Batch 8,000 | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Batch 8,000Batch 8,000

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 274 | Ratings: 318
Reviews by Avagadro:
Photo of Avagadro
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours beautifully into my pint with a huge off-white head. Very cloudy and orange. Looks a lot like oberon. There is a great aroma presence. Very spicy, citrusy, full of appealing mouth-watering aromas. The taste is beautiful as well. Delicate and powerful at the same time. The spices in this brew definitely make it much more interesting. It has a thin body with a slight solvent slickness to it. Very enjoyable. I'm very happy I could get my hands on this before it sold out.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a standard shaker glass. Appears a murky apricot color, full of particles, with an inch of bone white foam. Nose and flavor are of coriander, orange peel, sweet honey, lemon, still a bit of alcohol heat after a while in the bottle. Light syrupy mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Bottle states "best consumed fresh" - bollocks! This is drinking much better than fresh as it sits in front of me now IMO.

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Photo of genog
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at around 45 degrees.

A - Pours a hazy orangish-red with a foamy white head that quickly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing the whole way down.

S - Very inticing strong aroma of malt, spices, dark fruits, and alcohol. Very unexpected, yet extremely intriguing.

T - This witbier must be on steriods or something. Bready malt flavors form a solid backbone, on top of which is built a combination of plums, cloves, and cinnamon; alcohol resonates on the way down and in the aftertaste. Flavors are very pronounced and easily discernable from each other.

M - Body matches the aroma and taste - heavier than expected, but perfectly in tune with the rest of the beer.

D - This is definitely an occasional selection - would love to have a case cellaring in my basement right now for special occasions.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of nickfl
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A small ring of foam forms on top of the hazy orange body and doesn't stick around for long.

S - Malt and wheat with some fruity yeast and notes of pepper and orange.

T - Hops and yeast up front with phenolic notes of pepper and lemon. The middle is malty with some earthy hop flavors. More yeast spice, along with hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Thick, creamy body with moderately high carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Nice and spicy, though some of the phenolics seem a bit vegetal at times, but never overwhelm the pleasant aspects. A pleasant imperial witbier.

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Photo of flexabull
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of jasonm, thanks again!

Pours a cloudy gold color, with a nice large white head on top.

Aromas are spicy, yeast like, and with a bit of lemon citrus zest.

Taste is creamy and a bit spicy. There is some citrus flavors, orange zest, and a bit of coriander. Finish is somewhat tart and and yeast like.

Nice soft mouthfeel.

Drinkability is good. A nice example of a wit. Not overly exciting, but it's still a tasty beer, and it's easy to drink.

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Photo of bassmantin
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very bright orange with moderate white head. Color is fairly transparent but visually appealing.

Smells like a great spicy wheat. Taste is remarkably complex. Immediate spiciness soon yields to a very creamy maltiness, and I can detect a satisfying amount of hoppiness that makes this very well balanced. The finish gives the only hint of the massive alcohol content on this brew, which is otherwise remarkably well concealed, especially for a wheat beer.

Bottom line: A very unique beer - a high abv wheat with remarkable complexity and balance. Pick up a six-pack if they're still available, but don't hold onto them too long... it shouldn't be difficult.

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Photo of fightingirishcmk
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a pint glass, similar in color to apple cider, and also somewhat hazy. A small amount of head formed, and lasted for a moderately short time. Lacing was good.

S: Dominating clove, as well as coriander and citrus, lemon and orange being most distinct. Also some bubblegum.

T: Spices such as cinnamon, coriander, clove, and nutmeg are present, as well as the citrus flavors. The alcohol comes through nicely.

M: Medium body with a drying finish. Somewhat sticky mouthfeel at times though.

D: Eh, I don't find myself craving this beer. Its been in my fridge for over a month now and I still have a couple left. Maybe its just me, but its not something I would pay $15 for a sixer of again.

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Photo of dfried
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a good swirl of the bottom of the bottle it was a not see through pale straw with an orangish hue in color, 1cm meringue head retained nicely. The aroma had a lot of the same smells as a typical wit but more pungent, yeasty with wheaty zest, citrusy orange and lemon, spicy with some coriander and pepper, sweet malt with so of the honey used also detectable.

Quite a spicy bite is what I noticed up front in the taste, spicy alcohol too. Wheaty zest and yeasty breadiness. A lot of citrus in the aftertaste, orange and lemon peels. The spicy bite fades but leaves the spicy flavors to linger for a while, coriander, pepper, and some clove. Definitely and alcoholic bite to this beer, but its not out of control if you are used to some bigger beers. The zesty mouthfeel and moderate carbonation break up the stickiness of the malt and honey well.

