White Birch Tripel | White Birch Brewing

White Birch TripelWhite Birch Tripel
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White Birch TripelWhite Birch Tripel

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White Birch Brewing
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by barleywinebrewer on 09-15-2009

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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 48
Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +31.8%
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 GratefulBeerGuy
4.58/5  rDev +31.2%
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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Photo of puboflyons
4.47/5  rDev +28.1%
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 FrankLloydMike
4.43/5  rDev +26.9%
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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Photo of brewandbbq
4.42/5  rDev +26.6%
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 sdawson
4.36/5  rDev +24.9%
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 DIM
4.27/5  rDev +22.3%
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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Photo of sulldaddy
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
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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Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
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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Photo of jamie2dope
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
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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Photo of axeman9182
4.19/5  rDev +20.1%
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 +19.8%
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 Jayli
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
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 rpstevens
4.05/5  rDev +16%
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 jdhilt
4.05/5  rDev +16%
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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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +14.6%
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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Photo of ZacharyJ
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of BigCheese
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Lebzilla
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.96/5  rDev +13.5%
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 morebeergood
3.91/5  rDev +12%
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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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
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 MetalHopHead6
3.79/5  rDev +8.6%
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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White Birch Tripel from White Birch Brewing
Beer rating: 42.9% out of 100 with 70 ratings
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