RATINGS: 1470   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
A pale, strong, fruity, hoppy Trappist ale from one of Belgiums six official abbey breweries. Achel 8 is hard to find even in Belgium; in the U.S. its 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FrankJohansen (3618) - Sabro, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2007
Bottle. Hazy golden colour with a huge mostly lasting white head. Rich aroma and taste of malts, fruits and citrus. Nice semi bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Capa (3078) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2007
A beautiful beer that pours a hazy gold with a large, fluffy, white head. The aroma hits you during the pour. Sweet, yeast, pineapple, alcohol, and lemony citrus. Flavor is spicey. Has yeast, banana, floral, some wheat-like notes, and the pineapple shows up near the end. Finishes warm from the alcohol and has a citrus bite to it. Some earth tones also come through in the end. The body is medium and packed a bunch of crbonation into it. I really enjoyed the varying flavors presented here, though I would like them to blend together a little more. I dont know why I put off trying Achel for so long.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maria (10213) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2007
The head is silky smooth and lasting. Actually it leaves lace on the sides and an island of foam on the surface. The aroma has notes of spice, yeast, fruit and honey. The mouthfeel is smooth and nice. Its a sweet beer with distinct notes of grapefruit and other fruits, like banana, and I also sense flowers, honey and malt. The finish is long and citrus, sweetness and bitterness meet in a nice dance on the tongue. A nice blond...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CheersMate (1342) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - MAR 5, 2007
Smells of lemons, or another citrus fruit. Citrus flavor and smell is obvious, but the taste simply does not exist as I thought it would. I was not pleased with the taste, but the texture was nice. It was pretty thick for a strong ale, and very fizzy but lacked the flavor I was hoping for. Head was nice and tight, and didnt become a problem. I would say try once and then move on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekstedt (6627) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 3, 2007
Bottle. Hazy golden color with a big white head. Complex aroma with tropical fruits, citrus-like hops and yeast. Medium bodied and a little too carbonated. A somewhat sweet and alcoholic flavour gives way for a bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2007
Bottle. Cloudy golden colour with a huge white head. Nose is citrus & candy. Sweet flavour with some pineapple & orange peel. Slightly alcoholic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EHSRanders (2027) - Tjele, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2007
Bottle. Large creamy head. Golden colour with some sediment. Nice fruty aroma. Very nice fruity flavor. Refreshing palate.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (22946) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 2, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2007 clowdy amber, with a slightly sour nose , full flavour fruity with a hint of bitter (14/12/05 ) 3.2
TK2 ... Bottler at home ... Clear amber ... but lots of sediment in bottle ...fruity and bready nose ... bready fruityness ... little bitter and drying in linger with some tartness. 3.2(without reference) 16/10/2007

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (8717) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2007
[208-20070214] Bottle. Earthy mushroom aroma with a yeasty background. Slightly cloudy, light orange yellow body with a medium-lasting small white head. Same qualities in flavour as in aroma with mild fruit tones added. Medium body, a little astringent. Comes together well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lagomswedish (213) - Ume, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2007
Bottle @bishops Arms in Ume. Its Valentines Day. The wife and I are spending a rare night out together away from the kids. We find a secluded table in the Bishops Arms and hold hands like we are a couple of teenagers. I took a quick sip of beer and, as I gazed adoringly into my wifes eyes, I fell hopelessly head over heels in love - with this beer! Damn this is great stuff. I dont know why, but I was carrying around the impression Achel is the poor relation of the Trappist family. Well its not. This tripel pours a hazy cloudberry with a fizzy, spitting white head that dissolves almost straight away. Incredible yeasty aromas of fruits (rum-soaked raisins), honey and spice, and a stunning balance of subtle sweetness and bitter hops that makes this beer so drinkable (other than the fact it costs $12 a pop). A great beer to remember Valentines Day by. I only hope my wife (whose lovely too for the record) doesnt read this review :)

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