Brother David’s Double Abbey Style AleSeptember 1, 2006 Boonville, CA
Anderson Valley Brewing Co.
Available: AZ, CA, CO, DE, ID, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, MI, NC, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, UT, VA, WA, WI
Brother David’s Double received the Gold Medal in the Belgian Strong Ale category at the 2006 California State Fair’s Commercial Craft Brewing Competition and was also named the overall Best of Show. This spring, Anderson Valley Brewing Co. completed a state-of-the-art photovoltaic project that will cut the brewery’s electrical bill in half, allowing the brewery to boast of making “solar-powered beer.”
Alcohol (wt.): 7.2
Alcohol (vol.): 9.0
Original Gravity: n/a
Final gravity: n/a
Malts used: n/a
Hops used: n/a
Deep reddish-brown is bright held to the light, almost opaque otherwise. Disappointing head dissipates immediately. Nice nose with malty notes is fresh and satisfying. Powerful beer tastes strong, and is—9% ABV. On the palate there is a pleasant contrast of the fruity mouth feel of malt with the herbaceous spiciness of hops and a bone-dry finish. Fulsome flavor is fine as a digestive in place of brandy or with fruit and cheese.
- Charles Finkel
Brother of what Order? This brewery is in outlaw country, with no claims to holiness. The cassock-black color of the beer is a nice try. The pruney, but thin aroma promises little. The raisiny, black chocolate, is more engaging, but the finish dusty. Anderson Valley is capable of darker sins than these.
- Michael Jackson
The Brother David on the label is Toronado owner Dave Keene, arguably one of America’s beer saints and the reason this beer was first brewed in 2001. Begins with a whisper of fruit and banana taffy on the nose and a solid dose of alcohol (9% abv). Gets much louder and alcoholic in the mouth, with dark fruit (raisins, plums), chocolate, anise and some burnt caramel candy that lingers through the finish. Seems like a beer that could use a little more time to come together.
- Stan Hieronymus
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.
Editor at Realbeer.com, a professional journalist for 40 years and amateur brewer for 15, Hieronymus is the author of four beer books, including Brew Like a Monk.
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