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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Belgian Dubbel
Ranked #201
Ranked #37,930
3.67 | pDev: 12.53%
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
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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Reviews: 266 | Ratings: 444
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This medium-dry and fruity Belgian-style double pours a surprisingly clear (it's filtered - not bottle conditioned), almost-black ruby-mahogany body beneath a short lid of creamy ivory froth. Surprisingly, the head retention is somewhat limited and it leaves little lacing about the glass. The nose is ripe with vinous, juicy, dark fruit and soft yeast notes (it's clearly not the Chimay strain; but possible La Chouffe...) over a delicate, biscuity maltiness. It's gently effervescent on the tongue with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation; and its medium-light body flows almost silk-like across the palate once it warms. The flavor is almost exactly as the nose indicates it may be. It starts with a combination of dark fruit and malt; warms a little to reveal some sweeter character as well as some balancing alcohol and leafy hops; and finishes with a slap of alcohol, some drying bitterbess, and more leafy hops.

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Photo of CVC
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Came in a 22 oz. bomber with wax on top; served in a pint glass. Pours a deep amber with reddish hues with a half-finger head that dies quickly. Leaves very little lacing. Smells sweet and sugary, yet dark--raisins, butter, and plums. Tastes really buttery and sweet, but also somewhat dark. An average mouthfeel, a little thin.

This stuff smells great. A very unique sweet plummy/buttery smell. Tastes good, too. Doesn't taste like 9% at all. Not impressed with the appearance though. All in all, a very good try on a Belgian style by Anderson Valley. I want to try their tripel now.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saw this at my local Organic grocer. Had tried the Tripel and found it satisfactory if not overwhelming.
The bootle looks like the one in the display but with some black wax sealing the cap.
A dark brown almost mahogany coloured ale..small tan head that does not last for long..some lacing.
I liked the aroma of this its very "plummy" ,fruity and spicy but not over whelming.
Again the taste is quite sweet but with a spicy orangy bitterness to balanceslight medicinal aspect to the alcohol.
Its nice on the tongue ,but could be a bit less thin .
Its a nice Dubbel..not to bad and quite drinkable for the 9% alcohol.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one poured a dark brown in color with a modest, lightly-tanned head that went down rather quickly.

Smell – The malts here are almost like a heavy bock. There’s some light yeast present in the nose as well. I can pick up some sort of hopping and a light table sugar.

Taste – The malts lead the way at the taste. They are very singular in flavor with some light, sweetened molasses and a good amount of maple syrup. The yeast from the nose barely shows up at the tongue.

Mouthfeel – This one is thin, I’d say barely medium-bodied, with a dull sense of carbonation and a heavy-handed sweetness at the finish.

Drinkability – This one wasn’t that bad, but it certainly needs a lot of work. It’s a complicated style though so kudos to AV for taking a decent stab at it.

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Photo of clvand0
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with wax over the cap. Pours a dark brown color with a small head that doesn't hang around long and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is chocolate and coffee with some dark fruit. The flavor is much the same with the chocolate and coffee being the most prominent with some raisin in the back. Has nice body and drinkability is good on this one.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one poured an amber infused deep brown color with a finger of head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is very sweet raisins, with a touch of chocolate in the background. Smells nice. The flavor is a nice blend between chocolate, coffee and raisins. Not a flavor combination I would have put together myself, but not bad at all. The feel is right at moderate, with a little bit of creamy texture. The beer is built well. A really nice take at a dubbel by an American brewery.

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Photo of RootedFool
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
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.


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!


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.


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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.36/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: Funky 22 ounce Bomber. Not the usual Anderson Valley presentation, the crown cap is covered in a black plastic wax affair that takes some getting off. The usual colorful label has been replaced with a two-tone cream and sepia affair. Labeled as ‘Brother David’s Double Abbey Style Ale’ and listed at 9.0% Alc./Vol. Described as brewed from ‘malted barley, hops, water, demerara sugar and special Trappist yeast’. The label also states that this is ‘Never Heat Pasteurized nor Sterile Filtered’, recommended to be served at between 40°F to 45°F, that’s 4.44°C - 7.22°C in real money.

Appearance: Very dark brown body that had some very dark ruby hints when I held this to the light. Light brown head disappears before your very eyes as the beer is poured. Carbonation is low.

