White Birch Barrel Aged Coopers Dilemma Ale
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RATINGS: 3   MEAN: 3.4/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
After discussing barrels with master cooper Ron Raiselis over a beer, we both thought it would be great fun to make a barrel from birchwood. Some thoughts from Ron about the process: "This white birch cask was unlike any other woods I’ve worked with. Maple heads and white birch staves are something entirely outside of the coopers tradition." This golden colored Belgian style ale was selected specifically for this barrel. The flavors and aroms aer subtle, nuanced, and crisp.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (18521) - London, Greater London, - FEB 11, 2013
Bottle at the Funky 8, Brooklyn, NYC. Pours hazy gold with a fine, white foam head. Somewhat tangy - there seem to be some bretty characteristics to this one. Some notes of Band-Aid. Moderate sweetness. So so overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnnnniee (3780) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 14, 2011
Picked up at the brewery a corked and caged 750ml bottle filled on July 25,2011 Batch one. This beer was served directly out of the white birch barrel it was aged in at the White Birch beer fest in July, and apparently some bottles were also produced. Huge pop from the uncorking procedure, the most difficult bottles ever to be uncorked come from Hooksett NH. Wow this one is difficult to pour but comes out a slightly hazy golden straw color with more head than beer in the glass on my first pouring attempt. Smells of yeasty Belgian esters, some citrus in the form of lemon and pineapple, and a faint menthol wintergreen aroma that I assume is the birch wood contribution. Taste is a strange mix of lemon, pineapple, wintergreen, phenolics and yeast. Very dry finish. Medium to light body with an enormous level of carbonation and a tart watery mouthfeel. Interesting mix of flavors, definitely outside the box, I think a bit of body and some residual sweetness could do wonders for this brew, but as is its a bit muddled.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
puboflyons (3098) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 13, 2011
Dated: July 25, 2011. From bottle no. 57 of 101. This can only be found at the White Birch Brewery and (as of now) is not available in stores. It pours a cloudy golden amber with a frisky head that leaves lacing as it fades. Loads of aroma of malts, yeast, wood, and citrus along the lines of pineapple. There is also a sharp hop bite on the nose. The body is creamy and mellow in the medium range. The taste is also in the Belgian tradition of smooth malts, some candied sweetness but not as much citrus. There is a sour afterbite that lingers. It is a nice tasting beer.

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