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

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

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368 Ratings

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Ratings: 368
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%

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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Photo of July2Nov


3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap @ Murphy's bar & grill, Honolulu, HI.

A: burgundy in color with a half inch of creamy foam resting on top.

S:Some malts but mostly non-existent.

T&M: bunch of dark fruit notes come out with some burnt wood flavored seeping out. Syrup like sweetness rolls in and then the hotness from the alcohol overtakes the whole beer experience. Bummer!!! The alcohol is way too much for this beer & takes away from this beer. Slight hop flavor at the end. The body is medium and a bit over carbonated.

Overall: disappointing, though I keep giving Anderson Valley a chance, I've never come across a beer from them that I really dug. Saddened this isn't better than what I expected.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2012 01:57:52 | More by July2Nov
Photo of nickd717


3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft review dated 1/28/2009.

Dark brown color with a very small off-white head. Dark fruits dominate the aroma. Not too authentically Belgian. Flavor is more dark fruits, caramel, and yeast. Slightly metallic. Medium on the palate. Pretty decent overall.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 20:56:04 | More by nickd717
Photo of david18

New York

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on a recent visit to Rattle N Hum in Manhattan and it was among a number of Anderson Valley beers available on tap that day. Overall, a very good beer but a little on the strong side for a double.

Color was a dark brown that was a little on the flat side but very pretty nonetheless.

Aroma was sweet and "belgiany", for lack of a better term. Very inviting and what you'd expect from this style of beer.

Taste was also very in line with the style--dark fruits, sweetness, esthery--but the alcohol was a little high which could be tasted and may have detracted slightly from the flavor.

Overall a very good beer. I wish I came across more beers from this brewer, as I like most of what they make.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2011 19:35:10 | More by david18
Photo of Thorpe429


4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Pours a burnt red bordering on brown with an off white head and a good amount of sticking lacing. Smell is cherries, chocolate, caramel, and nuts. A bit of spice. Taste brings forward some dark fruits as well as dark cherries and a bit of caramel and toffee. Mouthfeel is nice and coats the palate. Drinks quite well and is certainly one of the better American versions of this style that I have had.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2010 12:09:19 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of scalffd


4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Anderson Valley Brewery.

Pours a dark amber with a medium off-white head. Scent is fruity. Taste is smooth with fruit and flower hints. Slight astringency in the end. I really enjoyed this beer and it is a fairly good example of the variety brewed in the US.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2009 04:48:31 | More by scalffd
Photo of bifrostguard


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

A - Brownish, deep amber color with a moderate but quickly dissipating light tan head.

S - Figs, raisins, alcohol and some spice.

T - Not bad, but unremarkable. Dark fruits and spice rule at first followed up by some alcohol and light sweetness in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with some decent carbonation.

D - I think one is enough for me. Luckily I had this at the brewery so I don't think I'll have any trouble finding something else to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2008 22:52:06 | More by bifrostguard
Photo of BeerResearcher


3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sunset Grill
It poured a dark chocolate brown with a thin and fast fading beige/tan head.
A big roasted malty smell is very noticeable, but it vanishes quickly. A smell of brown bread and molasses follows as does a bit of a rummy whiff.
The body is full rich malt in the mouth, but it also seems at bit watery when I swallowed. Odd! There's some orange zest and a light spicy bitterness, but not in any abundance. A bit more hoppiness would go a long way to improve this brew. A taste and breath of dark rum lasts throughout.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2005 21:50:14 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It is cool to find this on tap in a beer bar in Bellingham. Pours Raisin Brown with that nice old fruit nose. The mouthfeel was big and slighlt young with an odd metallic twang to the finish. I would love to get a bottle of this to put down in the cellar as all the requisite construction is there for a very good Double. I do think that it is a great sign that brewers who have no previous Belgian brewing experience can make these styles well.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2005 17:21:17 | More by canucklehead
Photo of Truh

New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was asked by the bartender if this was the double or the triple on 2/25/2005. 12-oz. goblet pour at the Sunset.

Just a wick of sheen on the top, otherwise noting else. Amber hue with a calling haze and no action at all. Good-joy hit of hoppy fruit champer that smashes the nose and challenges to a hoe-down. Fruity goodness on mouth that bursts like a Nestea plunge in mid-winter with the ice holding; hop character is present and not subtle. Wouldn’t have more than one of these.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2005 01:09:56 | More by Truh
Photo of Todd


3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Sunset Bar & Grill.

