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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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Ratings: 628
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 9
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 628 | Reviews: 359
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 UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, spices, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a distinct hair spray flavor with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer all around that is drinkable but nothing worth revisiting in my opinion.

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.76/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Anderson Valley in August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a bright golden color with a nice white head and a good amount of lace rings as it goes down. Nose brings forward caramel and some spice. Some fruity esters and bread in there as well. Taste is mostly some light fruity spicing and quite a bit of booze, which really detracts from the mouthfeel. Some sweetness as well. Overall, this is quite a bit of a mess, and a big disappointment after the Dubbel, which I quite enjoyed.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of brentk56
3.27/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a medium amber color with an OK head that retains as a ringlet and leaves some splashes around the chalice

Smell: Rather inviting, with a nice malty caramel base and some banana esters wafting above; some fusel alcohol is apparent, too - uh oh!

Taste: Starts out OK, with the caramel malt and banana flavors coming through nicely, but the alcohol starts too appear way too early; after the swallow, the beer falls apart, with a metallic flavor coming in and joining the building alcohol flavors; some hops in the finish too, that add inappropriate bitterness to the brew

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation; warming alcohol after the swallow

Drinkability: Boy, should Anderson Valley stick to its knitting - keep brewing in the British/West Coast tradition and put a lid on the Belgian efforts; both this and the Double are an indulgence that is best kept at home

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is an amped up version of David Double. A little thinner and clearer in color, lesser retention, but laced well. Smells sweetly candy-like and alcoholic. Sweet fruits and spices persist in the aroma. Tastes of classic belgian candy sugar, pears, peaches, figs, dates, apples. Spices of cinnemon, clove, corriander, and mint. Mild hopping also adds to the spice, and makes the sweetness tolerable. Big firm body holds the unique belgian yeast and fermentation flavors. Carbonation is big on the toung and palate. Finishes hot, spicy, dry,and thinly sweet. A good beer, but I am interested in seeing if aging will help to mellow it out.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.55/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared with Capflu, DumDum and Lubière: Poured a light orangey color tripel with a small bubbly white head. Aroma of wheat is very weak with some light coriander and some Belgian yeast. Taste is less spicy then what I would have hoped for with a definite lack of wheat. Body is too thin for the style and carbonation is almost non-existent.

Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours as a nice golden yellow color, a little bit of amber in there too. The head is decent at first but fades within a few minutes. It leave just a very small amount of lacing on the glass. The aromas of Belgian yeast and some spice rise from the glass. The taste of those same aromas follow through fairly well in the flavor. The mouthfeel is a little thicker than expected, it's nice actually. A pretty good brew all around.

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

Ripe tangelo with sunflower yellow highlights. The lack of even a speck of yeast disturbing the glassy purity of the beer is a bit concerning, but perhaps they're hiding in the bottom of the bomber, waiting to make an appearance on subsequent pours. I'm not all that impressed with the pale butter colored head and the lack of lace. Brother David's is certainly no match for the best Belgians when it comes to looks.

The nose is tripel-like... yet it isn't. Tripel would be in my first three guesses anyway. What greets my nose is sweet, golden fruity and ever so slightly spicy. The label claims the use of a 'special Trappist yeast' and I'll have to take their word for it, but the strain that they chose doesn't smell like it graduated in the top half of its class at yeast school. Still hummin' along at above average.

I'm not a style stickler in most cases, but this one is just too far afield for me to give it much respect. I'm only granting the above score because I tend to have a soft spot for big, sweet beer. If you've come here in search of something authentic and truly Belgian-like, I'm afraid you'll be sorely disappointed.

The flavor profile consists of ripe apple and pears swimming in candi sugar syrup. I like it just fine, it's just that it's incredibly simple and lacks any depth or complexity whatsoever. Grassy hops contribute something of value in terms of flavor, but any bitterness that they might have imparted is buried under a tidal wave of sweetness and alcohol.

Actually, an especially smooth, especially refined malt liquor is a valid comparison (and that isn't a knock; well, not much of one anyway). All but about one finger of beer has now exited the bottle and I still don't see any yeast. I wouldn't care so much except that I can't really taste any yeast either. This is just not a stellar effort, it's as simple as that.

The clear highlight for me is the mouthfeel. Thanks to all the pale malt and candi sugar (called demerara sugar on the list of ingredients), it's full and chewy and sticky and wonderful. A moderate amount of fine carbonation is the perfect complement. Too bad the rest of the beer doesn't measure up.

I liked Brother David's Double and I expected to like his Triple at least as much since I prefer the latter style to the former one. For some reason though, it isn't as faithful a recreation. I hate to say it, but I think Anderson Valley would be better served by sticking to the classically American styles. Which they do very well, by the way.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a darker color than many tripels i've had. rust colored with a thin white head. smells quite robust, floral, malty. flavor is interesting again for a tripel. prominent belgian yeast flavor and feel, sugary malts, pears, grassy hops in the background. mouthfeel is nice, exploding carbonation on the tongue, medium body, easy drinking. no trace of the 10% abv here, even as it warms up. this is a cool tripel because its a little heavier than most. it stood up well to a jalapeno/pepperoni pizza, which many beers of this style could not do. not my favorite but a good effort.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice pale amber with lots of carbonation and a decent head. Thick lace stayed throughout. Smell was very spicey, nutmeg, cinamon, hints of apricot and a touch of alcohol. Very light and lively smell. Taste followed suit nicely. Apricots,. figs, a hint of grassy tones. Very nice going down. A bit of a warming when going down made it nice on a cold night. Overall this was a nice treat and at 10%abv didn't really feel that strong for a big beer. A good value for the price.

Photo of largadeer
2/5  rDev -42.5%

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 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 zeff80
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in April of 2006

A - Poured out a cloudy, gold color with a small, fizzy, white head that left some lace.

S - It smelled fairly fruity (apple and pears) and some citrus notes.

T - This had an odd mix of fruit and citrus flavors (orange peel, apple). Also, had some candy sugar and yeast flavors.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an easy drinking beer, but a somewhat unusual taste for a tripel.

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.

Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Kegatron
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of RblWthACoz
2.75/5  rDev -21%

Photo of jlindros
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Hmmm, I was excited to try this to see an Americanized Belgian Abbey, but seeing the score I'm not so much anymore, but I'll have to make that decision my self.

A: Poured into my Corsendonk tulip, which I thought was most fitting. A light fizzy 1/2 finger head settles and fades quickly over a very clear golden amber straw orange color.

N: Has a pretty yeasty bite to the nose at first. Nosing deeper gives some nice golden Belgian malts. Some thick sweet malt aromas, a little boozy.

T: Lots of sweet malts hit first, and even some Belgian candi sugar. Golden Belgian malts, sweet malts and sugar just right up front. A little light fruit flavors as well. Juicy fruit flavors. Some boozy flavors and hits with some heat and spice from the booze. A little yeasty flavor hidden in the background. The booze comes on really strong too, it IS 10% but it would be a little nicer to be hidden a bit more.

M: Semi thin body with lower carbonation, but tons of heat and spicy booze.

F: Still very sweet on the finish too and lingering spicy heat from the booze. Some of the lingering sweet candi sugar and golden Belgian malts linger, but the spicy booze just lingers. Not too bad for starters on a Belgian Abbey ale, but just way too heavy on the booze and the sweetness.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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