Brother David's Triple Abbey Style Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Ratings: 639
Reviews: 361
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 10
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
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Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-15-2004

Similar to Belgian-style Strong Pales, the Tripel is often characterized by its lighter color, spicy aromatics, and complexity. Brother David’s Triple is brewed with copious amounts of pale malts as well as Belgian candi sugar, giving it a deep golden hue, medium body and rich mouth feel. The dense head gives off aromas of candied orange peel, clover honey, pears, and a hint of freshly mown fields. The fruity esters and spicy hop flavors balance the phenolic characteristics leading to a peppery, citrusy finish.
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Reviews by AChamberlain:
Photo of AChamberlain
4.12/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honey orange color. Almost no head. Come on.

Sweet, yet a bit of skunk in the nose. Candy flavor.

Dryingly sweet. Candy sugar. Bit of wheat in the finish. Flavorful. A delicious triple. A little bit buttery. Vanilla, a touch.

Some fizzyness, yet more subdued than I was expecting. Great mouthfeel.

The ten percent is hidden very well. A very nice triple.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dull sort of copper with a well sustained white head,real lively carbonation it looks somewhat spritzy,green apple aromas mixed with some phenolic spice and smoke I pick up a hint of bubble gum like that found in some Bavarian hefe weizen's as well in there.Quite honestly there is not alot of character to this beer in the flavor department but there are some pleasant components some pear and hints of green apple up front with spicey,yeasty lingering finish.Its missing something its close to being really good but needs somedepth and a little more flavor punch but it goes down easy for being so high in alc.I wont seek out again but its pretty enjoyable,a simple pleasure.

Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one is a glowing orange in color with a bit of a brownish tint and no head.

Smell – This is more like Triple Sec than a Tripel. There are some light, European-type of hops but it's mostly just liquid sugar with lots of booze. I mean, the nose is just dripping with sugary sweetness. It tastes like alcohol liquid table sugar.

Taste – There is a huge, sharp, “liqueur-type” of flavor here that reminds me, again, of Triple Sec. The alcohol and orange syrup mixture is just loaded with table sugar sweetness.

Mouthfeel – This one is a bit bigger than medium-bodied with a stingy alcohol presence and a super-sticky sugariness.

Drinkability – This Anderson Valley offering is waaaay off of the true Abbey Tripel style but I kind of enjoyed it.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A light molasses color with a virtually non-
existant head, thus no lacing (pet peeve). I
am a sucker for the proper amount of carbon-
ation, though my proper amount is sometimes
consider a bit on the heavy side.

S: The aroma is sweet like bubble gum and a
hint of grape

T: The taste is sweet as the aroma suggests.
Though I've found this style to have an
inherent sweetness, this amount of sweet is
borderline too much for me.

M: There is a good mouthfeel, not as syrupy as
I anticipated but not watery either, a nice
middle ground is achieved in this brew.

D: This is a pretty drinkable beer partiuclarly
with a meal/dessert. I might not consider it
as drinkable if its sweetness was left to
stand without the accompaniment of food.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a chalice style glass.

A: Pours a darker golden color, much like that of clover honey. A careful pour produces a clear glass of brew with very thin layer of fine white bubbles with a nice fluffy white ring. Lacing was negligible.

S: Pale malts, spices, hints of dark fruit, and just a bit of a fresh bread aroma.

T&M: Malty, more so than you might expect, but not too much. The flavors mingle for a nice complexity involving light malts, some interesting spices, and something that sort of comes across as light woody flavor. Although relatively modest of flavor, the mouthfeel is rather fulfilling and full without being heavy - something that is always nice when properly achieved. Carbonation assists in bringing some levity to the brew but the ABV starts to kick in somewhere around half a glass. The finish is mostly clean with some hints of malt on the linger and just the slightest touch of alcohol warming.

D: Enjoyable, at least. The more I had the more I appreciated the way the flavors worked together. The malts were just a touch sweet for my liking but this seems to be more common in the American rendition of the Belgian triples. Overall, very good and recommended.

