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RATINGS: 1488   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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3.6
rayg1 (593) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2007
This stuff pours out a hazy yellow with rediculous head! The aroma is very nice with sweet bananas and spices hitting the nostrils and perhaps a zesty lemony flavor? Taste is typical belgian thick yeasty bready taste with the spices comming in at the end, fairly sweet beer but nice and fairly refreshing.

4.1
jde123 (775) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 1, 2007
Pours like honey, though not in the sense that it pours slowly and thick, but that the color is amber blond, looks like solidified fat - no impurities. Huge frothy white head, aroma of light fruits and grasses. Flavor is biting, long, and smooth. Very very nice!

3.5
thomat (3868) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2007
Golden color with a heavy white head.Fruity, herbal and malty notes. Some sweetness combined with yeast. Full bodied. A very nice strong ale !

3.6
altonbrownd (5897) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2007
Bottle at Cafe Zotte. Orange colour Ale with a fast-rising head. Taste of wheat, sweet, bubblegum even. Tangy, pinches the tongue. Alcohol taste a bit too pronounced. Harsh but also very good.

3.7
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2007
From a 330mL Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy, honeydew golden color with a thin layer of quickly dissipating, sudsy, brilliant white head. Lightly sweet aromas of caramel, cardomom seed, and a hint of mango. Lots of sticky light fruity esters with some spicy, cumin-like qualities. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel with an effervescent prickle. A light, sugar glazed breadiness starts out on a palate that reminds me of some freshly baked nisu. As the sweetness fades, more spicy yeast esters come out, and the cheeks begin to warm. The final smack leaves a pleasant herbal hop bitterness lingering on the dry palate. Pleasing, but not overly contemplative.

3.6
eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 23, 2007
Its a very likeable trappist. Light colored. Has that instant bubbly taste that immediately hits the tounge. An easy pleasent drink.

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french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2007
Drank in a trappist glass. Hazy golden poor with lots of sediments, creamy off-white head. Aromas of citrus, caramel and mangos with a distinct yeast smell. Very light creamy mouthfeel. Good dry finish but low carbonation. This can be a dangerous summer beer as it drinks to easily. Good all around with perfect balance. If i could describe this beer in one word, it would be "subtil".

3.9
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2007
Bottle: Hazy gold in color with a rocky white head, and some great lacing. Aroma, some spices, yeasty, some floral notes, and some light fruits. Flavor, light bready malts, some sweetness in there, floral hops, some spice. Pretty good stuff.

4
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 12, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2008 Bottle, 330 ml (bb09/05/08). Pale golden body with the slightest haze. Big fluffy lasting white head. Nice lacework. Astringent fruity aroma, citrus and spices with notes of floral hops. Predominant taste of pale dry malts and yeast, followed by nice sweet fruits, spices and delicate hops. Good body, Long dryish finish. A beer for my tastebuds... Gentlemen prefer blondes!

3.7
FrankJohansen (3622) - 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.


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