Althea - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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3.58/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
01-26-2014 22:49:07 | More by metter98
3.73/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
12-31-2013 02:01:58 | More by Ljudsignal
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.
12-26-2013 07:03:15 | More by DavoleBomb
Althea from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.