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RATINGS: 572   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Batch 8000 is part of our commemorative series celebrating our progress with special brews. Our Batch 8000 is a special recipe to be brewed only once. It is a wheat ale spiced with Coriander, Orange Peel, and Paradise Seed. Best consumed fresh.
Editor’s Note. 9% is far above the abv range of a Belgian Wit Bier. Because we do not have the style "Imperial/Double Belgian Wit", this more closely fits as a Belgian Strong Ale.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (10649) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 2, 2011
Hefiger, etwas süßer Geruch. Vollmunidger Antrunk, alkoholisch, nur leicht hefig. Das Bier ist in Teilen mild, wirkt aber dennoch ausreichend aromatisch, was auch durch den Hopfen erreicht wird. Dieser blüht im Mittelteil auf und ist im Nachgeschmack zusammen mit leichter Herbe führend. Einuntertöniger Gewürzton tut sein Übriges. Minimal brennend. Danke an den Doppelbock für die Besorgung des Bieres. -/11/10/11/-/11

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmyers8807 (176) - Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2011
Bottle. darker orange color. The orange come through in both smell and taste. After that there’s not much left in this beer. Old wheat flavor, spices, and slight bitterness from the old hops. Gotta say this has turned into a novelty beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Thanks to Ryan for this extra, hoping the high alcohol has helped this stay decent. 12oz bottle poured into my Narke glass....Pours a medium clear copper, deeper brown in the center. The head is a watery whispy ugly off white. No retention, just doesn’t look appealing...The aroma is like a wit barleywine. Strong alcoholic honey, orange peel, coriander, lots of wheat, a hoppy finish. Seems like it would be ok, doesn’t really work for me though. Spices are too strong...The taste is more subdued, most of the harsh spice and alcohol notes are gone. Tastes like a alcoholic witbier that has some sweet honey notes. Not bad, not great, slightly above average...Mouthfeel is glassy and warm...Its easy to drink but I’m not in love with it, so I’m struggling to finish this. I can’t recommend this now, however its held up better than I would have thought.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2011
Poured into a snifter. Batch 8k pours a burnt orange color with an off-white head almost an orange color. Moderate retention rate; decent lacing. There are some sour tones in the aroma as well as, honey, clove, a slight amount of citrus, yeasty esters, and a hint of banana bread. Tastes is pleasant, spices up front, mostly clove and nutmeg, with some anise. Some citrus flavors also roll around the tongue blended with some honey. Slightly bitter/sour. Mouthfeel is smooth and effervescent. Very nice carbonation level. It is very drinkable brew, almost reminds me of a less carbonated La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue, with a lot more flavor.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DalzAle (1984) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Bottle shared by arminjewell. Clear orange pour, no carbonation and an aroma of orange and spices. Althought the aroma was decent, the flavor was stale malt and herbs. Would have liked to try this fresh, as this was past its prime.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
portableparty (1911) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Bottle pour to snifter. Amber pour with a off white collar. Aroma is sugary wheat and some faint fruit. Taste is more sugar and wheat with a mutled fruity finish. Palate is medium feel and finishes sticky and chaulky.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (6175) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Pours hazy orange, white head. Aroma has notes of orange, fruity esters, some earth, spice, grains of paradise and some coriander. Main aroma is grains of paradise. Taste is downhill, notes of some orange, slight earth, and a dry, slightly bitter finish. Some cardboard. Past its prime, but would have been good fresh.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Bottle, courtesy of jason. Citrus oil, sharp, vaguely peppery spice, butterscotch. Sweetness clashing with an astringent spiciness. Very odd at this late date with the intense spice character competing with citrus tones reminiscent of those in old IPA’s (I guess I’ve never really had an old wit/double wit, so perhaps it’s just the combination of the citrus with the sweetness from the old malt). In any case, interesting to see what age did to a beer such as this.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
LilBeerDoctor (3453) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Bottle. Well I guess this beer is far past its prime, but there’s nothing I can do about that anymore...Pours a cloudy brown orange with a small white head. Aroma of old caramel malt, piss, orange juice. Flavor of Belgian yeast, sweet fruits, melon rind, orange peel. The spices have largely left this one and the sweetness is a bit much. I think I agree with the commercial description "best consumed fresh". This is not a beer to save for a rainy day! 6/4/6/3/11 [3.0/5]

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaltOMeal (1091) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2011
bottle thanks to bleeng? Shared at the January Houston RB Tasting at my place. Pours cloudy, light gold with no head. Nose is of spices and grain. Taste is of spices and orange rind. Mouthfeel is medium.


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