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

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82
good
436 Ratings
THE BROS
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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
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 436 |  Reviews: 265
Photo of lgmol
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Radome
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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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 northof60hops
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gr0g
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lelampp
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KMani
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrob21
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DavidBart
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An unimpressive Dubbel in my opinion, and that's that if was on draught, at the Abbey Brewing Co. in Miami Beach, Fl. One of their house beers. If I'm drinking a 9%-ter, I wan't to be taken on some sort of a journey. This one just fell flat on its face. Thank god for samples. Had their triple and it was better, but unimpressive as well.

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Photo of Dweedlebug
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jonross07
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EStCharles
3/5  rDev -17.1%

A: Dark brown, copper-brown when held to light.

S: Alcohol, dark fruits, chocolate, hints of yeast.

T: Medium to strong Sweetness, light-Chocolate flavors, dark fruits, autumn spice, Coca-cola, almost no bitter/hop bite.

M: A little thin, but a little syrupy like soda, heavy sweetness.

D: Depends on your taste, but I think it is too soda, syrupy, and sweet.

Overall: I think in the class, this beer is too chocolaty, syrupy, and sweet. It is missing spice complexity, lite-fruits, fruity-yeast complexity, bitterness and hop complexity; overall it is off in taste for a Belgian double. I wouldn't consider it a Belgian double in a blindfolded taste test. It tastes more like a lite, perhaps fruitier and spicier, seasonal sweet chocolaty stout to me, but definitely misses the mark on a Belgian style double. The sweetness is too overpowering and Coca-cola tasting, and this really kills the beer.

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Photo of irongator
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of stevoj
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Well done dubbel. Nice aroma of molasses and dried fruit. Pours dark brown with oily head. Taste is spot on dubbel, woody, fruity, sweet. Maybe I won’t miss Belgium so much after all.

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Photo of rudabegga9
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of LeeEvolved
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of cfadams17
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of avalon07
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was an inch and a half of off white, foamy, long-lasting head. Good, but not great lacing.

S: A nice aroma of yeast, malt, spices, and dark fruit.

T: Tasted of malt, Belgian-style yeast, figs, spices, and a bit of chocolate. Not a bad flavor, but it does frontload everything, leaving not very much for the finish. It gets a bit thin. Still, not bad.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a decent enough beer and worth a shot, but not the best Dubbel you'll come across. Drinkable, though.

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Photo of TequilaVoodoo
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Lobina
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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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