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

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: 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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Reviews: 368 | Ratings: 675
Photo of alex_hart
4.84/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I do not understand all the low reviews on this beer, but i guess that just goes to show how incredibly different one pallet is from the next.

10% abv..i expected a punch in the mouth when i went to take my first sip, but this absolutely blew me of the cleanest and smoothest beers i have had, maybe ever..easily in my top 3 favorite beers..a completely genius brew

some dark fruits that lead to a sweet and full taste. this was part of a mix six i made and has since become an old favorite.

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Photo of mongodestroy
4.82/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Split a 22oz bottle into 2 goblets, the first maintained a nice head but the second did not, this might be due to a poor pour on my part. Aroma was crisp and fruity. Obviously dubbed a triple due to alcohol and not color. Color was orangey brown, first impression was that it resembled iced tea. Tasted apples and grapes and very slight banana. Perfect balance of the alcohol and sweet fruit notes, very drinkable. Moderate lacing.

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Photo of glowend
4.62/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a revelation to me, most of all, because I'm not a big fan of Anderson Valley Brewing Company in general.

Overall this beer is reminiscent of a barley wine with a a nice malty sweetness. It has a light caramel color and nose. Despite its relatively high alcoholic content, the beer is not hot at all. It tastes like its been aged in whiskey barrels.

This is a goto beer for me because I can get it at BevMo and the local corner store.

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Photo of jimbomill
4.58/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been keeping track of my favorite samplings of single malt scotch for a while, but I've only recently done it for good beer too. Among the best lately has been Brother David's Triple. It's taste and drinkability I rate over some recent Victory products (12 and Golden Monkey). It's a better deal too up at the cash register.

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Photo of dfillius
4.57/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served up in a tulip glass at weekly tasting with ksullnh

Appearance: Light orange, apricot color. Weak head

Smell: Slight alcohol aroma accompanied by a sour lambic aroma. Notes of nutmeg and lemon grass.

Taste: Tart, crisp opening with a sweet, malty finish on the back outside of the tongue. Very smooth for 10% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Thick and silky

Drinkability: Delicious, and only rated as 4.0 because of the high alcohol.

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Photo of jmerloni
4.47/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Yellow-amber and quite fizzy. Nice white fluffy head that recedes pretty quickly. Bubbly.

S - Awesome aroma. Smells like champagne. Sweet honey or molasses malts with white grape, raisins, pear.

T - Yummy. White grape flavor dominates and there is a perfectly appropriate molasses malt backbone that fits right in.

M - Medium bodied, silky from the molasses malt. Sticks in your mouth and in your throat a bit. Somewhat dry. Could be more carbonated.

D - Very little alcohol taste comes through despite this being 10%. I'm impressed by how smooth this is. I wouldn't drink a whole 4 pack of these unless everyone else around me was going to do the same, though. Solid beer overall. Nice. I'll get it again. Renews my faith in Anderson after a couple disappointments.

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Photo of 2x10
4.42/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nutty orange with minimal foam and some lacing.

Lots of carbonation from inital pour from bottle
Has a very bready flavor, hints of molasses, with notes of pear, banana, & slight granny smith apple finish.
The mouthfeel is a little on the thick side.
The complexity rises as the beer gets warmer and all the flavors become more fluent.
My wife and I really enjoy this beer and find it comparable to some of the more expensive true belgian strong ales.
With its high alcohol content, this one is a sipper, and we usually find ourselves maxxed at 2.

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Photo of Jaredkylemccann
4.41/5  rDev +27.8%
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 tubacharlie
4.35/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aromatic esters of honey enliven the olfactory when inhaled in depth.

When poured, the slightly hazy, golden honey-colored ale puts forth an effort at a decent head that soon retreats to the edges with a few slips of lacing left to decorate the surface.

A warm, caramel-honey flavor absorbs the palate as the alcohol announces itself with a flourish and infiltrates the nostrils. Seductive sweetness from the Demerara sugar lures one into holding a sip on the tongue for a moment to enjoy its delights. If you have ever sucked the juice from a cut of fresh sugar cane, this will remind you of that. The melding of hop and grain is very smooth and satisfying, with sufficient carbonation for exhilaration and a mellow, malty finish.

Presented in a twenty-two ounce brown bottle, this concoction will abet an evening of quiet introverted contemplation or joyous fraternal revelry, depending on your state of mind and intention of companionship. Best to be prepared, either way the spirit moves you.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.34/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: rich golden color with lots of apparent effervescence. Relatively small head for a tripel, white in color.

