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RATINGS: 407   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   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


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3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
locarboy (129) - USA - MAY 29, 2007
nice pour. smells like a belgian, looks like a belgian, tastes like a belgian...but it isnít. despite the corny label i bought this one (kinda reminded me of someoneís 60ís panel basement). give credit where credit is due. not many are brewing experimentally with this kind of focus. so not everyone will appreciate when someone pushes the style envelope. bell is no hedgehog.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (7373) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2015
12 oz. bottle purchased locally. This is the late 2013 edition; glad they resurrected this long-dead bottled offering. Pours a hazy gold with a huge frothy white head that settles rocky and leaves some sticky lace in the glass. Notes of apricot, citrus, bread, wheat, florals, mild spice, esters, honey, grapes, peach, and sweet malts. More complex than anticipated. Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation and a dry, fruity, estery mouthfeel. Unusual beer; lots going on here.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (4958) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2015
12oz bottle, bottles 9/18/13...opened 2/16/15. Slightly hazy orange-tan body lots of bubbles rising up to meet a soda-like non-head. The aroma isnít so impressive, kind of some cardboard on top of old wheat, but as it breathes it gets better. The flavor holds up fine, this is sort of unique and enjoyable. 8 different wheat malts, different wheat yeasts...wow. Really clean for the ABV, has some mild honey tones. Probably my favorite Wheat Wine Iíve had. This is unique, not like a Barleywine or a German Weizenbock either. Very cool beer experience, recommended for sure.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JDBaker11058 (1470) - Maryland, USA - JAN 23, 2015
Appearance: hazy deep gold, minimal near white head. Aroma: huge aroma of orange, vanilla, banana, marmalade, peaches in heavy syrup, honey, cereal. Taste: sweet, decently boozy, with strong orange and vanilla over a bananas foster note, with cream of wheat, honey smacks, and apricots. Finish: a bit of yeasty spice, with lingering citrus and light candi sugar. Notes: Liked it a lot. First real exposure to the wheat wine subgroup of barleywine. Like drinking a rich, boozy orange creamsicle. Bottle dated September 2013, consumed in January 2015, so not sure how much impact the aging had. Bottle from Knightly Spirits in Orlando, Florida.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nathan30533 (870) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2015
Wheaty ale but quite boozy. This one is truly a barley wine so donít think youíre drinking a wheat ale as you might be slightly disappointed. Good ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head is HUGE - three fingers high, barely off-white in shade, and immensely creamy. Retention is great, annoyingly. There are even some splotches of lacing left behind, which is a rarity in many wheat beers. S: I admit, the whole "wheatwine" thing made me expect something akin to a hoppy barleywine with wheat, but this is actually closer to an weizenbock (or, if you want to be cynical, double APWA). The aroma is very banana-forward, with underlying notes of wheat and orange sweetness. There are also twinges of clove. In general, this is a sweet brew, but the aroma itself works quite nicely. T: It opens, like I anticipated, sweetly - primarily, itís bringing candied sugar and banana. On the back end, the ester character becomes slightly clove-like. Could use more hops, but hey, the bottleís over 4 months old. However, the fact that Iím just not picking up ANYTHING resembling hop bitterness is rather disappointing. Itís solid, but too sweet for my personal tastes. M: While thereís something of a dry finish to help counteract some of the sweetness, thereís a subtle but uncomfortable astringency thatís really bothering me. Carbonation is good, stopping just short of being intense. Itís drinks about as well as youíd expect an 8% wheat beer would. O: Itís good to be surprised once in a while. I definitely wasnít expecting an imperialized hefeweizen. As a rule of thumb, Iím going to compare this to other weizenbocks, and in that regard, it falls a little short. Still pretty good, still worth drinking again, just not worth buying 6-packs of.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (3227) - Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2014
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/13/2013. Pours very hazy deep gold color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big banana, apricot, pear, orange, apple, clove, wheat, bread, pepper, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of banana, apricot, pear, apple, orange, clove, wheat, bread, pepper, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of peppery spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of banana, apricot, pear, orange, apple, wheat, bread, pepper, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and pale malt flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice beer. More of a weizenbock in flavor; but has all around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and pale malt flavors; and is very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Homer321 (2551) - Melboring, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2014
Bottle to snifter. Batch 12351, bottled on 9/18/13. Pours a hazy dark yellow with a medium white head. Nose is slightly clove like with some perfume notes and a ton of alcohol. Taste is Belgian like with a mix of alcohol and perfume and spice. Very lively carbonation. Interesting, but not my thing.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (17487) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2014
6th April 2014
Hazy gold beer, good fluffy white head. Palate is airy and crisp. Airy creamy malt, faint wheaty notes, slightly sweet. Light citric note on the backend. Finishes soft and airy with a little lactose. All right, pretty drinkable.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
malkyore (273) - - APR 17, 2014
I usually respect a good barleywine, ive never been a fan of wheatwines whoigh really.... that being said, this is a fairly complex very drinkable beer reminiscent of a Belgian beer. Very very good...

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Abitan (18) - USA - FEB 17, 2014
Absolutely love the way this beer smells. I could drink it through my nose. Wish I could because it would probably taste better that way than using my tongue. Smells better than it tastes. Not so smooth on the palate.


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