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RATINGS: 576   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.
Editor’s 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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3.5
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a shaker. This beer poured a bright orange color with a light haze and a very thin white head that quickly faded away. No lace. The aroma was made up of strong notes of both orange and coriander. The flavor was also dominated by the orange peel and croiander. The coriander and other spice esthers continued to dominate the drink from start to finish. The high alcohol was very well hidden. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with very light carbonation. A decent witbier, but I’m not sure if this one is worthy of being one of Bell’s commemorative brews.

3.9
Nephilium (1817) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2007
Well... time to find out if the two sixes I picked up are for me, or for trading away. It starts with a sweeter aroma, notes of honey, bananas, and a touch of spice. It pours a cloudy deep orange, with a quickly fading white head. It’s an interesting flavor to be certain. There’s a bit of spice from the Seed of Paradise, a touch of sweetness from the honey, and the standard banana notes from a Hefe. Very light on the palate, and the alcohol content is hidden well. Unfortunately, I don’t think this will age too well at all... looks like I’ll have to drink them all...

3.8
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!

3.4
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.

3.8
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.

3.5
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.

3.2
argo0 (14127) - 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 doesn’t live up to the standards from the earlier special batches that I’ve tried.

3.9
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.

3.7
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 10, 2007
Bottle @ Ken’s 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. I’m a poet and I didn’t even know it. Thanks for sharing Ryan...

3.5
UDMurph (1) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2007 does not count
Not bad for a commerative beer, tends to fall under Bell’s 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.


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