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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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Palidor19 (3177) - Brandon, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2006
At first Whiff, it give a strong maple syrup flavor, taste is nice and thick, with high malts Carmel flavors and deep rich flavors. A must have for true beer fanatics

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Finn (6989) - Troms, NORWAY - NOV 19, 2006
Bottle 0,33l. Clear golden coloured. Unclear. A huge tanned creamy head. Faint spicy aroma. Rich sourish fruity flavour.Sweet sourish aftertaste that lasts forever.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grovlam (4208) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2006
Bottle. Golden-amber like color, with a nice white head. Fruit and Tobago is the dominant impression for this beer I thought. Reasonable dry and bitter notes, with hints of honey and liquorish in the aftertaste. Medium bodied with a moderated mouth feel to it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigBeer45 (1483) - Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2007 Poured a beautiful golden ale, lots of foam, flowery fragrance, sweet candy, touch of hop spiciness, and sourness, taste of sweet, bubbly, hop bitterness, full mouthfeel, when I poured the settlements, taste turned bready, the brightness of the ale on the tongue was subdued, the taste changed, wonderful brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 8, 2006
33cl bottle - pours a really nice golden colour, topped by a hugely foamy and rocky pure white head. Sweet ripe fruits hit you right away, citrus, apple, a bit of banana, malt. Impressively clean. The flavour fills this out, remaining equally clean and refreshing. Everything is in very good balance, very light and delicate in taste, with a good amount of a yeast/bread character that compliments the sweetness of the fruits very well. Very creamy mouthfeel. The finish is mildly bitter and warming. A very strong Belgian blonde ale - filling and as smooth as Ive encountered in this style.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (12006) - Troms, NORWAY - NOV 5, 2006
330ml bottle (bb: 26.07.08), available from November 06 at Vinmonopolet, Norway. Dense, rocky foam leaving tight and lasting lacing on the glass. Slightly unclear golden colour. Smell of lemon with a bit oily impression. Acidic and yeasty flavour with spicy and fruity notes. Moderately crisp finish. Medium to full mouthfeel. Alcohol warming far behind towards the end (04.11.2006).

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Tap at Abbey. Pours with a hzay yellow color and not much of a head. Beer needs to warm up to get the aromas and flavors. The aroma is dominated by bananas and lemons, the flavors are also very much of banana but in addition there is strong yeastiness. Very nice beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kopestes (164) - Braine lAlleud, BELGIUM - OCT 31, 2006
Bottle at home. Hazy light amber color. Giant creamy white head that faded away quickly. Some lacing remained. Fruity aroma. Taste is great, mouthful is tick and lasting. Very good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2006
Bottle. Cloudy yellow gold body with a lot of sediment and a towering fluffy white head - think meringue. Aroma is sweet with yeast, peaches and pears, some lemon. Flavor is more subtle but similar. Body seems a bit fizzy to me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
henrikb (1263) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2006
Clear amber body, creamy white head, some laces; Pleasant deep nose, not to fresh (maybe my bottle?): yeast, white bread, coriander seeds, orange and a little fresh potato (?); Soft textured body, deep and complex with a superb balance; Quit long finish, with alcohol showing quite a bit, orange peel, quite a bit if bitterness waaay back almost on the sides of the tongue that sticks for a while mixed with a very little fruity acidity.


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