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

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Ratings: 596
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 16.43%
Wants: 8
Gots: 40 | 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 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.

sulldaddy, Jun 12, 2005
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.

meathookjones, Jun 07, 2005
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.

Sixpoint, Jun 03, 2005
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.

Sixpack595, Jun 01, 2005
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.

MuddyFeet, May 29, 2005
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.

NeroFiddled, May 08, 2005
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.

arizcards, May 07, 2005
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.

Gusler, May 04, 2005
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.

Dmann, Apr 10, 2005
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.

xgrigorix, Mar 29, 2005
Photo of BeerManDan
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a fan of Anderson Valley beers, but so far this is one of there better brews. The color was of a deep golden yellow with a orange hue. The aroma was of sweet floral nature with a hint of citrusy orange. The flavor was a creamy balance of sweet and tartness, that wasn't all that bad. The flavor of citrus was pleasant enough, along with a hint of caramel. Overall not a really bad ale. I would buy it again, but not a first choice!

BeerManDan, Mar 24, 2005
Photo of santoslhalper
2.53/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Taken from notes last night.

Poured a dark orange that resembled nothing of a tripel. Way too dark. The smell was ok, but didn't have that light fruity appeal of a normal Tripel. The flavor was sickeningly sweet and overpowering, lacking any fruitiness or spicyness like a good Tripel should have. Blah. The mouthfeelw as fine, but the high alcohlic presence really brought this one down. Dissapointing.

santoslhalper, Mar 20, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

03/15/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 22oz bottle poured into my Duvel glass.

Appearance- Dirty orange colored pour with a small 1/4 inch head, decent lacing and a small ufo circle in the middle.

Smell- Heavy sweet clove and banana scent.

Taste- Pretty damn sweet and a bit sour at the same time. Buckets by buckets of bananas in the mix. It started out decent enough, but the sweetness really got to me about 6 ounces in. Lots of alcohol fumes emitting from my pie hole. I smell like a drunk after 6oz!

Mouthfeel- Medium to high carbonation, a bit dry in the mouthfeel department.

Drinkability- This was one of the hardest beers for me to finish. Very different indeed. It started out good, but quickly got sickening sweet. A 4oz sampler would have been perfect.

GClarkage, Mar 15, 2005
Photo of Ego
2.83/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

nice bottle with the dipped rubber cap.. dont forget to dip your rubber..

anyway..
little to zero head, pale golden to amber hue, clear and clean looking, sparse carbonation bubbling up from the bottom

sweet nose, tinge of alcohol is present, nothing too fascinating olefactory-wise, doesnt smell like most belgian trips...

nice body for such a light tone, a bit too sweet in the finish, a hop bite entices for a second as it slips the tongue but fades

overall a decent brew, nothing outrageous that one would expect from such a great brewery. it hides the high alcohol decently (you do feel it warming the gullet) nothing to write home about and surely not in the class of belgian trips.

Ego, Mar 14, 2005
Photo of Troyone
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an apple juice color with minimal head and some carbonation.

A roasted caramel malt smell with flowery pine hops and hints of toffee, vanilla, and licorice.

A moderately sweet and acidic roasted and nutty caramel malt; resin and grapefruit hops; and hints of bubble gum, vanilla, and cola.

Medium to full body, dry to syrupy texture, soft to lively carbonation, and a slight metallic finish.

Very drinkable for the style but not a session beer.

Troyone, Mar 14, 2005
Photo of donnebaby
3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Shimmering, gelatin-like gold amber color -- with almost nothing in terms of a head. Nose is cidre, boozy and stank, with a little chalk and coriander citrus in the background.

Real boring taste. Sweet, spiced grains, but boring -- and shallow. Slightly bitter, and dry.

Mouthfeel has to be the best effort here, thick and becoming.

donnebaby, Mar 13, 2005
Photo of Truh
2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Lord, the folks at Sunset simply couldn’t get it right with this one on 2/25/2005. Ordered a double and got the triple instead, no harm done. 12-oz. goblet pour at the Sunset.

Bill was off right from the start, with the bartender sputtering something about Avery (hello Houston, we have a problem), but straightened things out pretty quickly and let it go. Filmy ghost of ultra, weight-loss thin sheeting that has little to no stick. Funky malt and candy drool on nose. Caramel on mouth almost overwhelms, while alcohol hits over the head like Popeye on spinach; volumatic contagion of fung casts a wide net and flim-flams the mouth.

