White Birch Dubbel | White Birch Brewing

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Brewed by:
White Birch Brewing
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Belgian Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgain Style Dubbels have a history going back to the mid 1800s. Our interpretation of this style is a ruby mahogany colored beer highlighted by toffee, caramel and dark ripe fruit notes with a subtle dry finish. Great on it’s own or paired with chocolate, red meats or fish.

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Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 62
Reviews by weeare138:
Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sounds like I had a good batch of this, though mine was on tap. A few folks didn't fare so well out of bottled samples.
Appears a light haze of dark russet with mahogany edges and an off white head that slowly fades into a gentle cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla, caramel, raisins, brown sugar, ripe fruit, and a touch of spice.
Taste is of the aromas with a ripe fig flavor pulling through with vanilla and brown sugar pulling up the rear with a touch of earthy mushrooms found among the flavors.
Moutfeel is medium bodied, sweet, evenly carbonated, and lip smacking with some residual Belgian candi sugar sticking around.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from the fridge, #114 of 204, Batch #1.

Pours dark copper with a slight haze and a half inch bone head. After the retreat, a ring of tight bubbles rimmed the glass along with a whisp in the center and some errant marks of lacing.

Aromatics lead off with a mild blend of caramel, toffee, butterscotch, and raisins. Hints of bannana, cocoa, and toasted biscuits follow through.

On the light side of medium bodied with a crisp, drying mouthfeel.

Light shades of chocolate, caramel, and toffee-drizzeled malt start the palate.
A drying bitterness steps forward along with hints of hazelnuts and Werthers candies.

Finishes quick and dry with fading cocoa dust and phenolics.

Quite tasty but I'm left wanting more Dubbel character and a fuller mouthfeel. Add some lush, chocolaty overtones and a more chewy body and we'de be at the next level.
Regardless, this bottle is gone in 3-2-1!

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
1.66/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I don't usually write many reviews - especially after only sampling a beer, but this beer was so lacking it warranted a review.

Upon rasing the glass to my mouth, the 1st thought that crossed my mind was "cooked veggies" in the aroma. Things didn't improve during the taste...more of the same cooked veggie effect (specifically cauliflower), backed up by the taste of dirty socks. I immediately sought another beer to erase my palate.

I've read some articles about this brewery and the brewer seems like a nice guy, but this beer is unbelievably bad....especially at a price point of $15 per bomber! And this is the flagship???

If this is what is passing as "high-end/premium" beer nowadays, the craft beer business is in trouble.

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Photo of ppoitras
2.93/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle received in trade from VanillaMike. Thanks for the opportunity. Batch 1, Bottled 10/5/09, Bottle 71 of 204.

Poured into a Harpoon tulip, formed a 1/2" off-white head over the cloudy orangey amber brew. Head lasts well, rejuvenated by many bubbles from the bottom, with legs and chunky lasting lace. Aroma is spicy and earthy. Taste starts lightly sweet, goes apple-y tart in the middle, and closes dry. Mouthfeel is kind of thin and bubbly, and drinkability is okay. Not really what I was expecting in a dubbel.

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Photo of vurt
2.13/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Batch #1, bottle number 7 of 204, poured in stages into a Bruery tulip.

A dubbel ought to be dark red/brown, while this is a golden amber at best. There's a sturdy skin of beige foam on top, which leaves decent lacing. The beer is attractive enough on its own, but doesn't really look anything like a dubbel.

Well, it's certainly fruity. Mostly pears and white grapes with a touch of clover honey. There is also a significant cooked vegetable note (broccoli? cauliflower? a touch of corn?) which really brings the nose down a couple notches. Mingling in these aromas: alcohol and a bit of crackery malt. Overall, it's no closer to a typical dubbel than the appearance.

Fruity and watery with a mildly tart edge. If the bottle didn't say "dubbel" I'd have to call this an odd Belgian-style pale, and even then it would be disappointing. Flavors of pears and fuji apples and grapes, with light honey, a bit of tart citrus, and some white wine character. LIttle flavor in the watery finish. Not bad enough to be a drain pour, but barely interesting enough to encourage the next sip. At least there isn't much of the cooked vegetable character from the nose. "Not impressed" almost feels like a compliment here.

Perhaps the best part of this beer. The carbonation is lively and light in texture. The body is a bit light, but is arguably closer to style than the other characteristics I've assessed so far.

Batch #1 of White Birch Dubbel is really not a good example of a dubbel. Too pale in color, too light in flavor, and the prominent fruitiness brings to mind the wrong kinds of fruit. Alcoholic without being particularly strong. This is not necessarily a damaged beer (aside from that cooked vegetable note in the nose), but still misses the mark in almost every way. Not recommended. I've enjoyed other beers from White Birch, so I hope the subsequent batches of this brew were closer to style.

