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RATINGS: 399   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maddog (377) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2006
My favorite of the 5 wheat series from Bellís. Pours very cloudy like a good wheat should with sediment in the bottle. This is a great wheat with power on top of its banana like flavors. Very easy drinking beer for one that is 8%, but then again, it is rare to find a good, flavorful beer that isnít easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5080) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Thanks for the bottle, Duane. This poured a clody medium orange with a white head. The aroma was spicy bread along with bananas and nutmeg. The taste was sweet pears with over ripe bananas. There is also a little spicy cinnamon and some black pepper. This is a big beer that was confusing.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Bottle. An orangey pour with an incredible, never quitting head. Scents of bread and not much else. Flavor, geez, it was horrible. Funky, musty flavors. Didnít make it through the bottle. Maybe a bad bottle?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
UnsofistaCat (231) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2006 Wow. Amazing. I actually was shocked to find out this stuff is 8%. Creamy white head. Hefeweizen on steroids. Big time banana, maybe some coriander and vanilla. Smells like Hoegarden. Great finish, very smooth. Rerate.....didnít enjoy this one quite as much as the first go around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mstockton (224) - Frankfurt, GERMANY - JAN 21, 2006
Hmmm...could be one of my favorites. A dark orange color with a white/tan head. Thick and opaque with chunks of stuff floating in it...yum. This stuff is nice and thick and lingers after the swallow. Itís sweet with some fruit and some big wheat flavor. If you like any of the Bellís Wheats, this may be the best. However, that 8% alcohol makes its presence known...Winter White and/or Oberon may be easier drinkers if youíre looking to have several at one time. Enjoy!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ihopgod (12) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2006
Yum, absolutely great for an innovative wheat beer. I think this and the "8" are wonderful. Thick cloudy yellow with loads of yeasties, aroma is somewhat disappointing considering the flavor. Thick with notes of spice, banana, heavy wheat, alcohol, sweetness, maybe some syrup as mentioned by others. Bellís, I love you... your beers are for the most part great and tasty. Keep up the good work.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2006
Smells and tastes much like a belgian tripel but darker and thicker. Sweet, hay, maple syrup with banana and butterscotch on the nose. Almost as good to smell as it is to taste. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2006
Grassy wheat aroma with a nice sweet sugary citrus backing. A slight hint of caramel as well. Flavor is more of the sweeter side, light citrus and coriander notes coming through with a bubbly sugar taste sweetness. Palate is quite smooth, it has some initial grainy feel to it, but smooths out from the sugars mixing with the alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2006
Bottle courtesy of hippie4beer. Pours blonde with a small white head. Aroma is of smoked malt. Flavor is again smokey combined with typical Belgian strong ale notes. Didnít notice any smokey remarks in previous reviews, but this one is more like a rauchbier than a Belgian strong to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (4903) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Wow, thatís some concentrated wheat flavor. Seriously, this beer is all about the wheat. Cloudy orangeish yellow, with a foamy head. Very light palate. The flavor and aroma are wheat beer. concentrated, like at said at the first. Werenít you paying attention? Thanks to Jcapriotti for the trade!

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