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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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: Clear golden. Not much of a head.
smell: Sweet, a bit of fruit and some spice. A Tripel and an somewhat nondescript.
taste: tasty, but a bit run of the mill. sweet, bready malts.
overall: Disappointed frankly. Liked the Dubbel better. Not bad by any means, but nothing to go out of your way for.

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Photo of tlazaroff
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I actually get a lot of banana off of this one. A bit of yeast and a doughiness to. Doesn't really smell like a traditional triple, no alcohol on the nose whatsoever.

Orange in color, perfectly clear, and a tannish/white head that falls into the beer quickly and leaves no lacing.

No banana in the flavor. Instead, I get a nice bready/doughy flavor. Hints of pepper in the background and a LOT of alcohol burn.

Full bodied and low carbonation make this a very strange triple. I don't think this one is jiving with me. It tastes alright, but the expectations were not met.

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Banana, clove, mild spices and orange citrus. Alcohol is barely detectable. Moderate lighter malts. Very smooth and pleasant aroma.

Appearance: Gold in color. High clarity. Lots of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass for a long time. Pours a medium off-white head, dissipates leaving a paper-thin layer. Mild lacing.

Taste: Banana, clove, pepper and spices. Mild phenols. Mild orange citrus. More alcohol as the drink warms up.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, mild bite from the carbonation. Creamy and very oily. Slightly warming from the high ABV.

Overall: Decent. If anything it's a bit mild overall. A bit less bite from the spice and more bold and complex malt flavor would be nice.

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Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
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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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.21/5  rDev -7%
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 -10.1%
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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Photo of AgentMunky
3.83/5  rDev +11%
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 smakawhat
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
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 -19.4%
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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Photo of rudzud
2.32/5  rDev -32.8%
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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Photo of Hex92
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
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 -9.9%
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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Photo of seand
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
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 StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
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 Holland
2.74/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a copper orange color with an off-white head. Looks closer to a dubbel. Head has great retention after it settles down.

S: very sweet, something metallic. There are some fruit notes, but it's very metallic in smell.

T: tastes sweet at first, then sort of metallic and fruity, and finally it's bitter. Very bitter. A slight hint of alcohol at most.

M: too thick for a great tripel. Good carbonation, though. It's just barely off the mark here.

O: meh. The metal threw me off, but it's decent. Has a good burn on the back end. I think it was $6 for a 22 oz. Probably won't buy again.

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Photo of BB1313
3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a little darker than expected, more copper and not golden; weak head and lacing, but nice color. Smells like tons of apples and pears, along with some funk. Apple and pear are dominant in the flavors as well. Lots of candied sugars. Very sweet, but not overboard. Far from cloyingly sweet. There's a touch of grass and earthiness. Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and pretty smooth. At 10% ABV, this is really easy to drink; alcohol goes unnoticed.

As far as tripels brewed here in the US goes, this is pretty good and I'd have no problem enjoying in the future.

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Photo of casualfan
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a bit of a disappointment to me. Tripels are my favorite style of beer, so I had been saving this example to sample on just the right occasion. The night before New Year's Eve? What could be more perfect.

Poured into a Chimay chalice, what little head there was dissipated very quickly. The color was the typical golden that I would associate with this style of beer. The smell had some of the Belgian yeast aroma that I was looking for, but it seemed one-dimensional in comparison to the best beers in this style (Westmalle is my favorite.) Unfortunately, the taste was overwhelmingly dominated by, well, alcohol. This is certainly a beer where you taste the 10.00%! The bottle I had was so hot that I only got a hint of the yeast and spiciness that I was looking for in a tripel.

I have a second bottle, and I will leave it alone for a year or so to see if anything improves. It was reasonably priced at 5 or 6 bucks for a 22 ounce bomber, but I would hesitate to pay even that if it doesn't improve with age.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A crisp reddish-orange body with modest head in the widest surface allowed by the snifter in which it was poured.

S - Alcohol, bananas, plums, and bubble gum.

T - Pale malts accented by a classic fruity estered Belgian yeast. This is a good tasting triple.

M - Very tiny abrasive bubbles that really allow the flavors to come through.

