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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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Strong Belgian wheat ale. This beer is the precursor experimental beer to Bells Batch 8000. 8.9%. It was available on tap at Maduro pre-GTMW party (2007).


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
On tap @ Maduro, Bells GTMW pre-party 8/10/07. Cloudy light orange golden with a quickly fading white head. Aroma has lots of orange, white pepper, alcohol, and a bit of leather. Flavor had lots of ripe orange pulp an coriander, white pepper, and the leather became more apparent as it warmed. Light carbonation with a medium body--masked the alcohol better than the Right Bank. Good beer--more like an imperial wit?

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1223) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Bells Left Bank Draft at Maduro’s during GTMW weekend Cloudy orange gold color. Aroma is very spicy with lots of corriader, some nice yeast, vanilla, and flour. Taste is spicy corriander, vanilla, yeast, light sweet orang. Finish is spicy with lingering orange and spice. Nice mouthfeel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 29, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2007 Draft. Poured a clear light orange color. Head was white and one finger high. A bit of lace was left behind on the glass. Smelled of orange, coriander, a splash of alcohol, and subdued clove. Not unlike the aroma of a strong wit beer.Sweet on the tongue with orange marmalade, clove, and flower blossom flavors. There was also a slight earthy/leathery note and mild hop bitterness. Interesting beer. Similar to some Belgian IPA’s I’ve tried.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2007
tap at maduro. weird note i wrote: have you heard of this. super mint ginger aroma. tastes wonderful. a bit of a tripel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - AUG 13, 2007
On tap at Maduro for the GTMW pre party
Murky flat yellow with a touch of white head. This is very much a corriander experiment. The nose has a spicy nose with a pinch of citrus. Again in the flavor, tons of spicy citrus flavor. Sort of a lighter body, yet fluffy on the palate. Nice but a touch one dimensional.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7125) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2007
On tap at Maduro – GTMW pre-party. Poured hazy medium golden with just a short cap of white head sticking around. Aroma picked up heavy banana, bubblegum, and cloves upfront, with toasty banana and more spices moving outward.. well put-together, strong, and enticing. In the flavor, sweet, lightly-toasted banana and sour wheaty notes abound.. some sharper diacetyl notes make an appearance, especially across the middle.. decent balance between the sweet and sour notes. Little too strong on the palate overall with the diacetyl detracting a bit.. long, warm impression. Tasty stuff!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (2935) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2007
On tap at Maduro’s

Thanks to whomever shared half a pint of this with me. Otherwise there is no way I would have possibly finished my Wedding Ale as well. This is apparently one of the test batches for Batch 8000 so once it is gone I don’t think you should expect to run across it except by sheer luck. If the Batch 8000 is this good though I will savor every bottle.

Aroma / Appearance - Creamy orange scents remind me of a Belgian wit ale with a bright open aroma. The yeasty background plays nicely against the fruity characteristics. The body appears to be almost identical to the Right Bank and Batch 8000 pours - dark orange with a minimal head.

Flavor / Palate - Orange, wheat and a trace amount of rye bread create a fruity playful mouthfeel. It reminds me of a Belgian wit with more bite than normal. I found it a tad on the rich side but yet still attractive. If I was just going to kick back and not rate anything the rest of the night I would have been content with these.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Tap at Maduro pre-GTMW party. The beer pours to a murky straw orange colored body with no head. The aroma is wheat and oranges with coriander. The flavor is cookie malt, toasted grains, perfume hops, oranges, white pepper, and coriander. A medium sweetness pervades. Subtle bitterness. The body is medium bodied with a dry creamy texture.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2007
On tap at the cafe. Pours clear golden amber color with a smallish off white head. Aroma is clove, green banana, sweet malts, roasty. Flavor is much the same, clove, green banana, sweet malts, roasty. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweet finish. Said belgian strong on the board. I liked it!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2007
On tap at the Eccentric Cafe. The closest fit for this beer appears to be American Wheat; witbier characteristics were absent. Poured a clearish, lifeless orange with no head. Strong clove aroma with sugary malts, toast, and alcohol. Heavy body dominated by clove with light banana, sweet toasts, and caramel. Lingering clove finish with modest alcohol bite. About what I expected from the short description. So-so.


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