Anderson Valley Brother David's Double Abbey-Style Ale

RATINGS: 599   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   IBU: 17   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

Pale Two-Row, Munich (20L), Aromatic, Special B, Chocolate (415L)

Columbus, Saaz, Goldings

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Bill Becker (1911) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 26, 2017
From Aug 2007

Another brew that I got in trade with Wasatch. Thanks, John!

Pours from waxed 22oz bottle a clear deep amber with a good head of foam that shrinks to a fine layer and it has some good lacing.

The smell has strong notes of caramel malt along with some dark fruit and alcohol.

The taste has the caramel malt in big abundance ie it's up in your face. After another sip or 2, the fruit gets more assertive with plum and fig and I get some chocolate as well.(not what I would expect from an Abbey Dubbel) Swishing the brew in my mouth, there's also a touch of sourness and I'd have to say, it's a pretty good tasting interpretation of a Belgian Dubbel at this point, but it *could* use a bit of tweaking. A few more sips in and the alcohol becomes more noticeable but it's not intusive, just warms my tummy a bit. It finishes on the semi sweet side and the aftertaste is on the short lived side. Not a bad brew but when I think of other Dubbels that I've tried and enjoyed, this one misses the mark for the style by a fair bit. I think it's the lack of spiciness.

Hopmaestro (1773) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2016
Aroma is malty and light spicey with darker fruits. Taste is somewhat malty, light burnt sugars and chocolate. Light yeast spicey and sweet finish.

Samuel214 (1507) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2016
Flaska från SB, provning med ölsällskapet. Ca 2 år gammal. Mörkbrun/kastanjebrun med krämbeiget skum. Söt doft med mängder av torkad frukt, muscovadosocker, lite kastanj, kola och längre bak en gnutta apelsinskal. Mediumkropp. Stor sötma även i smaken med muscovadosocker, torkad frukt, bränt socker. Lite värmande alkohol och beska och en väldigt lätt rökig ton.

fuzzcro (295) - Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2016
Rating this off the cuff. Mobile app neglected to record online so I lost my original rating.

OminouSC2 (927) - Mora, SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2016
Sweet. But I guess that’s how it should be with an Abbey Dubbel. Brown sugar, syrup, with some spices as well. A really good beer!

fakebeersnob (325) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - APR 3, 2016
Pours dark brow/cola with a head that quickly disappears. Smells of brown sugar. Tastes sweet, slight raisin or prune hidden beneath,. Yeast, but not as strong as some Abbey-style ales. Alcohol is hidden by the sweetness, A bit of a burnt malt/coffee finish.

This is rated high, but I prefer a Westmalle, Rochefort or a Chimay to this.

Niko100 (2998) - Chicago, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2015
Murky brown color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, yeast, caramel/molasses, & dark fruit; Flavor of sweet malt, yeast, caramel/syrup, dark fruit, and some spice; Nicely balanced. On the sweet side but solid.

UXO (1922) - CANADA - JUL 29, 2015
Appearance: clear deep amber with a short, short-lived light tan head and no lacing. (3/5) Aroma: brown sugar, dark fruit, cola, mild coffee and chocolate. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, very mild bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium to full body, soft carbonation, mildly warming finish. (4/5)

A decent enough dubbel, but it feels a bit light for the style to me, even though the carbonation tends to the soft. There’s a little hop bitterness coming through, and even just the faintest hint of sourness, that isn’t indicated by standard guidelines. Not so much an “abbey dubbel,” perhaps, as an “American dubbel”? (14/20)

rosenbergh (11868) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 17, 2015
Draught at the Anderson Valley Taproom, Boonville, CA. Rated on May 8th.

Clear reddish brown colour with a tiny tan head.
Sweet dried fruits, brown sugar, mild yeast, sweet malt and mild hoppy notes in the aroma.
The flavour is brown sugar, sweetness, dark fruits, yeast, hoppy bitterness, alcohol and dark malt. Strong.

troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2015
[Tap] Clear and light brown in color with a pillowy head on top. Sweet breads, dark fruit and molasses in the nose. Flavors of brown sugar, bread, caramel, candied plums, sticky malts and mild alcohol. Not much bitterness at all. Very sweet and a little syrupy. Tasting notes from 9/2014.

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