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White Birch Apprentice Series Colonial Ale | White Birch Brewing

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White Birch Apprentice Series Colonial AleWhite Birch Apprentice Series Colonial Ale

Brewed by:
White Birch Brewing
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
With this release by Christian Weber, our sixth brewer apprentice, we take you back in time. Based on Christian’s research of colonial era ales, we aged this beer on fresh hewn, air dried cedar. Brettanomyces was added at bottling to help bring a character of old to the beer as it ages.

As Christian moves on, we raise a toast and hope you enjoy this beer as much as we do.

Added by Jason on 08-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by DIM:
Photo of DIM
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Big time gusher. Cracked the cap and a quarter of the beer foamed all over the counter. I managed to pour a murky brown liquid into the glass with a massive head.

s: I never would have have guessed that fresh hewn air dried cedar and Brett could be so harmonious. Wonderful combination with a hint of sweet molasses.

t: More cedar here than in the nose, still are very nice combination. I like that the Brett is prickly and kind of musty without being super sour. There is just enough sweet molases coming through to keep this in balance.

m: Gently foamy.

o: Very cool beer, glad I got to try it.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 25 oz. caged-corked bottle bottled July 2011, Batch Once bottle no. 564. Sampled on September 4, 2011. I had to put on a glove to twist that cage off without tearing my fingertips. But once I did the pour was reddish brown with a significant, puffy head. The aroma had a barreled, wooden note for sure with and it is not pasteurized. It is brewed in the tradition of the 18th Century. The body was thin to medium but the flavor was a wonderful combination of traditional malt, grass, sharply bitter hops and wood. It really had a character all its own and I enjoyed it.

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Photo of u2carew
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.09oz bottle
A) Pours with a huge head (the Brett added at bottling pushed the carbonation a bit over the top - like barely cracked the cap and the head was oozing out). Head is tan in color. Body of the beer is hazy reddish brown in color.
S) From a distance the aroma is green apple jolly rancher. Up close the aromas from the Brettanomyces is quite noticeable. As well as the cedar. This beer has some funk - good funk that is.
T) Brown ale characteristics - nutty, malty sweetness. But the Brett adds its own funk but not too sour, rather reminiscent of old times.
M) Surprisingly not too fizzy despite the head. Thick and chewy. Slick tongue / tannins in the finish.
O) Overall a good brew. Takes some getting use to when the palate has had sour / Brett beers in awhile. A nice creation. Cheers to the brewer and his apprentice.

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Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of mountdew1
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 564. Popped the cork and got a gusher. Only lasted 10 seconds or so, but was a bit of a surprise as it took a minute to get going. First glass poured was complete foam. 10 minutes later I was able to pour a glass. Poured into into an imperial pint glass. Head was quick thick, a foamy froth that just kind of sat on top of the beer. Beer was a medium brown color, fairly cloudy with several streams of carbonation rising from the bottom. A few small pieces of sediment/yeast sat on top. Aroma was a slightly sweet earthy smell with some yeast and malt. Started off slightly sweet, then had a small bit of hoppy, and finished with a touch of spice. Felt strange in the mouth. A bit overly carbonated, and despite having thickness, didn't coat at all. Overall no what I would expect a brown to be. But I could see beer being like that centuries ago.

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Photo of jlindros
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is the Apprentice series, aged on cedar chips and bottled with Brett.

Big fluffy 2 finger head fades slowly murky mahogany colored beer. Lots of lacing.

Nose is loaded with brett, some cedar wood, light citrusy like aromas, hints of molasses and darker syrupy like malts.

Taste is quite funky, Brett up the wazoo. Some very light cedar wood gets some tannins and spicy almost piney taste. Horse blanket, funk, some darker malts like crystal, but bone dry. Very little darker malts and molasses, but this is pretty much all Brett at this point.

Mouth is med bod, lots of carb, over carbonated.

Overall decent, quite funky and interesting light cedar wood chips. Hard to really get any colonial ale flavor with the brett overpowering everything. The beer itself was probably nice, but in this case brett just went wild and took over the beer. Brett is nice, and White Birch loves to really play with it, and lots of Brett silly beers, but this is not supposed to be an all Brett tasting beer, it should have the qualities of the beer itself. The Brett kinda destroys the beer itself unfortunately.