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Photo of brentk56
2.18/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Batch One: 10/5/09

Appearance: Far too light in color, pours amber with a modest head; no lacing

Smell: Just a vague hint of caramel - nothing else

Taste: Vaguely sweet, up front, but the caramel is quickly overtaken by a green apple flavor that dominates the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Well, this sure doesn't taste like a Dubbel; more like a combination of unsweetened apple juice and artificial sweetener

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.2/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle says that this is batch #2 and bottle 350 out of 492. Pretty damn dark for a Dubbel, it is a deep brown color, with about a finger of white head. The nose is very bready, which is interesting considering there is little to no dark fruit along with it. There is also a nice chocolate aroma that compliments the nose well. Some fruit comes through in the taste, but it is still centered in the grains and chocolate. The mouthfeel seems heavy, but does not impair the drinking experience at all. Overall I am very impressed with this Dubbel, as I have been with most of the White Birch brews. Welcome to Massachusetts!

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to jmu500 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Bottled: October 5, 2009
Batch: Two
Bottle: 14 or 108

Poured into a chalice a nice golden light amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger fizzy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some green apple notes, slight citrus. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, yeasty, with some nice green apple/citrus notes. Medium body, the finish is slightly dry, this one is alittle flat as well. Drinkable, a pretty tasty brew, but a different kind of dubbel in my book, I'm alittle disappointed in this one.

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Photo of Wally1912
2/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of thornecb
2.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Batch One. Pours hazy amber into a snifter. White head with medium retention recedes to skim surface leaving spotted spiders. Sour apple and grass aromas. Sharp, sour apples, apricots and stale yeast upfront turning to sour marshmallow in the lasting finish.

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Photo of Diomede
3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch One, bottled Feb 4, 2010. Bottle 306 of 315. In a goblet this beer was a pinkish brown color, almost like a dark rose wine. A small white head. Sweet fruit and caramel aroma. Caramel taste, also some tart apple. The mouthfeel was a bit on the piquant side. This was an OK beer, one I didn't think was a good example of a dubbel, and certainly not as good as other White Birch beers I've had.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of mvanaskie13
2.58/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an orval glass, color is amber, with light tan head tht presents somewhat thinly but lingers on top

Smell is very is mainly some brown, toasty malt with hint of caramel. no phenols or yeasty notes.

Taste is sugary, touch of toasted type flavors hint of caramel, no phenols or yeast.

Mouthfeel is pretty clean, not too carbonated, flavors come in and linger lightly, little bitter finish.

Overall, a very sub par dubbel, something mixed between a brown ale splashed with some notes of something that might be a dubbel but never lives up to it.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.95/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Loterbol tulip. Extra special thanks to Vanillamike for this from our recent trade!

Bottled October 5, 2009
Batch One
Bottle 29 of 204

A: Pours a nicely hazy, amber/honey color. The head was smallish and bright white. Retention was decent as was the carbonation. Some drooping ropes of lace were left behind. In the second pour a managed to swirl in all of the sediment which netted me a color closer to apricot nectar and a creamy light orange head.

S: Aromas of tangy fruit, biscuits, green tea, honey, dried wildflowers, and tart citrus. Completely different from what I was expecting, and I found that oddly appealing.

T: The initial pour was full of bready, bright/tart fruit and flowers. After I swirled in the sediment, it took on flavors of caramel, grapefruit, honey, and spices.

M: Perhaps a tad on the thin side. Get all the sediment in it and let it warm up and it begins to thicken. Takes on a bit of a spicy edge, too.

D: Not what I was expecting, but that can be a good thing. I was expecting sweet, dark, and malty and I got bright, tangy, and fruity. Nice!

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Photo of tpd975
3.35/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to markwise for the share.

A: Pours a cloudy yellow with a small white head.

S: Aromas of caramel malt, light crackers, pear, and light citrus.

T: The pear stands out with a bit of yeast. Very light spice can be picked up as well. Lightly hopped in the finish.

M: Light in body, sort of zippy carbonation.

D: Just okay, was not a huge fan to be honest.

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Photo of Gmann
3.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty dark brown color with some ruby highlights around the edges. The tan head is fairly small but its dense; settles into a light ring.

The aroma is fruity and not very strong. Dark fruits, perhaps plum or cherry, get things going. This transitions into an earthy carob like aroma. Some alcohol vapors and metallic notes pop through.

The taste starts off with a red grape fruitiness but quickly turns earthy and slightly bitter. Metallic notes and some stale chocolate give the dubbel an earthy edge. A touch woody. It doesn't have the sweetness that a typical dubbel has and I am not picking up much fruitiness or spiciness from the yeast.

