Althea - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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3.56/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
12-10-2013 15:21:09 | More by stakem
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.
11-21-2013 04:47:30 | More by DrDemento456
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.
11-06-2013 04:05:14 | More by thecheapies
3.75/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
11-04-2013 02:15:52 | More by Darkmagus82
Althea from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.