White Birch Tripel
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Style:
Tripel
Ranked #512
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
83
Ranked #42,551
Avg:
3.59 | pDev: 21.17%
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
70
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White Birch Brewing
 
New Hampshire, United States
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83
Good
White Birch TripelWhite Birch Tripel
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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jale from Michigan

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.

Apr 14, 2011
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ThirstyBird from England

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Jul 04, 2010
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jophish17 from Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Jun 30, 2014
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Aug 09, 2010
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Brad007 from Vermont

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?

May 06, 2011
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gford217 from Georgia

3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Jul 11, 2010
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mltobin from Connecticut

3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

May 30, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Sep 29, 2010
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philbe311 from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
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...

Sep 26, 2010
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Jayli from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

May 22, 2010
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Kelp from New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Apr 23, 2013
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spycow from Illinois

3.34/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aug 26, 2015
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

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.

Sep 23, 2011
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Reagan1984 from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev +5%
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.

Jun 29, 2010
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brokensail from California

3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Sep 08, 2010
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SickGnar from Pennsylvania

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.

Mar 22, 2012
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
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.

Sep 28, 2009
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craytonic from District of Columbia

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.

Nov 17, 2010
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Nov 12, 2009
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rpstevens from New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Sep 24, 2009
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GRG1313 from California

2/5  rDev -44.3%

Nov 25, 2011
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mavbrew from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Sep 11, 2010
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MetalHopHead6 from Virginia

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.

Jul 10, 2011
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Janeinma from Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Jul 30, 2013
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BobZ from Massachusetts

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

Jul 31, 2011
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Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 70 ratings