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Althea - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

138 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Althea Belgian Double with Plums

(Beer added by: Jason on 08-26-2013)
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

bshiban, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of stakem
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

stakem, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of Alex5
2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

Alex5, Dec 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

brauseboof, Dec 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Sarge3130, Dec 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

NonicPanic, Dec 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

BeerForMuscle, Nov 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

ChipMurray, Nov 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

calcnerd, Nov 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Syracuse12, Nov 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

reizorc, Nov 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

andthevolcano, Nov 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Kegatron, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 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.

DrDemento456, Nov 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

RRC03, Nov 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Giantspace, Nov 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

random846, Nov 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

KJ2013, Nov 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

gavjamhawk, Nov 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

NYR_Rob, Nov 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

JakeDebus, Nov 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

WanderingFool, Nov 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

steelslug92, Nov 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

taospowder, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of thecheapies
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

thecheapies, Nov 06, 2013
Althea from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.