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: 674
Photo of dikebrewery
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 gautch726
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Strange to have a sour smell produce such a soft, sweet early taste. It gives way to something a bit more harsh on the palette, but it's an interesting experience and fun - if not all that tasty - beer to drink.

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Photo of Radome
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber bottle into a globe glass.

L - Light golden color; just a bit of haze. White head has huge bubbles but is not overly tall or long-lasting.

S - Clean aroma of crisp grain and strong yeast character. I get cotton candy, bubblegum, light, berry-like fruit. hops are not evident.

T - Initial flavors are a mix of grassy hops and sweet, bready malt. They give way to cotton candy sweetness and alcohol. Semi-sweet finish with a slightly harsh peppery note.

F - Medium to thick body. Moderate carbonation. Light hops bitterness. Strong alcohol burn.

O - For me the alcohol level and strong harsh finish detract, but otherwise this is a solid tripel.

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Photo of Jerebeer
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice, it has an amber color with little head. It has some notes of citrus and has some fruitiness to it. It is good, but I have had better triples.

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Photo of DavidBart
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a huge fan of triples, but a good quality one always pleases, and I can appreciate the artisanry. This one was unimpressive. Had it at the Abbey Brewing Co. in South Beach Miami. It's their house beer, but they don't actually brew it there. It was the most appealing item on their menu, but I wasn't impressed.

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Photo of jj311
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Pours a clear golden color with a small, soapy one finger off white foam head. Aromas of peach, banana, plum, pears. Starts off mellow, and Fades into earthy biscuity notes with a little spicyness and a slight carbonation tingle to top it off.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy bright orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Some nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of apricot, orange, pear, apple, plum, light banana, clove, pepper, honey, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of apricot, orange, pear, apple, plum, light banana, clove, pepper, honey, cadi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, orange, plum, pear, apple, clove, honey, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice Tripel style. Good balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hops flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of rangerman21
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Golden with a generous white head. Great head retention.

Smell: Fruity, a bit sour and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Slightly sour, sweet with a good bitterness towards the end. Fruity notes in there somewhere.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth

Overall: Good example of style, different tastes at each part of sip make it interesting. Best if sipped slowly. No overpowering booze despite being 10%.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on April 20, 2014.

It is a decent looking pour with its orange-amber-copper color, good clarity, and modest off-white head.

The aroma had many of the Belgian Triple sensations one would expect such as biscuit malts, sweetness, and effervescent cleanliness.

The medium body is a bit heavier than most Tripels and I like that.

The taste tends to make one forget the aroma. yeah, there are biscuit malts, sugar sweetness, and clean crisp hops but there is this odd aftertaste that I would only best describe as medicinal. I have to say that it really throws the positives out the door because the taste is what lingers. It really throws all the good character stuff I have to say.

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Photo of theteleman
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Before I review this beer I need to confess. I don't like Belgiums, or anything that remotley resemebles the style, too sweet for me personally. HOWEVER, my girlfriend bought this for me and its been sitting in the fridge for a couple days so here it goes.
The color on this brew is hay color, lightly yellowish with a big fluffy head. A very nice looking beer. Smells of fruit, subdued hops come through faintly on the nose. Taste is sweet, estery, with a chewy medium thickness in the mouthfeel. Sugars come through very prevalently and hide the high tread caustiously on this one! I thought this beer was well crafted, thought I'm not a huge fan on the style, the look, nose and mouthfeel alone on this made it OK to drink.

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Photo of vkv822
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz : chalice

Hazy, brassy, dark golden with a foamy, off white head, that is unfortunately fairly short lived.

Nothing particularly exciting. A subtle blend of clove phenols, lightly bready, sweet notes, faint fruity, apple/pear esters in the finish.

Medium body, foamy carbonation.

A tasty, well done Triple. On the palate nothing about it really stood out for me, but it wasn't lacking either. I would have enjoyed a more prominent, long lasting foamy head.

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Photo of JakeSparrow
3.07/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not really the best at reviewing beers yet, but am I the only one who got a somewhat metallic taste from this? Maybe my palate is messed up but I could swear I had a bit of a metallic aftertaste. It's not bad, the sweetness is a bit overpowering, but I really don't have much experience tasting Belgian beers. I wouldn't jump to taste this again, but I'm just trying to expand my horizons. And I'm definitely gonna work on better reviews. Cheers!

