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RATINGS: 574   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Batch 8000 is part of our commemorative series celebrating our progress with special brews. Our Batch 8000 is a special recipe to be brewed only once. It is a wheat ale spiced with Coriander, Orange Peel, and Paradise Seed. Best consumed fresh.
Editorís Note. 9% is far above the abv range of a Belgian Wit Bier. Because we do not have the style "Imperial/Double Belgian Wit", this more closely fits as a Belgian Strong Ale.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hollywoodt (240) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2007
Poured a hazy orange color with a white head. Aroma was spice and coriander. Flavor had some orange, spice and a little sweet. The alcohol is not in the fore front, but this certainly packs a kick. Very nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Artusory. Cloudy orange with a white head. Spice, clove and coriander in the nose. Full-flavored with notes of wheat, clove, coriander, flowers, orange peel, lemon and light pepper. Herbal, light grass/hop character. A tad too much on the sweet side for my personal tastes. The strength of the beer can be felt but the alcohol manages to stay well-hidden. Full-bodied and smooth with subtle carbonation. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2007
Hazy golden body below a short white head. Flavor is spicy with sweet citrus. Jumps around the mouth pretty well. Way too easy to drink on a hot summer night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 16/20
mwwise499 (6) - Avon, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2007 does not count
Very representative of the style. Flavors of corriander are close to being too much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (14022) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2007
(12oz bottle, thanks artusory) Small off-white head topped by cloudy apple juice body. Aroma is moderately sweet, clove, some banana, alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, clove, orange, some alcohol, lemon. Medium-full body, low carbonation. Not a bad beer, but doesnít live up to the standards from the earlier special batches that Iíve tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2007
Pours a hazy oranged with a thin white head. Spicy on the nose with orange and coriander. Kind of a heavy body for a wheat beer, spicy and smooth. Finish is spicy with some heat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 10, 2007
Bottle @ Kenís Walloping Wednesday - Hazed golden orange, creamy white head. Nose held notes of black pepper and spiced orange zest that rode small yeasty waves of vanilla honey. Flavor was much the same with heavy spiced citric wheat-like notes that round out with light hop dose. Full bodied, soft carbonation, peppery-citric finish. Some age might do wonders to smooth the spices a bit, but still a rather good stab at an Imperial Wit. Iím a poet and I didnít even know it. Thanks for sharing Ryan...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
UDMurph (1) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2007 does not count
Not bad for a commerative beer, tends to fall under Bellís wine type beers with a very winey aftertaste from being a stronger beer. The taste is similar to a strong oberon, but with more complex fruity flavors and a heavier mouth feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GenoG (12) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2007
Got this beer today, and once again Bells did not disappoint. Pours a cloudy, burnt orange color, with a thick white head that remains. The smell reminded me of a certain beer I like but for just one second I could not place it... Oh yeah, smells like Oberon. Yeast, clove, orange ecc. Taste is what reminded me of drinking an Oberon, and a Weihenstephaner Hefe Weizen combined... on steroids. This is a big beer, but yet has the subtle characteristics of those two wheat style beers. Strong alcohol taste for such a style, and it really does not disappoint.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (9299) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2007 Sample from a 12oz bottle, thanks to artusory. Murky golden orange color, fantastic looking opaque body, probably 70-80%, with a medium sized, evenly bubbled white head. Nose tends to center around oranges, banana yeast esters, light-to-medium spice, a bit boozy up the nose as well, with some sharp and spicy grain alcohol scents, though not very strong, and generally kept quiet by the nice banana bread, coriander, clove and "general spice" aroma. Starchy, parched, dry yeast settles on the tongue, with straightforward flavors of wheat and spiced banana bread. In the middle of drinking it I thought actually that some wood or some whiskey flavors would have been really nice, or maybe some grapefruit or lemon citrus fruit, some sort of sweetness, since it seems to be a bit too dry for my tastes.

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