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

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

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Ratings: 554
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.47%

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-15-2004)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 02:58:28 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of DrDemento456


3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - I guess this is what an Abbey Triple looks like. Dark amber hue with a red tone and a 1/2 inch of frothy head. Much darker than you typical triples.

S - Smells mostly of spicy yeasts, malt sugars, and a touch of sour funk. Bread smells as well but and mild ethanol like alcohol.

T - Well it's not as boozy as I expected but it seems like the spicy and lemon like aspect I see in the style is cover up by mildly fruity yeasts and sugars. Mild burn in the finish.

M - Medium to heavy its a sipper for sure. Could use a touch more carbonation though.

Overall this was an OK example of the style in fact kind of staggering since most triple's I had are 8-9% so not a bad high octane version at all.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 15:57:48 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip 9/8/12

A clear copper with quite a few tiny bubbles but not much for head or lace, looks pretty basic

S sweet malty cereals, brewers candy, lots of candied fruit, some honey and spice

T a little boozy and pretty sweet, fruits slightly sour and its not as nice as the nose, some yeast and a spicy finish

M strange as its not at all sticky on the lips, a fair bit of heat and it could use some more bubbles for sure, shes pretty still

O not the best Triple I've had but for 10% it went down pretty quick, looks and feels pretty basic but OK in other areas

its a hard sell with La Fin Du Monde in a bigger bottle for far less money on the same shelf. I wouldn't go hunting for this one but don't turn it down if poured for you

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 05:10:24 | More by wordemupg
Photo of SolipsismalCat


3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Cloudy light orange with a one-finger, white, creamy head that lasted about a minute. Not much lacing.

S: Mild sweet barley aroma with yeast.

T: Mild to moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Slight fruity character. Actually not much flavor, not even the alcohol, which is surprising considering the ABV - I'm giving it half a point extra for that.

M: Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Watery, but really warm going down, which is nice.

O: The aroma and flavor don't really stand out to me. It's not a bad tripel, just not great. The 10% ABV is impressive though.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 01:50:12 | More by SolipsismalCat
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Trappist glass}

The pour was a clear reddish amber with a small (less than 1 finger) white fizzy head that dissipated in a matter of seconds down to a very small collar, which created some poor spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a light cereal malt and a sweet funky yeast with notes of candi-sugar, apple, dark fruit (plums and cherries) and a slight sour alcohol presence.

The taste was a tad malty sweet with a mild candied apple flavor early on, becoming mildly yeasty with a nice note of dark fruit, a slight sourness and a mild alcohol tinge at the end. The flavor hung on for a decent time proceeding the swallow with a sour fruity taste left to linger well after all other flavors were gone.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a dry watery texture and a lively carbonation.

Overall a very unique tasting brew, one that has a mix of a Belgian Tripel and a sour beer blended extremely well giving this brew a superb drinkability and flavor...

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 22:34:41 | More by KajII
Photo of DoubleJ


3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Iron Press, served in a goblet. On to the beer:

Orange bronzed colored brew, with little head on the pour and a few trickles of lace staying put. It's a sweet and sugary nose, but that's not to be overpowering, as orange and clove notes arise from the beer.

Orange sweet, sugar, vague spices, and a good dosage of alcohol providing a heat and some balance to the beer. It's enough, and with more sips the beer's flavor improves. The body is nearly full, somewhat syrupy in texture, with low carbonation in the body. Somewhat of a surprise for me. It took me until now to venture into the AV's Brother David line, and the tripel has rewarded me. Now to try the dubbel....

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2012 02:17:35 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.7/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 03:23:36 | More by biboergosum
Photo of cindyjeffsmith


3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: Clear golden. Not much of a head.
smell: Sweet, a bit of fruit and some spice. A Tripel and an somewhat nondescript.
taste: tasty, but a bit run of the mill. sweet, bready malts.
overall: Disappointed frankly. Liked the Dubbel better. Not bad by any means, but nothing to go out of your way for.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 23:31:08 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Photo of tlazaroff


2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I actually get a lot of banana off of this one. A bit of yeast and a doughiness to. Doesn't really smell like a traditional triple, no alcohol on the nose whatsoever.

Orange in color, perfectly clear, and a tannish/white head that falls into the beer quickly and leaves no lacing.

No banana in the flavor. Instead, I get a nice bready/doughy flavor. Hints of pepper in the background and a LOT of alcohol burn.

Full bodied and low carbonation make this a very strange triple. I don't think this one is jiving with me. It tastes alright, but the expectations were not met.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 02:54:46 | More by tlazaroff
Photo of soulfly1492


3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Banana, clove, mild spices and orange citrus. Alcohol is barely detectable. Moderate lighter malts. Very smooth and pleasant aroma.

Appearance: Gold in color. High clarity. Lots of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass for a long time. Pours a medium off-white head, dissipates leaving a paper-thin layer. Mild lacing.

