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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Photo of ElGallo
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first sampling of White Birch - picked up this and the Pale Ale at Johnson's Marketplace in New Durham on 10/4/09.

Poured into a medium tulip glass, beautiful pale gold color, solid and retained finger of head with some lacing. Great nose right out of the bottle with hints of citrus, barnyard, and morning dew.

This was a smoother Saison (less tart) than I expected, which was a pleasant surprise. I am also a hound for collected yeast, so I swirled up what I could into the last pour, and the result was delicious.

Nice to see a new craft brewer from NH getting it done right. I tried Ommegang Hennepin last week, and that's a great beer, but I have to admit I liked this one more. Great beer Bill! Please send more Tripel (and perhaps wild ales too?) to Johnson's.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 1 pint 6 fl. oz. bottle. Bottled on September 1, 2009. Batch Two, no. 28 of 84. Sampled on September 27, 2009. It pours a cloudy golden yellow with a foamy white head that lingers on to the end. The aroma sports a sharp sense of citrus and yeast. A litle bit of hops in there too. A creamy medium tecture mouthfeel. The taste is also full of citrus and yeast and it is plenty tart...maybe too sour for my tastebuds. Still it was a nice brew in the end.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2, bottle 28 of 84 from the fridge.

Pours clear pale gold with an inch-plus head of dense white. A solid quarter inch head of lengthy retention lingers throughout the glass along with plenty of smeared lacing.

Aromatics lead off with honey-drizzled biscuit malt, cut greens, and wet boards. Hints of pineapple skin, lemon pith, and wet straw follow through.

Light bodied with a crisp, drying mouthfeel.

Biscuit edges, wet sock, crushed grass, and black pepper start the palate. Dried pineapple with pithy tannins and a mild yeast bite step forward.

Finishes with a persistant dryness, firm bitterness, and an afterthought of honey.

Another tasty one from Bill. The Brett adds a great complexity but doesn't take mainstage.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second beer from White Birch. The first one did not disappoint, and I hope this one will not either. Pours an almost perfectly hazed golden orange, with a finger worth of white heading. Nose is also as noteworthy, with some tangerine, lemon, pineapple, cream and a tiny amount of funk. Some more fruit comes through in the flavor, namely melon, along with some champagne dryness and a spicy peppery aftertaste. Carbonation is tight and prickly on the palate, and would be perfect for a Spring or Summer day. I am hoping this beer becomes available here in Boston soon, as it more than meets my expectations for what a great Saison should be. Only good things to say about this beer as well. Bring on more!

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 2 Bottle 40 of 84
Pours a slightly cloudy pale golden straw color with a huge fluffy white head that slowly dissipates to a cap on top.
Smells of light citrus, lemon and clove with a fleeting hint of banana. Slightly earthy and spicy aroma slightly tart with a hint of funk deep underneath. The taste is light and citrusy with an earthy edge. Smooth and medium body with a very dry finish.
I'm impressed that Bill managed to brew a Saison that I enjoyed so much. This is a great light easy drinking ale, there's no way I'm going to be able to cellar the rest of these.

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Photo of rpstevens
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a bottle from batch one, poured from a bottle into a dogfish head signature glass.

The beer pours a golden straw color with a thick, frothy two finger white head. The beer looks well carbonated and leaves a slight oily lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell starts with some sweet graham cracker malt and some floral spice that balance well, followed by earthiness and some light citrus notes.

The taste is light, refreshing and incredibly well balanced. The sweet malts and floral hop characters give way to a light citrus, maybe some fresh orange peel. The finish is crisp and spicy with a nice balance of not-too-bready-malt. Through all the crisp citrus and floral notes there is an almost sour earthiness that balance the flavors and flattens them out.

The drinkability and mouthfeel are excellent on this beer. It is perfectly carbonated, well balanced and very refreshing. The alcohol is barely present, definitely a beer that I could drink more than one bomber of.

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White Birch Saison from White Birch Brewing
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