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 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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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 Cylinsier
4.12/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours honey gold, slight haze, off-white head at half an inch dissipates to a lacing relatively quickly.

Smells of apples, white wine and bretty yeast. Some fresh grass malt dryness.

Sweet grape and apple fruitiness with lemon and coriander hints and mild dry grassy malts. Hint of sugary honey-esque flavor.

Full body with light stingy carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A really nice Belgian style ale, good flavor, hides its strength well, and has a unique profile. Liked this one a lot and would seek it out again.

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Photo of FLima
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown reddish color a little cloudy. Smells licorice and alcohol. Alcohol is also noticeable in its taste, hard to hide 10% anyway. Tastes strong notes of caramel, apricot, cloves and licorice, with some spicy twist. Body is liquor like. Tasted better once I let it warm up, though hard to beat the main Belgians in their tradition.

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Photo of drinkyourcraft
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have had a select few of Anderson Valley beers (canned) and have always been plenty satisfied. This was a nice surprise to see a different style and a bomber I did not recognize.

A- The Triple poured a nice true amber color with a fairly decent head that faded pretty quickly, with some nice lacing.

S - Smells like a typical Abbey Style Ale, with a bit more malty sweetness than I'd expect. I do get some spice... cinnamon and honey.

T - Taste is creamy and sweet and not overwhelming. A small amount of alcohol comes thru after swallowng, but at 10% this is nothing anyone should complain about. It is a nice fall beer for northern california!

M - For this style of beer, feels smooth and mild all the way thru.

Overall, a fairly good triple, but as others stated... not going to win over any Abbey lovers. I would recommend you definitely give it a shot, especially if you are a fan of Anderson Valley.

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Photo of leaddog
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a golden copper colour with a 1/2 finger width of bubbly head.

Smell - Plum, cherry, caramalts, yeast, some fruity hops.

Taste - Plum and cherry flavours stand out, followed by the caramalts and hops. More fruit-based in flavour.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes a little sweet.

Overall - A different take on a tripel by Anderson Valley. Although I appreciated the fruit flavours taking precedence, I would have liked to pick up on more hops. Better options out there for tripels, but worthy of a try.

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Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Unusually warm day in October so a Triple sounded good.

12 oz bottle poured into a Snifter glass.

Deep Carmel color, very sweet fruit smell. Also getting a bread-y smell coming from the beer.

Poured a thin 1 finger head which quickly went away.

Medium sweetness, initially with a medium mouthful.

Overall a solid, but not over whelming addition to the style. If new to the style its a solid intro beer. I find it a bit heavier than others within the style. Darker in color than most as well.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly chilled bomber into a 12 oz snifter. No discernible bottling date.

Look- Fizzy off-white head dissipates within a second or two, nice medium amber. No lace. Suspiciously clean glass and bottle for "never heat pasteurized or sterile filtered" as the bottle claims.

Smell- Caramel, raisin, cinnamon, mace, sweet, mild Belgian yeasty character. A bit of Fusel as it warms. Subtle.

Taste- Toffee, French bread, nougat and fresh ground coffee towards the end. Surprisingly plain. Sweet, but not unpleasantly so. Mild herbal/grassy/tealike hops make a gasp towards the finish. Finishes pretty clean, although I get a vague popcorn feel.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full, crisp on the sip, slick on the swallow. Moderate warming after the fact. No hint of booze. Easy drinking... perhaps too easy.

Overall- Not what I expected, and not going to win over any hardcore Belgian fans, but I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. +.5 for drinking like 4%

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Photo of Canslammer
2.97/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I was excited to try this offering from Anderson Valley Brewing company. I really enjoy a good Triple and since it is from a semi-local brewing company I wanted to give it a try. It smelled fantastic when I opened the bottle and had a really nice color when I poured it into the glass. There was very little head and it did not last long. The flavor did not match the smell. It had kind of a sour milk taste to it that lingered in the back of my mouth that made me crave for something sweet. The 10%abv was well masked by the aftertaste. Definitely not one of their better offerings.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, spices, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a distinct hair spray flavor with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer all around that is drinkable but nothing worth revisiting in my opinion.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - I guess this is what an Abbey Triple looks like. Dark amber hue with a red tone and a 1/2 inch of frothy head. Much darker than you typical triples.

S - Smells mostly of spicy yeasts, malt sugars, and a touch of sour funk. Bread smells as well but and mild ethanol like alcohol.

