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

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Ratings: 627
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 9
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
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Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-15-2004

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Ratings: 627 | Reviews: 358
Photo of RuudJH
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Expecting my tripels to be hoppy bitter, malty sweet, with a dry finish., this (Orange brown colour, ok head, good lacing, good carbonation) was far more sweet and alcoholic than I like.
That said , it's still drinkable enough. It's strong, with a spicy bite (that's good). It's got some complexity with the citric notes in the background.
Still... I can't help but think this brew would be better if 1 or 2 % of the abv. was sacrificed, so less sugar had to be added in the proces, for the purpose of booze.

Photo of searsclone
4.16/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet

A: bright golden copper color with no head. Medium amount of carbonation bubbles up the side of the glass. I scored it lower because there was no head.

S: sweet, honey, bread and caramel.

T: Immediate alcohol flavor, then malt, sour fruit, more alcohol, then sweet, then bread.

M: sharp carbonation, coats the tounge, very creamy.

O: very drinkable, I really like this one

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Anderson Valley : Brother David's Tripel

Pours a clear deep golden color, little foam and lace. Aroma is full of estery Belgian yeast, fruity and sweet smelling. In the taste, sweet fruity yeast, Belgian candi sugar, solid malt backbone of pale and crystal malts, and little hop bitterness. Alcohol has a moderate presence throughout and the beer is warming. Medium bodied feel, well carbonated and finishes pretty clean. Overall, a nice Belgian style ale.

Photo of sdsurfer217
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Brilliant Amber colored with a nutty-white head, about 2 fingers worth. Medium amount of carbonation.

S: Sweet aromas, little bit of bread/biscuit, hints of banana, orange, almost a medicinal quality.

T: Sweet malty flavors, cloves and bananas. Not much hops makes a pretty smooth beer, but balanced enough not to be extremely sweet. Very creamy taste.

M: Creamy texture, little hot, but for the most part hides the 10% pretty well. Lingering flavors of sweet biscuits.

O: Comparable to Belgium triples, it is middle of the road, but for an American triple its pretty dang good. Balanced and hides the alc pretty well, in a dangerous way. Not a beer I could drink multiple of, because of the abv and the heaviness of the beer.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sparkling clear brew the color of a blood orange's skin. The head is impressive at first but fades super fast to nothing but a skim of disappointment. Not a stellar start if you ask me.

The nose takes a turn in the right direction. Wafting bready yeast distinct to the Belgian strains punch you right in the snout. Followed closely by crisp apple-like fruits and a handful of toasted grains. A much needed improvement from the looks.

The taste is also in a good spot featuring all the above mentioned but with a candied flavor. Caramelized grains, tart apples and a dose of that yeast make up for one tasty beverage.

The mouthfeel is clean and crisp with a sharp carbonation and light body. An enjoyable beer but not a wow beer. I find myself sipping of it, taking my time and happy but find it equally enjoyable and forgettable at the same time.

Photo of kojevergas
2.3/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweizen glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Colour is a semitransparent light copper-gold. Head is three fingers of slight cream and decent thickness. Retention is favorable. I wouldn't call it appealing.

Sm: Musty hops reminiscent of many winter warmers I've had. Certainly candy sugar is in there. Some spices are present but me broken nose can't place them - all apologies, lads. Scent is moderate in strength.

T: Splits at the midpoint, which is structurally problematic in this beer. The first half is loaded with candy sugar accompanied by some light caramelized malt. The hops emerge in the second half but aren't distinct, covered (and burdened) by the overdone sugar - some of which I think is unfermented - almost astringent. It's not horribly complex, but balances its problems if that's worth anything. Some spices emerge on the tail end, and I definitely get a winter warmer vibe from them. No alcohol comes through, which is quite an accomplishment given the ABV.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but entirely too thick. Suits the flavours in that it allows them to clear quickly.

Dr: It's difficult to drink on account of its badly handled sugar problem and its overdone thickness. The price isn't particularly great considering the low quality. A trainwreck attempt at the Tripel style.

Photo of tjkinate
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saw this bottle at the store, had no cellphone reception to look up a review, so I decided to grab a bottle since I have never had any beers from this brewery.

It poured a pale orange with hints of yellow around the edges. It was toped off with an unimpressive, short lived, head that left little lacing. It smelled of sweet banana, cloves and some spicy undertones. Alcohol was slightly detectable. Taste started out malty, but remained well balanced with the sweet. I originally thought this beer was underrated. Unfortunately, as the gulps continued the flavor deteriorated. By the end, the beer was seemed overly bitter while completely loosing its initial sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium and slightly tingled the tongue as it went down.

