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White Birch Farmhouse Red - White Birch Brewing

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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
White Birch Brewing visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ardennes is a region of Europe known for it’s natural beauty, rugged mountains, hunting, hiking, cycling, and canoeing. We use yeast from this region to produce a red ale that has a beautiful balance of delicate fruit esters and subtle spicy notes.

Great for whatever your adventures may bring. We hope you enjoy this unique beer.

(Beer added by: CHADMC3 on 07-30-2011)
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Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by SirSketch:
Photo of SirSketch
4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - A bit of a gusher, but settles to a wonderfully fluffy, light tan head. The beer is a very cloudy, muddy orange color. It even looks like a soulful, small batch beer!

S - I first noticed the Brett character, which smells tart and of dry hay, followed by honey and rye malt.

T - Much hoppier than I expected, but it works so well! Firm bitterness melds with a sweet, chewy caramel flavor. The Brett now plays a supporting role to a floral, vegetal hoppiness.

M - Starts sticky but ends dry. Medium bodied and very carbonated.

O - Partly a saison, partly a Belgian IPA. An incredible combination.

SirSketch, Nov 24, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pint glass this beer was a hazy red/orange color. The medium-sized tan head receded quickly.

Caramel malt aroma. Sweet and spicy.

Caramel taste to begin with, then some sour fruit. Spicy at the end.

The tastes all worked well with one another. Soft, then acerbic, sweetness. Late spice. I liked how things worked together.

Will try this again.

lordofthewiens, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

mdaschaf, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of Kinsman
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decided to give White Birth another try with this Farmhouse Red after a long hiatus. Pours a hazy mahogany red with a creamy and semi-sticky light tan colored head, about 1 inch thick to start.

Tart cherry and sour candy notes suggest some wild critter activity along side a sweet malty backbone. Background notes hold some musty and earthy character as well.

Taste is not as wild or funky as the aroma had initially suggested. Yeast character adds some sweet and tart fruit notes as well as a bit of spice but it's hard to pinpoint exactly what I'm tasting. Toffee and sweet caramel notes add the "red" to this Farmhouse Red and provide plenty of malt flavor to keep me happy. Finishes with just a bit of a twist that adds the nice farmhouse character to the beer.

Mouthfeel has a medium body feel, slightly creamy texture, and finishes semi-dry. Overall, I'm much more impressed with this beer than others I've had from White Birch. Nothing too crazy here but still a nice balance of flavors.

Kinsman, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of trevorpost
4/5  rDev +12.7%

trevorpost, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of puboflyons
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 650 ml. bottle marked Fall 2013, no. 1434. Sampled on August 18, 2013.

The pour is an attractive looking medium to dark brown and a little on the cloudy side with a short-lived off-white head.

The aroma has some pleasantly sweet caramel malt and herbal aromas. The hops are very low. Some butter and some sugar.

The body is about medium.

The taste is also reasonably sweet and malty at first with a slight hop bite at the finish. Overall it ends well. It emulates the style fairly well but unfortunately it is not quite there and I love White Birch brews.

puboflyons, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of hoppymcgee
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

hoppymcgee, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of ShanePB
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

ShanePB, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of Drknight
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Drknight, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of alelover
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

alelover, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
2.2/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to aapp for sending this bottle out my way. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pour a hazy light copper with a thin white head and some spotty lacing. The nose has some faint earth and light bread. The flavor is mildly malty with a bit of earth. Grain and bread crust. Nothing really coming from the yeast. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Not terribly impressive, unfortunately.

Thorpe429, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fizzy and lightly fluffy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with some light lacing, over bright cherry red but slightly hazy colored beer.

Nose has lots of Belgian malts, juicy reddish belgian malts, light Belgian yeast fruit with hints of apple and pear, a light toasty reddish almost brown color, light candi sugar, and some sweet almost syrupy malt aromas, slightest hint of booze and ester, I would almost expect it to have higher abv judging by the aroma.