Overall: I really liked the citrusy aftertaste of this beer, but the flavors were pretty well rounded for this big of a wit style beer. It is a bit awkward having this concentrated of flavors and alcohol in a traditionally lighter, refreshing style, but I am a big fan of the bigger wheat beers being brewed more lately.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice head with a clear light ruby color. Retention is good and stays for a while.

Smell is yesty and phenoly, some banana nd apple phenol come out nicely. Lemony grassy aroma as well.

The taste is fruity and sweet. A little bit too much alcohol, but it is nicely balanced. An imperial witbier perse.

Decent mouthfeel with light carbonation and some crispness.

An interesting take on a witbier. I would have another.

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Photo of northernbrews
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this during the Batch 4000 - 8000 tasting we had 9/22/07.

HellsBells24 (Joe) provided this bottle.

Appearance: This is a nice golden orange body with a thin off white head. This is slightly hazy.

Aroma: This has a pretty nice aroma. There is a nice mix of spicy hops, a little alcohol burn, orange, and pears. Kind of like a mix of a tripel and saison.

Taste: The taste follows the aroma pretty good. Starts with some pear and orange. The spicy hops and alcohol come in near the finish. This is pretty nice.

Mouthfeel: This is about average for a strong belgian ale. The flavors hang for a bit, but it is pretty thin.

Drinkablity: This goes down very smooth. It's hard to tell this is 9%. I could down a few of these in a session.

Overall: Another very good Batch beer from Bell's. I love the stouts, but this is a nice change of pace. Larry says to drink this fresh, but I'll be aging a few bottles of this. Get this while you can, you won't be disappointed. I bought a case from the start, but I may be picking some more up before its gone.

Congrats Bell's on 8000 batches and many more. Can't wait for the 9000. Hopefully it's another stout or barleywine.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Orange and coppery. Very luminescent, more so than I have ever seen. No head to speak of, just a small ring with a little bit of splotchy top. Very cloudy as well. If it weren't for the glowing characteristic, this wouldn't rank so high due to the lack of head.

S- Citrus and some Belgian yeastiness hits me up front. Very sweet citrus in fact. A little bit of spices and a little bit of alcohol. Some fruits like strawberry and raspberry seem to float around a bit as well.

T- Very flavorful and unique. Sweet orange, spices, strawberry. Delicious. Some warming effects from the alcohol, but no alcohol harsh flavor.

M- A little dry and a tad cloying. Not bad though, I kept wanting more. The creaminess and level of carbonation are great.

D- Awesome, unique, tasty. I have never really had a beer that seems to change so much as it warms up. Very interesting and rewarding. There is a chance that this could possibly improve with some age on it. Time will tell.

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Photo of Cresant
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. The body was semi-cloudy. Golden yellow like a butterscotch disk with a frothy finger of head. Yeast clings to the bottom of the bottle.

Smell was Belgian yeast-like (organic and dusty). Also bubblegum and bananas. Oranges. Fruity and sweet.

Taste was lightly tangy. Rich and sweet. Starchy fruits. Lightly spicy (corriander) and mildly bitter. Complex and tasty.

Mouthfeel was creamy and smooth. Medium to full in body. Incredibly drinkable for a 9% beer.

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Photo of robbyc1
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice bubbly head, soft like a puff of egg whites. Stays out long and beautiful

Not much of a nose here, was looking for more, initially at least, later did smell some spice, orange, honey nose as it warmed up. Decent.

Taste is a mouthful, nice front wit taste of malt, very light hops, big body, tastes more like a Belgian stong pale ale that a strong wit beer, no matter, it is a great taste with funky yeast assisting. Great balance between sweetness and dry at the end.

Full mouthfeel with oily backbone, rolls off the tongue, very satisfying.

Very easy drinker, could have several as the alch is hidden, but 2 would surely be enough. I know this is a special beer, one I would tell Bell's to make it every year. Nicely done.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 3-10-09
Batch 8000
Bottled on 7-26-07

Pours a great gold/amber color, with a foamy off-white head that settles to a thick layer. Thick but short-lasting lacing rings the glass.

Smell is thick with sugary sweetness, deep fruit, and a burnt sugar quality. The booze is in there, in a rum-soaked kind of way.

Taste is sweet, but with a tart, peppery edge. Like a strong pale ale, without the Belgian. The alcohol warms on the finish, with a pleasant slightly sour aftertaste. Tastes fresh and aged at the same time.

Mouthfeel is good, low carbonation to go with the boozy thickness.

Drinkability is good, not harsh or heavy on the palate.

Overall, some of the magic that was once there is gone. Still I'm curious to see what a long time in the cellar will do.

