White Birch Saison | White Birch Brewing

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White Birch SaisonWhite Birch Saison

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White Birch Brewing
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Saison is brewed once per year in the summer to take advantage of the higher temps. Our Saison yeast loves to ferment at higher temps. The resulting beer is a slightly hazy golden orange colored beer with a lightly funky aroma, wonderful spicy pepper notes and a crisp dry finish. Balanced, nuanced, great with fish, steak or rich cheeses. For us, this is a beer that works on many levels.

Added by barleywinebrewer on 09-20-2009

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3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

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1.75/5  rDev -51.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of womencantsail
1.32/5  rDev -63.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours a cloudy golden color with a huge, soapy white head. Puke and old cheese. This is putrid, putrid shit. Wow...seriously? This is funkier than some of the blue cheeses I’ve had. The flavor is pretty cheesy too, but it’s also watery and also a little bit cidery. This is truly horrible.

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Photo of EvanWilliams
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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1/5  rDev -72.1%

Photo of mmmbeer
1.31/5  rDev -63.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

From a 22 oz. bottle, brewed in the summer of 2009 at higher temperatures. Batch 4; bottled 9/9/09 and sampled this past April. Bottle 90 of 105; 7.3%. This very active bottle pours hazed golden, highly carbonated, with visible particulates and three fingers of very frothy white head. A bit muddy, but not terrible. Smells of orange and spice (cinnamon?) at first, but then quickly progresses to vinous malts and rotten oranges, with something definitely "off" about it. Tastes of musty grains, rubber, cardboard, acetone/ethyl acetate, an acidic note, and an overall rancid/moldy character. The body is light and overly-carbonated, with an exceedingly short finish. Wow, just... wow - seriously bad. This beer is absolutely riddled with defects that have nothing to do with its age. It reeks of fermentation errors and contamination (not the "good" brett contamination mind you), and I can barely drink enough to give a full review. I would rather drink Bud Light, because at least it doesn't have any flaws. I haven't tried any other batches, and this could be a complete anomaly, but this bottle has turned me off of White Birch altogether.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a slightly hazy golden 'apple juice'-like color. It's topped by a crisp white head with visible carbonation.

S: I defiantly get a sour funkiness in this beer. Like apricots mixed with a healthy dose of Brett.

T: This has a slight puckering effect on the palate. It is somewhat earthy, a tad grassy, bold - not afraid to show it's colors. It has a good mix of just about everything. This is quite nice.

M: light bodied with moderately-high carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable for the alcohol content which isn't too high. It's a nice beer.

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4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Glen Beverage, Glen, NH. Bottled 8/5/10, Batch 1, one of 408 bottles.

Poured into a Harpoon chalice, formed a 2" off-white head over the very cloudy blondish amber brew. Thick head lasts and lasts, with heavy chunky lacing. Aroma is spicy, earthy, maybe a bit of smokiness.

Taste is sweet upfront, lemony in the middle, and closes crisply with the lemon lingering. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy. Nice brew to enjoy more or less anytime.

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3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer from Joppa. Thanks Ben!

22oz bottle served in a tulip glass.

L - murky straw color with a fluffy white head that stayed around a while before finally settling down.

S - earthy yeast and tart apple.

T - tart apple and pear upfront with some yeast in the middle finishing dry and tart.

F - medium bodied with a crisp feel.

D - it went down ok but the tartness keeps this to a glass or two.

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Photo of mlazzaro
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

served in tulip glass.
white head. hazy yellow color, low head retention. pretty much looks like a farmhouse ale.
Smells of sourness, and saison yeast, with a touch of alcohol.
Easy drinking saison beer. Sourness like lemons, I assume from some brett. Booze is quite apparent because it is so thin bodied. More of a spicy saison character, rather than the bubblegum I sometimes notice. I split the 22oz comfortably with two friends. I thoughht both the beers from this brewing company were extremely similar. But pretty good.

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3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly, leaving some lace. Hazy light amber color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flowery, spicy nose. Flavor is flowery spice and tart citrus, high ABV is totally hidden, the label says 9.0% but it doesn't feel like it. $8.75 for a 22oz bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH. Bottled 8/5/2010.

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3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to rpstevens for handing this over to me as an extra during an in-person trade at KTG 2010.

Pours a slightly hazed yellow golden color with a white head. The nose brings a good amount of grain as well as some earth and a bit of citrus. A bit of wheat. The taste brings some dry wheat as well as citrus and earth. Faint notes of light dough. Some nice yeast characteristics that lead to a fairly dry mouthfeel. Good carbonation levels. Somewhat plain, but a good tasting saison in the end.

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3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1, 48 of 102

Thanks to rpstevens for this one.

Pours a pale straw with a thin, quick head with moderate to light lacing.

Aromas of musty grain and crackers with a hint of citrus.

Peppery and more must on the palate, sweetness is front and simple, pale malt in character. Easy herbal and spice notes just underneath some hints of toast and nuts. Finishes with a mineral bitterness.

Crisp and light in body, easy to drink. Musty notes are a bit overpowering, esters could do to run a bit more wild (as it reaches room temperature they start to play up a bit more in the nose and the beer gets substantially better).

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4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to masterchiefMD for sharing this.

Bottle 6 of 84

A: Cloudy, hazy yellow with great head retention and decent lace.

S: Very floral, mild tartness, lemons.

T: Decent tasting. Nothing outstanding, nothing amiss, just an average saison. Floral aromas, slightly yeasty, a tad tart. This is an ok beer, but I rarely have an American beer brewed in the Belgian style that can compete with an authentic Belgian ale. This is yet another example.

M: Smooth and refreshing.

D: I'd be happy to have another, but these aren't easy to come by. I'm thankful for the opportunity to try it.

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Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 46 ratings