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

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Brother David's Belgian-style Double AleBrother David's Belgian-style Double Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

378 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 8
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-11-2003)
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Elemenopy

California

5/5  rDev +37.4%

11-26-2011 20:30:14 | More by Elemenopy
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dunit697

California

4.65/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I though this was an excellent beer. I was referred to drinking it by a classmate at a Beer class at Total Wine. I actually thought there was a plethora of flavor that came to the surface upon first drink. I did notice that this is one Belgian style ale that is better not sipped. If you are thinking about trying this one, get about one solid mouthful before you judge it.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 16:59:24 | More by dunit697
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Rudgers73

New York

4.6/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Ommegang chalice this ale forms a nice sticky 3/4" tan head. The aroma instantly billows out of the glass with notes of caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, and spices. Very sweet. The taste was great. Roasted dark chocolate, rich and full in flavor. Slight spices towards the end covering up a little bit of that 9%. The aftertaste is smooth, leaving much of the dark chocolate maltiness present. The mouthfeel is silky smooth, full bodied, and well-balanced between sweet and bitter. Great for after a nice big meal.

I'm not sure what was up with a lot of these reviews on this. The cap wasn't hard for me to get off, the taste from the plastic never penetrated the cap into the beer, and there was a really nice head on mine after just a gentle pour into a chalice. I served it at room temperature, and although it was a little sweet for a dubbel, I think the flavor was delicious.

note: After I started looking at some more reviews I noticed that the newest ones tend to be higher for this beer. Maybe they made some recipe or process engineering changes in the production of this one... maybe you should give it another try, people-who-said-it-was-horrible.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2007 14:04:18 | More by Rudgers73
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Nage37

California

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

02-21-2012 03:54:44 | More by Nage37
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Snellgg5

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

04-23-2012 21:50:43 | More by Snellgg5
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jdmandel

California

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

07-08-2012 07:20:17 | More by jdmandel
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gtk1989

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

04-30-2013 04:31:13 | More by gtk1989
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CoolGuy42

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

06-13-2012 15:59:03 | More by CoolGuy42
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wrightst

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

06-02-2014 02:36:59 | More by wrightst
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ChefBenhase

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

05-18-2013 19:07:08 | More by ChefBenhase
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

03-07-2013 05:06:24 | More by schnarr84
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RootedFool

California

4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle, cap sealed over with a thick wad of black wax. The body is opaque, murky burgundy, and more mahogany-edged when held to the light. A mere whimper of a head rises, very bubbly, and disperses into a thin layer of creamy white film on the brew's surface.

Smell:

Orange zest, cherries, nasal-cleansing alcohol (not unpleasant); closing on a baked plum and raisin deep sweetness. A background of stinky feet yeast persists throughout -- hey, I like it!

Taste:

Upfront scrape of crusty sweetness, like caramelized brown sugar on a small slice of toasted sourdough, followed by an almost flowery sweep of bright sweetness -- what I thought of as flowery quickly turns into what tastes like marachino cherries -- and closes on a wack of alcohol heat in my gut, with a comfortable hum of slightly gritty hop bitterness throughout my mouth, and a receding aura of dark fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Rolls perfectly around, with a nice feel to it -- heavy, not too heavy, just right.

Anderson Valley has never let me down yet.

Oh, and I purchased this at the North Coast Co-op in Eureka, California.

"BANG! ZAP! POW!"

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2004 03:15:49 | More by RootedFool
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clickpush

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour: 22oz bomber to tulip glass. Comes out very dark but transparent, extremely bubbly both within the glass and in the head. The tan head is small and thin, going down quickly to an ample halo and some small lacings.

Nose: Extremely strong aroma with noticeable alcohol content. Chocolate, caramel, wine, mint, plums. Very strong malts.

Mouth: Chocolate and bananas! Mmm. Some warmth in the exhale that leaves a lasting tart cherry flavor behind. Finishes with a bubble gum taste. Carbonation is nice and fizzy all the way through.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2006 17:09:01 | More by clickpush
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a one-finger light tan head, fades slowly, but leaves little lace. Deep clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is raisiny/malty. Starts sweet with caramelized malts, finish is smooth with hints of hops in background. Actually competes with a good Belgian double. $6.15 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2005 22:34:07 | More by jdhilt
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Citadel82

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a surprise find at the local Buy-Rite. Stopped in to stock -up for the storm and found this gem. Wow 9.0%

Belgian-style double pours a clear red mahogany body beneath a half inch white head, minimal lacing. .

The aroma is vinous, dates, figs and plums, dried fruit and soft fruity yeast scent and sweet maltiness.

The flavor is almost as the nose pre-sages.. It starts with a combination of dried fruit and malt; some sweeter character as well as some balancing alcohol and floral hops; and finishes with a touch of alcohol, some drying bitterbess in a short dry finish.

Medium bodied brew with light carbonation that flows silk like across the tongue.


Very drinkable as a double, reminds me of New Belgium's product though it has been a while since I have had the latter.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2005 22:36:36 | More by Citadel82
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eclaycamp

Kansas

4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer comes out a ruddy and rugged brown. I went with a vigorous pour for this but still ended up with very little in terms of head. Cloudy with some light carbonation. Pulling the beer right out of the fridge, the aroma is very muted, with hints of raisin. As the beer warms I get more hints of dark fruit, with figs and plums to go along with the raisin. There's some nice brown sugar sweetness in the background, almost like molasses. Very enjoyable, just from smell alone. Taste is very fruity, with that sweetness from the nose helping to balance things out in the end. The alcohol in this beer certainly comes out, especially in the finish, but isn't obnoxious like others can be. This beer is very well rounded and smooth, from beginning to end. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 23:16:29 | More by eclaycamp
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BrewMaster

California

4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened a bottle of this last night, served in a sniffer. The indeed spell it "Double" on the bottle, not "dubbel." The color is a nice amber to brown typical of dubbels. It has a frithy white 1 cm head on it too.

The aroma is yeast with some spiciness. And the flavor is very complex. Sour apple, yeast, smooth malt, and a warm alcohol flavor all come through. I can't quite put a name on the flavor in the aftertaste. It is malty but there is another flavor that I just can't name.

Notes: I think this beer would be well served by aging for six months to a year to balance and mellow out. The alcohol is out of place on the palate but still this beer is exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2004 02:36:33 | More by BrewMaster
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Strong aroma has earthy, malty and caramel notes with a hint of hops. It pours a dark coppery brown with a thick and rather persistent light tan head that leaves minimal lacing. Scrumptious flavor has caramel, malty, nutty, earthy and subtle maple syrup notes - not too sweet, very slightly hoppy. Rich texture has plenty of tingle and fizz, smooth yet lively - very satisfying. An excellent party to Brother David’s Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 00:58:09 | More by Cyberkedi
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hanlonrn


4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

07-10-2012 12:26:13 | More by hanlonrn
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

05-10-2012 17:30:08 | More by FreshmanPour77
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crob3888

California

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

11-29-2012 02:15:36 | More by crob3888
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bigred89

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

12-03-2011 00:46:09 | More by bigred89
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RoobDogg

California

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

07-01-2012 19:45:13 | More by RoobDogg
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DmanGTR

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

01-28-2013 17:30:47 | More by DmanGTR
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dmquinn

California

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

09-23-2013 21:46:16 | More by dmquinn
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Brother David's Belgian-style Double Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.