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White Birch Tripel - White Birch Brewing

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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 22.35%
Wants: 8
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
White Birch Brewing visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A slightly hazy golden colored brew. We used a combination of noble hops to bring in earthy and light citric hop notes. Belgian yeast notes, light spicy flavors, soft lightly sweet malts and a crisp dry finish. This is a favorite recipe and one that we’ve enjoyed cellared for up to two years.

(Beer added by: barleywinebrewer on 09-15-2009)
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Reviews by jale:
Photo of jale
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to Greg for this. I have had this bottle for a year and just found it.

A: Pours a clear light yellow with a small amount of white head.

S: The first aroma I notice is sourness. Makes me think this is going to be a sour. Just a hint of hops and banana.

T: At first sip I pick up a sour with some barnyard funk. It lasts for a mere second and I think this is more the aroma than actual taste. A hint of sweetness moving into some lemon and pepper spice then a mild hop bitterness. The alcohol is well muted here and might be due to the fact I cellared this for a year.

M: Light body with great carbonation.

O: Not what I expected, but a solid beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
2.85/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 1 head, gold in color, hazy, high carbonation

Smell: Belgian spices and hay

Taste: Belgian spices, tropical fruit, hay, and an alcohol-medicinal finish

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, sweet with a bitter middle and a sour end

Overall: This makes an excellent cooking beer, but I would probably pass on drinking it straight again. The beginning was a nice mix of bitter and tropical fruit, yet the end lost me. The finish was a bit high on sourness and alcohol. I could see myself wanting more if the end was not as harsh, but for now this is a pass.

Photo of Janeinma
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of drocpsu
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased Batch 1 bottle #21 of 84 (bottled on 9/11/09) from Bert's Better Beers on 9/24/09. I opened it up and drank it on 10/11/09.

I hate to be the first non-glowing review of this beer, but I'm just giving my honest opinions.

This beer was poured at ~55 degrees into a tulip glass. There seemed to be very little carbonation and poured with almost no head. What little there was dissipated in a matter of seconds (the second glass had a slightly larger 1/2" head, so I think I could have been more vigorous the first time around). The color was a pale cloudy yellow that was somewhat off putting to me. It looked like watered down juice. I had to look at it a few times to make sure there wasn't anything wrong with the beer. Some lacing left on the glass as it went down, but not a lot.

The smell was fruity-sweet, but slightly earthy at the same time.

Taste was also started off sweetish with a little earthiness mixed in. It was on the dry side with a hint of alcohol, but overall, I thought the nearly 11% abv was very masked. This beer is deceivingly strong. However, there seemed to be some funk mixed in that I couldn't quite put a finger on. It wasn't necessarily bad, but had a flavor unlike any other tripel I've tried before. It just seemed a little out of character for the style to me.

Overall, I wouldn't call this a bad beer (though it seems like I'm the only person who would even call it mediocre). Maybe I had a bad bottle or maybe its just not the tripel for me. Either way, it certainly will not make me hesitate to try other white birch beers (or even this one again just to double check). Though I don't know him, Bill seems like a good guy and I'm 100% in favor of supporting a great new local brewery.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes 2/5/11.

A: Pour a hazy light yellow with a very large head that dissipated quickly down to one finger of very fine bubbles.

S: Some wheat, banana, clove, and some belgian yeast.

T: Very similar to the aroma, but with the addition of bubblegum. Some spice, cloves, and a good amount of banana.

M/D: On the lighter side with lively carbonation. Can't really taste the alcohol, surprised that it is that high honestly.

It has a drinkability that is on two different ends. THe booze is not as heavy as expected for 10.9%, but it is definitely there. However, it has some of that funk and yeasty flavors that don't go as well as they could. But, it finishes a lot cleaner and smooth, and dry, with just a touch of sticky feel, so finishes well all things considered.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.58/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottled on: jan 2011 batch: one bottle count: 1212

This one has an amazing, spot-on look for the style. Hazed gold, massive solid-white head, super fluffy and bubbly, full of life, clumpy and rocky as it sloowly recedes. This one looks just as good as any of the realy Abbey or Trappiste ale's.

The aroma has green olives, green apples, peppers, sour fruits, citric bite, wheat and grains in the malt, raspberry tarts...all very bold and gets even fruitier as it warms up.

