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RATINGS: 574   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
madvike (3135) - 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 (20464) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (15759) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 4, 2010
Bottle. A slightly oily, clear golden beer with a minimal head. White sugars and hints of spices in the aroma. The flavor is sweet and fruity, with white sugar, spices and hoppy hints. Full-bodied, with some bitterness to finish it. A quite nice one, but a bit anonymous. Wouldn’t shy away from having more of it though. 100212

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (13339) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 25, 2010
Bottle. golden- orange colour with an off-white head. Aroma is alcohol, sweet, orange, malt. Flavour is alcohol, malt, hop, orange, fruit, caramel. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deyholla (8884) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 20, 2010
Bottle shared by Sean! Poured cloudy orange gold with sediment visible. There was minimal head as well. Aroma was full of sweet grains with some caramel and citrus. The citrus (orange) was more present on the tongue combining with the caramel and sweet grains.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slipstream (2279) - USA - MAY 23, 2010
Thanks again to Adrian for a bottle of this! I am sure there are fewer and fewer of these around, since it will probably not be brewed again, and the label says to drink it up fresh and not cellar it. A lightly tangy, honey and floral aroma, with a little yeast too. Amber pour without much head. Very robust for a witbier. I tasted honey bread, yeast, a little citrus, ginger, and even something like broth. There was also a yeasty undertone. The spices were not too powerful - maybe they faded a bit. Interesting tingle on the palate and a fresh finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RyanMM (416) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2010
Bought in May 2010 after finding on the shelves of a liquor store with a great selection but prices so ridiculous that stuff stays on the shelves for a while. Bought a single bottle to test out; the label says best consumed fresh but unfortunately I don’t have a baseline for comparison. All I can say is whether almost 3 years on the shelf has left us with a bad beer or a good beer.

Pours a hazy light brown with a yellow tone. Head is thin and short-lived, lacing is thin. Aroma of honey, spices, and rich fruits. Gorgeous bouquet. Slightly sweet on the tongue, noticeable wheat character, and the honey and orange presence really comes through on the finish, which lingers for a few swallows. Slight notes of raisin and I think even soy. I can’t make out the spices individually but their influence is a nice part of the experience.

I think at the very least it would behoove me to go back and buy a sixer so I can share this with some people and cellar a bottle or two to see if it handles another year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - APR 30, 2010
355mL courtesy of dpjuart. Pours a muddy/dirty blonde with a sizeable yellowish head that has fair retention and not much lace. Aroma is buttery, a bit diacetyl, caramel, creme brulee. Taste is rich, buttery: some warming alcohol, spices, but mostly bland graininess. Some good warming alcohol. Imperial Wit is a tough style to nail down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5860) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2010
(12oz bottle via trade with BA gratefulbeerhead) clear golden pour with little to no head. Nose of celery, candi sugar, and citrus hops. Taste of candi sugar, celery and spicy yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6287) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2010
bottle, thanks to thirdeye11, golden pour with short foam, aroma of fruity malts and some potpourri, flavors of caramel, mango, citrus

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