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 ChrisCage
4.14/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best Before date of Jan 2017....cellared since 2012....I think....

A- This beer pours a beautiful orange/copper color and has plenty of haze due to suspended yeast.....the head isn't very thick at all and what there is, is a thin wispy film over the brew, and an added ring around the glass. Carbonation is plentiful and within many fine looking columns. As for lacing, well there just isn't any really.....average looking at best.

S- There are many small yet different hints of fruits happening.....citrus, apricot, peach and plums are the most noted varieties. There is a sticky, syrupy, jammy aroma about this one as well....most likely due to the use of Belgian candy sugars. Lots of marmalade like malt that lends hints of brown sugar and fruit zest. The finish is mildly hopped and has some tart funk, but it has really mellowed out.

T- There is quite the medley of fruits happening....even moreso than the aromas let on.....along with the aforementioned fruits, there are added flavors of banana, honeyed pear, and perhaps even dried/candied pineapple and mango....there is a candy sweetness that blends with zesty Belgian funk and mild spices of clove and nutmeg! The alcohol is there but very muted....the result of aging this beer for the past 3 or 4 years!

M/O- Velvety soft carbonation that reminds me of a spritzer......creamy medium body on the palate and the alcohol is superbly well hidden! This would be an easy drinking brew any time of the year and I believe makes a nice dessert all on it's own.....I would enjoy this one again and recommend it with good company!

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Photo of ironarrow42
4.12/5  rDev +19.4%
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 grub
4.12/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

quarterly tasting party feb 21/07 with northyorksammy, Derek, crwills, biegaman and me (grub). everyone threw in a few bottles and we had an interesting mix of beer. crwills contributed this one, so thanks to craig!

22oz bottle, topped with gold wax.

pours pale amber with a thin white head that drops almost instantly with no lace.

aroma is nice. tangerine and honey. very sweet. bit of sourness. toffee. fruity - raspberry, and maybe cherry. bubblegum.

taste is nice. medium bitterness level. bit of alcohol. fruity and sweet. honey. a bit cidery. bubblegum. tangerine and pear.

mouthfeel is good. above average carbonation. medium body.

drinkability is good. a bit too sweet for my taste, but otherwise very nice.

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Photo of AChamberlain
4.12/5  rDev +19.4%
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 Cylinsier
4.12/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours honey gold, slight haze, off-white head at half an inch dissipates to a lacing relatively quickly.

Smells of apples, white wine and bretty yeast. Some fresh grass malt dryness.

Sweet grape and apple fruitiness with lemon and coriander hints and mild dry grassy malts. Hint of sugary honey-esque flavor.

Full body with light stingy carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A really nice Belgian style ale, good flavor, hides its strength well, and has a unique profile. Liked this one a lot and would seek it out again.

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Photo of bum732
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
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 HardTarget
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Nice waxed bomber!

Aroma: Perfumed nose with just a hint of alcohol

Appearance: Orange amber glass with a thin cover of white that leaves some lace

Flavor: Main flavor is candy sugar, then a good dose of Belgian yeast, some citric rind, and a hint of spice, maybe coriander. The total package is well blended and fits together nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, almost light body.

Overall Impression: Light taste full of flavors with a noticeable alcohol kick. Still, for 10% this is easy drinking.

Big thanks to Rick and Betty for sharing the bottle!

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Photo of ksullnh
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a glass tumbler...

A: Clear, small off-white head, reddish-gold hue, with big bubbles in the head

S: Not too much smell - some alcohol, a bit of cinnamon and/or nutmeg as it warmed, some vague sugary Belgian-ness

T: Surprisingly light, and not too sweet. There was some early heat, but very smooth for 10% abv. Crisper opening and maltier finish.

M/D: Thick and silky. But still 10%, so only one of these for me.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, double, triple - life would be sad without these abbey style beers. They are a regular part of my routine. I have liked everything I've tried from Anderson Valley, and this also goes in the like category, and I will buy it again.

It has a typical taste for the style. Well balanced and not as boozy as some, and that is a good, but dangerous thing. I have a feeling that I will have more than one and later regret it. I don't think I have any beer in the house less than 7% and I feel like having a few.

