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

Brother David's Triple Abbey Style AleBrother David's Triple Abbey Style Ale
680 Ratings
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 MrHungryMonkey
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose is fruity and sour, softly malty. Apricot/apple fruit with peppery yeasty spice. Smells pretty good.

Pours clear apple juice/honey color, mild head. Looks pretty good.

Amazingly fruity - apple juice, apricot, pear, plum, so on - with nice Belgian yeast spice - white pepper, some coriander, and some clove. Nice oily/soft mouthfeel is somewhat nutty. Mildly sweet with soft honey and soft roasted sugar. Very soft alcohol. Mostly honey-apple tasting. Finishes slightly dry, somewhat honey sticky. Tastes pretty good. Feels pretty good. Pretty good drinkability.

Soft and sweet is the balance of this brew. Nice yet soft peppery spicy yeastiness provides an accompanying flavor, but never steals the show. Soft, fruity, and pleasant, this could be described nicely as a soft Triple, or rudely as a weak-tasting Triple, either way, it is highly drinkable and very enjoyable.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium copper color with a thin, rapidly diminishing white head. A bit darker than many tripels.

Smell is really good on this beer, unfortunately it is far and away the best part about it. Light caramel maltiness with a healthy dose of alcohol. Bready yeast aroma as well. Think caramel popcorn meets fruitcake.

Grainy flavor with a bunch of alcohol and fruity notes...pineapple, muscadine grapes and pears. It's more than slightly sweet with a sugary finish. Has a somewhat creamy feel to it. I enjoyed this beer, especially the aroma. A whole bomber to myself might be a but much, but I think it is a decent American Tripel. I would not be opposed to buying another one sometime down the road.

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Photo of Kromes
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper color with a thick, dense head that left some good lacing on the glass. Head died down rather quickly. There are sweet malt and bready yeast aromas with citrus, clove and spice aromas way in background. Not as aromatic as some tripels, had to spin the glass a little to get to some of the aromas to come out. This tripel seems more malty than others I have had and there is a nice bready yeast flavor up front. Then the alcohol warmth and flavors set in with the fruit and clove flavors. The beer did finish kind of quick, there are some lingering faint clove and alcohol flavors, but I was hoping for maybe a little bit more. It still has a very good flavor. Mouthfeel is good, about the right carbonation for a tripel. It's an above average beer. There are so many great tripels out there, that it is hard to stack this one up against them. I would definitely recommend it as it is tasty, but I might reach for something else if it was available.

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Photo of elniko
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into Duvel tulip. No date markings on bottle.

A: Poured with surprisingly little head, high carbonation apparent. Rich amber coloring. Pretty solid looking.

S: Nice Belgian yeastiness, I pick up some alcohol notes as well. For a Tripel pretty average in the nose.

T & M: I found this Tripel to be balanced toward the sweet malty side. The dry fruity textures that I would expect are not really there. Mouthfeel quite thick and coating, I would liked it be just a tad lighter.

D: As with most Tripels, quite drinkable despite ABV. Don't think I'll be seeking again.

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

Just arrived in Dallas. I gave this beer a very vigorous pour, but only got a very airy, very slight head that immediately faded away. The color is dark brandy, mostly clear. The nose is yeasty-fruity, not unpleasant, with a faint faint spiciness. It has a fairly sweet flavor, backed with a honeyish fruitiness. The phenols are more prominent here, giving a band-aid type character. But it blends together poorly, overall. A rather weak effort from from this brewery.

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Photo of ballewblake
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into my Duvel tulip.

One finger off white head doesn't last in the time I rough pour it to sitting down. Semi-transparent light amber body with a ring of foam bordering the brew is all that is left of a head. Nose resembles honey and spices. Taste is sweet up front, but not too much, bitter on the finish, with some heat and ethanol fuming off your tongue. Some honey flavors here too, mead like, then the carbonation flattens out the flavor in the back. Good carbonation and balance on the tongue, though I'd prefer the alcohol being hidden better, its just too noticed. Not a horrible triple by any means, I'd buy this again.

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

Pours a bright and clear amber color, with a decent white head.

Aromas are pretty sugary and sweet. A light caramel smell and some lemony citrus.

Taste is clean, with some light sugary sweetness. A light dry feel, and a finish of nice hoppy and yeast spice flavors. Mostly crisp, with some lemon citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel is nice, good carbonation, and a good overall crisp and full feel.

Drinkability is good. Not sure why this beer doesn't get better rankings. I think it's a pretty solid Triple, that goes down pretty easy for a high ABV beer.

