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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: 590
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 16.43%
Wants: 8
Gots: 41 | 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 BretSikkink
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Some orange with a little gold mixed in the color. Completely clear except for the bubbles. White head, not much retention, really small amount of lacing. Not a good look, for this venerated style at least.

Aromas of fruits, sweet but pale malts, and a tiny little spiciness. Not enough power or enticement to bring it up.

One-dimensional ale, with grassy hops leading light, fruity flavors including pear and apple; pale malts are very sweet and sticky, to a cloying degree almost from the get-go. Lots of candi sugar here.

Big abv lends a sort of low-brow appeal to this one: if it weren't for the price tag this would appeal greatly to a 40-oz. fan. Big sweetness masks the alcohol, but only to a certain extent. As it warms, the mouthfeel grows thick and treacly sweet, sticky.

Not much of a Belgian brew - the tripel is an easy style to have slip from your grasp, and this one amplifies the worst characteristics while ignoring or sublimating the great.

BretSikkink, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of RodBurg
2.45/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear copper color with mininal head that doesn't stick around. No lacing.

Smells of sweet fruit, apple, pear, and a little spice.

Very sweet from beginnging to end. Apple, pear, nutty yeast, and some spice. Finish is sweet and tart fruits. Less carbonation than I expected from the style.

Not a huge fan of this one. Way too sweet. I really hate wasting beer, but not too sure if I can finish the bottle.

RodBurg, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of pinotboy007
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear, deep golden orange with a modest head and no lacing or visible carbonation.

S - Sweet dried fruits, e.g., peach, mango.

T - Has a tropical fruit swing going on that's rather appealing. Can taste apricots, pumpkin pie spice, and a bit of the alcohol on the crisp finish.

M - Deliciously creamy with modest carbonation in support. Very nice.

D - Well, at 10% ABV it's an ale to take your time with - quite potent.

pinotboy007, Sep 08, 2008
2.85/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into my beautiful Koningshoeven glass - purchased in California and flown back to Colorado.

A - Even an aggressive pour yields little head (could be a result of the travel). Lacing doesn't exist apart from a pencil line white rim. Color is good with light golden amber.

S - Over ripened apples, Plums, lots of sweet and spice. I pick up some heat from the alcohol.

T - Taste is similar to smell more on the spicy side than sweet and fruity. A little raisin, tart apple and some hop. Hops really break through after a little warming, as does the heat from the alcohol.

M - Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is really good and soft. No obnoxious pop on the mouth, just a smooth fluid transition.

Drinkability is ok. not the best Triple I've experienced but it'll do the trick.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip

Pours a clear, orange body that sits underneath a slightly off-white head that faded rather quickly.

Hints of candied grapefruit, alcohol, clove, and fresh cut grass. Hoppier than I expected.

Taste mimics the nose, only a tad spicier. The clove and spicy hops really add a bit of a bite. Alcohol is very noticeable.

Medium bodied, adequate carbonation. Not as creamy as I would have liked. A little rough.

I didn't have much of a problem drinking this guy. On the spicy side, but pretty tasty.

A tough style to nail. Not a ground breaking tripel, but pretty good in my book.

ColForbinBC, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the golden wax dipped versions. Apparently they arn't wax dipping this anymore.

A- A darker golden color, but at the same time very very clear. The head came and went, quickly.

S- Dark fruits, dates, raisins, and cherry. I also smell a hint of vanilla. I can also slightly smell the alcohol fumes.

T- There was a dark molasses taste that mixed with the fruit taste. The alcohol taste is very much there as well.

M- This is a bit thicker then I would have expected.

D- Despite the alcohol taste this is pretty east to drink.

Wetpaperbag, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22-ounce bomber poured into a chalice yields a red amber body with a glow of golden highlights and a finger of ivory foam that quickly recedes to a ring that leaves a scattered bit of lacing.

The smell is plummy with a bit of caramel laden with alcohol, but not at all boozy. There's a bit of pineapple and a touch of pale malt with a spicy note.

