Chad9976 (1390) - 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.
witthatsbier (389) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy golden blonde with a white frothy head
Aroma citrus with sweet grain
Taste is light bitter with fruit notes and dryish bitter finish
nice beer but not great
funcut (407) - SIBENIK, CROATIA - JUN 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Zahvaljujuci mom prijatelju i vlasniku picerije VIVA u Sibeniku , odlicnom covjeku Goranu , dosao sam i do ove pive ...veliki izbor belgijskih piva ...svaka cast na tome .. ispijanje u drustvu moga pivoljupca Vedrana i ispunjeno platom od sira , maslina i kruha iz krusne peci s kojom smo pocasceni od gazde ...
pivo je fenomenalno ...jako i punog okusa ...gusto ... uzivanje u svakom trenutku ..odlicna kvaliteta piva ..
hednom (93) - Messelbroek, BELGIUM - JUN 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 33 cl, pours a hazy golden colour with a white head, fruity aroma, smooth taste
mauroruellas (256) - GETULINA, BRAZIL - JUN 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dourada,turva,espuma magnífica,alta,cremosa ,encorpada;aroma perfumado,floral ,cítrico,aparecendo cascas de laranja,abacaxi e fermento;sabor refrescante,frutado,leve picante finalizando,álcool bem inserido,boa carbonatação e corpo,boa drinkability,fácil de beber. Ótima trapista.
kokkenrolv (19) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 18, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Yeasty notes on the nose, with hints of banana, clove, fruity, citrus. Some bready malts. Cloudy golden, with big nice white head. Also yeasty on the palate, with honeylike tones of fruity malt. No hops, but nice and dry. Medium/high carbonation, still silky and nice mouthfeel. A very nice Belgian Blonde!
willisread (724) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Tanakaya. Poured into a Duvel glass. Slightly hazy golden color with a nice big soapy off-white head. Aromas of apple, pear, yeast and apricot with some floral hops. Average to lively carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel. Sweet on the palate with some pepper and spice present. Almost has rum cake like flavor after it warms up. Complex with lots of fruit and spice flavors that are quite well balanced. Nice fruity finish. Hides the ABV very well.
Huuug (3) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 28, 2015 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tastes like the Westmalle (origine) but softer, rounder, more balanced (if i remember westmalle correctly).
Floral smelling hops, then a yeasty, peppery taste.
YigSvartka (217) - Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 10, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Translucent cloudy gold with a frothy white head. Potent yeast, malt, banana, bubblegum, spice, and tart citrus fragrance. Full bodied. Yeasty bliss as expected. Banana, bubblegum, cloves, mild hops, robust carbonation, and of course yeast. Delectable.
Ferris (7581) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 15, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - Vinrage 2001 - Butterscotch, bit of booze and Apple. Clear gold with a decent white head. Apple, some overripe fruity notes, paper and butterscotch. Age didn’t help.
jamestulloch (2049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 29, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Cork & Cask. Hazy golden body with a thick white head. Lively carbonation. Lots of lacing. Aroma of salted lime, white bread, flower petals, caramel and lemon. Flavour of coriander, pear, lemon sorbet and white sugar. Barely a hint of the ABV. Medium body with a frothy texture. An amazing beer, incredibly easy drinking for the strength.