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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: 611
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 16.14%
Wants: 8
Gots: 44 | 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 RedHaze
2.88/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Notes from 15Nov05

Pours a clear golden color with a 1/4 inch head that quickly fades away, leaving almost no lacing.

Smell; you get the bananas and cloves, with a litlle citrusy orange thrown in, some vanilla, along with the Yeasty smell Belgian styles have.

Taste; bananas, cloves, a touch of vanllia and oranges. There's a definite presence of alsohol in the finish, and it gets way to sweet as it warms. Mouthfeel is a little thin and oily, and there's not much in the way of carbonation. This is a decent beer, but not something I would ever seek out again.

Photo of scooter231
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light ruby color. Smells like... a Belgian. Tastes like... a Belgian.

Smells slightly alcoholic and sweet. Tastes slightly alcoholic and sweet. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and has just the right amount of carbonation to make you happy. Fairly drinkable...

Overall, I like it. Not tooo sweet, not tooo alcoholic- a good, tasty, solid brew.

Photo of DogFood11
2.5/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Very dark for a tripel. Copper. No head to speak of and marginal lacing. This is laughable for the style.

Bitter, Sour, backed by a malted body. spritzy carbonation makes it interesting but lacks depth.

I applaude the effort by anderson to brew a belgian. It will get better with time, but this is a stab at best.

Ugghhh ...this is a great style but this one falls short.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle freaked me out a little. Dripping with a waxy type substance, for some reason I was trying to stay away from this beer. Not to mention its mediocre reviews on BA. Did not disappoint!

Deep orange almost pumpkin-like in appearance. Very active head completely rimmed the circumference of the wide mouth wine glass it was poured into.

When I opened the bottle I was blown away (almost literally) by the florals, and the semi-sweet fruit smells. Tastes great. Nice job bringing an American touch to this beer. Sweet and lasting, lots of honey and orange. 10% good to go; definite alcohol kick, but not offensive.

As my education in craft beer grows so does my understanding. Triple is not a style I love, but it is good. I do think this beer is on par with some Belgium Triples.

Photo of qwert59
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer made an inital good impression for me because there are a lot of flavors going on, which I liked. But as I got to know the flavors of the beer they got less and less likeable.

The beer pours a clear amber with literally no head. It looked like apple juice.

The nose showed some promise, and I noticed notes of apple, vanilla and oak. There was some slight spice, and a bit of yeast.

The taste I initially enjoyed. There was more apple, pear, and vanilla flavors with a bit of oak on the finish. But there are some major problems with this beer. First, it could use more carbonation. It doesn't have much body, which wouldbe okay if it had the proper carbonation to sustain that. But this beer has zero head, and almost no carbonation.
The after taste was mostly lingering oak.

There's a lot of potential for this beer, but it does disappoint. Something about it is off balance, and I can't quite place it. It seems like there are a lot of interesting flavors in this beer, and there are, but something is missing. I hink it would be better if it had some more carbonation.

It would be worth trying if you've exhausted your Belgian beer opportunities, but there are better beers to try first.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After wrestling off the faux-dumb plastic bottle condom, the tripel was ready to rock.

Escaped double-no-tripel time into my tulip with a peachy foggy hue topped off with a scattered khaki head cap collar.

Light candy carmel triple aromas. A twinge of belgian yeast creeps and when warmed, a bit fusel.

First swigs: Warm gin awl-kee-hawl and yeasty flavor. More introspection yields a delicate coriander. Becomes boozy with hints of apple schnapps. Takes an unwelcomed left turn.

Feel is moderate with a cushy restrained carbonation. Smoothness protrudes. Really smooth.

Last swigs: No real bold flavors erupt. Narrow flavored. Expect a solid minimalist tripel that carries its own without going overboard. 10% ABV is well masked but a dry dull bready face.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.6/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared with Capflu, DumDum and Lubière: Poured a light orangey color tripel with a small bubbly white head. Aroma of wheat is very weak with some light coriander and some Belgian yeast. Taste is less spicy then what I would have hoped for with a definite lack of wheat. Body is too thin for the style and carbonation is almost non-existent.

Photo of eclectic
2.65/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear orange/amber with a small head.. sweet and spicy aroma lures you into a sense of comfort only to be horribly disappointed by the lackluster taste that follows. Slightly sweet at first with some faint notes of fruit.. If it wasn't for the alcohol this might be somewhat enjoyable.. but even then it would just be too bland to warrant a higher rating..

Overall a lackluster example of a triple, one that I would not recommend to anyone.

