White Birch Tripel - White Birch Brewing
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1.05/5 rDev -69.9%
Had a sample of this at a beer club meeting last night. Batch 3.
Quite possibly the worst beer I have ever tasted. Poured a slightly cloudy off-white, almost like dirty dishwater. Didn't look anything like a tripel should look, in fact it didn't look anything like a beer should look. Terrible aroma, probably infected, burnt plastic and the bad kind of barnyard funk. Taste is more of the same and therefore undrinkable. Among the 12 or so people no one liked it, and no one could even finish their sample.
To make the point even more strongly: the theme of the meeting was cellaring/oxidation. As an example of the bad kind of oxidation, the club pres brought in some 4 year old Corona Light. It was skunked and terrible (as could be expected). But I would drink it all day before touching this tripel again.
I normally wouldn't post a review of an obviously infected beer, but for something that sells in limited batches at a premium price people should stay far far away from this one. Buy the world class Allagash Tripel for $1 less and drink that instead.
01-21-2010 15:03:17 | More by ColForbin
District of Columbia
1.61/5 rDev -53.9%
Bottled July 27, 2010, batch 3, 22 oz bottle.
Pop the cap and foam quickly gushes from bottle. Pours a sickly, pale straw golden color with a thick, but quickly dissipating bone white head. Slightly sour nose of band aids and white board cleaner with a touch of spice and peach syrup. Flavor of bubblegum, pear, banana and white pepper, finish is extremely anti septic and slightly tangy. Over carbonated, fluffy buddy, plain awful aftertaste.
09-08-2013 17:27:05 | More by yourefragile
1.63/5 rDev -53.3%
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.
01-15-2011 13:28:18 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
District of Columbia
2.13/5 rDev -39%
This brewery is 0 and 2 for me. Bottle 192/234 Batch 3.
Appearance: Very, very cloudy straw-golden-yellow with a small white head
Aroma: bit off, some citrus and lemons; some sort of weird funk. I don't think I like their yeast strain.
Taste: also a bit off and a bit sweet; earthiness to it but more like a compost pile I think. Like a weird saison/tripel combo.
Mouthfeel: Light-medium body
Drinkability: Didn't finish the bottle; was not crazy about this one. Strongly disliked is a better description.
11-17-2010 03:45:22 | More by craytonic
2.7/5 rDev -22.6%
A-Pours a cloudy pale straw yellow. Plentiful, frothy white head still leaves some good lacing.
S-Is this supposed to be bretted? Don't know but there seems to be a hint of bretty white pepper. Not really much else going on.
T-A very un-tripel like flavor. A bit of odd funkiness, a must grape note, some Belgian yeast and an almost bleach like undertone. Sanitizer-y? Not a big fan.
M-Light to medium body, good carbonation.
D-No, not really. There is an off flavor or something going on here. Gonna have to pour it out.
10-22-2010 00:39:36 | More by sholland119
2.85/5 rDev -18.3%
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.
09-23-2011 13:06:43 | More by tigg924
2.88/5 rDev -17.5%
Poured into a chalice, presented with a very nice thick off white head, color is dense straw to gold with nice effervescence.
Smell is off yeast flavor, somewhat hot and spicy in a weird way; mild fruitiness.
Taste is very hot burning, flavors do not come through nicely; hints of all of the flavors are there, some spice, and yeast and fruitiness, but it seems out of wack and not pleasant or smooth.
Mouthfeel is very strong on the tongue, almost burning, must be the hot alcohol coming through, again not pleasant or smooth.
Overall, a subpar tripel, off flavors and very strong unpleasant mouthfeel.
01-27-2012 23:45:14 | More by mvanaskie13
2.95/5 rDev -15.5%
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.
11-19-2011 14:03:21 | More by tempest
3/5 rDev -14%
Bottled 4/27/10, Batch 1 #338 of 552
A: Pours a cloudy pale/straw yellow with a finger thick white head and some lacing down the side of the glass.
S: Has a yeasty scent with some citrus and earthy tones to it.
T: The main taste up front for me is that of yeast, it's a little too "yeasty" for my liking. Also present is some citrus and wheat, very earthy and malty tasting. Finishes pretty dry.