The taste is rich and malty with a fruity tone. A touch of grapefruit and lemon zest join a bit of banana that is more a feeling than a taste at first, but one that comes forward as the drink warms a bit. Caramelly malt flavors dominate the initial taste, but are quickly overtaken by the fruitiness of the drink. A bit of warming in the tummy reminds me that this is a beefy 10% ABV tripel.

The drink is smooth, medium-bodied, and well-carbonated. Nicely drinkable.

cvstrickland, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a clear, rusty orange with a slight, frothy ivory colored head that quickly settled. Visible carbonation was very faint.

S: a light yeastiness of tangerines and some apples. Overall the aroma was very faint and a little disappointing.

T: The initial flavor yielded citric, tart oranges with a sharp acidity and alcohol fusels. There was some apple cider, honey melon and musky oranges along with a dry bitterness. The alcohol of 10%abv was definitely detected in the finish and was hot, spicy and dry. Overall the flavor was moderate but lacked the complexity and yeastiness most associated per style. Finishes with a lingering dry alcohol burn and fade.

M: light, oily, and slick, extremely smooth and silky with hardly a trace of carbonation.

D: A noticeable alcohol burn on the finish hinders drinkability. A lack of complexity and yeastiness also limits enjoyment and is only average going down. Ok, but not one I would probably go out and buy again.

beerthulhu, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of woemad
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber purchased at Bottles in Millwood, WA, for $5.49. No freshness date.

Poured a somewhat clear, burnt orange color - too dark for the style - with a 3/4 inch of white foam atop the beer. Spotty lace.

Fruity and spicy in the nose, along with an earthy scent.

Like the nose, this has a fruity aspect to it's taste, though it's balanced by some spicy notes. Where it comes up short is in the volume of the flavors. They need to be amped up. There's a mild dryness at the swallow.

Too thick in the body, though the mouthfeel does retain that effervescence often found in beers of the style.

Drinkable when only contemplating one bottle, I wouldn't want any more than that in a sitting. This is too thick and too bland for the style. but there are so many better authentic Tripels out there that I don't feel the need to try this again. Next time I buy an American "Brother", it'll be Brother Thelonius.

woemad, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of phishgator
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The brew is a rubish/amber color with a white head. Carbonation is medium and the clarity is quite clear. The aroma is of sugar candies and musky straw. There is a sweet maltiness to the lips followed by a strong syrupy mix of hops, alcohol, and fruit. The body is full, but the coating from the thcikness is not enjoyable. Just a lot different from what you expect a Triple to be, even if it's a US brewer.

phishgator, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.48/5  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.

zeff80, Jun 20, 2008
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
Photo of gpogo
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Clear deep gold with off-white head that thins.

A- Fruity sweet aroma, slight hints of apricot. Nice spicy belgian yeast smell as well. Perhaps a bit of coriander?

T- Fruity sweetness followed by an alcoholic taste

M- Medium-light body.

D- I have never had a tripel this dark, at first I feared it. Though I opened up to it. A rather decent tripel, though at $5.99 there are other tripels I'd rather have.

gpogo, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of gabeerfan
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a coppery amber with a thin, fizzy head that dissapates very quickly.
Very first smell kinda smelled macro-ish with some corn and alcohol. But it mellowed into a subtle fruity-sweet aroma. Peaches/apricots? Some candy sugar in there too. Alcohol aroma lingers.
Kinda sweet tasting, not cloying, but sweet. Peaches/apricots again, caramel, a suggestion of hops, and the candy sugar.
Light mouthfeel. A little slickness over the tongue scraped clean by lots of tiny bubbles.
It's a sipper at 10%, but pretty drinkable.
A good, but not great, American Triple. I've had better Triples and better beers from Anderson Valley.

gabeerfan, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of WillClark
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice rich copper, but the texture seems a bit thin. Aroma of banana and some type of stone fruit...apricot...that's it. Very light mouth feel- lighter than most AVBC beers. Drinkable, but that doesn't make it good. Clean finish with a little sweetness, but nothing memorable...the yeast turns a bit sour after a while- even though that may be a characteristic of some Belgians, it over-rides any other flavors in this beer over time. Eh, for a Belgian style ale I expect a little more. It's hard to pan any AVBC beer...but this is one..there's something missing. I think their Dubbel is a better pour.