The feel is light to moderate with very fizzy carbonation. This is quite a dry and bitter dubbel.

I feel that a good amount of dubbels get lost in what they are trying to be. The White Birch Dubbel isn't one of those. They went with an earthy, dry, and bitter dubbel and I found that to be a refreshing change of pace. I think it could use a touch more candi sugar sweetness but the earthiness is good.

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Photo of metter98
3.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that quickly died down into a thin layer of bubbles that consistently covered the surface.
S: The smell isn't very strong but has some notes of dark fruits and spices in the aromas.
T: The taste has a slight amount of sweetness and flavors of caramel, dark fruits and toffee. There are also some notes of spices, which particularity stand out in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
D: I had no problem finishing this beer; I'm just not sure if I would try another one of these because it didn't have as much maltiness compared to other beers in the style.

Note: Batch 4, Bottled December 10, 2010

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Photo of ballewblake
2.48/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from bottle into my Duvel Jazz tulip.

Bad batch maybe. Batch 1, bottle 109. Pours a honey golden with a one finger tan head. Color is more of a triple, IMO. Nose is nice and fruity, I actually really love the smell, sour apples, some pineapple. Taste.. coffee stout maybe, its really hard to get any real flavor off this. Its like the carbonation is so high, or is over-fermentation a possibility? There is almost no taste to this brew. The mouth is ultra carbonated, overly so. Drinkability is sadly a drain pour. I was hoping for the best with this brewery too. Hoping the other varieties I have are better.

Thanks to joepias for the brews.

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Photo of largadeer
1.5/5  rDev -51%

Photo of DIM
3.92/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was a slightly hazy, bright golden orange color. It poured with a huge, fluffy white head.

s: Fruity elements of lemons and raisins, some prickly candied sugar, and a little, dry, bready yeastiness. Excellent nose on this one.

t: Doesn't quite live up to the smell. Dry and spicy overall with plenty of yeasty goodness. Not as sweet as I'd expect from a dubbel, but very tasty regardless.

m: A nice lingering dry bite and long lived, gently fizzy carbonation.

d: Thrilled to finally try something from White Birch. Congratulations Bill, I know you'll do well! Dubbels aren't generally my thing, but this was a very tasty take on the style. I can't wait to try more from White Birch.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle number 24 of the first batch of this gem. I was excited to try this and it started off my night of white birch goodies. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 11/13/2009.

The pour was really well done here with a nice amber color with a light hint of caramel around the edges, big head comes up and over the top and settles down gently into a firm and long lasting pillow with loads of side glass lacing. Aroma is nice, much sweeter then I was expecting. Lots of caramel and malts right up front here, light hint of an herbal note boucning around as well, but not terribly strong. Warming brings out a yeast note that is quite intresting and adds a light fruit touch to it, but very sweet still. Flavor again is very intresting and not what I was expecting. Rich notes of caramel and almost candied like sugar abound here. Light touches of hops play on the tongue now as well, very intresting. Comes across almost like an amber ale to me, has that bready maltiness and caramel flavor I associate with it. A bit thin on the feel but the carbonation really saves it and gives it that little bit of pop to pull you in. Soo nicely done that it goes down like candy and really just a smooth and really nice drinking beer.

Overall this one kinda confusues me. A bit light for a dubbel I have to admit but it was still a really well done beer. Needs a little bit more to make it excellent but this is really nice none the less.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I got this beer from Joppa. Thanks Ben!

22oz bottle (bottled on 4/22/10) served in a chalice.

L - dark brown with a beige head that thinned to a light ring.

S - sweet aroma of dates/figs.

T - a smoked taste upfront with some sweetness kicking in... whoa, this is kind of odd for a dubbel?

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - the smoked flavor is strange for the style but it's not a horrible beer by any means.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.44/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks Ethan! Batch Four, consisting of 1536 bottles. Bottled December 10th, 2010. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

A - A dime of tan foam settles to a thin ring, wispy patches, and a few tiny lace spots. Hazy brown body.

S - Reminds me of corn starch and off-brand cola. Perhaps a hint of tobacco and anise in there too. Reminds me quite a bit of adjunct-brewed Guinness from the tropics.

T - The taste is a bit better, but it mostly tastes like fizzy sugar water. There's a hint of chocolate, and some seltzer flavors as well.

M - Zesty carbonation, surprisingly medium-light body, dry texture, well-hidden alcohol, and a sticky finish.

D - Congratulations! You've just brewed the worlds first 9% cola! Fairly easy to drink actually, but horribly off-target for a dubbel.

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Photo of jophish17
1.5/5  rDev -51%

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