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Achel 8° Blond (301 of 1001)

Rating: 4.15

My first beer from the Achel brewery, the smallest of the six Belgian Trappist breweries with an annual output of around 4500hL. The breweries history goes all the way back to 1648 when it was started by Dutch monks but it was destoryed during the French Revolution before being rebuilt in 1844. The brewery again closed when the monks left in 1914 thanks to German occupation during World War I and it wasn’t until 1998 that the current brewery was reopened and production started beer again with the Achel 8° beers being introduced in 2001.

Achel 8° Blond

Appearance (4/5): Clear and really light amber with a thin, bubbly white head on top that sits about a half centimetre tall before gradually fading to leave a thin surface lacing that’s quite patchy without disappearing completely.
Aroma (6/10): Quite malty with a lot of spice coming through at the start along with some Belgian style yeast and a few floral notes. There is a slightly grassy aroma with some bread notes and grain with a tiny bit of skunk; not what I was expecting and one that reminded me of lager in some ways but it wasn’t bad at least.
Taste (9/10): Spicy with some citrus and fruity flavours up front, namely some grapes, apples and pears that impart some sweetness on the palate. The beer is quite light with a few malts coming through from the start and some coriander and cloves featuring from the middle onwards; very nice and a lot better than the nose indicated it would be.
Palate (5/5): Light bodied and very well carbonated, this one is quite a sweet beer with a crisp, dry finish and touches of spice in there as well. The balance was excellent with this one and it was remarkably easy to drink with the alcohol content well hidden throughout.

Overall (17/20): I wasn’t sure about this one when I first cracked the bottle open, appearance wise it was okay and the smell wasn’t particularly interesting but the taste of this one was exceptional and the balance was excellent as well. Despite coming in at 8% abv. the alcohol content was remarkably well hidden and the beer went down very easily with a light, sweet and fruity taste that was distinctly Belgian with some yeast and plenty of spices coming through from the start.

Brewed In: Achel, Limburg, Belgium
Brewery: Brouwerij der Trappistenabdij De Achelse Kluis
First Brewed: 2001
Full Name: Trappist Achel 8° Blond
Type: Abbey Tripel
Abv: 8.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Whole Foods Market (Giffnock)
Price: £2.69

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