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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
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - MAR 22, 2005
Light amber color with fine golden shine and outstanding warm-white creamy head. Fine refreshing aromas of fresh stone fruits, fresh bread, yeast, some cachew nuts, a little caramel, fine herbs and spices. Taste is elegant malty, with nice touches of fresh peach, some mints, spices and fresh white bread. It end with a smooth malty fruityness and a great accent of fine hops.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2005
Aroma is yeasty, like the trub at the bottom of a fermentation tank.Hoppy. Flavor is malty caramel with some subtle spices. Wow. I want more of this.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Bottle. Murky yellow color with a small head and lots of floaters. Sweet malt flavor with lots of citrus and dark fruits. Flavor definitely does not match the appearance. Very malty sweet with a bunch of caramel and tropical fruits. Very enjoyable beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JadoreBlanche (114) - London, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2005
Bottle at the keaton in London...pours an amber coloured body, with slight frothy head. Huge sedimentaion. Initial aroma of citrus fruits, with some spice. Tatse is very sweet, with flavours of pear and banana. Alcohol is present aswell. The finish was nice, slight burn form the alcohol, but great beer to sip while conversing with friends.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - MAR 12, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2005 a hazy, well carbonated bottle, w/ fruity aroma. it has a slight bitter aftertaste w/ a hint of exotic spice. a very nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rederic (3330) - montral, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2005
Orangish-amber hazy hue, with a light foamy head. Yeasty, fruity of grapefruit, citrus aromas follow a medium-bodied, with a balance between the acidity of green apples and the softness of a vanilla accent within hoppy dry finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 10, 2005
Pours a cloudy yellow with a small head. Nice carbonation and mouthfeel. Tastes of coriander and lemon. Very tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 5, 2005
Bananas and cloves in nose with slight brety acidity and lemon zest alongside definite grassy hop notes. pleasant beer nice with soft cheese and Spicy thai food.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2005
Well, its a trappist, so it has an inarguable pedigree, and it lives up to it - almost. The complexity of flavour is there with elements of fruit and spice. However, the alcohol comes through in a way that is a little bit jarring. It finishes well, and overall is a good experience, but I kinda expected more.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2005
I liked tis one very much. High medium-lastinf off-white head on a hasy gold body. The taste is sweeter than I would have expected. Notes of fruit, like banana or the like. It was perfect with Greek food.


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