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Brother David's Belgian-style Double Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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401 Ratings

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Ratings: 401
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 8
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-11-2003

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3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An unimpressive Dubbel in my opinion, and that's that if was on draught, at the Abbey Brewing Co. in Miami Beach, Fl. One of their house beers. If I'm drinking a 9%-ter, I wan't to be taken on some sort of a journey. This one just fell flat on its face. Thank god for samples. Had their triple and it was better, but unimpressive as well.

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3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jonross07
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EStCharles
3/5  rDev -17.6%

A: Dark brown, copper-brown when held to light.

S: Alcohol, dark fruits, chocolate, hints of yeast.

T: Medium to strong Sweetness, light-Chocolate flavors, dark fruits, autumn spice, Coca-cola, almost no bitter/hop bite.

M: A little thin, but a little syrupy like soda, heavy sweetness.

D: Depends on your taste, but I think it is too soda, syrupy, and sweet.

Overall: I think in the class, this beer is too chocolaty, syrupy, and sweet. It is missing spice complexity, lite-fruits, fruity-yeast complexity, bitterness and hop complexity; overall it is off in taste for a Belgian double. I wouldn't consider it a Belgian double in a blindfolded taste test. It tastes more like a lite, perhaps fruitier and spicier, seasonal sweet chocolaty stout to me, but definitely misses the mark on a Belgian style double. The sweetness is too overpowering and Coca-cola tasting, and this really kills the beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of stevoj
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Well done dubbel. Nice aroma of molasses and dried fruit. Pours dark brown with oily head. Taste is spot on dubbel, woody, fruity, sweet. Maybe I won’t miss Belgium so much after all.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.72/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of avalon07
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was an inch and a half of off white, foamy, long-lasting head. Good, but not great lacing.

S: A nice aroma of yeast, malt, spices, and dark fruit.

T: Tasted of malt, Belgian-style yeast, figs, spices, and a bit of chocolate. Not a bad flavor, but it does frontload everything, leaving not very much for the finish. It gets a bit thin. Still, not bad.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a decent enough beer and worth a shot, but not the best Dubbel you'll come across. Drinkable, though.

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3.84/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.4/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at BJ's in Sacramento, CA.

Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, dark fruit, and slight spice aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, dark fruit, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast and spice bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice balance between the toast, fruit, and spice qualities.

Serving type: on tap.

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3.76/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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Brother David's Belgian-style Double Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.