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 Ego
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

nice bottle with the dipped rubber cap.. dont forget to dip your rubber..

little to zero head, pale golden to amber hue, clear and clean looking, sparse carbonation bubbling up from the bottom

sweet nose, tinge of alcohol is present, nothing too fascinating olefactory-wise, doesnt smell like most belgian trips...

nice body for such a light tone, a bit too sweet in the finish, a hop bite entices for a second as it slips the tongue but fades

overall a decent brew, nothing outrageous that one would expect from such a great brewery. it hides the high alcohol decently (you do feel it warming the gullet) nothing to write home about and surely not in the class of belgian trips.

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Photo of bifrostguard
2.83/5  rDev -18%
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 Fatehunter
2.82/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A nice finger of head on a clear, dark copper colored body.
The aroma is caramel, bread and candy.
A really sweet start on the taste, that continues middle to end. Kind of malty. A little alcohol heat at the end too. The sweetness is overbearing though.
A little fizzy texture, moderate carbonation and medium body.
The sweetness was too much for me. Other than that, it's fine.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
2.82/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

First Anderson Valley offering and a large disappointment. First thing I notice as I pour is that it seems to be thin as water. A very clear golden copper with thin head that dissolves like a soda and leaves nothing behind. Smell is of foul yeast, really cannot distinguish much else. Taste is actually ok, a strong malt presence, a bit of sweet sugar and some alcohol. Mouthfeel is light and thin as can be, just doesnt seem right. Overall a disappointment and wont be revisiting again.

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Photo of farrago
2.82/5  rDev -18.3%
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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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 Thorpe429
2.76/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Anderson Valley in August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a bright golden color with a nice white head and a good amount of lace rings as it goes down. Nose brings forward caramel and some spice. Some fruity esters and bread in there as well. Taste is mostly some light fruity spicing and quite a bit of booze, which really detracts from the mouthfeel. Some sweetness as well. Overall, this is quite a bit of a mess, and a big disappointment after the Dubbel, which I quite enjoyed.

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Photo of BillHilly
2.76/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a nice amber color. Head discipated fast. Very light carbonation.

Smell: Very sweet smelling, brown sugar hints and light yeast.

Taste: No where near my anticipation. Sweet with a caramel and brown sugar note. Finishes with the alcohol bite from the ABV level (10%).

Mouthfeel: Lightly effervescent, mild froth, but simply simple. This is a very plain triple.

Drinkability: Gave this beer a 2.5, and that might be a reach. Not a beer I would buy again, but would drink it if you bought it! Very plain for the price.

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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 ngandhi
2.71/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Basic and amateur, Brother David's Triple uses a reliable yeast strain to provide an immediately recognizable profile of Abbey-style triples. I hope the yeast gets a raise, because it is the only thing that put any care or attention into the making of this beer.

It seems like all the pieces are there, from barely sweet, dark crystal malt to a drying, grassy hop finish and a crisp yeastiness that accentuates the grain. Yeah, those are the pieces.

Old peppery bananas.

Lingering, leafy dried hops as authentic as anyone else's.

After a couple hours rest, a lot of the nasally numbing, vulgar volatility in this beer blows off. It tastes less and less like someone's first homebrewed strong pale ale and more like craft beer. The malt character is too simple and, though residually sweet, perhaps too far attenuated. This beer lacks the paradoxical aged freshness -- bright malt with structured, but mellowed hops -- I expect in Belgians and becomes too concerned with its cheap brandy alcohol.

But I gotta say how much fun it is to watch this beer change from a tantrum throwing toddler to boy intrigued by the first sprouts of hair in his goatee. I go from hating him to sympathizing with him by bottle's end.

Yeah, I was there. Yeah, school sucks. Yeah, the jocks will always pick on you in school. But grow up, kid.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of eclectic
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear orange/amber with a small head.. sweet and spicy aroma lures you into a sense of comfort only to be horribly disappointed by the lackluster taste that follows. Slightly sweet at first with some faint notes of fruit.. If it wasn't for the alcohol this might be somewhat enjoyable.. but even then it would just be too bland to warrant a higher rating..

Overall a lackluster example of a triple, one that I would not recommend to anyone.

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Photo of schwaeh
2.67/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dark and hazy orange color. Foamy off white head and good carbonation. This tripel is clearly filtered.

S: Smells phenolic and slightly fruity. I'm getting banana, spicy yeast, clove, light malts, clove, and some cereal grains.

T: This is boozy, first and foremost, along with a lot of sweetness. Bananas, Belgian yeast, and candy sugar are the standout flavors. This is really hoppy for a tripel, odd. The yeast is really the only thing I'm enjoying in this, it seems like some quality stuff. This stuff is really hot and sweet.

M: This has a solid body and good carbonation.

O: This is a lot sweeter, hoppier, and boozy than the other top notch tripels I've had. This clearly seems like an Americanized version of the style. I wouldn't buy this again.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.67/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Gold color pour, big open bubbles. Reeks of belgian yeast phenols and fusel alcohol.

Tastes like it smells. Belgian malt liquor be thy name. I like most AV stuff, not this.

