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Althea - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

113 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 1
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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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Darkmagus82, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of BigMike
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

BigMike, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +10.2%

weeare138, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of Suds
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Suds, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

kylehay2004, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of sneaks2210
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

sneaks2210, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

JerzDevl2000, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of itsscience
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

itsscience, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of DelicateDelirium
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

DelicateDelirium, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev +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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of ImperialStout
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

ImperialStout, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

ygtbsm94, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

ColForbinBC, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of MDDMD
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

MDDMD, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of Dweedlebug
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Dweedlebug, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of TheLevi4000
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

TheLevi4000, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of Chaney
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Chaney, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of gestyr
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

gestyr, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of Varkias41
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Varkias41, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of ridgeline23
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

ridgeline23, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

chinchill, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of buckyp
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

buckyp, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of salthemonster
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

salthemonster, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of Jonada
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Jonada, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Knapp85, Oct 10, 2013
Althea from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.