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Photo of fostwal
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a really smooth triple ale. It is a really clear dark amber color. The thing that strikes me most is how smooth it is. Not hoppy, but you can taste the hops. Not very malty, but you can taste the malt. It is a very well crafted and balanced brew. It has a light mouthfeel as it is lightly carbonated. The main thing is that is its very drinkable. It goes down really well any time.

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Photo of AChamberlain
4.12/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honey orange color. Almost no head. Come on.

Sweet, yet a bit of skunk in the nose. Candy flavor.

Dryingly sweet. Candy sugar. Bit of wheat in the finish. Flavorful. A delicious triple. A little bit buttery. Vanilla, a touch.

Some fizzyness, yet more subdued than I was expecting. Great mouthfeel.

The ten percent is hidden very well. A very nice triple.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not the best tripel out there but a solid brew

appearance: nice amberish pale color

smell: slight fruit, slight banana notes

taste: loaded alcohol and sweet flavor

mouthfeel: medium to light bodied and blanaced

drinkability: overall a decent tripel but there are better out there.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter-like glass. Clear amber with lots of champagne sized bubbles. A small head that quickly disappears into a ring of not quite lace. Aroma of berries with some graininess. Starts out sweet with a bit of cloves. Somewhat unpleasant alcohol middle. Mouthfeel is medium tilted toward light. Slightly saccharine finish and aftertaste.

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Photo of smanders
2.53/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - bright copper with a thin head that lasted seconds. No lacing.

Smell - alcohol and sweet malt.

Taste - malt followed by the warming effect of alcohol. Not much flavor to this one.

Mouthfeel - slick

Drinkability - below average. A poor example of the flavorful Triple Belgian style. Too much alcohol masks the taste and flavors that make this style an icon of beer.

It did have a nice label, though...

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Photo of froghop
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy amber-orange with a small white head, and some lacing.

smell is faint, fruit, a touch of caramel, and a touch of citrus.

taste is dry, fruit, some sour malt, and a little citrus, end is dry.

not too memorable, this rating is taken from my notes and i don't really remember it much

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

Poured from a bottle into a hotel glass. It pours a copper color with 1/2 inch almost-white head that reduced to a nice lacing. No sediment is visible and carbonation is readily noticed.

The aroma is primarily a yeasty/bread combination. There are some notes of banana and cloves present, as well.

The taste is similar to the aroma with a yeasty flavor and significant alcohol. There is a banana bread flavor overall, mixed with EtOH.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with good carbonation. There is a crisp/spiciness at the finish combined with mild dryness. It is fairly smooth.

Overall, this was a good beer but significant room for improvement. There was decent balance but a bit too much alcohol and not quite enough flavor. Overall, worth a try.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours an orange color with an off-white head that leaves a ring of lace around the glass.

S- The aroma is phenolic with lot of fruit and hints of spices and some yeast.

T- The taste features some pale malt, apples and pears, spices and some yeast and a warming finish from the alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is definitely a sipper due to the high alcohol, but a pretty solid Triple. It isn't anything mind blowing, but a tasty beer that is worth a shot. Recommended!

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Photo of Lambstrong
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear coper color with a white head that pretty much lasts for 20 seconds. Not a whole lot in the way of lacing. I thought the color was off for this style of ale.

Aroma: Only a slight spicy aroma. The phenol aroma overpowers any bouquet the brewer may have tried to put forth.

Taste: There's the spices! Very pleasant balance of spiciness and sweetness. I was worried up to this point that the brewer mislabeled the ale., but it is definitely a Triple once you taste it.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated. The sweetness hits you on the front of the tongue and the carbonation hits you in the back of the throat.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A light molasses color with a virtually non-
existant head, thus no lacing (pet peeve). I
am a sucker for the proper amount of carbon-
ation, though my proper amount is sometimes
consider a bit on the heavy side.

S: The aroma is sweet like bubble gum and a
hint of grape

T: The taste is sweet as the aroma suggests.
Though I've found this style to have an
inherent sweetness, this amount of sweet is
borderline too much for me.

M: There is a good mouthfeel, not as syrupy as
I anticipated but not watery either, a nice
middle ground is achieved in this brew.

D: This is a pretty drinkable beer partiuclarly
with a meal/dessert. I might not consider it
as drinkable if its sweetness was left to
stand without the accompaniment of food.

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Photo of Psilo707
3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish tinted hazy golden-amber in the mug, with very little lacing and very little head. The smell is one of citrus and lemon, probably the most positive aspect about this beer.

