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RATINGS: 1351   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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
Chad9976 (1467) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Luengus (16) - - SEP 22, 2015
Average frothy off-white diminishing head with clear light amber body. Herb hops and heavy dough and cheese presence. Medium oily body with soft carbonation and a metallic, bitter finish. Average duration flavor rather acidic an moderate bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hikeg (93) - - SEP 11, 2015
Pours hazy orange yellow with medium frothy head. Aroma is fresh malty, hay, straw, honey. Grassy hops, perfume. Notes of basement, cilantro, dust. Medium sweet, medium bitter, nice finish with some sour and pepper. Body is medium to full, palate is oily, very nice carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tometclo (115) - FRANCE - SEP 5, 2015
Belle mousse, couleur jaune doré, arôme céréale, malt, goût céréale mais l’alcool est assez présent, dommage. 33 Cl Vanuxeem

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nicolas_M (132) - BELGIUM - SEP 4, 2015
I’m used to heavy trapist beer (westmalle triple, etc) and at the first sip, my thoughts were "wow, it’s a really soft for a trapist". Practically no taste of alcohol, juste the one of the blonde style and some spices on aftertaste. A nice beer maybe not enough known because of the design on the label (seems cheap). Definitely worth a try of you like this genre.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ulysse (349) - Brussels, BELGIUM - SEP 4, 2015
Rich blond aroma. Rather soft at first. Unnoticed strong ABV. Subtle spicy aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MohaBeer (73) - Lima, PERU - AUG 22, 2015
Amarillo intenso con opacidad, espuma regular y buena adherencia. Malta maltosa moderado bajo, lúpulo terroso moderado bajo, ésteres a frutos secos. En boca alcohol marcado, malta maltosa moderada, lúpulo terroso bajo. Final alcohólico y seco, con retrogusto a frutos secos. Buena carbonatación, cuerpo medio.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TorbenH (965) - Frederikshavn, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2015
golden, golden, clear, white foam, herbs, floral, full body, sticky, average carbonation, bitter, medium sweetness, medium bitterness,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Turtles (757) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2015
330ml from Systembolaget. Mid Hazy golden, white compact head. Sweet malt aroma, some fruit. Oily mouthfeel. Taste is sweet and stong, sweet malt and ripe orange.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
redders1974 (449) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2015
Nice stuff reminds me of duval a lot hazy nice head bready not bitter orange hints of banana bread smooth barely noticed the alcohol

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pete4999 (1295) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2015
Bottle as pictured from De Zotte in Amsterdam. Can’t remember the last time I saw this at home, though I know it’s around. Don’t think I’ve ever had this before. Was listed as a Wit but I’m not sure why. Pretty much exactly what I was expecting...pale, lighter body, but tons of spice and easy finish. Nice beer.

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