WillClark, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of bunnyhustle
2.88/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

First Anderson Valley offering and a large disappointment. First thing I notice as I pour is that it seems to be thin as water. A very clear golden copper with thin head that dissolves like a soda and leaves nothing behind. Smell is of foul yeast, really cannot distinguish much else. Taste is actually ok, a strong malt presence, a bit of sweet sugar and some alcohol. Mouthfeel is light and thin as can be, just doesnt seem right. Overall a disappointment and wont be revisiting again.

bunnyhustle, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of ibbjamin
2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Paid $6.49 for a bomber from BevMo in Willow Glen, CA. Poured into a pint glass with 2 pours.

One finger off white head after an aggressive pour. Head dissipates to nothing in less than a minute. Lighter carbonation. Transparent light amber color. No lacing.

Lighter aroma of a hefeweizen. Hints of bread, yeast.

Watery, yeast taste. Rather average.

Lighter bodied. Quality ingredients used lightly.

Somewhat on the easy side to drink, but the flavor is nothing spectacular.

ibbjamin, May 10, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. wax-topped bottle, poured into a glass chalice:

Pours hazed orange amber with a thin swirl rather than a head. Vanishing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of herbal notes, orange peel and caramel candy.

The taste is sweet - candy sugar, caramelish. Some grassiness is there, as well as herbal spicing, but both are nearly fully masked by the caramelish/sugary sweetness. Too sweet and lacking on complexities. Hardly a triple/tripel, if at all. Aside from style, well...no great shakes there either. A weak yeast strain hardly adds anything. Still, it doesn't taste "bad". The alcohol is pretty well covered with a somewhat pleasant peppery sharpness in the otherwise sweet finish.

Light to medium bodied with mild to moderate carbonation, though thinnish, it has a silky-ish texture that adds to smoothness.

This one sadly misses the mark on the style and is too sweet and uneventful - out of style. I prefer this brewery's double, though that's not a classic of the style either. It's a shame, as this brewery makes some good to great beer. This is not one of them. Maybe they should re-think the Belgian-styles. In the end, pretty drinkable for the abv.

jwc215, May 04, 2008
Photo of ABCJiugui
2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into tulip, no freshness date

A- crystal clear orange, almost no head at all, recedes immediately. No yeast in the bottle, no yeast in the glass. Kind of a jarring orange color, no lacing.

S- sugary fruit, natural orange car freshener smell, touch of spices.

T- sweet, candy sugar, orange peel, a little herbal, hop bitterness is light in the finish but kind of an afterthought. Not very complex outside of this.

M- Light, and for a 10abv beer, I imagine that's due to the sugars. Smooth, but carbonation and head being almost non-existent so it detracts from it being any better.

This isn't a bad beer- just not one I'd enjoy in the long term. It's lacking complexity to balance the sweetness. Plus, it REALLY reminds me of a poorer version of Allagash Grand Cru, which kinda throws me in terms of its classification and how to view its style

ABCJiugui, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a chalice style glass.

A: Pours a darker golden color, much like that of clover honey. A careful pour produces a clear glass of brew with very thin layer of fine white bubbles with a nice fluffy white ring. Lacing was negligible.

S: Pale malts, spices, hints of dark fruit, and just a bit of a fresh bread aroma.

T&M: Malty, more so than you might expect, but not too much. The flavors mingle for a nice complexity involving light malts, some interesting spices, and something that sort of comes across as light woody flavor. Although relatively modest of flavor, the mouthfeel is rather fulfilling and full without being heavy - something that is always nice when properly achieved. Carbonation assists in bringing some levity to the brew but the ABV starts to kick in somewhere around half a glass. The finish is mostly clean with some hints of malt on the linger and just the slightest touch of alcohol warming.

