Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy amber with a white head. Smells of coriander, some sweet malt, yeasty. Tastes breaddy and sweet with some citrussy elements.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2009
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle at Paulís place for Kanís visit courtesy of Adam. Pours a milky yellow with a thin white head. I donít think this is really a pale aleÖ seems more like a Berliner Weisse variant. Mustard, acetone, and cheese. Light sourness, medium bodied, Oily. I have no idea what this was supposed to be, but it clearly didnít become that.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2009
0.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Bomber, batch #5, bottle #189 of 198, bottled on 10/02/2009 and consumed within the month. The pour looks like a Belgian wit, basically a cloudy lemonade color with a small, bubbly, snow white head. The foam settles to a thin film with a pronounced edge, leaving skinny, jagged rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is a downright atrocity. Seriously, this thing smells like complete ass. Solvents, glue, acetone, and sour lemons, with perhaps a bit of rubber thrown in for good measure. I feel like Iím huffing some sort of dangerous chemical substance in a meth lab in Bithlo (the redneck meth capital of FL, for those who donít know). I can hardly muster enough courage to sip it, and when I finally do, the experience is as harsh as expected. Pure, unadulterated lemon seed extract is sour as all hell, the the acetone comes through with burning astringency. It tastes like liquid plastic and burnt rubber. Absolutely disgusting. Flashes of Purple Possum Habanero Mead run through my head, save for the fiery hot finish. The palate is un-palatable, reminiscent of Aguardiente more than beer, watery, astringent, and burning with alcohol. This shit is absolutely disgusting, and Iím pissed that I traded away good beer to try it. Itís one of the worst beverages Iíve ever encountered. Iíd take any macro pale lager over this any day of the week. I would have drain poured it, but I was afraid it would eat through my pipes, so I elected to burn my grass with it instead. Vile, vile, vile.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by JCB... whoa, this is pretty much a wit, which is fine but not what I had in mind. Light pale hazy golden with white head. Pale citrus notes (particularly white grapefruit), some rind, and hops that a bit obscured by the Belgian yeast and spice. Great for a wit; a little weak for a Belgian IPA. Not too bad overall...
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Huge thanks to my man ditmier for sending this small batch bottle to the Carolina Crew! Pale and cloudy pour like a wit, with a sizable head and tons of carb. Lots of citrus rind in the nose along with some understated floral hops. Full mouthfeel is pleasant, but the taste was strangely Fresca-like. Iím no Fresca hater, so this wasnít a deal breaker but it was certainly noticeable to me and cut down on my enjoyment just a tad.
Pastor (790) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - OCT 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Split the bottle batch 3 with 4 friends in tulip glasses purchased at Johnsons on Saturday of this week and refrigerated since. Bottle brought to temp before served.
Big white head that disappeared and could not be coaxed back as much as I tried. The body of the brew was a grapefruit juice like in look. We all thought it was a wit beer
The aroma was a tad phenolic, was this barrel aged? The brew was sour almost lactic not what I expected from the Belgian Pale Reminded me more somewhat of a De Ranke XX it did have a good hop profile. The body of the brew was light with a rather dry finish.
An ok brew I will go back and grab some of White Birch other styles this just one might not be my thing
Serving type: bottle
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2009 Thanks to Jason for the sample! Slightly hazy, bright gold pour. Fluffy egg shell colored head. Lemongrass, and fruity aroma. Flavor is floral, acidic and lightly spiced.
oteyj (2124) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Number 700. Pour looks like lemonade- hazy yellow with a 1.5 finger white head. Very cloudy and opaque. Aroma is pungent sharp citrus with a definite pronounced acidity. Nectar, pineapple, mango, and banana round out a unique and delectable fruit component. Flavor is very atypical for the style: acidic and tart with a little acedic acid and more sweet light fruit. Palate is supple and pillowy without sacrificing body. One of my favorites of the style.
WLG423 (199) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong acetic acid aroma, pours out with a color similar to lemonade. Very acidic and sour flavor with some floral and sharp citrus notes. Long lasting sour and bitter flavor. An incredibly distinctive and unique brew.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 Bottle 74/94 Batch 3 - Thanks rpstevens! - Pours out a faint and light pale yellow, like a wit humped a saison, with a medium neon white head...aroma is subdued spice and that unmistakeable aroma of belgians playing with hops...bitter, floral, slightly sweet fruit...flavour is similar, restrained grain, spice, light banana and pear, lemon...the yeast doenít overpower, and the lightly sweet malt does a great job supporting the bitter hop profile...very interesting brew!