For me, the mouthfeel is often my favorite part of the Belgian experience and this one delivers in a big way. Full lush but yet, light and crispy feel, jazzy and happy as it dances all over your face! chmapagne-esque for sure. the flavor has sour apples and fruits, goden wheat with dry peppery effect, major yeast complexity, earthy, bitter dry notes, apple tarts, mildly sweet malt puts everything into just about perfect balance for this style.

This is one of my favorite styles, and I've had many great Belgian versions. It really isn't easy for American brwers to compete with the amazing yeast flavor's of the abbey's or Trappiste's. I was surprised to see how world-class this one really is, and along with Allagash my view of Belgian "style" ale's are getting adjusted.

Photo of tempest
2.95/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Split a bomber with a friend at the Trapp Door in Emmaus PA. The menu said oak-aged, but the label did not. Thanks guys.

Anyways, I was struck by an undeniable ham aroma upon pouring the beer. Seriously, it smelled like sweet, cured ham from a butcher. There was also a sharp spice and citrus note, but the beer was also hot. I was surprised to see that this was bottled in January 2011 (10 months ago) and that it still needed time to smooth out. It reminded me a of a less balanced version of North Coast's Pranqster. Avoid unless you find a real old bottle.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this in a trade with an awesome New Hampshire BA. Shared with Tampa BAs.

Pours, uh, white. Great white head.

Smells like Granny Smith apples with a touch of acetone.

The taste follows the nose with a very nice finish.

The feel is a bit this, but with very nice carbonation.

This one is pretty drinkable with good taste and carbonation, once you get past the acetone.

Photo of GRG1313
2/5  rDev -42.7%

Photo of puboflyons
4.45/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 1 pint 6 fl. oz. bottle. Bottled on September 11, 2009. Batch One. Bottle 81 of 84. Sampled on September 27, 2009. It pours a frosty white-pale yellow tone with a thin white head. Unbelievably powerful aroma of citrus, spices galore, malts, and hops. It almost has a hard liquor feel to it. The mouthfeel is bold and heavy. The flavor exudes a complex character of malts, hops, spices, and bourbon or some other kind of hard liquor. Dry finish. Whoa! This clears out the senses. Quite extraordinary.

Photo of philbe311
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Batch #3, Bottle #67/234

A - Two fingers worthy of delicate perfectly level pure white head... Modest retention gives way to a full rich creamy lacing... Exceedinly pale and hazy muted yellow straw color... A slight bit of moderate paced carbonation can be seen throughout...

S - The Belgian yeast strain dominates... There is also a slight spiciness and hint of pepper that cuts to the forefront... Pear... Apple... Unripened bananas... Wheat...

T -Sharp and intense from the get go... Belgian yeast and spices dominate... The subtletees of fruit get lost... A mix tart and spice on the finish... A slight aloholic heat and hint of pepper lingers... Missing are the layers of complexity that I enjoy in a Tripel...

M - Soft and smooth... Medium bodied... Turns dry on the finish... The follow through is tart and slightly puckering...

D - A mildly aggressive and rough around the edges Tripel... With so much competition and a high standard, this one misses the mark for the style... Not one I could recommend with good concious or one I would revisit in the future... Slightly less than the sum of its parts in terms of overall drinakbility...

Photo of SickGnar
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Huge bright white head pops right up and quickly crackles down. Big, loose bubbles consistency. Between straw and golden, just barely shy of clear on first pour (second is a bit cloudy), with legions of bubbles. 3D lace at top of glass, but less further down. It keeps a thick skim that retains to the bottom.

S: Very floral, a good bit of honey, some candi sweetness, light fruits – white grapes, apples, & pears. Ghost hints of biscuit malt, spice, & a yeast note. A light, but pleasant & appealing nose. Floral / honey impression increases even more as this one warms.

T: Palate is in the same vein as the nose, but more bold. Opens floral and honey with a candi sweetness that is a bit more than a tad intense. Fruit is more white grape – emphasis on the skins – with just a touch of apple & pear & perhaps faint tropical hints. A touch vinous. Both suagar cookie pils and biscuity pale are there – just in the background – and a bit of cracker at the end. By the middle, the sweet / floral / fruit give way to phenolics, yeast notes and hops. Hops are a touch herbal but mostly provide fair background bitterness (1yr old). Phenolic & yeast notes have some spice – both clove and peppery – and an earthy, slightly funky, and even less slightly barnyard note. Hops get a hit woody in the finish. Good overall, but sweetness gets to be just too much.