Dark brown with an off-white foam lace. Sweet malt aroma with yeasty in the background. Smooth mouthfeel, though a too thin, with malt flavors of caramel and chocolate chip cookie sweetness, and some biscuit. Dark fruits. Slight, and brief, hop bite ... some orange blossom and leaf smoothing in. Alcohol is warming, touch of spice. Sweet finish.

Nice stab at the style, but pretty average.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2005 02:30:13 | More by Todd
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tap @ Toronado, San Fransisco. Good amount of caramel and tart acidity. Some butteryness, dark fruit and decent length. No real problems, Anderson Valley seem to know what they’re doing. Failry good double, with American influences, fairly tasty, nice one.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2004 11:07:37 | More by rastaman
Photo of beerguy101


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

Strong Ale Fest - 20003.
Reddish brown color. Small head. Aroma is fruity, malty and sweet. A medium bodied double, Malts are fruity, with touch of orange and apples. Nice touches of brown sugar and spices. A very nicely balanced double. Very smooth. No trace of alcohol at 8.5%. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2004 21:03:58 | More by beerguy101
Photo of Gusler


4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled @ Strong Ale Fest San Diego

The beer pours to a deep garnet color with a medium sized head that is semi-creamy in texture and a light tan color as it erodes the lace forms a satiny sheet to hide the glass from view. Nose is delectable in its hoppiness, the acidity biting and the aftertaste droughty, a fine beer from a fine brewer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2003 16:22:47 | More by Gusler
Photo of superspak


3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, light banana, caramel, toast, candi sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and balanced dark/bready malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, light banana, caramel, toast, biscuit, candi sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, light banana, caramel, toast, biscuit, light chocolate, candi sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with a nice malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately slick/crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice dubbel. Good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; and smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 00:54:33 | More by superspak
Photo of mschind


3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

22 OZ in the new style bottle. No date.

A- Gave it a vigorous pour into an Affligem chalice but not much head, just a foamy ring that seems to be lasting. Deep mahogany with some reddish hues. Translucent and a bit cloudy.

S- Just about what you would expect, rich malt, spicy yeast, some dark fruit, a bit of alcohol.

T- Getting everything from the nose after a bit. Starts Neutral on the tip of the tongue and then sweetness comes through but balanced by a slightly bitter finish. Some mild raisin and prune notes and perhaps some cherry. Hops are barely noticeable, enough to bitter and maybe add some earthiness. Just a slight amount of yeasty funk.

M- Surprisingly thin for a 9% Dubbel. I was expecting something with a bit more body to it. However, the alcohol is nicely distrubuted.

O- This is a really good domestic Dubbel. Lacks the complexity and body of Ommegang or Allagash but at this price, it is just right.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 21:15:52 | More by mschind
Photo of seand


3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a reddish brown with a reasonable amount of off-white head. Just some film retains, along with a ring around the edge of the glass, leaving small bits of lacing.

S: Maple syrup sweetness with a touch of yeast.

T: Medium resin-y sticky sweetness, with a lighter sweet note throughout.

M: Full body, lightened up by the significant carbonation.

Overall, quite nice. The mouthfeel in particular is very nicely matched to the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 06:28:49 | More by seand
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on January 25, 2014.

It pours a deep mahogany brown color with a modest tan head that lingers briefly and then fades down.

Wow! Does this have some sweet malts on the nose along with brown sugar, fig, or other dark fruits, and a kind of butter-like note.

The body is medium to a bit better than medium.

Ridiculously sweet taste with a powerful malty character. The sweetness is almost overpowering and way over the top. Finishes clean. Not sure if I would go out of my way to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 00:58:11 | More by puboflyons
Photo of BeerDocT


3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a chilled La Trappe goblet.

Appearance 4.0: Poured out a beautiful deep mahogany with light brown around the edges, Lovely cream-colored head. Not much of a head: less than 1/4". Lacing is OK but not outstanding.

Smell 4.0: Lovely bouquet. Smells of dried, dark fruit, spicy Belgian yeast and many ephemeral hints of cellars and musty brewing facilities.

