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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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568 Ratings
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Ratings: 568
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.47%
Wants: 8
Gots: 35 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-15-2004)
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Photo of bohemiandonut


3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Always fun to review a favorite style. As a man for whom phenolic hallucinations are an everyday occurrence, I have high hopes for this domestic economy-priced Tripel to meet.

Unfortunately there is none of the gushing head I've come to expect for the style. Smell is more Dubbel than I would expect, as is the color, a bridge between pale blonde and orange amber. Definitely "hot," but I don't really consider this a bad thing. Bring on those chemical aromas! Concentrated pear sweat, cocktail-like booze fumes, and just the subtlest hint of musk. For 10.00% this is all very appreciable.

Sour cherries, honey, raisin, damn I wish I were better at this. Booze abounds, which would almost be pleasant if it didn't override nearly every other flavor component. Each sip is more promising than the memory of that preceding it. Booze rides out the finish a little too long.

Mouthfeel flattens out rather fast, can't see myself grabbing this again. Next time pay the extra 3 dollars for Allagash. Ah well.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 04:18:32 | More by bohemiandonut
Photo of ronniebruner


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

The first thing you will notice about this beer is the rich aroma. The beer has the usual tripple smell: sweet and full bodied, with a slight taste of fruit and a woody finish. This by no stretch of the imagination is as goos as an authentic tripple from Belgium, but it is as good as it gets for an American Triple. I would recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 01:42:39 | More by ronniebruner
Photo of ADZA


2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This brew pours a clear deep golden honey hue with pretty average carbonation that leaves behind a fast receding one finger head that disappears too quickly for my liking and leaves no lacing at all its definately not the most appealing looking of beers thats for sure,the smell is pretty average aswell with hints of raisins,brandy and boozy alcohol,i find the mouthfeel just way too light for a triple and the taste doesnt help this brew's cause its a pretty non-memorable mix of raisins,white port,sugar coated candy and of course a little alcohol warmth on first glass which im sure will fade with the more glasses you consume,overall its definately a let down compared to my first sampling from this brewery and given its unique label(and price) compared to the rest of their lineup's labels i thought i was in for something abit special but it was a let down and not a good example of the style at all which they clearly failed at and even though ill finish this bottle i wont savour its taste or return to it again unless shouted as i can prob think of 3 triple's right now that are better,cheaper,and more true to the style but hopefully the other beers i have in my fridge from this brewery are better or at least on par with my first brew from here.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 07:56:01 | More by ADZA
Photo of jamesmbirchnyc

New Jersey

2.38/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A great start to the beer, unfortunately finishes like a very amauter homebrew which was left to ferment one month too much.

I generally like Belgian during the warm months, but this beer has all the wrong notes. There was very little noticable head for the style, and the after-taste is almost undrinkable.

The one good point is the smell. I absolutely love the fruity notes that come from the minor head of this beer.

Otherwise, it's definitely skippable. Not my favorite, and not a re-buy candidate.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 00:38:46 | More by jamesmbirchnyc
Photo of Halcyondays


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

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a burnt ochre with a fair white head, average retention, no lace.

S: Lots of yellow apple, pear and ethanol/organic solvent.

T: Candied oranges, white candi sugar with a lot of booze. No real complexity of flavour, though it doesn't taste bad by any means.

M: Full-bodied with the ethanol, but pretty thin. Drying finish, very boozy.

D: An OK stab at the style, but when compared to classics like St. Bernardus or Westmalle, or real good American examples like Allagash or Green Flash, the dip in quality is clear. I like Anderson Valley, but this is not one of their better efforts.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 04:55:11 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of HalfFull


2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a wine glass. Pours a deep golden/copper in color and with a light cap of foam. Offers light lacing and is a bit dark/amber for the style.

Nose of muddled fruits reminds me of a light Dubbel. Some yeast notes accompany and encourage a bit or research. Alas a bit rich for the style. Yet this beer does offer some nice estery yeast notes yet never really bonds with its Tripel cousins. Tripel in strength yet not in character, too dark and too malty for that, though improving somewhat with exposure.

A bit sweet and numb in flavor, yet offering a better nose than most American Tripels. The Tripel police have been dispatched.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 05:15:07 | More by HalfFull
Photo of drpimento


2.35/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Man, this is a pretty sweet ( literally ) beer; like, too sweet. Poured with an ok light tan head and a little lace. Color is a hazy medium amber. Aroma is reminiscent of Bavarian Weiss with that banana spice thing, plus lots of malt. Flavor is pretty good at first and then is totally dominated by sweetness. Body is full and round of course with all those sugars in there. Carbonation is ok. Finish is sweet then sweet and tapering off to sweet and much too long with all that sweetness. Not a session. Can't finish it.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 23:08:38 | More by drpimento
Photo of JoEBoBpr


3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay goblet from a 22oz bomber.

