Brother David's Belgian-style Double Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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3.68/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
04-11-2014 00:54:33 | More by superspak
3.61/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
02-22-2014 21:15:52 | More by mschind
3.76/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
02-14-2014 06:28:49 | More by seand
3.46/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
01-26-2014 00:58:11 | More by puboflyons
Brother David's Belgian-style Double Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.