Photo of Dmann
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was not impressed by this one at all. And I was very supprised since I have liked everything that I have had from these guys so far. The apperance was a darkish gold that had no head at all to speak of. Even upon swirling nothing could be lifted from this one. The smell was very sweet and had lots of bananna scents in the mix. But the flavor was just a total letdown with way too much sweetness and an unrefined quality to the alchohol that is not too far removed from malt liquor. Good brewery, bad beer.

Photo of glowend
4.62/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a revelation to me, most of all, because I'm not a big fan of Anderson Valley Brewing Company in general.

Overall this beer is reminiscent of a barley wine with a a nice malty sweetness. It has a light caramel color and nose. Despite its relatively high alcoholic content, the beer is not hot at all. It tastes like its been aged in whiskey barrels.

This is a goto beer for me because I can get it at BevMo and the local corner store.

Photo of mikechance
3.39/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served from a 22 ounce bottle bought just a few weeks ago.

A --- very soft and weak straw yellow

S --- my favorite part of the beer. I pick up apple, banana, cloves, yeast, and earthiness

T --- mild, sourness and watery

M --- low carbonation and little body

O --- not my favorite style of beer and this isn't going to change my mind.

Photo of magictrokini
2.92/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is missing something. Clear amber pour. No matter how hard I tried, I could not coax a head out of this beer. Aroma is spicy and malty, but weak. Taste was musty yeast, spice, and lots of alcohol. Thick mouthfeel with a sticky finish. Good, but there are much better tripels out there.

Photo of jondeelee
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brother David's Triple begins with an aroma that is half Belgian and half baking bread: ripe bananas and cloves mixed with deliciously yeasty dough that is in the oven and just beginning to darken at the edges. Hints of lychee nut, pineapple, and pear also appear on the nose, as well as the briefest mention of milk chocolate.

On the tongue, the beer begins instantly sweet--confectioner's sugar and caramelized brown sugar--before the Belgian bananas and cloves kick in and take over the tastebuds. Bright citrus flavors--apricot and grapefruit--as well as pear and apple also come into play. There is a strong alcohol tinge to the brew--created by the 10% ABV--that is vodka-like in quality, and does slightly mar the flavors. The aftertaste is mainly a continuation of the above, which becomes more bitter as the sugars die off, revealing a hop kick. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-high and quite fizzy.

Overall, this is good fare, though nothing to necessarily crow about, largely because the vodka-like kick lessens the latter half of the mouthful. Still, for a 10% beer, it's certainly palatable, and the malt flavors are pronounced and well-balanced.

Photo of rastaman
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tap, Toronado, San Fransisco. Belgian style tripel, with the aromatics of a lot of American beers, lemony, with a yeasty Belgian character, pretty tasty stuff actually. Definitely a moe American influence triple, but it works quite nicely, not mindblowing, but nice.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer has a warm golden orange crystal clear body with a bubbly white head that last and last. There is a strong carbonation of big bubbles.

S- The light smell of bananas with a sweet malt and caramel note to follow is almost cloying in sweetness. It is the banana smell that I found more out of place.

T- The taste of sweet malt with a light fusel alcohol taste and a light perfume note. There is a light taste banana that turns into bubblegum. There is a nice slight bitterness in the finish that knocks out a bit of the malt sweetness.

M- This beer has a nice light mouthfeel with a sweetness in the texture but the finish dries out the mouthfeel nicely.

D- This beer is sweet and malty which is nice but the bubblegum and banana flavors are a bit out of place.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sparkling clear brew the color of a blood orange's skin. The head is impressive at first but fades super fast to nothing but a skim of disappointment. Not a stellar start if you ask me.

The nose takes a turn in the right direction. Wafting bready yeast distinct to the Belgian strains punch you right in the snout. Followed closely by crisp apple-like fruits and a handful of toasted grains. A much needed improvement from the looks.

The taste is also in a good spot featuring all the above mentioned but with a candied flavor. Caramelized grains, tart apples and a dose of that yeast make up for one tasty beverage.

The mouthfeel is clean and crisp with a sharp carbonation and light body. An enjoyable beer but not a wow beer. I find myself sipping of it, taking my time and happy but find it equally enjoyable and forgettable at the same time.

