RATINGS: 1471   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChadPolenz (1784) - 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. Thats not to say its bad, far from it, because the flavors that are on repeat here are quite tasty. Its 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 youve got the palate of this beer.

Theres 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. Theres 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 its not sharp or dry or tangy (even with the addition of the bottle-conditioning yeast). Its tasty and satisfying, but nothing mind-blowing.

Drinkability: Ive 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 isnt anything obnoxious. Some carbonation does get stuck in the throat, but gradually. You dont 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 theres no alcohol warmth or distraction whatsoever. If it werent 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
thellgren (958) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 25, 2017
0.33 l bottle from Alko Arkadia, Helsinki. Appearance is golden, clear, and with a big head. Taste is smooth. There is spicy ending without any spices. Spices balances the sweetness from the yeast quite nicely. Yum.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
AtronSeige (1500) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - MAR 20, 2017
Aroma: Medium grainy, floral, rose. Medium-light spicy, pear. touch of caramel, Appearance: Slightly hazy, dark golden body. Medium, white head, fair retention. Flavour: Medium floral, pear, spicy, pepper. Medium-light bitterness. Dry finish with lingering pear, floral. Mouthfeel: Slight astringency. Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Light warming. Overall: The initial aroma makes a lot of promises, but the flavour lets you down. Hazy body and low head retention is not to style. A fair beer. 330 ml bottle, poured. 26C. Belgian Tripel

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JuanCC (74) - Valencia, SPAIN - MAR 8, 2017
Botella de 99Cervezas. Vierte en amarillo pajizo ligeramente turbio, generando una importante cantidad de espuma muy cremosa y de burbuja media, con una persistencia notable y buena adherencia. Intensidad en nariz media-alta. Las primeras notas son de limn y fruta blanca madura, como ciruelas y pltano. Sutiles notas florales y de pimienta blanca. Un punto de pegamento tambin est presente. Resulta dulce y fresca en nariz a un tiempo. Muy agradable. De entre los sabores bsicos manda el dulce sin lugar a dudas, aunque no resulta empalagoso para nada. Por detrs y de forma tnue aparece un puntito de amargor ligeramente acre que se va acreciendo conforme vamos dando tragos a esta estupenda cerveza. En esos momentos se alcanza un equilibrio perfecto entre dulce y acre. En boca se siente de cuerpo medio y con textura algo picante, casi "crujiente". Ms bien refrescante, lo que resulta sorprendente teniendo en cuenta su graduacin alcohlica (8% ABV) que no se siente en ningn momento, ni en boca ni en nariz. La persistencia es media con un curioso final ligeramente picante. Sorprende lo bien equilibrado que est el alcohol. El punto acre y el final ligeramente picante la hacen perfecta para maridar con carnes, as como con comidas que tengan tambin un buen toque especiado.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Grumpelmies (290) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAR 3, 2017
Bottle. Clear yellow with shades of orange. Good head. Aroma of orange peels. Taste is malty, bitter oranges and slightyl sour and sweet. Lemons, apples and belgian yeast. Finish shows alcoholic warmth. Strong carbonation. Kind of creamy. Makes me think of a Campari-Witbier-Cocktail...Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pleispleis (67) - Maccagno, ITALY - MAR 3, 2017
bottiglia 33 cl, schiuma fine chiara media persistenza, color oro velato, al naso malto spezie lieviti e banana, in bocca malto spezie e mela matura, carbonatazione decisa, corpo leggero, amaro moderato e ben bilanciato con lalcool. Nonostante la gradazione si beve bene. Indiscutibilmente una Trappista

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Luneylane (134) - Taipei City, TAIWAN - MAR 1, 2017
a bottle from lApero, drunk at home. Aroma: sour grass and bread. Appearance: clear gold, minimal head. Palate: medium-bodied and slick. Average carbonation, long, complex finish. Taste: a definite licourice hit at the end, really interesting, good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Armadill0 (353) - FINLAND - FEB 25, 2017
Bottle. Clear, golden, small white head. Aroma has hay, grass and grain. Taste has honey, grain and pine. Strong body, nice lingering aftertaste. Aroma fools you into thinking its a lager. Smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
L_Lovecraft (539) - - FEB 22, 2017
Yeast, spices, pear, banana, golden with a good white head quite persistant, medium body, medium carbonation, banana, yeast, spices...good strong belgian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrW (630) - Mechelen, BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2017
Bottle 33 cl. Aroma of pear, spices, bread, malt. Pours clear golden with a white medium large head. Taste is belgian fruits (apple, pear), coriander. Bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
alex_leit (3479) - Minsk, BELARUS - FEB 13, 2017
Bottle. Golden color,good white foam. Aroma: malt, dry sherry, fruit, pear, spice, seeds. Taste: mild, pear, spicy, malty, warming, very good.

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