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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Brother David's Triple

Brother David's Triple Abbey Style Ale is a Belgium Triple by the Anderson Valley Brewing Company of Boonville, California. This ale is named after David Keene, the owner of the Toronado Pub in San Francisco. David likes Belgium beers.

To really appreciate Belgium beers make sure you get the proper glassware and allow the beer to rest a bit after pouring. It doesn't hurt to warm the beer up for a few minutes either. Belgium beers can offer complex flavors and aromas that need to be coaxed out.

I found this bottle at Costco. It has a 10% ABV.

The aroma is complex with whiffs of banana, cloves, Belgium candy sugar, stone fruit and alcohol.  The taste follows the nose, although there's a pleasant and controlled sweetness through out that carries the spice and fruit very well. The mouthfeel is a bit sticky although its balanced out by the carbonation. It's medium bodied, despite the 10% ABV.

Overall, I like this Triple. All the flavors and sweetness are balanced. It has a satisfying finish. This is a good beer to introduce yourself or others to the Belgium style. I hesitate to say its a must have it, because there are plenty of similarly good Triples out there. But I strongly encourage you to Try It.

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