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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: 617
Reviews: 355
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 16.14%
Wants: 9
Gots: 47 | 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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Photo of Metalmonk
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The waxy coating over the top and neck of the bottle is unusual, and while it looks great, it can be a pain to get off. After I popped the top there was a rewarding strong release of gases, and it poured a thin but respectable head, with a burnt-orange color.

Yeast smells a bit funky, with malts and hops also very present, accented with a waft of various spices that you would normally associate with a witbier.

Malt dominates the flavor, with a good degree of hoppiness sticking its neck out. Some vanilla and orange too. Alcohol is present, but not overly so. Overall it tastes a bit off for the style, though still quite enjoyable. The flavor dies out pretty quickly leaving a bitter, medicinal aftertaste. The too-syrupy mouthfeel doesn't help. Too thick, too spongy. It's my least favorite aspect of this one.

It isn't hard to drink, I found myself enjoying this big 1 pt. 6 oz. bomber...just don't feel compelled to buy it again, despite that great price (under $6!).

Photo of veggiemafia
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber with no freshness date. I bought this because of the price ($5.50) and if it was good, it was going to become my go-to tripel.

It's really not that spectacular, sad to say.

Appearance is nice, apple juice orange/gold color with an initial 2 finger head that fades fast to an almost non-existant ring of bubbles with a little lace.

Smell is good, but has an alcoholic tang kind of like scotch that's a little bit...different, not unpleasant, but different for a tripel. Not a lot of esthers or fruity smells here, but a really nice yeast note.

Taste is similar, alcohol and yeast with some malt, not a lot of fruit but still really nice. Just not exactly what I look for in a tripel.

Mouthfeel is good, slick, well carbonated, not really sticky or anything. Good, but unremarkable.

I'm ready to have a glass of water after this because of the alcohol presence and the lack of anything that's appealing in a distinct way.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear , orange-hued, under a sizeable, creamy head.

Sweet, fruity nose. Smooth, lightly hoppy, bits o' spice.

Nice and easy, going down. big spicy fruit, medium bodied, light, yet lingering finish. Doesn't have enough presence, or character, though, to be memorable. Alcoholic content is well-hidden...at first. Then comes the brandy feel, and the burn.

Nice enough, though. Not quite a typical, or a trancendent tripel, but nice.

Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Has a nice, bronze, gold color with little to no head. It was just enough to lace the outside of the glass with foam.

Smell: Has a real candied apple smell. There is always that sugar smell...in this case, brown sugar.

Taste: Has a lot of sugar. It has a real generic belgium flavor. I can't seem to place individual spices or fruit flavors. It just a real blend.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice, smooth body that carries the flavor just long enough.

Drinkability: Yes, this is a good bottle to drink. I could put down a 750ml by myself, but its more fun to share.

Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an cloudy orangy color, small head, some carbonation, nice lacing. Scents of malt and fruits. The taste is a little soury/sweet carbonated feel, alcohol is hidden very well for a 10% ABV. Medium body. Drinkable in my book any day. I liked this brew from Anderson Valley, not true to style, but very nice. I would buy again, and would recommend to people.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle

Pours a hazy amber with an off-white head that fades. Decent lacing on the glass. Darker than most tripels.

Aroma is extremely fruity with hints of malt. I suspect it was fermented on the warm side due to the intense fruitiness, but that's not a bad thing in this case.

A smack of Belgian yeast fruitiness upfront followed by a semi-sweet malt taste wich is washed away by a nice hop bitterness. Finishes smooth and fruity. The 10% ABV is completely hidden.

Nice full body.

I rather enjoy this brew and can drink it with ease. I expected a little less after some of the reviews I read, but this is a nice tripel.

Photo of RedHaze
2.87/5  rDev -17.3%
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
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
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
2.52/5  rDev -27.4%
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
4.32/5  rDev +24.5%
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
3.59/5  rDev +3.5%
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
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
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
2.55/5  rDev -26.5%
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
2.68/5  rDev -22.8%
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
4.31/5  rDev +24.2%
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
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
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
2.04/5  rDev -41.2%
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
4.07/5  rDev +17.3%
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
2.97/5  rDev -14.4%
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
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
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
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
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
2.37/5  rDev -31.7%
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
4.17/5  rDev +20.2%
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
3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Brother David's Triple Abbey Style Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 617 ratings.