White Birch Barrel Aged Wild AKA | White Birch Brewing

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White Birch Barrel Aged Wild AKAWhite Birch Barrel Aged Wild AKA

Brewed by:
White Birch Brewing
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
We bring back our AKA fermented this time with a blend of brettanomyces. It’s rich and malty with a fun wild side. Barrel aging is a process we love at White Birch. There is no hurrying a barrel. For this, we think the effort is well worth the wait.

Added by barleywinebrewer on 08-10-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by drseamus:
Photo of drseamus
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very cloudy chestnut body with a thick head that falls quickly. After about a minute there was only a very thin ring of white around the edge. The smell is basically pure brett funk. Since it's advertised as a brett beer, it's what it should be. It's really sweet. Its kind of like drinking a shoe made of wood. A clog. Too much without balance. The mouthfeel is pretty decent. I'm glad I shared the bottles with others and didn't have to finish it myself.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jaminjohnson
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of genovm
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of hooliganlife
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 received a while back from CooperEllis.. Thanks John for the super trade!! 46/192

Pours deep mahogany.. off white head with good retention.

Nose is very nice fruity with big apple and pear... mild brett funk... a bit of cocoa dark malt gives way back to the yeasty esters.

Flavor mirrors the nose with something that I gather as dark cherries and some red apples.... the brett is more dusty than anything else... bits of wet leather and earthy root cellar... pretty dry on the finish.

Body seems too much for what I am drinking.... carbonation is too little.

I honestly really am digging everything that goes on with this brew, but it needs some finesse.. or maybe more time in the bottle (I will never know :-)

The brew seems on the outskirts of something very nice... the base flavors are more than present... there is enough residual sugars for the yeasties. I've enjoyed it. Thanks John... I haven't forgotten about the trade we were talking about ;-)


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Photo of phingdong
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of jlindros
4.07/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a Barrel Aged beer, despite the title not mentioning it. Batch One.

Had this as part of the infamous White Birch tasting at the Holistic Dramming Institute, thanks to Tim. Notes will probably be short since there were so many different beers to note, and drink.

A darker brown color, with a light fizzy head.

Nose brings light Brett, light oak, some malts but not a lot.

Taste is pretty nice, lots of wild flavors, Brett, a bit of funk and horsehair, barnyard funk, tart and a little sour, with a bit of soured dark malts, a hint of oak. Hard to tell the booze with all the crazy wild flavors.

Mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Drink is not the greatest, as it has so many wild Brett flavors, barnyard funk, and some tart sour malts, a bit of a dry finish, and decent carbonation, despite that it is delicious to drink.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/9/2010
Pours a deep reddish brown with a moderate sized tan head that slowly recedes to a cap on top. Smells of tart funk from the moment I get the cork out. Lemons and sour cherries atop some faint sweet caramel and lots of barnyard funkiness. Oaky vanilla and a bit of barrel char in there as well. Its a bit odd how the flavor on this one develops. I get a sweet caramel and sugary maltiness up front. We then develop a bit of fruity lemony tartness mixed with some barrel notes, and then the finish goes quite dry with a mild lingering funkiness. I fully expected a bigger body as I took that first sip but yeah it turns quite dry. Medium to thin body with a spirited level of carbonation and a tart bubbly mouthfeel. Decent beer, definitely different, too bad its my last bottle.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Corked and caged bottle picked up from a local store. Batch One, Bottle 134 of 192. Served slightly chilled in a tulip in two parts and allowed to warm throughout.

Appearance: Deep, ruby brown in color. Looks black in bad lighting. Encouraging one finger, pillowy beige head with good retention. Stick nicely to the glass.

Aroma: Big funk notes coming into play here from the Brett. Very rustic. Some smoky notes here as well. Almost like horseblanket roasting on some smouldering ash. No hint of booze here at all.

Taste: Initial burst of sour and funk is quickly subdued by a nice, roasted malt flavor. Smoke and bitter espresso notes, much like the Indulgence Ale, kick in fully. Also very rustic here. There is definitely a discinct note to a lot of White Birch beers and I'm getting a lot of that here. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation here, but an overly dry finish.A little chewy on the back end as well.

Drinkability: The ABV is not making itself known here at all. Actually, until warming, I could swear this is moe 6% than 11.3%. I still doubt anyone will have more than one bottle.

Overall, a unique flavorful experiment that mostly works in my book. I like the Brett sour meets the smoke and char of the original ale. Really drinkable for the ABV as well. I can see people skeptical of White Birch being a bit underwhelmed by this, but I definitely enjoyed it. White Birch's stock continues to go up for me after this and the Berlinner Weisse.

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Photo of Prost76
4.15/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cpetrone84
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a darkruby red with bright red edges and a light tan colored head.

S-the nose is quite interesting, hints of dry oak and vanilla with lots of juicy grapes, grape juice, some cherries and more barrel, slightly wet wood in the back.

T-the flavor is dominated by the barrel. dry oak and vinous flavors. lots of grape juice, ripe red grapes, light berry presence with a sletzery water finish.

M-medium body with an assertive carbonation and a dry finish. the carb is prickly and high all over the throat.

D-the alcohol content is insanely well hidden and is easy drinking as such. the barrel is rather strong and the flavor is very sweet and juicy fruit dominated. Still easy drinking and goes down pretty quickly.

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Photo of JAXSON
2.53/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

From a bottle, thanks Chris. Murky crimson pour with a small ring of head. Huge red wine barrel on the nose, grapes, red berries, light funk. Flavor opens strangely dry with a high carbonation, then opens into a heavy, wet red wine barrel. All barrel and oak in the mouth, acidic and quite burdensome. Barrel work here did nothing to compliment whatever the base beer was, and it was a royal chore to drink. Definitely the worst White Birch beer I've had.

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Photo of rudzud
3.37/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a murky red hue with a thin mocha head.

S.- Aromas of light dry Brett, earth.

T.- Taste is light fruit and funk, slightly earthy and musty, slight caramel.

M - Mouthfeel is rather dry, kinda old.

O - Overall I was relatively disappointed with this one. I liked the bourbon one better.

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Photo of mothman
1.93/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Color is a mahogany brown. Has a khaki head.

Aroma: Very malty for a sour. A little bit of sour cherries. Brett with funk showing. Oaky.

Taste: Not very good. A lot of medicinal brett funk that is over done. Medicinal all the way. More oak. Some vanilla spice. A lot of caramel and bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Really dry. A little tart. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, I don't want a lot of this one. It really didn't have anything enjoyable about it.

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Photo of Doodler
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of kbutler1
2.7/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Pours a clear brown mahagony color with a very slight tannish head. The aroma isn't super strong but it does have some vanilla, butter (which is a first to me), sour apple, and a touch of barrel. The taste is pretty average for me, again some butter which sort of throws me off on this one, sour apple, tart, and a touch of oakiness. Nothing spectacular and hard to drink a whole glass but glad I got to try it nonetheless. I keep trying WB and am waiting for that 1 beer to really be good.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a murky ruddish brown color with good carbonation and a dirty white head topping it off

S: sourness, some hay, barnyeard funk with a mix of unripened fruit

T: First taste was sourness, hay, funk with a mix of unripe fruits, Earth

M: Nice n sour, not as boozy I thought it would be consudering the ABV

D: Good

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
2/5  rDev -42%

White Birch Barrel Aged Wild AKA from White Birch Brewing
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