Brother David’s double abbey style ale – Anderson Valley Brewing (Boonville, CA, USA)

Brother David’s double abbey style ale – Anderson Valley Brewing, 9% ABV, (Boonville, California)

On the label:

“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. Never heat pasteurized nor sterile filtered. For maximum flavour, enjoy at between 48F and 55F. Brewed from malted barley, hops, water, demerara sugar and special trappist yeast.”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: B-
  • Why I like it: smooth malty potent
  • Where I got it: St. Johns Liquor Store (Port Moody)
  • How much: $11 for 1pt.6floz. (750ml), Oct 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: Nope
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes

Tasting notes: pours hazelnut brown with minimal head, ringed retention, show moving lacing, super micro CO2, scattered slow moving CO2 streams. Dark malty nose with a bit of scotch. Strong brown sugar up front, 7/10 sweetness, mixed with deep malts, slight caramel and very apparent ethyl alcohol backdrop. Slightly dark fruity. Silky carbonation and buttery mouthfeel. Low-medium complexity, med-high depth, excellent carry, medium-long length, decent carry. Potent high ABV beer, but not complex enough for me to try again.