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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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Swank (39) - - APR 5, 2014
One of the "new" trappists, Achel Blond 8 is a little sour in the nose but has a rich, full taste. For a strong beer the taste dies away quickly though, which makes this beer a decent but not so special trappist.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Demens (322) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 13, 2017
0,33l bottle. Cloudy orange colour with long lasting small white head. Aroma: Honey, floral notes with citrusy, almost pine like caracters. Very sophisticated. Taste: Sweet and very fruity start with lots of malty tone. Has a light bitter mouthfeel. Quite complex but in a very sophisticated way. Medium body with soft carbonation. Long very light and pleasent bitter finish. A very good and sophisticated beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Villyzzz (234) - Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 9, 2017
Bottle at home. Pours hazy golden with medium sized white head. Aroma is yeast, mild Belgian hops and citrus. Taste has citrus, yeast and some malt with a hint of caramel. Quite carbonated. Pretty nice.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Deser (11) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 30, 2016
Had this one many times before, sometimes I like it a lot, sometimes - like now - I find it quite dull. Time to rate. 33cl bottle from Delhaize. Pours slightly hazy golden blonde with clear white foam that doesnt last. Aroma is slightly hoppy and slightly malty (cara), pils-like character, a bit metallic even so nothing special. Nothing much going in the mouth, typical strong Blonde ale from our country, no special yeast flavour. If this was a 6,5 or lower % beer it would get much more points because then it would be the ideal ale to drink the whole night like pils without giving a sh*t about taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgreb (418) - Marburg, GERMANY - DEC 26, 2016
Bottle - Hazy orange golden beer with a thick white head. Fruity aroma. Complex flavour, grapefruit notes. Nice bitterness. Medium carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChewyBeer (299) - SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 20, 2016
Appearance: good clear golden with great head and lacing Aroma: crisp, pear, light hops Mouthfeel: medium Mouthfeel and carbonation Taste: spicy light pepper followed by malt biscuit flavours. Bitterness finishes off with warm alcohol aromas Overall: very pleasant blonde, smooth drinking. Pleasantly spicy, alcohol not overpowering

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Woc (114) - BELGIUM - DEC 14, 2016
This is actually really nice blond. It got me by surprise so I dont remember much but I enjoyed it. Need to get another one.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sharkydodson (1293) - 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 (3632) - 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 (2301) - 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 (766) - 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.


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