White Birch Oak Senex Torva Saison | White Birch Brewing

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White Birch Oak Senex Torva SaisonWhite Birch Oak Senex Torva Saison

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White Birch Brewing
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
With this batch we aged our Saison for an extended period of time on oak chips with a special brettanomyces strain. The result is spicy and tart, with mild fruit notes and a crisp dry wild finish.

Added by barleywinebrewer on 08-10-2010

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3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cbutova
2.82/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

December 2014 bottle.

A- Pours out with a medium golden body and a frothy white cap, which forms only for moments. Tiny ring remains but lace is a no go.

S- Started out as mostly cheek puckering sour notes but quickly turned. Massive tart cherries, buttered popcorn, apples and spice.

T- Starts out on the palate well off with tart cherries, green apple and red wine vinegar but eventually it is completely taken over by popcorn and buttery notes. Funky musty grapes.

MF- Slick, oily body that is right around medium thickness. Carbonation on the low end and a fairly sour finish.

Starts off with a nice sour cherry and funky flavor profile but ends unfortunately with slick buttery popcorn taking over the entire experience.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of theandyday
4.84/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing this beer from the most recent (2014) batch. The ABV was closer to 7% I believe on this batch, so it was hardly notable at all. Definitely tart, caramel, some complex fruitiness... very enjoyable and not for the faint of heart.

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Photo of Kelp
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy amber under a quickly dissipating white foam cap.
S: Has a big lemony tart barnyard wet horse blanket nose.
T: Lemony tart palate with traces of caramel, dry with some mineral and salt.
F: Light, tart and effervescent.
O: A very nicely made tart wild ale – a little salty for a Saison.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of oceanman907
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into an oversized wine glass at around 40 degrees.

A- A little too dark for the style, more of a faded umber color w some haziness.

S-Green Apple, faint barnyard, Grassy

T- Very pungent and tart at first sip, much more like a wild ale than a saison, fades almost to a dark fruitwood flavor, a little oakiness but no smoky spiciness that I typically expect form a good oak farmhouse ale.

M- Quite pungent and full of Brett feel, tingles the tongue, and is really quite prickly overall.

O- This is not a bad beer but the brett has a way of taking the sweet/spicy characteristics of the Saison away and rendering the beer off kilter, still an interesting beer but not really balanced enough for my taste. Maybe if I was expecting a little more of a American Wild ale, but for a Saison it doesn't really work.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of pknyc
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Brewsephus
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip glass.

A- Slightly hazy yellow corn color, head sticks to sides of glass and never really forms aggressively, and dissipates quickly. Small/medium carbonation bubbles.

S- Green apple, fresh cut grass, light biscuit.

T-Unripe apple, tart fruit, very faint saison yeast character, a little horse-blanket but not a lot; you really have to search for it. Finishes with a little vinegar and nail polish.

M-Slightly flat, thin.

O- I really wanted this beer to be great. I love White Birch's Berliner Weiss and hoped it would have some of the same qualities. It seems to lose much of it's Saison flavor in lieu of the brett, which is unfortunate. It's not a bad beer by any means, but I would see this as one of the beginning steps on the way to developing a great Wild Saison. It has the right flavors to be glorious on a hot summer day, and is very refreshing. I am dissapointed because my hopes were so high, but this beer is very solidly average. It's JUST good.

EDIT: I just realized this beer is 11% ABV. There is not a hint of alcohol, in fact, it feels like a very low ABV beer. Kudos to the brewer.

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White Birch Oak Senex Torva Saison from White Birch Brewing
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