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

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609 Ratings
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Ratings: 609
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 16.14%
Wants: 8
Gots: 42 | 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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5/5  rDev +44.1%

cdl, Mar 30, 2014
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5/5  rDev +44.1%

musicman575, Dec 04, 2011
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4.86/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I do not understand all the low reviews on this beer, but i guess that just goes to show how incredibly different one pallet is from the next.

10% abv..i expected a punch in the mouth when i went to take my first sip, but this absolutely blew me away..one of the cleanest and smoothest beers i have had, maybe ever..easily in my top 3 favorite beers..a completely genius brew

some dark fruits that lead to a sweet and full taste. this was part of a mix six i made and has since become an old favorite.

alex_hart, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of mongodestroy
4.85/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Split a 22oz bottle into 2 goblets, the first maintained a nice head but the second did not, this might be due to a poor pour on my part. Aroma was crisp and fruity. Obviously dubbed a triple due to alcohol and not color. Color was orangey brown, first impression was that it resembled iced tea. Tasted apples and grapes and very slight banana. Perfect balance of the alcohol and sweet fruit notes, very drinkable. Moderate lacing.

mongodestroy, Jun 15, 2008
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4.75/5  rDev +36.9%

bvermilion, Jun 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +36.9%

21Maestro8, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of glowend
4.65/5  rDev +34%
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.

glowend, Jun 17, 2011
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4.63/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been keeping track of my favorite samplings of single malt scotch for a while, but I've only recently done it for good beer too. Among the best lately has been Brother David's Triple. It's taste and drinkability I rate over some recent Victory products (12 and Golden Monkey). It's a better deal too up at the cash register.

jimbomill, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of dfillius
4.6/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served up in a tulip glass at weekly tasting with ksullnh

Appearance: Light orange, apricot color. Weak head

Smell: Slight alcohol aroma accompanied by a sour lambic aroma. Notes of nutmeg and lemon grass.

Taste: Tart, crisp opening with a sweet, malty finish on the back outside of the tongue. Very smooth for 10% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Thick and silky

Drinkability: Delicious, and only rated as 4.0 because of the high alcohol.

dfillius, Sep 16, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

Dougwillhike, Jan 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

Rustee, Jan 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

djaeon, Jun 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

Bstrickler, Mar 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

Chucker, May 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

schnarr84, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of jmerloni
4.47/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Yellow-amber and quite fizzy. Nice white fluffy head that recedes pretty quickly. Bubbly.

S - Awesome aroma. Smells like champagne. Sweet honey or molasses malts with white grape, raisins, pear.

T - Yummy. White grape flavor dominates and there is a perfectly appropriate molasses malt backbone that fits right in.

M - Medium bodied, silky from the molasses malt. Sticks in your mouth and in your throat a bit. Somewhat dry. Could be more carbonated.

D - Very little alcohol taste comes through despite this being 10%. I'm impressed by how smooth this is. I wouldn't drink a whole 4 pack of these unless everyone else around me was going to do the same, though. Solid beer overall. Nice. I'll get it again. Renews my faith in Anderson after a couple disappointments.

jmerloni, Jul 16, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +27.7%
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.

2x10, Oct 27, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aromatic esters of honey enliven the olfactory when inhaled in depth.

When poured, the slightly hazy, golden honey-colored ale puts forth an effort at a decent head that soon retreats to the edges with a few slips of lacing left to decorate the surface.

A warm, caramel-honey flavor absorbs the palate as the alcohol announces itself with a flourish and infiltrates the nostrils. Seductive sweetness from the Demerara sugar lures one into holding a sip on the tongue for a moment to enjoy its delights. If you have ever sucked the juice from a cut of fresh sugar cane, this will remind you of that. The melding of hop and grain is very smooth and satisfying, with sufficient carbonation for exhilaration and a mellow, malty finish.

Presented in a twenty-two ounce brown bottle, this concoction will abet an evening of quiet introverted contemplation or joyous fraternal revelry, depending on your state of mind and intention of companionship. Best to be prepared, either way the spirit moves you.

tubacharlie, Mar 21, 2010
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4.35/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: rich golden color with lots of apparent effervescence. Relatively small head for a tripel, white in color.

Smell: sweet malt, a little wheat, a very little berry-like ester aroma and a very nice, distinct chalkiness. I quite like it.

