Style: American Oud Bruin/ Sour Flemish-Style Brown Ale
From: Hooksett, New Hampshire
Bottled On: Fall 2012
Brewer’s Note: “Think back to a time before brewing was a science, before hydrometers and Quality Assurance labs, when bacteria and wild yeast would roam free and produce zippy, tart, wild ales. At White Birch, we spend an inordinate amount of time imagining that era and wishing we were there. Give us that oude time religion, those darkly sweet and sour ales. Oude Timey was brewed for that era. A strong, ruby dark, punchy sour ale with a bright side. Pour into your favorite chalice, and tip one back for the good oude days.”
The White Birch Label is fairly streamlined and uniform, no matter the beer, which (as I mentioned in my Jack’s Abby reviews) is not always my favorite thing. I’m going to use the same review for all of them. If you read one of my White Birch reviews already then don’t bother reading my label review and just skip down to the beer review… I like how the background of the label looks like light birch bark, and I like the White Birch logo as well, but the rest of the beer is really cluttered with simple font text, and the change of color in text to highlight what the beer is just doesn’t seem to mesh nicely visually, which is too bad. I do give the brewery major credit for clearly posting right on the front of the beer when the beer was bottled on in big clear letters. Every brewery should do this. Cheers to White Birch for doing it. That being said, I’m really not in love with the White Birch label. It just feels to cluttered and dull. I would say it’s probably not worth scrapbooking, nor shelving, though the bottles clear “bottled on” date makes the beers themselves ideal for cellaring (when the beer style is appropriate for cellaring…).
The beer pours a very dark red that glows ruby in the light. The beer pours with a light tan head and sits at a finger’s width above the glass with tight medium sized bubbles. The beer’s body is dark but seems to be clean of particles. The beer’s lacing is too slick to last on the sides of the glass. On the nose, the beer smells lightly tart with a nice roasted caramel body to the smell. Tart green apples dipped in caramel is really what this beer smells like. It’s not quite as sweet as that, but it has all of those nuances. The candied malts do tilt a little towards the boozy side at times on the nose, but it is not overpowering. On the tongue, the beer tastes light but tart and then sweet. The flavor begins as tart green apple which moves towards a more irony taste as the light caramel roast moves over the tongue to finish with a light cocoa chocolate flavor. The flavors are light but interesting. The aftertaste lingers with iron and a touch of tart green apple. On the mouth, the beer feels medium light with a prickly carbonation on the tongue. The mouth is left slightly puckering and damp with acidity. Overall, this beer is not terrible. It has some interesting flavors, and some nice tartness. It is a little mellow in flavor, but does have a slightly “blood-like” flavor to it, similar to Monk’s Blood by 21st Amendment. It is interesting, but did not blow me away. I wouldn’t buy this beer again, but I’m not disappointed I tried it.