Taste: Banana, clove, pepper and spices. Mild phenols. Mild orange citrus. More alcohol as the drink warms up.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, mild bite from the carbonation. Creamy and very oily. Slightly warming from the high ABV.

Overall: Decent. If anything it's a bit mild overall. A bit less bite from the spice and more bold and complex malt flavor would be nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 01:16:46 | More by soulfly1492
Photo of mactrail


3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color in the chalice, a couple of shades darker than the usual Tripel. Decent head, and spritzy on the tongue.

Rich an sharp at the same time. Smell of alcohol and yeast, with some fruity brandy like grappa in the nose. More fruity flavors abound. Some pears and hard cider. Spicy with hear and hops, plenty of Belgian deep flavors. Starts out sweet, but turns into a brambly Zinfandel sort of flavor, and finishes with lots of bitter yeasty taste. Flavors like an active fermenter going on.

Second tasting seems drier. This is my favorite Anderson Valley beer, a decent offering from a brewery I am not a big fan of. An interesting and slightly different sort of Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 23:34:14 | More by mactrail
Photo of Hoptometrist


3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a snifter

A- Poured a very clear dark golden orange color with very high streaming carbonation. One finger soapy head that dissipated fairly quickly

S- Big spicy belgian yeast character, orange marmalade, and some booze. Not very complex for a tripel and it smells like a boozy one, very sweet

T- Very sweet orange marmalade taste, sugary taste, some spicy yeastiness but not the usual yeast taste I associate with a tripel (no bubblegum type notes). The alcohol comes out in the flavor bigger than a lot of tripels I have had. Some green apple like flavor as well. A very sweet tripel with some spice that provides some balance but overall quite sweet.

M- Pretty syrupy mouthfeel, the booze is apparent, very big warming and the warming really stays with you, light alcohol burn but kind of in a good way. Finishes a little watery, but no watery taste. Despite the high booziness and somewhat syrupy quality of this beer it goes down remarkedly easy in a kind of sloppy way.

O- Tripels are a personal favorite style of mine and when I saw this affordable 4-pack I had to pick it up. It is not a bad beer, I will be able to get through the 4-pack no problem, but I wouldn't get this again. It lacks some of the complexity of the best tripels, is a little sweeter than I like, and the finish of the beer seems a little sloppy. I will spend the extra buck on a 4-pack of La Fin Du Monde if I want a great tripel for a great price.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 23:05:41 | More by Hoptometrist
Photo of ONUMello


3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.
A: Burnt orange with a thin head that's gone in a flash.
S: Fruit esters, bread dough and a bit of both spice and etoh heat.
T: Sweet fruit esters, malt and spice are pleasant as long as the beer is on the tongue, but as soon as I swallow it it turns thick and boozy with no balance. It would be quite nice if it weren't for the offputting finish.
M: Smooth but thick, cloying and boozy.
O: This has potential with nice aromatics & up front when drinking it, but there's something going on that doesn't tie it all together; the finish is not pleasant and I ended up dumping most of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 19:36:10 | More by ONUMello
Photo of AgentMunky


3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a wine glass.

A: Cloudy amber. Very little head. Apple juice.

S: It smells quite sweet, appley even. Slight spice.

T: Verrry nice. Not remotely like a tripel (unless you count that one Maredsous that tastes like apples). The apple juice trend continues, but is bolstered in the taste by really nice, dry spice that especially shines towards the end. A slight spike of alcohol gives this a well-needed kick.

M: A little sparkly. I like it!

O: Had with pizza. Very easy drinking and surprisingly tasty. It grows on me. A poor tripel -- I think most American versions are -- but a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 19:37:49 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of smakawhat


3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A faint off white foamy head appears and falls very quickly to nothing. Lots of visible carbonation, even some snapping noise and lots of bubbles in the glass. Body color is a nice orange amber, fairly clear if a bit hazy. Odd color for this style, but I must admit it is nice.

Nose is some heat, faint sweet Belgian like candy, but mostly nothing really that impressive.

A sweet alcohol hits the palate, and then brings also a real malty bitterness. Straight forward Tripel tast but a bit crisp and sharp, without much density. Aftertaste is really not that pleasant either.

Overall I suppose you could do worse, but I am not really feeling this one at all compared to other Triples I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 02:40:22 | More by smakawhat


2.8/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330ml.Snifter glass.Enjoyed on nov´11.Orangish copper, Slightly haze.Yellowish white crown, large bubbled,brief retention. Caramel malts,candies & spices to the nose.Notes of orange juice. Crispy upfront,sparkling,sugary,warming alcohol & peppery underneath. Medium body,high carbonation.Sweet fruity finish & aftertaste.Pleasant for candy lovers.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 15:23:26 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of rudzud


2.35/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Picked up a bottle of this at Russell's last year. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Shared with bpk59. Reveiwed from notes.

A - Crystal clear golden amber pour with a fizzy one finger head that fades to leave nice clouding and minimal lacing.