Smell: sweet malt, a little wheat, a very little berry-like ester aroma and a very nice, distinct chalkiness. I quite like it.

Taste: sweet and malty with just a hint of berries. A little of the chalkiness of the aroma is present in the flavor as well. This is an incredibly solid tripel; I love it.

Mouthfeel: medium body; as the head suggests, there's relatively little carbonation for the style. I like it, but it could be improved.

Drinkability: highly smelly and tasty, the drinking experience is grand. Drinkability is exceptional considering its cocktail-like strength. I will absolutely be buying this again.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.32/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle freaked me out a little. Dripping with a waxy type substance, for some reason I was trying to stay away from this beer. Not to mention its mediocre reviews on BA. Did not disappoint!

Deep orange almost pumpkin-like in appearance. Very active head completely rimmed the circumference of the wide mouth wine glass it was poured into.

When I opened the bottle I was blown away (almost literally) by the florals, and the semi-sweet fruit smells. Tastes great. Nice job bringing an American touch to this beer. Sweet and lasting, lots of honey and orange. 10% good to go; definite alcohol kick, but not offensive.

As my education in craft beer grows so does my understanding. Triple is not a style I love, but it is good. I do think this beer is on par with some Belgium Triples.

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Photo of mobene
4.31/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tried this beer tonight and I'm truly impressed. I've always been a hug fan of Belgian beers and have found that many American breweries are besting some of the weaker Belgian brews. This is truly an exceptional beer. Anyone who thinks this beer doesn't have character and Belgian flavours doesn't want to expand their experience with flavour. Try this one.

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Photo of clvand0
4.3/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very cool bottle with the wax on the top. Gives me a Maker's Mark feel. Pours a golden color with a tall head that has great retention and leaves great lacing on the glass. The aroma is nice - lots of spice and citrus. The flavor has a nice malt character and is quite spicy and a little peppery. I really enjoyed this beer and would have it again if not for the price.

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Photo of radioscooter
4.29/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taken on good word from Dave at HO10KB in New Kensington, Pensyltucky. They had it on tap so I tried that first and it was delicious. But I am reviewing the bottle.

Lighter look than expected. Iced Tea color. Weak Iced Tea at that.

STRONG flavor. Over the top Triple. Sweet, malty BOOZY goodness. Doesn't taste REMOTELY like a lambic or a cider. It's a freaking Belgian style Triple and anyone tasting it should know that going into it. HINT reviewers - if you hate the style - temper your reviews accordingly. Here's another hint - if you don't like sweet beers, just say so. Don't slam the beer. Some of us like sweeter beers. I don't shit all over IPA's just because I don't like the style. If you like hops, review hops. If you like malt - etc.

Here's the crucial bit of info: One of, if not THE best Abbey style beers offered by an American brewery. An Abbey style beer that doesn't taste like someone just blended Chimay and Yuengling. What a delightful surprise. I had almost given up on American Belgians.

Perfect yeasty, Belgian flavor. Would love to have them make a Quad. they could clone Westy 12, I'm sure.

Honestly, I can't think of one other American brewery that has gotten it this right.

Mouthfeel - not too carbonated. Just the right balance of syrup to ale. A TINY bit hot. Am planning on laying three down for a few years. We'll see if they can last.

Dear Anderson - PLEASE make a Quad!!

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Photo of beerluvr
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a non-descript white head settling over clear deeply golden liquid. Strange metallic nose sensed after pouring, but disappeared after warming in the glass, replaced by some tropical/light banana yeasty character. The taste is quite good with rich maltiness, more tropical notes and a good balancing hop bitterness combining very nicely. Not much of the 10% alcohol is tasted at all. Finishes malty and rich, very drinkable and a well done take on the Tripel style

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Photo of dstc
4.24/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz wax sealed bottle. Dark golden in color with little head. Head falls to absolutely nothing leaving no sign of it or lace behind.

Smells great. Sweet, malty and definitely of alcohol.

Nice bold flavor. Sweet malts, fruity, caramel flavors. Strong but nice alcohol taste with a clean dry finish.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with nice carbonation.

Very good beer. Very drinkable but with the 10%ABV it's definitely a sipping beer. Gets even better when it's a little warm.

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Photo of Zeisloft
4.23/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I decided to go to the back of the fridge and grab this Anderson Valley Brother David's Triple. This was a Christmas gift from my co-worker, and as it is 20 degrees outside, and we have Anchorman on the television- I felt it would be a good night to pop the cap.

The beer poured and orange (maybe burnt orange) color, with a small quarter inch head (I had to work to get that much). Aroma is entirely based on sweetness and the belgian yeast. No expectation of hop aromas, none found.

