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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Beer Tasting: Anderson Valley Brother David's Double

The Beer: Anderson Valley Brother David's Double
Style: Belgian-style Abbey Dubbel
Reviews: Beer Advocate Rate Beer
Packaging & Date Stamping: 22 oz. brown bottle; no evident date stamp on bottle

From where & how stored: Purchased from Monument Liquors in Concord, CA flown home and stored at 60F since then

Pricing: $4.99 per bottle

Availability: Year-round

ABV, IBU, and Other Available Stats: 9% ABV
Bryan's Notes
The Look:
- Dark brown beverage pours smoothly
- Presents a little over a finger's worth of off-white foam
- Thins to a ring and a swirl

The Aroma & The Taste:
- Bready, malty aroma comes through first
- Hints of chocolate and caramel
- crisp, sweet tang expresses itself so well in the aroma and then certainly in the flavor
- this is a sturdy beer without being overwhelming

The Verdict: A beer that delivers in the taste what I was teased with in the aroma, and vice versa, is well on its way to being a winner. Then, a beer like this that delivers matching pleasing aromas and flavors is a winner every time. I didn't pair this with food, but would bet it would stand up well with meats and cheeses.

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