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Photo of artoolemomo
2.86/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which has a little bit of retention. The head is slightly off-white while the body is a pale to medium golden amber amber which appears as a pale golden amber when held up to the light.

Nose- Simplistic but it covers the basics. Banana and cloves which impart a slight ashiness. Small hint of spice, some coriander. A little bit stronger from the bottle than the glass. Some breadiness.

Taste- Starts off with banana/caramel with a front which is way too sweet which leads into an ashy but strangely mute clove. Some bandaid and a overly sweet finish that makes me think of candied popcorn and butter a little bit. Very messy and the 10% doesn't help at all. Burnt caramel and a slight bit of saccharine cherry and raisins. Cloves show themselves more and become quite disconcerting. The ratings suggested an average Tripel but this is downright unpleasant at the moment. Seems more like a phenolic barleywine rather than a Tripel. Very boozy as well. On top of being messy, it seems a little thin as well. Definitely, a below average beer. There's a weird grassiness to the finish that really mingles with the alcohol on the linger. Very strawlike. Does mellow out considerably but does not rise to average. Does become drinkable.

Mouthfeel- Almost medium bodied with lots of syrup to the texture. Over carbonated.

Drinkability- Barely. Very harsh linger with a bad aftertaste. Cheap but could never be cheap enough.

Overall- Below average. I would not try this and I will not be buying it again. Very close to being a drain pour and I've never drain poured a beer before. However, I do have a beer that promises to be awful so I might just do that tonight.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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 brurevu
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From my tasting notes: The Brother David’s Triple poured darker than most triples with more of an amber color than the typical golden color. It had a good fruity Belgian yeast aroma that yielded a sweet and fruity flavor with plenty of the Belgian yeast notes of candy sugars and cloves. There was little to no perceptible bitterness to this incredibly smooth and highly drinkable triple. It had a high ABV which was well hidden and made it presence known as I drank this tasty triple too quickly.

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Photo of hoplover82
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-It pours an apple juice color, very hazy with a medium size off white creamy head that has decent retention and very good lacing.
S-For being such a "big" beer the aroma is quite mild which is a little disappointing. But it has noticable fresh bread yeasty aromatics with noticable earthy hops. There are some barn yard characteristics to the nose as well. Very pleasant but could be more in your face in my opinion.
F-The first thing that comes to mind, is some green apple notes along with some fresh bread yeasty flavors and very grassy hop notes in the finish, "grassy" in a good way. Very barn yard like altogether.
M-For this being such a big beer, it's very medium body, it's very balanced (not to sweet and not to dry) I think the carbonation level of this beer helps it to not have such a thick body. It's interesting, it does have a slight sweetness on the tongue but it finishes semi dry.
O-My overall impression for this beer is that it's a quite decent interpretation of an Abbey Style Ale made in America. I am glad that I tried this. And will recommned this beer to any of my friends who particularly enjoy Abbey Style Ales.

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Photo of righthereisay
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Smell: Some citrus, banana, no different than your average Tripel.

Appearance: Bubbly, goldish,, minor lacing.

Taste: I will say this, I cannot taste the alcohol. Champagne style, banana, citrus, nothing special.

Mouthfeel: Not much body at all. Disappointing.

Overall: Average.

Probably my least favorite from Anderson Valley. A little disappointed.

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Photo of JayQue
3.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good take on a Tripel. Poured a hazy orange/light amber color into my Chimay goblet. The delicately bubbly head vanishes quickly with little lacing on the glass.

Smell is light fruit, apples, pears, apricot. Some pepper and Belgian yeast here as well. Pretty good.

Taste is very good. The light fruit, Belgian yeast, pepper are all readily apparent. Could have used even more yeastiness. Some of my favorite Tripels (both Belgian and American) have a taste almost like ripe cheese associated with the yeast.

Mouthfeel is rich, the spices do their thing. A slight more alcohol burn than I am used to with a good Tripel but it is not that off-putting.

