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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
avbc.com

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-11-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
436
Reviews:
265
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
12.71%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
35
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 436 |  Reviews: 265
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5/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of muckaduck
4.71/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of dunit697
4.62/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I though this was an excellent beer. I was referred to drinking it by a classmate at a Beer class at Total Wine. I actually thought there was a plethora of flavor that came to the surface upon first drink. I did notice that this is one Belgian style ale that is better not sipped. If you are thinking about trying this one, get about one solid mouthful before you judge it.

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Photo of Rudgers73
4.55/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Ommegang chalice this ale forms a nice sticky 3/4" tan head. The aroma instantly billows out of the glass with notes of caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, and spices. Very sweet. The taste was great. Roasted dark chocolate, rich and full in flavor. Slight spices towards the end covering up a little bit of that 9%. The aftertaste is smooth, leaving much of the dark chocolate maltiness present. The mouthfeel is silky smooth, full bodied, and well-balanced between sweet and bitter. Great for after a nice big meal.

I'm not sure what was up with a lot of these reviews on this. The cap wasn't hard for me to get off, the taste from the plastic never penetrated the cap into the beer, and there was a really nice head on mine after just a gentle pour into a chalice. I served it at room temperature, and although it was a little sweet for a dubbel, I think the flavor was delicious.

note: After I started looking at some more reviews I noticed that the newest ones tend to be higher for this beer. Maybe they made some recipe or process engineering changes in the production of this one... maybe you should give it another try, people-who-said-it-was-horrible.

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of RootedFool
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle, cap sealed over with a thick wad of black wax. The body is opaque, murky burgundy, and more mahogany-edged when held to the light. A mere whimper of a head rises, very bubbly, and disperses into a thin layer of creamy white film on the brew's surface.

Smell:

Orange zest, cherries, nasal-cleansing alcohol (not unpleasant); closing on a baked plum and raisin deep sweetness. A background of stinky feet yeast persists throughout -- hey, I like it!

Taste:

Upfront scrape of crusty sweetness, like caramelized brown sugar on a small slice of toasted sourdough, followed by an almost flowery sweep of bright sweetness -- what I thought of as flowery quickly turns into what tastes like marachino cherries -- and closes on a wack of alcohol heat in my gut, with a comfortable hum of slightly gritty hop bitterness throughout my mouth, and a receding aura of dark fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Rolls perfectly around, with a nice feel to it -- heavy, not too heavy, just right.

Anderson Valley has never let me down yet.

Oh, and I purchased this at the North Coast Co-op in Eureka, California.

"BANG! ZAP! POW!"

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Photo of clickpush
4.34/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour: 22oz bomber to tulip glass. Comes out very dark but transparent, extremely bubbly both within the glass and in the head. The tan head is small and thin, going down quickly to an ample halo and some small lacings.

Nose: Extremely strong aroma with noticeable alcohol content. Chocolate, caramel, wine, mint, plums. Very strong malts.

Mouth: Chocolate and bananas! Mmm. Some warmth in the exhale that leaves a lasting tart cherry flavor behind. Finishes with a bubble gum taste. Carbonation is nice and fizzy all the way through.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a one-finger light tan head, fades slowly, but leaves little lace. Deep clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is raisiny/malty. Starts sweet with caramelized malts, finish is smooth with hints of hops in background. Actually competes with a good Belgian double. $6.15 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of Citadel82
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a surprise find at the local Buy-Rite. Stopped in to stock -up for the storm and found this gem. Wow 9.0%

Belgian-style double pours a clear red mahogany body beneath a half inch white head, minimal lacing. .

The aroma is vinous, dates, figs and plums, dried fruit and soft fruity yeast scent and sweet maltiness.

The flavor is almost as the nose pre-sages.. It starts with a combination of dried fruit and malt; some sweeter character as well as some balancing alcohol and floral hops; and finishes with a touch of alcohol, some drying bitterbess in a short dry finish.

Medium bodied brew with light carbonation that flows silk like across the tongue.


Very drinkable as a double, reminds me of New Belgium's product though it has been a while since I have had the latter.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened a bottle of this last night, served in a sniffer. The indeed spell it "Double" on the bottle, not "dubbel." The color is a nice amber to brown typical of dubbels. It has a frithy white 1 cm head on it too.

The aroma is yeast with some spiciness. And the flavor is very complex. Sour apple, yeast, smooth malt, and a warm alcohol flavor all come through. I can't quite put a name on the flavor in the aftertaste. It is malty but there is another flavor that I just can't name.

Notes: I think this beer would be well served by aging for six months to a year to balance and mellow out. The alcohol is out of place on the palate but still this beer is exceptional.

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Photo of eclaycamp
4.29/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer comes out a ruddy and rugged brown. I went with a vigorous pour for this but still ended up with very little in terms of head. Cloudy with some light carbonation. Pulling the beer right out of the fridge, the aroma is very muted, with hints of raisin. As the beer warms I get more hints of dark fruit, with figs and plums to go along with the raisin. There's some nice brown sugar sweetness in the background, almost like molasses. Very enjoyable, just from smell alone. Taste is very fruity, with that sweetness from the nose helping to balance things out in the end. The alcohol in this beer certainly comes out, especially in the finish, but isn't obnoxious like others can be. This beer is very well rounded and smooth, from beginning to end. Very enjoyable.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of MisterKilderkin
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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Brother David's Belgian-style Double Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
3.62 out of 5 based on 436 ratings.
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