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

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Brother David's Triple Abbey Style AleBrother David's Triple Abbey Style Ale

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574 Ratings
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Ratings: 574
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.47%
Wants: 8
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-15-2004)
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Reviews by rallison:
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rallison

California

3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Unfortunately, this is just one beer I cannot get behind. I've had it a few times on tap at the Yardhouse for happy hour, but it's always left me longing for a real Belgian tripel.

What it comes down to is this - it is too sweet, alcoholic and one-dimensional to be a tripel. Remember how the world class tripels hit 10%+, yet taste delicate and never heavy, with complex spicing? This has none of that. The body feels the full 10%. The flavors are overly sweet. The delicate spicing is not there. There's no balance. It's just one alcoholic toffee bomb.

With that said, it can still be somewhat enjoyable - as long as you are in the mood for something like that. But, even then, it lacks true craftsmanship. I rate it down for two reasons - it is far from a tripel, and even if it weren't classified as one, it still isn't that good.

I hate to give Anderson Valley a bad review, as they do such great beers usually, but in this case, I must.

Not recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2007 05:32:08 | More by rallison
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Appearance: Golden with a generous white head. Great head retention.

Smell: Fruity, a bit sour and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Slightly sour, sweet with a good bitterness towards the end. Fruity notes in there somewhere.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth

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The color on this brew is hay color, lightly yellowish with a big fluffy head. A very nice looking beer. Smells of fruit, subdued hops come through faintly on the nose. Taste is sweet, estery, with a chewy medium thickness in the mouthfeel. Sugars come through very prevalently and hide the high ABV...so tread caustiously on this one! I thought this beer was well crafted, thought I'm not a huge fan on the style, the look, nose and mouthfeel alone on this made it OK to drink.

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Brother David's Triple Abbey Style Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 574 ratings.