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

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: 679 |  Reviews: 370
Photo of yemenmocha
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden, slight haze, thin head that doesn't last. Nose reminds me of a mead that I had recently, honeyed with some lighter fruits in the mix. Palate is sugary sweet, pears, peaches, apricot, and noticeable alcohol on the finish. Seems to be a cross between a golden ale and a tripel to me.

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Photo of echdk3
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 1pt, 6oz bottle into a New Belgium snifter

A_Golden red translucent, thin white porous head. Rising bubbles are lively. Head thins to halo

S_Funky. Alcohol, ripe apples. Average pungent

T_Apples apples apples and funk. A bit earthy, although a bit one-dimensional

M_Medium carbonation, a little light on the body

D_Alcohol really shines though in all its glory. Low repeatability

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Photo of kaseydad
3.16/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My bottle didn't come with the fancy wax so that may have been my first clue. For a Tripel there is almost no head to speak of. Hopefully the bottle was not roached but I trudge forward. Appearance is a caramal with sediment flowing freely throught the bottle and glass. The alcohol is there but is very nicely masked which could get daddy in trouble. As it warms the complex nature of the beer springs forward. A mild (sort of unpleasant) aftertaste is present after each sip. I am not a huge fan of Anderson Valley and this did little to sway into buying more of their beers.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a clear reddish gold with one finger of beige foam.

Aroma of sweet malts, Belgian yeast, white grapes, bananas, bubble gum, and a good amount of booziness. Actually too much.

The taste is sharp with a sour fruitiness to it. Bananas, dark ripe fruit, and the warm booziness of the alcohol.

Light-to-medium bodied, a bit sticky, with a moderate carbonation.

Not bad. A tad too boozy. I'd like to try this one after a bit of aging.

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Photo of Vendetta
2.46/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Original Rating Date:
October 11, 2008

Pours clear yellowish but a bit darker, good doughey head. Taste is totally off, this does not strike me as a true tripel. Lots of vinous flavor here that reminds me more of a quadrupel despite the coloring. Some dark fruits, this beer is a contradiction. I'm also feeling some hoppy bitterness on the palate. This beer is more of a clusterfuck, pardon my language, than anything. It's not all bad but not what I expected when I was looking for a good tripel. Taste at your own risk.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.92/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is missing something. Clear amber pour. No matter how hard I tried, I could not coax a head out of this beer. Aroma is spicy and malty, but weak. Taste was musty yeast, spice, and lots of alcohol. Thick mouthfeel with a sticky finish. Good, but there are much better tripels out there.

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


Poured a golden color with a medium fizzy white head that mostly diminished with fair lacing. Moderate spicy citrus and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture and lively carbonation. Medium balanced flavor with a heavy bitter sweet alcohol finish of moderate duration.

Interesting but not a standout brew.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.9/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a light amber with a massive head Nose has some spiciness on top of sweet malts and light hops. The spiciness provides a nice touch to the taste. The beer was very heavy on the alcohol taste. It is not covered well at all. It really just kicks you in the teeth. The alcohol brings down the drinkability and its just not enjoyable to drink. The only beer from Anderson Valley I was not impressed with.

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Photo of Hophead101
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

drank at home on 9.12.08. poured from bottle into wide mouth glass.

good looking beer. pours a hazy orangy brown, which clears up after the pour. has an awesome off white head but dissipates almost immediately. it has a great belgian-esque smell, malty alcohol smell. good balance, orangy citrus smell as well.

initial taste is crisp and a bit carbonated. very malty, and the taste lingers a bit. floral and citrus tastes all combined together in the flavor. taste hits up front and top of the mouth, taste goes away quickly, but there is a lingering taste primarily on the roof of the mouth.

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

22oz waxed bottle.

Pours a dark and cloudy amber color with a very small sized head. Aromas of bananas and spices. Sweet. Bready and pear tastes on top of the bananas and spices. Light alcohol in the finish but not giving away the 10%.

