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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: 570
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.47%
Wants: 9
Gots: 35 | 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 cokes


2.05/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Clear bronze with a retreating grey lacework that recedes into nothingness with haste.
Reduced apricot nose, heaped with cane sugar, with a wavering rum-soaked banana essence.

Ever had a Captain Morgans and Mountain Dew? Me either....until now. And on all accounts too, flavor, texture, consistency, carbonation, alcohol burn. I guess there is a bready, banana-ish yeastiness that can't be explained in those terms, but aside from that it's all lemon-lime soda and tracers of dark sugar-laden heat.

It lacks any sort of nuance or depth. Stark and naked, this fails on all accounts.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2005 05:00:42 | More by cokes
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3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid yeasty alcohol aroma, just perfect. Small off-white head never amounted to much and faded to nothing,not a trace anywhere, it's kind of weird. Flavor is kind of appley sweet up front, becomes a bit doughy towards the middle and the alcohol kicks in and takes it down to your stomach. Transparent, deep golden colored beer with streams of fine bubbles floating to the surface. I would definitely drink this beer again, but as far as triples go I'm not hooked.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2004 03:59:33 | More by HappyHourHero
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2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kudos to the brewery for taking a shot at the style, but they didn't quite pull it off. Nice color, but far less carbonated than customary for the style. Would have seemed almost flat, but for the pepper lent by the alcohol. A good deal of caramel malt flavor gave the beer an unpolished, unfinished character. Nice yeast flavors, but at odds with the rough edges. I think they need to tinker with this beer a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2004 05:59:11 | More by Brent
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4.33/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very cool bottle with the wax on the top. Gives me a Maker's Mark feel. Pours a golden color with a tall head that has great retention and leaves great lacing on the glass. The aroma is nice - lots of spice and citrus. The flavor has a nice malt character and is quite spicy and a little peppery. I really enjoyed this beer and would have it again if not for the price.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2004 14:30:56 | More by clvand0
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4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to clvand0 for bringing this beer over for me to try. This beer pours a beautiful golden amber color with 2 fingers of head that stick around. The nose has some good spicey characters from the yeast and really good orange tones from the malt. This smells divine after 2 weeks of Utah beers. The flavor is awesome. There is some peppery character along with the orange flavor in the malts. I like this beer. Its just a hint short on flavor, but not too shabby. The feel is moderate, right about where I want it to be. Shit man. This is 10%...they do hide the alcohol very very well. For a beer of this size, the drinkability is really good as well. A fine beer...very nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2004 01:11:38 | More by kmpitz2
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3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What little head came from the pour dies down very fast. The beer comes out clear with an almost reddish tinge to it. Yeast alive and well in the smell. An easy goin' spice is noticed first. Backed by big malt charactar. Heavy on the palate and drinks quick.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2004 06:25:10 | More by MrNuggets
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3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ok spied this rather attractivly bottled ale in the local Organic store..so had to have it.
After quite a struggle with the gold wax covered cap I managed to pour the beer in to my Chimay chalice.
In appearance its an amber, bright amber almost reddish beer with a short lived bubbly white head..slightly hazy with nice carbonation strings.
the aroma is quite malty and spicy..corriander ..though theres a bit of a cheesy aroma which isnt awful, but maybe too much
Taste? very sweet and spicy, alcohol is quite subdued for 10%..though it makes its presence known soon.
Lightly carbonated and quite nice on the palate.
This is an ok beer..thoug maybe not a traditional tripel..maybe a cross between a tripel and an American strong ale.
After reading all the bad reviews I baulked at trying this..but I found it Ok..maybe theres a bunch of bad batches out there?

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2004 05:32:12 | More by Reidrover
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3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear and deep gold; it looks almost exactly like apple juice. Something a bit odd happens next. At first pour, the carbonation is large and sluggish, producing a tepid head. However, once the initial pour is gone, the carbonation from the next gets more fine and more active, producing a much better pure white head, with a collar and decent lacing. No idea what happened; maybe temperature plays a part? Good, but not what a tripel should look like, necessarily.

