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

Brother David's Triple Abbey Style AleBrother David's Triple Abbey Style Ale
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3.52 | pDev: 15.34%
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
Brother David's Triple Abbey Style AleBrother David's Triple Abbey Style Ale
Notes: Similar to Belgian-style Strong Pales, the Tripel is often characterized by its lighter color, spicy aromatics, and complexity. Brother David’s Triple is brewed with copious amounts of pale malts as well as Belgian candi sugar, giving it a deep golden hue, medium body and rich mouth feel. The dense head gives off aromas of candied orange peel, clover honey, pears, and a hint of freshly mown fields. The fruity esters and spicy hop flavors balance the phenolic characteristics leading to a peppery, citrusy finish.
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Refreshing. Lively fruit medley with some peppery spicing.
After the very modest foam settles, Looks like a sweet wine with lots of sediment.
While fruity, Smells indicates Bro David lacks the monk's touch for bountiful yeasts.
Tastes come in the same, but the pepper spicing is welcome. Alcohol is well-concealed and the surprise happiness it causes perhaps explains why my rating is below the average.
This sits sweetly in my mouth without cloying; but again, not distinguished.
I would not think that Bro David will improve too many entrees, but might be suitable for washing down modest appetizers.

I give OA Hugs to AVBC for persistence. As a 2nd generation brewer growing up in the previous Century, AVBC was not close to an urban area. Yet, they brewed good beer and got a good distribution network and built a good business for themselves and give back to their community.

Oct 09, 2019
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thesherrybomber from California

3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Honey gold color, creamy white head with tiny bubbles which quickly fades, clear

Taste of citrus, sweet malt, bubblegum?, spice, honey

Mouthfeel is thin and soft; alcohol well hidden

Finish is short, dry

Its been a while since I've last had this. Belgians are different, but so delicious. Careful, though: you can wake up with a hangover if you drink a bomber by yourself

Aug 05, 2019
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From a bomber picked up at the brewery. Pours a clear orange with a half finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of citrus, honey, and straw. Relatively thin feel. Taste is malt-forward with some honey sweetness, resolving to dried fruit (plum, raisin) and some spice on the finish. This one has the elements of a tripel, but overall it's not quite there. It lacks the big, fluffy head, the mouthfeel is a little thin, and is more malt-forward than the Belgian versions.

May 19, 2018
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akolb from Colorado

4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is fruity and floral, with honey, mild coriander, spice, sweet malt, peach, mango. Jammy. A surprisingly deep malt flavor comes first in the taste. Toasted bread, sweetness, toffee, dark fruit, pear, plum, yeast. Finish is juicy and very spicey. Big alcohol. A complex, aggressive tripel that is unconventional for the style but very tasty.

Jul 31, 2017
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jeffm13 from Wisconsin

4.49/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another favorite. I think it's the best tripel brewed in the U.S. Definite citrus tones, honey. Good finish with just a bit of tartness. Like La Fin Du Monde and Golden Monkey, I try to keep this one stocked all the time--when I can find it.

May 27, 2017
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Jaredkylemccann from California

4.41/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz poured into my chimay chalice.
I'm not gonna go in too much depth cuz I drank it last night.

L/ poured a crisp clear golden color with a one finger white head.

S/ very fruity apricots honey spice.

T/ same as smell. Sweet a little alcohol but I like that.

MF/ smooth good carbonation

O/ good solid tasty tripel. I'd defiantly drink it again.

Nov 12, 2016
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ChrisCage from Canada

4.14/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best Before date of Jan 2017....cellared since 2012....I think....

A- This beer pours a beautiful orange/copper color and has plenty of haze due to suspended yeast.....the head isn't very thick at all and what there is, is a thin wispy film over the brew, and an added ring around the glass. Carbonation is plentiful and within many fine looking columns. As for lacing, well there just isn't any really.....average looking at best.

S- There are many small yet different hints of fruits happening.....citrus, apricot, peach and plums are the most noted varieties. There is a sticky, syrupy, jammy aroma about this one as well....most likely due to the use of Belgian candy sugars. Lots of marmalade like malt that lends hints of brown sugar and fruit zest. The finish is mildly hopped and has some tart funk, but it has really mellowed out.

