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RATINGS: 1507   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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3.4
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Bottle. Nose-soapy and chamomille, spicy. taste-very soft lotion like moputhfeel, chamomille, very subdued spices, soapy. Tastes more like a tripple than a BSA.

4
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2005
hazy amber color,large off white head that faded slowly until it left a nice lace behind.The aroma was fruity and mildly malty with a bit of spice coming through in the back ground.The flavor was very pleasant with plenty of fruity notes mild malt side a bit of hops and the alcohol makes itself known in the tail end with a nice warming effect.Very nice brew and i’m glad i have one more for later when it really gets cold.

3.9
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - NOV 24, 2005
33cl bottle. poured a hazy orange with a great head. Fluffy white, and very active, I got a lot of entertainment from my tulip before actually drinking the beer. Aroma is fruity with that wonderful belgian yeasty present. The first sip was spicy, with a more of an alcohol bite than I expected, but it soon even out a great citrus sweetness with the perfect balence of bitter hops. great all around brew.

3.6
luckygirl (1222) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2005
This beer poured a hazy medium gold color with a creamy, lasting off-white head. Aromas included yeasty notes of cellar and bright aromas of hay and hops with plenty of spicy notes. The carbonation was lively and the texure was light and refreshing. The flavor was initially sweet, giving way to a moderatley bitter, lasting, dry hoppy finish.

4.3
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2005
This beer has a huge white creamy head, beige hazy colour, medium colour. If you’re ever lucky enough to smell this beer, hops are the first thing noticed. Fruits, orange, perfume, spices, and all of that together with the nice aromas of malts and alcohol, finished with a perfect touch of the world-famous West-Malle yeasts. An aroma better than every other beer from Belgium, thus better than every other beer of the world. If the aroma of a beer lasted forever, I wouldn’t dare to drink any single drop of this beer. The beer itself is medium bodied, a bitter taste with a dominant flavour of hops and citrus. Quite complex taste, with alcohol not as dominant as the Tripel of the monks’ colleagues of Westmalles. Strong finish of hops. Delicious mouthfeel if you pour the yeast in your glass, with some more gentle sweetness.

3.5
jonas (8278) - Garching close to the monks, GERMANY - NOV 16, 2005
Bottle Hazy amber, heavily carbonated, foamy white head. Citrus, banana aroma, minerally yeast edges, peach. Light metallic trapist-yeast flavorbase, peach, bubblegum. Mouthfeel quite foamy, makes the beer seem lighter. Spicy and metallic yeast and hop aftertaste.

3.8
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 11, 2005
33 cL bottle, snifter. Marvelously huge and creamy off-white head comprised of very dense and small bubbles. Leaves a nice brussels lacing behind as it slowly recedes. Formidible looking, slightly hazy, peach-amber hue. Ah, a pleasantly pepper-spicy aroma with strong citrus and honey tones. Other notes of white grapes, lemon meringue pie (crust and all), coconut, cereal, light cloves, and pears. The yeast lends a very earthy aroma to the whole ordeal. Starts off with a strong candy, caramel, and honey sweetness. Light acidity (tart) and a light spicy bitterness up front prevent cloying tendencies. Finishes with the gusto of spicy hops and tingling acidity along with a moderate sweetness. Perhaps a bit simplistic as compared to the aroma, though some pineapple note begin to develop as it warms. There’s the slightest hint of metal in the swallow as well as a touch of alcohol that mars an otherwise beautiful mouthfeel. Medium full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation.

3.8
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 8, 2005
Dark orange color, cloudy appearance with visible yeast. Medium yellow head. Citrus, honey, sweetness, medium alcohol in aroma. Medium to full bodied. Hopped, spicy, medium to strong alcohol and sweet honey flavor with some yeast. Alcohol makes ending dry, but later comes some sweetness up. Dimensional blond, alcohol almost too strong. Medium lace in glass.

3.8
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Golden yellow color with a thick and fluffy white head. Slightly citrusy aroma with plenty of yeast. Sweet and citrusy flavor with a bit of spice. Definitely yeasty as well. Enjoyable but way too expensive.

4.1
Habanero (4908) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2012 The beer has a slightly hazy, dark golden color and a nice, white foam. Good lacing. The nose is of caramel, yeast and notes of orange and coriander. Sweet flavor of caramel, spices, fruit notes, and again brewer’s yeast. Medium bodied, creamy to oily texture and average carbonation. Fruity and slightly bitter finish. My favorite blonde.


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