Good Tripel, nice slow sipping beer. Well worth a try.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - bright clear copper golden, one finger of head retained at half that, minor spots of clingly lacing
S - decent banana and clove esters, grains, sour citrus, generally fairly mild aromas
T - similar to the nose but with bigger sourness and a bit of a plastic thing going on, its not bad but its not up to snuff here
M - fairly light and decently carbonated, somewhat sour with an alcohol dry heat showing up in the finish
O - unfortunately not all that impressed with this brew, it has the potential to be a solid offering but between the plastic flavour sneaking in and the alcohol presence not integrated so elegantly it just doesn't make a name for itself, not a try if its in front of you but not worth seeking out

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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- sparkling light orange with coarse 1 finger of offwhite foam on top. Doesn't linger some light lacing .New bottle style with antler bear.

Aroma- watermelon, slightly medicinal, some esthers, banana some stonefruit plum nectarine.

Taste- Vinous, boozy and chlorinated?! Not a lot of maltiness just booze and esthers. Resiny hops that are just destroyed by the booze.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied but slick and tongue coating. The cough medicine lingers on the palette a bit too long.

Overall- i would take a less alcoholic version of this that had a more rounded malt profile and a bit more hop presence. Maybe I am prejudice but if its gonna be this strong it needs to be a bit more balanced maybe even a touch darker. Maybe its a triple that drinks like a quad, all i know is I probably wouldn't get another.

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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 mikechance
3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served from a 22 ounce bottle bought just a few weeks ago.

A --- very soft and weak straw yellow

S --- my favorite part of the beer. I pick up apple, banana, cloves, yeast, and earthiness

T --- mild, sourness and watery

M --- low carbonation and little body

O --- not my favorite style of beer and this isn't going to change my mind.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.81/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apple cider in color and appearance this is full of bubbly carbonation. Bubbling so quickly a head could never amass. Has an almost champagne like quality.

The scent is quaint and sweet with touches of apple, pear, grapes, dried fruit and malt.

The taste is strong and delivers a powerful alcohol warmth. Many of the flavors dont come out strongly. Hearty malt, touches of prune or plum there's a bit of alcohol brashness at the end. I get raisin in the body of the taste but it is fleeting. Overall not a bad beer but I'd like the fruit to take the forefront a little more.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Anderson Valley is one of those breweries that flies below people's radar. Located in Boonville California, they pride themselves on their green approach to brewing. From their use of solar power (advertised on every cap atop their bottles), to their recycling of water, to their ecological approach to disposing of spent grain, they try to minimize their impact upon the environment.

While they are best known for their amber ale, I picked up a bottle of their tripel recently and wanted to see how a brewery located in the mountains of California approached a belgian-style tripel.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet. Pours an ever-so-slightly hazy topaz/amber color, with a thin white head that reduces to a tight ring around the glass.

Aroma is quite mild, with hints of grapes, apples and honey. There is the faintest whif of alcohol, but it is quite subdued - a surprise, given the fact this clocks in at 10% ABV!

Taste is similarly subdued. Sweet, though not as sweet as other tripels, with loads of vine and tree fruit, it is a heavier tripel than I've had before. Apples, pears, plums, grapes and hints of melon are all present in the flavor.While I appreciate that it is not as cloyingly sweet as some tripels I've had, it is still missing something in the flavor that results in it having a flatter or dimmer taste than a really good tripel should.

Medium bodied, with little to no aftertaste, it does not taste or feel like a beer approaching the strength of a glass of wine.

Tripels are one of those styles I have to be in the mood for. I ususally find them to be too sweet and taxing to easily finish, and will rarely want a second after I've had the first. While Brother David's Triple is flavorful and drinkable, it is still a tripel. If you're a fan of the style, I'd give it a try.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.82/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A nice finger of head on a clear, dark copper colored body.
The aroma is caramel, bread and candy.
A really sweet start on the taste, that continues middle to end. Kind of malty. A little alcohol heat at the end too. The sweetness is overbearing though.
A little fizzy texture, moderate carbonation and medium body.
The sweetness was too much for me. Other than that, it's fine.

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Brother David's Triple Abbey Style Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
3.45 out of 5 based on 674 ratings.
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