blankboy (7044) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 ...
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAY 17, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
zathrus13 (1761) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 11, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
bu11zeye (12517) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(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.
GonZoBeeR (3025) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma:wheat and orange juice,alcohol...
Appearance:Very hazy amber,good head....
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear, light amber with a small, persistent off-white head. Sweet, fruity aroma that’s definitely comprised of wheat beer elements. Oranges, bananas, bubble gum, caramel, wheat bread, cotton candy, mango, pineapple, floral perfume and a hint of brown sugar. A silky smooth and moderate body, this is different than most Wheat Wines I’ve had. The flavor shows more of the expected sweet, fruity elements from the nose. Banana, simple syrup, wheat bread, orange zest and moderate alcohol in the mouth. The finish has a little heat and a mild hop bitterness. This is more like an imperial hefeweizen than a typical wheat wine, and if I may say so, this is far better. The more pronouced wheaty, estery yeasty character and the relatively low hop profile make this much more to my palate. What a great series of beers from Bells.