Taste 3.75: Front is slightly sweet with a very light hint of raisins. Big hit of rich malt in the middle with a slight taste of dried fruit and a very faint taste of a noble hop variety. Finish is where I detected a slight taste of alcohol, but this was quickly pushed aside by a warm maltiness and a pleasant sharp hit of acidity. Aftertaste was actually a bit short and featured a little more of the alcohol along with more of the malt.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, pleasant and complementary.

Overall 3.75: A very good dubbel bordering on outstanding. The maltiness in this beer is way too much for the style and the alcohol taste is also distracting and way off the mark. This beer is also far too "big" for a dubbel: 9% ABV is probably from where most of the taste problems can be traced. Nonetheless, this is a darn good beer and is well worth the purchase, it's just that it is not the best example of a dubbel on the market. Even if it was brewed using solar power (as per the bottle cap).

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 06:28:38 | More by BeerDocT
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep amber with a tan/cream head Skim retention, no lace.

Some raisin, toffee, browned stone fruit, wood, vanilla, caramel in the nose. Could use a bit more intensity.

Toasted malt and bruised fruit. Some creamy notes, wood, vanilla, and alcohol. Clears to booze and bitter. Toffee and bread crust appear too. Lacks some intensity, but not watery or thin in any way. More on the dried side than fruity.

Fuller bodied, Ok carbonation.

I liked this, and for a domestic dubbed, pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 22:53:00 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of TMoney2591


2.94/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

It took me a while, but I finally pulled the trigger on this one. It pours a clear ruby-brown topped by a finger of wan khaki foam. The nose comprises brown sugar, dried maple sugar, light cardboard, a hint of dark fruits, and a twinge of banana peel. The taste brings in more of the same, with a stronger contingent of dark fruit and banana and a pervasive feeling of cardboard and old nuts. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda slick feel. Overall, this dubbel just didn't do it for me. I'm hoping it's past its prime, considering the strange and unappealing flavors, but I have my doubts.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 08:03:46 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Muhly

Alberta (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured 650 mL bomber into rounded beer glass.

A-Dark brown with red and amber highlights. Minimal head and head retention. Lacing is present, but dissipates pretty quickly.

S-Loads of sweet roasted malts. Maybe just a hint of banana.

T-Very malt forward with some cloves, raisins and pepper-like phenols.

M-Moderately heavy on the tongue with a good amount of carbonation.

O-a perfectly acceptable, but non-wow inducing dubbel. I think it's good value for the price if nothing else, but there are always more exciting, enticing options where belgian beers are concerned.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 04:20:00 | More by Muhly
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650ml bomber poured into tulip 27/3/13

A clear reddish amber with a fair amount of bubbles but not much for head or lace just a short lived finger of tan foam

S brown sugar and brewers candy, some cola, spice I can't place, christmas cake, anise and a little booze, everything blends together quite well

T still pretty solid but not quite the harmony the nose had going for it, a little yeast and sweeter then the nose with slightly more booze, with some rum raisin

M medium bodied but it could use a few more bubbles, long nutty malty finish with just a little heat

O smells a highlight but nothing really sticks out good or bad, decent beer but no areas overly impressive

I doubt I'd buy another considering its 9$ for the bomber, one of those brews I don't feel ripped off but have no reason for a second

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 01:43:54 | More by wordemupg
Photo of Cyberkedi


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
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - clear but very dark ruby, thumb of head dissipated to a thin cover with minor lacing
S - big fruit notes of grape and cherry, some brown sugar and warm bread, light spice
T - fruitiness is almost red wine like, a mineral quality along with some grains, some toffee maltiness, light sour and spice finish, definitely unique for a dubbel
M - somewhat heavy with relatively light carbonation, sticky with just a touch of alcohol dryness, a little too heavy for the style
O - it is definitely unique for the style in all aspects, very reminiscent of a rich red wine, definitely tasty but some minor deductions relative to the style

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 02:58:38 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of Fatehunter


3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

One finger of head on a dark copper colored body.
The aroma is caramel, candy and bread.
The taste is moderately malty sweet and balanced nicely with an underlying bitterness. Plum and dense wheat bread too.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation and heavy body.
I like it. A solid dubbel style ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 02:41:46 | More by Fatehunter
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Brother David's Belgian-style Double Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.