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White Birch Barrel Aged TripelWhite Birch Barrel Aged Tripel

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White Birch Brewing
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.65%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
2009 – Our Tripel aged in a barrel for an extended period of time. Belgian esters and light fruit notes meld with a smooth vanilla and oak to create a rich smooth sipping beer. Our first batch rings in at 11.65%, medium bodied with a smooth finish.

2010 – Aged in Pinot Noir and Merlot barrels. Each of the seven barrels we used are from the same vintage of wine.

Unlike wine makers, we did not blend the contents from each barrel together. Rather choosing to let the subtle and unique differences from each barrel stand on their own.

Each barrel is recognized on the label as batch PN1 through PN6, and M1. Meaning Pinot Noir barrel 1 through Pinot Noir barrel 6. and Merlot barrel 1.

Pinot Noir barrels 1 through 3 have a nice soft fruit note. Barrels 4 through 6 have a softer wine note and more of a sharp oak flavor from the barrel. The Merlot barrel has a rich, sharp Merlot note, soften by our Tripel, with hints of oak.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a red waxed 22 oz. bottle on 5-27-10 with Hophead101, bottle labeled 10/6/09, Batch 1.

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow with very little foam.

S - Big Oaky aroma with hints of bourbon and cloves, very clean and crisp aroma

T - very oaky, faint clove and bourbon but not much else, slightly sweet, all the flavor is up front and then quickly disappears

M - very dry, light bodied, crisp, good carbonation

D - slightly disappointed, most of the tripel flavors seem to have disappeared. decent flavor, just not what I was expecting.

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Photo of DIM
4.51/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle #35 of 228 shared with Eric.

a: This was a clear, pale golden color. It poured with a short lived fizzy white head.

s: I think this is the third BA tripel I've tried and I have some reservations about this styles compatibility with the barrel. I just haven't been a fan so far. Smelling this helped change my mind. The affect of the barrel is obvious of course, plenty of bourbon, some oaky tannins, and a little vanilla. The Belgian character managed to come through in a surprisingly big way however. The candied sugar melded well with the sweet booze and vanilla, plus I found some distinctive Belgian yeastiness.

t: Happy again to be wrong about barrels and tripels, this is great! The sweetness of the bourbon and vanilla compliment the already sweet triple. They almost seem to keep one another in check. There is plenty of booze in the finish, but this doesn't come across as hot. This is a beer approaching 12% abv and it isn't ashamed to show it. Warming but not fiery.

m: Viscous, chewy body with gently fizzy carbonation.

d: WB knows there way around a bourbon barrel, no doubt. I might prefer the oak aged tripel by a slim margin, but this was a great beer. Bill's commercial offerings continue to impress, no surprise there.

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Photo of weeare138
3.92/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to josh for this...
Appears a light gold with a little white cap that fades into a mild cap and collar. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla, oak, apple, pineapple, mango, peach, and nectarines.
Taste is of the aromas with smooth vanilla, McIntosh apples, caramel, oak, and smooth, melted sugar.
Mouthfeel is swet, medium full bodied, boozy, hot, evident abv, and smacking of oaky tannins.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to jmu500 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Red Waxed/Cap
Bottled: October 6, 2009
Batch: One
Bottle: 96 of 228

Poured into a chalice a light dirty looking pinkish color, very nice carbonation, nice one-finger fizzy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice yeast notes, lots of bourbon notes, with some spice. The taste is sweet, malty/yeast, again very big bourbon notes, and spicy. Medium body, this brew is highly carbonated. Very drinkable, WOW! Very tasty brew, really liking the bourbon notes, Thanks John!

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Photo of nickd717
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at the after-Bruery tasting. Wow, for all the hype surrounding this brewery as of late, this one fell a bit flat.

Pours cloudy golden with a white head and decent lacing.

Aroma is sweet with pale malt, Belgian yeast, honey, fruity esters, and spice.

Flavor is really sweet with not terribly much to it. Pale malt, banana, honeydew melon, spice, and oak.

Medium body with lasting sweetness on the palate.

