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

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597 Ratings
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Ratings: 597
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-15-2004)
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Photo of searsclone
4.2/5  rDev +21%
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

searsclone, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of AChamberlain
4.18/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

AChamberlain, Jul 25, 2009
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 bum732
4.13/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden yellow leaving a nice head. Smells of clove and nutmeg belgian ale spiciness, some caramel. Tastes of spicy clove like maltness up front, followed by a dryness with some alcohol near the end. Finishes dry. Decent carbonation, a little thin on the malt profile for the style.

A nice beer, one of the better american tripels. Nice spiciness from the yeast, very nice malt profile, although the color is a little off for the style. Pretty sweet, but a nice dryness at the end. Much better than Golden Monkey.

bum732, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of ironarrow42
4.13/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Colour is pale amber and clear. The near-white inch of foam dissipates to a thin layer and collar. Aroma is yeasty with a clove note, some mild grainy malt and light fruitiness.

Moderately full body with a very smooth texture. Yeasty & bready up front, with some tasty clove & fruity notes (Juicy Fruit & a little banana suggest themselves) and light, biscuity malt showing up. Bitterness is mild, but there's a drying edge to the finish with a tangy character as well. Hint of coriander seed. Flavourful and refreshing - very drinkable, especially for 10% ABV!

Seems to want some artisan bread & butter and maybe some mild, soft cheese to pair with it.

ironarrow42, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of schoolboy
4.13/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, double, triple - life would be sad without these abbey style beers. They are a regular part of my routine. I have liked everything I've tried from Anderson Valley, and this also goes in the like category, and I will buy it again.

It has a typical taste for the style. Well balanced and not as boozy as some, and that is a good, but dangerous thing. I have a feeling that I will have more than one and later regret it. I don't think I have any beer in the house less than 7% and I feel like having a few.

A later tasting is much more boozy. This bottle may have beenn fresher/too fresh. This is a brew that should set up for a year or more.

schoolboy, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of HardTarget
4.13/5  rDev +19%
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!

HardTarget, May 15, 2006
Photo of ksullnh
4.13/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a glass tumbler...

A: Clear, small off-white head, reddish-gold hue, with big bubbles in the head

S: Not too much smell - some alcohol, a bit of cinnamon and/or nutmeg as it warmed, some vague sugary Belgian-ness

T: Surprisingly light, and not too sweet. There was some early heat, but very smooth for 10% abv. Crisper opening and maltier finish.

M/D: Thick and silky. But still 10%, so only one of these for me.

ksullnh, May 03, 2007
Photo of Idrankthat
4.11/5  rDev +18.4%

Idrankthat, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of grub
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

quarterly tasting party feb 21/07 with northyorksammy, Derek, crwills, biegaman and me (grub). everyone threw in a few bottles and we had an interesting mix of beer. crwills contributed this one, so thanks to craig!

22oz bottle, topped with gold wax.

pours pale amber with a thin white head that drops almost instantly with no lace.

aroma is nice. tangerine and honey. very sweet. bit of sourness. toffee. fruity - raspberry, and maybe cherry. bubblegum.

taste is nice. medium bitterness level. bit of alcohol. fruity and sweet. honey. a bit cidery. bubblegum. tangerine and pear.

mouthfeel is good. above average carbonation. medium body.

drinkability is good. a bit too sweet for my taste, but otherwise very nice.

grub, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of Cylinsier
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours honey gold, slight haze, off-white head at half an inch dissipates to a lacing relatively quickly.

Smells of apples, white wine and bretty yeast. Some fresh grass malt dryness.

Sweet grape and apple fruitiness with lemon and coriander hints and mild dry grassy malts. Hint of sugary honey-esque flavor.

Full body with light stingy carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A really nice Belgian style ale, good flavor, hides its strength well, and has a unique profile. Liked this one a lot and would seek it out again.

