White Birch Farmhouse Red | White Birch Brewing

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White Birch Farmhouse RedWhite Birch Farmhouse Red

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White Birch Brewing
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ardennes is a region of Europe known for it’s natural beauty, rugged mountains, hunting, hiking, cycling, and canoeing. We use yeast from this region to produce a red ale that has a beautiful balance of delicate fruit esters and subtle spicy notes.

Great for whatever your adventures may bring. We hope you enjoy this unique beer.

Added by CHADMC3 on 07-30-2011

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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by JAFoley:
Photo of JAFoley
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Cloudy dark amber body like cider. One finger of light tan head took heavy pouring. Ok retention but really no lacing.

S - Sour apple and orange

T - Nice hop bitterness upfront followed by sour apple and a subtle bready maltiness. ABV not too present.

B - Medium body with light/medium fine carbonation. Somewhat sticky and resinous.

O - This was good but tough to drink more than a pint. The sour flavor is quite strong and saturates your taste buds. Not a bad beer for the Thanksgiving season.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pint glass this beer was a hazy red/orange color. The medium-sized tan head receded quickly.

Caramel malt aroma. Sweet and spicy.

Caramel taste to begin with, then some sour fruit. Spicy at the end.

The tastes all worked well with one another. Soft, then acerbic, sweetness. Late spice. I liked how things worked together.

Will try this again.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy red crowned by a 1” finely bubbled foam cap, very moussey and lacy S: T: Some graininess, light toffee, spicy, the fruits are light, red, spices are hard to pin down, drying on the finish, the finish is grainy and dry, hints of sweet, the attack is fruity. F: Super creamy, full bodied. O: A good Farmhouse Red.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Glebulon
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kinsman
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decided to give White Birth another try with this Farmhouse Red after a long hiatus. Pours a hazy mahogany red with a creamy and semi-sticky light tan colored head, about 1 inch thick to start.

Tart cherry and sour candy notes suggest some wild critter activity along side a sweet malty backbone. Background notes hold some musty and earthy character as well.

Taste is not as wild or funky as the aroma had initially suggested. Yeast character adds some sweet and tart fruit notes as well as a bit of spice but it's hard to pinpoint exactly what I'm tasting. Toffee and sweet caramel notes add the "red" to this Farmhouse Red and provide plenty of malt flavor to keep me happy. Finishes with just a bit of a twist that adds the nice farmhouse character to the beer.

Mouthfeel has a medium body feel, slightly creamy texture, and finishes semi-dry. Overall, I'm much more impressed with this beer than others I've had from White Birch. Nothing too crazy here but still a nice balance of flavors.

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Photo of trevorpost
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 650 ml. bottle marked Fall 2013, no. 1434. Sampled on August 18, 2013.

The pour is an attractive looking medium to dark brown and a little on the cloudy side with a short-lived off-white head.

The aroma has some pleasantly sweet caramel malt and herbal aromas. The hops are very low. Some butter and some sugar.

The body is about medium.

The taste is also reasonably sweet and malty at first with a slight hop bite at the finish. Overall it ends well. It emulates the style fairly well but unfortunately it is not quite there and I love White Birch brews.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of ShanePB
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Drknight
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of alelover
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.24/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to aapp for sending this bottle out my way. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pour a hazy light copper with a thin white head and some spotty lacing. The nose has some faint earth and light bread. The flavor is mildly malty with a bit of earth. Grain and bread crust. Nothing really coming from the yeast. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Not terribly impressive, unfortunately.

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Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fizzy and lightly fluffy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with some light lacing, over bright cherry red but slightly hazy colored beer.

Nose has lots of Belgian malts, juicy reddish belgian malts, light Belgian yeast fruit with hints of apple and pear, a light toasty reddish almost brown color, light candi sugar, and some sweet almost syrupy malt aromas, slightest hint of booze and ester, I would almost expect it to have higher abv judging by the aroma.

Taste starts with toasty reddish brown malts, semi sweet but not much, some light reddish fruits, again with the Belgian yeast fruit hint of apple and pear, some Belgian malt flavors and light candi sugar, hint of nutty almost spicy malt and yeast addition, again hints of booze that just gets slightly warm and some light sweet boozy like taste. I can almost sweat this is higher than 6.6%abv. Light caramel like candi sweet sugar flavors too. Finishes a bit bitter, and fairly dry but sticky, some lingering malts and hints of Belgian yeast fruits.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carbonation, a bit syrupy, and hint of warming booze.

Overall decent but not great, more like a Belgian strong-ish rather than Farmhouse red, but decent malts and belgian yeast flavors and sugars, and like I've said a few times it tastes a lot more like 8-8.5% than 6.6%.

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Photo of Shy5
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of dwescott
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of bugbear
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of dannymo24
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of smcolw
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moderate, but lasting beige head. Leaves some slippery spots of lace on the glass. Cloudy liquid. Dark amber color.

Dry and earthy aroma. Mostly toasted malts. Little to no hop. Mild alcohol on the nose.

Prickly from the carbonation and the elevated hop flavor. This beer starts off with a thinner feel and heavily toasted (but not burnt) malt flavor. The alcohol is evident but not powerful. The aftertaste is the strongest tasting aspect of this beer.

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Photo of mklisz
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of johnnnniee
4.14/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy murky reddish brown with a one finger bubbly beige head that slowly recedes. Smells of caramel, brown sugar and biscuit with a hint of fruit and spice. Taste is rich and malty with lots of caramel sugar and dark fruits. Hints of pepper and spice round out the taste. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation, sweet almost sticky mouthfeel. I enjoyed this one. It really wasn't what I was expecting, but it is a tasty beer.

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Photo of ms11781
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of vermilcj
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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