T- There is quite the medley of fruits happening....even moreso than the aromas let on.....along with the aforementioned fruits, there are added flavors of banana, honeyed pear, and perhaps even dried/candied pineapple and mango....there is a candy sweetness that blends with zesty Belgian funk and mild spices of clove and nutmeg! The alcohol is there but very muted....the result of aging this beer for the past 3 or 4 years!

M/O- Velvety soft carbonation that reminds me of a spritzer......creamy medium body on the palate and the alcohol is superbly well hidden! This would be an easy drinking brew any time of the year and I believe makes a nice dessert all on it's own.....I would enjoy this one again and recommend it with good company!

Jul 07, 2016
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lulubrewer from Kentucky

2.38/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not a triple! Under-carbonated, under-attenuated and too malty for the style.
No need to make it a 10% beer either.
I agree with the review that mentions malt liquor characteristics.
My bottle may have been old though.
Anderson valley makes good stuff but to me this one missed the mark by quite a bit.

Jun 27, 2016
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Brolo75 from California

3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a light colored clear orange with a white head, no lacing, low carbonation.

A: Belgian yeast, brown sugar, spice, clove, hint of honey, pear, very aromatic, not getting any alcohol on the nose.

T: Taste does not follow the nose, some Belgian yeast characteristics, clove, spice, touch of honey and pear, alcohol does come through pretty strong, aftertaste is of bananas.

M: Medium bodied not as smooth as I was expecting, dry finish, most Belgian style beers I've tried have great mouthfeel, not this one.

O: Great aroma, flavors are off, doesn't drink well, I love AV beers this one is not as good as their other beers.

Apr 07, 2016
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hreb from Washington

3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle (red label) served in a pint glass. Pale yellowish with tons of sediment at the bottom of the bottle....oops. Pretty subtle on the aroma front. Flavor is similarly unimpressive. I can't tell if I've ruined it by adding the yeast, but there really isn't much yeast/trub flavor, so maybe I've just wrecked the clarity? The finish is a bit spicy / peppery, which is nice. There's not really offensive flavor here, and I've certainly had worse, but this is probably the most underwhelming tripel I've ever had. Can't say the 10% ABV does any harm, though.

Dec 12, 2015
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JackieKu from Taiwan

3.99/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured into tulip.

A: Hazy pale amber. A lot of foam with moderate retention.
S: Honey. Spices (coriander).
T: Honey. Pineapple. Some caramel. Moderate sweetness. Moderate bitterness. A little of alcohol. Dry finish.
M: Medium to full bodied.
O: Pretty matching the style and slightly stronger. The alcoholic flavor should be more elegant, though.

Dec 07, 2015
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.67/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Gold color pour, big open bubbles. Reeks of belgian yeast phenols and fusel alcohol.

Tastes like it smells. Belgian malt liquor be thy name. I like most AV stuff, not this.

Nov 26, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Orangish gold with an off white 2” fairly persistent, lacy foam column.

S: Belgian yeast aromas with a trace of banana and stone fruit.

T: Stone fruit, over ripe fruit, citrus. Fairly sweet with a hint of honey and light biscuit. Yeast forward. Fruit flavors are medium high, malt flavors medium to medium low, hop bitterness is low but provides a mild bitterness on the finish.

F: Medium body and above average carbonation

O: A big full flavored beer that is a touch too sweet.

Nov 26, 2015
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stevoj from Idaho

3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from On the Fly. Close, but no cigar. Everything right in the wheelhouse for the style, herbal and grassy notes, but nothing exceptional. Body a bit thin

Oct 15, 2015
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Brewsed from North Carolina

3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in 22oz bomber from local gas station

color is a bit on the dark side for a tripel

aroma reminds of a big malty barley wine with hints of Belgian esters (banana/pear mostly) and alcohol

Carbonation was low for a tripel, mouth feel was a little syrupy, and dense

Overall, not a good example of a belgian tripel imho. not a bad beer, but it shouldn't be called a tripel.

