RATINGS: 1452   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 (1749) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PlutonowyMan (592) - POLAND - JAN 20, 2017
Kolor z?oty. Piana bia?a, nie jest ani wysoka ani trwala. Aromat: s?odowo??, bia?e owoce, dro?d?e. W tle delikatna kwa?no??. Smak jest dok?adna kopi? aromatu, s?odowo??, bia?e winogrona, dro?d?e, pieprz plus akcenty zio?owe i ziemiste. Piwo jest delikatnie kwa?ne i nieco wytrawne. Goryczka sucha zio?owa. Alkohol schowany idealnie. Wysycenie wysokie.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Demens (325) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Villyzzz (236) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgreb (419) - 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.

   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

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sharkydodson (1301) - 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...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bartlebier (3633) - 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).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmongoose (2305) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 26, 2016
Bottle shared blonde with white head typical Belgian flavors yeasty some banana pretty typical all the way around.

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