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
BEER INFO

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:
677
Reviews:
370
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
15.94%
 
 
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11
Gots:
76
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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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Photo of VABA
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stevoj
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from On the Fly. Close, but no cigar. Everything right in the wheelhouse for the style, herbal and grassy notes, but nothing exceptional. Body a bit thin

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Photo of Brewsed
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
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 MFMB
3.91/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep golden straw like color. Smell of spices, cloves and coriander. Peppery spicy taste with a bit of citrus and banana. A decent offering and maybe I'm a bit on the high side because of my love for Belgian triples.

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

Photo of Sparky44
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of doom_deluise
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nyrangersgrrl
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brother David's Triple Abbey Style Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
3.45 out of 5 based on 677 ratings.
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