Achilles Serafijn Belgian Pale Ale

Brewed by Microbrouwerij Achilles
Style: Belgian Ale
Heist op den Berg-Itegem, Belgium


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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.29/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
Before Countless British soldiers died in the trenches of Belgium in World War I, they managed to pass on to the Belgians a taste for wonderful British ale. Shortly afterward, in the 1920s, the Belgians began making pale ale themselves-with the intriguing addition of a spicy, fruity, almost perfumed aroma that comes not from spices but a special Belgian yeast. This one from the tiny one man brewery Achilles is a classic Belgian Pale Ale, for everyday drinking.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (5400) - Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2012
330 ml bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours a cloudy reddish orange color with a nice 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big grape, apricot, raisin, apple, herbal, earth, floral, honey, caramel, bread, and light yeast spiciness. Nice and pleasant aromas with decent strength and complexity. Taste of big pear, apple, grape, caramel, herbal, pepper, floral, honey, bread, earth, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of light fruit, caramel, honey, bread, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a short bit. Fairly dry on the finish. Very nice complexity of flavor, with a fantastic malt and spiciness balance. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly creamy and very crisp mouthfeel that is nice. No alcohol presence noticed at all, and this is very smooth to drink. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian pale ale. Very nice flavor complexity and balance; and extremely smooth. Really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (7637) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2012
Bottle [330ml]. Pours a cloudy deep amber with lots of tiny floaties and a large lasting fluffy white head. Aroma is fruity and biscuity foremost followed by yeast, sweet malt, honey and light spices. Fruity flavour along with yeast, sweet malt, light spices and light hops. Alcohol well hidden. Average bodied. I didnt get a lot of the Belgian yeast or hops, which to me is what makes a Belgian Pale Ale, but despite that I still enjoyed drinking this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Starts with sweet apple and spice. Dry noble hops, phenols, and melon come next with herbal and mineral notes in the end. Somewhat dry in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (6659) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Aroma is bread, yeast, grains and spices. The flavor is yeast, spice and grains, along with a bready maltiness. Among Belgian Ales, this was one of the few that could be considered a session ale, relatively easy drinking throughout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
drjay44 (3647) - Salida, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2011
33 cl. bottle. Pours a huge fluffy, rapidly collapsing light beige head, with some lacing, over a particle laden, hazy amber (SRM 8) body...nose is light malts, ginger, brown sugar....taste is sweet malts, with light sugar, slight allspice, nutmeg, finishing with a slight bitterness...mouth feel light, carbonation. low. This is somewhat reminiscent of ginger ale in the sweetness and spice. It falls well within this expansive style, but is not particularly distinguished. BJCP 7/3/11/4/6

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
annunz123 (957) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Belgian yeast and a little sourness in the aroma. Sweet taste with some fruit and spice. Watery mouthfeel, and very easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (8996) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Bottle at the Bayou. Pours a mostly clear amber color with a medium white head. The aroma is caramel, toasted malts, light fruity hops. The flavor is interesting and I think it does the concept of Belgian Pale Ale some justice; light spices, some fruit perhaps pears and apples, light sweet Belgian malts, very light bitterness in the finish. A nice brew. Of course, Craig is right the Bayou charged 22$ for this which is about double it should be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sledutah (7451) - Utah, USA - AUG 22, 2011
750ml bottle shared with Doug at The Bayou
Appearance: Clear amber with a medium sized white head and some lacing
Aroma: Honey and sweet malts
Taste: Sweet malts, sweet caramel and spices
Ok, very sweet. Not worth the steep price. Glad this was shared with Doug and others.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7619) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2010
From the Rare Beer Club. Sampled from a 750 ml brown bottle this beer poured a bright orange-caramel color with an enormous foamy orange-beige head that lingered forever and produced good lacing. The aroma was yeasty, sweetish, tart and had faint vague fruits. The flavor was dryish, tart and bitter with a bit of vague citrus and a faint peppery and musty undertone. The finish was medium length dry, tart and citric. Moderately full bodied. Mediocre.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JDBaker11058 (2091) - Maryland, USA - JUL 31, 2010
Appearance: orange marmalade, with a huge, actively bubbly lightly tan head that slowly recedes to a collar and leaves minimal lacing. Aroma: salted caramel and sweet malts, honey and light yeast, white grapes and lemon, a little ocean scent back there somewhere. Taste: citrus (mainly lemon) and some lightly bittering hops up front, then some sweet malted grains and a bit of funky yeast; caramel apple notes as it warms, with a pleasant sweet tarts candy note. Finish: sweet and yeasty, just a bit metallic, with some lightly bitter hops to pave the way for the next mouthful. Notes: Very nice. Lots and lots of flavors going on, especially as it warmed. Complex, yet very drinkable, with a nice level of carbonation and perfect light hoppiness to keep me coming back. Had it with a plate of crackers, Guinness cheddar and Chimay cheese and it was perfect. Drank the whole dang thing (750ml).

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