Nose: Smells like a sweet sugary Soda drink. Uurgh!! Sickly and a tad underwhelming.

Taste: Darkish sweet and sour malts, soggy bread, sweet yeast lots of brown sugar and erm….lots of brown sugar. About as complex as something that is very simple. A let down and seriously boring.

Mouthfeel: Average feel, probably the best and most bearable part of this drink, but this is only average though.

Drinkability: Halfway through I started to have burps that reminded of the ones you have when you drunk too much Coke, fizzy and sweet. The last quarter went down the sink.

Overall: What the Hell was I thinking?? I had already tried the rather crappy Triple when I spied this at Hi-Times in Costa Mesa, I picked it up to fondle whilst reading the label [as I do with all beers when I’m on a beertrip] but for some stupid reason I must have put this in my basket instead of back on the Shelf, I must be loosing it or the beer somehow brainwashed me, I didn’t even realize I had this until I got the Checkout. What a mistake.

It’s interesting that the label spells the word ‘Double’, a departure from the more traditional 'Dubbel', just like the beer itself!! Incredibly disappointing and just “so wrong”. Anderson Valley needs to excommunicate Brother David for this crap. Save your hard earned money!

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Photo of SeanChouffe
3.02/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours a reddish brown color, hazy, with a yellow/brown head. The head dies pretty dern quick. Smells like a dubbel: malty, bready, fruity esters, caramel and a presence of hops. Flavor starts out sweet, but launches into a totally unexpected sourness with some hoppiness and metallic flavors pulling up the rear. Mouthfeel is effervescent, and a little creamy and again tart. I don't get it. This does not seem to be a good representation of a dubble, even as an American interpretation.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
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 rastaman
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tap @ Toronado, San Fransisco. Good amount of caramel and tart acidity. Some butteryness, dark fruit and decent length. No real problems, Anderson Valley seem to know what they’re doing. Failry good double, with American influences, fairly tasty, nice one.

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Photo of Mark
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Could it be!? A second Belgian ale that I liked? I did like this brew. it poured a deep burgundy, head retention was good and lacing just o.k. Typical spicy nose. Taste was very complex. Started off very smooth and malty. After that the spicy notes started to appear. not overpowering like some Belgians though. Hints of plums and raisins, maybe prunes? Good malt base. Tingly mouthfeel. Drinkable due to the complexity of this ale. I guess Dubbel is my favorite belgian style. Not bad.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured to a good dark brown with a tiny head that disappeared quickly. There's no lace at all.

Sugars are definitely present in the smell. The taste is a little plain but solid. It's a relatively heavy flavor. The mouthfeel is definitely too sharp for my tastes, but the beer hides it's alcoholic content well and stays pretty drinkable.

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Photo of studentofbeer
2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

--edit-- had this on tap and it had none of the issues, so it likely was a bad bottle...

Anderson Valley's Brother David's Double Abbey Style Ale. Comes in a 22oz. bomber with a wax seal over the cap.

Poured a tobacco brown into my ommegang goblet and shows red highlights in the glass. short light khaki head that went away pretty fast.

smell: bread and sugar, like toast and tea or something. pleasant and a bit winey.

taste: hrmm, this is a bit disappointing. There's an unremitting sourness that takes over the malt. There isn't the luxurious softness and malty depth I expect in a dubbel. A bit too much alcohol and a little metalic tasting. The sugaryness isn't even that striking. Bummer. could be a bad bottle I guess, but I dont think so.

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Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong Ale Fest - 20003.
Reddish brown color. Small head. Aroma is fruity, malty and sweet. A medium bodied double, Malts are fruity, with touch of orange and apples. Nice touches of brown sugar and spices. A very nicely balanced double. Very smooth. No trace of alcohol at 8.5%. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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Photo of Gusler
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled @ Strong Ale Fest San Diego

The beer pours to a deep garnet color with a medium sized head that is semi-creamy in texture and a light tan color as it erodes the lace forms a satiny sheet to hide the glass from view. Nose is delectable in its hoppiness, the acidity biting and the aftertaste droughty, a fine beer from a fine brewer.

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Brother David's Belgian-style Double Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 444 ratings