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RATINGS: 1508   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2012
I poured an 11.2oz bottle into a Trappist chalice.

Appearance: Nearly opaque orange/yellow with spastic micro carbonation visible. Forms a huge fluffy white soapy head which retains and laces tremendously well for a beer of the style.

Smell: Typical Trappist yeast esters - flowery perfume and orange and white fruit peels. A fresh, clean scent.

Taste: Trappist beers are known for being complex, but Achel 8° Blond is actually a repetitive palate. That’s not to say it’s bad, far from it, because the flavors that are on repeat here are quite tasty. It’s the rind and peel of the orange and white citrus fruits: orange, grapefruit and even some lemon but without the tartness or acidity. Throw in some white grape and green pear and you’ve got the palate of this beer.

There’s not much in the way of spice or sweetness, though, except for a hint of coriander and subtle banana flavors in the aftertaste due to the yeast. There’s a bitterness that seems to engulf the mouth due to the foaminess of the head and effervescence of the body. It creates for a slight doughy, powdery sensation and flavor, but it’s not sharp or dry or tangy (even with the addition of the bottle-conditioning yeast). It’s tasty and satisfying, but nothing mind-blowing.

Drinkability: I’ve yet to find a Trappist beer that is as smooth as a nitro stout, but for a Belgian tripel, Trappist Achel 8° Blond is one of the easiest beers of its class to throw back. The palate has energy for sure, but isn’t anything obnoxious. Some carbonation does get stuck in the throat, but gradually. You don’t burp until the end, instead of between each swig like, say, a Chimay White. The carbonation creates for a self-cleaning palate, leaving little aftertaste. For an 8% ABV Belgian brew there’s no alcohol warmth or distraction whatsoever. If it weren’t so expensive this would be an ideal beer to keep in the fridge on a somewhat frequent basis to pair with dinner or enjoy on a warm evening.


3.9
Bill Becker (2007) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - JAN 19, 2018
11.2 ounce bottle, best before August 17th, 2018. Pours a fairly clear gold, initially large head of foam, shrinking slowly, not much lacing. Smells spicy, hoppy, notes of coriander, pepper, light grass, picking up some fruit, sweet malt Spicy taste up front, from the hops and yeast. Coriander and very much the pepper. Malt is semi sweet, earthy, adding much delicious flavour. A spicier Tripel than say, the Chimay but equally acceptable and enjoyable.

3.7
SimonBlok (866) - GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS - JAN 17, 2018
33cl bottle at home. Appearance: hazy pale straw with medium white head. Aroma: malts, some coriander, citrus and grass. Taste: above medium sweetness and medium bitterness. Notes of pale malts, bread, some nutmeg and citrus. Palate: medium bodied, oily texture and lively carbonation

3.8
malibrat (77) - Pula, CROATIA - JAN 14, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2018 Pivo u flaši. Volim te Achele zbog njihove nepretenzioznosti i mekanog okusa i zbog blage gaziranost. Lagani citrusni i voćni miris. Okus je isto blago voćkast i lagano gorkast. Meni jedna od najdražih 'svakodnevnih' Belgijskih piva zbog svoje pitkosti !

3.9
kamanova_boy (480) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 11, 2018
Bottle from Damian. Pours clear orange with thick white head. Aroma is sweet, with yeast, malt, slightly spicy. Rich strong taste, oranges, coriander, hoppy, lively carbonation, long fruity and spicy finish. It's very good.

3
miki74 (134) - Sabadell, SPAIN - JAN 10, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2018 Degustada en botella de 33cl,cuerpo ligero de color amarillo pajizo,tipica blonde de estilo belga.

3.8
Gaelic (208) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2018
Good blond beer. Golden looks with a fair white head. Clear sweet notes, fresh and very good drinkable for 8%. Back bitters, caramel, citrus, sweet oranges and pines.

4.2
salos (1) - - JAN 2, 2018 does not count
Well balanced traditional triple. Poor aroma but great taste. Could be surely recommend ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
GreenCat (216) - SLOVENIA - DEC 31, 2017
0,33 l bottle. Pours golden yellow with a finger of quickly dissipating white head until only a veil remains. Aroma of bread, yeast, light honey, some citrus and herbal hop aroma. Taste is medium sweet, light to medium bitter. Body is full, texture creamy and carbonation lively. Finish is long, initial sweetness is slowly overrun by earthy, herbal, spicy bitterness.

4
Zilverenmaan (316) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 29, 2017
Poors deep ocre-copper with dense white head. Aroma rather faint, yeasty. Taste very warm malty well balanced with fine, grassy bitterness. Lively like a saison. Fruity: combination of some dark fruits and more banana, somewhat like a Hefeweizen. Aftertaste very yeasty, light astringent bitterness. MF very soft, alcohol well hidden. Unspectacular yet remarkably memorable, very tasty. Another jewel in the crown of trappist ales ( it has been a long week... ).

3.3
TomHendriksen (1011) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2017
Fles thuis geprobeerd met LiekevdV. Het heeft een helder oranjeachtige kleur met medium schuimkraag. De geur is moutig en karamelachtig. De smaak is wat zoet, Karamel en licht fruitig.


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