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RATINGS: 412   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Bellís Wheat Project (2005) is an experimental foray into the development of complex flavors in beer. The Project comprises five new ales, four in series and one specialty strong product. The first four, Wheat 2, Wheat 4, Wheat 6 and Wheat eight are all made using 55% Wheat (either wholly or mostly malted) and 45% Barley malt. The barley malt makeup is exactly the same in each of the four and consists of three different malts. The total amount of grain in each of the four is also exactly the same, so each of them should have a virtually identical original gravity. The type and amount of hops in each of the four is exactly the same. And the processing through the brewhouse and fermentation is also exactly the same. The changing factors between the ales are the composition of the 55% of wheat used and the type and number of yeast strains used. In Wheat 2 the 55% of wheat is made up of two different kinds of wheat malt, and this ale is made with two different yeasts. Wheat 4 is made with four different wheats and four yeasts. Wheat six and eight made with six and eight wheats and yeasts respectively. The final product, Bellís Wheat Love Ale, is made with the eight yeasts of Wheat eight and is a strong, but relatively light colored, ďwheatwine.Ē 2. Basic Content List for the Wheat Series Wheat Two Wheats: White, Dark Yeast: Bellís house ale strain, WLP410 Belgian Wit II Wheat Four Wheats: White, Victory, Toasted sprouts, Torrefied Yeast: WLP550 Belgian, WLP570 Golden, Wheat Two blend Wheat Six Wheats: White, Dark, Toasted sprouts, Torrefied, Red, Caramel Yeast: WLP500 Trappist, WLP530 Abbey, Wheat Four blend Wheat Eight Wheats: White, Dark, Victory, Toasted sprouts, Torrefied, Red, Caramel, Chocolate Yeast: WLP4000 Belgian Wit I, WLP565 Saison, Wheat Six blend

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2006
Glowing, hazy amber with insignificant head. Nose of grainy wheat, spicy yeast, and subtle sweet caramel. Flavor of sweet and toasty malt, spicy and doughy yeast, light colored fruits, and grainy wheat. Medium/full, balanced, soft palate. Excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2006
"The wheat love is not up my alley at all. The pour is nice, and the beer has a very good appearance--solid yellowish orange color with a fluffy white head. The aroma is a must-covered honey smell, with some spices mixed in there. The taste is about the same--it reminded me of a saison for sure. Didnít care for the mouthfeel or the taste, but please note that I am not a big fan of this type of brew in the first place."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 21, 2006
Batch #7155. 12 oz. Bottle. Light orange color with a thin off white head and some weepy lacing. The nose is very grapefruit like with hints of spiced fruitcake from the yeast. Nice sweet malt flavor with spice (coriander/citrus). You can taste the alcohol and a bitter bite at the end. Very well made and refreshing (for 8%!) be

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5355) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 17, 2006
Batch 7155. This Barley wine/wheat wine pours an orange gold color from a 12 oz bottle. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is citrus, fruity and grapefruity. A bed bodied wheat wine. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are citrusy and grapefruity, Touch of lemon, orange and orange peel. Touch of wheat and grass. Reminds me more of a high ABV wheat beer or a wit than a barley wine, Some banana and clove. Interesting, but kind of weird it is the high end (most ingredients) of the wheat series, but it comes off a weird hybrid of wheat and barley wine/ Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2006
Aroma is citrus and grapefruit with a squeeze of lemon and a dash of licorice. The flavor is licorice with some grapefruit, pear, apple, lemon, and a smidge of orange. Mouthfeel is light and crisp and creamy almost IPA like. appearance is cloudy but not opaque orange with quick to rouse but also quick diminishing head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hangover (1110) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - JUN 10, 2006
Barleywine? Banana, clove,wheat and yeast aroma. I want to pinpoint some fruit in there, but Iím really only getting pear. Taste is initially very peppery and spicy. Creamy middle with a lot of wheat and alcohol. Some fruity esters in the finish but really more of that creamy yeastiness. IMHO the only thing putting this close to a barleywine is the abv. Iím thinking German hefe. Reminds me of Hacker-Pschorr just a bit less fruit and a lot more flavor all around. Donít get me wrong, this stuff is good... Iím kind of lost to be honest. If you see it, try it.... how bout that?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2006
Pours a pleasing slightly hazy orange gold with a considerable head for a barley wine. The nose is all wheat, banana and cloves, though there is an insidious sweetness, some creaminess, and a bit of alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, though perhaps there is a touch too much CO2 for the style... then again, Iím not sure of the style here! Anyhow, the taste is really quite nice for a wheat beer. Sweet, with obvious malt. Thereís again a good deal of that banana/cloves, but it doesnít predominate like in most hops. thereís some definite alcohol kick to this, that finds its place with the slight bitterness of hops and a slight acidity. I really kind of enjoyed this, despite my general disklike of wheat beers. As an experiment, I left the yeast in the bottom of the bottle with an inch of beer, and for the second half of my glass, swirled the bottleís contents and added it to my glass... the result is really rather pleasant. Smoother and creamier than sans yeast, though the banana/cloves nose is a bit stronger.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2006
A clear yellow-orange beer with a small white head. It smells like an average wheat beer- bananas, cloves. I also smell pineapple and malt and apples. The flavour is more unique though, less citrusy. I taste apples, raisins but its also a bit spicey, and overall very sweet. A hard to describe aftertaste which is bitter and sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stoutchap (422) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2006
Nice crown on the wheat ale experiment. Sounds like they had a lot of fun putting this lineup together and I enjoyed sampling them. Poured a hazy orange gold with a bubbly off-white head. Alcohol, yeast, and spice in the nose. Nice flavor profile, strong flavor (for a wheat), with notes of alcohol, malt, fruit, and flowers. a little bitterness at the end. Not as heavy as a barleywine perhaps, but seems similar to a belgian strong. Maybe itís just me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JUN 3, 2006
Attractively hazy orange with a soapy cap of off-white head that settles with a bit of lacing. Really distinct fruit leather aroma, with rhubarb and a tightly wound spiciness--musky perfume, cloves. Apricot and clove flavors. Lots of spice here too, but all bourn in a soft, full body. A bit of alcohol warming that seems harsh at first, but a little warming really seems to soften that impression. I donít know how to classify this beer, but I think it is more enjoyable if you ignore stylistic guidelines and just taste. Itís delightfully hard to pigeonhole. A fun experiment from Bells and a really interesting and lively beer.

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