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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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 22, 2007
06 Bottle: Pours a hazy orange color with a medium-sized bubbly white head. Nose hints of orange peel, spice, and bread dough. Very nice body/mouth feel. Citrus-based taste with the spiced aspects coming through nicely and a mild yeast profile. Quite good overall.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2007
Hazy orange with a large white head that fades but leaves a good inch covering. Aroma is citrus and faintly reminiscent of Orval, full rounded flavour of citrus backed up with malts.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bullit (4559) - Burgos, SPAIN - OCT 16, 2007
Cloudy golden colour, generous white head. Aroma of citrus, spices and hay. Flavour is very rich: spices (coriander), fruits (citrus, lemon, oranges). Very smooth, very fresh. Awesome!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cryotek (206) - Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 15, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2007 Imediate ale smell, but with all the nicer belgian qualities. Flowery, oranges. Large white head that lasts throughout. I do taste a little salt, malt, sweet start and bitter finish. A touch of alc is also noticeable. Not as spicey as some of the other Trappists but very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2007
33cL bottle, from old notes. Hazy deep golden yellow with rocky stark white foam. Nice hoppy aroma with honey-ish malt notes. Flavor is perfectly bittersweet with the earthy hops complementing the rich pale malts, fairly bitter finish and damn smooth mouthfeel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oberabcbbsok (692) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - OCT 7, 2007
Tasted on beer festival at Niel. A lovely tasting beer. verry hopy and a good bitter taste.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
valpoaj (742) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2007
Wow...took me a while to find my beer underneath the ridiculous head left from a relatively weak pour. Looked like a bubble bath in a mug! Aroma is somewhat musty and earthy with hints of bread and spice. Spicy flavor...really hits hard up front, then lightens up, becomes mildly sweet and ends with a warm finish. Very strong alcohol flavor...nothing wonderful, but nothing bad either, but I would have to say not worth the price...definitely a good experience however!

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2007
Bottle.. Pours amber with foamy white head. Tastes of fruit / coriander / honey. Caramel / honey / nuts / cloves in the aroma.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (8464) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2007
Bottle. Pale, slightly opaque gold with a big, fluffy white head. Aroma of hay, sweet malt and floral hops. Flavour started sweet before a spicy edge and a warming alcohol finish. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - SEP 27, 2007
33 cL bottle. Pours pretty gold with a huge off-white head and enormous chunks of yeast sediment in the last 2-3 oz. The aroma is floral and pleasant, with many light honey and bread tones. The flavor is honey, flowers, grass, oranges, sweet lemon. It dries out a little toward the finish, as some breadiness kicks in as well. Pretty good.


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