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

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Ratings: 628
Reviews: 359
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

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.
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Ratings: 628 | Reviews: 359
Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dull sort of copper with a well sustained white head,real lively carbonation it looks somewhat spritzy,green apple aromas mixed with some phenolic spice and smoke I pick up a hint of bubble gum like that found in some Bavarian hefe weizen's as well in there.Quite honestly there is not alot of character to this beer in the flavor department but there are some pleasant components some pear and hints of green apple up front with spicey,yeasty lingering finish.Its missing something its close to being really good but needs somedepth and a little more flavor punch but it goes down easy for being so high in alc.I wont seek out again but its pretty enjoyable,a simple pleasure.

Photo of cooter
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden-amber with a filmy/wispy, cirrus-type head that allows itself to be recalled readily. Prominent alcohol slap towards the end. Smells clean, creamy, with a hint of mandarin. Also peach, a strong-for-abbey-style hop, and general esthers in both nose and mouth. The triflest bit thin at points.

Yeast flavors towards the end were extra awesome. It was generally very sweet, heady, smooth, clear and clean; the yeast at the end tripled all these qualities save the clearness. Very flavorful and lightfooted despite 10% alcohol.

Photo of ggaughan
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My cousin brought this to a wedding this past week. What a nice treat. The presentation with the melted wax over the cap is a great presentation. The beer poured a bright amber color with a slight white head. The aroma was sweet and a bit fruity, banana. The taste is sweet and a bit of spice with some hints of the high abv in the background but not overly alcholic which is deceiving. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium also so it makes for a fairly drinkable beer.

Photo of HardTarget
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Nice waxed bomber!

Aroma: Perfumed nose with just a hint of alcohol

Appearance: Orange amber glass with a thin cover of white that leaves some lace

Flavor: Main flavor is candy sugar, then a good dose of Belgian yeast, some citric rind, and a hint of spice, maybe coriander. The total package is well blended and fits together nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, almost light body.

Overall Impression: Light taste full of flavors with a noticeable alcohol kick. Still, for 10% this is easy drinking.

Big thanks to Rick and Betty for sharing the bottle!

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass clear amber golden wtih a white and low head which lasted barely to lace at the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a cider note and cut apples, though not fresh cut apples. Some candy aroma was presence and a definite sweetness and caramel. A very light spice was present as well.

The flavor was crisp with a light clove spice character which was quite nice. The overall flavor was a bit on the malty sweet side with a bit of candy thrown in the mix. The flavor contained a light bittering which was accentuated by alcohol.

The finish was even with a lasting bit of spice and alcohol coupled with caramel malt and candy long into the aftertaste. The body was medium full and the carbonation level fairly low. This beer seemed a bit underattenuated, but was on the right track.

22 ounce bottle with the worst smelling wax that has ever been used. Stinky and nasty cheese smell that would not make anyone wish to drink the beer if the bottle was next to the glass.

Photo of IceAce
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden body with a thin cap of wite foam. Lacing is minimal. Aroma is mashed bananas, alcohol phenols, and Belgian yeasties.

Entry is subtle with some play from the adequate carbonation. Midtaste features tangy fruit, demerara sugar, and hearty malt. The finish is a tennis match with alcohol and yeast exchanging volley after volley.

This is a solid offering and one I would come back to on a regular basis if the price was right...

Photo of clickpush
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tasted 3/29/06

Pour: 22oz bottle to wide tulip glass. Thin to no head w/ slight lacings in the middle and thinker around the edges. Nice color, not to be cliché, but is the color of amber stone.

Nose: Excellent aroma of bananas and vanilla in the front of the nose. Further back it transforms into a baked bread scent.

Mouth: Malty sweet with a peppery tingle from tiny hard carbonation bubbles. This beer heats the throat upon being swallowed and warms even more on the exhale. The combination of sharp carbonation and high alcohol give it a spicy pepper taste with hints of peach.

Overall, I felt that this beer's flavor does not have enough depth, especially compared to its enticing aroma.

Photo of phisig137
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After spending 15 minutes wrestling with an absolutely retarded plastic coating over the cap, I FINALLY got this beer open and poured it into my Samichlaus tulip. Color is pure amber, and a two finger head quickly rises, and falls into a thick blanket over the glass with thick lacing. Strings of bubbles rise everywhere from the bottom of the glass like a fine champagne. Actually very very nice to look at.

Aroma is yeasty, spicy, and bread-like. Nice, but a little subdued.

Flavor is a nice mix of spicy yeast esters, caramel, malt sweetness, and a faint hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel is very heavy and chewy, surprising considering what looks to be agressive carbonation. Drinkability is also pretty good for the style.

I was expecting to be a bit let down with this, but I'm pleasantly surprized. I find it somewhat odd that this isn't ranked a bit higher...

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

After preforming minor surgery to get the golden plastic dip of the top of this 22 oz bottle, I poured it's contents into my chalice.

It poured a hazy deep orange with hints of gold. It was almost opaque. A small foamy head rose up but quickly disappated leaving a small swirl of lacing in the center. Though hard to see there were many irregular beads of carbonation rising to the surface. The more it settled the more it resembled it's main smell and taste, honey.

Most strongly on the nose is a deep and lovely scent of honey.Also present are some slightly characteristics and some hints of spice.

The taste was initially less sweet than the nose would leed you to beleive, very spicey on the start, the orange and honey-esque flavors come in more toward the finish, the alchohol is initially hidden well, that is until the swallow when it rears it's burning head. Further down the glass the honey taste becomes even more pronounced. Yet it seems as if this sweetness intensify's the bitter hoppy aftertaste as well.

Medium bodied with a medium ammount of carbonation. The beer starts off really active and finished relativly smoothly.

A fairly drinkable beer, more drinkable if it weren't for it's high ABV which on an empty stomach is making me woozy already...time to get some grub

Photo of nlmartin
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer was poured into a wide mouthed 20 ounce goblet.

Appearance: The beer poured a burnt coppery to bronze coloration. The head was honey colored and short lived. There was no lacing noted on the glass.

Smell: The beer smelled sugary sweet with spicy alcohol and cloves counter balancing. Not really what I was expecting.

Taste: The beer was candy sweet. There was a yeastyness that combined with the maltyness nearing bready. The alcohol was a bit boisterous in a rum sort of way. The beer had a peppery finish.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer was full bodied. The alcohol really dominated the taste and mouthfeel of this beer. This beer is not a total wreck. This is just not a particularly inspiring triple.

Photo of hoppymeal
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt orange color, head fades to a thin layer with a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is of green apples, citrusy, perfumy with just a hint of sweetness at the end. Taste follows the aroma with added biscuity and spice flavors. Medium bodied mouthfeel. As the beer warms the sweet malts come to the forefront.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
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 -5.7%
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 +13.5%
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%
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 +10.6%
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 +14.1%
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 -17.5%
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 +14.1%
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 -27.6%
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 +24.1%
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 +3.2%
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
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
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 -26.7%
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 -23%
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.

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