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RATINGS: 1497   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.7
thejackpacker (683) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2017
Bottle. One of the better Belgian strongs on the market. A lovely golden colour, quite smooth on the palate compared to others. Taste is subtle and sweet without going too far. Really nice.

3.6
Wolfbass (1203) - Firenze, ITALY - DEC 9, 2017
Una classicissimo must trappista che non avevo ancora messo tra le fauci, molto speziata e classica al naso. In bocca una bella beva nonstante gli otto gradi.

4.4
jybi (453) - FRANCE - DEC 3, 2017
Voici une triple trappiste qui sait tenir son rang. Sans être au sommet des bières d'abbaye, elle fait tout de même honneur à son pedigree. Sa principale caractéristique : son caractère avec un alcool plus marqué que ses 8 % Abv et des épices (coriandre) bien présentes. Tout cela sur un bon équilibre qui plus est. Ceci étant dit, les arômes plutôt simples et usuels. Il lui manque le petit plus qui la rendrait plus spécifique. En verre, rien à redire, blond doré parfaitement limpide (EBC aux alentours de 19) surmonté d'une mousse blanche de 5 mm d'épaisseur. Le nez est typique d'une triple : céréales, citron, coriandre avec un alcool marquant bien sa présence. L'attaque est sur un bon équilibre, entre fraîcheur et puissance. On y retrouve les arômes du nez. La seconde bouche voit l'amertume baisser d'un niveau (pour ne plus remonter) au profit de l'alcool et de la coriandre. L'arrière bouche reprend globalement l'attaque, encore sur la fraîcheur. La troisième bouche est alors intéressante, avec des arômes tout en tension, entre agrumes, alcool et coriandre avant que ceux-ci se libèrent pour un final long, tout en puissance où l'alcool et la coriandre dominent nettement. Le résultat est digne de la tradition brassicole belge.

4
civilhorker (33) - Split, CROATIA - NOV 30, 2017
29.11.2017 (trappist glass, 330ml) //
Look: Deep, thick orange with a gentle but tall yellow-tinted white head //
Aroma: Malty, belgian, fruit (primarily bananas) //
Mouthfeel: Good deal of fizz and just the right viscosity - flows amazingly and leaves a weird, pleasant lump-like feeling in the back of the mouth for some time //
Taste: Belgian candi, lots of fruitiness with just a tiny twist of vinous sourness and metallicness //
Overall: Could drink tons... while it's a rather simple nice beer, it's done so well that I regret not buying more of these. I can't think of a situation where I wouldn't enjoy drinking this.

3.8
deepdrinker (321) - Leeds, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2017 Pours golden in colour with nice white head that laces well. . some floral notes , tastes sweet and refreshing

3.8
fombe89 (4102) - Asturias, SPAIN - NOV 10, 2017
Botella de @Vivalabirra, Oviedo 07/11/2017 BBD: 10/05/19

Color amarillo opaco, espuma blanca, aromas a levadura cereal, sabor maltosa seca cuerpo sedoso.

3.9
edgallow (4567) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 27, 2017
Bottle pours hazy golden with a white head. Aroma of honey, fruit and some floral notes. Taste is grains, fruit and yeast.

3.8
ironcontra (493) - ATL, Georgia, USA - OCT 25, 2017
Very solid one, alco imperceptible, relatively light, pleasantly carbonated, raisins, cloves, bananas, bread, sweet but not sickening

3.5
DonGregorio (576) - POLAND - OCT 24, 2017
Bottle. Hazy yellow to golden colour, large white head. Aroma of banana, bubblegum, apricot, orange, yeast, spice. Taste is medium- sweet and light+ bitter, banana, apricot, lemon, yeast, spice. Mild bitter spicy finish. Medium body, average to lively carbonation. Very solid and tasty.

3.3
ozzatoadisback (215) - ITALY - OCT 23, 2017
A beautiful, intense, trasparent orange that gets a bit hazy on second pour. At most two fingers of white head, good enough retention and almost no lacing. Aroma is mainly candied fruit notes, with honey sweetness, flowery notes and the slightest spiciness. Taste follows the aroma closely, with malt sweetness (honey) and sugary hints, flowery notes, candied fruit and a bit of spiciness. Overall very sweet but not at all over the top, with a not at all disturbing bit of warming alcohol presence. Medium bodied with quite high carbonation, maybe a bit too burpy. Overall an enjoyable belgian strong, it just didn't impress me in any way. Kind of 'just' averagely good.


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