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White Birch Tripel - White Birch Brewing

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 70
Avg: 3.52
pDev: 21.59%
Wants: 8
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: barleywinebrewer on 09-15-2009

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.
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Reviews: 48 | Hads: 70
Photo of jlindros
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of philbe311
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
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...

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Photo of mavbrew
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.17/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of sdawson
4.36/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I received this bottle in the swap from the very generous and friendly jmu500. Thank you so much!!!

The most delicate way to put it is that appearance is far from this brew's strength. The color is somewhat of a hazy straw yellow with a very subtle, slight green tinge. If you poured this in a wine glass, killed the head, and told me it was Chardonnay, by sight I'd believe you. The head begins strong but seemed to dissipate quite quickly for me. It smells of sweet banana, grain, grass and faint herbs. The taste of this one shined for me, though -- after an initial tart rush of citrus, the brew settles into a taste quite similar to that of it's nose -- one of grass, sweet herbs, and soft pear. The carbonation is near-perfect, only slightly on the heavy side. All in all, this seems like a perfect end-of-summer choice to me. A bit lighter and mild compared to most of the style that I've had, but it's dangerously easy drinking and suitable for end-of-day relaxing.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.96/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I got the opportunity to sample a couple of glasses of this on tap tonight at Firefly.
Came to my table in a White Birch glass. Has the look of cloudy grapefruit juice with a miniscule head that even with great coaxing wont stay. Smells of tart fruit, citrus, spicy wheat and earthy Belgian yeast. Taste is filled with lemon and citrus, spicy wheat and earthy tones. Tart dry finish. Medium to thin body, light carbonation and a slightly watery mouthfeel. I really enjoyed being able to have a draft version on my White Birch for a change, and at 5 dollars a glass it was a pretty good deal too. Damn they go down easy too.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 7/24/10 notes.

a - Pours a murky, pale yellow with no head and little carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus, grass, wheat, and earthy tones.

t - Ttaste follows the nose; ctirus, wheat, earthy malts, but also seems a bit watered down. Little bit of spice as well.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - An ok tripel. Lots of grassy/earthy malts to it, but enjoyable. Would try again.

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Photo of gford217
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a Wit..cloudy, mild straw yellow color with fluffy white head. Nice lacing.
Smells of coriander, clove - smells like it might be a bit watery.
Taste is earthy, spicy, yeasty. Unusual tripel - some hops and some sharp flavor.
Mouthfeel is a medium body, medium body though not particularly smooth but it is crisp.
Overall an interesting take on a tripel.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle is individually #'s?!? Bottle 336 of 552 Batch #1

Poured this into my wine glass and was greeted with a pillowy/fluffy white head about 2 ½ fingers thick. This gently faded to a ring of foam around the edge of the glass. The beer itself was a hazy dull golden/straw color. Plenty of rings of lacing remain.

The aroma was quite assertive and interesting. Lots of barnyard funk and earthiness. More than you typically see in a tripel. Reminded me a little of a Farmhouse ale in this area. Lots of spice and herbal notes present as well. Yeast, some grass and a touch of sweetness.

Quite a bit of spice and herbaciousness here. Almost a menthol quality. Light fruit along with pale malt and some spicy yeast notes including some clove. Finishes with some hop bitterness along with a dry feel. Not crisp, but rather dry. Seems to be refreshing enough... I keep typing and thinking that if I strictly review this based on style.... It doesn't quite fit. But it is pretty good and rather interesting.

** there was so much sediment at the bottom of the bottle it was wierd. The most I've ever seen.. By a long shot.

Slightly dry and powdery on your tongue. Light body with a touch of carbonation.

Well I enjoyed drinking this, but didn't think it totally fit what I expect from a Tripel. I enjoyed it, but it would never hit a list of my top triples. Interesting.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.19/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled 4/27/10, bottle 185 of 552 from batch one. Poured into my Duvel tulip

The beer pours nearly opaque, caught somewhere between tangerine and gold depending on the light. A massive creamy white head forms (from an admittedly aggressive pour) and fills most of the glass. It hangs around for a minute and fades slowly, but lacing is substandard for the style. The nose is very intriguing, some grassy notes along with some bubble gum sweetness, and spicy yeast notes play a supporting role. The taste is a little bit of a let down, as the same grassy, pear notes that I found in the White Birch Belgian Pale Ale dominate, with nothing more than a hint of bubble gum and no yeast flavors to speak of. It's certainly not bad, but it lives up to neither the best of the style nor the nose. The mouthfeel though is luxuriant, silky smooth and the body has the perfect amount of heft, while the carbonation is present yet nicely understated. Nearly 11%ABV? Could have fooled me as the alcohol is hidden and that and the great mouthfeel make this a super drinkable beer. All the pieces are here for a top notch brew, the flavor is just a little bit off.

