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

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570 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-15-2004)
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Zeisloft

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I decided to go to the back of the fridge and grab this Anderson Valley Brother David's Triple. This was a Christmas gift from my co-worker, and as it is 20 degrees outside, and we have Anchorman on the television- I felt it would be a good night to pop the cap.

The beer poured and orange (maybe burnt orange) color, with a small quarter inch head (I had to work to get that much). Aroma is entirely based on sweetness and the belgian yeast. No expectation of hop aromas, none found.

The initial taste (out of fridge, cool/cold) was a sweet beer but showcasing a lot of the fruity yeast flavors. The alcohol is well hidden, even though it clocks in at 10 percent. Hopefully as it warms, it will bring forth a little more.

Second taste: Leaving the beer warm a bit, the sweetness remains, as the yeast mellows. Whether it is candy sugar or whatever, but the sweetness really tries to overpower the beer.

The carbonation is perfectly in order, cutting through the sweetness to make this a very drinkable beer. The beer is smooth, yet has a great body to it. Even though the beer had no head retention, it is viscus enough to cling to the sides of the glass- resembling what would be looked for in a fine wine.*

Overall, I feel that this is a very drinkable beer. Very enjoyable, and might be considered dangerously drinkable. The only reason I would not suggest this beer, is if you are not a fan of sweeter Belgian beers. Other than that, I would give it a try.

*I know very little about fine wines, but I think this is true.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 02:57:29 | More by Zeisloft
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MrVonzipper

California

4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

06-08-2012 10:17:45 | More by MrVonzipper
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marmstrong1212

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

04-13-2014 18:59:06 | More by marmstrong1212
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tommy5

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

03-02-2014 22:27:33 | More by tommy5
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sevenshubby

California

4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

06-27-2012 04:10:44 | More by sevenshubby
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thkrb99

California

4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

03-12-2014 18:17:10 | More by thkrb99
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nycwinter

California

4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

05-26-2012 15:31:04 | More by nycwinter
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Rlhinson2104

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

07-08-2014 14:48:57 | More by Rlhinson2104
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Geech

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

03-29-2014 04:31:05 | More by Geech
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sooner961

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

10-08-2013 23:56:25 | More by sooner961
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GarryM

California

4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

02-23-2014 22:40:53 | More by GarryM
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hayesjw

California

4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

04-28-2012 18:21:24 | More by hayesjw
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Lukass

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

12-20-2012 03:03:42 | More by Lukass
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creez

California

4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

06-04-2012 15:57:27 | More by creez
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Millerf1127

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

02-20-2013 13:30:41 | More by Millerf1127
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GTB

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

03-04-2012 18:11:56 | More by GTB
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phillipzayas

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours nice burnt orange. fairly clear. Head retention fades very quickly, but a lace around the outside persists for about 15 minutes. Nice carbonation is seen through the amber color. Leaves very little lace post sipping.

S - A sweet tartness initially hits your nose which then dies down to a yeasty aroma similar to a hefe. Carmel notes are picked up, but very subtle. No hop aroma. A certain spiciness is picked up in this one from the yeast as well. At 10% I also picked up some alcohol aroma.

T - Very subtle caramel flavor. Spice is more dominant than any other flavor in this beer. Yeasty bread-like flavor is noticeable, but is overpowered by the very lovely sweetness from the malts. Flavor stays on your pallet for a while, but is not initially noticed when first sipping. I was expecting a bit more body on this beer, but it's lighter side is actually rather surprising and refreshing. Carbonation levels are rather low which allows this beer's complex flavors to really come out on your tongue.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. I would pair it with cheese, but something more sharp to counterbalance the sweetness. Give it a good mix up with food. This beer could easily go with a nice fresh baked loaf of Greek style bread and some olive oil and spices. Chicken wouldnt be a bad meat for this one, but keep it lightly spiced and pan fried or baked (no BBQ).

Good work Anderson Valley.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 21:07:57 | More by phillipzayas
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Sixpoint

New York

4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2005 01:58:14 | More by Sixpoint
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donteatpoop

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber copper color with a quickly diminishing white head. The beer has a light fog to it.

The smell is excellent, straw and earth, and a fruity element.

The taste is excellent, mild sweet flavors play off of the straw and funk tastes. Really an excellent blend, very well balanced beer. Glad to have tried it, hope to drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 04:49:34 | More by donteatpoop
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the golden wax dipped versions. Apparently they arn't wax dipping this anymore.

A- A darker golden color, but at the same time very very clear. The head came and went, quickly.

S- Dark fruits, dates, raisins, and cherry. I also smell a hint of vanilla. I can also slightly smell the alcohol fumes.

T- There was a dark molasses taste that mixed with the fruit taste. The alcohol taste is very much there as well.

M- This is a bit thicker then I would have expected.

D- Despite the alcohol taste this is pretty east to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 22:26:43 | More by Wetpaperbag
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Floydster

California

4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

10 ounce goblet from the Yard House on Newport Blvd.

Pour was a medium bnrown with a very nice silky head

Smell was sweet and full of fruit accents

Taste was so smooth and refreshing, supposed to be a sipper, but very drinkable

Definitely worth the $3.25 I paid for this during happy hour

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2007 05:32:53 | More by Floydster
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

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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searsclone

Arizona

4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet

A: bright golden copper color with no head. Medium amount of carbonation bubbles up the side of the glass. I scored it lower because there was no head.

S: sweet, honey, bread and caramel.

T: Immediate alcohol flavor, then malt, sour fruit, more alcohol, then sweet, then bread.

M: sharp carbonation, coats the tounge, very creamy.

O: very drinkable, I really like this one

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 02:38:13 | More by searsclone
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AChamberlain

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honey orange color. Almost no head. Come on.

Sweet, yet a bit of skunk in the nose. Candy flavor.

Dryingly sweet. Candy sugar. Bit of wheat in the finish. Flavorful. A delicious triple. A little bit buttery. Vanilla, a touch.

Some fizzyness, yet more subdued than I was expecting. Great mouthfeel.

The ten percent is hidden very well. A very nice triple.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 03:26:42 | More by AChamberlain
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2005 21:16:22 | More by NeroFiddled
Brother David's Triple Abbey Style Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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