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White Birch Barrel Aged Tripel - White Birch Brewing

White Birch Barrel Aged TripelWhite Birch Barrel Aged Tripel

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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 30.27%


Brewed by:
White Birch Brewing visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  11.65% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
2009 – Our Tripel aged in a barrel for an extended period of time. Belgian esters and light fruit notes meld with a smooth vanilla and oak to create a rich smooth sipping beer. Our first batch rings in at 11.65%, medium bodied with a smooth finish.

2010 – Aged in Pinot Noir and Merlot barrels. Each of the seven barrels we used are from the same vintage of wine.

Unlike wine makers, we did not blend the contents from each barrel together. Rather choosing to let the subtle and unique differences from each barrel stand on their own.

Each barrel is recognized on the label as batch PN1 through PN6, and M1. Meaning Pinot Noir barrel 1 through Pinot Noir barrel 6. and Merlot barrel 1.

Pinot Noir barrels 1 through 3 have a nice soft fruit note. Barrels 4 through 6 have a softer wine note and more of a sharp oak flavor from the barrel. The Merlot barrel has a rich, sharp Merlot note, soften by our Tripel, with hints of oak.

(Beer added by: tai4ji2x on 10-20-2009)
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donniecuffs

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2/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Last night, at the White Birch promo at the legendary Blind Tiger Alehouse, NYC, in a tulip glass..

The best way to describe the appearance is a mimosa with no carbonation. Same milky/cloudy orange color, less than a finger of white head, which didn't retain or lace very well. Don't get me wrong...like most beergeeks, i LOVE unfiltered beer, but the obvious over-abundance of suspended yeast in this badboy had me a little skeptical.

Then the smell...I tried not to let the visual evaluation taint my nostrils, but in the end, the smell strangely smelled like a mimosa too. Lots of apricot, tangerine, and a little bit of coriander spice.

The nuances in the taste mirrored the nose, with lots of tangy citrus, most notably tangerine and apricot, with a very subtle spice in the very dry finish. Tasted imbalanced, and disjointed. I got none of the standard spice flavors that I have grown accustomed to getting from a good 'tripel', even though there was intended to be a barrel-aging flavor influence.

The feel was very thin, with a dry finish, and the high degree of tart & tangy left you with a little acidic bite on the tip of your tongue. As for sessioning...no way. One was enough.

Then my buddy and I went on to have two more beers (made by other breweries) before we called it a night. Neither of us had drunk to the point where we were remotely toasty. Then I went home, had dinner, and went to bed, but lo and behold, I woke up 3hrs later in cold sweat, shaking, and massively nautious. I barely made it to the bathroom before violently losing my cookies. I just assumed that I had gotten a mild case of food poisoning.

But then...after getting to work late because of the lack of sleep...I received a phone call from same said drinking buddy, who proceeded to describe the same exact experience that had happened to him in the middle of the night. Given the fact that neither of us (a) had the same dinner, (b) drank the same beers other than this one, and (c) were not even buzzed, we deduced that the logical culprit for our pain was this beer, which made sense, given how much suspended yeast was apparent in it, and how off-kilter it had tasted. Needless to say, I will not be touching this beer again any time soon.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2010 04:36:53 | More by donniecuffs
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A: The tripel, I'm guessing, didn't spend time in any red wine barrels (despite the 'PN' on the label that I assumed to be Pinot Noir), a golden yellow that is radiantly clear. A wispy white head, a thin webbing, rests in the center of the glass.

S: A medicinal lactic aroma, almost Berlinner-like, leaves off. It's not exactly tripel material but it is that White Birch house aroma. The oak is fast on its heels, bringing a vanilla laiden aroma and plenty of wood to the stage. I'd go so far as to say that the age has done the beer some good.

T: Well-carbonated, the bubbles jump around quite a bit. The house flavor is here, can't really avoid it I suppose, popping up immediately after the bubbles subside and then again in the finish. The middle of the sip is the highlight, where the barrel coalesces against ale. Vanilla and oak are present, not overpowering, and help draw some of the sugary candi flavors out of the tripel. As the tripel settles in to room temperatiure, the flavors mature nicely. The tripel's sweet strength is obvious, a warmth that pairs nicely with the oak barrel. A good tripel by the end; the barrel doing nice work.

M: Easily one of the best that I've had from White Birch, the oak and tripel taking their time to emerge. When they do, the candi sugars, strength and oak come together nicely.

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A - super pale, very champagne like, with a light straw with almost a rosy/peachy complexion, the pour wells up a huge frothy virign white head that fades away swiftly to a lacy ring fed by steady fast carbonation

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White Birch Barrel Aged Tripel from White Birch Brewing
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