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RATINGS: 575   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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New Commercial Description: Brewed in a cloistered nook of remote Anderson Valley, this handcrafted Belgian-style strong ale may be the closest you’ll ever get to heaven on earth. Made in very limited quantity, it is malty, tangy and a little wild, it is sure to raise your spirits. We suffered to brew this enormously complex beer so that you can enjoy it completely guilt free.

Original 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.
Brewed from malted barley, hops, water, demerara sugar, and special trappist yeast.


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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mrhoppy (1284) - Santa Clara, California, USA - NOV 22, 2011
This beer was excellent. It was so good I practically drank the whole thing before I rated it. Spicy, caramel, toasty, rich, smooth, perfect. I was going to rate this lower and then I asked myself where does this beer not measure up? It’s awesome and I will make it a regular. If I had to give it a knock I would say that It would be more appealing cloudy in appearance like Chimay.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
HellesBunny666 (77) - Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Delicious aromas of spices, sugar and dried fruit. Dark brown and reddish color. Deep intense flavors of caramelized figs and raisins. Toffee, caramel, fermented berries. Lots of things going on with this beer, I really really enjoy everything about it!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dynamind69 (29) - San Miguel, California, USA - JUL 6, 2007
This is an excellent brew.I like everything about it except the price.It has an incredible palate,leaves your mouth watering and wanting more.Very nice aroma like a ripe apple,tastes like sweet plum with hints of dates.I would buy this for a special occasion.A very rich tasting brew.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlackEyePA (559) - USA - SEP 3, 2012
Great. First the aroma is dry fruit esters, dark leather and wild yeast. Appearance is dark brown, filtered light head. Taste is wild yeasts, slight sour, rich full body, and mouthfeel, lots of big flavors, banana, cereal, dough, rasin, palate is clean but grainy and leftover esters. Overall its complex, full, rich malty goodness that was made just like the monks do up in Belgium. Super yummy, try it

4.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
PatrizioBrews (1) - California, USA - APR 8, 2009 does not count
Not much to look at, but this beer is one of the best Ive tried. Very unique flavor that I keep coming back for. Slightly sweet, hints of spice and banana, pleasant yeast flavor. Very little bite. The ETOH is a lot of fun! Love this beer!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDalkoholic (2089) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 22, 2005
Aroma is bold and stong with a huge malty nose with caramel and spice. Appears a beautiful dark brown with red tint, but didn’t have much of a head to gaze upon. Flavor is sweet and spicy and unbelievably tasty with perfected malting that just blew me away. This is like the American strong ale i never had, except this Anderson Valley is an abbey dubbel. A lot of spice dominate with a nutmeg and cinnamon flavor beind vanilla extract. Smooth all around and a beer i wouldn’t want to change a thing about even though i felt it wasnt perfect.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
framebender (56) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2006
GREAT belgian double. I normally am not a fan of belgians - just don’t like the sweet. Loved this beer though. Goes down smooth, tastes great and has great palate and aroma to match. Balance the belgian yeast esters with malt perfectly so that it is not overly sweet.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4356) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 21, 2006
A little hops in the aroma. Taste starts out a bit thin but then improves mightily. Pretty sugary finish. A good beer and a nice rep of the style.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hamilton23 (599) - Alpine, California, USA - NOV 13, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2010 Poured from a 22 oz bottle. Pours an auburn hue with minimal head. Aroma of bread yeast and raisin. Taste of malt, brown sugar and raisins. Tastes very similar to Chimay Blue and Lost Abbey Lost and Found. Great Belgian.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RABinVA (1012) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2012
22oz bottle. Pours a reddish brown with a light tan head that fades fast. Big apple aromas waft off the top immediately. A bigger sniff reveals a bit of smoke and cinnamon. Taste is big and malty. The apple comes through but is overwhelmed by dark fruits and a bit of oak and a big aftertaste of smoky malts. A bit of dry sweetness lingers on the tongue.


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