Sunday, February 17, 2013

Anderson Valley Brewing Company - Brother David's Triple

Brother, can you spare a beer?

Another 12 oz. single snagged from the orphan bin. I had no idea they even bottled this stuff in a 12 ouncer. I've only seen it in bombers. $1.49. That's a pretty good deal for a fine craft beer.

Brother David's Triple is a Belgian style triple with an ABV of 10%. It poured into my gold-rimmed Chimay goblet a bright, golden orange with a quickly disappearing, foamy, off-white head. Minimal lacing was left behind.

Aroma is sweet fruit: apple and pear with some banana. Belgian yeast. The usual suspects of Belgian style spice rounds out the background: coriander and clove.

Taste is sour fruit and wine grapes up front. Hints of honey and caramel malt. Grassy hops and light herbal notes come out in the finish. The flavor seemed to peter out with an odd flatness. Not much left on the palate to savor there at the end. Doesn't quite live up to the style, in my opinion. No real alcohol sting, in spite of the big ABV, though.

Medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation, with happy pinpoint bubbles running up the side of the glass.

Not my most favorite of the genre, but a decently solid beer just the same. The Wonder Beagle did produce some significant drool for this one. I'm giving Brother David's Triple a BeerGuyPDX rating of 2 crushed cans out of 4, with a Droolie thrown in for good measure.

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