Althea - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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3.54/5 rDev -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.
11-02-2013 00:52:10 | More by Suds
3.79/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
10-30-2013 19:51:09 | More by JerzDevl2000
3.53/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
10-30-2013 02:17:00 | More by itsscience
3.81/5 rDev +5%
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.
10-28-2013 17:21:43 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.65/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
10-21-2013 23:00:12 | More by MDDMD
District of Columbia
3.66/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
10-19-2013 04:27:40 | More by Chaney
3.76/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
10-16-2013 23:32:00 | More by gestyr
3.84/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
10-10-2013 06:17:00 | More by Jonada
Althea from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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