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Althea | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

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.

Added by Jason on 08-26-2013

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Photo of Alissa2579
1.36/5  rDev -63.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked this up at the liquor outlet in boonton. I was expecting a fruity beer with the pink label and plum infusion. Boy was I disappointed. This is a dark heavy beer. I picked up no fruit notes

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber color, good retention, some sediment. The aroma has dark fruits very much like a Belgian dubbel. The plums used in the brewing process are slightly evident in the nose and taste. Bready malts and Belgian yeast, watery dark fruit. Light and crisp. About par for the course.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.29/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from cork and cage bottle into pint glass. The color is a deep, cloudy mahogany with a nice, thick, light tan head and thick lacing. A very attractive pour. The smell is mostly a bready malt with some spice and the faintest aroma of fruit. While Weyerbacher is one of my favorite brewers, either I bought a bad bottle or I just don't get this one. Very bitter, very sour. I don't taste the plum at all. The mouthfeel is fine; I just don't like the taste. Again, this is so uncharacteristic for Weyerbacher that I'm going to assume I bought a bad bottle.

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Photo of stevoj
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from delabierman. Plums add sweetness, but detract from the overall dubbel character. Slightly tart and fizzy. A bit too fruity for the style. Shame as Weyerbacher turns out nice Belgian ales.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.39/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the brewery. From notes. Reviewed 12 October 2015.
3.5/3.25/3.5/3.5/3.25
Brownish clear. Allegedly pinkish due to plums, but I don't see it.
The nose is cherry cough syrup and clove/Belgian yeast.
The taste is dubbleish, but sticky sweet. Niceish for an American effort, but a bit mild and underwhelming. Fruity-clean finish with only a hint of syrup.
I didn't love it, and won't seek it out, but it's a decent dubbel.

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Photo of itsscience
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Dark brown with a fluffy off-white 2 1/2 finger head. Has heavy retention and tightly packed bubbles.

Smell: Yeast, malt, and dark fruit.

Taste: No surprises here, given the smell. Sweet malts, light bitterness from the yeast, and an undertone of dark fruit, although I'm not getting the taste of plum.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. It's crisp and hides the 7.7% alcohol well.

Overall: Not a bad dubbel at all. So many attempts by American breweries to create a Trappist style ale end up as failures, but this one is a worthy example of the style. At the same time, if I ever find myself in the mood for a dubbel, there are many better options available to me. It just doesn't do enough to distinguish itself and I doubt I will ever get Althea again.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting beer....a dubbel brewed with plum. The beer poured cloudy red with a slight purpleish hue. The scent carried some dark fruit. The taste had the similar Belgian flare with almost a pinot noir push. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's ok.

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Photo of Suds
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a dark, hazy brew with a thick tan head....the aroma is yeasty, with a little malt and fruit. Some bubblegum, and plenty of Phenolic scents. The taste is where the fruit rally comes out. Plum is note don't eh bottle, and I get the flavor, especially as I work through the beer. The beer is semi sweet, with less malt flavor than the smell projected. Lots of complexity, though... hop, spice, yeast, alcohol, fruit. Medium body. An interesting beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige colored head that slowly died down but never completely faded away.
S: The smell begins to develop as the beer warms up—there are notes of Belgian yeast and plums.
T: Much like the smell, the plum flavors really begin to develop as the beer warms up and overshadow the Belgian yeast.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be somewhat enjoyable, but only after it warmed up and the aromas and flavors of plums began to develop. No traces of alcohol are perceptible.

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Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BA ClockworkOrange for sharing this 750ml. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a murky brown with a tan cap. Some orange clarity is seen around the edges. Patchy lace sticks to the glass.

The aroma is sugary with yeasty spiciness and a hint of something almost grassy. Some belgian candy quality blends to bubblegum and banana. A bit of sulfur towards the tail end.

The taste includes that previously mentioned belgian candy sugar sweetness. Somewhat fruity with pear, apple and bubblegum. A bit herbal, grassy and spicy with clove and more fruitiness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. A little too sweet feeling with not enough malt character (if that makes any sense?) It feels too much like candy and lacks depth. The spice and seemingly a melange of fruity esters just isnt enough to combat the sweetness. Worth trying but I would peobably not revist.

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Photo of hman43
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours a cloudy light brown with reddish hues. There is a light brown head.

Smell: It has aromas of cherries, malt, and a bit of sour on the nose.

Taste: The taste features cherries with plums mix into with a sweet and sour malt bill.

Feel: It has a moderate feel to it with a sour and slightly sweet finish.

Overall: This is a good example of a dubbel with a complex combination of malts and fruity esters.

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Photo of gutbuster
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very murky garnet in color with a dense frothy off white head that lingers well almost to the bottom of the glass. Very heavy amounts of lacing. Very appealing.

Dark fruits jump out of the glass with the aromas of plums and cherries. Very red wine like.

Taste consists of more of the already mentioned dark fruits, with just a hint of toast. Finishes with just a bare hint of caramel sweetness.

Highly carbonated and medium bodied. Dry and just a tad tart.

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Photo of RobAM
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this before (last year) but didn't rate it. It's OK but I taste alcohol right up front. . And that knocks my rating down. Try harder weyerbacher

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Photo of adamette
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

09/19/14
09/19/15
stamped on the neck of the corked and caged bottle that I bought at Heinen's in Mentor about one month ago, cost of $7.99. Could that be a marked down price since the "best by" date had passed?

Look. Pours a dark copper nearly brown body under a creamy, generous light brown head that lingers a while.

Smell. Rather standard Dubbel smell. Strain to pick up any plums in the smell.

Taste. High malt content, somewhat standard (but delicious) dubbel malt and some grains taste with just a whisper of dark fruits.

Feel. Dances on the tongue, high in carbonation but that strong malt syrupy goodness lingers long after in the taste.

Overall: Solid dubbel which is what I expected going in.

Notes: Glad to contribute to support Breast Cancer research through Weyerbacher.

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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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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 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 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 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 jopezu
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours a murky, solid mahogany with lots of big sediment and a massive head that sticks around. nose; spicy cinnamon apple, & tart belgian yeast. taste; very tart/sour plum, fig, tart green apple, spicy brown sugar, & cherry. some interesting very highly carbonated & medium mouthfeel. the lack of sour/tart acknowledgement makes me think i got an "off" bottle here. couple that with my dislike for sours, and it's difficult to understand why i actually kinda enjoyed this one, ha! the fruits are nice, and the tartness sort of subsided after a bit. again, odd. i need to locate another bottle somewhere and see if it matches.

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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 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 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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