The initial taste (out of fridge, cool/cold) was a sweet beer but showcasing a lot of the fruity yeast flavors. The alcohol is well hidden, even though it clocks in at 10 percent. Hopefully as it warms, it will bring forth a little more.

Second taste: Leaving the beer warm a bit, the sweetness remains, as the yeast mellows. Whether it is candy sugar or whatever, but the sweetness really tries to overpower the beer.

The carbonation is perfectly in order, cutting through the sweetness to make this a very drinkable beer. The beer is smooth, yet has a great body to it. Even though the beer had no head retention, it is viscus enough to cling to the sides of the glass- resembling what would be looked for in a fine wine.*

Overall, I feel that this is a very drinkable beer. Very enjoyable, and might be considered dangerously drinkable. The only reason I would not suggest this beer, is if you are not a fan of sweeter Belgian beers. Other than that, I would give it a try.

*I know very little about fine wines, but I think this is true.

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Photo of Floydster
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

10 ounce goblet from the Yard House on Newport Blvd.

Pour was a medium bnrown with a very nice silky head

Smell was sweet and full of fruit accents

Taste was so smooth and refreshing, supposed to be a sipper, but very drinkable

Definitely worth the $3.25 I paid for this during happy hour

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Photo of phillipzayas
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours nice burnt orange. fairly clear. Head retention fades very quickly, but a lace around the outside persists for about 15 minutes. Nice carbonation is seen through the amber color. Leaves very little lace post sipping.

S - A sweet tartness initially hits your nose which then dies down to a yeasty aroma similar to a hefe. Carmel notes are picked up, but very subtle. No hop aroma. A certain spiciness is picked up in this one from the yeast as well. At 10% I also picked up some alcohol aroma.

T - Very subtle caramel flavor. Spice is more dominant than any other flavor in this beer. Yeasty bread-like flavor is noticeable, but is overpowered by the very lovely sweetness from the malts. Flavor stays on your pallet for a while, but is not initially noticed when first sipping. I was expecting a bit more body on this beer, but it's lighter side is actually rather surprising and refreshing. Carbonation levels are rather low which allows this beer's complex flavors to really come out on your tongue.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. I would pair it with cheese, but something more sharp to counterbalance the sweetness. Give it a good mix up with food. This beer could easily go with a nice fresh baked loaf of Greek style bread and some olive oil and spices. Chicken wouldnt be a bad meat for this one, but keep it lightly spiced and pan fried or baked (no BBQ).

Good work Anderson Valley.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to clvand0 for bringing this beer over for me to try. This beer pours a beautiful golden amber color with 2 fingers of head that stick around. The nose has some good spicey characters from the yeast and really good orange tones from the malt. This smells divine after 2 weeks of Utah beers. The flavor is awesome. There is some peppery character along with the orange flavor in the malts. I like this beer. Its just a hint short on flavor, but not too shabby. The feel is moderate, right about where I want it to be. Shit man. This is 10%...they do hide the alcohol very very well. For a beer of this size, the drinkability is really good as well. A fine beer...very nice.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.17/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.17/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't understand why the reviews for this beer have been relatively average or unfavorable. The sample I had was great.

It poured an orange/amber color with a decent head, but without the classic Belgian lacing.

The aroma was nice - classic spicy phenols and esters from a Belgian yeast.

The taste was wonderful. Great balance from the malt flavors and the warming effects of the alcohol.

The mouthfeel was nice; light in carbonation and light to medium in boldy.

Overall, I found it drinkable, especially given the fact that I generally don't seek Tripels for a session ale.

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Photo of donteatpoop
4.17/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber copper color with a quickly diminishing white head. The beer has a light fog to it.

The smell is excellent, straw and earth, and a fruity element.

The taste is excellent, mild sweet flavors play off of the straw and funk tastes. Really an excellent blend, very well balanced beer. Glad to have tried it, hope to drink it again.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.17/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the golden wax dipped versions. Apparently they arn't wax dipping this anymore.

A- A darker golden color, but at the same time very very clear. The head came and went, quickly.

S- Dark fruits, dates, raisins, and cherry. I also smell a hint of vanilla. I can also slightly smell the alcohol fumes.

T- There was a dark molasses taste that mixed with the fruit taste. The alcohol taste is very much there as well.

M- This is a bit thicker then I would have expected.

D- Despite the alcohol taste this is pretty east to drink.

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Photo of searsclone
4.16/5  rDev +20.6%
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

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