Bell's Batch 8000 - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by sopor:
4.93/5 rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
(Right from NBS week 133)
First I gotta say I don't think this Witbier. If I had to place it in a style category, I would say Belgian(-style) Strong Pale, if only so it wouldn't get beat by the Judges. My personal classification would be the new and nowhere near official category of Wheat Wine. This doesn't really fit into a style though, but I'll just say it's Damned good.
Batch 8000 pours a magnificent golden-honey with just a bit of fine sediment-haze and a rich dense but not too thick white cap of bubbly foam. Like looking through a chalice of Amber capped with snow. The head doesn't last too long and didn't leave me much in the way of lacing, but it left a film for the remainder of the glass.
Wow, wonderful aroma! Mostly honey to my nose, but hints of the spicing and some orange were evident along with a bit of banana. Made my mouth water. The overall presentation on this beer between the look and smell is magnificent!
And the taste did not fail to impress. Large honey notes are accompanies with densely sweet, but not overpowering or nearing nearing cloying, malt. Sweetness doesn't last long, dry wheat malt notes and dry honey notes reminiscent of Dunkel-Weisse and Mead. The orange peel and spices are there, and in good ratio. They do not overpower but definitely add some complexity, to an already fairly complex brew! The coriander and orange peel blend flawlessly with banana notes and ease the transition into some heavy alcohol and a hint of some phenols at the end, finishing with a nice warming to the throat and stomach. Again marvelous.
Mouthfeel, while not as spectacular perhaps as the rest of the presentation, was still very good. A bit slick and slightly thick, with strong but not too powerful carbonation really breaking things up well, allowing flavors to mingle well. Nice, almost creamy.
Drinkable? My god. Dangerous. At 9.0%, this beer goes down almost WAY to easily. Smooth and mellow but rich and complex, the alcohol is not too evident but will sneak up on you when you suddenly realize your glass is empty and you are longing for another.
Hats of to Bell's for this one. Marvelous brew, and a GREAT choice for batch 8000. This is, IMO, a great early fall quaffer, when it just a bit too late for your favorite summer Weizen and you're looking for something with a bit more comfort to it.
Serving type: bottle
09-09-2007 15:50:58 | More by sopor
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3.13/5 rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Thanks for this one, Derek.
The beer is hazy orange in color with a small white head. Strong aromas of orange peel and coriander come through. It’s decently bready, but also fairly stale. Really not much left to the aroma. The same can be said of the flavor. Stale sugar and bread with a hint of toast. The orange peel and coriander are really the only saving graces to this beer. Sort of lifeless in terms of the mouthfeel as well.
Serving type: bottle
02-20-2012 01:19:48 | More by womencantsail
Bell's Batch 8000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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