Overall, not a bad brew, only wish that great initial flavor would have stuck around until the last drop. Oh well, many others out there yet to try.

Photo of schwaeh
2.67/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dark and hazy orange color. Foamy off white head and good carbonation. This tripel is clearly filtered.

S: Smells phenolic and slightly fruity. I'm getting banana, spicy yeast, clove, light malts, clove, and some cereal grains.

T: This is boozy, first and foremost, along with a lot of sweetness. Bananas, Belgian yeast, and candy sugar are the standout flavors. This is really hoppy for a tripel, odd. The yeast is really the only thing I'm enjoying in this, it seems like some quality stuff. This stuff is really hot and sweet.

M: This has a solid body and good carbonation.

O: This is a lot sweeter, hoppier, and boozy than the other top notch tripels I've had. This clearly seems like an Americanized version of the style. I wouldn't buy this again.

Photo of nickd717
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review dated 4/19/2010. Bomber from Anderson Valley Brewing itself. Cellared this for about a year before drinking it. Used part of the bottle too cook mussels in since I figured this is a pretty cheap and easy one to come by. Nothing beats drinking a beer paired with mussels cooked in the same beer.

Pours mostly clear golden with a small white head that lasts.

Aroma is nice and typical for the style more or less. Pale malt and Belgian yeast along with some fruity esters and spice.

Flavor is also fairly typical, not too sweet and Americanized. You can usually count on Anderson Valley to hit a style fairly well. Pale malt and Belgian yeast, some light fruits (banana and peach), spice, and earth.

Somewhat smooth on the palate with medium-full body and an appropriate carbonation level. A little alcohol warming.

Overall a solid tripel. By no means a standout, but drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of Bfarr
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange amber, thin off white head with poor retention. Bright fruity yeast aroma. Pear and cherry sweetness with light alcohol. Very balanced flavor and a fairly clean finish. Light body and bite with prevalent stickiness.

Smooth easy flavor with light warming and bite upon swallowing. It’s not entirely complex but very pleasant. It’s certainly enjoyable and good to look out for despite the fact that I do think it’s not entirely like a tripel should be.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Translucent gold color. Poured a 1 finger white head with fair retention to a skim that was thicker on the inside edge of the glass. Thin, broken lacing.

S: Bananas and tropical fruit. Citrus and sugar. Alcohol and bit of a yeast funk.

T: Sweet fruit and sour yeast. Resinous bitter in the middle. Malts come through as the beer warms. Lots of warming alcohol.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. A little sticky. Dry and warming.

D: Very complex. Lots of malt and yeast character.

Photo of bushbeer75
4.07/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz brown bottle not dated

Anderson Valley Brothers David’s Triple poured into my tulip glass a cloudy/hazy orange amber color with a small off-white head that dropped quickly leaving a thin film. The aroma is sweet, fruity, spicy and yeasty. The full flavor of the Brother David’s Triple matches the aroma. The flavor is dominated by candy sugar up front with enough hops so it is not too sweet and followed by a fruity and spiciness. The triple is medium bodied, has a medium-high carbonation level and a nice warming alcohol finish – not overpowering especially considering a 10% abv.

My first Anderson Valley brew and I am impressed! - A nice flavorful triple that I sure will revisit.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a minute off-white head that leaves almost no lacing.

Smells of some bright fruits and spice.

Tastes of sweet fruits with a spicy counter. Notes of apple and pear with a bit of banana that is syrupy sweet. Spicy yeast notes add in with some pepper. Some grassy notes come through to finish everything. Alcohol is also noticeable and leaves a nice warming.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, not a particularly good Tripel, but could be a decent intro to the style, keeping in mind that there are far better examples.

Photo of jondeelee
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brother David's Triple begins with an aroma that is half Belgian and half baking bread: ripe bananas and cloves mixed with deliciously yeasty dough that is in the oven and just beginning to darken at the edges. Hints of lychee nut, pineapple, and pear also appear on the nose, as well as the briefest mention of milk chocolate.

On the tongue, the beer begins instantly sweet--confectioner's sugar and caramelized brown sugar--before the Belgian bananas and cloves kick in and take over the tastebuds. Bright citrus flavors--apricot and grapefruit--as well as pear and apple also come into play. There is a strong alcohol tinge to the brew--created by the 10% ABV--that is vodka-like in quality, and does slightly mar the flavors. The aftertaste is mainly a continuation of the above, which becomes more bitter as the sugars die off, revealing a hop kick. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-high and quite fizzy.