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Photo of jrob21
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of weasbri
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy bronze color. Fairly good lace on the head going down. I pick up a good bit of honey in the aroma, fairly sweet (orange, banana) with some spiciness in the form of coriander.
The alcohol hits on the tongue fairly strong. I must admit, I failed once again to check the ABV before drinking, and expected a much lighter beer than I got. Still, in spite of the estery bite, I picked up some fruitiness with the orange and honey, but mainly it tastes spicy, peppery with a dash of coriander. Very nice.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.79/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- About a 1" white head on a really cloudy orange body.
S- It smells wonderful. Cloves, orange skin, pepper, almost a light cream to it, bananas, hints of alcohol, light coriander, and a few other things. Just a really complex aroma.
T- Honey, orange, banana, cloves, grass hops, alcohol tickles the tongue, pepper, coriander, and once again a few other flavors I just can't pin point. Leaves a nice decent size dry bitterness on the tip of tongue with a warming throat. Orange, banana, and light spice all stay around for the after party.
M- Full body with low carbonation. Nice light smooth feel to it yet not to smooth.
D- This is just a fantastic beer. There are so many different layers of complexity to it. Everything seems to blend into each other perfectly. Only fault I would say is that I wish it looked a bit better. Could go for a nice big frothy head.

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Photo of terrabyte
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy, dirty orange color with a medium sized head that quickly disappears.

Aroma is sweet and musky with wet straw, caramel, and yeast. Very strong, and impossible to miss.

Flavor is quite funky with sweet caramel, wheat, yeast, coriander, and orange. A nice bite of alchohol makes this a warming sipper. Aftertaste add an interesting gritty bite.

Mouthfeel is quite carbonated, causing quite a bit of foam. Works well while sipping the strong beer.

Drinkability is slow but great. I'm really pleased with this, and wish it was cheap to make and always available.

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Photo of khiasmus
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to kkipple for the bottle :-)

A- Pretty ugly. Looks like spoiled orange juice, or the liquid that comes out of a radiator if you ran it on just water and then let it sit for a year. :-( Has a bit of head that retains fairly well and leaves a ring.

S- This is the good part. Pineapple, orange peel, coriander, nutmeg, egg nog, paradise seed, white pepper, sweet wheat and barley malt, yeast, alcohol.

T- Initially malty, with a canned fruit salad (complete with the half-cherries) that follows quickly. Next comes pepper, a result of the paradise seed, I'll warrant... and tons of spice along with it. The finish is pineapple, strong alcohol, and orange peel.

M- Smooth and almost buttery at first, giving way to one of the most intensely warm and dry finishes I've had to date.

D- Not extremely drinkable. Too alcoholic, spicy, and dry to merit too high of a score here, for the style or for my palette.

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Photo of prototypic
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very nice looking hazy gold color with a generous two finger head. Excellent retention and lacing.

Smell: Initially, it's a nice mix of citrus sweetness (mostly orange)and malty aromas. A hint of banana is present. Smells a bit spicy (some cloves and coriander).

Taste: Very solid. Citrusy sweet and very spicy. Definitely one of the better witbiers I've tried. Alcohol is blended extremely well and not noticeable.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light to medium bodied, well carbonated and extremely smooth. Too big of a beer to session, but certainly drinkable. Overall, very nice offering.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've only had a few strong wits, but I like this one. Pours a nice hazy orange- definitely a bit dark for the style.Not much head, and some lacing that disappears a little too quickly. The smell is of tangy malt, banana, and a touch of lemon. The flavor is big, dry, and toasty and also has tastes of banana, cherry, clove, coriander, pepper, and some late bitterness. This is a big wit. The mouthfeel is chewy and and slightly chalky, but pleasant. Big, but interesting and refreshing, and it hides the alcohol well. I like it.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in a trade with franksnbeans, thanks buddy.

Batch 8,000 pours a nice orange color with a finger of white foam. Good head retention and lacing as well. The aroma is full of wheat malt, orange, coriander, zesty lemons, and yeasty. A touch of honey is also present in the profile. German hops also seem present. Tastes very good. Sweetness upfront with spicy and warm alcoholic finish, slight hop taste towards the end. There is a nice “softness” to this beer as it goes down. Carbonation is adequate for this type of beer. Good what beer but unfortunately it doesn’t seem like a beer that would age well.

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Photo of Neehan
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy light pour with a moderate head and thin retention. Appearance looks very similar to the Two-hearted ale but with less retention and a few shades lighter. The smell of wheat with a slightly stale honey scent fills the nose. The taste is again a bit stale and burnt with an oily presence. Bready, stale aftertaste. The mouthfeel is every so slightly on the heavily carbonated side, creating a light numbing. Not the greatest for such a commemorative beer, but also because I have very high expectations for one of my favorite breweries.

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Batch 8,000 from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 318 ratings