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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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Brother David's Triple Abbey Style AleBrother David's Triple Abbey Style Ale

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Ratings: 687 |  Reviews: 371
Reviews by ChrisCage:
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4.14/5  rDev +18.6%
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!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.67/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

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Photo of smanders
2.53/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - bright copper with a thin head that lasted seconds. No lacing.

Smell - alcohol and sweet malt.

Taste - malt followed by the warming effect of alcohol. Not much flavor to this one.

Mouthfeel - slick

Drinkability - below average. A poor example of the flavorful Triple Belgian style. Too much alcohol masks the taste and flavors that make this style an icon of beer.

It did have a nice label, though...

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Photo of BillHilly
2.76/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a nice amber color. Head discipated fast. Very light carbonation.

Smell: Very sweet smelling, brown sugar hints and light yeast.

Taste: No where near my anticipation. Sweet with a caramel and brown sugar note. Finishes with the alcohol bite from the ABV level (10%).

Mouthfeel: Lightly effervescent, mild froth, but simply simple. This is a very plain triple.

Drinkability: Gave this beer a 2.5, and that might be a reach. Not a beer I would buy again, but would drink it if you bought it! Very plain for the price.

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Photo of jeffm13
4.49/5  rDev +28.7%
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.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- An ever so slightly hazy golden liquid with a splotchy, thin white head.

S- Apples, pears, cooked vegetables, honey, and white bread. Right in there for the style.

T- Surprisingly sweet with a noticeable alcohol presence. The fruitiness really comes out here as well as does a floral essence.

M- Has a bit of a carbonation bite and has a bit of heat on it after the swallow from the alcohol.

D- Well, for a 10% triple, this does hide the alcohol better than expected. It is a little on the sweet side, but overall, it drinks decently.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Quick review: bought this for 2.50 a bomber. Can't beat that price, even if this isn't the greatest Abbey Style Trippel I've had.

Good mouthfeel, good carbonation. Flavors and scent are reminiscent of apple. Also traditional Belgian yeast, malt, and floral notes are present, but the beer is slightly lighter overall than a traditional Trippel. Not boozy or harsh.

Bottom line: representative of the style without innovating. On the lighter side, with hints of apple. Worth the price.

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Photo of leedorham
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of cdl
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jaredkylemccann
4.41/5  rDev +26.4%
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.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on 10-23-09

Pours a clear golden orange color, with the slightest film of head and small bits of lacing.

Smell is light and fruity, almost boring. Not adjuncty or harsh at all, and actually quite enjoyable.

Taste is very sweet, with a strong alcohol edge. Nowhere near as light as the smell would indicate. The syrupy sweetness sticks to the palate, and lasts forever.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, with low carbonation to accentuate the fact.

Drinkability is decent, but the sugary booze is a kick to the system.

Overall, not worth $9 a bomber.

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Photo of ste5venla
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stephens101
3.69/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A reddish-orange brew is topped with a thin and bubbly tan head that clears out quickly with no trace left behind. Smells fruity, malty and yeasty with some bubblegum and phenols in the background. Crisp on the palate with big sweet malts, more bubblegum, ripe apples and a little spice. Medium bodied with a hint of lingering alcohol heat, which is very subtle despite the gravity. Goes down with some grainy roughness at the edges and gets slightly creamy middle as it warms. Not bad for an American version, just really hard to beat the masters.

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Photo of wrb357
2.43/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Have wanted to try this beer for awhile. I live in Nor Cal so Anderson Valley can be found easily. Got this at a liquor store, had to move some of the doubles out of the way to try it. Poured it into a standard pint glass from a 22oz battle.

A - Looked fairly orange, with some light head to it. Reminded me of a hefe in appearance.

S - I got distinct smells of apple and pineapple juice. Honestly it smelled very juice-y right off the nose.

T - This beer, like others have said, is very sweet. I am relatively new to triples but have tried some recently and enjoyed them. I didn't taste the booze as much as others have said, but it did seem almost overpoweringly sweet. This loosened up as time went on, but still was sweet overall.

M - Felt good in the mouth, but just like the taste, reminded me of juice. This made it hard to focus on the feel.

D - It's fairly easy to drink, but again, the sweetness is overpowering. I couldn't imagine drinking more than one of these in a sitting (they're big bottles and it's 10% overall) but I also don't think I'd have this again.

It's a shame it wasn't my favorite because it's easy to get and relatively inexpensive for how much alcohol is in it. Still, you may enjoy this if you are a fan of lambics or ciders and want something that will kick you on your butt.

