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

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82
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436 Ratings
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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
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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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at BJ's in Sacramento, CA.

Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, dark fruit, and slight spice aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, dark fruit, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast and spice bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice balance between the toast, fruit, and spice qualities.

Serving type: on tap.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, light banana, caramel, toast, candi sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and balanced dark/bready malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, light banana, caramel, toast, biscuit, candi sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, light banana, caramel, toast, biscuit, light chocolate, candi sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with a nice malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately slick/crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice dubbel. Good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; and smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

22 OZ in the new style bottle. No date.

A- Gave it a vigorous pour into an Affligem chalice but not much head, just a foamy ring that seems to be lasting. Deep mahogany with some reddish hues. Translucent and a bit cloudy.

S- Just about what you would expect, rich malt, spicy yeast, some dark fruit, a bit of alcohol.

T- Getting everything from the nose after a bit. Starts Neutral on the tip of the tongue and then sweetness comes through but balanced by a slightly bitter finish. Some mild raisin and prune notes and perhaps some cherry. Hops are barely noticeable, enough to bitter and maybe add some earthiness. Just a slight amount of yeasty funk.

M- Surprisingly thin for a 9% Dubbel. I was expecting something with a bit more body to it. However, the alcohol is nicely distrubuted.

O- This is a really good domestic Dubbel. Lacks the complexity and body of Ommegang or Allagash but at this price, it is just right.

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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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