M: Light to medium bodied with a slight bit of carbonation.
D: Nothing against the beer itself but I could not drink this too much. I'm not a huge fan of Belgian beers to begin with (only really enjoy a few but am starting to come around, slowly) but this beer has too much of a "yeasty" taste for me to enjoy.
09-11-2010 00:48:30 | More by mavbrew
3.01/5 rDev -13.8%
bottled May 23, 2010
a - poured a three fingers thick off-white head into a tulip glass that left good sheeting throughout. the body was a bubbly gold color. i would have liked a brighter color and some lacing with this.
s - apples and pears with a hint of belgian yeast.
t - same as aroma with a little graininess.
m - thin, carbonation not very lively.
o - has potential but really missing the things that make tripels special.
06-02-2014 13:51:07 | More by GPHarris
3.18/5 rDev -8.9%
Poured a pale straw yellow (wit looking) with a thin head and left almost no lacing saticking to the glass. The beer was hardly a tripel on the nose with citrus, herbs, earthiness, and malts but lacking spices and good belgian yeast aromas. The fruitiness was also super faint. Like the nose the flavor was hardly a tripel with not much apples or yeasty characteristics but was tasting like a saison consisting of citrus, earthy notes, coriander, and herbs. The brew was medium body with a low amount of carbonation which had a slight sweet, earthy, and bitter finish. It drank pretty good but honstly didn't tickle my pickle as far as tripel go. It probably should have been labeled a farmhouse style beer IMO.
09-07-2010 05:17:12 | More by Gobzilla
3.25/5 rDev -6.9%
Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a one-finger head into my glass. Very good color
Citrus and spicy yeast stand out in the nose. There is also a slight sour note.
Sweet and nearly cloying with citrus and spice as dominant flavors. A good dose of alcohol heat as well.
Citrus and spice/heat linger in the mouth. Come to think of it, it does seem kind of vinous.
This is probably not one of their best examples. One could age it at 9% but if there's no appeal in a fresh state, would there be any in an aged state?
05-06-2011 12:23:38 | More by Brad007
3.33/5 rDev -4.6%
22oz brown glass pry-top. Batch One, Jan 2011. 9.0% ABV.
Pours a hazy golden amber with HuGE sudsy white head.
Nose is strangely floral, almost soapy. Lavender? Palate is sharp, but is overly violet-y. Some faint spice and a prickle from the alcohol. Finish is dry and grainy.
Notes: Really strange for the style. Not sure what to do with this beer really. Looks like a million bucks, but the palate isn't for me.
04-16-2011 03:22:08 | More by SFLpunk
3.4/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
08-10-2013 23:19:07 | More by kjlcm
3.4/5 rDev -2.6%
Kinda hazy looking for a triple, gold but opaque. Lacing it has, but a little over carbed. Could be more clear and rocky looking. Aromatically this beer has some nice citrusy esters and spice, lemon, but a strange hint of alcohol too. Pretty spicy and estery flavor. Coriander, black pepper, lemon. Basic malt biscuity malt. Hot from the alcohol.
This beer is dry, but also a tad hot from the alcohol. All in all there are many stronger examples of this style. That being said it is a hard style to brew and this is a fair attempt.
08-25-2011 01:06:15 | More by pmlondrigan
3.43/5 rDev -1.7%
Bottle from rochefort10nh poured into a tulip.
Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a small, short-lived white head that recedes quickly to a tiny collar and leaves no lacing.
The aroma is sweet with fruity esters from the yeast and a bit of light citrus, lemons mainly. There is a sugary malt character in the background.
The taste is mild for a tripel with sugary sweet malts and fruity esters dominating - pears and green apples especially. There is not much in the way of spiciness that I would expect in the style.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low, soft carbonation. It's a bit too slick and undercarbonated for my liking.
This is a fair representation of the style but there's definitely nothing too memorable about it. Average.
07-11-2010 02:02:20 | More by gford217
3.48/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
09-08-2010 03:27:53 | More by womencantsail
White Birch Tripel from White Birch Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.