Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

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

Not Rated.
Brother David's Triple Abbey Style AleBrother David's Triple Abbey Style Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.

362 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 362
Hads: 653
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 21.45%
Wants: 10
Gots: 65 | 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:
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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 362 | Hads: 653
Photo of AgentMunky
3.83/5  rDev +11%
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.

 628 characters

Photo of smakawhat
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

 740 characters

2.78/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

 348 characters

Photo of rudzud
2.32/5  rDev -32.8%
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.

 844 characters

Photo of Hex92
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

 523 characters

Photo of n2185
3.11/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

 654 characters

Photo of seand
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

 491 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

 581 characters

Photo of Holland
2.74/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

 598 characters

Photo of BB1313
3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

 605 characters

Photo of casualfan
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

 1,023 characters

Photo of cdkrenz
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

 562 characters

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with an orange tint, smallish white head, fades fast but leaves a thin cap on top for a little while longer, not much lacing on the glass.

Smell has a nice aroma of clove, coriander and some other spices, nice malt backing keeps things evenhanded, for 10% I expected to pick up some phenolic scent but surprisingly it was lacking.

Taste starts out with a strong malt front, the spicing kicks in afterwards, not overly spiced but enough to add some character, Belgian candied sugar is represented but it's not as strong as it could be, definitely can pick up the alcohol even though it was unobserved in the nose.

Decent Triple, although I think I'd prefer it if it was a couple points less in strength. But I'll support any brewery that uses renewable energy sources (as the cap says solar powered).

 823 characters

Photo of Philousa
2.22/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a tawny, golden orange. Sits clear with little head in the tulip glass. Banana, spices, nothing but Belgian yeast in the nose. Big banana flavor, tart green apple, lots of candied sugar flavors. I get a little biscuit, but it's overpowered through a bitter, sour sugar aftertaste. This gets to be sickening towards the end of the bottle. The viscous feel of the beer is also off putting, as I associated it with the sugary aftertaste. Finish is very dry.

If you couldn't tell from the description, I didn't like this beer. The aroma started out well, but the taste and mouthfeel just brings this beer down too much for me to give it a good review. I couldn't get over the lack of complexity and the candy flavor just pounded my taste buds beyond recognition. The thickness just made me sick after a while, reminding me of cough syrup. A Tripel should be light and complex, this was anything but.

 902 characters

Photo of StaveHooks
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Notes from 10/15/11 review:

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a foamy off-white head with minimal lacing.

S - Apricots, peaches, apple sauce, banana bread, oranges, spice, doughy yeast, slight phenolic plastic with a sweet pale malt backdrop.

T - Spiced apples, sugary malt, heavy on the apricot, pureed peaches, sugary pale malt, spicy cherry alcohol on the finish.

M - Firm medium body with low carbonation.

This one is on the hot side. Lots of nice stone fruit along with a descent yeast strain but the alcohol tends to get in the way of everything.

 560 characters

Photo of RuudJH
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

 509 characters

Photo of searsclone
4.16/5  rDev +20.6%
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

 398 characters

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

 457 characters

Photo of sdsurfer217
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

 760 characters

Photo of jbphoto88
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

 849 characters

Photo of kojevergas
2.3/5  rDev -33.3%
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.

 1,399 characters

Photo of tjkinate
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

 893 characters

Photo of schwaeh
2.67/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

 769 characters

Photo of nickd717
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

 901 characters

Photo of Bfarr
3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

 464 characters

Brother David's Triple Abbey Style Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.