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RATINGS: 1424   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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
ChadPolenz (1676) - Lakeland, Florida, 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tjeerd (195) - GERMANY - AUG 24, 2016
Nice round triple. However rare it it is supposed to be, that doesn’t make it special. It is good, especially the aftertaste, but it lacks identity on the taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Orange_times (158) - UKRAINE - AUG 21, 2016
Pours in golden colour with medium size white head. Light aroma of hay, herbs. Medium sweetness, lightly bitter. Light body, low carbonization, sweet alcohol aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lukka19 (692) - Myjava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 15, 2016
Bottle. Golden hazy color, thick white head. Aroma of belgian yeast, cloves, coriander, oranges. Taste starts malty, decent spicy, coriander and cloves, oranges, zest, decent hoppy finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alomtnez (335) - SPAIN - AUG 12, 2016
Huge frothy white head very long lasting that evolves to rocky aspect. Hazy golden colour. Aroma is yeast, ripe fruit (raisin, fig) and banana. Taste is crispy, fruity, some spicy (clove) with caramel hints and some alcohol warmth. Crispy palate with high carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mice (782) - FINLAND - AUG 10, 2016
Kaatuu omaan trappistilasiinsa kirkkaan kullankeltaisena. Vaahto on paksua ja suurikuplaista ja pitsiä jää reilusti. Kaunis olut, hiilihappoisuus näkyy suurena määränä ylöspäin pyrkiviä kuplia. Tuoksu on hedelmäinen, hieman maltainen ja hiivainen. Maku on tumman hedelmäinen ja hiivaisen viljainen. Myös pientä makeaa karamellisuutta sekä mausteisuutta havaittavissa kruunaamassa hienon, tasapainoisen kokonaisuuden.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pongauer (68) - Maassluis, NETHERLANDS - AUG 6, 2016
I was kind of suprised by the description on ratebeer, considering the fact I bought this beer in a random little supermarket somewhere in Belgium. not much to say about it though. an average strong blond from belgium. It is nice to drink, but it is not a top blond trappist.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bonev (232) - POLAND - JUL 28, 2016
Wypite dwa tygodnie po dacie waznosci. Piwo klarowne w kolorze jasny pomaranczowy z obfita biala drobnopecherzykowa piana. W aromacie typowe belgijskie zapachy z drozdzy, brzoskwinie i slody. W smaku dojrzale owoce, przyprawy i mandarynki. Srednie wysycenie i niska ziolowa goryczka. Jakos mi nie podeszlo w tym wydaniu.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iznogud (2386) - CROATIA - JUL 25, 2016
Bottle, 330 ml from Svijet Piva. Shared with Miro and Kova. Pours golden, white head. Perfumy, malty, spicy, yeast, fruit. Sweet. Finishes dry with some bitterness. Medium bodied. Can’t say I’m a fan of perfumy sweetish beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fules (727) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - JUL 24, 2016
Gyönyörű, borostyán színű ital, közepes és nagyon tartós habbal. Illata malátás, némi fűszeres, gyümölcsös beütéssel. Kissé savanykás, gyümölcsös, malátás alapíz, fanyar és szénsavas. Enyhén keserű. Utóíze hosszan tartó, kesernyés és gyümölcsös. Fincsi söröcske.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Erasmus_ro (2454) - Alabama, USA - JUL 16, 2016
Bottle, 15/07/16. Pours a dark yellow with a good, white head. Aroma is very paechy, some yeast, apricot, quite grainy, pale malts. Taste is peach, dried fruit, yeast. Slight pale malt. You can feel the alcohol, but it’s hidden in the taste. Ethanol dries up the finish.

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