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RATINGS: 572   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2011
January Houston Tasting. Pours a honey gold. Nose if very wheat. Flavor is very wheat as well, with some soft spices. This borders on barley wine more than anything else to me. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Signalwriter (86) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Poured from a bottle in a strong orange color, this is the first beer I’ve had whose nose is like malted milk. Clearly a very strong beer, the taste is an odd combo of sweet and spice, with caramel, orange and coriander (wondered what that was) notes. Average carbonation. I’d try it again but best perhaps in small amounts. I shared this unusual brew at a tasting, many thanks to MaltOMeal, zinister, bleeng and TexasJeep.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
vtafro (5088) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Bottle. Golden pour with white head. Yeast note, some damp wheat almost cardboard like, light citrus. More warmth than i expected. Time hasn’t been kind.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2010
Bottle shared with Spudclampdawg. Pours a deep orange with a creamy off white head. Nose is spices, toasty biscuit malts, dull citrus, and mild fruits. Taste is sticky sweet with spices and bitterness coming through. Mouthfeel is slick and medium full. Strange beer. Probably not meant for aging.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Bottles. I do not like this style. I was very disappointed when Bells decided to pick this beer for their 8000th batch. Notes of syrup. citrus, coriander, booze. Way too sweet. Slightly over-carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (11250) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 6, 2010
Bottle thanks to a generous trader. Pours a deep cloudy orange with whitish head. Nose of heavy peel, orange, coriander, spice and cider. Taste of orange peel, apple, spice and seeds.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Plovmand (7108) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2010
Bottle. Hazy orange pour with a medium off white head. Lots of barley, some sugar, sweet caramel, orange peel and coriander in the aroma. The flavour is sweet caramel, spices, coriander, oranges and alcohol. Unbalanced. Spicy sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (3983) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2010
Bottle from the the richmond beer dig spring 2010. Pours a hazy clear gold with a ring of white head. Syrupy sweet, with spices, and honey, and good mellowing quality.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
madvike (3119) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Bottle from JCapriotti...thanks Jason! - Pours deep hazy amber with a big foamy off-white head. Lots of honey, bready caramel, and a little orange juice concentrate. Taste is syrupy apricot with yeast, intense breadiness, and a bit of muted orange. Syrupy and well-carbonated. Expected this to be a drain pour, but it wasn’t. Obviously past it’s prime, but interesting nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (20000) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2010
Bottle. Pours a golden color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity spicy coriander aroma. Sweetish malty spicy coriander flavor with some yeasty hints. Has a sweetish malty spicy coriander finish.

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