Truh, Mar 02, 2005
Photo of edchicma
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wine like cherry gold appearance...very little head. Smell is fruity with yeast undertones...not bad, but not spectacular either. Taste is lightly fruity with some alcohol nortes, but not bad for a 10 abv. Mouthfeel is smooth, yet dry, probably this brew's most redeeming quality. Drinkability is decent for the high abv,,,,goes down smooth enough. A decent brew but nowhere near the quality of other trippels I have tried.

edchicma, Mar 01, 2005
Photo of tjd25
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No head on a pale transparent and unimpressive amber color body. The smell is very sweet, mostly apple with some banana and bubble gum notes and some cloves. Only slightly yeasty. The taste is sweet, with fruity esters of banana and apple and some light herbal notes. Alcohol is pretty well hidden for 10%. Slightly floury in the mouthfeel. This beer is very light bodied for a tripel. Pretty weak.

tjd25, Feb 24, 2005
Photo of Goldorak
2.9/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The wax on the bottle is a nice touch...

Appearance: Translucent, and dark like wildflower honey, but with only a shred of lace.

Smell: Woody, and very solvent like. 10% ABV and it shows through the nose big time.

Taste: Light carbonation, sweet maltyness with an obvious high octane punch. Blindfolded, I probably would not have guessed this was a tripel, too sweet, lacks a little effervescence and a little too much booze.

Goldorak, Feb 24, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber dipped in gold wax.

Pours a light amber with a decent head of off white that lasts for a few minutes then drops to a thin foam.

Smells of bread, banannas, sugar and alcohol.

Tastes of sugar and hops with lots of alcohol. I like the mouthfeel on this one, not as much carbonation for the style but enough to get by.

If they could have done a better job of hiding the alcohol this would be a much more drinkable brew. I also noticed a lack of sediment in the bottle.

This beer really falls flat for the style. Its like its missing something

ypsifly, Feb 15, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one is a glowing orange in color with a bit of a brownish tint and no head.

Smell – This is more like Triple Sec than a Tripel. There are some light, European-type of hops but it's mostly just liquid sugar with lots of booze. I mean, the nose is just dripping with sugary sweetness. It tastes like alcohol liquid table sugar.

Taste – There is a huge, sharp, “liqueur-type” of flavor here that reminds me, again, of Triple Sec. The alcohol and orange syrup mixture is just loaded with table sugar sweetness.

Mouthfeel – This one is a bit bigger than medium-bodied with a stingy alcohol presence and a super-sticky sugariness.

Drinkability – This Anderson Valley offering is waaaay off of the true Abbey Tripel style but I kind of enjoyed it.

RoyalT, Feb 15, 2005
Photo of Mitchster
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in a nice gold-rubber dipped bottle. Pours out to a very clear medium honey-colored amber with orange accents, forming a small white head with poor retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate, much less than typical for the style. The aroma is very full with very strong rotting bananas, mild cloves and some warming alcohol. A light soapiness is evident from the demerara sugar. The mouthfeel is stingy and sharp at first with a deceiving medium body then ends in a ruddy finish. Taste begins with a ton of bananas followed by cloves in the middle, some herbal and woody hop flavor, more bananas, and then a pronounced dry alcohol bite in the finish. Low on the fusels, but high on the isopropyls, I suspect this was fermented too warm with this yeast strain Not quite as bad as Ommegang or Jolly Pumpkin, as it's still drinkable. The alcohol warms the throat and stomach, but is a touch abrasive and gives the brew an oxidized, rubbery quality. On the sweet side for sure. As it warms, the isopropyl thickens and becomes a touch more offensive but is somewhat balanced out by the sweet banana bread.

As others have mentioned here, this Triple is not as good as one would expect from Anderson Valley. It's still not bad, and certainly doesn't deserve ratings of 2 to 3, but it doesn't hold a candle to other triples in it's price range (Allagash, New Belgium, Dark Horse, Unibroue, Avery). I wouldn't buy this one again, but it was interesting to try.

Mitchster, Feb 11, 2005
Photo of beerluvr
4.28/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a non-descript white head settling over clear deeply golden liquid. Strange metallic nose sensed after pouring, but disappeared after warming in the glass, replaced by some tropical/light banana yeasty character. The taste is quite good with rich maltiness, more tropical notes and a good balancing hop bitterness combining very nicely. Not much of the 10% alcohol is tasted at all. Finishes malty and rich, very drinkable and a well done take on the Tripel style

beerluvr, Jan 30, 2005
Photo of winomark
2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium copper with a nice fluffy off-white head. Lots of tiny streaming bubbles. Mild aromas of candy sugar, pineapples, and bananas. Bananas lead the palate brigade, with candy sugar tagging along. Alcohol is noticable, but well-controlled. Mouthfeel is quite syrupy and thick, with little bitterness to offer another side of this beer. A drinkable beer, but a bit unbalanced for me. Too sweet with little contrasting brightness. Give it a try if you find it, but not really worth searching for.

winomark, Jan 28, 2005
Brother David's Triple Abbey Style Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 596 ratings.