Notes from 1/23/05

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Photo of rustan
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from a 22oz bottle. Transparent light honey in color Thin vanishing white head. No lace

Smell/Taste- candied apple, alcohol, yeast, dry finish

Mouthfeel - pleasing, hearty

I'm partial to the style and this is a solid representation but not quite up to my expectations

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Photo of Douglas88
3.32/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from the Utah State Store. Pours a deep amber color with a medium white head. The aroma is very sweet; loads of caramel and candies. The taste was simple but nice; lots of sweet flavors, some light hops, a bit of sweet fruit, and overall an simple, but enjoyable brew. A bit of warmth, but not overpowering.

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Photo of bifrostguard
2.83/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Light brown color with a small off white head.

S - Sweet candied fruit aroma with some alcohol

T - Not my cup of tea. This is just a bit too far on the sweet end for me. Apple, pear, and some very apparent alcohol.

M - Medium bodied but leaves a stickiness from the sweetness.

D - Not my style. I'm moving on to the next one.

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Photo of Offa
3.26/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This is a fairly good tripel to me but hardly great.

Copper, it has almost no head and only small off-white foam immediately dissipating to a weak ring of bubbles.

The aroma is musky, slightly meaty raisins and grapes, caramel, malt and grain.

The taste is malty and with strong musky grape sweetness, grain, caramel, wine, with a buttery quality and feel that is more pronounced near the finish. It has a slight barleywine quality, resembling English barleywine a bit more than it some tripels or say a doppelbock. There is only a weak hint of bitterness yet a clear alcoholic character. It doesn't compare to Westmalle or some others and lacks drinkability.

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

Some orange with a little gold mixed in the color. Completely clear except for the bubbles. White head, not much retention, really small amount of lacing. Not a good look, for this venerated style at least.

Aromas of fruits, sweet but pale malts, and a tiny little spiciness. Not enough power or enticement to bring it up.

One-dimensional ale, with grassy hops leading light, fruity flavors including pear and apple; pale malts are very sweet and sticky, to a cloying degree almost from the get-go. Lots of candi sugar here.

Big abv lends a sort of low-brow appeal to this one: if it weren't for the price tag this would appeal greatly to a 40-oz. fan. Big sweetness masks the alcohol, but only to a certain extent. As it warms, the mouthfeel grows thick and treacly sweet, sticky.

Not much of a Belgian brew - the tripel is an easy style to have slip from your grasp, and this one amplifies the worst characteristics while ignoring or sublimating the great.

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Photo of RodBurg
2.53/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear copper color with mininal head that doesn't stick around. No lacing.

Smells of sweet fruit, apple, pear, and a little spice.

Very sweet from beginnging to end. Apple, pear, nutty yeast, and some spice. Finish is sweet and tart fruits. Less carbonation than I expected from the style.

Not a huge fan of this one. Way too sweet. I really hate wasting beer, but not too sure if I can finish the bottle.

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear, deep golden orange with a modest head and no lacing or visible carbonation.

S - Sweet dried fruits, e.g., peach, mango.

T - Has a tropical fruit swing going on that's rather appealing. Can taste apricots, pumpkin pie spice, and a bit of the alcohol on the crisp finish.

M - Deliciously creamy with modest carbonation in support. Very nice.

D - Well, at 10% ABV it's an ale to take your time with - quite potent.

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2.88/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into my beautiful Koningshoeven glass - purchased in California and flown back to Colorado.

A - Even an aggressive pour yields little head (could be a result of the travel). Lacing doesn't exist apart from a pencil line white rim. Color is good with light golden amber.

S - Over ripened apples, Plums, lots of sweet and spice. I pick up some heat from the alcohol.

T - Taste is similar to smell more on the spicy side than sweet and fruity. A little raisin, tart apple and some hop. Hops really break through after a little warming, as does the heat from the alcohol.

M - Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is really good and soft. No obnoxious pop on the mouth, just a smooth fluid transition.

Drinkability is ok. not the best Triple I've experienced but it'll do the trick.

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

22oz bomber poured into a tulip

Pours a clear, orange body that sits underneath a slightly off-white head that faded rather quickly.

Hints of candied grapefruit, alcohol, clove, and fresh cut grass. Hoppier than I expected.

Taste mimics the nose, only a tad spicier. The clove and spicy hops really add a bit of a bite. Alcohol is very noticeable.

