To put White Birch against Cantillon is funny. I had hopes because this is a unique case. The White Birch Wild Ale costs $18 which is more than I paid for the Cantillon Gueuze. Either way, this ended up being a waste. Not only was there no comparison, the White Birch was a complete pour into my river.

White Birch Wild Ale and Cantillon Gueuze

Cantillon Gueuze

Cantillon Gueuze

Cantillon Gueuze

4.3

AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20

adamjackson (217) – Canaan, USA – APR 17, 2012

Thanks to a friend who sent this to me unexpectedly in a trade! Stoked to try it. Poured into an Ommegang Glass at Cellar temperature. Bottle Date: March 9th, 2011. Just over one year old. 

A – Tangerine orange appearance. The golden orange looks like a jolly rancher like sweet candy. Looks excellent. 2-Finger cream colored head that dissipated to a find line around the edges of the glass. I’m out by the river so the bugs are flocking to this beer. Very nice head lacing. 

S – The young Gueuze dominates the scent. Very strong, funky and bitter all in one. Floral honey scent and mango. 

T – Wow. Amazing sour apricot taste on the tip of my tongue. Bananas and cranberries cover my tongue to the back of my throat. The mouth puckering sourness of a lime at the finish. 

M – 20% carbonation. Heavy body with so much complexity. Very dry finish. Slick mouthfeel while in my mouth. More like a syrup than a beer. Very nicely balanced 

O – This beer is excellent. it doesn’t compare to the 3F Gueuze or Gueuze blends I’ve had. The funk is nice but, mid-way through the bottle and it starts to become too much.

White Birch Wild Ale

White Birch Wild Ale

White Birch Wild Ale

2.1

AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20

adamjackson (217) – Canaan, USA – APR 17, 2012

The guys at Bert’s Better Beers convinced me to buy this. $17.95 was the price. Pouring into an ommegang glass. Bottled July 2011, Batch SNHBF. 

A – Nice pop of the cork. Half-Finger light tan head that dissipated fast but left a great lacing on the glass. This is a light dark beer. It’s a mix between brown and red with very tiny bits of sediment laying around. 

S – First thing I smell is the Brett yeast. Happy I identified this before reading the label which is a sign I’m getting better at picking out various yeast and hop scents in beers. there’s a light wild funk to this beer with some dark fruits. 

T – Ugh. Um, this is hard to place really. The Brett yeast is way too funky for my taste, the dark fruits taste old and rotten and the wildness to this beer is akin to stale grape juice. Sour grapes, wood and some tart at the back of the tongue. 

M – 10% carbonation, medium bodied, slick and drinkable from a mouth feel perspective. 

O – White Birch got $18 more dollars from me. I keep buying their beers. Why do you have to keep letting me down?