White Birch Belgian Style Pale Ale - White Birch Brewing
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Reviews by Adamdc:
3.8/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Label is very descriptive: Batch 1, Bottled on Feb 3,2010, 9.5% abv...
A: Very bright (almost glowing) yellow body that is slightly hazy with a 1/2 inch white head that shrinks to a 1/4 rather quickly.
S: This is the strongest point of this beer. I instantly thought 'Saison' on my first whiff of this--lemony, pears, Belgian candi sugar, yeast, peppery...very nice
T: Taste follows aroma very well. Along with the lemon and the pears there's also some banana in there. On the back-end I'm also catching a bit of the alcohol. This detracts slighlty for me.
M: Very apt mouthfeel--crisp dry finish with just enough carbonation. I'd say it's a little thin but not overly.
D: At 9.5% and 22 oz per serving I wouldn't last too long but it goes down very, very smoothly.
This is my highly anticipated first brew from White Birch. I picked up a bunch of their brews while up at the Kate release in Portsmouth. This was pretty solid. I'm glad I have a couple more!
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2010 00:25:44 | More by Adamdc
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4.28/5 rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
22 ounce bomber decanted into an oversized snifter. 6.7% ABV.
Appearance: Brilliant copper with an amazing eggshell head. I have not had a beer in this style that retains its foam cap as well as this one (5/5).
Aroma: Freshly cut apples, maple syrup, brown sugar, and a faint “soapy” character (not unpleasant or out of place). Very nicely layered (4.5/5).
Taste: Pressed apples and pears. Beautiful product of the right malt and yeast combination. No bitterness to report whatsoever (4/5).
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation. Lively (4.25/5).
Overall: Of the Belgian Pale Ales I’ve enjoyed lately, most of my favorites have taken the style and spun it into something unique and personalized (unconventional hop additions, Brettanomyces, etc.) But this beer has the balls to just be traditional. Mild noble hop aroma, strong apple and pear smell and flavor, low ABV. I’m impressed (4.5/5).
Serving type: bottle
11-05-2013 23:57:09 | More by mhaugo
White Birch Belgian Style Pale Ale from White Birch Brewing
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