Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 7155, bottle. Nice opague, golden pour. Notes of Belgian yeast emerge from the glass; fresh baked bread, clove, orange peel, nutmeg, lemon. Reminded me a bit of the Abbaye des Rocs Brune on the nose, and to some extent, the palate as well. On the palate, a great balance of flavors, with the wheat emerging strongly. Some similarities to a weizenbock in the sense that the wheat notes are so pronounced. Lots of banana bread like flavors and spices. Great mouthfeel and solid finish. Not my favorite style (I prefer a barleywine to a wheatwine), but this is well done. Larry Bell shows his skill and craftsmanship yet again.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a distinctive 12oz. brown Bellís bottle with batch number 7155 on the back label, packaged on 12/01/05. Made a good appearance, poured a hazy dirty golden with a nice sized foamy white head and a fair amount of ringed lacing. Had a yeasty aroma, Bellís house strain and a Belgian type yeastiness with a buried wheat maltiness. Decent carbonation and a slick lite medium bodied mouth feel, good drinkability. Taste was a first yeasty followed by a mellow wheat maltiness and a dry, slightly bittersweet finish.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 25, 2006
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12oz bottle; Yeast stands out as the aroma alnong with a banana like some Wits Iíve had. Couldy yellow body with good head. Head settled to a thin layer all through beer. Quality lacing. At first not much but the banana flavor. By the middle is a carmel texure to blend with the banana and seemed like a bubblegum at the finish. Banana aftertaste left on palate. Man this was good.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
(01.23.06) 12 oz brown bottle purchased from DiCarloís, Mundelein, IL. 8% ABV. Hazy light orange hued ale having no discernable head. No discernable carbonation. Spicy (clove) and fruity aromas. Medium bodied ale that starts with sharpness, light malt sweetness and spicy clove/fruity flavors. Finishes dry with pleasant fruity aftertaste. A very good wheat barleywine, like an ďimperialĒ hefeweizen.
WabashMan (1017) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Now knowing that this is a Belgian strong, I appreciate it in a different light than I did as what I thought was a wheat (along the lines of the rest of Bells wheat series). Full flavor and a noticable alcohol content (didnít read the label, but it seemed WAY too much for a typical wheat). A strange one...perhaps needing a more accurate title?
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of OhioDad.
First my wifeís rating because I get in trouble if I drink a wheat beer without letting her have at least half, but preferably more. "Wow, I love it!"
Aroma is quite citrusy, but with lots of balancing yeast and bannana notes. Cloudy orange/yellow with a fairly small, one finger thick head. Hmm Imperial Wheat Ale. Basically. Iím waiting for an Imperial Mild with the trends they way they are. But this is a GOOD thing. Very thick and creamy with lots of yeasty/clove/bannana notes and hints of coriander and orange peel. It has a great feel to it and a very good flavor. A nicely done brew that shows you can play around with almost any style.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick golden amber hazy, short head but excellent lacing. Aroma is sweet fruity citrus with banana. Thick bodied (almost too thick at times), smooth chewy juicyfruit gum with hints of banana cooked with caramalized sugar. Tasty, but almost overpowering - I can only take one of these at a sitting.
Maddog (422) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
heemer77 (5156) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 22, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2006
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
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?