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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 (1317) - 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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hallstein (202) - Skogn, NORWAY - MAR 22, 2015
Pours a nice clear blonde color with a nice fluffy white head that sticks around. Amazing lacing! Aroma has belgian spice, lemongrass, spicy hops and freshly cut grass. Smells quite good. Flavor has a some alcohol presence with a big fruitiness and flavors of bread and some dusty yeastiness. Quite a good beer, though not the best trappist blonde i have tried.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BroadestTom (61) - - MAR 20, 2015
Aroma bread, Appearance golden, hazy, cloudy, white foam, Taste light sweetness, Palate medium body, fizzy, Overall not my favorite trappist but I would still suggest this beer to a friend

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nihtila (1164) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 16, 2015
8.1.2014. Vaalea ja kirkas. Erittäin hento tuoksu, hieman trooppisia hedelmiä ja belgihiivaa. Maku myös aika mieto. Esiin tulee hieman makeaa maltaisuutta ja kypsiä hedelmiä, yrttisyyttä. Hiilihappoinen mutta pehmeä suutuntuma. Hieman vaisu, ja se trappistin hiivan ja alkoholinsekainen maku liikaa esillä.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Calisky (1346) - ALSACE, FRANCE - MAR 15, 2015
Couleur jaune trouble, bonne mousse blanche. Fort nez malt fruité avec levures et houblons épicés. Gout fort fruité, levures et notes d’épices. Bon corps, aromes intenses en bouche. Fin longue fruitée et petite amertume.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
erling1000 (205) - - MAR 15, 2015
An unfiltered amber trappist with white head. Aroma is malty, bread, spicy, fruity, complex yeasty. Taste is seeet and light bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (4413) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 28, 2015
How: Bottle.
Where: Systembolaget.
Appearance: Hazy golden colour with a large white head.
Aroma: Fruit, citrus, caramel, alcohol, spices.
Body: Medium body, low to medium carbonation.
Flavour: Fruit, spices, alcohol, yeast, caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rob_D_UK (1137) - Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2015
Hazy yellow pour with a white head. Floral hops and yeast in the aroma. The taste is a refreshing bitterness with a sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gription79 (2409) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - FEB 24, 2015
Poured from a 33cl bottle, 2009 vintage. The aroma is slightly musty, fruity esters, bready sweet malts. The flavor is honey sweet, bready, fruity esters. This is a fantastic beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nilsas (1973) - Bryne, NORWAY - FEB 21, 2015

Lukt: Syrlige frukter, gress, citrus og noe eik.
Utseende: fin lys gyllen farge.
Skum/kullsyre: Tykt hvitt skum, heng langs kant.
Smak: Noe syrlig smak av frukter og en liten anelse karamell i avslutningen.
Hvor: Kjøpt@VP Bryne, Nydt@Hjemme
Medium: Flaske@330ml, ABV@8%, Når@21.02.2015

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
baraciisch (2193) - California, USA - FEB 19, 2015
Rated from beer log from 2009 Belgian Trip.... Golden orange color with thick white foamy head... Not very aromatic, slight citrus aroma... Citrusy sweet flavor, but very subtle, not overwhelming... Finish is lightly sweet and gentle on palate... Not a very provocative beer, but very good nonetheless

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