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Photo of smcolw
2.27/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

First, a comment about the bottle's seal. As I was in line to purchase this beer, the bottle tipped over in the cart and proceeded to bubble through the seal. I was allowed to replace it with another. When I got home, I placed this one on its side. A half hour later, there was a small spot of beer on the shelf. Perhaps it was just these two bottles, but I do question the quality of the of the seal.

Modest, large bubbled head that settles to the rim. Leaves some minute spots. Muddy brown color.

Reminds me of a Flemish Red Ale with the high degree of sourness to the nose.

The flavor starts off okay--mostly malty. The swallow is exceptionally sour, probably an indication of some oxidation. Yeasty. There's some notable hop but it is overwhelmed by the off flavors. Really not drinkable--reminds me of a bad home brew.

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Photo of portia99
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle (Batch 1) poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a very, very dark amber color that gives more of a brown impression in the glass. Three thick fingers of khacki dense foam hangs around for several minutes. Thick foamy webs of lacing coat the sides of the glass very well.

S - No doubting that this was aged on cedar...certainly up front in the aroma. Not to be outdone funky brett fills each inhale. Very earthy and funky (gets more horsey/barnyardy as it warms), a bit tart, grassy, sour apples, nutmeg, touch of citrus. Doesn't scream brown ale to me, but it does smell really good.

T - Very earthy base to this beer, a bit metallic, mildly astringent, quite dry, light funk, cedar wood, grassy/hay, very mild roasted malt. Searching for the blackstrap molasses but not finding any trace...the brett must have really gone to work fermenting this out. Interesting flavors...mixed together some of this works, some doesn't. Drinkable, but hardly an easy drinker.

M - Body seems to be on the lighter side. Carbonation is heavy and foamy and gives the beer a fuller feeling as the bubbles foam up on the tongue. Quite funky after it warms up a bit.

O - A pretty attractive pour and a rather inviting aroma start this beer off well. Flavors are interesting and rather complex although not everything works together equally well. Heavily brett influenced flavors which gives this lots of character, but I'm afraid may also have masked some of the ingredients, notably the molasses. Hardly any residual sweetness as the brett dried this out tremendously and gave it an intense carbonation that virtually explodes on the tongue. A good effort with a mixed bag of success...although not having tried beer from Colonial times, maybe this is an outstanding representation of beer at that time.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled July 2011 Batch 1
Picked up the 16oz bottle of this at the brewery, sign next to the beer warned of an over carbonation potential from the brett. I opened over the sink with no ill effects. Pours a slightly cloudy rusty reddish brown color with a decent tan head that recedes but never goes away and leaves decent lace. Smells tart with a hint of cedar. Tart almost lactic cherry and lemon with a bit of brown sugar. The nose is a dead ringer for a Flanders style brew. This doesn't taste at all like it smells! Malty caramel and brown sugar with bit of bretty funk. Sharp tannins from the cedar as well as some wheat or Belgian yeast funk thrown in the mix. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation syrupy watery mouthfeel. I'm torn on this one. I can't believe that this beer was the original intent, but its not half bad. I'd be interested to see how this one ages, oud bruin perhaps?

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Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of polishkaz
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Turbojet307
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of rudzud
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the BBF.

A - Reddish brown/garnet hue with a nice fluffy head that slumped down a little.

S - Great barrel notes and a slight funk thanks to bret. Good sweetness from malt and molasses. Not getting any hops, but this is a nice "olde" brown ale.

T - Oh yeah, a little over the top sweet for me. Molasses is noticeable as typical malt sweetness. There is some nice funk to this, almost reminds me of some of the more maltier/sweeter White Birch wild ale offerings. I am getting some nice grassy hops on the pallet though.

M - Nice mouthfeel. Good carbonation but a little on the sweet side. Not quite roasty enough.

O - Overall this was a pretty cool offering from White Birch. Hoping a bottle of this finds its way to us in MA. Has alot of things going for it.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of FrankLloydMike
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of slvrmon82
4/5  rDev +3.6%

White Birch Apprentice Series Colonial Ale from White Birch Brewing
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 18 ratings
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