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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Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
avbc.com

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-15-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
676
Reviews:
369
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
15.94%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
76
For Trade:
0
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Photo of jeffm13
4.49/5  rDev +30.1%
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 BlueSpader
3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of briancathy
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 Sweffin
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dzu
3.89/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MSCUSN
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChrisCage
4.14/5  rDev +20%
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 lulubrewer
2.38/5  rDev -31%
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.

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Photo of goopy
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stevepedia
4.52/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of safaricook
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brolo75
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of minterro
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lellieu
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlexAfonin
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bmcmahon1024
3.86/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
3.86/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hreb
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of Masonpp85
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JackieKu
3.99/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.67/5  rDev -22.6%
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 pat61
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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