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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Photo of NahpunGnome
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

A - Slightly hazy copper with a head that quickly disappears.

S - I get dried apricots, over-ripened peaches, and alcohol.

T - Dried apricots, prunes, and very slight alcohol. I'm also not getting much yeastyness.

M - A bit on the thinner side for a tripel. Very little carbonation.

D - Pretty drinkable considering how much alcohol the beer has. Not bitter and a bit on the fruity side.

Summary - With 10% abv, the alcohol is hidden well. This one's a bit different from what I expect from a tripel. With that said, I think there are better tripel style beers out there. This one's not bad, but also not great in my opinion.

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Photo of mithrascruor
2.28/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a golden orange color. Clear, but with lots of medium-sized bubbles. Barely any head, just some bubbly foam at the edges and only for a little while.

Smell: Barely any aroma, a bit of sweetness and perhaps some orange blossom.

Taste: Has a sort of indistinct flavor of some fruit, yeast, and hops. Some sweetness initially, but then turns to a bitter taste in the finish and aftertaste (along with some alcohol).

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied, though with a bit of density to it. Relatively smooth, with light carbonation.

Drinkability: A bit on the strong side, alcohol-wise. That's masked in a decent way. But the flavor isn't worthwhile after half a glass.

These Brother David beers just don't cut it. Really, not even worth picking up for just a try. The taste is far from good, and I don't even know if I'll finish the bottle.

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Photo of katan
3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep golden color, honey like. Very clear, lightly carbonated. Head formation is light, just a film.

S - Very sweet nose - has a little bit of raisins, and an almost overt caramelized sugar note. Fruity, some esters. No hops, light amount of yeast. Some phenolic undertones.

T - Starts off with a very sweet, lightly grainy note. Honey comes to mind. Mid-stream gets more dry, lightly bitter. Finishes with a sweet malty note. The more I drink this, the more I think honey.

M - Moderate body - moderately creamy, which is very noticeable against the backdrop of little carbonation. Leaves a huge sticky film on the tongue.

D - Moderate to low drinkability. ABV is very potent, but well hidden. Very sweet - almost too sweet for even one. Would probably like it a little more dry.

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Photo of ksimons
3.22/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-a clear dark orange amber with a ring of head around the top of the glass

S-sweet, malty, a bit boozy

T-sweet and somewhat light for the style, malty with a bit of spicy yeast at the finish, alcohol is pretty subtle considering the high ABV

M-medium carbonation with a sweet malty mouthfeel

D-decent try, but not what I was expecting and not up to par with other triples

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Photo of bump8628
3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep honey to auburn with a great depth of color and an inch of white head that recedes a little too quickly.

Soft Belgian yeast character with notes of honey, vanilla, clove, plum, bubblegum, and banana along with some sweet, bready malt and a delicate, warming alcohol.

An excellent ale. It departs some from the classic Tripels, but it has a soft character that hides its considerable strength quite well.

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Photo of tubacharlie
4.35/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aromatic esters of honey enliven the olfactory when inhaled in depth.

When poured, the slightly hazy, golden honey-colored ale puts forth an effort at a decent head that soon retreats to the edges with a few slips of lacing left to decorate the surface.

A warm, caramel-honey flavor absorbs the palate as the alcohol announces itself with a flourish and infiltrates the nostrils. Seductive sweetness from the Demerara sugar lures one into holding a sip on the tongue for a moment to enjoy its delights. If you have ever sucked the juice from a cut of fresh sugar cane, this will remind you of that. The melding of hop and grain is very smooth and satisfying, with sufficient carbonation for exhilaration and a mellow, malty finish.

Presented in a twenty-two ounce brown bottle, this concoction will abet an evening of quiet introverted contemplation or joyous fraternal revelry, depending on your state of mind and intention of companionship. Best to be prepared, either way the spirit moves you.

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Photo of stephens101
3.69/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A reddish-orange brew is topped with a thin and bubbly tan head that clears out quickly with no trace left behind. Smells fruity, malty and yeasty with some bubblegum and phenols in the background. Crisp on the palate with big sweet malts, more bubblegum, ripe apples and a little spice. Medium bodied with a hint of lingering alcohol heat, which is very subtle despite the gravity. Goes down with some grainy roughness at the edges and gets slightly creamy middle as it warms. Not bad for an American version, just really hard to beat the masters.

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Photo of 100floods
3.16/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

caramel/amber hue. bubble bath style foam dissepates quickly. really clean, sugary sweet aromas; more sweet than anything else. Lot of sugared peach tasted. This is pretty sweet. There's a little bitterness in the after taste, not hop bitter, but something that opposes the sugar notes. Very minimal carbonation. I can't say I enjoy this beer as much as I thought I did. All the right things are there, just perhaps not in the best proportions. Perhaps a few months in the cellar might ease it up a bit.

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Photo of jlindros
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Hmmm, I was excited to try this to see an Americanized Belgian Abbey, but seeing the score I'm not so much anymore, but I'll have to make that decision my self.

A: Poured into my Corsendonk tulip, which I thought was most fitting. A light fizzy 1/2 finger head settles and fades quickly over a very clear golden amber straw orange color.

