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

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383 Ratings

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Ratings: 383
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 8
Gots: 21 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +3%

mattmarka1, Jan 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

DaveRinn, Jan 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

harsley, Jan 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Booner818, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of BeerDocT
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%

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).

BeerDocT, Dec 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

humulusphile, Dec 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

bvermilion, Nov 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Canada_Dan, Oct 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Sspeer1, Oct 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

speak72, Oct 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

jaydoc, Oct 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

RedneckBeerz, Oct 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

JeffNev, Oct 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

KJ2013, Oct 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

dmquinn, Sep 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

YieldToNothing, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

OtherShoe2, Aug 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

brywhite, Aug 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

fisherbray, Aug 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

jkd03c, Aug 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

I_heart_beer, Aug 01, 2013
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2.94/5  rDev -19.2%

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.

TMoney2591, Jul 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

pascilla, Jul 17, 2013
Brother David's Belgian-style Double Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.