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 #287
Ranked #28,632
3.5 | pDev: 15.43%
May 20, 2022
May 15, 2004
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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4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by harrypowers from Massachusetts

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
3.91 by irishevans from California on Dec 08, 2021
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3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Sigmund from Norway

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
3.75 by BabaBeer from California on May 01, 2021
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4.39/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Bilch from California

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
3.25 by DvdP from Netherlands on Sep 29, 2020
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3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
by Beginner2 from Illinois

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
4.09 by arzt from Germany on Aug 14, 2019
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3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by thesherrybomber from California

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
3.69 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation on Jul 20, 2019
3.72 by atesus from California on Jun 21, 2019
3.65 by michiganmatt from California on Jun 18, 2019
3.45 by Kolb from Montana on Apr 24, 2019
3.52 by gefinley from California on May 27, 2018
4.06 by cwd from Kentucky on May 23, 2018
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3.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by detgfrsh from Texas

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
3.5 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Apr 08, 2018
3.5 by heysuz from Indiana on Apr 08, 2018
3.5 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Apr 01, 2018
4 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Dec 28, 2017
3 by YeastEnthusiast from New Jersey on Sep 24, 2017
3.42 by bplabernie from Michigan on Sep 07, 2017
3.75 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Aug 27, 2017
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4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by akolb from Colorado

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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4.49/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by jeffm13 from Wisconsin

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
3.69 by BlueSpader from Washington on Mar 15, 2017
3.8 by briancathy from Virginia on Jan 08, 2017
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4.41/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Jaredkylemccann from California

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
3.5 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Sep 17, 2016
3.85 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Aug 30, 2016
3.89 by Dzu from Russian Federation on Aug 16, 2016
3.74 by MSCUSN from Florida on Aug 12, 2016
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4.14/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by ChrisCage from Canada (AB)

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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2.38/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by lulubrewer from Kentucky

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
3.85 by goopy from California on Jun 14, 2016
4.52 by stevepedia from California on Jun 03, 2016
3.75 by safaricook from Netherlands on May 05, 2016
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3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by Brolo75 from California

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
4 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama on Apr 04, 2016
4.03 by minterro from California on Mar 28, 2016
Brother David's Triple Abbey Style Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 700 ratings