White Birch Tripel | White Birch Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
White Birch Brewing
New Hampshire, United States
whitebirchbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
70
Reviews:
48
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
21.59%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Photo of spycow
3.34/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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 mltobin
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of jophish17
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of GPHarris
3.01/5  rDev -14.5%
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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Photo of RochefortChris
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Lebzilla
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of yourefragile
1.6/5  rDev -54.5%
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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Photo of kjlcm
3.38/5  rDev -4%
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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Photo of Janeinma
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of mklisz
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of ububru
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of tfidler
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of TheBirdSanc
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of morebeergood
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
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 djrn2
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of SickGnar
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
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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2.5/5  rDev -29%

Photo of ygtbsm94
1/5  rDev -71.6%

Photo of mvanaskie13
2.86/5  rDev -18.8%
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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Photo of BigCheese
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of sulldaddy
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
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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