A - Pours a lightly hazy orange with minimal head. Very minimal.

S - There are surprising citrus and pine hop hints int he nose with some nice spices that are more similar to a traditional Tripel. There are some nice boozy hints as well with some caramel and slight pear and vinous notes.

T - Starts of with a nice tart vinous flavors with some nice fruit juice. There is a nice spicy and grainy flavor that can be perceived through the tartness and come packed with pepper, coriander.The most surprising thing about this tripel is the hop flavor and profile. There is a nice piney flavor that is subtle but there.

M - Nice medium body with great CO2 crispness. Very drinkable and delicious except for the ABV that is felt like a sucka punch.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 23:16:35 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of NahpunGnome


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

Bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

A - Slightly hazy copper with a head that quickly disappears.

S - I get dried apricots, over-ripened peaches, and alcohol.

T - Dried apricots, prunes, and very slight alcohol. I'm also not getting much yeastyness.

M - A bit on the thinner side for a tripel. Very little carbonation.

D - Pretty drinkable considering how much alcohol the beer has. Not bitter and a bit on the fruity side.

Summary - With 10% abv, the alcohol is hidden well. This one's a bit different from what I expect from a tripel. With that said, I think there are better tripel style beers out there. This one's not bad, but also not great in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 22:07:13 | More by NahpunGnome
Photo of mithrascruor


2.25/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a golden orange color. Clear, but with lots of medium-sized bubbles. Barely any head, just some bubbly foam at the edges and only for a little while.

Smell: Barely any aroma, a bit of sweetness and perhaps some orange blossom.

Taste: Has a sort of indistinct flavor of some fruit, yeast, and hops. Some sweetness initially, but then turns to a bitter taste in the finish and aftertaste (along with some alcohol).

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied, though with a bit of density to it. Relatively smooth, with light carbonation.

Drinkability: A bit on the strong side, alcohol-wise. That's masked in a decent way. But the flavor isn't worthwhile after half a glass.

These Brother David beers just don't cut it. Really, not even worth picking up for just a try. The taste is far from good, and I don't even know if I'll finish the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 22:53:57 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of katan


3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep golden color, honey like. Very clear, lightly carbonated. Head formation is light, just a film.

S - Very sweet nose - has a little bit of raisins, and an almost overt caramelized sugar note. Fruity, some esters. No hops, light amount of yeast. Some phenolic undertones.

T - Starts off with a very sweet, lightly grainy note. Honey comes to mind. Mid-stream gets more dry, lightly bitter. Finishes with a sweet malty note. The more I drink this, the more I think honey.

M - Moderate body - moderately creamy, which is very noticeable against the backdrop of little carbonation. Leaves a huge sticky film on the tongue.

D - Moderate to low drinkability. ABV is very potent, but well hidden. Very sweet - almost too sweet for even one. Would probably like it a little more dry.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 03:04:01 | More by katan
Photo of ksimons

New York

3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-a clear dark orange amber with a ring of head around the top of the glass

S-sweet, malty, a bit boozy

T-sweet and somewhat light for the style, malty with a bit of spicy yeast at the finish, alcohol is pretty subtle considering the high ABV

M-medium carbonation with a sweet malty mouthfeel

D-decent try, but not what I was expecting and not up to par with other triples

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 23:23:44 | More by ksimons
Photo of bump8628


3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep honey to auburn with a great depth of color and an inch of white head that recedes a little too quickly.

Soft Belgian yeast character with notes of honey, vanilla, clove, plum, bubblegum, and banana along with some sweet, bready malt and a delicate, warming alcohol.

An excellent ale. It departs some from the classic Tripels, but it has a soft character that hides its considerable strength quite well.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 19:29:59 | More by bump8628
Photo of tubacharlie


4.38/5  rDev +26.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 07:03:45 | More by tubacharlie
Photo of stephens101


3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A reddish-orange brew is topped with a thin and bubbly tan head that clears out quickly with no trace left behind. Smells fruity, malty and yeasty with some bubblegum and phenols in the background. Crisp on the palate with big sweet malts, more bubblegum, ripe apples and a little spice. Medium bodied with a hint of lingering alcohol heat, which is very subtle despite the gravity. Goes down with some grainy roughness at the edges and gets slightly creamy middle as it warms. Not bad for an American version, just really hard to beat the masters.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 23:17:22 | More by stephens101
Photo of 100floods


3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

caramel/amber hue. bubble bath style foam dissepates quickly. really clean, sugary sweet aromas; more sweet than anything else. Lot of sugared peach tasted. This is pretty sweet. There's a little bitterness in the after taste, not hop bitter, but something that opposes the sugar notes. Very minimal carbonation. I can't say I enjoy this beer as much as I thought I did. All the right things are there, just perhaps not in the best proportions. Perhaps a few months in the cellar might ease it up a bit.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 23:25:04 | More by 100floods
Photo of jlindros


3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 01:15:28 | More by jlindros
Photo of Kendo

New York

3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from the bomber into a Chimay chalice, split 3 ways. Body is light orangey-amber with a small head. Noticeable carbonation. No lace.