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is an amped up version of David Double. A little thinner and clearer in color, lesser retention, but laced well. Smells sweetly candy-like and alcoholic. Sweet fruits and spices persist in the aroma. Tastes of classic belgian candy sugar, pears, peaches, figs, dates, apples. Spices of cinnemon, clove, corriander, and mint. Mild hopping also adds to the spice, and makes the sweetness tolerable. Big firm body holds the unique belgian yeast and fermentation flavors. Carbonation is big on the toung and palate. Finishes hot, spicy, dry,and thinly sweet. A good beer, but I am interested in seeing if aging will help to mellow it out.

Photo of mobene
4.35/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tried this beer tonight and I'm truly impressed. I've always been a hug fan of Belgian beers and have found that many American breweries are besting some of the weaker Belgian brews. This is truly an exceptional beer. Anyone who thinks this beer doesn't have character and Belgian flavours doesn't want to expand their experience with flavour. Try this one.

Photo of ppoitras
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle purchased at Julio's, Westboro, MA. Heavy gold was-coated cap. Nice and tough to open, had to slit wax around cap with a razor blade and then uncap.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1" off-white head over the clear amber brew. Head lasts pretty well, with minimal, delicate lacing. Aroma is exhibits sweet and spicy notes, yet still seems to come up a bit lacking overall. The taste is dominated by sweetness upfront, fades into a fruity, sort of banana flavor, and then closes with a somewhat off bitterness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both okay, but that off close just kind of killed the niceties I found at the beginning.

Photo of Boilermaker88
2.03/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Presented in a 22oz bottle sporting a flat gold rubber seal over the cap. No best before date but, at 10%ABV, I'm willing to bet it could stand up in a cool, dark place for a long, long time. Split between me and the missus, into a Chimay chalice (for her) and Duvel glass (for me).
Dark gold coloring, almost brassy, with decent carbonation and a modest off-white head that fizzled down to nothing all too quickly, leaving no hint of it's presence.
Woof, big slap of alcohol fumes and raw cane sugars heaped over tropical fruits such as banana and mango, both in the nose and the taste. Real sugary yet has a decent spicy hops bite further back on the tongue, consisting of clove, coriander and pepper. Then things start falling apart as this tripel takes on an almost Beast-like roughness from all the alcohol. Develops a real "hot" streak to it that, for me, is completely off-putting. The feel was medium-bodied, rough and raw.
Well, my wife ended up dumping half of the 10oz pour I gave her. I struggled through my glass until, battle-scarred and battered, my palate hoisted the white flag and I dumped the last remaining couple of ounces. Letting this AV offering warm up is a mistake as it only adds more fuel to the alcohol fire already raging in this bottle. Ten percent ABV?? I'd have guessed substantially more. Yet another Anderson Valley offering I'll not return to anytime soon. I'm dangerously close to skipping their entire line-up now as I'm not impressed with this one or many others in their arsenal. Danger-close to a total drain-pour.

Photo of Sephiroth
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a tulip. It seems darker than most tripels, with a slightly off white head. The nose is of fruity, sugary, alcohol.

This is a tasty tripel. It is quite sweet. There are "green" fruit flavors which seem to be well blended and smooth. The alcohol rears its head every few sips. Mouthfeel is syrupy and coating. I could drink another one, if only I had another one. I will cellar a few of these to see where they go.

Photo of beertaster13
2.9/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beer pours a nice orange hue with great bubbly carbonation. Head reaches an inch then resides to rest in the glass. The smell is of cloves, honey and banana peel. Hint of mango extract, the spices are exotic. Taste is of coriander and spicy yeast, the banana taste lingers, alcohol is very present, allow to warm up and the syrupy malts will react and take away much of the alcohol taste. Feels lively and smooth in the mouth.

Photo of jdhilt
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a one-finger white head, fades quickly, and leaves no lace. Nice, clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is raisiny/alcohol. Starts sweet - more malt than hops, alcohol is noticeable but smooth. AV's double is better. $6.15 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I am sampling a lightly chilled (1 hour in fridge) bottle in a snifter.
The beer pours a bright clear orange/copper color with a small quickly receding off white head.
Aroma is fruity and spicy with sweet cloves, some white grape and citrus notes as well. Also a bit of lite berry scent.
First sip reveals a liter body than expected, and medium/mild carbonation. Lots of sugary sweetness and yeasty biscuit mix here. I find green apple and white grape here as well.
The beer finishes with a bit of warming alcohol that reminds me the beer is 10% abv which I didnt detect until this point.
A well made beer that I enjoyed and found quite drinkable.

