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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

379 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 379
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
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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BeerDocT

Georgia

3.81/5  rDev +5%
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
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humulusphile

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

12-17-2013 04:34:11 | More by humulusphile
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bvermilion

California

4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-11-2013 04:44:36 | More by bvermilion
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Canada_Dan

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

10-22-2013 01:20:16 | More by Canada_Dan
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Sspeer1

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -17.4%

10-20-2013 15:11:13 | More by Sspeer1
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speak72

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

10-20-2013 14:34:33 | More by speak72
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

10-20-2013 13:48:07 | More by jaydoc
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -17.4%

10-20-2013 07:37:42 | More by RedneckBeerz
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JeffNev

Nevada

4/5  rDev +10.2%

10-15-2013 03:19:59 | More by JeffNev
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KJ2013

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

10-06-2013 03:48:57 | More by KJ2013
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dmquinn

California

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

09-23-2013 21:46:16 | More by dmquinn
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YieldToNothing

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

09-20-2013 05:35:57 | More by YieldToNothing
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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
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brywhite

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

08-30-2013 00:47:03 | More by brywhite
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

08-27-2013 23:04:58 | More by GraduatedCashew
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fisherbray

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

08-23-2013 03:09:16 | More by fisherbray
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jkd03c

Florida

4/5  rDev +10.2%

08-17-2013 03:16:48 | More by jkd03c
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

08-13-2013 03:38:24 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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I_heart_beer

California

3/5  rDev -17.4%

08-01-2013 05:22:07 | More by I_heart_beer
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.94/5  rDev -19%
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
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pascilla

Nebraska

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

07-17-2013 05:17:11 | More by pascilla
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pathman

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

07-15-2013 01:41:10 | More by pathman
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

07-09-2013 22:44:30 | More by Kegatron
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GABrew

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

07-07-2013 20:01:29 | More by GABrew
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mmilyko

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

06-28-2013 01:48:58 | More by mmilyko
Brother David's Belgian-style Double Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 379 ratings.