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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: 611
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 16.14%
Wants: 8
Gots: 44 | 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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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served 10-15 deg above the recommended temperature listed on the bottle. Pours a clear orange hued amber color with a shallow whispy white head that vanishes quickly. Spotty lacing observed.

The smell is light; a bit of dark fruit, a little spice... coriander-like, and the "A-word" that's going to take you there.

The mouth feel is slightly fizzy, effervescent with a light hoppy bitterness. Finishes fruitier yet dry.

The flavor is good but understated. Thank the High Priestess of Fermentation for the wonderful character if the Belgian yeast expressed there in.

How does one describe "wild".... please beer-mail me with that one!
The 10% ABV doesn't reveal itself in the mouth, but hello.. yes it is there.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber into a tulip glass...split with a friend (thank god.)

This beer pours more like an IPA than a Tripel, with its orange, semi-clouded body and lively carbonation. The golden waxed cap is a nice touch, though. The aroma packs in sweet, fruity apples and peach, plus loads of what tastes like honey malts. There's a touch of bitter berries, like a cranberry or sour raspberry.

The taste is of sour apples and vinous, bitter white grape rinds. Wheat and alcohol notes (especially) bring the tongue to a slight sweat. Body is viscous and over-carbonated for such a high alcohol brew. Anderson Valley's tripel is fun at first, but loses its appeal quickly. It was hard to get this one down...a good tripel should make you want the next sip. This one just didn't have that effect.

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3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass, the beer pours a bright, hazy, orange-copper coloring with a thin, half inch layer of tightly bubbled, dense head. Aromas of nutmeg, coriander, and boozey sweet characteristics. The flavors are well blended and crisp, and you get a mouthful of spices at the end of the beer. Other flavors include a slightly sour malt characteristic, booze, and hints of citrus. The body is light and crisp for the style, IMHO. This beer has a mid-bodied lacing it leaves on the glass, but the beer is slick, so it settles back into the beer after a bit. Aftertaste is mostly the spices, with a slight touch of the sourness right at the end. The finish is a bit rich, and that definitely maintains this beer as a sipper, as a Tripel or any beer at this ABV is meant to be.

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3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in April of 2006

A - Poured out a cloudy, gold color with a small, fizzy, white head that left some lace.

S - It smelled fairly fruity (apple and pears) and some citrus notes.

T - This had an odd mix of fruit and citrus flavors (orange peel, apple). Also, had some candy sugar and yeast flavors.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an easy drinking beer, but a somewhat unusual taste for a tripel.

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3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 1pt, 6oz bottle into a New Belgium snifter

A_Golden red translucent, thin white porous head. Rising bubbles are lively. Head thins to halo

S_Funky. Alcohol, ripe apples. Average pungent

T_Apples apples apples and funk. A bit earthy, although a bit one-dimensional

M_Medium carbonation, a little light on the body

D_Alcohol really shines though in all its glory. Low repeatability

Photo of leaddog
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a golden copper colour with a 1/2 finger width of bubbly head.

Smell - Plum, cherry, caramalts, yeast, some fruity hops.

Taste - Plum and cherry flavours stand out, followed by the caramalts and hops. More fruit-based in flavour.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes a little sweet.

Overall - A different take on a tripel by Anderson Valley. Although I appreciated the fruit flavours taking precedence, I would have liked to pick up on more hops. Better options out there for tripels, but worthy of a try.

Photo of Kendo
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from the bomber into a Chimay chalice, split 3 ways. Body is light orangey-amber with a small head. Noticeable carbonation. No lace.

S: Pleasant. Light caramel malt, some fruit and spice. Waft of alcohol too.

T: Starts out sweet -- caramel malt and ripe bananas with a touch of fruity, yeasty spice. Some grassy/piney hop bitterness cuts the sweetness, but it's still a predominantly sweet beer. Alcohol is noted at the finish.

M: Medium in heft with good active carbonation.

D: Better than the Clipper City Heavy Seas Yule Tide Tripel that we poured next to it for the "Pepsi Challenge," but still not my favorite style. Too sweet for me.

Photo of allengarvin
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just arrived in Dallas. I gave this beer a very vigorous pour, but only got a very airy, very slight head that immediately faded away. The color is dark brandy, mostly clear. The nose is yeasty-fruity, not unpleasant, with a faint faint spiciness. It has a fairly sweet flavor, backed with a honeyish fruitiness. The phenols are more prominent here, giving a band-aid type character. But it blends together poorly, overall. A rather weak effort from from this brewery.

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3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brother David's Triple poured a clear orange with not much of a foam head and no retention.

The aroma was a fermented apple with strong fruitiness. The taste was yeasty which should be expected. There was also some bananas and spice to the taste.

in the mouth there was a sharp carbonation bite. There was somewhat of an alcohol to it, but it kept it hidden pretty well for an abv of 10%. The yeasty taste stayed on the tongue for quite a while. Overall I thought this one was a little rough around the edges for this style.

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3.48/5  rDev +0.3%

Brother David's Triple Abbey Style Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 611 ratings.