Smell: What the hell is up with this beer? At first, something is WAY off; smells like stagnant pool water--it's just wrong. (And glassware is labratory spotless, trust me.) But, miraculously, the next pour fixes it. What we have here seems to be a saison. Big Belgian yeast, bold spice, orange rind citrus, with a body that suggests apricots and peach.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Bam! Nothing subtle about this guy. Immediate shot of yeast funk and spice burn. The body is caramel smooth and orange tangy. The finish bitters up lemon juice stylee. The alcohol gets a bit aggressive as it warms. White pepper keeps it going for a while. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly coating with a bit of zing from the carbonation.

Drinkability: This is one big-ass Belgian, kids. I'm not sure this is a tripel; to me, it makes more sense as a saison or Belgian strong pale ale. Whatever it is, it's almost a novelty--an imperial Belgian, perhaps? It's good, but it's a bit much at 10% Still, not a horrible deal at @$5 for a bomber.

Not for purists, but a fun one for the adventurous. Let it age, let it breath, and take it for what it is. Whatever that might be.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2004 05:07:43 | More by WetCoaster
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3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a tulip glass.

A beautiful clear amber color. I'm staring in to a burning sunset. A nice white head. Lacing is minor. Scents are strong and fruity. There is also a nice sweet bourbon scent that appears in the end that keeps the spices in check. The scents seem to separate and one can find the details which bring on anticipation of the first taste.

A good mix for the flavors. Dark fruits of plumbs and figs are strong in the forefront. A rind quality in the flavor is enjoyable. The spices appear and provide a nice peppery tingle to the palate. A sweet dry finish with some dates, banana and even a hint of cherries. Finally there is a brown sugar mixed with alcohol to balance everything out. A fine concoction of flavors that appear in order and don't hide. This gives the drinker ample opportunity to enjoy all this triple has to offer.

Dry on the mouth and aftertaste. It is an easy sipping dubble. A tiny amount of alcohol presence just to let the drinker know it is there. This triple goes down smooth and easy. Maybe too easy. Don't drink too many. I enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2004 07:54:55 | More by Rumrunner
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2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the Buckhorn Saloon, mothership of the AVBC.

This beer, poured unceremoniously into a shaker pint glass, was not the treasured offering of the brewery. Upon prodding the bartender admitted he wasn't a fan. Fellow reviewers were duly harsh. I neither blown away nor repulsed.

The 180-degree opposite of Hop Ottin', this beer was a light clearish copper with no particular head and no lace.

There's lots of seemingly rusty grain underneath a bed of candied sugar and spicy clove. Like some overcarbonated triples i've experienced before, the bubbles rip away at the palate, creating some sort of sick champ-ale lightness of being.

The sugars and malt keep the booze almost unnoticed at a stiff 10%. This characteristic seemed the most fitting holistically; the beer bubbles away into nothing, leaving you wanting a proper take on the style, or if time and place allows, a Hop Ottin'.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2004 20:56:04 | More by GreenWBush
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2.53/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

For starters, this is a pretty formidable looking bottle. Sepia print on an off-white label, with a kind of faded, wrinkled look to it. Topped off with a golden wax sealed cap. Looks old. Looks serious.

The beer itself, alas, looks limp. Fairly dark in color for the style, but the beefy-ness stops there. This beer is drastically undercarbonated, with a meager swirl struggling up from the bottom of my chalice. The poor little bubbles make a valient effort at forming something of a head, but the effort was doomed from the start, really. The top of this beer is like a protest rally that only a few people showed up to -- there's fairly few camera angles that make it look good.

The aroma, apparently, got lost on the way to the rally along with most of the CO2. Some faint hints of candi sugar and some Belgian malts can be heard off in the distance, but their voices are dim and quickly lost to the senses.

Unlike my colleague LongBeachBum, my first reaction to this beer was not a strongly negative one. I found a nice "zing" to the flavor at first, with a pleasant candi sugar sweetness and a spicy alcohol finish. Alas, I fear my lack of disgust was due more to excessive refrigeration than to any intrinsic quality of the beer. As she warmed, the alcohol grew oppressive, the sweetness became cloying, and the beer picked up a nasty over-ripe banana quality. The departure of what little carbonation showed up to begin with didn't help, either, with the mouthfeel or the taste.