Drinkability is pretty good. Overall, this was only ok. Will give these White Birch guys another shot, although I'm thinking their hype may be a little unwarranted.

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Photo of BeerTrader
4.67/5  rDev +39%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying this bottle that has been stashed away in the cellar for a few months. Bottled 10/06/2009.

Very excellent and enjoyable. I concur with all the excellent comments in the previous reviews below. This has set a new level of excellence for me for the White Birch lineup.

Very well done.

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Photo of MisterSH
4.97/5  rDev +47.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm thrilled to try this beer, which is beautifully waxed and sold for $14.99. Mega-props to Rpstevens for the hook up on this one...
I've got bottle 111 of 228, batch one. Bottled on Oct. 6, 2009, it's now December 14. Considering that it's clocking in at 11.65%, I'd say this bottle's about a day old in "beer years" - fresh indeed. I'm pouring it into a Fin Du Monde tulip. I'm typing as I go.

After cracking the wax, a rather aggro-pour yeilds a rather gray-tinged, hazy golden brew with a nice puffy head. The beer seems tinted with a color that one would imagine resembles the hue of the barrel in which it was aged. Nice.

Inserting my nose into the top of the glass and inhaling brings a very sweet, tantalizing fruity bouquet of grapefruit, banana, yeast, and an extremely whiskey-like vanilla oakiness. There is very strong alcohol aroma, leaving the overall impression quite spirit-like, exquisitely complex and formidable at once.

Taste is exceptional! Wow. I'm greeted with a delicious vanilla flavor, backing up a mouthfull of sweet, smooth and delicious fruity and spirit notes. Very strong estery taste with bits of apricot, sweet grapefruit (although not in a hoppy way), banana, and pineapple ushers me into an extremely warm, slightly bittered, and rather dry finish with lingering alcohol flavors. This makes me think of some sort of tripel-spirit hybrid. Some nutty, slightly earthy yeast undertones are present upon further investigation and are most apparent in the aftertaste, as are some fleetingly subtle hints of warm bread. Alcohol is prominent. I wouldn't call it well hidden, rather, it's a well integrated and actually essential flavor that asserts itself at just the right moments, and falls back into the crowd exactly when you want it to, before rearing it's head up again full force on the finish. Reminiscent of a really good whiskey in this regard.

Mouthfeel is perfect - dead on. Nice, strong, but gentle carbonation effervesces on the tongue and really drives every bit of the flavor home, scrubbing it into your tastebuds without a single bit of extra force. The beer is actually somewhat thick, a sensation that is completely balanced by the carbonation and manifests itself only as a sort of robust and very satisfying whole-mouth feeling. The combination of carbonation and thick body results in an exceptional creaminess that compliments the vanilla notes in beer perfectly. This is one of the first times I've ever felt like a beer's feel in the mouth was actively adding too and working in harmony with the beer's flavors.

Wow, wow, wow. I can't say enough about this beer. Probably the best brew I've tried all year and certainly on my current list of top beers ever. I tried a small dixie-cup sized sample of the "regular" white birch tripel several months back and was duly impressed. This is in another league entirely. The strongly alcoholic, spiritesque strength and warmth of this beer might keep the drinkability "down," that is if you're thinking of drinkability in a bud-light, tailgate party sense. But that would be a disgrace to this beer anyway, and as far as I'm concerned, slowly savoring this bomber over an hour or two will be absolutely no chore and makes this beer as drinkable as any.

My highest praise to this masterpiece.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.15/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a crown capped, oxblood colored wax sealed, 22oz bottle into two St. Bernardus goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to Vanillamike for this from our recent trade!

Bottled October 6, 2009
Batch One
Bottle 17 of 228

A: Pours a murky pear nectar color. A one finger thin layer of cream coats the top and leaves a small amount of lace behind.

S: Aromas of peaches, pear, vanilla, coconut, and damp/oaky barrel.

T: See above. Heather thought that this had a vaguely winey quality to it. Lots of big wet oak!

M: Smooth with fresh oaky dryness. Very sticky!