M: On the light side of medium body with firm carbonation. Bright, expansive, & quenching. A dangerous thing for a beer this size. Despite sweetness on palate, very few sugars are found in the feel. Quite attenuated and dry to start with, and the drying grows stronger at the end from hops and alcohol. Surprisingly mild alcohol warmth.

D: A sort of streamlined version, but then it is a year old. Not a ton of complexity & not burly, nor bitter/hoppy. But what is there is very nice – it all blends well and has good depth. Amazingly hidden abv. At over a year of age, and tasted blind, I may have pegged this as a BGS. Oh well, it sure is nice.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
1.63/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bomber to tulip. Batch 3, bottled July 27th, 2010, number 220 of 234.

A: Pours with a bright white foamy/creamy head of 2 1/2 fingers. Decent retention. The body is pale straw in color and heavily cloudy. Lacing is between good and excellent. Despite the cloudiness of this Tripel, the appearance was pretty good.

S: Yeast dominant aromas of must and barnyard with light lactic tones come through on the nose giving the impression of forthcoming sourness. Lightly malted with notes of hay and light candi sugar. Hop aromas include more lemon than orange but again, very faint.

T: A heavy, untamed alcohol presence is noticeable immediately. The rest of the flavor profile COULD be decent if the vodka-like heat wasn't so omnipresent. There is a big vanilla component (with possible oaky notes, unless it is merely an extension from the vanilla) mixed with light ginger and coconut flesh flavor. Unfortunately the intensity of the heat ruins the palatability and the bottom half of the bottle finds its way to the drain.

M: Medium body with extreme alcoholic heat and texture. Moderately sweet from front to mid-palate. Chalky and dry on the finish. Heat erupts from the gullet up leaving an extremely unpleasant aftertaste. My bottle indicates 10.8% ABV instead of the 10.5% listed here. So that means to me, that the heat was either accidental OR someone thought this brew needed to be even more abrasive. Hopefully the former is the case.

D: I tried but couldn't make it the whole way through this Molotov cocktail. I have heard some very good things about this brewery. Unfortunately, I'm turned off after my first couple of experiences.

Photo of ububru
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of tfidler
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Simply thrilled to be able to review another of the White Birch lineup. This one came to me last week and I decided to open it with the late night stragglers on Halloween. Served chilled and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 10/31/2009.

I decided to served this one right at fifty degrees and allow for any warming to happen in the glass. Rich looking pour, very cloudy with a nice big head of white on top that nearly came over the side of the glass. I am honest I was expecting a bit darker of a color here, but no matter as it really has a nice overall presentation to it and the staying power of the head and lacing was near perfect.

I pick up pears and apricots immediatly upon leaning into the glass. Fruit is definitely a big player here. Warming though brings on some nice hints of herbal spice, nothing too strong, just nice, almost meadow like touches of grasses and light grain. Small touch of lemon maybe? Could just be me, but very light until it hits room temperature when i start to pull in some notes of grape seeds and plums. Smooth near perfect feel and carbonation really lend themselves here to showing off the palate. No way that this one is over ten percent, it is just not even close to noticeable. Light fruits start off the exchange here, again picking up pears, apples, light lemon perhaps before rolling into that light grain with a touch of spice that just gives it that much needed balance. Finish strong and dry, last bit of flavor leaving the tongue several minutes after the session was over.

Overall very solid here. One thing you have to say is White Birch is turning traditional styles on their heads. Not at all what I would have expected here, but I have to admit, simply stunning. One of the lightest and most drinkable triples I have come across and it managed to renew my intrest in a style that had been fading fast. Another great job here.

Photo of ZacharyJ
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of rpstevens
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 1 of 84, batch One. Poured from a bottle into a dogfish head signature glass.

The beer pours a cloudy, opaque, glowing straw color (a shade lighter than ginger ale). There is a frothy white foam head that fades quickly and leaves an ample amount of bubbly lacing.

The smell is spicy, earthy and slightly citrusy. A great blend of light biscuity sweetness and a sharp spice tone are very inviting, with a slight alcohol presence as well.

The taste is rolling blend of dry peppery spice and an earthy-yet-sweet citrus hop. There is a definite tone of fresh cut grass and the whole thing is backed by a light malt that allows everything to roll together perfectly.

The beer is excellently carbonated, the dry start and finish balance the flavors well and the spice and sweet citrus work well with the alcohol burn to keep the beer drinkable even at 11%. This is the best Tripel I have had to date, and I wish there was a way for me to get more.

Photo of ygtbsm94
1/5  rDev -71.3%

Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very early one for Bill, batch #3 from December 8, 2009, bottle # 74 of 88.

