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RATINGS: 1470   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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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
nick76 (4387) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2007
The aroma is yeasty (cheese like), with coriander, corn malt, and fruit (like citrus). The appearance starts with a huge head and then slowly falls to reveal a golden ale with lots of floating particles. the flavor is like the aroma with most of the alcohol being well hidden until the end, then you get a slight warming. The palate is thin but OK.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcp23 (54) - Duluth, Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2007
Bottle was a bit out of date, but I snagged a few reduced anyway. Had sort of gotten away from Belgians for a while, but I wont stray again! Excited to undertake my third authentic Trappist brew. Even taking the relative staleness into account, I found this to be a thoroughly enjoyable quaff. Not much aroma noticeable. Beautiful blonde-orange color, with nice thick white head and bubbles that just keep rising. Sheets of perfectly cascading lacing. Flavor is yeasty, citrusy, and spicy(clove), with a mildly tart, dry finish. Good medium-bodied, satisfying mouth feel. Alcohol is hardly detectable to the taste. Due to the out-of-dateness of the bottle, Im rating this on a curve. At that, still better than the majority of fresh beers.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3586) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Great big head second only to chouffe triple. Aroma is spicy and fruity. Taste is of cinnamon, banana, and other spices. Slightly bitter, yeast like finish. Nice malty mouthcoating experience.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
danmalleck (26) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 11, 2007
Bottle. Pours beautiful clear very big head with medium sized bubbles and takes a while to subside. Nice yeasty nose if you like that stuff, and clean yeasty taste and lively, full feel on the palate. Nice finish. Its a very good beer, true to the style. Doesnt taste as strong as it is... so it sneaks up on you.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 10, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2007 Pours dark golden bronze with a big wispy off-white head, with ample lacing. Aroma of spicy, alcoholic yeast, honey, sweet yeasty dough, apples and peaches. Tastes of sweet golden malt, with plenty of tropical fruits and estery yeast notes. Mouthfeel is full bodied with noticable alcohol without feeling heavy or sticky, lush carbonation. Nice beer, but a bit too sweet and alcoholic-tasting for me.

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 (1966) - 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.


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