Cylinsier, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of bushbeer75
4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz brown bottle not dated

Anderson Valley Brothers David’s Triple poured into my tulip glass a cloudy/hazy orange amber color with a small off-white head that dropped quickly leaving a thin film. The aroma is sweet, fruity, spicy and yeasty. The full flavor of the Brother David’s Triple matches the aroma. The flavor is dominated by candy sugar up front with enough hops so it is not too sweet and followed by a fruity and spiciness. The triple is medium bodied, has a medium-high carbonation level and a nice warming alcohol finish – not overpowering especially considering a 10% abv.

My first Anderson Valley brew and I am impressed! - A nice flavorful triple that I sure will revisit.

bushbeer75, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of xymyl
4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color: deep gold/orange with a white head that falls quickly but remains as a thin layer.

Aroma: Baked apples, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, yeast, leather, smoke, vanilla, prunes, alcohol.

Taste: Super fruity but not too sweet, the balance being just slightly sweetness forward loses many expected flavors but you still get a little kick of spices enhanced by alcohol followed by perfect gentle bitterness.

Overall: A medium bodied, high alcohol, ultra drinkable, just plain awesome--yet understated beer that I can't get anywhere near here. Bittersweet, but that's life on the edge of the country. My tequila collection is really growing though.

xymyl, May 04, 2007
Photo of cooter
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

cooter, May 26, 2006
Photo of MisterClean
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at vino's. Could you believe they poured us a pitcher??? The hop heads compared the smell and tastes in a pint glass versus a chalice. I preferred the smell and taste out of the pint. Not very typical of me or a trippel.

A - Light copper in color, with little head, very light in body.

S - Honey, apples, and pear esters. No smells of alcohol.

T - Honey, apple, and pear esters.

M - Pleasant, easy drinking. No alcohol aftertaste, no bitterness. The mouthfeel is hard to top on this one.

D - Definitely drinkable, but the notes I have about the appearance and drinking glasses are a bit disappointing regarding the tripel style. There should be an alternate category for American Styles using Belgian strains of yeasts.

MisterClean, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of DaggerEyes
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
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

DaggerEyes, Mar 31, 2006
Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours as a nice golden yellow color, a little bit of amber in there too. The head is decent at first but fades within a few minutes. It leave just a very small amount of lacing on the glass. The aromas of Belgian yeast and some spice rise from the glass. The taste of those same aromas follow through fairly well in the flavor. The mouthfeel is a little thicker than expected, it's nice actually. A pretty good brew all around.

Knapp85, May 11, 2011
Photo of Sephiroth
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a tulip. It seems darker than most tripels, with a slightly off white head. The nose is of fruity, sugary, alcohol.

This is a tasty tripel. It is quite sweet. There are "green" fruit flavors which seem to be well blended and smooth. The alcohol rears its head every few sips. Mouthfeel is syrupy and coating. I could drink another one, if only I had another one. I will cellar a few of these to see where they go.

Sephiroth, Jul 06, 2005
Photo of charlesw
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance dinged for the bottle. Sure, it's cool to have the wax, and all, but, here's some constructive criticism - how about having a string underneath the wax that you can pull on to get the wax off (by cutting it in half, eh?) quickly and easily?

Light amber, medium height, dark cream head that leaves rather quickly but with a completely covering and very lasting lace.

Smells like light caramelly, earthy malts. Yum!

Ah, the smell is right on. Light caramel, heavy malt, gently sweet, earthy tones. Tiny bit of spice in there... Maybe hints of raisiny alchool. Big plus: I'm SO glad that this doesn't have a strong cascade hops flavor to it!

Nice and thick in mouthful (as well as in flavor!). Hmm. But for the color, I could think that it was along the lines of an Eku 28. Oddly, this one tastes like it has more alcohol (it has less) and feels a bit thicker. Hmm. Maybe I should crack that other Eku 28 and compare side by side. Nah. But that would be interesting...

If it were easier to get and cost less (both of those issues are local problems) I'd drink it frequently!

charlesw, Aug 24, 2006
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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Brother David's Triple Abbey Style Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 597 ratings.