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RATINGS: 1339   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 (1418) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
klm1 (471) - - JUL 29, 2015
pours straw like clear / haze gold with creamy white head. Visualy medium carbonation. Aroma without notice of an alcohol, but with strong note of grapefruit, hints of grape, orange and lemon peel, coriander and some other spices. Flavor is similar: without notice of an alcohol, but with strong fruity presence: prevails hints of grapefruit, grape, lemon, oranges, melon, even waterlemon, with hints of various spices. Malt sweetness is medium, overwhelming with fruity, lager-like soft, hop bitter finish. Body is soft and sticky. Very proper beer for its style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mmk (5) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 24, 2015 does not count
Donkerblond bier. Frisse citrus geur. Veel koolzuur. Frisse citrus smaak met milde hop.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tightslice (429) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUL 21, 2015
Bottle from Whole Foods in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is mild flowers, floral fruits, peaches, fruity yeasts. Taste is soft with a lovely balance of fruit and floral. Would love to try next to a Chimay White.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCLawyer (1864) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2015
Bottle->Trappist. Brite copper with huge fluffy white head. A: citrus, stone fruit, yeast. T: slightly tart yeast and citrus, clove. Lively. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (7025) - Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2015
11.2 oz bottle at home. Pours a hazy golden color with a large fluffy white head. The aroma and flavor have pale malts, Belgian yeast, candi sugar, very fruity, citrus, peach, apple, even a hint of floral character, finish was a hint soft, but this is a decent enough beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TorbenJensen (488) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2015
A really beautiful and impressive foam appears after pouring. It has also a nice aroma where the fruit is the predominant factor. In tastes are a little citrus, peach and other sweet indefinable fruit. Tends to work out, but a long aftertaste of malt sweetness and fruit impart a different and in particular very pleasant experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
karpik (240) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - JUL 16, 2015
Typical Belgian yeast aroma - spices, peach, banana. Pours golden with nice white head. Taste is medium sweet, quite fruity, citrus. Alcohol well hidden only slightly warms the throat, easy drinking. Overall very good Belgian blond.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RafeAU (390) - Kingston, AUSTRALIA - JUL 14, 2015
Bottle from Plonk. Almost clear pale straw with beautiful white head. beautiful appearance. Belgian yeast fruity esters. High carbonation, a hint of sweetness leads into a dry, moderately bitter finish with a hint of warming alcohol. Fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Flanfl (244) - Bordeaux, FRANCE - JUL 13, 2015
Clear golden colour, huge white head. Spycie aroma, belgian yeast, citrus, floral hops. Complex round flavour. Yeast, spices, fruits and hops. I've an hard time to put names on what I'm tasting. Medium finish, first sweet then comes a dry bitterness. Medium body and carbo. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zlotta (310) - Bonn, GERMANY - JUL 13, 2015
0,33 l bottle from belgiuminabox, bottled in july 2014 (one year old). Clear, golden yellow with a huge, creamy, stable, white head. Intense, fruity-yeasty aroma of citrus, peach, banana, vanilla, honey and straw. Sweetish, fruity-yeasty taste of citrus, banana, peach, vanilla, honey and straw. Medium long, quite hoppy, yeasty, minimally metallic and a little warming finish. Medium body, very creamy and effervescent mouthfeel, average to lively carbonation. A delicious brew with a fantastic mouthfeel. Superbly balanced and super smooth. Great!

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