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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
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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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Photo of Floydster
4.22/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

10 ounce goblet from the Yard House on Newport Blvd.

Pour was a medium bnrown with a very nice silky head

Smell was sweet and full of fruit accents

Taste was so smooth and refreshing, supposed to be a sipper, but very drinkable

Definitely worth the $3.25 I paid for this during happy hour

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Photo of phillipzayas
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours nice burnt orange. fairly clear. Head retention fades very quickly, but a lace around the outside persists for about 15 minutes. Nice carbonation is seen through the amber color. Leaves very little lace post sipping.

S - A sweet tartness initially hits your nose which then dies down to a yeasty aroma similar to a hefe. Carmel notes are picked up, but very subtle. No hop aroma. A certain spiciness is picked up in this one from the yeast as well. At 10% I also picked up some alcohol aroma.

T - Very subtle caramel flavor. Spice is more dominant than any other flavor in this beer. Yeasty bread-like flavor is noticeable, but is overpowered by the very lovely sweetness from the malts. Flavor stays on your pallet for a while, but is not initially noticed when first sipping. I was expecting a bit more body on this beer, but it's lighter side is actually rather surprising and refreshing. Carbonation levels are rather low which allows this beer's complex flavors to really come out on your tongue.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. I would pair it with cheese, but something more sharp to counterbalance the sweetness. Give it a good mix up with food. This beer could easily go with a nice fresh baked loaf of Greek style bread and some olive oil and spices. Chicken wouldnt be a bad meat for this one, but keep it lightly spiced and pan fried or baked (no BBQ).

Good work Anderson Valley.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to clvand0 for bringing this beer over for me to try. This beer pours a beautiful golden amber color with 2 fingers of head that stick around. The nose has some good spicey characters from the yeast and really good orange tones from the malt. This smells divine after 2 weeks of Utah beers. The flavor is awesome. There is some peppery character along with the orange flavor in the malts. I like this beer. Its just a hint short on flavor, but not too shabby. The feel is moderate, right about where I want it to be. Shit man. This is 10%...they do hide the alcohol very very well. For a beer of this size, the drinkability is really good as well. A fine beer...very nice.

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

Carefully poured, the body is a clear orange-amber with golden highlights beneath a good-sized head of bright white froth. The retention is quite good, and although it drops it does maintain a thin surface covering through the first quarter of the glass. Lacing could be better, however, and it leaves only thin splashes here and there. The nose is bright with a judicious amount of yeasty phenolic and fruitiness (bubblegum, some plastic, soft dark berries, dark fruit skins) and a candyish and sugar-cookie dough like maltiness. It's surprisingly soft in the mouth with a full body and standard carbonation (one might expect a higher level in a tripel). The malt is rich and luxurious without being overly sweet, and the phenolic character (which adds a bit of spiciness here) really rounds it out and completes it. An undercurrent of grassy and leafy hops gives it even more depth. The bitterness is appropriately balancing, and in combination with the spiciness of the yeast it finishes drying despite all of the dextrins that are left in the mouth. It's quite nice and very enjoyable, and the excellent malt character present in all of the other Anderson Valley beers is still here, but it does fall short of the finest examples from Belgium.

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

I don't understand why the reviews for this beer have been relatively average or unfavorable. The sample I had was great.

It poured an orange/amber color with a decent head, but without the classic Belgian lacing.

The aroma was nice - classic spicy phenols and esters from a Belgian yeast.

The taste was wonderful. Great balance from the malt flavors and the warming effects of the alcohol.

The mouthfeel was nice; light in carbonation and light to medium in boldy.

Overall, I found it drinkable, especially given the fact that I generally don't seek Tripels for a session ale.

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

Pours a deep amber copper color with a quickly diminishing white head. The beer has a light fog to it.

The smell is excellent, straw and earth, and a fruity element.

The taste is excellent, mild sweet flavors play off of the straw and funk tastes. Really an excellent blend, very well balanced beer. Glad to have tried it, hope to drink it again.

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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 searsclone
4.16/5  rDev +19.2%
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 ChrisCage
4.14/5  rDev +18.6%
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 +18.1%
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 +18.1%
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 +18.1%
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 +18.1%
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 Idrankthat
4.11/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bum732
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
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 +17.5%
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 +17.5%
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 alostplot
4.09/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of schoolboy
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
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 +16.6%
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 +16.6%
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 +16.6%
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 +16.6%
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 +16%
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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Brother David's Triple Abbey Style Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 680 ratings
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