Thursday, March 8, 2012

Anderson Valley Brother David’s Double

Brother David’s Double
Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Boonville, California USA


9.00% ABV

Commercial Description:
Brewed at the Anderson Valley Brewing Company by David Keene, the owner of the legendary San Francisco beer-bar, Toronado, this double-style ale features the huge fruit flavors combined with yeastiness and spiciness that Belgian ales are known for. (

General Pricing:
22oz bottle, ~$8.00 each

I bought this beer once on a whim back in 2008 and thought it was a pretty good Dubbel, especially for the price. I recently purchased a couple bottles to use for my Dark Abbey Roast beef jerky. Then last night I saw that this was the Gold Metal winner for Belgian-Style Abbey Ale at the Great American Beer Festival. So it looks like jerky making will be postponed and another review is underway.

The beer pours a dark brown with rich ruby hues and a off white to tan head.

The nose is nice with dark malt aromas and notes of dark fruit and sweet alcohol.

Wow, what a nice first sip. This is much richer than I remember.

The experience starts out with a dark malt sweetness up front on the tip of the tongue. That is followed by a smooth mouthfeel as this ale rolls over the tongue in the middle of the sip. The back-end has some hesitation that is typical for such a big beer but easily overcome. The finish is very nice rich dark malts with notes of caramel, dark fruits followed by sweetness and warming of alcohol. The final after taste is that of dark malts.

This is much richer and seems to have more alcohol than what I remember but it has been several years since I have had this last.

The head diminished to a patchy island and a ring around the glass with modest lacing.

I am really enjoying this experience.

I keep wanting it find something wrong with this but I can’t. This is a really nice Abbey Dubbel.

We have warmed to 58 degrees.

The malt flavors are getting richer as the beer warms and opens up.

This does not have the mouthfeel or complexity as some other Belgian Dubbels but this is still a great tasting beer.

We have warmed to 61 degrees now.

With lower carbonation the mouthfeel is much smoother now; almost silky smooth.

We are now at 65 degrees.

Wow, this is amazingly smooth with comforting warmth from the alcohol.

There is an interesting toffee note from the malts at this temperature. This is really warming well. I can’t tell you how impressed I am with this little Abbey Ale from Anderson Valley.

This is lacking some of the complexity that is found in the best of this style but this has been such a great experience I’m going for an A- on this excellent Dubbel.

A- | Brother David’s Double is a great tasting Belgian Style Abbey Dubbel, lacking some complexity of the authentic Belgians but full of all the right flavors, sweet rich dark malts, smooth mouthfeel and a comforting warm alcohol finish. 

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