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Photo of bonbini26
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of Brewsed
3.59/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Some orange with a little gold mixed in the color. Completely clear except for the bubbles. White head, not much retention, really small amount of lacing. Not a good look, for this venerated style at least.

Aromas of fruits, sweet but pale malts, and a tiny little spiciness. Not enough power or enticement to bring it up.

One-dimensional ale, with grassy hops leading light, fruity flavors including pear and apple; pale malts are very sweet and sticky, to a cloying degree almost from the get-go. Lots of candi sugar here.

Big abv lends a sort of low-brow appeal to this one: if it weren't for the price tag this would appeal greatly to a 40-oz. fan. Big sweetness masks the alcohol, but only to a certain extent. As it warms, the mouthfeel grows thick and treacly sweet, sticky.

Not much of a Belgian brew - the tripel is an easy style to have slip from your grasp, and this one amplifies the worst characteristics while ignoring or sublimating the great.

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Photo of BrewStoutMagic
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ok this is a Abbey style ale that changed my idea of what I thought Abbey ale was. I guess I was expecting something like a dubbel,maybe a bit darker. THis smells like nothing I've smelled before the only thing I'd compare it to is apples with a strong touch alcohol and cloves. TASTE is definitley cloves and apples,apricots? You may want to let it settle for a few minutes.Its not bad,but not something I've acquired a taste for yet.It might take me a few more bottles to get used it.You should try it for yourself.You might like it.Because this brewery makes some good tasting brew.

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Photo of roblowther
3.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A new one to the TX scene, as far as I know. Pours clear luminous gold and as headless as the horseman who regains popularity about every time this year. Smells of apricots, peaches, brown sugar, and bananas. Taste is banana phenols up front then a rich caramel finish. Not complex but what it does, it does well. Mouthfeel is slick and more carbonated than it looks. Drinkability is good. Its a well-balanced brew and the alcohol just shows up as a warmth later. Both signs of one I'll easily finish. David, you can be my brother any time.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.49/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of ccrida
2.95/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from their wax sealed 22oz. bomber into a St. Feuillien goblet, Brother David's Triple is a bright amber with a thin eggshell surface skim that persists to the end, leaving scattered lace. Unusual for the style, but not bad looking. This bottle has been cellared for about 3-4 months.

The nose is all candi sugar, behind which lies a spicy belgian yeast character. Sweeter at first, as it warms, it's more like caramel. One dimensional, but none of the booze I expected at 10%, and fairly inviting.

The taste follows suit with the nose, in that's it's not nearly as complex as the best examples of the style, but is nevertheless not bad, although the alcohol makes it's presence more well known, and it pushes getting cloying. As it warms, the sugar thickens and resembles caramel syrup, and the fusels really come out.

The mouthfeel is on the heavy side, syrupy.

This is moderately drinkable, neither bad nor good. Actually, it's closer to bad as it warms, so serve it cold! Time may aide the sugar, but I doubt I'll bother buying another for the cellar...

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Photo of jondeelee
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brother David's Triple begins with an aroma that is half Belgian and half baking bread: ripe bananas and cloves mixed with deliciously yeasty dough that is in the oven and just beginning to darken at the edges. Hints of lychee nut, pineapple, and pear also appear on the nose, as well as the briefest mention of milk chocolate.

On the tongue, the beer begins instantly sweet--confectioner's sugar and caramelized brown sugar--before the Belgian bananas and cloves kick in and take over the tastebuds. Bright citrus flavors--apricot and grapefruit--as well as pear and apple also come into play. There is a strong alcohol tinge to the brew--created by the 10% ABV--that is vodka-like in quality, and does slightly mar the flavors. The aftertaste is mainly a continuation of the above, which becomes more bitter as the sugars die off, revealing a hop kick. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-high and quite fizzy.

Overall, this is good fare, though nothing to necessarily crow about, largely because the vodka-like kick lessens the latter half of the mouthful. Still, for a 10% beer, it's certainly palatable, and the malt flavors are pronounced and well-balanced.

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Photo of jackorain
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared a bottle of this following dinner at a family gathering at my house.

A-Slightly cloudy dull golden color with a loose head of semi course bubbles. Fell to thi ring quicly and offer no significnat lacing

S-some belgiun yeast charater, a little clove and faint hop aroma. Malts begin to take over as one continues to sniff

T-sweet carmel malts, fruity, sweet, very faint hops. Heavy on the carmel malt flavor. Too sweet for my tastes. Alcohol esters carry through with fruitiness on the finish.

M_tingly cabonation and light to meduim body.

D- I really wouldn't buy another bottle.


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

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