Taste: sweet and malty with just a hint of berries. A little of the chalkiness of the aroma is present in the flavor as well. This is an incredibly solid tripel; I love it.

Mouthfeel: medium body; as the head suggests, there's relatively little carbonation for the style. I like it, but it could be improved.

Drinkability: highly smelly and tasty, the drinking experience is grand. Drinkability is exceptional considering its cocktail-like strength. I will absolutely be buying this again.

flagmantho, Nov 19, 2009
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4.35/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tried this beer tonight and I'm truly impressed. I've always been a hug fan of Belgian beers and have found that many American breweries are besting some of the weaker Belgian brews. This is truly an exceptional beer. Anyone who thinks this beer doesn't have character and Belgian flavours doesn't want to expand their experience with flavour. Try this one.

mobene, Jul 21, 2005
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4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle freaked me out a little. Dripping with a waxy type substance, for some reason I was trying to stay away from this beer. Not to mention its mediocre reviews on BA. Did not disappoint!

Deep orange almost pumpkin-like in appearance. Very active head completely rimmed the circumference of the wide mouth wine glass it was poured into.

When I opened the bottle I was blown away (almost literally) by the florals, and the semi-sweet fruit smells. Tastes great. Nice job bringing an American touch to this beer. Sweet and lasting, lots of honey and orange. 10% good to go; definite alcohol kick, but not offensive.

As my education in craft beer grows so does my understanding. Triple is not a style I love, but it is good. I do think this beer is on par with some Belgium Triples.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Oct 03, 2005
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4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taken on good word from Dave at HO10KB in New Kensington, Pensyltucky. They had it on tap so I tried that first and it was delicious. But I am reviewing the bottle.

Lighter look than expected. Iced Tea color. Weak Iced Tea at that.

STRONG flavor. Over the top Triple. Sweet, malty BOOZY goodness. Doesn't taste REMOTELY like a lambic or a cider. It's a freaking Belgian style Triple and anyone tasting it should know that going into it. HINT reviewers - if you hate the style - temper your reviews accordingly. Here's another hint - if you don't like sweet beers, just say so. Don't slam the beer. Some of us like sweeter beers. I don't shit all over IPA's just because I don't like the style. If you like hops, review hops. If you like malt - etc.

Here's the crucial bit of info: One of, if not THE best Abbey style beers offered by an American brewery. An Abbey style beer that doesn't taste like someone just blended Chimay and Yuengling. What a delightful surprise. I had almost given up on American Belgians.

Perfect yeasty, Belgian flavor. Would love to have them make a Quad. they could clone Westy 12, I'm sure.

Honestly, I can't think of one other American brewery that has gotten it this right.

Mouthfeel - not too carbonated. Just the right balance of syrup to ale. A TINY bit hot. Am planning on laying three down for a few years. We'll see if they can last.

Dear Anderson - PLEASE make a Quad!!

radioscooter, Jan 05, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very cool bottle with the wax on the top. Gives me a Maker's Mark feel. Pours a golden color with a tall head that has great retention and leaves great lacing on the glass. The aroma is nice - lots of spice and citrus. The flavor has a nice malt character and is quite spicy and a little peppery. I really enjoyed this beer and would have it again if not for the price.

clvand0, Nov 23, 2004
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4.28/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a non-descript white head settling over clear deeply golden liquid. Strange metallic nose sensed after pouring, but disappeared after warming in the glass, replaced by some tropical/light banana yeasty character. The taste is quite good with rich maltiness, more tropical notes and a good balancing hop bitterness combining very nicely. Not much of the 10% alcohol is tasted at all. Finishes malty and rich, very drinkable and a well done take on the Tripel style

beerluvr, Jan 30, 2005
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4.28/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz wax sealed bottle. Dark golden in color with little head. Head falls to absolutely nothing leaving no sign of it or lace behind.

Smells great. Sweet, malty and definitely of alcohol.

Nice bold flavor. Sweet malts, fruity, caramel flavors. Strong but nice alcohol taste with a clean dry finish.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with nice carbonation.

Very good beer. Very drinkable but with the 10%ABV it's definitely a sipping beer. Gets even better when it's a little warm.

dstc, Jun 18, 2007
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Brother David's Triple Abbey Style Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 609 ratings.