Photo of meathookjones
2.38/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Spiffy looking 22oz bottle with a plastic wax covered top. Clear golden orange with a little bitty white head. No lace. Aroma is light fruity notes with some hints of yeast and bread. Along with that was the all too potent alcohol. This is one you could tell from the nose that it was going to have that stinging alcohol taste. Light fruit over a layer of way too sweet malt. Yup this was hot, too much sweetness and too much alcohol don’t make for a pleasant drinking experience. Light burn on the finish. Fairly thick feel to it but the sticky sweetness is not one I would expect for the style. No much in the way of drinkability either. I love some of their beers but this sure isn’t one of them.

Photo of Sixpoint
4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't understand why the reviews for this beer have been relatively average or unfavorable. The sample I had was great.

It poured an orange/amber color with a decent head, but without the classic Belgian lacing.

The aroma was nice - classic spicy phenols and esters from a Belgian yeast.

The taste was wonderful. Great balance from the malt flavors and the warming effects of the alcohol.

The mouthfeel was nice; light in carbonation and light to medium in boldy.

Overall, I found it drinkable, especially given the fact that I generally don't seek Tripels for a session ale.

Photo of Sixpack595
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I think this beer would be alot better with a bit of carbonation, its FLAT! The lack of carbonation seems to kill the beer. Nice redish copper color, but it took a very rough pour to generate any kind of head. The small amount of foam was an off white and lasted a very short time. Aroma is muted, but sweet and full of dark fruits. Flavor is sweet and malty, fruity and very heavy. A spicy, dry finish. Mouthfeel is syrupy and flat. There is potential, but unless theres much more lively carbonation this beer is nothing special.

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking bottle. Shiny brown in color with absolutely no head. Also, it was at first slightly carbonated, but a few minutes after the pour it went completely flat. Nose has a nice malt base with some caramel, and is latently supported by a fruit. Plums and banana? Taste has a nice sweet start. Heavy on the malts and Begian sugars. Alcohol comes through a bit on the back end. Finish has some great spice tones and the beer is also pretty light on the tongue. Not sure if it is supposed to be this flat though. As flat as tap water.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Carefully poured, the body is a clear orange-amber with golden highlights beneath a good-sized head of bright white froth. The retention is quite good, and although it drops it does maintain a thin surface covering through the first quarter of the glass. Lacing could be better, however, and it leaves only thin splashes here and there. The nose is bright with a judicious amount of yeasty phenolic and fruitiness (bubblegum, some plastic, soft dark berries, dark fruit skins) and a candyish and sugar-cookie dough like maltiness. It's surprisingly soft in the mouth with a full body and standard carbonation (one might expect a higher level in a tripel). The malt is rich and luxurious without being overly sweet, and the phenolic character (which adds a bit of spiciness here) really rounds it out and completes it. An undercurrent of grassy and leafy hops gives it even more depth. The bitterness is appropriately balancing, and in combination with the spiciness of the yeast it finishes drying despite all of the dextrins that are left in the mouth. It's quite nice and very enjoyable, and the excellent malt character present in all of the other Anderson Valley beers is still here, but it does fall short of the finest examples from Belgium.

Photo of arizcards
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Visited AVBC with Da Boss on a recent Monday afternoon.

This brew appeared with an orange-brown color and came out without too much head. Nose was hops and sugary fruits. Taste was almost like sipping a liqueur. It was very alcoholic and sweet. Mouthfeel was somewhat full. Overall drinkability was not real great. Fun to sample once but one knows they are getting slammed by the alcohol.

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

The beer after my struggle with the wax/plastic sealer sets in my special triple glass a luminous copper color with the head modest in size, frothy in texture and the color a light tan, as it erodes quickly, the residual lace is thin but covers the glass nonetheless. Nose has hints of plums, over ripe and sweet, nice malt presence, also some fusel alcohol with the start sweet, and the grain profile adequate, the top is light to moderate. Finish is pertinently acidic, the hop admirable in their spiciness, desert bone dry aftertaste, a drinkable beer with a nice tummy warming from the 10 percent ABV, but maybe its just me but I was expecting something more, as Anderson Valley is a long time favorite with me.

Photo of Dmann
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was not impressed by this one at all. And I was very supprised since I have liked everything that I have had from these guys so far. The apperance was a darkish gold that had no head at all to speak of. Even upon swirling nothing could be lifted from this one. The smell was very sweet and had lots of bananna scents in the mix. But the flavor was just a total letdown with way too much sweetness and an unrefined quality to the alchohol that is not too far removed from malt liquor. Good brewery, bad beer.

Photo of xgrigorix
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Brown 22 ounce bottle, wax finished. No dates.

Pale amber / dark straw gold. Thin bone coloured head.

Nice herbal aroma. Fruity whiffs of alcohol.

Very sweet. Bright tropical fruit attack. Slightly herbal. Warming. Syrupy with very gentle carbonation that somehow seems fake.

Brother David's Triple Abbey Style Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 611 ratings.