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Althea - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

112 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Althea Belgian Double with Plums

(Beer added by: Jason on 08-26-2013)
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4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

NonicPanic, Dec 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

KJ2013, Nov 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

sheofshortness, Mar 19, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +14.6%

An outstanding offering from Weyerbacher. This beer pours a nice frothy head with a mouth watering subtle plum aroma. The base beer dubbel is very enjoyable as the plums leave a nice aftertaste. I was happy to have grabbed a bottle of this stuff and I would purchase it again. For $8 bucks this beer was a steal.

Bottom Line: Enjoyable brew from th Easton boys.

themind, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%

Woo! A new Weyerbacher beer! Into a pint glass

A - Great carbonation with a solid 2 inch head in my glass. Beer is a hazy amber brown. Looks good.
S - Well it smells mildly tart not very medical, fruity yeasts very sweet smelling.
T - Well it's actually quite good mild tobacco with a touch of sweet herbal plum not very tart but balanced. Dubbel notes are mildly sour mostly sweet caramel malts and bready body. Just a mild dry finish with a medicinal cherry tint. Overall tasty.
M - Medium bodied, chewy and tart. On body with the style.

Overall not overly blown away but this is the first plum based beer that works. Pity it's 8 dollars a bomber or I would get another.

DrDemento456, Nov 21, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev +11.6%

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Burgundy brown color. Three plus fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is very good and plenty of lacing is left.

4.25 S: The plums in this are absolutely wonderful. Big aroma that perfectly complements the base beer. Blackberry, currants, and figs add in an extra fruity kick. Starts dry but has sweet caramel undertones. Lightly spicy yeastiness with pepper and a hint of clove. Very nice.

4.0 T: Taste is also quite good, but it doesn't quite match the nose. Fruits mentioned above again with lots of plum. Tangy tartness that wasn't evident in the nose. Caramel and toasty malts. On the drier side overall.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a light spritziness. Light on the tongue and super smooth.

4.0 D: Tasty beer that I recommend picking up.

DavoleBomb, Dec 26, 2013
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4.04/5  rDev +11.3%

Appearance: pours a dark brown with a 1/2" head that falls slowly to a spotty surface covering.

Smell: malt sweetness, dark fruits. and a bit of floral hops come through to the nose.

Taste: nice malt base with plums, a hint of nuttiness, and some earthiness. The bitterness is moderate and alcohol is mildly warming.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smoother and a touch dry at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste as the flavors linger on the tongue.

Overall: a very tasty belgian dubbel that everyone should give a try. Easy to consume and refreshing from a malt-forward perspective.

Gavage, Oct 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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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4/5  rDev +10.2%

GrumpyGirl, Apr 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

hoppymcgee, Sep 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

weeare138, Nov 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

JamieDuncan, Dec 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

NJBeer265, Jun 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

random846, Nov 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

YeastEnthusiast, Oct 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

750 ml bottle into chalice; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours moderately hazy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big plum, blackberry, prune, raisin, fig, pear, molasses, toast, brown bread, dark candi sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of plum, fruity/spicy yeast, and dark malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big plum, blackberry, prune, raisin, fig, pear, dark candi sugar, molasses, toast, dark bread, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light dark fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of plum, prune, blackberry, fig, raisin, pear, molasses, dark bread, toast, dark candi sugar, herbal, clove, pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and big robustness of plum, fruity/spicy yeast, and malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, moderately slick, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice dubbel style. All around good balance and complexity of plum, fruity/spicy yeast, and dark malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Feb 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

cjckson, Feb 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

krs0123, Jul 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

DrStiffington, Oct 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

brauseboof, Dec 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

ummswimmin, Jan 11, 2014
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3.99/5  rDev +9.9%

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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3.85/5  rDev +6.1%

Weyerbacher Althea, poured into a Rochefort goblet.

Pours out a soft brown color with darkness and not much passing light. A good head for a dubbel. Thick, and long-standing. Dense, and nearly tan in color. Attractive.

I get tart tannic fruit skins in the nose; evidence of the plum addition. Has a richer sweetness, also indicative, that includes plum flesh, bing cherry, malty richness, brown ale notes, light phenols, tobacco, and aged hops. Actually, very plummy, indeed.

Phenols in the flavor profile evoke medicinal compounds and a strange fruitiness that includes plums and the tannic qualities of the black varietal. More tobacco, nuances of clove, prune, dark maltiness, some residual candi sugar after-effects, and a bitter tartness. As it warms, I get more of those semi-tart cherry notes with red grape character. But, this beer is pretty dry compared to most Belgian-born dubbels. I am in-tune with that dryness, but some extra sugars could help the other complexities to shine.

Sopping wet with aid from a medium level carbonation. Not a bad drink, if not slightly too showy with booze.

Nothing really special, but I can get down with this, what with all of the Bornems and Ommegang Abbeys. I still approve of this effort.

thecheapies, Nov 06, 2013
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3.84/5  rDev +5.8%

Appearance: Althea has the Belgian look down, with a huge, frothy head perched atop the rosewood colored liquid

Smell: Fruity, with plum, blackberry and bubble gum tones, buttressed by a spicy Belgian yeast profile

Taste: Fruit and spice mix together, on the front end, with the plum, blackberry and bubble gum tones mixing with clove; in the middle, a medicinal, herbal tone builds and is almost acrid, like the bitterness from the skin of the plums or perhaps the pit

Mouthfeel: Medium body but buoyantly carbonated; perhaps a bit too much so

Overall: Were it not for the medicinal tone, I would really have enjoyed this beer and forgiven it for the slight over-carbonation; still, I rather enjoyed it but these issues kept it from being top flight for me

brentk56, Feb 15, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev +5.8%

750ml bottle served in a Rochefort goblet

Appearance: Pours a murky brown color with 1 finger of an off white head. Lots of visible carbonation streaming throughout the glass.

Smell: The added plums are really noticeable along with hints of dark bread, candi sugar and a bit of earth.

Taste: Dark fruit (plum in particular), bread, malt sweetness along with a very slight tartness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a soft creamy mouthfeel. Medium fine carbonation. Booze hidden well.

Overall: Pretty good American dubbel. With some of the proceeds going to a good cause, this is definitely worth picking up.

Jonada, Oct 10, 2013
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Althea from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.