I did in fact manage to finish this, but it was only my desire to get a bit of a buzz on before watching a bit of the idiot box that pulled me through. Quite a disappointment from an otherwise excellent brewery. I hold up hope that their Dubbel is of higher quality.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2004 02:47:21 | More by mzwolinski
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2.1/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: Funky 22 ounce Bomber. Not the usual Anderson Valley presentation, the colorful label is gone to be replaced with a two-tone cream and sepia affair. Labeled as ‘Brother David’s Triple Abbey Style Ale’ and listed at 10.0% Alc./Vol. Described as brewed from ‘malted barley, hops, water, demerara sugar and special Trappist yeast’. The label also states that this is ‘Never Heat Pasteurized nor Sterile Filtered’, recommended to be served at between 40°F to 45°F, that’s 4.44°C - 7.22°C in real money.

Appearance: Lucid body, dark amber with some polished copper hints. The head builds up quickly but soon dissipates to leave a thin broken covering and a small ringed halo head. Light carbonation, enough to reinstate the head when swirled but that’s about it.

Nose: Some raw alcohol, a clove-like banana hint with a smidgeon of un-dissolved brown sugar, no doubt from the demerara. Not much else really. Funny; that’s funny weird, not funny Ha-Ha.

Taste: Urgh!-WTF!?! My initial thoughts, quite literally. The alcohol is high, raw, unrefined and rough, you can taste it everywhere. Sickly malt feel, cloying brown sugar feel, some mashed banana’s – the sort you see in Monkey Sick, sweet candy tastes in the backend….muddled, befuddled and a bloody mess.

Mouthfeel: Initial carbonation was enough to spare me from the raw alcohol but it soon rescinds to leave the full onslaught of this rough and ready brew. Sugary middle and a cheap brandy finish. Unbalanced, uncultured and seemingly under-matured, way, way too raw – drink this down the fields with a few of your underage mates, they’ll love the big alcohol and not mind the awful taste and feel.

Drinkability: Shite, I had a whole 22 ounce of this. I left it a while, after reading some other Reviews by the time I got to this stage of mine, there are hints that leaving this one “to air” will help improve it – I found no such relief, it was just as bad as ever. The latter half of this was a hard slog; the last quarter went down the drain!

Overall: The left hand side of the label has the phrase “You Are Worthy”. Hmmm, that sounds a little familiar no? Anyways, if I am indeed worthy, what the hell did I do to deserve this? I’m not impressed with this one at all, the best part of the whole experience was playing about trying to remove the gold colored plasticky-wax like blob that covers the crown cap – from thereon in its all downhill I’m afraid. I expected much, much more from a Brewer that I hold in high regard. I think someone broke into Anderson Valley and brewed this whilst the usual brewer was sleeping. Maybe this one needs some time in the Cellar, who knows, yet somehow I don’t think that would improve it that much to be honest as there seemed to be no yeast sediment at all in this one.

If I went back in time knowing what I know now, I wouldn’t waste $5 on this one if I was faced with it in the Cooler again. Don’t be fooled by the appearance of the bottle.

Is it me, or is this just a jumbled up confused high alcohol mess???

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2004 05:55:19 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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United Kingdom (England)

3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tap, Toronado, San Fransisco. Belgian style tripel, with the aromatics of a lot of American beers, lemony, with a yeasty Belgian character, pretty tasty stuff actually. Definitely a moe American influence triple, but it works quite nicely, not mindblowing, but nice.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2004 10:09:48 | More by rastaman
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2.8/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Basic and amateur, Brother David's Triple uses a reliable yeast strain to provide an immediately recognizable profile of Abbey-style triples. I hope the yeast gets a raise, because it is the only thing that put any care or attention into the making of this beer.

It seems like all the pieces are there, from barely sweet, dark crystal malt to a drying, grassy hop finish and a crisp yeastiness that accentuates the grain. Yeah, those are the pieces.

Old peppery bananas.

Lingering, leafy dried hops as authentic as anyone else's.

After a couple hours rest, a lot of the nasally numbing, vulgar volatility in this beer blows off. It tastes less and less like someone's first homebrewed strong pale ale and more like craft beer. The malt character is too simple and, though residually sweet, perhaps too far attenuated. This beer lacks the paradoxical aged freshness -- bright malt with structured, but mellowed hops -- I expect in Belgians and becomes too concerned with its cheap brandy alcohol.

But I gotta say how much fun it is to watch this beer change from a tantrum throwing toddler to boy intrigued by the first sprouts of hair in his goatee. I go from hating him to sympathizing with him by bottle's end.

Yeah, I was there. Yeah, school sucks. Yeah, the jocks will always pick on you in school. But grow up, kid.

