DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 2/2011 & drank 8/2011...meh, not so fresh, but whatever... Pours a muddy orange color with thin frothy head. Nose starts with sappy hop resin, pine needles, and orange peel molassis with a dose of medicinal fumes. Flavors bring all these attributes to the tongue and some festive spice all of which is brought to the forefront by almost over adequate sweetness...its not overly belgian tasting though, but of course thatís a very good thing. Its a decent beer though...tastes like a lot of east coast ipas but with significantly more complexity than most east coast ipas have. A sweet, spicy, hoppy, medicinally interesting and seemingly enjoyable beer.
jsled (28) - South Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 17, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
P: Cloudy gold/amber. Low head, low carbonation.
A: bitter, citrus
F: bitter. hoppy. malty, with some residual sugar. slightly chalky.
unpleasant piercing bitterness in aftertaste. indistinguished malt doesnít
meld well with bitterness.
M: slightly heavy and thick/lingering.
rzaxxx (13) - Rhode Island, USA - AUG 16, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I loved this beer, but seem to be the outlier. Canít realate to some of the other ratings - quality control? Different batches? Itís true - it doesnít fit into any neat category, but a very good beer nonetheless. Bottled 4/2011, Batch 5. bottle #1808 - maybe itís been improved since earlier batches. Poured a beautiful orange/amber, mildly citrusy/floral nose, faint Belgian hops, tasted and felt full in the mouth - sort of a Belgian IPA, where the sweetness and the yeast dampen some of the bittering hops. Just a good, perhaps sui generis beer. Bought after a tasting at Nikkiís in Providence, RI.
bmerz (588) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not much about it seems overtly Belgian, perhaps an at some portion of the mouth feel and some breadiness in the middle and across the tongue. But it is quite nice all around. The smell is of tangerines and spices. Sticky sweet and oily on the beginning/front. Ends quickly with dry bitter finnish
swoopjones (4902) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
BCTC 2011, copper pour, with huge fluffy head. Substantial hop presence, tangerine peel. Sharpe bitterness, decent flavor, not too much signifying anything Belgian.
oteyj (2124) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 29, 2011
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
A dark brown pour with reddish tints gives way to a small beige head. The nose holds cooked vegetables, acetone, ethanol, and hints of citrus hop. Very 1 dimensional with itís only dimension being awful. The flavor holds oversweet toffee, caramel, burnt bread, vodka, and rotten fruit. Cloying palate with a sticky finish. Wretched.
jcwattsrugger (10726) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Batch 2-pours a retaining foamy light tan head and amber color. Aroma is yeast, light malt-bready, slight spice. Taste is yeast, light malt-bready, slilght spice, muddled.
craftycarl21 (2073) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty cloudy mahogany pour with a good looking head. Aroma holds plum, apricot, and spice that mixes with a bit of citrus hop and yeast. Flavor starts with more dried plum, raisin, and molasses, then moves to a nice pine and grass hop profile at the finish, with good lingering bitterness. Palate is medium to full bodied with that nice combo of sweetness and bitterness. Still, not quite enough complexity in either the fruity or the hoppy character. Good though, and drinkable.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
BottleÖ Cloudy dirty-orange ale with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. Tropical and fuzzy fruits are the aromaís main components. Medium-bodied and creamy with dancing carbonation. The flavor is quite bitter. Lots of fuzzy fruit essence, but seemingly no residual sweetness. Short, bitter, dry finish. Bottle courtesy of dosbeerigos!
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle, batch two, bottled Feb 2011, listed as 7.0% ABV.
This ones comes out of the bottle and leaves an enormous white head on top of a hazy amber golden body. Great delicate lacing.
Aroma is sweet with Belgian yeast but with plenty of earthy hops and citrus, pineapples and oranges for sure. There is also a good bit of other sweet fruits, candied pears and apricots come to mind.
Taste is very hoppy up front with a bitter lemon zest kick with oranges and pine resin. The sweetness is less pronounced than in the nose and there is a heavy bitter astringency at carries throughout the flavor and lingers in the finish. Itís almost metallic in the aftertaste, which detracts a bit from the flavor.
Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and medium bodied with the metallic bitterness the main drawback.
This is one of the better White Birch beers Iíve had and if not for the aftertaste, it would be a great beer.