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RATINGS: 1445   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2007
Pours a murky orange gold with a soft white head. Very earthy dusty spice nose, light hint of hops accented with orange peel and apple. Citrus flavors twist with a caramelized apple sweetness, light and dry with a crisp yeasty finish. Nothing is out of place in this beer, it feels like a well rehearsed act.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2007
Aroma of citrus, yeast, apricot, orange peel with a fluffy thick head on a orange-yellow ale. Excellent lacing. Light mouth feel with a good sparkle. Medium long slightly bittersweet aftertaste. Flavor is balanced with lots of fruitiness and hops coming through and just a hint of paint remover (acetone). Very nice trippel style ale which hides the alcohol incredibly well as it only shows as a pleasant warming sensation in the chest after a few sips (Why is this categorised as a BSA, I dont know?)

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stew41 (1946) - Phuket, THAILAND - JAN 5, 2007
Perfectly formed creamy head. Golden amber with a brown tinge. Nose gives subtle sweet malts. Impressive taste early with strong sweet bubble gum malts, much more high powered than what I might expect from the genre although to be far probably shouldnt be a total surprise given the 8%. Finishes a bit hard for my liking.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 2, 2007
Orange golden yellow coloured with a large white head, and some carbonation. Very fruity, herby aroma, with alcoholic roasted yeasty touches. Full body. Finish is bitter, alcoholic yeasty. with a long ending. Excellent brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
krdktq (17) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2006
I had a bottle that poured a super fluffy head with a golden cloudy body. The first mouth full exploxed with flavor. This is a very enjoyable sipping beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BelgianBeerGal (3893) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2009 33cL bought at the abbey. Explosive carbonation. Light amber appearance, moderate size head and a crisp, dry taste. Good amber ale worth seeking out.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
detroitsteel (235) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2006
Cloudy in the glass with a reasonable fluffy head. Honey and banana in the nose. Flavour is dry and hoppy with some metallic citrus flavours that remind me of acid drops. A slight spicey undertone. The alcohol is prominent in the aftertaste. I had this bottle for a few months and was really looking forward to it. Not the best Trappist, feels like its still finding its idenitiy, I understand theyve only gone back into production fairly recently, but a good beer.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2007 (Bottle) Pours light amber. Big white head. Fruity, malty, a bit spicy aroma with hints of metal, corn, pears, bananas and apple tobacco. Small undertones of allmond paste. Well carbonated, fruity, champagne-ish flavour with some sugar peas, pears and minerals. Short and pretty dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsga (7330) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2006
Enormous offwhite head over orange body. Delicate aroma of stale hops, metal, and tropical fruit. Taste is powerful tropical fruit overlaid with metallic, stale hops and spice. Dry, astringent spice aftertaste. Very difficult to characterize, and quite complex. Very unusual, but nice, with lots of character. (0.33l bottle.)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (25552) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 26, 2006
Bottled. Golden, slightly cloudy colour with huge creamy head. Aroma is citrusfruit, spices, caramel, alcohol and dough. Flavour is spices, wheat, slight alcohol and dough. Gets better while you drink and it gets a bit warmer. When warmer, it "smoothens" up abit. Pleasant.


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