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RATINGS: 1488   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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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3.9
bhensonb (15195) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 7, 2008
33 cL bottle. BB 10/31/08. Aroma of malt and funky spice. A bit like a saison. A darkish golden color with a rocky white head that just won’t go down. Medium body with fizzy/creamy carbonation. The flavor is citric, acidic, followed suddenly by light malt and candi sweetness. Some light stone fruit develops after a bit. Then a little heat in the nose, and a dry, hoppy, fairly bitter finish. Amazingly tasty.

4.9
nuplastikk (6277) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 6, 2008
330ml bottle, bought in Belgium and closeted for 7 months. Explosively carbonated and lively. Saltwatery bitter farmhouse aroma. Big head which added a nice creamy mouthfeel. Dry with a wonderful hoppy sweet finish. Completely classic Belgian beer.

4
davhix (38) - Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2008
my 2nd achel blonde, first being in a cafe in belgium. pours big pillow head that lasts forever with good orange/gold color under it. highly carbonated, good citrusy flavor, little yeast, little hops. very nice beer.

4.1
KimJohansen (10492) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2008
[2 year old bottle] Hazy golden with good white head. Sweet spicy and malty aroma. Yeast and orange peel notes. Flavor is sweet with fruits, yeast, orange peel, coriander and roasted malt. Slight bitterness in the end and a warming alcohol touch. Perfect balance. Very nice

4.1
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2007
pours a fluffy clear gold with white fluffy head. sweet light yeast aroma. sweet light palate with smooth consistency and full bodied palate. good mouthfeell and smooth finish makes this beer great.

3.8
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Pours a hazy deep orange color with a huge amount of froathy offwhite head that lasts forever. Aroma is very fruity, specifically citrus fruits like pineapple, orange, and mango mixed with some belgian yeast and spices. Smells delicious. Mouthfeel is very very bubbly. Flavor is doughy and a mix of spices with slight fruit. Overall, very good, but aroma better than taste.

3.4
ilovedarkbeer (2741) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Let me start off by saying this beer was probably past its prime. Bottle date, 04 04 and I acquired it last week. Yeast was all over the top of the cap as if it was stored upside down or maybe on its side? Pours a yellow brownish cloudy color with lots of yeast and a bit of sediment. Smells of malt and belgian candy sugar. Taste seems watery not crisp and sweet. I can tell that this was probably once a great beer but it has either been abused or simply does not keep well. Decent......

3
TrefwoordPunk (1201) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2007
Bottle 33 cl. Pours a clear light yellow with a small white head and a thin citrus-like smell with some hints of yeast and spice. Taste is pretty standard for a Belgian blonde, but a bit sweeter, with hints of brown sugar, ripe prunes and oranges, candy and coriander. Medium finish, nothing special.

3.8
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2007
Bottle from Belgian Belly in Chorlton, Manchester. Great smell, grapefruit maybe, definitely some fruit in there. No bitter after taste, sweet and drinkable. Very nice, unfortunately it was the last bottle in a mammoth session so I’ll have to have this one again to do it justice.

3.9
pumpmaster (1393) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2007
11.2 ounce bottle purchased at Knightly Spirits in Orlando, FL for $4.50 Excellent.


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