S: Pleasant. Light caramel malt, some fruit and spice. Waft of alcohol too.

T: Starts out sweet -- caramel malt and ripe bananas with a touch of fruity, yeasty spice. Some grassy/piney hop bitterness cuts the sweetness, but it's still a predominantly sweet beer. Alcohol is noted at the finish.

M: Medium in heft with good active carbonation.

D: Better than the Clipper City Heavy Seas Yule Tide Tripel that we poured next to it for the "Pepsi Challenge," but still not my favorite style. Too sweet for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 16:31:35 | More by Kendo
Photo of champ103


3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear copper/orange color. A very minimal white head forms, and recedes in a second. No lace to speak of.
S: Sweet malt, honey, and some yeast. Not bad, but not a lot here.
T: Sweet malt and honey again. There are not a lot of distinguishing flavors here. Just kind of bland.
M/D: A medium body and high carbonation. A little on the watery side. Not hard to drink, but nothing that I really care to finish.

Pretty much average and ho hum in every way I can think of. Not that that is bad, just average. Nothing I would recommend, but you could do a lot worse.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 04:47:38 | More by champ103
Photo of hophead247


4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured a clear golden amber with a small lingering ivory head. Aromas of carmel, fruitiness and spice. Palate was medium bodied, smooth and slightly syrupy. Flavors of carmel, tropical fruit, pear, spice and pepper with a smooth lingering semisweet finish. Very noticable alcohol!

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 01:49:18 | More by hophead247
Photo of dondeez21

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serves out of a 22oz bottle into a Weyerbacher tuip glass. No brewed on date listedon bottle
A: Almost no head. Burnt orange color
S: Burnt sugar, yeast
t: Slight hop aftertaste, burtn sugar and yeast
M: very thin for the style.
D: Good beer but not 100% to style

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 05:50:35 | More by dondeez21
Photo of ClavisAurea

New York

3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle in a snifter glass

Appearance: light amber with a frothy head that goes away quickly

Nose: pears, alcohol, white grapes

Taste: sweet white grape juice, dry white wine, spicy hops finish

This is a pretty good triple. I would expect it to be a bit more effervescent but overall an enjoyable bier.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 15:18:54 | More by ClavisAurea
Photo of gthornton


3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

First thing's first, the pour: This beer poured like syrup lapping out into our tall wine glasses. In fact, to borrow some wine lingo, this beer actually has legs. Give it a swirl and marvel at the delicious nectar cling to the walls of your glass... moving on.

Color: I immediately thought of a thick block of ochre as we held our glasses to the light. It is a deep amber that is closer to orange than it is red; also looks like ambrosia honey.

Scent: This beer smells very similar to the jar of Ambrosia Honey (W/ cinnamon) that we bought at a farmers market. There is also a sting of citrus in the nose, mostly covered, or rounded out by raisin and plum - more of the latter than the former.

Taste: Again, just like Ambrosia Honey w/ a hint of cinnamon and an orange peel. The citrus and honey are the first to slowly linger from the pallet, and the raisin/plum flavor leave last.

Drinkability/overall: We were thoroughly impressed by this, another great, beer from Anderson Valley. As for an all night beer, this would not be my first choice because it is a lil thick, and though I appreciate its buzz-ability, it would have me floored all too soon.

Probably best with a red meat... the thick maltiness of it makes me think roast... like a king :)

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 04:34:54 | More by gthornton
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3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Ruddy, vaguely hazy complexion reminds me of apple cider.. low carbo and hardly any head or lacing

S: Apples, with a slightly solvent background.

T&M: Boozy with elements of oak, malts and a slightly sour finish.

D: A bit too flat for not being a cask brew.. the booziness at 10%abv isn't offset with enough character in the beer to keep me interested. Started out intriguing, but I'm quickly losing interest.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 02:49:01 | More by dino213aa
Photo of flagmantho


4.35/5  rDev +25.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 06:28:30 | More by flagmantho
Brother David's Triple Abbey Style Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 568 ratings.