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Althea - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

150 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | 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 is a Belgian-style Dubbel brewed with plums, bottle conditioned in a 750 ml/25.4 oz. cork and cage bottle, which weighs in at a substantial 7.7% ABV. It’s a beautiful, dark and fruity ale conceived and brewed by our New Jersey Sales Representative and former Philly Beer Geek, Natalie DeChico.
Every year, hundreds of women in Weyerbacher’s home, Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, are diagnosed with breast cancer. For many of these women, this means countless doctor visits, months of treatments and more. All too often this means lost wages and insurmountable bills during what is possibly the most trying time in that woman’s life.

For every bottle of Althea sold, Weyerbacher will donate $1 to The Pink Ribbon Fund to help these women – our mothers, daughters, wives, sisters and their families – cover costs like travel, child care, prostheses and more.

Althea hit the shelves in October 2013 to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A limited run with an extremely important purpose, Althea is a unique and delicious way for beer lovers to support women in their fight against breast cancer.

(Beer added by: Jason on 08-26-2013)
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Reviews by Ljudsignal:
Photo of Ljudsignal
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Roguer
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of TTripp725
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of tgolden14
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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Althea from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.