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 Dmann
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was not impressed by this one at all. And I was very supprised since I have liked everything that I have had from these guys so far. The apperance was a darkish gold that had no head at all to speak of. Even upon swirling nothing could be lifted from this one. The smell was very sweet and had lots of bananna scents in the mix. But the flavor was just a total letdown with way too much sweetness and an unrefined quality to the alchohol that is not too far removed from malt liquor. Good brewery, bad beer.

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Photo of xgrigorix
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Brown 22 ounce bottle, wax finished. No dates.

Pale amber / dark straw gold. Thin bone coloured head.

Nice herbal aroma. Fruity whiffs of alcohol.

Very sweet. Bright tropical fruit attack. Slightly herbal. Warming. Syrupy with very gentle carbonation that somehow seems fake.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a fan of Anderson Valley beers, but so far this is one of there better brews. The color was of a deep golden yellow with a orange hue. The aroma was of sweet floral nature with a hint of citrusy orange. The flavor was a creamy balance of sweet and tartness, that wasn't all that bad. The flavor of citrus was pleasant enough, along with a hint of caramel. Overall not a really bad ale. I would buy it again, but not a first choice!

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Photo of santoslhalper
2.59/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Taken from notes last night.

Poured a dark orange that resembled nothing of a tripel. Way too dark. The smell was ok, but didn't have that light fruity appeal of a normal Tripel. The flavor was sickeningly sweet and overpowering, lacking any fruitiness or spicyness like a good Tripel should have. Blah. The mouthfeelw as fine, but the high alcohlic presence really brought this one down. Dissapointing.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

03/15/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 22oz bottle poured into my Duvel glass.

Appearance- Dirty orange colored pour with a small 1/4 inch head, decent lacing and a small ufo circle in the middle.

Smell- Heavy sweet clove and banana scent.

Taste- Pretty damn sweet and a bit sour at the same time. Buckets by buckets of bananas in the mix. It started out decent enough, but the sweetness really got to me about 6 ounces in. Lots of alcohol fumes emitting from my pie hole. I smell like a drunk after 6oz!

Mouthfeel- Medium to high carbonation, a bit dry in the mouthfeel department.

Drinkability- This was one of the hardest beers for me to finish. Very different indeed. It started out good, but quickly got sickening sweet. A 4oz sampler would have been perfect.

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Photo of Ego
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

nice bottle with the dipped rubber cap.. dont forget to dip your rubber..

little to zero head, pale golden to amber hue, clear and clean looking, sparse carbonation bubbling up from the bottom

sweet nose, tinge of alcohol is present, nothing too fascinating olefactory-wise, doesnt smell like most belgian trips...

nice body for such a light tone, a bit too sweet in the finish, a hop bite entices for a second as it slips the tongue but fades

overall a decent brew, nothing outrageous that one would expect from such a great brewery. it hides the high alcohol decently (you do feel it warming the gullet) nothing to write home about and surely not in the class of belgian trips.

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Photo of Troyone
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an apple juice color with minimal head and some carbonation.

A roasted caramel malt smell with flowery pine hops and hints of toffee, vanilla, and licorice.

A moderately sweet and acidic roasted and nutty caramel malt; resin and grapefruit hops; and hints of bubble gum, vanilla, and cola.

Medium to full body, dry to syrupy texture, soft to lively carbonation, and a slight metallic finish.

Very drinkable for the style but not a session beer.

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

Shimmering, gelatin-like gold amber color -- with almost nothing in terms of a head. Nose is cidre, boozy and stank, with a little chalk and coriander citrus in the background.

Real boring taste. Sweet, spiced grains, but boring -- and shallow. Slightly bitter, and dry.

Mouthfeel has to be the best effort here, thick and becoming.

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Photo of Truh
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Lord, the folks at Sunset simply couldn’t get it right with this one on 2/25/2005. Ordered a double and got the triple instead, no harm done. 12-oz. goblet pour at the Sunset.

Bill was off right from the start, with the bartender sputtering something about Avery (hello Houston, we have a problem), but straightened things out pretty quickly and let it go. Filmy ghost of ultra, weight-loss thin sheeting that has little to no stick. Funky malt and candy drool on nose. Caramel on mouth almost overwhelms, while alcohol hits over the head like Popeye on spinach; volumatic contagion of fung casts a wide net and flim-flams the mouth.

