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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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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-15-2004

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Ratings: 680 |  Reviews: 370
Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color in the chalice, a couple of shades darker than the usual Tripel. Decent head, and spritzy on the tongue.

Rich an sharp at the same time. Smell of alcohol and yeast, with some fruity brandy like grappa in the nose. More fruity flavors abound. Some pears and hard cider. Spicy with hear and hops, plenty of Belgian deep flavors. Starts out sweet, but turns into a brambly Zinfandel sort of flavor, and finishes with lots of bitter yeasty taste. Flavors like an active fermenter going on.

Second tasting seems drier. This is my favorite Anderson Valley beer, a decent offering from a brewery I am not a big fan of. An interesting and slightly different sort of Tripel.

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.21/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a snifter

A- Poured a very clear dark golden orange color with very high streaming carbonation. One finger soapy head that dissipated fairly quickly

S- Big spicy belgian yeast character, orange marmalade, and some booze. Not very complex for a tripel and it smells like a boozy one, very sweet

T- Very sweet orange marmalade taste, sugary taste, some spicy yeastiness but not the usual yeast taste I associate with a tripel (no bubblegum type notes). The alcohol comes out in the flavor bigger than a lot of tripels I have had. Some green apple like flavor as well. A very sweet tripel with some spice that provides some balance but overall quite sweet.

M- Pretty syrupy mouthfeel, the booze is apparent, very big warming and the warming really stays with you, light alcohol burn but kind of in a good way. Finishes a little watery, but no watery taste. Despite the high booziness and somewhat syrupy quality of this beer it goes down remarkedly easy in a kind of sloppy way.

O- Tripels are a personal favorite style of mine and when I saw this affordable 4-pack I had to pick it up. It is not a bad beer, I will be able to get through the 4-pack no problem, but I wouldn't get this again. It lacks some of the complexity of the best tripels, is a little sweeter than I like, and the finish of the beer seems a little sloppy. I will spend the extra buck on a 4-pack of La Fin Du Monde if I want a great tripel for a great price.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.
A: Burnt orange with a thin head that's gone in a flash.
S: Fruit esters, bread dough and a bit of both spice and etoh heat.
T: Sweet fruit esters, malt and spice are pleasant as long as the beer is on the tongue, but as soon as I swallow it it turns thick and boozy with no balance. It would be quite nice if it weren't for the offputting finish.
M: Smooth but thick, cloying and boozy.
O: This has potential with nice aromatics & up front when drinking it, but there's something going on that doesn't tie it all together; the finish is not pleasant and I ended up dumping most of the bottle.

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a wine glass.

A: Cloudy amber. Very little head. Apple juice.

S: It smells quite sweet, appley even. Slight spice.

T: Verrry nice. Not remotely like a tripel (unless you count that one Maredsous that tastes like apples). The apple juice trend continues, but is bolstered in the taste by really nice, dry spice that especially shines towards the end. A slight spike of alcohol gives this a well-needed kick.

M: A little sparkly. I like it!

O: Had with pizza. Very easy drinking and surprisingly tasty. It grows on me. A poor tripel -- I think most American versions are -- but a good beer.

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Photo of ek_ek
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of imbibehour
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A faint off white foamy head appears and falls very quickly to nothing. Lots of visible carbonation, even some snapping noise and lots of bubbles in the glass. Body color is a nice orange amber, fairly clear if a bit hazy. Odd color for this style, but I must admit it is nice.

Nose is some heat, faint sweet Belgian like candy, but mostly nothing really that impressive.

A sweet alcohol hits the palate, and then brings also a real malty bitterness. Straight forward Tripel tast but a bit crisp and sharp, without much density. Aftertaste is really not that pleasant either.

Overall I suppose you could do worse, but I am not really feeling this one at all compared to other Triples I've had.

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2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330ml.Snifter glass.Enjoyed on nov´11.Orangish copper, Slightly haze.Yellowish white crown, large bubbled,brief retention. Caramel malts,candies & spices to the nose.Notes of orange juice. Crispy upfront,sparkling,sugary,warming alcohol & peppery underneath. Medium body,high carbonation.Sweet fruity finish & aftertaste.Pleasant for candy lovers.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of rudzud
2.32/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Picked up a bottle of this at Russell's last year. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Shared with bpk59. Reveiwed from notes.

A - Crystal clear golden amber pour with a fizzy one finger head that fades to leave nice clouding and minimal lacing.

S - Huh? This is a VERY hot triple. So boozy infact that it overpowers almost all of the nice belgian qualities that make a triple a triple.

T - Again, lots and lots of hot alcohol here. Even with over a year on it! No banana persay, light belgian spices. And very sweet.

M - Does have a nice triple feel. Low carbonation, good in the mouth, though very boozy.

O - Overall, this is a very dissappointing beer. I had bought this before I would check reviews, and upon seeing how bad it was I figured I would wait around for it. With room running out in the cellar figured I'd get rid of this. Just bleh.

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of Hex92
3.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am glad I picked this one up. Thought it was a dubbel when I grabbed it out of the cooler. Realized it was a triple when I got home. It doesn't taste much like a triple....which is not my favorite style.

A- orangy color, little head or lacing
S-dried fruit and alcohol
T- this is a tasty beer. I think the alcohol flavor is there..but just a hint. Malty sweet with just the right amount of hops.
M- perfect.
O- this is a really good beer. I would definitely pick it up again. But it definitely isn't your normal triple.

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Photo of n2185
3.11/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with a finger of off-white head that almost completely vanishes with no lacing.

S: Belgian spice aromas up front followed by lots of bubblegum and candy sugar. There are some white grape and pear aromas in there as well.

T: Again, spices and bubblegum up front followed by a strong bread and yeast character. The finish has a fairly strong alcohol burn.

M: Medium-light body with spritzy carbonation, this beer avoids being too thick and sweet but the alcohol burn keeps it from being light and crisp enough.

O: An alright tripel, though nothing special. It's a little on the bland side and is too boozy for my tastes.

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3/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of seand
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy orange amber, with a small amount of dense white head. Just a little retains around the edge of the glass, which is enough to leave a few spots of lacing.

S: Sweet spices, yeast, and a touch of wet hay.

T: Sweet on top of a thick grain base. The higher sweet notes are strong throughout, especially the aftertaste.

M: Medium to full body, medium carbonation.

Overall, pretty good, not great. I wouldn't seek this out again, but I'd definitely drink it if it were offered.

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Photo of kchannel9
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a darker color than many tripels i've had. rust colored with a thin white head. smells quite robust, floral, malty. flavor is interesting again for a tripel. prominent belgian yeast flavor and feel, sugary malts, pears, grassy hops in the background. mouthfeel is nice, exploding carbonation on the tongue, medium body, easy drinking. no trace of the 10% abv here, even as it warms up. this is a cool tripel because its a little heavier than most. it stood up well to a jalapeno/pepperoni pizza, which many beers of this style could not do. not my favorite but a good effort.

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Photo of brewbaker
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of 2dogbrew
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

Brother David's Triple Abbey Style Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 680 ratings
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