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RATINGS: 1451   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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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2007
A Mes rate: Bottle from Lowlander. Excellent looks. Cloudy light amber with a superb white head. Spicy Belgian blonde elsewhere let down for me by some ice tea notes sadly. Very sweet, a little too much to be honest. Almost tart and very yeasty. Just sickly sweet. Too much for me. Prickly in the palate. Possibly my least favourite trappist.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (12270) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2007 Bottle. 33cl @ YNWA. Pours a muddy deep orange with a giant and very creamy white head. It stays throughout the drinking experience and mostly looks like whipped cream. There is a lot of particles in the liquid. Aroma is initially sweet, but has a fruity tartness to it. Very full and creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has oranges, peaches, lots of spices - coriander and pepper. Lightly vinious, so it warms me when drinking.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 12, 2007
Complex aroma - orange, peach, hops. Color of nectarine, with an impressive mountainous craggy khaki head. Tastes of peach, hops, pepper, yeast. Lovely. You would think more beers could taste like this, but this stands apart.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
garthicus (2916) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 9, 2007
MASSIVE head, probably my fault, golden and cloudy, carbonated and fruity, quite dry, hint of hops. Quite an alcoholic flavour but enjoyable

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hapjydeuce (999) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Bottled. Massive head that nearly overflows my Trappist glass, had to wait for it to dissipate before drinking. Nice! Lots of pear in the aroma, citrus notes along with Belgian yeast. Flavor maintains the pear nose, complimented by orange peel, spices, coriander and more yeast tones towards the end. Pretty good mouthfeel, quite creamy. A good Trappist ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
faroeviking (10295) - FAROE ISLANDS - JUL 7, 2007
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange/golden colour with a nice firm mostly lasting creamy white head. Nice strong aroma of toasted malt, dark fruits, yeast and caramel. Good well filling mouthfeel. The flavour is quite malty with a good frutiness, some spices, yeast, good hoppiness and caramel. Good long lasting toasty and fruity yeasty finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 3, 2007
A very clear light orange blond to brown with an average white head thinning to literally nothing rapidly. The nose is more promising. Light, fruity, and floral. Lots of esters. A bit of spice. Cinnamon, coriander. A little apply yeast. The mouthfeel is surprisingly full and creamy for a beer of such clarity. Low carbonation too, but still achieves fullness. Big apple tartness in the flavor. Creamy with some hints of diacetyl. Gets better with each sip! Creamy spiciness comes together with a light sweetness and alcohol to make this rather enjoyable. The finish comes in relatively clean and dry with an almost cream soda like quality to it. this beer surprised me with its complexity.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2007
Bottle. Pours a clear golden with a very large rocky white head that is coming out of the glass and leaves good lacing. Aroma of yeast, candied citrus, and floral/spicy hops. Taste is spicy yeast, light citrus, light bread notes, and spicy hops. Medium mouthfeel that finishes dry with a soft alcohol warmth at the end. A very interesting and delicious Trappist Ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 27, 2007
YIKES the pour well um didnt look good there was a full 3/4" of sedimentation at the bottom of my glass HUGE chunks. But i drank it anyway. Was an orange color with good head. Aroma was very yeasty go figure and hoppy. Flavor yeast candi sugar and something like grass hops but not the same. this one was okay scary but okay.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 24, 2007
330 mL bottle. Clear honey yellow eith a huge fluffy white head. Aroma of fruit, banana, cloves, yeast, and alcohol. Thick smooth mouthfeel and a bright palate. Tastes of fruit and a hint of malt with a sweet bready and spicy finish.


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