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RATINGS: 1471   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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4.3
   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
WeeHeavySD (3385) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Beer 4 of Obriens Trappist Tasting 2/3/07. Pours gold with a thin head, light and sweet smell. The taste is slightly bitter with a hoppy punch in the mouth. Decent but not amazing.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tykjen (182) - Flor, NORWAY - FEB 1, 2007
Very aromatic tripel. Looks good , smells good and tastes good! Yeasty/fruity aroma, well attenuated and balanced. Hops gets through easily. Huge, filling mouthfeel and slighly sweet finish. A very well made beer.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cathcacr (647) - Oregon, USA - JAN 29, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2007 Effing amazing. I dont care what the consensus rates this beer; the consensus is an ass. I loooove expertly done Tripels, and this presents like a Tripel, not some generic "Belgian Strong." Its about as delectable as any Tripel Ive had. I never knew the meaning of "rocky head" until this one piled upon itself in all its topographical glory. Lacing is aggressive. Appearance points shall duly oveflow into the overall score. This one mellowed up on me towards the end of the glass. 1/10 a point off for that, but still.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomthompson89 (1982) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2007
probably my fav blond, yeasty fruity nose, golden with some sediment, cloudy, decnt white head, yeasty citric slightly fruty flavour, good mouthfeel

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BartC (727) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - JAN 28, 2007
large dense fine head. Very sticky to the glass. Clear blond beer. Aroma dominated by hops but not overwelming. Sweet malty taste. Medium carbonation. The aftertaste remains for a long time.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
robinvboyer (4429) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2007
golden in color, nice flavour of a strong belgian. veryvery well balanced. hops are spices throughout. well done.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 26, 2007
330 ml bottle. Crystal clear amber colour with a really tall white fluffy head that clings to the glass. Acidic sharp citrus aroma. Brettanomyces. Delicious crisp aroma. High carbonation level. Crisp malty flavours balanced by light sourish and hoppy flavours. Quite dry. Finishes slightly mouthpuckering with a drying sensation. Grassy, sparkling and malty.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
01jimmen (9) - umea, SWEDEN - JAN 23, 2007 does not count
The first trappist I ever tasted and it blew me away!A lovely gloden colour and a nice white head!Of course very fruity,flouery fresh beer!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stouby (4598) - Holbk, DENMARK - JAN 21, 2007
Bottle at home. Light golden with a very large white head, excellent lacings. Aroma heavy malty (fruity, sdalt), light hoppy. Flavor heavy sweet, light bitter. Medium body, strong in alcohol.


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