Chad9976 (1584) - Lakeland, Florida, 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.
Moretum (47) - Vienna, AUSTRIA, AUSTRIA - MAY 4, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden colour with a thin white head. Aroma of hops, malts, yeast and some fruits. Taste of light to medium malts, floral hops and light fruits with a medium bitterness. Medium carbonation with a medium body. Nice one.
bluejacket74 (1728) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
11.2 ounce bottle, 13/06/15 printed on the back label, not sure if that’s the bottling date, best by date or what exactly. Served in a Prairie Teku, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with a couple inch frothy off-white head that stuck around for a really long time. There’s also a lot of lacing. Aroma is OK, the brew smells like candy sugar, pear, banana, bubblegum, yeast and breadiness. The brew tastes like clove, banana, pear, candy sugar, bready malt, and peppery spice. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s smooth and creamy with a lot of carbonation. By no means is this a bad beer at all, but it really didn’t do anything for me. Glad I got to try it, but it’s not my favorite. With that being said, it’s worth trying if you’ve never had it before.
artyom (873) - Osijek, CROATIA - APR 30, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0.33l bottle. Golden color with white head. Aroma is malty, fruity, yeasty and sugary. Taste is medium sweet with sugar and floral notes. Medium to full body. Overall it’s great and complex beer.
konungen (363) - - APR 28, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Disig guldig öl med fin vit skumkrona. Doft och smak: jäst, banan, frukt, citrus, malt, sötma. En intressant öl, lättdrucken men ändå väldigt mycket doft och smak. Helt klart bra!
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Alex60 (54) - - APR 23, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bouteille 33 cl - mousse blanche très importante, couleur dorée avec de grosses bulles, odeur de houblon, boisé, goût: houblon citron, finale sur l’amertume très légére
AaronTDubs (231) - - APR 19, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy gold color. Lots of carbonation. Caramel, banana, bubblegum, spicy phenols, manure., lightly soured milk. High carbonation makes this less heavy than it could be at its gravity. Hoppier than expected from the aroma. Starts sweet with some bubblegum flavor, nice caramel malt. Finishes hoppy and phenolic with sticking caramel notes. Some acidity in the middle. A nice complex beer. More bitter than an average blonde, which sets it apart, keeps it from being too sweet. Nice beer.
Antonio369 (92) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 11, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2016 33cl bottle, served in Trappist chalice. Poured a cloudy amber with an one finger head. Fizzling carbonation. Aromas of orange peels, citrus, caramel, banana, grapefruit. Taste is continuation of aroma with notes of vanilla, cotton candy, bubble gum, spices. Frothy mouthfeel, medium body with a fruity bittersweet finish. For 8% ABV this drinks way too easy. Love this brew, a very candy sweet, hoppy & fruity blond.
Schytte (47) - - MAR 28, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Den dufter godt, fin skum/udseende & smagen er god - En glimrende belgisk øl.
ImportBeerMan (11) - Pintsville, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Cloudy/Golden with nice white head that last through the entire pint; Nose: Citrus, Fruit, Taste: Sweet, Lemons, Orange and an earthly hops. Mouth/Feel: Light/Med Body, Clean, Dry with light carbonation. Overall a very nice Trappist Ale. Overall: 4 out of 5
Grisza77 (441) - Poznań, POLAND - MAR 23, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Złote, zamglone piwo o obfitej pianie, która zdobi szkło i pozostaje do końca w postaci warstewki na powierzchni. Aromat owocowy i ziołowy dość intensywny. W smaku bardzo owocowe, głownie brzoskwinie, lekko słodkie i ziołowe. Goryczka średnia, przyjemna, ziołowo-alkoholowa, lekko rozgrzewająca. Ogólnie bardzo dobre jasne belgijskie piwo, w smaku praktycznie dla mnie idealne, ułożone, zbalansowane.