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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok...this is a re-review of this beer simply because after sitting in my cellar for a few months, this beer seems to have mellowed and balanced nicely. Perhaps it is being released to distribution too early or maybe I'm just used to slightly older triples considering how long it takes for them to get to the shelves in Calif from their home in Belguim.
Anyway....poures a crystal clear light orange amber...just slightly lighter than the jewel amber.
Fine head melts quickly to nothing, unfortunately.
Aroma is definately belgium yeast and sweet tropical fruits. Alcohol is not so prominate now that it has aged a little bit.
Mouthfeel is creamy although slightly thin for style.
Taste is again sweet tropical fruit...tangerines....oranges...light, ripe banana...the distinctive belguim yeast I look for in this style, and then light alcohol flavors, warmth, and finally burn as you swallow.
The alcohol continues to warm for quite a while after swallowing...aftertaste is lightly sweet candy malt but definately not intense enough to be cloying at all. Just enough to make you realize they used candy sugar in the mix.
Slightly off taste as it dries in the mouth almost forcing you to take another sip.
My suggestion is definately let this one age a little (6 months<?>) before will be greatly rewarded for your patience.
NOTE: Bottle suggests a serving temp of 40 - 45 degrees F. My fridge is at 50 and so that is what I serve at. Personally I have never had anything outside of a macro below 50 degrees and generally warm beers after pouring to get everthing the aromas and tastes have to offer. I can't say how this would be at 40 - 45 degrees other than numbing.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer after my struggle with the wax/plastic sealer sets in my special triple glass a luminous copper color with the head modest in size, frothy in texture and the color a light tan, as it erodes quickly, the residual lace is thin but covers the glass nonetheless. Nose has hints of plums, over ripe and sweet, nice malt presence, also some fusel alcohol with the start sweet, and the grain profile adequate, the top is light to moderate. Finish is pertinently acidic, the hop admirable in their spiciness, desert bone dry aftertaste, a drinkable beer with a nice tummy warming from the 10 percent ABV, but maybe its just me but I was expecting something more, as Anderson Valley is a long time favorite with me.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - I guess this is what an Abbey Triple looks like. Dark amber hue with a red tone and a 1/2 inch of frothy head. Much darker than you typical triples.

S - Smells mostly of spicy yeasts, malt sugars, and a touch of sour funk. Bread smells as well but and mild ethanol like alcohol.

T - Well it's not as boozy as I expected but it seems like the spicy and lemon like aspect I see in the style is cover up by mildly fruity yeasts and sugars. Mild burn in the finish.

M - Medium to heavy its a sipper for sure. Could use a touch more carbonation though.

Overall this was an OK example of the style in fact kind of staggering since most triple's I had are 8-9% so not a bad high octane version at all.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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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Brother David's Triple Abbey Style Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
3.45 out of 5 based on 677 ratings.
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