D: Enjoyable, at least. The more I had the more I appreciated the way the flavors worked together. The malts were just a touch sweet for my liking but this seems to be more common in the American rendition of the Belgian triples. Overall, very good and recommended.

SIRIUS2, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 Pint, 6 fl oz bottle copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
After sampling many various Anderson Valley Brews, had high hopes for their Tripel, but was rather let down at its mediocrity...
Hazy, orange-colored appearance with a minimal frothy head that soon dissipated leaving a fair amount of lacing...
Smell was pretty much on-point for a Tripel, bursting with fresh-fruit, vanilla, and caramel nuances...
Taste complemented the aroma, but was a let-down due to the overbearing and cloying ultra-sweet flavors that dominated this brew and made it hard to down... Way too sweet and unbalanced in my opinion, and not a particularly great depiction of the style...
Mouthfeel and drinkability took a hit due to the way-too-sweet flavor that pervaded this beer and detracted from its overall mouthfeel and drinkability...
Wouldn't recommend this one as a good representation of the style...

dsa7783, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz from the Boise Coop on Friday for about $5.75.. poured into my New Belgium goblet... When did they stop waxing the caps?

1" head is average.. doesn't last long.. lite orange amber brew.. very little lacing.

Aroma is thick and sweet.. sugared pears with lite white pepper... smell does not really "smell" that Belgian... head spinning alcohol as it warms.

Sweet dough and fruity (?!) Flavor is definitely on the plus side of sweet.. pears and white slip-skin grapes .. green apple .. spicy alcohol and clove... I normally don't flinch on brews with a big alcohol punch.. but the sugar and the alcohol are way too much on this one. Too thick and as it warms is very cloying.

I've had this dozens of times since it became available in Boise.. I always remember it being MUCH better.. this time was way too sweet and a huge mash-up of flavors.

JohnGalt1, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at vino's. Could you believe they poured us a pitcher??? The hop heads compared the smell and tastes in a pint glass versus a chalice. I preferred the smell and taste out of the pint. Not very typical of me or a trippel.

A - Light copper in color, with little head, very light in body.

S - Honey, apples, and pear esters. No smells of alcohol.

T - Honey, apple, and pear esters.

M - Pleasant, easy drinking. No alcohol aftertaste, no bitterness. The mouthfeel is hard to top on this one.

D - Definitely drinkable, but the notes I have about the appearance and drinking glasses are a bit disappointing regarding the tripel style. There should be an alternate category for American Styles using Belgian strains of yeasts.

MisterClean, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of cswhitehorse
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brother David's Triple poured a clear orange with not much of a foam head and no retention.

The aroma was a fermented apple with strong fruitiness. The taste was yeasty which should be expected. There was also some bananas and spice to the taste.

in the mouth there was a sharp carbonation bite. There was somewhat of an alcohol to it, but it kept it hidden pretty well for an abv of 10%. The yeasty taste stayed on the tongue for quite a while. Overall I thought this one was a little rough around the edges for this style.

cswhitehorse, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of wagenvolks
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber into a tulip glass...split with a friend (thank god.)

This beer pours more like an IPA than a Tripel, with its orange, semi-clouded body and lively carbonation. The golden waxed cap is a nice touch, though. The aroma packs in sweet, fruity apples and peach, plus loads of what tastes like honey malts. There's a touch of bitter berries, like a cranberry or sour raspberry.

The taste is of sour apples and vinous, bitter white grape rinds. Wheat and alcohol notes (especially) bring the tongue to a slight sweat. Body is viscous and over-carbonated for such a high alcohol brew. Anderson Valley's tripel is fun at first, but loses its appeal quickly. It was hard to get this one down...a good tripel should make you want the next sip. This one just didn't have that effect.

wagenvolks, Jan 16, 2008
Brother David's Triple Abbey Style Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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