S - Huh? This is a VERY hot triple. So boozy infact that it overpowers almost all of the nice belgian qualities that make a triple a triple.

T - Again, lots and lots of hot alcohol here. Even with over a year on it! No banana persay, light belgian spices. And very sweet.

M - Does have a nice triple feel. Low carbonation, good in the mouth, though very boozy.

O - Overall, this is a very dissappointing beer. I had bought this before I would check reviews, and upon seeing how bad it was I figured I would wait around for it. With room running out in the cellar figured I'd get rid of this. Just bleh.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 00:21:07 | More by rudzud
Photo of Hex92


3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am glad I picked this one up. Thought it was a dubbel when I grabbed it out of the cooler. Realized it was a triple when I got home. It doesn't taste much like a triple....which is not my favorite style.

A- orangy color, little head or lacing
S-dried fruit and alcohol
T- this is a tasty beer. I think the alcohol flavor is there..but just a hint. Malty sweet with just the right amount of hops.
M- perfect.
O- this is a really good beer. I would definitely pick it up again. But it definitely isn't your normal triple.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 04:45:40 | More by Hex92
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with a finger of off-white head that almost completely vanishes with no lacing.

S: Belgian spice aromas up front followed by lots of bubblegum and candy sugar. There are some white grape and pear aromas in there as well.

T: Again, spices and bubblegum up front followed by a strong bread and yeast character. The finish has a fairly strong alcohol burn.

M: Medium-light body with spritzy carbonation, this beer avoids being too thick and sweet but the alcohol burn keeps it from being light and crisp enough.

O: An alright tripel, though nothing special. It's a little on the bland side and is too boozy for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 20:15:55 | More by n2185
Photo of seand


3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy orange amber, with a small amount of dense white head. Just a little retains around the edge of the glass, which is enough to leave a few spots of lacing.

S: Sweet spices, yeast, and a touch of wet hay.

T: Sweet on top of a thick grain base. The higher sweet notes are strong throughout, especially the aftertaste.

M: Medium to full body, medium carbonation.

Overall, pretty good, not great. I wouldn't seek this out again, but I'd definitely drink it if it were offered.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 02:12:10 | More by seand
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 18:44:02 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of Holland


2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a copper orange color with an off-white head. Looks closer to a dubbel. Head has great retention after it settles down.

S: very sweet, something metallic. There are some fruit notes, but it's very metallic in smell.

T: tastes sweet at first, then sort of metallic and fruity, and finally it's bitter. Very bitter. A slight hint of alcohol at most.

M: too thick for a great tripel. Good carbonation, though. It's just barely off the mark here.

O: meh. The metal threw me off, but it's decent. Has a good burn on the back end. I think it was $6 for a 22 oz. Probably won't buy again.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 01:38:14 | More by Holland
Photo of BB1313


3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a little darker than expected, more copper and not golden; weak head and lacing, but nice color. Smells like tons of apples and pears, along with some funk. Apple and pear are dominant in the flavors as well. Lots of candied sugars. Very sweet, but not overboard. Far from cloyingly sweet. There's a touch of grass and earthiness. Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and pretty smooth. At 10% ABV, this is really easy to drink; alcohol goes unnoticed.

As far as tripels brewed here in the US goes, this is pretty good and I'd have no problem enjoying in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 20:43:47 | More by BB1313
Photo of casualfan

New York

2.98/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a bit of a disappointment to me. Tripels are my favorite style of beer, so I had been saving this example to sample on just the right occasion. The night before New Year's Eve? What could be more perfect.

Poured into a Chimay chalice, what little head there was dissipated very quickly. The color was the typical golden that I would associate with this style of beer. The smell had some of the Belgian yeast aroma that I was looking for, but it seemed one-dimensional in comparison to the best beers in this style (Westmalle is my favorite.) Unfortunately, the taste was overwhelmingly dominated by, well, alcohol. This is certainly a beer where you taste the 10.00%! The bottle I had was so hot that I only got a hint of the yeast and spiciness that I was looking for in a tripel.

I have a second bottle, and I will leave it alone for a year or so to see if anything improves. It was reasonably priced at 5 or 6 bucks for a 22 ounce bomber, but I would hesitate to pay even that if it doesn't improve with age.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 00:51:51 | More by casualfan
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3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A crisp reddish-orange body with modest head in the widest surface allowed by the snifter in which it was poured.

S - Alcohol, bananas, plums, and bubble gum.

T - Pale malts accented by a classic fruity estered Belgian yeast. This is a good tasting triple.

M - Very tiny abrasive bubbles that really allow the flavors to come through.

~ This is a good beer. I would certainly recommend this to a friend. I cellared one of the four bottles that came in the four pack. I plan to drink it a year from now. The rest of the four pack won't make it that long.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 02:57:23 | More by cdkrenz
Brother David's Triple Abbey Style Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 554 ratings.