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White Birch Brewing Belgian Style Pale Ale (365 Day 349)

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011
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White Birch Belgian Style Pale Ale

I never like to talk about an American craft beer in a negative sense. If you have followed my roller coaster ride of American craft beer over the past year I have always stated this fact as I know how much effort goes into brewing each and every beer. Along comes beer number 349 from White Birch Brewing.

Eighteen months or so ago, I was on a hunting down beers from White Birch. I had heard really good things about the brewery with each of their beers receiving high marks on the usual web beer grading sites.

Belgian Style Pale Ale was one of the bottles that I landed during those hunting days. To my dismay the aroma was average at best (thus the 6) while the pour was one of the lightest beers that I have ever poured (6 might have been gracious). The flavor began the disappointment. There wasn’t much there, what was there wasn’t balanced, and very difficult to even explain. Maybe this beer shouldn’t have been cellared as I noticed on one of those beer ratings sites that people that tried “old” bottles rated much worse than new.

I still have a few more bottles of White Birch in the basement that I will be trying over the next few months. I am hoping that they are similar to my experience with Tripel. Enjoy!

Aroma: 6 (25%), Taste: 2 (25%), Look: 6 (15%), Drinkability: 3 (35%), Overall: 4.0

Useless Fact: The Second Marquess of Ripon, a well-known British sportsman, killed a total of 556,000 game birds in his life. The Marquess dropped dead on a grouse hunt in 1923, after having bagged 52 birds that morning.

White Birch Brewing Wrigian (365 Day 293)

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

White Birch Wrigian

Sometimes I wonder if my taste buds take a hiatus from delivery the correct sensory impulses. When it comes to tasting American craft beer I really believe I have a decent sense of taste but there are those times that my palate is so far away from “average”.

While reviewing American craft beer 293 of 365, Wrigian by White Birch Brewing, the idea above dawned on me. Maybe it was something I ate that day, the mood I was in, or the fact the Cubs just suck, but I just couldn’t get into this beer. Wrigian has pretty good reviews online so I just notched it up to an off night.

Wrigian has a definite yeast and spice, in the form of pepper, that come through on the nose and mouth. There is a dark fruit presence that is conquered by a wave of sweetness that take the beer over. There is a lingering of pepper and sweet that doesn’t leave, lingering far too long.

I don’t get White Birch beers all that often, so if last night was an off night, that sucks. Enjoy!

Aroma: 8 (25%), Taste: 6 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 5 (35%), Overall: 6.6

Useless Fact: The famous Boxer Rebellion in China received its name from its association with an ancient Chinese martial art Kung-Fu. During this bloody uprising in northern China in ch’uan (“Harmonious and Righteous Fists”) set out to destroy all foreign influences in China, including schools, churches, and places of commerce and trade. The numbers of this society were well trained in the ancient fighting art of Kung-fu, which, because there was no equivalent word in English to describe it, became known to westerners simply as “boxing.” Hence the uprising was termed the “Boxers’ Rebellion.”