A later tasting is much more boozy. This bottle may have beenn fresher/too fresh. This is a brew that should set up for a year or more.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.07/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz brown bottle not dated

Anderson Valley Brothers David’s Triple poured into my tulip glass a cloudy/hazy orange amber color with a small off-white head that dropped quickly leaving a thin film. The aroma is sweet, fruity, spicy and yeasty. The full flavor of the Brother David’s Triple matches the aroma. The flavor is dominated by candy sugar up front with enough hops so it is not too sweet and followed by a fruity and spiciness. The triple is medium bodied, has a medium-high carbonation level and a nice warming alcohol finish – not overpowering especially considering a 10% abv.

My first Anderson Valley brew and I am impressed! - A nice flavorful triple that I sure will revisit.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
4.07/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After preforming minor surgery to get the golden plastic dip of the top of this 22 oz bottle, I poured it's contents into my chalice.

It poured a hazy deep orange with hints of gold. It was almost opaque. A small foamy head rose up but quickly disappated leaving a small swirl of lacing in the center. Though hard to see there were many irregular beads of carbonation rising to the surface. The more it settled the more it resembled it's main smell and taste, honey.

Most strongly on the nose is a deep and lovely scent of honey.Also present are some slightly characteristics and some hints of spice.

The taste was initially less sweet than the nose would leed you to beleive, very spicey on the start, the orange and honey-esque flavors come in more toward the finish, the alchohol is initially hidden well, that is until the swallow when it rears it's burning head. Further down the glass the honey taste becomes even more pronounced. Yet it seems as if this sweetness intensify's the bitter hoppy aftertaste as well.

Medium bodied with a medium ammount of carbonation. The beer starts off really active and finished relativly smoothly.

A fairly drinkable beer, more drinkable if it weren't for it's high ABV which on an empty stomach is making me woozy already...time to get some grub

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Photo of xymyl
4.07/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color: deep gold/orange with a white head that falls quickly but remains as a thin layer.

Aroma: Baked apples, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, yeast, leather, smoke, vanilla, prunes, alcohol.

Taste: Super fruity but not too sweet, the balance being just slightly sweetness forward loses many expected flavors but you still get a little kick of spices enhanced by alcohol followed by perfect gentle bitterness.

Overall: A medium bodied, high alcohol, ultra drinkable, just plain awesome--yet understated beer that I can't get anywhere near here. Bittersweet, but that's life on the edge of the country. My tequila collection is really growing though.

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Photo of Sephiroth
4.07/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a tulip. It seems darker than most tripels, with a slightly off white head. The nose is of fruity, sugary, alcohol.

This is a tasty tripel. It is quite sweet. There are "green" fruit flavors which seem to be well blended and smooth. The alcohol rears its head every few sips. Mouthfeel is syrupy and coating. I could drink another one, if only I had another one. I will cellar a few of these to see where they go.

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Photo of cooter
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden-amber with a filmy/wispy, cirrus-type head that allows itself to be recalled readily. Prominent alcohol slap towards the end. Smells clean, creamy, with a hint of mandarin. Also peach, a strong-for-abbey-style hop, and general esthers in both nose and mouth. The triflest bit thin at points.

Yeast flavors towards the end were extra awesome. It was generally very sweet, heady, smooth, clear and clean; the yeast at the end tripled all these qualities save the clearness. Very flavorful and lightfooted despite 10% alcohol.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours as a nice golden yellow color, a little bit of amber in there too. The head is decent at first but fades within a few minutes. It leave just a very small amount of lacing on the glass. The aromas of Belgian yeast and some spice rise from the glass. The taste of those same aromas follow through fairly well in the flavor. The mouthfeel is a little thicker than expected, it's nice actually. A pretty good brew all around.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.04/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at vino's. Could you believe they poured us a pitcher??? The hop heads compared the smell and tastes in a pint glass versus a chalice. I preferred the smell and taste out of the pint. Not very typical of me or a trippel.

A - Light copper in color, with little head, very light in body.

S - Honey, apples, and pear esters. No smells of alcohol.

