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RATINGS: 409   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 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 wasnít expecting that, despite Bellís explanation on what beer this was), also some lemon, yeast and a tinge of alcohol. Full bodied, Iím unable to notice anything barleywine about it until the taste--then the dark fruits and malts emerge. Youíre 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 (2900) - 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 canít 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 (1741) - 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 (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, 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 Iím 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 (12367) - 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 (2987) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 4, 2006
Aroma:wheat and orange juice,alcohol... Appearance:Very hazy amber,good head.... Flavor:Wheat,orange juice,alcohol..... nice....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2006
Clear, light amber with a small, persistent off-white head. Sweet, fruity aroma thatís 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 Iíve 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2006
Pours a hazy dark goldish/orangish/wheatish. Nose is big banana, honey, sweetness, and more citrusy hopiness than anticipated. Flavor is big and fruit juicy, more so than you would expect, and something I figure will quickly diminish over time. The banana makes itself quite prevelent, as does a big strong sweetness which overall make for a pretty impressive brew. Quite drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TAR (2526) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2006
Golden apricot. Fine-bubbled cotton-white froth. Rather vibrant nose of floral hops, honey, airy phenols, and clove-dusted banana. Very faint touch of lightly toasted crackers and meaty yeast. Ample velvet carbonation. Opens with some hefty juiciness despite being borderline viscous. Quick warming wave of alcohol provides some dryness and enhances the airy esters while lifting some of the bodyís tackiness from the palate. Moderate huskiness is evident, as is sweet honey and a nutty character. Deceptively full in body due to the amount of clean, peppery esters, though itís less phenolic than the aroma suggests. An abundance of honeydew and banana fruitiness lends plenty of slickness. Alcohol contributes some late astringency which taints the otherwise perfect blending of juicily floral hops and tangy wheat flavors. Fair amount of starchiness and toasted dough sustain the body with a weighty softness and attempt to muffle the spicy clove and alcohol. Finishes densely moist, but not quite wet, with a waning alcohol astringency and scratchy roast alongside baked apples and tangy wheat remnants. Save for the hot and astringent alcohol and tacky body, Iíd say this is a successful hybrid.

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