T - Well it's not as boozy as I expected but it seems like the spicy and lemon like aspect I see in the style is cover up by mildly fruity yeasts and sugars. Mild burn in the finish.

M - Medium to heavy its a sipper for sure. Could use a touch more carbonation though.

Overall this was an OK example of the style in fact kind of staggering since most triple's I had are 8-9% so not a bad high octane version at all.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip 9/8/12

A clear copper with quite a few tiny bubbles but not much for head or lace, looks pretty basic

S sweet malty cereals, brewers candy, lots of candied fruit, some honey and spice

T a little boozy and pretty sweet, fruits slightly sour and its not as nice as the nose, some yeast and a spicy finish

M strange as its not at all sticky on the lips, a fair bit of heat and it could use some more bubbles for sure, shes pretty still

O not the best Triple I've had but for 10% it went down pretty quick, looks and feels pretty basic but OK in other areas

its a hard sell with La Fin Du Monde in a bigger bottle for far less money on the same shelf. I wouldn't go hunting for this one but don't turn it down if poured for you

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Cloudy light orange with a one-finger, white, creamy head that lasted about a minute. Not much lacing.

S: Mild sweet barley aroma with yeast.

T: Mild to moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Slight fruity character. Actually not much flavor, not even the alcohol, which is surprising considering the ABV - I'm giving it half a point extra for that.

M: Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Watery, but really warm going down, which is nice.

O: The aroma and flavor don't really stand out to me. It's not a bad tripel, just not great. The 10% ABV is impressive though.

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Photo of KajII
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Trappist glass}

The pour was a clear reddish amber with a small (less than 1 finger) white fizzy head that dissipated in a matter of seconds down to a very small collar, which created some poor spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a light cereal malt and a sweet funky yeast with notes of candi-sugar, apple, dark fruit (plums and cherries) and a slight sour alcohol presence.

The taste was a tad malty sweet with a mild candied apple flavor early on, becoming mildly yeasty with a nice note of dark fruit, a slight sourness and a mild alcohol tinge at the end. The flavor hung on for a decent time proceeding the swallow with a sour fruity taste left to linger well after all other flavors were gone.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a dry watery texture and a lively carbonation.

Overall a very unique tasting brew, one that has a mix of a Belgian Tripel and a sour beer blended extremely well giving this brew a superb drinkability and flavor...

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Iron Press, served in a goblet. On to the beer:

Orange bronzed colored brew, with little head on the pour and a few trickles of lace staying put. It's a sweet and sugary nose, but that's not to be overpowering, as orange and clove notes arise from the beer.

Orange sweet, sugar, vague spices, and a good dosage of alcohol providing a heat and some balance to the beer. It's enough, and with more sips the beer's flavor improves. The body is nearly full, somewhat syrupy in texture, with low carbonation in the body. Somewhat of a surprise for me. It took me until now to venture into the AV's Brother David line, and the tripel has rewarded me. Now to try the dubbel....

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Photo of biboergosum
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Seems only apropos as today I met Trey, the owner of this brewery, non? That, and I've missed an associated Anderson Valley tasting in my burg tonight.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber hue, with one statistically average finger of thinly foamy dirty white head, which leaves some sparse islet lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of sweet wheaty malt, citrus preserves, Belgian yeast, and a simmering underlying alcohol edge. The taste is rather saccharine, grainy malt, more orange and some further apple jelly fruitiness, a stringent, earthy yeastiness, some very faint leafy hops, and a generally well-behaved (i.e. restrained from causing any real damage) booziness.

The bubbles are pretty well sedate throughout this affair, the body a nouveau-riche middleweight, buoyed by the sugar and alcohol (a house of cards, really), and smooth, too, but for a niggling, probing ethanol agent provocateur. It finishes just on the storm-side of off-dry (perhaps I've simply become acclimated), the sweetness waning somewhat, the concurrent jammy fruit gaining a bit, and that big ABV doing us all a favour by only baying at the gates.

Like all Tripels, to me at least, I get a disjointed booziness, which here is quite minimized, but still present, in the midst of an underappreciated, fruity, and wheat-tinged sugar-pop, mediated slightly by an old-world yeast validation. Seeing how the whole bottle disappeared rather quickly in our short time together, the drinkability is surely bahl hornin', to crib some marketing from another AV product.

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