N: Has a pretty yeasty bite to the nose at first. Nosing deeper gives some nice golden Belgian malts. Some thick sweet malt aromas, a little boozy.

T: Lots of sweet malts hit first, and even some Belgian candi sugar. Golden Belgian malts, sweet malts and sugar just right up front. A little light fruit flavors as well. Juicy fruit flavors. Some boozy flavors and hits with some heat and spice from the booze. A little yeasty flavor hidden in the background. The booze comes on really strong too, it IS 10% but it would be a little nicer to be hidden a bit more.

M: Semi thin body with lower carbonation, but tons of heat and spicy booze.

F: Still very sweet on the finish too and lingering spicy heat from the booze. Some of the lingering sweet candi sugar and golden Belgian malts linger, but the spicy booze just lingers. Not too bad for starters on a Belgian Abbey ale, but just way too heavy on the booze and the sweetness.

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Photo of Kendo
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from the bomber into a Chimay chalice, split 3 ways. Body is light orangey-amber with a small head. Noticeable carbonation. No lace.

S: Pleasant. Light caramel malt, some fruit and spice. Waft of alcohol too.

T: Starts out sweet -- caramel malt and ripe bananas with a touch of fruity, yeasty spice. Some grassy/piney hop bitterness cuts the sweetness, but it's still a predominantly sweet beer. Alcohol is noted at the finish.

M: Medium in heft with good active carbonation.

D: Better than the Clipper City Heavy Seas Yule Tide Tripel that we poured next to it for the "Pepsi Challenge," but still not my favorite style. Too sweet for me.

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Photo of champ103
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear copper/orange color. A very minimal white head forms, and recedes in a second. No lace to speak of.
S: Sweet malt, honey, and some yeast. Not bad, but not a lot here.
T: Sweet malt and honey again. There are not a lot of distinguishing flavors here. Just kind of bland.
M/D: A medium body and high carbonation. A little on the watery side. Not hard to drink, but nothing that I really care to finish.

Pretty much average and ho hum in every way I can think of. Not that that is bad, just average. Nothing I would recommend, but you could do a lot worse.

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Photo of hophead247
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured a clear golden amber with a small lingering ivory head. Aromas of carmel, fruitiness and spice. Palate was medium bodied, smooth and slightly syrupy. Flavors of carmel, tropical fruit, pear, spice and pepper with a smooth lingering semisweet finish. Very noticable alcohol!

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Photo of dondeez21
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serves out of a 22oz bottle into a Weyerbacher tuip glass. No brewed on date listedon bottle
A: Almost no head. Burnt orange color
S: Burnt sugar, yeast
t: Slight hop aftertaste, burtn sugar and yeast
M: very thin for the style.
D: Good beer but not 100% to style

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle in a snifter glass

Appearance: light amber with a frothy head that goes away quickly

Nose: pears, alcohol, white grapes

Taste: sweet white grape juice, dry white wine, spicy hops finish

This is a pretty good triple. I would expect it to be a bit more effervescent but overall an enjoyable bier.

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Photo of gthornton
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

First thing's first, the pour: This beer poured like syrup lapping out into our tall wine glasses. In fact, to borrow some wine lingo, this beer actually has legs. Give it a swirl and marvel at the delicious nectar cling to the walls of your glass... moving on.

Color: I immediately thought of a thick block of ochre as we held our glasses to the light. It is a deep amber that is closer to orange than it is red; also looks like ambrosia honey.

Scent: This beer smells very similar to the jar of Ambrosia Honey (W/ cinnamon) that we bought at a farmers market. There is also a sting of citrus in the nose, mostly covered, or rounded out by raisin and plum - more of the latter than the former.

Taste: Again, just like Ambrosia Honey w/ a hint of cinnamon and an orange peel. The citrus and honey are the first to slowly linger from the pallet, and the raisin/plum flavor leave last.

Drinkability/overall: We were thoroughly impressed by this, another great, beer from Anderson Valley. As for an all night beer, this would not be my first choice because it is a lil thick, and though I appreciate its buzz-ability, it would have me floored all too soon.

Probably best with a red meat... the thick maltiness of it makes me think roast... like a king :)

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Photo of dino213aa
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Ruddy, vaguely hazy complexion reminds me of apple cider.. low carbo and hardly any head or lacing

S: Apples, with a slightly solvent background.

T&M: Boozy with elements of oak, malts and a slightly sour finish.

D: A bit too flat for not being a cask brew.. the booziness at 10%abv isn't offset with enough character in the beer to keep me interested. Started out intriguing, but I'm quickly losing interest.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.34/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: rich golden color with lots of apparent effervescence. Relatively small head for a tripel, white in color.

Smell: sweet malt, a little wheat, a very little berry-like ester aroma and a very nice, distinct chalkiness. I quite like it.

Taste: sweet and malty with just a hint of berries. A little of the chalkiness of the aroma is present in the flavor as well. This is an incredibly solid tripel; I love it.

Mouthfeel: medium body; as the head suggests, there's relatively little carbonation for the style. I like it, but it could be improved.

