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Althea - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

123 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 2
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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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

sheofshortness, Mar 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

paulys55, Mar 19, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

beergorrilla, Mar 16, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -38%

Zaphog, Mar 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

claspada, Mar 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

kaelingirl, Mar 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

skiofpinsk, Mar 07, 2014
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.

bluejacket74, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

superspak, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
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

brentk56, Feb 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

rct, Feb 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

VonZipper, Feb 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

runner72, Feb 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

cjckson, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

metter98, Jan 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

BBB, Jan 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

bmjivi221, Jan 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

StevenH, Jan 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Hockey_Fan, Jan 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

ummswimmin, Jan 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

mctizzz, Jan 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

PEIhop, Jan 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

dannyhead, Jan 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

SadMachine, Jan 01, 2014
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.

Ljudsignal, Dec 31, 2013
Althea from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.