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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


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2006
Really pretty stuff, glowing translucent dusty orange. Nose has oodles of clove, very redolent and floral. Light spiciness, a bit of fruit. Initial impression upon sipping is the thickness of the palate, rich and a mite overly syrupy, very thick stuff. Clove flavors strong and the Belgian yeast is very noticeable. Bit dry and somewhat chemical at the end.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 29, 2006
Thanks to Crizay for providing this one. Poured a cloudy orange color that reminded me of a mango. Aroma was mandarin oranges. Flavor was sweet yeast and spices. Smooth malts complete the body. Not like most barley wines I have had.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hollywoodt (239) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2006
Batch # 7155. Poured a hazy light amber. Aroma was kind of citrus and yeasty. Flavor was wheat and malt with some of the citrus. Pretty good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 18, 2006
12 oz bottle (7155) The last of the project. Hazy golden orange hue. White head. Initial aroma is strong bananas and citrus and grassy. Sweet rich and smooth. Bananas, citrus, bitter, alcohol, slight burn, syrup, rich and smooth. Slight caramel and sweet bread.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Barley wine? I think not, but still a really interesting brew. More of an imperial hefe, no? Strong banana, citrus(orange peel) fruity/yeasty profile with a nice alcohol burn on the palate and warming down below. Very nice cap to the wheat experiment. (By all means, blow yourself out on those IIIPAís, Joe... meanwhile Iím over here holding a dry hanky for you when you see me quietly pacing myself through the BEER GOD homestretch, sipping my understated wheats! By the way, thereís no crying in baseball...or beer god heaven, OK?)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Orange slight yellow, big orange flavor slight lemon, very fruity with a subtle alcohol kick, wouldnít really call it a barley wine, good tasting beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrick767 (3606) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 12, 2006
bottle - Pours a hazy orange with a slim head that has some legs. The aroma is very yeasty. Itís easy to drink but has a moderate to full mouthfeel thatís very nice. The flavor is pretty sweet. The alcohol is very well hidden. Bellís once again did a nice job here.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2006
Bottle poured a ligt caramel honey color with a thick creamy white head and lacing. Big wheat and yeast aroma. Flavor is rich and creamy. banana, yeast, spice and ripe fruits. Good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2006
I thought this was a pretty good beer, but iím shocked to see itís listed as a barleywine because it didnít taste much like one. i detected prominent wheat falvors, some yeasty, malty overtones and a bit excess carbonation. alcohol undetectable. good? yes. barleywine? no. different/worth $12 a 6-pack? definitely not.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nolankowal (932) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2006
I will certainly agree with the argument that this should not be considered a barley wine. The wheat character comes out way too strong for me too think barley wine at all...perhaps a new style should be named? Anyways, aside from the fact it doesnít match the style, this beer does have a lot of great things going for it. Pours a hazy bright yellow-orange color with a decent white head. Getting bannana, clove, and spice in the nose. The flavor holds the bannana and clove with a carmelized sugar note coming out. Malty,sweet, dry and light on the tounge and a quick dry finish. This is almost like the bastard child of a hefeweizen and a barley wine if anything else. A very good beer with no real home.


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