White Birch Tripel
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Belgian Tripel
Ranked #517
Ranked #41,376
3.59 | pDev: 21.17%
White Birch Brewing
New Hampshire, United States
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Notes: 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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4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours gold with a slight haze, very finely bubbled 1” white head with excellent lace. S: Has the Belgian yeast nose with fruit and traces of over ripe fruit. T: Fruit, bubblegum, light banana and peach with earthy hop aftertastes. F: Very smooth and very creamy body produced with a very fine soft carbonation. O: A good Belgian Tripel.

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pat61 from Minnesota, Aug 18, 2015
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3.01/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

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.

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GPHarris from Alabama, Jun 02, 2014
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1.6/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

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.

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yourefragile from District of Columbia, Sep 08, 2013
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3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
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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kjlcm from New Hampshire, Aug 11, 2013
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3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle was labeled January 2011, batch two. Loud pop when I took off the cap. Poured into a Belgian-style chalice. Huge white head forms on top of a golden colored body. Very impressive look. Smell was spicy like lemon zest. Taste was impressively Belgian, with an American twist. It had a nice sweet sugar flavor, but finished with a hop bite at the end. Mouthfeel was crisp yet luscious. Really liked this beer. One of the best tripels from the US I have had in a while.

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morebeergood from Massachusetts, Apr 28, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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SickGnar from Pennsylvania, Mar 22, 2012
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2.86/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania, Jan 27, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +17%
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.

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sulldaddy from Connecticut, Jan 10, 2012
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2.94/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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tempest from New York, Nov 19, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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jdhilt from New Hampshire, Oct 01, 2011
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2.92/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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tigg924 from Massachusetts, Sep 23, 2011
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3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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pmlondrigan from New York, Aug 25, 2011
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3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 Oz. Bottle poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: An interesting pinkish yellow, definitely pink, nice 1 " head initially that quickly receded to a ring. Decent lacing.

Smell: Very mild, a few hoppy notes, also a hint of spice.

Taste: Light but refreshing, had this beer outside at a cookout and generally found it pretty pleasant. Not really to the “sweet up front and bitter at the finish” tripel style. But this isn't a horrible thing. The beer was balanced nicely between sweet and bitter throughout. Frankly the flavors were not all that deep or complex, reminded me more of a summer ale. The alcohol was completely, and I mean completely masked.

Mouthfeel: Smooth on the palate, again refreshing.

Overall: Not exactly what I would expect in a Belgian Tripel, but a very enjoyable beer none-the -less.
Serving type: bottle

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BobZ from Massachusetts, Jul 31, 2011
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3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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4.58/5  rDev +27.6%
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.

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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire, Jun 23, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at RSVP during my recent Portland trip.

The beer pours a rich, peachy gold color with a long lasting, thick head. The beer also shows pretty good lacing and very good head retention. The nose is likewise attractive, showcasing clove, light ginger and sandlewood, some apricot and peach, and some light vanilla and honey. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but is even more impressive. This beer is just luscious, showing honey, vanilla custard, butter and light tropical fruit. Mouthfeel is rich and full, with barely a hint of alcohol. There's also some light hoppy bitterness in the finish, which keeps the moderate sweetness in check. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, and the beer is not at all heavy or tiring on the palate.

A well crafted, impressive effort from the folks at White Birch. However, I'm wondering if they tweaked the original recipe a bit, as my bottle listed an abv. at 9% I believe. Very nice beer...

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John_M from Oregon, Jun 17, 2011
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3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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?

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Brad007 from Vermont, May 06, 2011
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3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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SFLpunk from Vermont, Apr 16, 2011
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3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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jale from Michigan, Apr 14, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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mdaschaf from Washington, Feb 28, 2011
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4.27/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a hazy golden sunset color. It poured with a very long lasting, firm, frothy looking white head.

s: Sweet and fruity are what I noticed first. I found pears, apricots, and hints of honey. There was also fairly strong yeasty phenols and some clove like spices. As usual with White Birch the alcohol is incredibly well masked.

t: The flavors mirror the smell for the most part. Sweet and phenolic up front with some spice at the finish.

m: Gently creamy carbonation that lasted the entire hour I lingered over this.

d: This is a very nice take on the style. Just enough spice and gentle warmth to keep the sweetness is check.

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DIM from Pennsylvania, Feb 22, 2011
1.68/5  rDev -53.2%
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.

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FeDUBBELFIST from Pennsylvania, Jan 15, 2011
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2.13/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

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craytonic from District of Columbia, Nov 17, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Batch 3.

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.


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sholland119 from Pennsylvania, Oct 22, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Firefly in downtown Manchester.

A: Arrived in a White Birch glass with only slight residual head, but appeared as a dense, hazy, translucent straw color that belied its strength. The appearance was not what I would expect for what turned out to be such a heady brew, but it was very attractive just the same.

S: Yeast dominates, but there's a hint of pear or banana in there. The smell isn't faint, but not overly assertive either, and it takes a minute to note the subtleties.

T: The taste is yeasty, grassy and only slightly citrusy. It's crisp, sharp and slightly sour, with a refreshing bite toward the end of the sip. The taste hides the booze much more than the smell, but otherwise the smell is an excellent, if understated indication of the taste.

M: Really nicely carbonated, the mouthfeel is surprisingly full for what I would expect from the appearance.

D: I had two of these with dinner, and I'd love to have had another. Like the other White Birches I've had, the alcohol is deceptively strong, and when I stood up after the second I knew it would have to be my last for the evening.

This was my favorite White Birch to date. I'd had the Tripel on tap at the Barley Pub and really enjoyed it, but for whatever reason it was significantly better this time around. It also stood up surprisingly well to the mahi mahi topped with black bean salsa that I had. I look forward to having this brew again.

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FrankLloydMike from Massachusetts, Oct 03, 2010
White Birch Tripel from White Birch Brewing
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 70 ratings