Large very fizzy and bubbly head like champagne rises up to about 80% of the glass and fades almost as quickly as I poured it, but too light to leave a nice Belgian fluffy head or lacing. The beer is very clear golden banana straw yellow colored.

The nose is pouring out with lots of wheat, malts, Belgian malts, a little banana, some citrus, plenty of Belgian yeast adding a bit of a funk to it, actually, as it warms it starts to get gym sock funky, but not in a wild ale way, and a bit of a musty almost ammonia aroma. A nice light effervescence too, with a light fruit, apple, pear, and a touch of spicy booze rounding it off.

Taste comes on strong with the Belgian yeast again, the only complaint I had about the white birch beers early on was the yeast was too strong and yeasty, and I think this is still from that strain. Lots of funky yeasty yeast. Some nice malts, not a lot of malt though, little wheat, some banana, light citrus, light fruits too, still a little pear, and some lemon. Theres some sweetness, not a lot, bringing a bit of booze out with a touch of warmth and tingle. Also more of the funk, a touch of gym sock funk but not Brett style, it's got it's own weird way. It finishes with a slight sticky feel, mostly dry though, with a touch of lingering funk and yeast, and some of the fruit, lemon and banana.

The mouth is lighter bodied with a huge carbonation effervescence.

It has a drinkability that is on two different ends. THe booze is not as heavy as expected for 10.9%, but it is definitely there. However, it has some of that funk and yeasty flavors that don't go as well as they could. But, it finishes a lot cleaner and smooth, and dry, with just a touch of sticky feel, so finishes well all things considered.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.22/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring at cellar temp into a snifter. The beer is bottled on 12/10/2010.
The beer pours bright clear gold with bleached white head of about 4 cm foaming up even with a gentle pour. The head fades quickly to some wispy islands and a sturdy edge layer. Aroma is some light fruit with white grapes and pear. I also get some caramel and a bit of booze. Perhaps a little clove or some other sweet spice mixed in. I dont get a real hop presence.

First sip reveals an average body and fine yet tingly carbonation. The texture is smooth but a little sticky on my lips after each sip.

Flavor starts off sweet with some white grape and pear notes.
Rolls to a little sweet spice and some peppery booze, but no really any heat. The finish is slightly vinous with a little drying a grapeskin flavor.

Overall a well crafted and interesting beer, good example of a Tripel and possibly dangerously easy to drink at 10% ABV.

Glad I picked this up while in NH this past summer.

Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White Birch Tripel is beautiful, refreshing, and deceptively boozy.

It poured a very light cloudy straw with a massive pillowy white head. It left great rings of lace on the glass. The smell was non-descript with the slightest metallic hint. The flavor was awesome with several layers, including banana, lemon, pepper, clove, and yeast. The feel was very bubbly and refreshing, with a dry finish. The alcohol was non-dissernable ('til later, when it hit rather hard) and this was the lightest 9/10% ABV beer I've ever had.

I had White Birch Tripel was exceptionally refreshing and delicious outside on a 94 degree day. The flavors are complex and good, and the alcohol content is oddly subdued while drinking it. This is an awesome beer to have before napping on a hot day.

Photo of jdhilt
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Will pour a five+ finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Hazy straw color with a ton of yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Belgian yeast nose, flavor is fruity spice and Belgian yeast. Higher ABV is hidden. Much better than their Bohemian triple. Pricey at $11.00 for a 22oz bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me. Bottled Jan 2011, batch one.

Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a cloudy pale yellow color with a finger's worth of white head.

S: Sweet malt and candi sugar immediately present on the aroma with strong notes of citrus and spice. The spice contributions by the yeast seem to be pepper and coriander for the most part.

T: The flavor is also quite sweet with a sort of earthy flavor that seems out of place for a tripel. Citrus peel, coriander, bread, and yeast are present as well.

M: The body is on the light end of medium with the carbonation fitting a similar description.

D: This was more of a mix between a saison and a tripel, but seeming to lean toward saison. Not the biggest fan of this one.

Photo of kjlcm
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottled in Sprong 2013

A- Cloudy golden color with a nice white head. I suppose this is what a Belgian should be colored.

S - Spicy, belgian type aroma.

T - Pretty decent taste, crisp, sweet belgian flavor with some alcohol warmth.

M - Flavorful

O - Not crazy about belgian style beer but this one is not bad. I would recommend.

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White Birch Tripel from White Birch Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.