorstlesser. Immense fruitige citrus smaak en een zachte warme bitter met bite in de afdronk. Tikkeltje teveel alcohol in de afdronk merkbaar aanwezig. Geweldige Trappist om mee te beginnen! Doet denken aan tremens en straffe hendrik

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjik83 (661) - - DEC 4, 2014
************************************************** + Matig Niet mijn smaak ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
stoigniew (50) - Łęczna, POLAND - NOV 30, 2014
Wygląd jak na moje gusta bez zarzutu choć te pływające drobiny na dnie po ostrożnym laniu nie powinny się znajdować. W aromacie głůwnie słodowe, ponadto zbożowo-trawiaste, łąkowe. W smaku delikatna kwaskowość, spora goryczka, posmak owocowo-szampański. Piwo cholernie pijalne. Dobry i poprawny trappist blonde - ale piłem lepsze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GuideDogSaint (483) - Xiamen, CHINA - NOV 27, 2014
330ml bottle at BePLUS, Xiamen. Pours hazy golden yellow with a thin white head. Aroma of yeast and malt. Bitter sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RhetoricalAns (387) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2014
330 mL Bottle at Sin and Redemption. Golden Pour, Finger of dense rocky head that sticks around and leaves plenty on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, Belgian yeast, fruit. Taste is cereal grains, fruit, slight sweetness, nice hop finish. Medium body, carbonation. Excellently balanced Trappist.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SVD (661) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 21, 2014
best before 09/2014 bottle at home, golden beer with a large head, aroa is yeast, fruit, taste is the same, bitter bit boozy but quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ippopotamo36 (367) - Rome, ITALY - NOV 18, 2014
0,33 bottle purchased in FYROM at the Beerstore of Marjan and consumed in Kosovo. It pours dark golden colour, slightly hazy (the description says it is "lightly filtered") with a huge and tick off-white foam. At the nose peach, jasmine, sweet and bread notes. Some light caramel. Mouth has a medium carbonation, round sweetness, malts. A great beer...it could have been better (I expected another complexity in the mouth).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vincentvega72 (69) - - NOV 11, 2014
Goudblond licht troebel met mooie witte schuimkraag. Aroma van hop, gist, brood. Heerlijke frisse trappist met bittere toets. Deze trappist is misschien de minst bejubelde of minst bekende maar oh zo lekker....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rdb84 (126) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 9, 2014
Bottle. Golden color with frothy lasting foam. Aroma: fresh, sour, butter, hint of dried apricots, grains, hint of pine. Nice. Taste is relatively sweet: although a sour taste permeates, almost white wine like, a sweet lacing always follows it. Bubblegum like even. Nonetheless, real nice.

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