Chad9976 (1026) - 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 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.
njnut (55) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into tulip from bottle. Pours a cloudy amber with a huge head. Heavy lace. Aroma is of yeast and a bit of lemon. Taste is yeast, grass. In the finish the yeast lingers with a bit of alcohol late. Mouth feel is thin. Head lasted until the end. Very well done, loved it.
Helsdon (13) - - DEC 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice thick head with lacing. Blond colour. Smell of malts, faint smell of honey. Solid soft malt profile. Alright beer.
Maris (857) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 330ml bottle on 15/12/2013. Pours a slightly cloudy golden with a big foamy white head. Has a light fruity, spicy aroma with a touch of yeastiness. Flavour wise, you get bready and biscuity malt, lots of sweet and zesty citrus fruit (pear, lemon, lime), a good dash of honey, and some pronounced spicy bitterness behind. You get a bit of alcohol, but it remains dangerously easy to drink. The palate is quite syrupy and the carbonation likely. Really well balanced, and one of the better Belgian blondes I’ve had.
_angst_ (2093) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle bought some place I can’t remember. Pours hazy pale golden with an enormous frothy white head that slowly dissipates while leaving some soapy lacing and trace on the glass. Smell is sweet, fruity and estery with crackers, dry wood, white grapes, plums, alcohol, banana bread, hay, pears, apple skins, candi sugar, marzipan and hints of nutmeg. Taste is tiny sweet, tiny bitter, tiny sour, fruity, estery and phenolic with crackers, banana bread, oatmeal cookies, unripe pears, green apple skins, alcohol, allspice, nutmeg, sheet metal, unripe plums, white grapes, dry wood, pepper corns, marzipan, hay and hints of glue. Mouthfeel is round, tiny astringent, tiny fruity tart, slightly boozy and medium bodied. Finish is bitter, tiny sour and fruity with crackers, cookie dough, unripe banana, hay, pepper corns, dry wood, lemon zest, grape skins, dry soil and banana bread. Perfect match with the salad we had for dinner.
allmyvinyl (1120) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle at home. Pours clear pale yellow, fluffy white head. High carbonation keeps it there. Aromas are yeasty, bready and some light fruit... somewhere between lemon and white grape. Taste is clean and crisp, good balance. Dangerously easy drinking.
Osprey87 (930) - London via, WALES - DEC 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle BB Sep 2014. A clear light orange / dark yellow, sparkling, ridiculously large bubbly white head. Smell - Slight lemon, yeast, spice. Body is foamy with a little carbonation. Taste is sweet and malty - toned down lemon, and subtly sour, bit of a tang in the finish. Some wheat beer qualities in the smell and flavour. Decent enough but too foamy.
Erzengel (1002) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - DEC 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rating from 6.3.2008: Das Bier bildet eine sehr große voluminöse Schaumkrone, die sehr stabil und schön feinporig ist, Das Bier an sich ist gelb-orange und schaut leicht trüb aus.
Geschmacklich ist es klasse vollmundig-samtig. Es hat was von reifem Obst, vor allem Bananen oder Pfirsichen. Der Nachgeschmack bleibt lange mit einer sehr angenehmen Süße auf der Zunge zurück.
Zu Beginn des Nachgeschmacks ist auch eine ganz leichte Herbe wahrnehmbar, die aber schnell wieder verfliegt.
Sehr schönes Trappistenbier - auf alle Fälle zu empfehlen!
kerenmk (1601) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at Beer & Beyond Store. Thanks beerandbeyond for the bottle! Clear gold yellow with white head. Some petrol, then spiciness, then yeasty bitter aroma. Yeasty bitterness in the mouth, that distinctive Belgian taste. Medium-to-full body, fruity yeasty finish.
DutchMark (46) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good blond trappist. Nice malts,yeast, and fruit flavor with a hint of white wine. Alcohol is quite noticable. Soft prickly carbonation with a nice bitter dry finish. Deserves a place in any list of good strong blonds.
lux_edwards (31) - - NOV 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle. Aroma:grass, leaves and a hint of citrus. Appearance: golden, hazy, white foam head. Taste:lightly bitter with a nice balance. Palate:light body, creamy. Overall: well balanced and good beer. Will be buying some more.