Taste starts with toasty reddish brown malts, semi sweet but not much, some light reddish fruits, again with the Belgian yeast fruit hint of apple and pear, some Belgian malt flavors and light candi sugar, hint of nutty almost spicy malt and yeast addition, again hints of booze that just gets slightly warm and some light sweet boozy like taste. I can almost sweat this is higher than 6.6%abv. Light caramel like candi sweet sugar flavors too. Finishes a bit bitter, and fairly dry but sticky, some lingering malts and hints of Belgian yeast fruits.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carbonation, a bit syrupy, and hint of warming booze.

Overall decent but not great, more like a Belgian strong-ish rather than Farmhouse red, but decent malts and belgian yeast flavors and sugars, and like I've said a few times it tastes a lot more like 8-8.5% than 6.6%.

jlindros, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of dwescott
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

dwescott, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of bugbear
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

bugbear, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of smcolw
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moderate, but lasting beige head. Leaves some slippery spots of lace on the glass. Cloudy liquid. Dark amber color.

Dry and earthy aroma. Mostly toasted malts. Little to no hop. Mild alcohol on the nose.

Prickly from the carbonation and the elevated hop flavor. This beer starts off with a thinner feel and heavily toasted (but not burnt) malt flavor. The alcohol is evident but not powerful. The aftertaste is the strongest tasting aspect of this beer.

smcolw, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of mklisz
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

mklisz, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of johnnnniee
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy murky reddish brown with a one finger bubbly beige head that slowly recedes. Smells of caramel, brown sugar and biscuit with a hint of fruit and spice. Taste is rich and malty with lots of caramel sugar and dark fruits. Hints of pepper and spice round out the taste. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation, sweet almost sticky mouthfeel. I enjoyed this one. It really wasn't what I was expecting, but it is a tasty beer.

johnnnniee, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of ms11781
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

ms11781, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of gpblackgt
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

gpblackgt, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of mattmarka1
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

mattmarka1, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of Turbojet307
5/5  rDev +40.8%

Turbojet307, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of depechemode1983
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out orange/brown in color. Decent off-white head with good retention. Sorta foamy. Splotchy lacing going on around the tulip.

S - Citrus hops in the nose and lots of sweet tropical fruits. Very aromatic. Picking up pineapple, orange,and some bitter grapefruit in the background to give it some balance. There seems to be some caramel malts in there as well, hidden among the fruit along with a sorta sour mildew scent.

T - More bitter than the nose would suggest. More of a red ale than a Saison. Lots of citric hops going on with some underlying pineapple and orange sweetness. Caramel malts are still present. There is a little funk if you dig for it but not much.

M - Good feel. A little slick. Getting a lot of hop oils. Medium bodied and carbonation is sorta bubbly. I like it.

O - My first White Birch beer. Not like any other Saison Ive had.

depechemode1983, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

spycow, May 01, 2013
Photo of tpacek
3/5  rDev -15.5%

tpacek, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of ichorNet
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Darker than I expected; opaque ruddy brown-copper with reddish highlights. Considerable retention with spotty, inconsistent lacing

Scent: A bit estery, though malty upfront with notes of caramel and red velvet cake, tangy and earthy hops and some floral/fruity scents floating around

Taste: Chewy malt is layered with some spicy/earthy (Saaz?) hop notes and nutty, dry yeast producing a little dry fruit character. Funky yeast is present through most of the glass

Mouthfeel: Slightly grainy with a definite malt drag and some acerbic harshness but nothing out of the ordinary for WB. Carbonation is medium; solid

Drinkability: This is a drink to pour and to ponder. I can’t imagine downing it quickly, as it feels nice when sipped slowly. Middling ABV helps though, for sure

Overall: An interesting beer operating in a grey area between Belgian amber and Saison; I would recommend this to people looking for interesting Belgian-style ales doing a bit of border-crossing, but only if you appreciate the American cross-strain way of doing things. As far as White Birch goes, this is fairly normal and, though it has some exciting and unique flavors, is too closely within their Belgian yeast repertoire to deserve honors or specific praise. I definitely like it, though. I feel like it would be a great discussion piece among friends.

Read full review @ http://blogs.lowellsun.com/beer/2012/12/28/white-birch-farmhouse-red/

ichorNet, Jan 24, 2013
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White Birch Farmhouse Red from White Birch Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.