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Photo of edchicma
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wine like cherry gold appearance...very little head. Smell is fruity with yeast undertones...not bad, but not spectacular either. Taste is lightly fruity with some alcohol nortes, but not bad for a 10 abv. Mouthfeel is smooth, yet dry, probably this brew's most redeeming quality. Drinkability is decent for the high abv,,,,goes down smooth enough. A decent brew but nowhere near the quality of other trippels I have tried.

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Photo of tjd25
3.34/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No head on a pale transparent and unimpressive amber color body. The smell is very sweet, mostly apple with some banana and bubble gum notes and some cloves. Only slightly yeasty. The taste is sweet, with fruity esters of banana and apple and some light herbal notes. Alcohol is pretty well hidden for 10%. Slightly floury in the mouthfeel. This beer is very light bodied for a tripel. Pretty weak.

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Photo of Goldorak
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The wax on the bottle is a nice touch...

Appearance: Translucent, and dark like wildflower honey, but with only a shred of lace.

Smell: Woody, and very solvent like. 10% ABV and it shows through the nose big time.

Taste: Light carbonation, sweet maltyness with an obvious high octane punch. Blindfolded, I probably would not have guessed this was a tripel, too sweet, lacks a little effervescence and a little too much booze.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.17/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber dipped in gold wax.

Pours a light amber with a decent head of off white that lasts for a few minutes then drops to a thin foam.

Smells of bread, banannas, sugar and alcohol.

Tastes of sugar and hops with lots of alcohol. I like the mouthfeel on this one, not as much carbonation for the style but enough to get by.

If they could have done a better job of hiding the alcohol this would be a much more drinkable brew. I also noticed a lack of sediment in the bottle.

This beer really falls flat for the style. Its like its missing something

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

Appearance – This one is a glowing orange in color with a bit of a brownish tint and no head.

Smell – This is more like Triple Sec than a Tripel. There are some light, European-type of hops but it's mostly just liquid sugar with lots of booze. I mean, the nose is just dripping with sugary sweetness. It tastes like alcohol liquid table sugar.

Taste – There is a huge, sharp, “liqueur-type” of flavor here that reminds me, again, of Triple Sec. The alcohol and orange syrup mixture is just loaded with table sugar sweetness.

Mouthfeel – This one is a bit bigger than medium-bodied with a stingy alcohol presence and a super-sticky sugariness.

Drinkability – This Anderson Valley offering is waaaay off of the true Abbey Tripel style but I kind of enjoyed it.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in a nice gold-rubber dipped bottle. Pours out to a very clear medium honey-colored amber with orange accents, forming a small white head with poor retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate, much less than typical for the style. The aroma is very full with very strong rotting bananas, mild cloves and some warming alcohol. A light soapiness is evident from the demerara sugar. The mouthfeel is stingy and sharp at first with a deceiving medium body then ends in a ruddy finish. Taste begins with a ton of bananas followed by cloves in the middle, some herbal and woody hop flavor, more bananas, and then a pronounced dry alcohol bite in the finish. Low on the fusels, but high on the isopropyls, I suspect this was fermented too warm with this yeast strain Not quite as bad as Ommegang or Jolly Pumpkin, as it's still drinkable. The alcohol warms the throat and stomach, but is a touch abrasive and gives the brew an oxidized, rubbery quality. On the sweet side for sure. As it warms, the isopropyl thickens and becomes a touch more offensive but is somewhat balanced out by the sweet banana bread.

As others have mentioned here, this Triple is not as good as one would expect from Anderson Valley. It's still not bad, and certainly doesn't deserve ratings of 2 to 3, but it doesn't hold a candle to other triples in it's price range (Allagash, New Belgium, Dark Horse, Unibroue, Avery). I wouldn't buy this one again, but it was interesting to try.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a non-descript white head settling over clear deeply golden liquid. Strange metallic nose sensed after pouring, but disappeared after warming in the glass, replaced by some tropical/light banana yeasty character. The taste is quite good with rich maltiness, more tropical notes and a good balancing hop bitterness combining very nicely. Not much of the 10% alcohol is tasted at all. Finishes malty and rich, very drinkable and a well done take on the Tripel style

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Photo of winomark
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium copper with a nice fluffy off-white head. Lots of tiny streaming bubbles. Mild aromas of candy sugar, pineapples, and bananas. Bananas lead the palate brigade, with candy sugar tagging along. Alcohol is noticable, but well-controlled. Mouthfeel is quite syrupy and thick, with little bitterness to offer another side of this beer. A drinkable beer, but a bit unbalanced for me. Too sweet with little contrasting brightness. Give it a try if you find it, but not really worth searching for.

