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Althea - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 205
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 27.37%
Wants: 5
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 08-26-2013

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.
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Photo of KTCamm
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

6/12....pours crimson brown with white thick bubbled foam. Rich dark fruit and china mom nose. Complex fruity taste, plummy and jammy. Some chocolate, nutty and cola flavors.

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Photo of themind
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of zac16125
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle into a chalice
bottling dates rubbed off

A: Hazy, mahogany brown, 1+ fingers width of dense tan head, great retention, fair amount of lacing. 4.25

S: Dark fruits, candied sugar, caramel/toffee, fruity esters, subtle spice. Plum is noticable. 4.25

T: Dark fruits, cocoa, spice, fair amount of bitterness. 4

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation heavy but appropriate, fairly smooth, drying finish, drinkability is good. 4.25

O: Very enjoyable American take on a Belgian classic. 4.25

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of avalon07
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Had this beer on tap at Crafty Draught, poured into a tulip glass. Had a brown color and a murky consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A pretty good aroma of fruit, yeast, and some malt.

T: Tasted of yeast, fruit (apples especially), yeast, malt, and a sweet almost candy-like quality. A solid flavor, except for being a little overly malty in the finish.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a drinkable beer. Not awe-inspiring, but worth a try.

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Photo of tgolden14
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
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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Photo of utopiajane
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a beautiful brown with garnet hue. Lovely firm head. Nose is a bit of brown sugar and a soft bread with some malty sweetness. yeast and a bit of pepper. Plum and dark fruit like date. Floral and spices too. There's a sour scent that's just faintly under the nose. Like prunes maybe. Taste is light peppery and fruity. The fruit is sweet but there's a tartness to it. It has a mouth watering quality amidst the dry yeast. It has soft sweet malty bread in ti but it's melt in your mouth light. It's one of the sweeter dubbels I have had. Floral and brown sugar end this one with a light little ticklish bit of bitterness to linger alongside that dry malt and that plum.

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Photo of brentk56
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of Jonada
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to mthomas84 for sharing this one.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with dark fruit and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has a slightly better aroma in my opinion.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up a few weeks back down at Joe Canal's in Woodbridge, having never tried this before but intrigued to see if Weyerbacher could brew a decent Dubbel and given that Althea is one of my favorite Grateful Dead songs and that part of the proceeds of this beer went to charity, I figured that this would be worth the price. While this wasn't as fruity, thick, or full as its European counterparts, this was a good take on the style that was easily enjoyable and still had more than enough going for it.

Of course, the appearance of this beer was the best aspect of it, as it had a nice plum shade, a fairly translucent hue, and quite a bit of head as I poured the first half of this bomber out. Lots of yeast and candied sugar in the nose and just as much in the taste but...where's the fruit? The plum is faint and the sweetness was fleeting. This felt too thin and not worth swishing around in my mouth, as evidenced from how dominant the alcohol was. While I like booze in my Belgian and Belgian-style beers, it should serve to enhance a beer and not dominate here. This wasn't the case here and the light, effervescent mouthfeel served to take this beer down a notch, from other examples of this style.

This was strong but not enough to keep from downing this in one session. There was a hint of raspberry tartness that was reflected in the taste and syrupy aspect of this beer but it wasn't enough to help overcome the shortness of this. This would be a great introduction to this style for a neophyte but those accustomed to heavier examples of this style will be disappointed to a small extent. Worth a go once to enjoy a Dubbel that feels more like a Singel.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a mahogany color with hints of a ruby red shining through. Upon pouring there is a fantastic tan colored head of two fingers that is massively thick and creamy looking. The head very slowly fades over time to leave a great level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of some darker fruits of plum, prune, and raisin complimented by a good strong malty smell which consists of a mix of biscuit, roasted malt and a bit of a doughy smell. Other aromas of banana and yeast as well as some spice of clove and coriander are there as well, creating a nice dubbel like smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with fruit flavors of plum and cherry upfront with a lighter level of a bready and slightly doughy like flavor. A good level of yeast and spice start right from the start with the spice being a nice mix of coriander and clove. The fruit flavors, while strong at the start, get even stronger as the flavor advances even further. Some raisin joins the profile with the plum flavor gaining a bit of potency and being joined by some lighter grass flavors. Some light alcohol flavors come to the tongue at the end being joined a little bit of a grapy wine like flavor to leave a dark fruity Belgian dubbel flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side for a dubbel of a 7.7% abv with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. A little more carbonation may have been slightly better for the fruit and yeast flavors of the brew, but overall the feel was OK.

Overall – A decent dubbel with a decent fruitiness. Rather pleasant drinking and worth a try.

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Photo of gestyr
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750Ml bottle into a schooner

A: Pours a nice brown with a reddish cast when held to the light. Slight chill haze present. Head is thick and long lasting with tight bubbles.

S: Lots of fruit aroma: cherries, dark fruit. Sweet malty smell.

T:Hmmm Interesting. Very wine like. Nice fruit notes with a malty sub-layer followed by a comfortable alcohol warming.

M: Medium body with no sting from the carbonation or alcohol. Smooth

O: Very drinkable and enjoyable. A good example of the style.

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Photo of JeffBrenner
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle had a good deal of carbonation. Poured with about half an inch of head that stuck around for a bit. Smells good with malts and candy sugars, and a nice yeast note. Pours a dark brown with minimal light penetration. Tastes very sweet, even for a double. Notes of raspberry and bubble gum. Tastes a lot like a weaker quad from them. All in all, not bad, not great, but definitely for a good cause. Personally, it lost some points because I definitely got no plum notes.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle dated 9/19/14 poured into a goblet
A: Dark brown with a 1.5-finger head
S: Please see BeerMiler12's note right below mine. I couldn't write it better. Belgian yeast/malt/prune to be simple
T: Matches the nose initially with nice malt, Belgian yeast and plum notes, but just after the plum hits it turns to spoiled prunes and has a rather unpleasant finish
M: Medium-bodied but the unpleasant finish takes it down a notch
O: Happy to try this but I prefer the othr beers I've had from Wererbacher

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Photo of Ljudsignal
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of Roguer
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a deep red/mahogany color with 3+ fingers of head that slowly settles down to a fluffy cap that leaves some nice lacing

S: Belgian yeast, dark fruitiness, lots of plum, and some light spices stand out. Quite a bit of maltiness as well that balances the yeastiness nicely

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the Belgian yeast, dark fruits, and spiciness. Plum definitely stands out. An odd twang comes through from the yeast as well, which is a little distracting. Finishes with a light sweetness and more of the dark fruits and plums

M: Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation

O: The yeasty twang mid-palate is definitely a little distracting. Aside from that, it's a solid brew that supports a great cause

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Photo of Chaney
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Haven't had a Weyerbacher brew in a while. Jammin!

Served in a 3 Stars glass.

A: Dark and then some. It looked like a plum.

S: The smell of the brewery hit me right away: CO2, dark fruit, plums, and raisons.

T: The Belgian strain was most evident here. Jeez...Good taste, but infinitely Belgiany. If that isn't your thing, stay away from this.

M: Nice mouth overall, more carbonated than most Belgians, and no lacing was left on the glass.

O: I wouldn't seek this out, but it has its merits.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-dark brown with a int of red and a decent light tan head and some lacing

S-dark fruit, plums, brown sugar, malt

T-toasted malt, brown sugar, Alison's, plums, slight wine-like taste, moderate bitterness in the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, dry

O-decent beer, but just misses slightly for me in the flavor dept.

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Althea from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.