T - Honey, apple, and pear esters.

M - Pleasant, easy drinking. No alcohol aftertaste, no bitterness. The mouthfeel is hard to top on this one.

D - Definitely drinkable, but the notes I have about the appearance and drinking glasses are a bit disappointing regarding the tripel style. There should be an alternate category for American Styles using Belgian strains of yeasts.

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Photo of charlesw
4.01/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance dinged for the bottle. Sure, it's cool to have the wax, and all, but, here's some constructive criticism - how about having a string underneath the wax that you can pull on to get the wax off (by cutting it in half, eh?) quickly and easily?

Light amber, medium height, dark cream head that leaves rather quickly but with a completely covering and very lasting lace.

Smells like light caramelly, earthy malts. Yum!

Ah, the smell is right on. Light caramel, heavy malt, gently sweet, earthy tones. Tiny bit of spice in there... Maybe hints of raisiny alchool. Big plus: I'm SO glad that this doesn't have a strong cascade hops flavor to it!

Nice and thick in mouthful (as well as in flavor!). Hmm. But for the color, I could think that it was along the lines of an Eku 28. Oddly, this one tastes like it has more alcohol (it has less) and feels a bit thicker. Hmm. Maybe I should crack that other Eku 28 and compare side by side. Nah. But that would be interesting...

If it were easier to get and cost less (both of those issues are local problems) I'd drink it frequently!

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Orangish gold with an off white 2” fairly persistent, lacy foam column.

S: Belgian yeast aromas with a trace of banana and stone fruit.

T: Stone fruit, over ripe fruit, citrus. Fairly sweet with a hint of honey and light biscuit. Yeast forward. Fruit flavors are medium high, malt flavors medium to medium low, hop bitterness is low but provides a mild bitterness on the finish.

F: Medium body and above average carbonation

O: A big full flavored beer that is a touch too sweet.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on a recent visit to Rattle N Hum in Manhattan and it was among a number of Anderson Valley beers available on tap that day. Overall, a great beer and very in line with the style.

Color was a light straw, a little cloudy, good carbonation and definite belgian lacing. Very pretty and served in a perfect glass.

Aroma was sweet, fruity but also had a definite hop presence. A little more than a typical belgian tripel but it didn't detract from it. It made it more interesting. .

Taste was also very in line with the style but had a hoppy presence to it that also added to it. Unlike Anderson Valley's Dubel, which is a little strong for the style, this one is right in line and all the flavors blend very well.

Overall a great beer. I wish I came across more beers from this brewer, as I like most of what they make.

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Photo of flexabull
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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 BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is an amped up version of David Double. A little thinner and clearer in color, lesser retention, but laced well. Smells sweetly candy-like and alcoholic. Sweet fruits and spices persist in the aroma. Tastes of classic belgian candy sugar, pears, peaches, figs, dates, apples. Spices of cinnemon, clove, corriander, and mint. Mild hopping also adds to the spice, and makes the sweetness tolerable. Big firm body holds the unique belgian yeast and fermentation flavors. Carbonation is big on the toung and palate. Finishes hot, spicy, dry,and thinly sweet. A good beer, but I am interested in seeing if aging will help to mellow it out.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich pale malt scent along with a slight yeast spiciness. It has some fruity esters. The taste is good. It has a smooth pale malt flavor that is rich and warming in the finish. It goes down with ease with a dry spiciness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good beer and another quality selection from Anderson Valley. It's full flavored and easy drinking.

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Photo of hophead247
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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 jj311
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Pours a clear golden color with a small, soapy one finger off white foam head. Aromas of peach, banana, plum, pears. Starts off mellow, and Fades into earthy biscuity notes with a little spicyness and a slight carbonation tingle to top it off.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.99/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured into tulip.

A: Hazy pale amber. A lot of foam with moderate retention.
S: Honey. Spices (coriander).
T: Honey. Pineapple. Some caramel. Moderate sweetness. Moderate bitterness. A little of alcohol. Dry finish.
M: Medium to full bodied.
O: Pretty matching the style and slightly stronger. The alcoholic flavor should be more elegant, though.

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