Achel Blond pours a delightful golden, pale yellow color that’s clear and barely filtered looking, even with the inclusion of yeast. There’s a generous head that lasts the entire time in which the beer was consumed, which is fantastic considering there’s barely any carbonation, as well as a relatively high ABV. Inviting as a top Trappist product should be. Scents are fruity and herby all around, but there’s a huge backdrop of sweetness no doubt produced by the alcohol quantity.
Chardonnay grapes seem to permeate, as well as banana, pineapple, and lots of other tropical fruit. There’s no malty whiff to speak of, which is fine by me, and it definitely is aromatic enough to hold up well. The initial flavor is anything but alcoholic, but instead quite yeasty and sugary. Tropical fruit flavor, which includes mango, passion fruit, and definite notes of banana. Hops persist and spice up the beer, but only so much. There’s a bit of an alcoholic burn at the back, but it’s warming and toasty overall. There’s substantial carbonation jets with every sip, and it’s thick and syrupy no matter how it warms up.