Overall, this is good fare, though nothing to necessarily crow about, largely because the vodka-like kick lessens the latter half of the mouthful. Still, for a 10% beer, it's certainly palatable, and the malt flavors are pronounced and well-balanced.

Photo of ajwillys
2.54/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - It looks like an autumn harvest wheat. Similar to the color of vitamin pee.
Smell - strong alcohol smell, esters from the yeast are obvious
Taste - Rather bland and boring
Mouthfeel - Very dry, I feel thirstier after drinking it
Overall - Brother David's got solar energy (and a sweet 'stache). For the price, just skip it.

Photo of jmerloni
4.47/5  rDev +28.4%
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.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle was not wax-dipped as the one in the photo is.

1 finger off-white head, slightly cloudy amber body.

Mucho malt on the nose, faint toffee?

Toffee and malt taste-- unexpected for a tripel. Faint taste of carbonation. Some hops on the finish.

Nice mouthfeel, almost creamy.

All right, but not an outstanding tripel (though maltier than most, for what it's worth.)

Photo of whatthehull
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a La Chouffe tulip

A - a translucent deep golden and amber, one finger white head and no lacing

S - Booze, yeast, tons of sugar, Bananas, slight pungent sour, fruity, earthy and all around awesome

T - lots of sweet Belgian yeast, and maybe a sour yeast note. Lots of alcohol, creamy, very nice bitter through and through, nuts, wheat, tons of grains and a slight toasted note

M - Chewy, medium/low acidity, well balanced, nice body and decently long finsih

D - This is a beer for everyone who hates the world of hoppy, stout like and porters. Drinks nice but huge complexity and well balanced taste

Final Thought - Not bad. 10% abv and only $3 a bottle. I could love me some of this beer a few times a month. Would love to try this on tap!

Photo of donteatpoop
4.17/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber copper color with a quickly diminishing white head. The beer has a light fog to it.

The smell is excellent, straw and earth, and a fruity element.

The taste is excellent, mild sweet flavors play off of the straw and funk tastes. Really an excellent blend, very well balanced beer. Glad to have tried it, hope to drink it again.

Photo of dylanrossi
3.22/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

No freshness date on label.

Appearance: Coppery-gold and transparent with continually rising carbonation. Decent head but not much in the way of lacing.

Aroma: Sweet and phenolic, typical to the style. Aromas of dried and candied fruit, particularly apricots and dates.

Taste: Alcoholic and phenolic up-front. Sweet all the way through, particularly on the finish. Residual sweet and brandy-like flavors that don't seem to fade.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with lots of carbonation. Good deal of alcohlic warming on the finish.

Overall: Flavor profile isn't all that complex. Additionally, the flavor that dominates is a bit alcoholic and sweet. Still, not a bad beer to purchase.

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on a recent visit to Rattle N Hum in Manhattan and it was among a number of Anderson Valley beers available on tap that day. Overall, a great beer and very in line with the style.

Color was a light straw, a little cloudy, good carbonation and definite belgian lacing. Very pretty and served in a perfect glass.

Aroma was sweet, fruity but also had a definite hop presence. A little more than a typical belgian tripel but it didn't detract from it. It made it more interesting. .

Taste was also very in line with the style but had a hoppy presence to it that also added to it. Unlike Anderson Valley's Dubel, which is a little strong for the style, this one is right in line and all the flavors blend very well.

Overall a great beer. I wish I came across more beers from this brewer, as I like most of what they make.

Photo of glowend
4.62/5  rDev +32.8%
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.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Look - light amber in color, fairly clear, but with little to no foam.

Smell - hoppy, but with a sweet note like that of apple juice.

Taste and Mouthfeel - wonderfully hoppy at the very beginning, with an interesting "grab" at the back of the palate. The abv is fairly subtle. Texture is somewhat more on the watery side, but not in a bad way like a adjunct lager can be. It's a "purer" type of wateriness.

Overall - Very interesting brew. Not super interesting in the taste, but near to it. Nice tasting too!

Photo of impending
2.51/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear bright copper penny, minor head was brief, minor lacing.

Aroma lies between a dubbel and a tripel with a phenolic, alcohol ending.

Very sweet, flavor lacks complexity. The notes are simply blunt, no definition. Significant phenols ride the aftertaste, not a strength. Full bodied mouthfeel bordering on cloying.
no cheers

Photo of Nordicmonk
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A group of us tried this Abby style Ale in a tulip shaped glass.
Appearance is amber/copper with a small head, about a finger.
The smell had some apple tones and some spices. Taste is with a sweetness, caramelized malts, and some apple flavor. Medium bodied, and like by the group of guys that tried it .

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