Taste is way too sweet and the alcohol content is easily noticeable. The aftertaste is pretty nice though and lingers around for a bit.

Mouthfeel is light and watery. Drinkability is also mediocre due to the sweetness and intensity.

Overall not that great. Buy a real Triple elsewhere.

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Photo of TheMistler
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy golden brown brew pours with a head composed of bubbles of many sizes, though none of them minute. Retention is not quite what I expect from a Belgian style, but not bad, and the head settles to a creamy if incomplete cap with a good sized ring. A wee bit of drapery lacing here and there.

A pretty sweet nose, with only some that being candied. Citrus and banana. Caramel malt, white bread dough. Dusty yeast. Clove, and then some alcohol heat lighting up your nostrils a bit towards the end of the aroma.

Honey, some citrus, and banana that plays with tangy yeast. Candied fruit notes again. White bread. The taste doesn't seem too nuanced to my palate.

The feel is a bit thicker and heavier than I generally anticipate from a triple. Some crisp CO2, then very creamy.

Not bad. Too sweet. I've not been impressed with either of the Brother David brews I've tried.

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Photo of magine
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this brew into a wine glass - all i had.

Pours a deep copper color with no head, some lacing.

The brew smells of banana and citrus - some alcohol in the scents.

The beer is sweet - to sweet for my me to some degree. very fruity and some yeasts. To much alcohol comes through in the tastes.

The beer is good - not great. To sweet and too much alcohol for me in the tastes. Not a bad brew to has every once in a while. But there are much better takes on the style.

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Photo of ironarrow42
4.12/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Colour is pale amber and clear. The near-white inch of foam dissipates to a thin layer and collar. Aroma is yeasty with a clove note, some mild grainy malt and light fruitiness.

Moderately full body with a very smooth texture. Yeasty & bready up front, with some tasty clove & fruity notes (Juicy Fruit & a little banana suggest themselves) and light, biscuity malt showing up. Bitterness is mild, but there's a drying edge to the finish with a tangy character as well. Hint of coriander seed. Flavourful and refreshing - very drinkable, especially for 10% ABV!

Seems to want some artisan bread & butter and maybe some mild, soft cheese to pair with it.

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Photo of farrago
2.82/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Minute head, islands of very large bubbles pool together here and there, same basic story for the lacing. Metallic zinc orange in color, you'd expect it to glint in the sun, barely moves to a lighter yellow-tinged color around the rims. Molten caramel, clove spice, candied oranges, banana as well as prune, plum, date and apricot fruit scents, as well there's a component of wet iron, metallic sweat and the dirt floor of a cold, damp unfinished basement. Medium-bodied, is not quite in control of its sweetness hence you get a scattershot of floral dew, tangerine, orange, grapefruit citrus, caramel and toffee, apple pie and cobbler styled peach, pear, apricot fruit. And that banana custard too. Yeasty too, clings to the mouth pores. Carbonation is weak. The clove and nutmeg spice more muted and less effectual. Only a trace of grassiness. The sweetness does release an inch as it ends so it's more perfume and the tongue can move freely once more. Maybe it could serve as a literal dessert beer.

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Photo of bum732
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden yellow leaving a nice head. Smells of clove and nutmeg belgian ale spiciness, some caramel. Tastes of spicy clove like maltness up front, followed by a dryness with some alcohol near the end. Finishes dry. Decent carbonation, a little thin on the malt profile for the style.

A nice beer, one of the better american tripels. Nice spiciness from the yeast, very nice malt profile, although the color is a little off for the style. Pretty sweet, but a nice dryness at the end. Much better than Golden Monkey.

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Photo of klewis
2.45/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a slightly hazy caramel color with a small halo of foam - fitting. No lacing.

S: Very sweet smelling. Aromas of banana and tropical fruits with light esters. Already, I can tell that this will be too sweet.

T: Yep. Cloying and obnoxiously sweet. An out of place white wine flavor/acidity mixed with the flavor of tropical life savers. Too much candi sugar.

M: Medium-bodied with lighter than normal carbonation. Bone dry.

D: Drinkable, but just barely. Way too sweet for more than just a few sips.

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Photo of Gavage
3.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy orange color with a wispy head despite a vigourous pour. No lacing develops.

Smell: yeast and ripe fruit sweetness is up front. Some spiciness is soft but noticable.

Taste: mild caramel, yeast, pepper, green apples, grapes, and some mild earthiness. A bit of dryness arrives late. Alcohol is mildly detectable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is long as the yeast and pepper rides the tongue a while.

Drinkability: decent beer. One bomber is enough for me, but this beer is worth a look.

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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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