Photo of watermelonman
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured to a dark gold but relatively clear color. There's plenty of head on it, although the lacing is pretty plain.

The smell and taste, quite honestly, aren't much to speak of. There's nothing bad or offensive about them, they're just very plain and a little flat. Plenty of malt and some alcohol come through very clear. Some additional character would do wonders for this beer. This seems like a pretty average strong ale with the yeast swapped out for some of the belgian stuff. It's a little too sharp in the mouth; though I'm not having any problems downing this bottle.

Photo of ggaughan
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My cousin brought this to a wedding this past week. What a nice treat. The presentation with the melted wax over the cap is a great presentation. The beer poured a bright amber color with a slight white head. The aroma was sweet and a bit fruity, banana. The taste is sweet and a bit of spice with some hints of the high abv in the background but not overly alcholic which is deceiving. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium also so it makes for a fairly drinkable beer.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok...this is a re-review of this beer simply because after sitting in my cellar for a few months, this beer seems to have mellowed and balanced nicely. Perhaps it is being released to distribution too early or maybe I'm just used to slightly older triples considering how long it takes for them to get to the shelves in Calif from their home in Belguim.
Anyway....poures a crystal clear light orange amber...just slightly lighter than the jewel amber.
Fine head melts quickly to nothing, unfortunately.
Aroma is definately belgium yeast and sweet tropical fruits. Alcohol is not so prominate now that it has aged a little bit.
Mouthfeel is creamy although slightly thin for style.
Taste is again sweet tropical fruit...tangerines....oranges...light, ripe banana...the distinctive belguim yeast I look for in this style, and then light alcohol flavors, warmth, and finally burn as you swallow.
The alcohol continues to warm for quite a while after swallowing...aftertaste is lightly sweet candy malt but definately not intense enough to be cloying at all. Just enough to make you realize they used candy sugar in the mix.
Slightly off taste as it dries in the mouth almost forcing you to take another sip.
My suggestion is definately let this one age a little (6 months<?>) before will be greatly rewarded for your patience.
NOTE: Bottle suggests a serving temp of 40 - 45 degrees F. My fridge is at 50 and so that is what I serve at. Personally I have never had anything outside of a macro below 50 degrees and generally warm beers after pouring to get everthing the aromas and tastes have to offer. I can't say how this would be at 40 - 45 degrees other than numbing.

Photo of biboergosum
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Seems only apropos as I met Trey, the owner of this brewery today, non? That, and I've missed an Anderson Valley tasting in my burg tonight.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber hue, with one statistically average finger of thinly foamy dirty white head, which leaves some sparse islet lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of sweet wheaty malt, citrus preserves, Belgian yeast, and a simmering underlying alcohol edge. The taste is rather saccharine, grainy malt, more orange and some further apple jelly, a stringent, earthy yeastiness, some very faint leafy hops, and a generally well-behaved (i.e. restrained from causing any real damage) booze.

The bubbles are pretty well sedate throughout this affair, the body a nouveau-riche medium weight, buoyed by the sugar and alcohol, a house of cards, really, and smooth, too, but for a niggling, probing ethanol agent. It finishes just on the storm-side of off-dry (perhaps I've simply become acclimated), the sweetness waning somewhat, the concurrent jammy fruit gaining a bit, and that booze doing us all a favour by only baying at the gates.

Like all tripels, to me at least, I get a disjointed booziness, which here is quite minimized, but still present, in the midst of an underappreciated fruity, wheat-tinged sugar-pop, mediated slightly by the old-world yeast validation. Seeing how the whole bottle disappeared in our short time together, the drinkability is surely bahl hornin', to crib some marketing from another AV product.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear orange color with a smallish white head that lasts as some foam on top. Decent lacing.

S: A little bit of spice, some nutmeg and cinnamon, but mostly I get apples and a little bit of alcohol.

T: More apple, a little bit of apricot, not as much spice as expected based off the aroma.

M: Texture is a bit grainy. Medium bodied with good carbonation though. Warms my stomach when it goes down.

