Wednesday, March 20, 2013

March 20: Karl and the Tale of the Anderson Valley Brother David's Tripel

Minstrel, now joined by beer and monks, in the Gallery

Do you like the sun, dear reader? Well, the good folks at Anderson Valley like the sun so much that they use its rays alone to power their brewery. Since 1987 Anderson Valley has been making craft beer, with their Amber and their Oatmeal Stout, amongst other beers, gaining recognition for quality. Now the brewery has expanded greatly, with a wide variety of nectars emerging from Boonville, CA, including today’s Tripel. To represent the Valley of Anderson, I chose a band whose lead singer shares the valley’s name. Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson may not have been born in the valley, but it appears by the cover for his Minstrel in the Gallery that he would be right at home amongst some suds and songs of times long since passed. Here is an accurate historical telling of the history of Jethro Tull:

Once you pop off the cap, the aroma fills the immediate area surrounding the bottle. There are fruits (predominately apples and pears), yeast and a strong boozy smell. The beer pours translucent gold that glistens when held up to the light. In fact, it looks like apple juice, and the lack of a sustainable head doesn’t do much to remove that impression. The beer is pleasant tasting, but unremarkable. Citrus, some common Belgian dark fruits and a slight amount of tart abound, but it’s not overly sweet. It is well carbonated, bordering on fizzy lifting drink, but to be honest everything is overpowered by the 10% of booziness that slaps you around. Neither the malts nor the hops balance out the sweetness and the booze, which is a shame. This beer has some good elements, but ends up just being a sub-par in the end.

Rating: C+

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