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Photo of ZAP
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My first forray into the Anderson Valley liter in years....this brewery was one of the first true Micros I sampled and enjoyed backi n the early 90's.

This beer pours a smei hazed peach color with a fizzy off white head...10% but the ABV is nowhere to be found on the is more of a sweet mashed banana's soaked in rum smell...body is medium..low carbonation makes the sweetness play a big role in the taste...Taste is sweet...almost too sweet....some minor pepper qualities...

Overall the worst hing about this is the mouth feel...too overbearingly sweet...lacks complexity too....pretty average effort overall..

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Photo of cokes
2.08/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Clear bronze with a retreating grey lacework that recedes into nothingness with haste.
Reduced apricot nose, heaped with cane sugar, with a wavering rum-soaked banana essence.

Ever had a Captain Morgans and Mountain Dew? Me either....until now. And on all accounts too, flavor, texture, consistency, carbonation, alcohol burn. I guess there is a bready, banana-ish yeastiness that can't be explained in those terms, but aside from that it's all lemon-lime soda and tracers of dark sugar-laden heat.

It lacks any sort of nuance or depth. Stark and naked, this fails on all accounts.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid yeasty alcohol aroma, just perfect. Small off-white head never amounted to much and faded to nothing,not a trace anywhere, it's kind of weird. Flavor is kind of appley sweet up front, becomes a bit doughy towards the middle and the alcohol kicks in and takes it down to your stomach. Transparent, deep golden colored beer with streams of fine bubbles floating to the surface. I would definitely drink this beer again, but as far as triples go I'm not hooked.

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Photo of Brent
2.86/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kudos to the brewery for taking a shot at the style, but they didn't quite pull it off. Nice color, but far less carbonated than customary for the style. Would have seemed almost flat, but for the pepper lent by the alcohol. A good deal of caramel malt flavor gave the beer an unpolished, unfinished character. Nice yeast flavors, but at odds with the rough edges. I think they need to tinker with this beer a bit more.

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Photo of clvand0
4.3/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very cool bottle with the wax on the top. Gives me a Maker's Mark feel. Pours a golden color with a tall head that has great retention and leaves great lacing on the glass. The aroma is nice - lots of spice and citrus. The flavor has a nice malt character and is quite spicy and a little peppery. I really enjoyed this beer and would have it again if not for the price.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to clvand0 for bringing this beer over for me to try. This beer pours a beautiful golden amber color with 2 fingers of head that stick around. The nose has some good spicey characters from the yeast and really good orange tones from the malt. This smells divine after 2 weeks of Utah beers. The flavor is awesome. There is some peppery character along with the orange flavor in the malts. I like this beer. Its just a hint short on flavor, but not too shabby. The feel is moderate, right about where I want it to be. Shit man. This is 10%...they do hide the alcohol very very well. For a beer of this size, the drinkability is really good as well. A fine beer...very nice.

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Photo of MrNuggets
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What little head came from the pour dies down very fast. The beer comes out clear with an almost reddish tinge to it. Yeast alive and well in the smell. An easy goin' spice is noticed first. Backed by big malt charactar. Heavy on the palate and drinks quick.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ok spied this rather attractivly bottled ale in the local Organic had to have it.
After quite a struggle with the gold wax covered cap I managed to pour the beer in to my Chimay chalice.
In appearance its an amber, bright amber almost reddish beer with a short lived bubbly white head..slightly hazy with nice carbonation strings.
the aroma is quite malty and spicy..corriander ..though theres a bit of a cheesy aroma which isnt awful, but maybe too much
Taste? very sweet and spicy, alcohol is quite subdued for 10%..though it makes its presence known soon.
Lightly carbonated and quite nice on the palate.
This is an ok beer..thoug maybe not a traditional tripel..maybe a cross between a tripel and an American strong ale.
After reading all the bad reviews I baulked at trying this..but I found it Ok..maybe theres a bunch of bad batches out there?

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Brother David's Triple Abbey Style Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
3.45 out of 5 based on 675 ratings.
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