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RATINGS: 412   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Bell’s 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, Bell’s Wheat Love Ale, is made with the eight yeasts of Wheat eight and is a strong, but relatively light colored, “wheatwine.” 2. Basic Content List for the Wheat Series Wheat Two Wheats: White, Dark Yeast: Bell’s 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2006
Bottle shared with Blankboy, Hogtown Harry, and Dave courtesy of Blankboy. Light yellow, small white head. Lots of alcohol in aroma, some yeast. Nice strong alcohol taste, some hops and yeast. Hint of lemon and bread. Alcohol grows as it warms as expected. Like a very strong balanced wheat, I get this whole wheat wine thing (probably my first sample of such a thing). Disagree with lumping it in barleywine, as it clearly is not. No matter, I’m not one for styles, just good beer and this is damn good without ever really blowing my socks off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (7216) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, tupalev & Dave B. -- my bottle courtesy of hopdog. Pours a very murky golden-orange with a small diminishing white head and some floaties. Pleasant aroma of yeast, fruit and alcohol. Flavour similar to a Belgian Wheat with yeast, alcohol, some fruit and lots of spices. Medium bodied. This is pretty good, it’s definitely not a Barley Wine as it’s classified here but I totally get the ’wheatwine’ they mention in the description.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6375) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2006
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, tupalev and Dave B - blankboy’s bottle. Hazy gold, smallish white diminishing head. Yeasty-sweet mild aroma, some slightly fruity malt, acetone(?) and alcohol. Taste is a nice balance of apricot malt, tangy/spicy yeast, alcohol, hints of woodiness in the fairly long tangy finish. Average mouthfeel, astringent, alcoholic and syrupy - very nice, but a barley wine? I mean this is boozy, but ...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 23, 2006
Batch 7155, though I think they only had one batch of this. Pours a cloudy copper golden with a minimal off-white head. Aroma of wheat, first and foremost (being this labeled in "barleywine," I wasn’t expecting that, despite Bell’s explanation on what beer this was), also some lemon, yeast and a tinge of alcohol. Full bodied, I’m unable to notice anything barleywine about it until the taste--then the dark fruits and malts emerge. You’re still able to pick out the wheat and yeast and lemons, but also raisins and the heaviness of the beer sets in. Creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very good beer. Though some people may laugh at me, I just wanted to add that this beer somewhat reminds me of a tripel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAY 17, 2006
via trade with Ohiodad - (7155) Pours a hazy golden color with no head to speak of. Has that typical Belgium wit aroma. Flavor is also typical Belgium with a tad bit more alcohol. I just can’t get into the Belgium style beers. A barleywine too? Medium body. Not bad. Thanks Scott.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1764) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2006
Cloudy gold, with a white head. Aromas are spices, yeast, wheat, honey, and fruit. Flavors are yeast, spices, honey, fruit, wheat, and a slight floral accent. Body is on the heavy side. this us rather good. Thanks to Dough77 for this bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4747) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2006
12 oz bottle (batch 7155), 2005, from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor, MI (Dec 2005), served at cellar temperature in a La Chouffe tulip. Like its predecessors, this bottle emits a healthy fizzing when the cap is popped, and pours out quite a large froth white head atop a light gold/faintly pinkish clear, bubbly body....aromas of dark pumpernickel/sourdough, burnt caramel, raisins, buckwheat honey, lilac and faint alcohol emerge from this beautiful picture.....the tongue discovers far greater depth and complexities, golden and black raisins playing a role alongside the sour breadiness, sweet apple-honey syrup providing a pillowy rest for these potent characteristics, and lighter more subtle notes of oregano, smoky woods, a bit of butterscotch, and some Belgian-like farmy yeast touches....all in a thick, almost but just not quite cloying, low-carbonation, lightly alcoholic-peppery body that softens and becomes very light and feathery at the more boozy, bitter finish. Intriguing to be sure, and a bit hard to describe though I’m trying my best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 11, 2006
Slightly hazy golden orange color with Smallish white head. Aroma is slightly estery, peppery, bit of citrus, vague hint of corn. Flavor is slightly sweet, touch of honey and oak, slightly grainy. Finish is acidic, slightly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2006
(Bottle) Pours a cloudy golden body with a moderate off-white head. Aroma of breadiness, orange, and light banana. Flavor of caramel malt, floral hops, and orange peel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 4, 2006
Aroma:wheat and orange juice,alcohol... Appearance:Very hazy amber,good head.... Flavor:Wheat,orange juice,alcohol..... nice....

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