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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.
Editorís 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2010
bottle thanks to JCapriotti! Pours murky orange with a medium off white head. Aroma is strong citrus, orange marmalade, some honey. Flavor is smooth honey and spice. Lots of rich orange peel character with some light coriander notes and a floral finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer4000 (4434) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 16, 2010
355 ml bottle. Dark orange body with a big off-white head. Aroma is sweet malt and fruit with a hint of alcohol. Flavor is sweet malt, some caramel and almost a fruity kind of bitterness. Quite nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 26, 2010
Thanks to savvy1982 for the share! Pours orange with a small off white head. The aroma is spicy with honey dominating and has malt and floral notes in the back ground. The taste is malty but again the honey flavor dominates. Flowers, spice, yeast in the back ground. Not bad, just tastes a little tired.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 31, 2010
Bottle, thanks to piscator34, Thanks Kris! Shared with hobbersr. Pours amber, thin white head, spotty lacing. Nose is orange preserves, slight yeastiness, mild spiciness. Palate is broad and mouthfilling, sticky and juicy, huge honey character, nice bitterness towards the finish. Tasty, but I think I got to this too late.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10906) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 25, 2010
Bottle from Styles. Thanks for this retiree. Pours a slightly hazy light copper, with a nice off-white head. Strong citrus/yeast/spice aromas. Near full body with creamy carbonation. Flavor is citrus and wheat. More sweet than not. Iíll buy this one as a Belgian Strong Ale. Iíd have said Belgian, if I hadnít read the description above. Itís really very nice. Sad it will soon be gone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MeadMe (1300) - Riverview, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2010
A: Pours a nice golden yellow color. Everything is yellow about this beer even the head. Itís mildly cloudy, but not too bad. There is an ever constant stream of bubbles that feeds the head for quite some time. S: The aroma is very unique, to be honest like nothing I have ever smelled before. When I smelled it inside the bottle it was less than plesant letís just say. Once poured it is actually very nice in an odd kind of way. There are notes of banana, and a good deal of corriander. What dominates is some odd floral medicinal aroma. T: The taste is quite like the smell different and kind of hard to pin down. The beer has a sweetness about it, I guess it is quite possibly the honey. There is also a nice spiceiness to it. The corriander is noted as is pepper. There is another strange taste that tended to grow on me, I guess that may be the Paradise Seed (whatever in the hell that may be). The alcohol was noted, but unlike other I could still pick out the individual flavors. It is one of those beers that you donít necessarily like on the first sip, but for some reason it kind of grew on me. M: Medium to light in body, crisp and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (2604) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2009
From some old rating notes I recently found (was probably a couple years ago I tried it): hazy orange-gold pour with a medium off-white head that disappears quickly. orange, citrus and spice in the aroma. sweet fruity taste that covers the alcohol well. lots of spices. medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjs (4543) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 21, 2009
(Bottle at Akkurat on 2009-12-19) Poured amber with floating bits. There wasnít really any head. Aroma was sweet with clear honey and some coriander notes. Palate was medium bodied and dry with low carbonation. Flavours were sweetness, raisin, fruitiness, hops, coriander and bitterness. Aftertaste was sweet and bitter. I suppose the beer has been quite a lot different as fresh one. Now it resembled a tripel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2009
Bottle huge thanks to xnoxhatex! sampled summer 09. Okay, I know this is probably past itís prime... well definitely. Pours a very clear glowing dark orange with a small white bubbly head. Aroma is oxidized cheesy cardboard, bacon, salty, some citrus hops remain, pineapple, smells like triscuts, some honey sweetness. Flavor is cheesy old hops, honey sweetness, a bit spicy, some alcohol on the finish, rich in a weizenbock way. Smooth slightly viscous medium/full body with small but fizzy fine carbonation. Glad I got to try this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SrSilligoose (3244) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 21, 2009
Bottle generously given to me by bbb63, Thanks MIKE! Pours a hazy dark orange with a small white head. Leaves a nice white ring around the glass. Aroma is a really nice toffee, candy, pineapple, orangepeel, pear, spices mixture. Also some floral notes. Flavor is bread, sweet malts, toffee, fruits, a little booze and spices. Initially, I was quite happy with this beer as the aroma really opened up and was quite inviting. The flavor became a little offputing, especially as the beer warmed. Too sweet and the toasted candy bread taste didnít do it for me. A neat beer though, which Iím happy to have tried. Thanks again, Mike!

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