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RATINGS: 1497   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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4.6
Schnabelhund (108) - TAIWAN - SEP 10, 2017
Achel 8 Blond pours a beautiful hazy amber color and sports, along with its bruin cousin, the most beautiful, frothy, long-lived head I’ve ever seen, which leaves amazingly beautiful lacing behind. The dense and beautiful bouquet brings ripe citrus fruits, biscuit, bouquet and good old Belgian yeast to mind. The attack features creamy biscuit and a hint of honey and the subsequent mid-palate is subtly sweet, spicy and complex with floral notes as well as notes of banana and vanilla, which stay well into the lightly acidic finish, in which the alcohol and bitterness are noticeable but subtle. The lively carbonation creates a beautiful display of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass to the top and becoming part of the alluring head. This sophisticated brew has all the complexity one can ask for, yet it is very easy to drink. I love this stuff.

3.4
Kita (2265) - Koper, SLOVENIA - SEP 6, 2017
Bottle, 0.33l. Clear deep golden color with thin soapy off-white head and sparkling appearance. Aroma of dried fruit, caramel, yeast and alcohol. Taste starts medium sweet and sour grainy, following is yeasty, fruity and grassy with toasted malt note, mouthfeel is crisp, dry and spicy, while finish is mild bitter. Full body, thick texture and lively carbonation in palate. Not bad, but I just miss superb quality...

3.7
AntonyWilson (472) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - SEP 6, 2017
330ml Bottle: Pours a clear golden with frothy white head. Retains well with lacing. Aromas of honey and lemon. Flavours include lemon, bubblegum with a slight spicy note. Bitterness is medium, body is medium, carbonation is fizzy at first but mellows out. Overall a great and complex beer that was very enjoyable.

3.9
thomashoogendam (15) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 30, 2017
A very agreeable Blond. Lemony and sweet on the nose, with some hint of clove. Dry and grassy. those typical Belgian yeast notes. Becomes more sweet after a while, bit like dates. The taste full and sweet, but also refreshing. Slightly bitter Hints of citrus, like orange. Gorgeous mouthfeel, quite good. The finish is long, medium dry and slightly bitter. A very good brew, for a very good price as well.

3.5
ciocanelu (3000) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - AUG 28, 2017
Clear deep golden color with off-white head. Aroma has floral yeast notes with hay and some bubblegum. Taste follows with yeast flavor, sweet malt and wheat, overall quite balanced though. Medium body with high effervescence, not overly dry. Overall it’s a really well made, classic Belgian ale with a well hidden ABV.

4.2
JaKeAFC (1289) - ITALY - AUG 23, 2017
33cl bottle at poechenellekelder, 4.80?. Blonde to light orange color, hazed, big white head good persistence light lacing. Aroma is wrapping, malty light spiced and well hopped, backed by fruity tones of ripe apricot, peach, banana. Taste is greatly balancrd, sweet, umami, moderate cleaning bitterness. Finish is long and gentle, can feel the alcohol but does not burn. Very elegant trappist ale, top quality.

3
AntoineGRD (165) - - AUG 13, 2017
Brassée au monastère de Notre-Dame de Saint-Benoît en Belgique, la Achel Blonde est l'une des rares bières trappistes au monde. En effet, pour avoir le privilège d'être considérée comme telle, la bière doit être brassée au sein d'une abbaye sous la vigilance de la communauté monastique de tradition cistercienne. Ce sont des conditions aujourd'hui extrêmement dures à réunir et seules 9 brasseries dans le monde peuvent prétendre à cette appellation très contrôlée mais synonyme d'une grande qualité et d'un respect total des traditions et du patrimoine brassicole. Comparé aux autres bières trappistes, le goût de la Achel blonde est simple et moins caractériel mais se laisse apprécier. Elle apparait dans le verre drapée d'une robe ambrée et présente ainsi un nez aromatique, rond et doux où l'on retrouve aisément la présence des esters, et les senteurs de malt assez doux qui évoquent des raisins bien mûrs de vendanges tardives. En bouche, l'entrée est agréable, franche, ronde, veloutée, douce avec une pointe d'amertume et d'âcreté évoquant une pelure de pamplemousse rose bien mûr. L'ampleur en bouche est longue avec un corps ample et on note une post-amertume pas trop sèche toutefois. Une douceur maltée miellée domine l'ensemble. A découvrir aussi, toujours dans le domaine des bières trappistes, la Westvleteren. Pour les amateurs, cette bière est une bière trappiste considérée comme une des meilleures au monde. Elle est donc forcément une des bières à goûter au moins une fois dans la vie d'un amoureux de la bière. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
glaurencinni (9) - - AUG 12, 2017 does not count
This beer is amazing! Cloudy Amber colour. Sharp hoppy aftertaste but very flavoursome. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
KevinReddirt (226) - Midland, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2017
A first time try on this Belgian ale, a proud purchase at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam. I pour most of the 33 cl bottle into another new acquisition, a Trappistes Rochefort chalice and see an orangey yellow body with a thin white head that is steadily replenished. The nose is a pleasant floral and orange-rind. I get with a sip a light plum taste, bread, small hints of sweetness and spice. Nice but not inspirational.

3.9
MasadaChee (5) - BELGIUM - AUG 6, 2017 does not count
Fruity/orangy smell. Full and smooth in the mouth, sweet undertones but an alcohol aftertaste. Pleasant lingering taste after that though, very nice and drinkable.


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