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RATINGS: 1479   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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4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
khayman70 (153) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 3, 2004
Pours with a pleasant orange color and a VERY marshmallowy head. It is slightly spicy and very nice in the mouth. Slightly spicy and a bit fruity. bananas? maybe a hint of citrus. The alcohol is there but balanced well. The finish is dryish and crisp. A very nice beer and I would recommend to anyone.


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xesihma (16) - - SEP 25, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2017 Piwo wysoko wysycone. Aromat słodowy, fenole przyprawowe lekko wyczuwalne. Piana wysoka, drobna, pięknie zdobiąca szkło. W smaku słodkie, acz nie jest to słodki ulepek, lekko goryczkowe. Nagazowane jedank przytyka po wypiciu całości. Gładkie.

3.7
Keukeman (157) - BEST, NETHERLANDS - SEP 15, 2017
.33l bottle poured a slight cloudy amber to golden beer. High carbonation, thick frothy head with nice persistence. Nose is grainy and yeasty, hints of lemon and malt. Taste is well balanced, subtle sweet taste and slight bitter aftertaste. A slightly sour and fruity finish aswell. Palate is nice, mouthfeel is medium thick and crispy. High carbonation is not unpleasant. Great abbey blonde!

3.7
GhostS (430) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - SEP 13, 2017
Aromă ușoară, cu drojdii belgiene în prim plan, malț proaspăt, pâine albă, fructe verzi necoapte și ceva ierburi verzi. Gust ușor amar, puțin și plăcut dulce (caramelă, ceva fructe caramelizate și flori), drojdii belgiene, malț și ceva plante medicinale. Bună.

2.9
Hinaros (10) - BREST, FRANCE - SEP 12, 2017
Une robe dorée surmontée d'une belle mousse blanche un peu persistante. Un nez un peu trop léger à mon goût houblonné. Des notes d'agrumes allant du pamplemousse au citron, une amertume trop brève et on finit sur des notes douces de miel. Une bonne bière dans l'ensemble mais qui m'a déçu.

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 (2195) - 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 (428) - 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 (2802) - 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 (1249) - 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.


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