RATINGS: 1471   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (15905) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 12, 2006
cloudy yellow with white head. spices & fruits. Has a lively carbonation. Bitter hoppiness and quite dry taste. Long great finish!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 11, 2006
Such a great beer hidden such a plain bottle and across the sea. Head starts out an inch of thick foam and then subsides to an eternal half inch of thick cream floating on the golden beer. Texture is silky smooth. Strong scent from the bottle, the pour and the sitting beer; the soft spiciness reminds me of Hoegaarden. the soft palate is rich in pepper, and I can find the peach and yeast that Oakes mentions as well. In my mind one of the most enjoyable Belgians.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2006
bottle. This is one enticing beer in the glass. A really frothy light golden head that leaves mounds along the glass. Nice straw colored beer. Nose is apricots and cardamon, that carries over to the flavor. Very dry. This bottle was well within its date range, but had some off-putting metallic notes. Overall very good, and I would love to try it on draught.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2692) - California, USA - MAR 30, 2006
Cloudy yellow body with a moderate head. Wonderful lacing on the glass as usual. Aroma is spices, sugars, peppers, their yeast, and various fruits. Smooth drinking with light alcohol in the throat. Reminded me quite a bit of a Tripel but this is definitely a Belgian strong ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JK (6042) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2006
This is an amazing beer. It is a pleasure to look at and exceptionally complex. This beer is orange and cloudy. The huge, thick, firm, and long lasting white head takes up far more space than the beer in my Kapittel trappist glass, and leaves a thick and sticky lacing. Aroma starts off fruity and spicy suggesting a tripel; alcohol and malt follows. This is a very sweet beer, with coriander and other spices, sweet fruit and light malt as well as a hint of bitter hops. Aftertaste is a little sweet but has salt as well, with a hint of alcohol lingering. Flawless and outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quevillon (3022) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2006
Bu a The Abbey (Pub Italia). Orange pale brumeux avec un beau collet moyen. Arome de caramel ass prsant, mais plaisant. Un got dpice et de caramel. Trs bon.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 29, 2006
Poured hazy golden with a white head or identical to the picture. On the initial pour there were huge chunks in the bottom (HUGE). I strained this stuff and it broke the chunks into more recognizable floaties. They didnt move in the beverage, they were just suspend. Definately creeped out by these chunks. Aroma is sour and yeast. Flavor is sweet, spicey, floral, lemon, yeast, and some sour notes. Body is malty at first and then seems to fade to water as it goes down. Dry finish. Belgian strong I think not.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Pours hazy golden with a large off-white head at least 4 fingers. Aroma of belgian spices, sweet malts, citrusy fruit and yeast. Flavor is sweet, spicey, floral presence, yeasty, slight sourness and bitter hoppiness. Good body, good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (4006) - - MAR 23, 2006
straw color with a enormous foamy rocky white head and lots of yeast solids floating about. yeasty, spicy, and citrus aroma but mostly a lemony citrus from this one. yeast, sugar, and spices in flavor. light to medium bodied. malty, bready finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2006
Best by 01/08/07. Murky gold. Full of chunks even with a cm of beer left in the bottle. Ginormous, rocky, white head. Aroma of spicy, peppery yeast, grainy malt, a bit of sharply sweet sugar, crisp hops. Same flavor with the yeast developing some doughy notes and a nice grainy malt/alcohol finish. Medium/full body. Balanced carbonation. Chewy aftertaste. Great stuff. Another brew that begs the question - why is there no belgian blonde category?

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