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Althea - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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142 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Althea Belgian Double with Plums

(Beer added by: Jason on 08-26-2013)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by Ljudsignal:
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3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml cork-and-cage poured into my trusty Night Shift tulip glass.

Pours a hazy reddish-brown with an initial frothy two-finger tan head. Head gradually subsides to a surprisingly robust ring of foam and a light film atop the beer. Minimal lacing, but decent legs on this one.

In the nose, a potent blend of dark fruits--the expected plums, but also raisins, prunes, and cherries--as well as burnt brown sugar, caramel, yeast, clove, and a light medicinal note.

In the mouth, sweet malts and burnt sugars gives way to a brief plummy and fruity note mid-palate, before yeasty banana and coriander esters emerge towards the back of the palate. A subtle earthy hop and yeasty bitterness also appears throughout, as well as a slightly unpleasant clove-y medicinal note that occasionally threatens to overpower the more agreeable flavors.

Medium-bodied, crisp and carbonated. Slightly syrupy towards the back, could stand to be a little more carbonated to balance the saccharine feel. Alcohol is not readily apparent.

On the whole, a respectable dubbel that falls just short of being excellent. A little too syrupy, not quite dry and spicy enough in the finish, and the omnipresent medicinal note is a little jarring. Still a solid take on the style.

Ljudsignal, Dec 31, 2013
More User Reviews:
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

TTripp725, Sep 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first, the plum flavors in this beer completely overwhelm and not in a good way. However, subsequent sips allow for the greatness in this beer to come out. This is a very refreshing brew, with just the right amount of fruit to go along with just the right amount of hops. Surprisingly, It pairs very well with a meaty lasagna.

tgolden14, May 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Jason, Sep 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

mctizzz, Jan 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Janeinma, Sep 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

chinchill, Oct 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

acurtis, Oct 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

TheLevi4000, Oct 20, 2013
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JMS1512, Oct 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

BraveMountie, Nov 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Varkias41, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of Roguer
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful Dubbel: dark brown with garnet highlights, fairly clear with lots of carbonation, and topped by a thick, 1 1/2 very firm cream-colored head. Excellent retention.

Spicy, yeasty dubbel aroma. Banana bread, dark bread, a hint of cloves and nutmeg, a bit of alcohol presence. Tons of caramel and toffee, and a bit of black pepper. Prunes and dates. I don't get plum, but it may just blend together with everything else.

Plum does come through on the flavor, providing just a hint of sweetness to an otherwise bready, spicy dubbel. Very traditional abbey-style ale. For flavors, see the nose: spiced bread dominates.

Very lively with moderate sting. Medium-full feel with sticky retention.

Overall, a very nice dubbel that is stylistically not out of place. It's a little watery and spicy for my preference, but it certainly represents well among North American dubbels.

Roguer, Nov 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

StevenH, Jan 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

GrumpyGirl, Apr 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Kegatron, Nov 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

GoGators, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of bluejacket74
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Served in a goblet, the beer pours a clear ruby red color with about an inch and a half light tan head that sticks around a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like dark fruit (plums, figs), clove, peppery spice, blackberries, caramel and brown sugar. It tastes like sweet and tart dark fruit (plums, figs, raisins, red grapes), blackberries, peppery spice, bready malt/dark bread, cloves, brown sugar and caramel. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a little bit syrupy and has a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a good brew overall. At $7.99 a bottle (and with $1 from each bottle sold going to a local Breast Cancer charity), I'd buy it again. Definitely worth a try.

bluejacket74, Mar 01, 2014
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andthevolcano, Nov 24, 2013
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Althea from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.