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Photo of rkhaze
2.64/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a tea color with a medium foamy beige head that fell immediatly. No lace.
Sweet fruity bubblegum aromas. Malt, lots of overripe fruit, spice and alcohol. Little yeast presence in the finish.
Very sweet taste. Flavors followed the aroma. The flavors were ok but it was too cloying and seemed to lack in dimension and complexity. The alcohol was very upfront and didn't meld into the package well at all. Kind of harsh.
Light bodied with a sort of blah mouthfeel.Seemed to need more carbonation.
The harsh alcohol burns the throat and belly. Wouldn't have another one.
Too bad on this one because AVB is a great brewery.

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Photo of santoslhalper
2.59/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Taken from notes last night.

Poured a dark orange that resembled nothing of a tripel. Way too dark. The smell was ok, but didn't have that light fruity appeal of a normal Tripel. The flavor was sickeningly sweet and overpowering, lacking any fruitiness or spicyness like a good Tripel should have. Blah. The mouthfeelw as fine, but the high alcohlic presence really brought this one down. Dissapointing.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.55/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared with Capflu, DumDum and Lubière: Poured a light orangey color tripel with a small bubbly white head. Aroma of wheat is very weak with some light coriander and some Belgian yeast. Taste is less spicy then what I would have hoped for with a definite lack of wheat. Body is too thin for the style and carbonation is almost non-existent.

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Photo of ajwillys
2.54/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - It looks like an autumn harvest wheat. Similar to the color of vitamin pee.
Smell - strong alcohol smell, esters from the yeast are obvious
Taste - Rather bland and boring
Mouthfeel - Very dry, I feel thirstier after drinking it
Overall - Brother David's got solar energy (and a sweet 'stache). For the price, just skip it.

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Photo of mzwolinski
2.53/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

For starters, this is a pretty formidable looking bottle. Sepia print on an off-white label, with a kind of faded, wrinkled look to it. Topped off with a golden wax sealed cap. Looks old. Looks serious.

The beer itself, alas, looks limp. Fairly dark in color for the style, but the beefy-ness stops there. This beer is drastically undercarbonated, with a meager swirl struggling up from the bottom of my chalice. The poor little bubbles make a valient effort at forming something of a head, but the effort was doomed from the start, really. The top of this beer is like a protest rally that only a few people showed up to -- there's fairly few camera angles that make it look good.

The aroma, apparently, got lost on the way to the rally along with most of the CO2. Some faint hints of candi sugar and some Belgian malts can be heard off in the distance, but their voices are dim and quickly lost to the senses.

Unlike my colleague LongBeachBum, my first reaction to this beer was not a strongly negative one. I found a nice "zing" to the flavor at first, with a pleasant candi sugar sweetness and a spicy alcohol finish. Alas, I fear my lack of disgust was due more to excessive refrigeration than to any intrinsic quality of the beer. As she warmed, the alcohol grew oppressive, the sweetness became cloying, and the beer picked up a nasty over-ripe banana quality. The departure of what little carbonation showed up to begin with didn't help, either, with the mouthfeel or the taste.

I did in fact manage to finish this, but it was only my desire to get a bit of a buzz on before watching a bit of the idiot box that pulled me through. Quite a disappointment from an otherwise excellent brewery. I hold up hope that their Dubbel is of higher quality.

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Photo of RodBurg
2.53/5  rDev -26.7%
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 smanders
2.53/5  rDev -26.7%
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 silentjay
2.53/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours a decent glowing golden color with a nicely sized fluffy white head that quickly diminishes to a spattering of film while leaving no trace of lacing on the glass.

aroma of sweet citrus candies, candy sugar, a tiny bit of spice and a light bready yeast. this is going to be sugary sweet i think. a bit boozy too.

yep, sugary, and with some acidic lemon zest, some apple and pear, and maybe some strawberries. white sugar and light brown sugar and simple syrup. very little spice, lots of booze.

starts bubbly, but quickly becomes watery, with plenty of heat and a corn-syrup stickiness. similar to a cola that has been left out for an hour or so, and spiked with generic vodka.

nope. doesnt drink very well. I may finish the glass, may not, but I definitely won't buy this one again. a good value if you look solely at ABV/$, but would much rather a better aroma/flavor/body for my $.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.52/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Very dark for a tripel. Copper. No head to speak of and marginal lacing. This is laughable for the style.

Bitter, Sour, backed by a malted body. spritzy carbonation makes it interesting but lacks depth.

I applaude the effort by anderson to brew a belgian. It will get better with time, but this is a stab at best.

Ugghhh ...this is a great style but this one falls short.

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Photo of impending
2.51/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear bright copper penny, minor head was brief, minor lacing.

Aroma lies between a dubbel and a tripel with a phenolic, alcohol ending.

Very sweet, flavor lacks complexity. The notes are simply blunt, no definition. Significant phenols ride the aftertaste, not a strength. Full bodied mouthfeel bordering on cloying.
no cheers

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Photo of Vendetta
2.46/5  rDev -28.7%
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 jamesmbirchnyc
2.46/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A great start to the beer, unfortunately finishes like a very amauter homebrew which was left to ferment one month too much.

I generally like Belgian during the warm months, but this beer has all the wrong notes. There was very little noticable head for the style, and the after-taste is almost undrinkable.

The one good point is the smell. I absolutely love the fruity notes that come from the minor head of this beer.

Otherwise, it's definitely skippable. Not my favorite, and not a re-buy candidate.

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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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