O: A bit underwhelming, especially compared to some other brews I have had from AVBC. Not terrible though, just nothing special.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Anderson Valley-
Brother David's Triple

Appearance- golden orange with a thick head and heavy carbonation.
Smell- light fruit and spice. peach, raisin, and a touch of cinnimon.
Taste- light with a coriander, clove spice up front.
Mouthfeel- light and crisp but finishing with a burning alcohol bitterness.

Overall- OK, but nothing great here. I would suggest AV's other offerings like their IPA instead.

Photo of jmz62565
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a reddish orange with a small white head that disappears very quickly. The color really is pretty light and the head is almost nonexistant. The smell is sweet candy sugar that makes this very sweet. The taste is good with candy sugar, sweet malt, banana,cloves, and coriander. A good tasting Triple. The m/f is medium with all the flavors mixing well. A good beer that really only needs to improve its appearance,but then again don't we all.

Photo of 2x10
4.42/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nutty orange with minimal foam and some lacing.

Lots of carbonation from inital pour from bottle
Has a very bready flavor, hints of molasses, with notes of pear, banana, & slight granny smith apple finish.
The mouthfeel is a little on the thick side.
The complexity rises as the beer gets warmer and all the flavors become more fluent.
My wife and I really enjoy this beer and find it comparable to some of the more expensive true belgian strong ales.
With its high alcohol content, this one is a sipper, and we usually find ourselves maxxed at 2.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The waxy coating over the top and neck of the bottle is unusual, and while it looks great, it can be a pain to get off. After I popped the top there was a rewarding strong release of gases, and it poured a thin but respectable head, with a burnt-orange color.

Yeast smells a bit funky, with malts and hops also very present, accented with a waft of various spices that you would normally associate with a witbier.

Malt dominates the flavor, with a good degree of hoppiness sticking its neck out. Some vanilla and orange too. Alcohol is present, but not overly so. Overall it tastes a bit off for the style, though still quite enjoyable. The flavor dies out pretty quickly leaving a bitter, medicinal aftertaste. The too-syrupy mouthfeel doesn't help. Too thick, too spongy. It's my least favorite aspect of this one.

It isn't hard to drink, I found myself enjoying this big 1 pt. 6 oz. bomber...just don't feel compelled to buy it again, despite that great price (under $6!).

Photo of cokes
2.08/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Clear bronze with a retreating grey lacework that recedes into nothingness with haste.
Reduced apricot nose, heaped with cane sugar, with a wavering rum-soaked banana essence.

Ever had a Captain Morgans and Mountain Dew? Me either....until now. And on all accounts too, flavor, texture, consistency, carbonation, alcohol burn. I guess there is a bready, banana-ish yeastiness that can't be explained in those terms, but aside from that it's all lemon-lime soda and tracers of dark sugar-laden heat.

It lacks any sort of nuance or depth. Stark and naked, this fails on all accounts.

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crwills thank you for picking up at BOW and bringing. Creamy head with soap bubbles, wafting yeast aroma, lace in glass. Sweet yeasty taste, pear, peach and sugar and apple-tropical. my favorite style though this is not the prime representative of the style.Alcohol hidden by process.Nicely quaffable.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.17/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Carefully poured, the body is a clear orange-amber with golden highlights beneath a good-sized head of bright white froth. The retention is quite good, and although it drops it does maintain a thin surface covering through the first quarter of the glass. Lacing could be better, however, and it leaves only thin splashes here and there. The nose is bright with a judicious amount of yeasty phenolic and fruitiness (bubblegum, some plastic, soft dark berries, dark fruit skins) and a candyish and sugar-cookie dough like maltiness. It's surprisingly soft in the mouth with a full body and standard carbonation (one might expect a higher level in a tripel). The malt is rich and luxurious without being overly sweet, and the phenolic character (which adds a bit of spiciness here) really rounds it out and completes it. An undercurrent of grassy and leafy hops gives it even more depth. The bitterness is appropriately balancing, and in combination with the spiciness of the yeast it finishes drying despite all of the dextrins that are left in the mouth. It's quite nice and very enjoyable, and the excellent malt character present in all of the other Anderson Valley beers is still here, but it does fall short of the finest examples from Belgium.

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Brother David's Triple Abbey Style Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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