~ This is a good beer. I would certainly recommend this to a friend. I cellared one of the four bottles that came in the four pack. I plan to drink it a year from now. The rest of the four pack won't make it that long.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with an orange tint, smallish white head, fades fast but leaves a thin cap on top for a little while longer, not much lacing on the glass.

Smell has a nice aroma of clove, coriander and some other spices, nice malt backing keeps things evenhanded, for 10% I expected to pick up some phenolic scent but surprisingly it was lacking.

Taste starts out with a strong malt front, the spicing kicks in afterwards, not overly spiced but enough to add some character, Belgian candied sugar is represented but it's not as strong as it could be, definitely can pick up the alcohol even though it was unobserved in the nose.

Decent Triple, although I think I'd prefer it if it was a couple points less in strength. But I'll support any brewery that uses renewable energy sources (as the cap says solar powered).

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Photo of Philousa
2.22/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a tawny, golden orange. Sits clear with little head in the tulip glass. Banana, spices, nothing but Belgian yeast in the nose. Big banana flavor, tart green apple, lots of candied sugar flavors. I get a little biscuit, but it's overpowered through a bitter, sour sugar aftertaste. This gets to be sickening towards the end of the bottle. The viscous feel of the beer is also off putting, as I associated it with the sugary aftertaste. Finish is very dry.

If you couldn't tell from the description, I didn't like this beer. The aroma started out well, but the taste and mouthfeel just brings this beer down too much for me to give it a good review. I couldn't get over the lack of complexity and the candy flavor just pounded my taste buds beyond recognition. The thickness just made me sick after a while, reminding me of cough syrup. A Tripel should be light and complex, this was anything but.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Notes from 10/15/11 review:

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a foamy off-white head with minimal lacing.

S - Apricots, peaches, apple sauce, banana bread, oranges, spice, doughy yeast, slight phenolic plastic with a sweet pale malt backdrop.

T - Spiced apples, sugary malt, heavy on the apricot, pureed peaches, sugary pale malt, spicy cherry alcohol on the finish.

M - Firm medium body with low carbonation.

This one is on the hot side. Lots of nice stone fruit along with a descent yeast strain but the alcohol tends to get in the way of everything.

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

Expecting my tripels to be hoppy bitter, malty sweet, with a dry finish., this (Orange brown colour, ok head, good lacing, good carbonation) was far more sweet and alcoholic than I like.
That said , it's still drinkable enough. It's strong, with a spicy bite (that's good). It's got some complexity with the citric notes in the background.
Still... I can't help but think this brew would be better if 1 or 2 % of the abv. was sacrificed, so less sugar had to be added in the proces, for the purpose of booze.

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Photo of searsclone
4.16/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet

A: bright golden copper color with no head. Medium amount of carbonation bubbles up the side of the glass. I scored it lower because there was no head.

S: sweet, honey, bread and caramel.

T: Immediate alcohol flavor, then malt, sour fruit, more alcohol, then sweet, then bread.

M: sharp carbonation, coats the tounge, very creamy.

O: very drinkable, I really like this one

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

Anderson Valley : Brother David's Tripel

Pours a clear deep golden color, little foam and lace. Aroma is full of estery Belgian yeast, fruity and sweet smelling. In the taste, sweet fruity yeast, Belgian candi sugar, solid malt backbone of pale and crystal malts, and little hop bitterness. Alcohol has a moderate presence throughout and the beer is warming. Medium bodied feel, well carbonated and finishes pretty clean. Overall, a nice Belgian style ale.

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Photo of sdsurfer217
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Brilliant Amber colored with a nutty-white head, about 2 fingers worth. Medium amount of carbonation.

S: Sweet aromas, little bit of bread/biscuit, hints of banana, orange, almost a medicinal quality.

T: Sweet malty flavors, cloves and bananas. Not much hops makes a pretty smooth beer, but balanced enough not to be extremely sweet. Very creamy taste.

M: Creamy texture, little hot, but for the most part hides the 10% pretty well. Lingering flavors of sweet biscuits.

O: Comparable to Belgium triples, it is middle of the road, but for an American triple its pretty dang good. Balanced and hides the alc pretty well, in a dangerous way. Not a beer I could drink multiple of, because of the abv and the heaviness of the beer.

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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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