Drinkability: highly smelly and tasty, the drinking experience is grand. Drinkability is exceptional considering its cocktail-like strength. I will absolutely be buying this again.

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Photo of adamette
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 1 pint, 6 fl. oz bottle that I bought for $7.19 from Siciliano's in Grand Rapids, MI during a recent trip there. Poured into my Piraat tulip glass. No observed "best by" date. 10.0% ABV

A Pours a translucent golden yellow that glows a bright yellow in front of direct light. There is a one inch head but that disappeared too quickly and now appears as a single ring around the top of the beer. On the positive side it reminds me of Piraat (and not just because of the glass!) but on the negative side this is a bit boring looking. No lacing but a bit of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. 3.0

S Nice Belgian yeast and malt smells that I expect and I was not disappointed. The trouble is that it is not that distinctive as it has an aroma of a basic (but delicious smelling...don't get me wrong) tripel. 3.5

T The good yet lack of a distinctive smell turned out to be highly suggestive of the taste and feel as there is a nice sweet malt and Belgian yeast taste with moderate carbonation. The nice sweet malt and alcohol taste lingers in the aftertaste and this is welcomed and desirable but it is rather standard of any of the better triples. This is certainly a good tasting tripel but not more than that in my opinion. 4.0

M As mentioned, moderate carbonation is welcome and present and there is a minimal syrupy stickiness that is also present and exemplary of the style. 3.5

D Fair to good again. The high ABV dictates that it is a sipper but it has a good taste and reasonable other qualities to make it better than fair for the style. 3.5

Notes: A solid tripel but it does not capture my imagination or inspire very much. There are better options out there but I will say that it is affordable, about $3.60 per tulip glass.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- An ever so slightly hazy golden liquid with a splotchy, thin white head.

S- Apples, pears, cooked vegetables, honey, and white bread. Right in there for the style.

T- Surprisingly sweet with a noticeable alcohol presence. The fruitiness really comes out here as well as does a floral essence.

M- Has a bit of a carbonation bite and has a bit of heat on it after the swallow from the alcohol.

D- Well, for a 10% triple, this does hide the alcohol better than expected. It is a little on the sweet side, but overall, it drinks decently.

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Photo of sirdrinkwell
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: this ale pours a light and bright autumnal ruby with pale head.

s: muted spices present themselves to the nose along with some malty sweetness.

t: the sugary sweetness of the malt is evident immediately alongside the clear yeast presence, the belgian character is apparent.
m: clean, dry, crisp.

d: i'd say this is a fairly drinkable beer for something coming in at 10% alc. its certainly not as heavy as i initially expected it would be. while not the best brew i've ever tasted, i don't think its all that bad either.


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Photo of roblowther
3.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A new one to the TX scene, as far as I know. Pours clear luminous gold and as headless as the horseman who regains popularity about every time this year. Smells of apricots, peaches, brown sugar, and bananas. Taste is banana phenols up front then a rich caramel finish. Not complex but what it does, it does well. Mouthfeel is slick and more carbonated than it looks. Drinkability is good. Its a well-balanced brew and the alcohol just shows up as a warmth later. Both signs of one I'll easily finish. David, you can be my brother any time.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on 10-23-09

Pours a clear golden orange color, with the slightest film of head and small bits of lacing.

Smell is light and fruity, almost boring. Not adjuncty or harsh at all, and actually quite enjoyable.

Taste is very sweet, with a strong alcohol edge. Nowhere near as light as the smell would indicate. The syrupy sweetness sticks to the palate, and lasts forever.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, with low carbonation to accentuate the fact.

Drinkability is decent, but the sugary booze is a kick to the system.

Overall, not worth $9 a bomber.

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 22oz bomber at about 40 degrees.
Appearance - Shows a clear copper in the pint with a lacey white froth.
Smell - Sweet & malty with a slight spice and fruity ester scent. The Belgian candy sugar definitely comes across on the nose, but not overpowering. Also possesses a barnyard-like yeastiness.
Taste - Pretty much everything that came across on the nose with a slight citrus & spice hoppiness.
Drinkability - There is no mistake that this is an American version on a Belgian Triple. The mouthfeel was good and smooth with a fine warming from the 10%abv. Again, this brew is a valiant effort, but can't quite stand up to it's Belgian counterparts.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It's a Belgian tripel with rough edges, a bit of harsh burn, and a cloying aftertaste. There, all the criticism is out of the way.

It's a decent looking brew, pouring a sticky hazy orange with a foamy head.

Aroma is solid, with lots of sticky toffee, rich burnt malt, and some fruit esters. Alcohol is quite present though.

Taste is only a hint of what the aroma offered. It's sticky and overly cloying. Some metallic twang, and a crisp fruitiness of apple or pear. This is just too slow of a sipper, and not a good use of my sobriety. It's a big beer, without the drinkability of a big beer.

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Photo of goethean
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served at 55F from a British pub glass. Light gold.

Lots of typical Chimay-like Belgian esters. Some maltiness hiding behind the esters. Very slight hops bitterness. I did not get the fruit profile that other reviewers got from this beer. Not sure why, but it ain't there. Surprisingly, since I really love this brewery's other offerings, but Id pass on this one.

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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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