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White Birch Apprentice Series Broustaris


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RATINGS: 3   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
Our apprentice Beth decided to call her beer Broustaris, the Scottish term for the women brewers in the Middle Ages. This Scotch Ale is brewed with a blend of Pale Malts, Scottish Yeast and posh continental hops. Inspired by historical brewing documents from the 19th century, Broustaris is sturdy, complex, and sure to please.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
puboflyons (3100) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 15, 2013
From the Sept 2012 batch. This has been in the cellar for a year. The color is a slightly hazy medium brown with a white fizzy head. Moderate clarity. The aroma starts off like champagne or sparkling wine, which was a bit off for a Scotch Ale but it is a year old. Malty and other fruity characters are noted. The body is medium and almost smooth. The taste starts out with the malts but this grape-like citrus tartness kicks in as well. Moderate finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AirForceHops (6192) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Bottle date: September 2012 with a ABV of 9.2% Dark ruby brown color and clear in appearance. Aroma was light toffee with slight smoke notes, caramel with no hop presence. Initial taste was slightly sweet and bready, toffee, and heading towards a sharp burnt finish with a off metallic aftertaste. Palate was medium and slightly syrupy with lingering aftertaste of malts and smoke.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnnniee (3793) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 16, 2012
Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a decent off white head that quickly dissipates to a cap and leaves spotty lace on the glass. Smells of sweet malt represented by lots of caramel and some dark dried fruits. There’s a hint of earth and a bit of orange peel that perk up my nose a bit. The flavor is not what I was expecting. Lots of orange flavor along with other dark fruits, candy sugar sweetness, a hint of caramel, a bit of earth, a touch of ethanol. to remind you its 9+% Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Its a bit sweet, it tastes nothing like any modern Scottish ale I’ve ever tried, but I really kind of dig it. Tastes a lot like Curaçao mixed with a malty beer.

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