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

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392 Ratings

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Ratings: 392
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 8
Gots: 23 | 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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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.

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

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

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of fisherbray
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

fisherbray, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of jkd03c
4/5  rDev +9.9%

jkd03c, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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

I_heart_beer, Aug 01, 2013
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.

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

pascilla, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of pathman
3.75/5  rDev +3%

pathman, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Kegatron, Jul 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

GABrew, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of mmilyko
3.75/5  rDev +3%

mmilyko, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of doremite
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of cjw333
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

cjw333, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of maxwelldeux
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

maxwelldeux, Jun 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

ChefBenhase, May 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

ralphw56, May 11, 2013
Photo of gtk1989
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

gtk1989, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of Muhly
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.

Muhly, Apr 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

AlkaholTester, Apr 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

iamshad, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of roywilliams
4/5  rDev +9.9%

roywilliams, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of Hex92
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Hex92, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of wordemupg
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

wordemupg, Mar 28, 2013
Brother David's Belgian-style Double Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.