Oct 05, 2015
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MFMB from Idaho

3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep golden straw like color. Smell of spices, cloves and coriander. Peppery spicy taste with a bit of citrus and banana. A decent offering and maybe I'm a bit on the high side because of my love for Belgian triples.

Sep 20, 2015
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gautch726 from Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Strange to have a sour smell produce such a soft, sweet early taste. It gives way to something a bit more harsh on the palette, but it's an interesting experience and fun - if not all that tasty - beer to drink.

Jul 24, 2015
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Radome from Florida

3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber bottle into a globe glass.

L - Light golden color; just a bit of haze. White head has huge bubbles but is not overly tall or long-lasting.

S - Clean aroma of crisp grain and strong yeast character. I get cotton candy, bubblegum, light, berry-like fruit. hops are not evident.

T - Initial flavors are a mix of grassy hops and sweet, bready malt. They give way to cotton candy sweetness and alcohol. Semi-sweet finish with a slightly harsh peppery note.

F - Medium to thick body. Moderate carbonation. Light hops bitterness. Strong alcohol burn.

O - For me the alcohol level and strong harsh finish detract, but otherwise this is a solid tripel.

Mar 28, 2015
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice, it has an amber color with little head. It has some notes of citrus and has some fruitiness to it. It is good, but I have had better triples.

Feb 23, 2015
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DavidBart from New York

3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a huge fan of triples, but a good quality one always pleases, and I can appreciate the artisanry. This one was unimpressive. Had it at the Abbey Brewing Co. in South Beach Miami. It's their house beer, but they don't actually brew it there. It was the most appealing item on their menu, but I wasn't impressed.

Jan 14, 2015
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jj311 from California

4/5  rDev +13.6%

Pours a clear golden color with a small, soapy one finger off white foam head. Aromas of peach, banana, plum, pears. Starts off mellow, and Fades into earthy biscuity notes with a little spicyness and a slight carbonation tingle to top it off.

Nov 01, 2014
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superspak from Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy bright orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Some nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of apricot, orange, pear, apple, plum, light banana, clove, pepper, honey, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of apricot, orange, pear, apple, plum, light banana, clove, pepper, honey, cadi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, orange, plum, pear, apple, clove, honey, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice Tripel style. Good balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hops flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Aug 16, 2014
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rangerman21 from Nevada

3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Golden with a generous white head. Great head retention.

Smell: Fruity, a bit sour and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Slightly sour, sweet with a good bitterness towards the end. Fruity notes in there somewhere.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth

Overall: Good example of style, different tastes at each part of sip make it interesting. Best if sipped slowly. No overpowering booze despite being 10%.

May 28, 2014
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on April 20, 2014.

It is a decent looking pour with its orange-amber-copper color, good clarity, and modest off-white head.

The aroma had many of the Belgian Triple sensations one would expect such as biscuit malts, sweetness, and effervescent cleanliness.

The medium body is a bit heavier than most Tripels and I like that.

The taste tends to make one forget the aroma. yeah, there are biscuit malts, sugar sweetness, and clean crisp hops but there is this odd aftertaste that I would only best describe as medicinal. I have to say that it really throws the positives out the door because the taste is what lingers. It really throws all the good character stuff I have to say.

Apr 20, 2014
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theteleman from California

3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Before I review this beer I need to confess. I don't like Belgiums, or anything that remotley resemebles the style, too sweet for me personally. HOWEVER, my girlfriend bought this for me and its been sitting in the fridge for a couple days so here it goes.
The color on this brew is hay color, lightly yellowish with a big fluffy head. A very nice looking beer. Smells of fruit, subdued hops come through faintly on the nose. Taste is sweet, estery, with a chewy medium thickness in the mouthfeel. Sugars come through very prevalently and hide the high tread caustiously on this one! I thought this beer was well crafted, thought I'm not a huge fan on the style, the look, nose and mouthfeel alone on this made it OK to drink.

Apr 06, 2014
Brother David's Triple Abbey Style Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 694 ratings