Relax, relax.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2004 01:00:35 | More by ngandhi
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3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured to a dark gold but relatively clear color. There's plenty of head on it, although the lacing is pretty plain.

The smell and taste, quite honestly, aren't much to speak of. There's nothing bad or offensive about them, they're just very plain and a little flat. Plenty of malt and some alcohol come through very clear. Some additional character would do wonders for this beer. This seems like a pretty average strong ale with the yeast swapped out for some of the belgian stuff. It's a little too sharp in the mouth; though I'm not having any problems downing this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2004 07:03:04 | More by watermelonman
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3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled during the Toronado Barleywine Festival on tap in a 10 oz wine style glass.

Aroma is corny soft spiced malt nose with a bit of pineapple in the final gasp, but there's something turned to it.

The beer it self is gold with more than a touch of brown and no head.

flavor is dark brown golden sugar with a slowly rising touch of cinnamon and allspice before dropping to low sweet finish

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2004 08:32:06 | More by drewbage
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1.98/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I love anderson valley and i've rated there beers at 4 or higher (some I have not rated here on BA), but this beer was a big mess.

The 22oz bomber bottle that is sealed in gold rubber is nice, and very easy to open (as compared to the real candle-like wax that breweries like alesmith use)

The appearance was a dark golden colour with a head that fizzed and died quickly. Unfortunately this mediocre appearance was the best part of this beer. The aroma was sweet and funky with WAY too much banana in the mix. The aroma was very one dimensional and consisted of the previously mentioned banana overload as well as some funky yeast notes, some slight spicing, and some other odd flavors. The taste was WAY too cloyingly sweet and banana-like as well. What were they thinking with this one. The after-taste was spicy and metallic and the mouthfeel was thin, but average. The drinkability was lame as well, as this took like 3 hours to finish ( and Erica and I split the 22oz bottle into 2 glasses!)

Anderson Valley is a great brewery, and Hop Ottin is awesome, but this one need some major work, or perhaps a very, very long nap!

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2004 00:04:07 | More by francisweizen
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3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliantly clear deep copper color and it topped by a tan head. The aroma is fairly clean, with notes of apple and alcohol dominating the nose. The nose seems to have a certain creamy richness to it. The taste is creamy and buttery as well, it is a bit off putting in some way. I get notes of vanilla, butter, and apples. This just does not do it for me, there is no one flavor that I can point to as the culprit, but as a whole it just is off. All the rest of their beers are incredible, this on the other hand just doesn't work, and is certainly not what I would call a Triple.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2004 19:55:39 | More by Gueuzedude
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2.6/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a tea color with a medium foamy beige head that fell immediatly. No lace.
Sweet fruity bubblegum aromas. Malt, lots of overripe fruit, spice and alcohol. Little yeast presence in the finish.
Very sweet taste. Flavors followed the aroma. The flavors were ok but it was too cloying and seemed to lack in dimension and complexity. The alcohol was very upfront and didn't meld into the package well at all. Kind of harsh.
Light bodied with a sort of blah mouthfeel.Seemed to need more carbonation.
The harsh alcohol burns the throat and belly. Wouldn't have another one.
Too bad on this one because AVB is a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2004 01:12:02 | More by rkhaze
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2.15/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

How many beers come in a wax-sealed bottle? Could this be the Maker’s Mark of beers? ‘Fraid not. Cutting away the wax reveals an ordinary bomber with an ordinary cap. Inside the bomber is a really bad beer.

Brother David’s Triple produces an abundance of unusually large bubbles that cause the head to crackle and chatter like an ant colony heard through a stethoscope. It is energetically carbonated and has a brilliantly clear bronze color with a head that quickly dissipates to a thin, creamy film. The smell of this beer is its most redeeming, if short-lived, property. I’ve never had a beer with a more profusely banana-like smell. It’s like Belgian banana bubblegum. Strange, though the smell is soon corrupted by an excess of raw alcohol. The taste is also dominated by alcohol and is somewhat wooden and cruel – like corn liquor in a paper cup. What little malt or hop profile does manage to protrude is candy-like and thready.

The bottle I drank of Brother David’s Triple showed no yeast residues at all. It tastes ultimately like a highfalutin malt liquor. Rather than being sealed in wax, this beer should be concealed in brown paper.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2004 20:13:14 | More by RedDiamond
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Brother David's Triple Abbey Style Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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