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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Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
3.64 | pDev: 12.64%
Oct 03, 2018
Dec 11, 2003
Brother David's Belgian-style Double AleBrother David's Belgian-style Double Ale
Notes: Inspired by the classic Dubbels of Belgium, our Brother David’s Double has a dark brown body and aromas of warm cocoa, banana, and cloves. Specialty malts impart a toasted, nutty character and flavors of chocolate-covered cherries and candied fruits, while the subdued hop profile and Abbey yeast create spicy, herbal notes to compliment the warm, slightly sweet finish. Winner of a Gold Medal in the 2011 Great American Beer Festival™, Brother David’s Double is a truly complex and potent ale meant to be savored or shared with friends.
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3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by iguanodon from Utah

[Original rating 2012-08-10] Pours brown/red with a tan head. Aroma is caramel and booze. Taste is malty, sweet caramel with a boozy finish.

Oct 03, 2018
3.67 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania on Sep 16, 2018
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5/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by tp1962 from Illinois

Extremely good double. I always am pleased when I purchase something new and it doesn’t disappoint. This was exceptionally beyond expectations . Well done! I know where I can purchase this just 5 minutes from my house! I will be keeping this on stock!

Aug 24, 2018
4.06 by cwd from Kentucky on May 23, 2018
3.75 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Apr 08, 2018
3.75 by heysuz from Indiana on Apr 08, 2018
4 by Hellpop65 from Kansas on Mar 21, 2018
3.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Dec 28, 2017
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3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by jeffdr123 from Florida

Dark caramel color is a good hint of the taste to come. Not a bad imitation of a Belgian dubbel, but not as complex. They say they were going for a roasty, chocolate covered cherry taste, and that's what it is. More interesting as it warms.

Jun 18, 2017
3.75 by bshefftz from California on Apr 27, 2017
3.68 by mrfrancis from Kentucky on Apr 02, 2017
3.62 by CaptainHate from Ohio on Jun 05, 2016
3.75 by 8BaconBits from California on May 03, 2016
2.92 by Rick778 from California on Apr 30, 2016
3.67 by killcore from Russian Federation on Apr 10, 2016
4 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama on Apr 04, 2016
3.75 by AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts on Feb 08, 2016
3.5 by GRG1313 from California on Feb 08, 2016
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2.58/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Red, brown, auburn colors in the our, almost no head comes off of it, 1/8" maybe. Aroma was boozy alcohol, a little bit of brown malt and sugar.

A very boozy taste experience, thats the first thing to hit the tongue. Ample bitterness despite a lack of hop presence. Lots of spice cabinet, harshly done. Dark fruit, toffee, caramel. Alcohol wafts the entire time. Its the dominant aspect of the beer. Just way too hot, not pleasant.

Jan 20, 2016
4.19 by Masonpp85 from California on Jan 08, 2016
2 by kelseyr713 from New York on Dec 03, 2015
3.67 by SonictheBeerhog from New York on Dec 02, 2015
3.75 by samtrillo from California on Nov 30, 2015
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3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by REVZEB from Illinois

Opaque brown body, tan head. Boozy for a dubbel right away in the nose, candi sugar, dark fruit and belgian yeast. Taste is a clone, again booziness distracts, yeast is present but not super full. Feel, you guess it, is a bit warm, body is touch thin as a result, yeast and malts star here. Solid but nothing special

Nov 28, 2015
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4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by pat61 from Minnesota

L: Pours brown with a light haze forming a 1” persistent tan foam collar with a very fine bead. Produces gothic window lace.

S: Yeast driven esters and phenols, citrus, banana, dark malt cake, molasses to brown sugar.

T: Big malt flavor, light molasses, dark dried fruit, fig to dates, raisin, light banana, light citrus, a trace of tart on the finish but maintains moderate sweetness throughout. Lingering fig aftertastes. The malt and yeast flavors are medium and the hops are medium low to low.

F: Slightly below medium body, medium high carbonation.

O: A good beer but a little on the sweet side.

Nov 24, 2015
3.75 by VABA from Virginia on Oct 30, 2015
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3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by toronadotornado from California

Anderson Valley Brewing Co. - Boonville, CA - draft

Oct 17, 2015
3.46 by spycow from Illinois on Aug 26, 2015
3.5 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Jun 04, 2015
3.5 by Oakenator from Pennsylvania on May 15, 2015
4.25 by MisterKilderkin from California on May 09, 2015
3.68 by Eziel from Ohio on Apr 27, 2015
3.8 by BrewLip6 from Illinois on Apr 02, 2015
3.5 by lgmol from Canada (NS) on Mar 18, 2015
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3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Radome from Florida

Tasted froma bomber bottle.

L - Deep mahogany brown with strong red hue. Very clear. Off-white head starts thick and fades to a solid sheet speckled with large bubbles, along with thick lacing. Very attractive.

S - Aromas are a mix of fruit (plum, prune, raisin) and grainy malt. No hops.

T - The flavors are like the aromas, a mix of stone fruit and grainiy malt. Some spice cake and graham cracker breadiness. No hops or obvious yeast.

F - Medium body. Mouthfilling, slightly prickly carbonation. Low-moderate hops bitterness. Low alcohol burn. Dry, slightly acrid finish.

O - The appearance and aromas are outstanding, but the flavors are good but not great.

Mar 15, 2015
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4.71/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by muckaduck

Great floral and fruit notes in taste, even a sweet nose on it. Fantastic balance and dry finish.

Mar 13, 2015
3.6 by northof60hops from Canada (YT) on Mar 11, 2015
3.64 by gr0g from New Jersey on Feb 08, 2015
3.5 by Lelampp from Ohio on Feb 06, 2015
4.05 by KMani on Feb 06, 2015
Brother David's Belgian-style Double Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 444 ratings