White Birch Belgian Style Pale Ale
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RATINGS: 107   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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This straw colored beer greets with an aroma of noble hops, pears and Belgian esters. The flavor follows nicely with a moderately spicy hop and Belgian yeast effect buoyed by a soft malt body. The finish is crisp and dry. We enjoy this beer with spicy foods, grilled steaks, grilled chicken and mandarin salad. Where you take it is only limited by your imagination.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2009
( 22oz bottle ) Pours a cloudy pale yellow body with a medium white head. Aroma of citrus, grass, herbs, light butter, and weed. Flavor of citrus, peach, herbs, grass, and wood.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thornecb (4367) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 11, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2009 Batch Seven. Pours very pale gold into a snifter. Bright white head with medium retention leaves spotted sheets as it recedes to skim surface. Lemon joy and mild hop aromas. Flat plastic and sour summer fruits - huh?. Dry, abrupt finish. Boy, did I want to like this more...

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2009
Very, very pale beer with a touch of haziness on the pour. Oily nose with lots of acetone and rancid coriander character. Spoiled fruit, rotted malt and a harsh spicey extract. No redeeming qualities to speak of.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2009
Bottle at Pauls. Pours a white gold body with a white head. Smells like curdled milk and lemon grain puke. Regurgitated grain and dank moldy mess. Horrid.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4010) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 5, 2009
Thanks a ton to JCB for sharing. Pours a cloudy white with a one finger frothy white head. The nose shows mothballs, Belgian yeast esters, corn, wheaty, curacao. Flavor is fruity, peach, estery, thin, yeasty. Palate has an astringent bite to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeBoy (2692) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 3, 2009
Bottle Thanks to ditmier for sharing Bottle 74 of 94. Pours out a cloudy pair juice topped with a white head. Aroma was of spice, light pepper, and some lemon zest. Taste was more of the light spice, some banana, and light belg yeast. A lot going on here.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Bomber. I couldnít believe this brewery could make something even worse than their saison or Tripel. This HAS to be their worst beer, because it may just be the worst beer I have ever had. Everyone says that Steelback is one of the worst. Nope- not even close- this stuff is so damn offensively gross I wanted to throw up upon just smelling it. Complete isovaleric bomb- verging on the smell of puke itself- acetaldehyde, butter, and DMS- how can one beer have all the major flaws? Parmesan cheese throughout, milky lactose, and dirty baby diaper- wow another major flaw in newbie homebrews! Lacto- sour - mash that was left out for a couple days and rotting spent grain- all the worst flaws, smells, and tastes in the brewing world all in 1 bottle. Truly a monumental achievement in brewing history. Cant I rate just one beer with a negative score?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Pours a hazy amber with a white head. Smells of coriander, some sweet malt, yeasty. Tastes breaddy and sweet with some citrussy elements.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2009
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.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2009
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.

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