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Photo of HopNuggets
4.18/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22oz bomber into Chimay Goblet. 1st pour was with grilled cod, grilled asparagus and Mediterranean couscous. Great pairing. 2nd pour was saved for review.

A - Bright golden yellow with a brilliant white 1 finger head that dissipates quickly to a solid covering that sticks around leaving speckled lacing down the goblet.

S - Pilsner malt mixed with Belgian yeast followed by some sweet fruit and straw and grassy tones.

T - Pilsner malt is prominent with apple, grape and a little spicy and dry finish.

M - Very light and dry begging you to take another sip.

D - Very drinkable for 11.8%. I gave my wife a sip and she said it was very light. I told her the ABV and she was very surprised that she was able to drink that.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of Jayli
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewed April 27, 2010
Batch 1, bottle 505
Poured in to my Portsmouth tulip

A: This beer pours a ridiculously pale, straw yellow. A white, rocky 3 finger of sudsy head sits on top. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving sticky spots of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of pear, hints of apple, nice amount of pepper spicing, and a hint of earthy grassiness.

T: Taste is rather mellow. Nice light pale malts at the forefront. Pear flavoring, hints of pepper and yeast really fill out the middle but as the beer warms some apple and grape come through. The finish has mild grassy notes with a mild yet very distinct grapefruit bite that lingers.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation, very light on the tongue, perhaps a touch thin.

D: This is a crazy drinkable beer. The fact that it is 10% is undetectable, which makes it dangerous even though delicious.

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Photo of ColForbin
1.05/5  rDev -70.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

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.

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Photo of corby112
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber courtesy of rpstevens. Thanks again man.

Pours a very hazy golden ripe banana color with pineapple juice hues and a 1.5 finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting cap.

Slightly earthy aroma with a lot of peppery clove spice, bready yeast, citrus peel and light fruit from the estery Belgian yeast strain. Slightly tart and funky with a lot of earthy aroma that kind of outshines the fruit notes. Smells a lot like the Saison IMO.

Softly carbonated medium body with a prominent earthy funk presence that is slightly tart but not acidic. Spicy peppery clove notes with a healthy dose of thick bready yeast. Hints of peppery zest, lemon peel and grapefruit. Subtle light crisp estery fruit notes, mostly apple, pear and banana. The 10.9% ABV is very well masked with only the slightest bit of alcohol warmth. The spice character is very prominent and lasts throughout into a very dry finish.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +30.7%
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.

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Photo of drocpsu
3.59/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.47/5  rDev +27%
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.

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Photo of rpstevens
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.42/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle #68 at 60 degrees from the cellar.

Pours murky pale yellow-gold with an inch-plus head of white. More opaque than the freshest witbier. A solid quarter-inch head remained for the duration as well as plenty of ripped lacework.

Aromatics lead off with rubbed orange peel, lemon pith, yeasty phenols, and biscuity malt.
Hints of cracked pepper, clove, and cut grass follow through.

Light bodied with a crisp, drying mouthfeel.

A sharp peppery note leads off the palate with a heavy handed bitterness quickly following suit. Lemon pith, orange seeds, and grapefruit oil adds quite a citrusy element to the brew. A hint of sweet malt is barely there and quickly is subdued by a bone-dry lead to the finish along with some wet hay.

Finishes with a lingering bitterness, fading grapefruit skin, and a biscuity dryness.

An unusual take on a Triple. Plenty of earthy, peppery, citrusy notes and very drying in nature. A big, hoppy Triple with a bit of Saison in the bloodline? Yes, more please.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to be the first person reviewing this. I purchased this today at Bert's Better Beers for about eleven bucks. This is bottle #52 out of 84 Pours an extremely murky golden orange, with a quick to fizz and fade white heading. Once the heading has subsided, it literally looks like a mimosa. Notes of mineral, orange, dry champagne, crackers. Taste is a lovely mix of dry and sweet, the dry being very earthy and the sweet coming from citrus fruit. Mouthfeel is crisp on the palate, with some amount of alcohol detectable, and extremely drinkable. Beware that ten to eleven percent alcohol range though, as it will catch up with you. All that I can say about this beer is that it definitely qualifies as one of, if not the best Tripel I have ever had. I kept thinking I was sipping a mimosa based on look and taste alone. I only wish I had bought another bottle. Oh well, looking forward to seeing these guys at the Belgian Beer Fest, and what they will be producing in the future. Cheers

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White Birch Tripel from White Birch Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.