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RATINGS: 1465   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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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sharkydodson (1358) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - DEC 7, 2016
the aroma is malty and very spicy with hints of banana, yeast, pear, melon and some herbs... the taste is malty and fruity with notes of orange, pear, yeast, apple, toffee and spicy grasses... sweet, dry and spicy aftertaste...

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bartlebier (3728) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - DEC 2, 2016
33cl 2016 vintage enjoyed as apritif whilst toiling in the kitchen with homemade garnalenkroketten... - Dry, hop-forward and earthy Belgian blond ale with fitting yeast medium complexity, leafy continental hops (dried nettle, pepper, lemon rind) and a great dry pale malt biscuit base. Fruitiness is dialed down as a malt backbone: yellow apple, forest honey on cracker, orange marmelade. Rightly characterised as Belgian Strong Ale, not tripel as it refrains from the yeast-powered phenolics and esters, instead offering straight-up dried lemon rind, orange and honeyed cracker. Great appetiser for that, no slickness to the palate whatsoever. Among the more up-to-date dry trappist ales to discover for hoplovers this side of IPA (cf. Westvleteren 6, De Dolle Arabier, De la Senne Jambe-de-Bois).

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmongoose (2356) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 26, 2016
Bottle shared blonde with white head typical Belgian flavors yeasty some banana pretty typical all the way around.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
caribou43 (807) - Lausanne, SWITZERLAND - NOV 19, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2016 I bought this bottle at Amstein. I drank it yesterday at Bonfol after a Basket-ball game. In my point of view, it is a delicious blond one and you observe that the ingredients are good quality, if I compare with a maredsous blond. The taste is well balanced, sweet, malty, some hop and there is a nice touch of honey at the final, dry notes at the beginning. The body is yellow and creamy, troubled, thin foam and refreshing for a beer at 8%. This one is better than the brown, I think so.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daenelyn (49) - - NOV 12, 2016
Robe blonde lgrement opaque avec mousse blanche persistante. Nez fruit. Got lgrement mtallique. Une bonne trappiste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyCraft (6696) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2016
BB backlog, Hazy golden with small to medium head. Nose of orange, pear, and other fruity belgian esters. Flavor is dark fruit, belgian yeast, wood, and sweet malt. Medium to fuller body with the 8 percent being well hidden. Prefer other trapist beers but this is decent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kustie (1024) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 11, 2016
Bottle. Hazy golden color with off-white head. Aroma has hay, malt, fruits and yeast. Taste is malty with quite long a bit sweet aftertaste. Flavors of yeast, fruits, malt and herbal bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zarrach76 (167) - Grenoble, FRANCE - NOV 5, 2016
Belle blonde dore translucide, mousse fine avec peu de tenue, sauf sur les derniers millimtres. Nez sur les crales, les agrumes, des houblons bien vgtaux, la pomme verte, la reine-claude, le kiwi, la prune... Alcool perceptible, quilibr, un petit ct mtallique qui disparait ds que la bire sare une bonne minute. Odeur de levure et de sous-bois assez forte ds lors quon a vers toute la bouteille. Pas exceptionnel, mais correct. Bouche plus souple que le nez, petite scheresse au palet, texture trs lgrement huileuse, carbonatation moyenne, alcool bien tempr malgr les 8%. Saveurs sur les malts, les crales, le bois, les levures, des notes destragon. Houblons agrables, pas trop damertume et belle longueur. Finale sur le fond du gosier, un peu sche, et sur les levures. Rien de transcendant, mais rien de scandaleux non plus. Une Strong Ale blonde standard et trs buvable. Bouteille 33cl, V&B Grenoble.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HULK777 (571) - - OCT 30, 2016
Yeast, fruit, citrus, dish cloth, yuzu aroma. Foam banana, lemon, fruit, yeast, light bread taste. Very nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anstei (1699) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - OCT 27, 2016
Bottle from Erzbierschof Zurich. A decent and well-balanced Belgian Strong. Has some hints of oxidation as its beyond date, but it still highly enjoyable. Sweetness gushes along the ceiling of the mouth as you swallow, with some light hints of acidity which glimmer through the soft carbonation. Rather light for this ABV, but not compromising in flavours. Nice.


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