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White Birch Brewing
New Hampshire, United States | website

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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70
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
21.59%
 
 
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Photo of jlindros
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +30.7%
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 womencantsail
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Photo of mdfb79
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 7/24/10 notes.

a - Pours a murky, pale yellow with no head and little carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus, grass, wheat, and earthy tones.

t - Ttaste follows the nose; ctirus, wheat, earthy malts, but also seems a bit watered down. Little bit of spice as well.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - An ok tripel. Lots of grassy/earthy malts to it, but enjoyable. Would try again.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.96/5  rDev +12.5%
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 Gobzilla
3.17/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a pale straw yellow (wit looking) with a thin head and left almost no lacing saticking to the glass. The beer was hardly a tripel on the nose with citrus, herbs, earthiness, and malts but lacking spices and good belgian yeast aromas. The fruitiness was also super faint. Like the nose the flavor was hardly a tripel with not much apples or yeasty characteristics but was tasting like a saison consisting of citrus, earthy notes, coriander, and herbs. The brew was medium body with a low amount of carbonation which had a slight sweet, earthy, and bitter finish. It drank pretty good but honstly didn't tickle my pickle as far as tripel go. It probably should have been labeled a farmhouse style beer IMO.

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Photo of tempest
2.94/5  rDev -16.5%
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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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 John_M
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
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 jdhilt
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
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 corby112
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.47/5  rDev +27%
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 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 Brad007
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
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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Photo of tigg924
2.92/5  rDev -17%
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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Photo of gford217
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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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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Photo of DIM
4.27/5  rDev +21.3%
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 philbe311
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
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...

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.42/5  rDev +25.6%
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 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 sholland119
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

HV

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Photo of Jayli
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
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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