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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Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
Ranked #247
Ranked #26,451
3.5 | pDev: 15.43%
Oct 13, 2022
May 15, 2004
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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Rated: 3.75 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Oct 13, 2022
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Reviewed by JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Picked this up not too long ago at the Bottle King in Morris Plains, as I hadn't had anything from Anderson Valley in quite some time. Thankfully, this was in a small can as it was quite strong and felt it throughout my session. Never had anything like this from these guys and after finishing this off, I can say like most of their other offerings, that this was a decent take on the style that was a bit thinner and accessible than more popular takes on it.

This had a copper hue to it with more than enough head topping it off. No lacing was left behind as this was a bit thinner than I would have liked, although the flavor made up for the lack of body. Apple, honey, grass, and booze were in the nose as the taste was had all of those with a fair amount of spice to back it up. The yeast and sugar was a bit more understated as some dark fruit and pepper stuck around in the aftertaste. I wouldn't quite confuse this with something imported, but it wasn't too far off from something overseas either!

Couldn't understand what was written on the bottom of the can, as it wasn't any type of origin or expiration date. A bit more carbonation would have been nice but the honey-like feel that stuck with me made this as easygoing as a Tripel could be. Props to Anderson Valley for going outside of the norm with this.
Aug 22, 2022
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Reviewed by harrypowers from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a translucent gold color with a small head and light lacing.

Smells of bread and yeast.

Tastes of sweet malt, Belgian yeast, apples, pears and cloves with an alcohol warm lightly peppery finish.

Medium body with light carbonation. Lightly syrupy lush mouthfeel.

This brew is reasonably close to the tripel style but maybe sweeter and heavier than necessary. I think the "okay" label is a bit unkind.
May 20, 2022
Rated: 3.91 by irishevans from California

Dec 08, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Shared 355 ml bottle at local tasting, from Voldby Købmandsgaard. ABV is 10.0%. Slightly hazy deep golden colour. Malty aroma with oxidised notes, but also interesting vinous and oaky notes. Some vinous and oaky notes in the medium sweet flavour, acceptable hops in the finish. Slightly warming mouthfeel.
May 03, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by BabaBeer from California

May 01, 2021
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Reviewed by Bilch from California

4.39/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
22 oz brown bottle over $9. poured into 16 oz mason jar.

look: honey amber, clear. light tan head fades in a few minutes leaves lacing.

smell: light honey, breads, malts, light herbal fruitiness.

taste: light sweetness, earthy spice, yeast, fruits, slight lingering bitterness. alcohol is amazingly imperceptible.

feel: low carbonation, medium to rich body, clean tasting.

overall: I do love this beer. It’s well crafted, has the certain belgian qualities. It’s an indication that it might be wise to try other beers from this brewery.
Feb 07, 2021
Rated: 3.25 by DvdP from Netherlands

Sep 29, 2020
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
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
Rated: 4.09 by arzt from Germany

Aug 14, 2019
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Reviewed by thesherrybomber from California

3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
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
Rated: 3.69 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

Jul 20, 2019
Rated: 3.72 by atesus from California

Jun 21, 2019
Rated: 3.65 by michiganmatt from California

Jun 18, 2019
Rated: 3.45 by Kolb from Montana

Apr 24, 2019
Rated: 3.52 by gefinley from California

May 27, 2018
Rated: 4.06 by cwd from Kentucky

May 23, 2018
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Reviewed by detgfrsh from Texas

3.64/5  rDev +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
Rated: 3.5 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Apr 08, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by heysuz from Indiana

Apr 08, 2018
Brother David's Triple Abbey Style Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 702 ratings