Medium bodied, adequate carbonation. Not as creamy as I would have liked. A little rough.

I didn't have much of a problem drinking this guy. On the spicy side, but pretty tasty.

A tough style to nail. Not a ground breaking tripel, but pretty good in my book.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.17/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the golden wax dipped versions. Apparently they arn't wax dipping this anymore.

A- A darker golden color, but at the same time very very clear. The head came and went, quickly.

S- Dark fruits, dates, raisins, and cherry. I also smell a hint of vanilla. I can also slightly smell the alcohol fumes.

T- There was a dark molasses taste that mixed with the fruit taste. The alcohol taste is very much there as well.

M- This is a bit thicker then I would have expected.

D- Despite the alcohol taste this is pretty east to drink.

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

22-ounce bomber poured into a chalice yields a red amber body with a glow of golden highlights and a finger of ivory foam that quickly recedes to a ring that leaves a scattered bit of lacing.

The smell is plummy with a bit of caramel laden with alcohol, but not at all boozy. There's a bit of pineapple and a touch of pale malt with a spicy note.

The taste is rich and malty with a fruity tone. A touch of grapefruit and lemon zest join a bit of banana that is more a feeling than a taste at first, but one that comes forward as the drink warms a bit. Caramelly malt flavors dominate the initial taste, but are quickly overtaken by the fruitiness of the drink. A bit of warming in the tummy reminds me that this is a beefy 10% ABV tripel.

The drink is smooth, medium-bodied, and well-carbonated. Nicely drinkable.

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

A: Poured a clear, rusty orange with a slight, frothy ivory colored head that quickly settled. Visible carbonation was very faint.

S: a light yeastiness of tangerines and some apples. Overall the aroma was very faint and a little disappointing.

T: The initial flavor yielded citric, tart oranges with a sharp acidity and alcohol fusels. There was some apple cider, honey melon and musky oranges along with a dry bitterness. The alcohol of 10%abv was definitely detected in the finish and was hot, spicy and dry. Overall the flavor was moderate but lacked the complexity and yeastiness most associated per style. Finishes with a lingering dry alcohol burn and fade.

M: light, oily, and slick, extremely smooth and silky with hardly a trace of carbonation.

D: A noticeable alcohol burn on the finish hinders drinkability. A lack of complexity and yeastiness also limits enjoyment and is only average going down. Ok, but not one I would probably go out and buy again.

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Photo of woemad
3.09/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber purchased at Bottles in Millwood, WA, for $5.49. No freshness date.

Poured a somewhat clear, burnt orange color - too dark for the style - with a 3/4 inch of white foam atop the beer. Spotty lace.

Fruity and spicy in the nose, along with an earthy scent.

Like the nose, this has a fruity aspect to it's taste, though it's balanced by some spicy notes. Where it comes up short is in the volume of the flavors. They need to be amped up. There's a mild dryness at the swallow.

Too thick in the body, though the mouthfeel does retain that effervescence often found in beers of the style.

Drinkable when only contemplating one bottle, I wouldn't want any more than that in a sitting. This is too thick and too bland for the style. but there are so many better authentic Tripels out there that I don't feel the need to try this again. Next time I buy an American "Brother", it'll be Brother Thelonius.

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Photo of phishgator
3.02/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The brew is a rubish/amber color with a white head. Carbonation is medium and the clarity is quite clear. The aroma is of sugar candies and musky straw. There is a sweet maltiness to the lips followed by a strong syrupy mix of hops, alcohol, and fruit. The body is full, but the coating from the thcikness is not enjoyable. Just a lot different from what you expect a Triple to be, even if it's a US brewer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in April of 2006

A - Poured out a cloudy, gold color with a small, fizzy, white head that left some lace.

S - It smelled fairly fruity (apple and pears) and some citrus notes.

T - This had an odd mix of fruit and citrus flavors (orange peel, apple). Also, had some candy sugar and yeast flavors.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an easy drinking beer, but a somewhat unusual taste for a tripel.

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Brother David's Triple Abbey Style Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 36.2% out of 100 with 679 ratings
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