D: We found ourselves racing through this beer and then we noticed that this is sporting 11.65% abv. No way is this almost 12%!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.83/5  rDev +43.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A huge thanks to Bill for making sure that I get to try this one. I used this one to cap off my night, and boy what a night it was. Bottle number 5 of the first batch, red wax capped and all. This one was served at cellar temp and consumed on 11/13/2009 in a nice snifter glass.

The pour was perfect. Rich light golden in color with a light tint of reddish to it, though that maybe my eyes. Lots of cloudiness in this one for sure though with a huge billowing head of white that rises up to at least three inches before falling back down to a somewhat reasonable level. Not before dropping tons of lacing all over the sides and the bottom of the glass though.

Then I reach in to find out whats going on with the character of this one, holy crap we have a winner. Huge notes of vanilla and woody tones, light buttery malts and droves of fig like notes great me. Vanilla tones just dominate though, really just immense aroma. Warming starts to bring out some more lighter notes, peaches, light citrus tones, hints of grape skin. I cannot resist any more though and I must go in for a taste. Blown away now. I get smacked with tons of vanilla and bourbon notes right off the bat. Just melting my palate and making me sink into the chair. Simply amazing the transformation this beer has undergone in the barrel. Subtle notes of fruit coming through now, pears and plums, light tart like grape flavors, but mostly woody and vanilla just overloading your senses. Again I let it warm to bring out more subtle flavors and hints of light citrus now start popping up, drying the plate and leaving just a touch of tart across the tongue. Carbonation is active and lively, giving it a fine, subtle and smooth feel. Now hint of the alcohol that lies within, I am amazed by this. The flavor just wrapped it all together just perfectly. Finish the bottle with ease and was shocked that I almost looked for more.

Overall I have to say this may be my favorite of Bill;s creations to date. It just is done perfectly. The vanilla and wood flavors play off the light fruit in the natural triple flavor soo well I cannot put into words how good of a job he has done on this one. Cannot wait to see what else he pulls out of those barrels. Great job here.

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Photo of rpstevens
4.32/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is batch one, bottle 106 of 228. Poured into a White Birch glass.

The pour yields a two finger white frothy head on top of a golden, hazy body. As the head fades it leaves some foamy, bubbly lace behind.

The smell is sweet biscuity malt, vanilla and bourbon first and foremost. Underneath is some other sweetness, maybe banana? and some fresh cut hop notes.

The taste is a blast of vanilla and graham cracker malt that is followed by strong bourbon and barrel flavors. There is a nice blend of fresh cut grass, lemon zest and peppery hop that pop up throughout the taste and add an excellent balance.

The beer is well carbonated and the high alcohol is hidden nicely by the strong flavors of the beer. About halfway through the bottle there is a nice warmth in the belly and as the beer warms the scent becomes more inviting. This is a dangerous beer at almost 12%, I can't wait to see what it's like after some time in the cellar.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.32/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, Batch #1, bottle # 11 of 72, which was the same batch that was served at the Belgian Fest. A Triple aged in a Bourbon barrel.

Pours pale, hazy gold with a one inch head of semi-dense white. A reluctant retreat revealed some rippid lacing and a ring of bubbles around a mostly placid surface.

Aromatics lead off with a blast of vanilla, bourbon, and honey-drizzeled biscuits. Bannana skins and bubblegum follow through along with oakey tannins and a hint of cut grass.

Light bodied with a crisp, sharpish mouthfeel.

Light malt and toast crumbs start the palate but are quickly overrun with bourbon and a peppery bite. Vanilla, honey, and warming spice follow through. Plenty of bubblegum, hoopy bitterness, and an earthy, tannic bite flow underneath.

Finishes with a building bourbon heat, peppercorn spicyness, and layers of blossom honey, lively hops, and melon rind.

The biggest, most adventurous WB brew to date. Carbonation a bit low for the style, but theres always variation on these nano-bathes. A real cellar candidate if you can wait. Heavy on the hops and Bourbon. Nice.. Thanks Bill.

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