Waterloo Double 8 Dark - Brasserie Du Bocq

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87
very good

58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 1
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: jdhilt on 06-19-2007)
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Reviews by Ciocanelu:
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in a nice little stubby-esque bottle, commemorating the Battle of Waterloo...

This beer pours a hazy dark ruddy brown, with an abundance of creamy, foamy light beige head, which settles quickly enough, leaving a ring of like foam lace around the glass. It smells lightly of spicy, fruity, and boozy caramel malt. The taste is sweet, dark fruity malt, some biscuity edginess, a bit of sourness, and a vinous bitterness, more tannic than hoppy. The carbonation is quite fine, after blowing its load at the outset. An almost full, but still smooth, soft, and silky body gives way to a more hoppy, balanced finish.

The big ABV is noticeable, but essentially fairly even and well integrated, making this a very enjoyable sipper for a pressure-dropping summer squall.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.55/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fine good drinking dark ale, not very complex. Bold yeasty aroma,with mollasses and liqourice. Medium mouthfeel, yielding flavours of carmel and cola. Alcohol is well hidden. Dark brown body with generous one-half inch of retained head, and leaving lace down the glass.

Photo of mchen
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - murky deep cedar brown, tall tan head dissipated to a solid consistent covering
S - buttery toffee, plumb and raisins, light spicy and phenolic notes
T - much like the nose with the addition of bready malt, the grape like phenolic is more prominent but without the spicy note
M - has a generally smooth quality with a Belgian carbonation kick as expected, full throughout
O - definitely glad to have stumbled across this brew, has rich qualities of a dark Belgian ale without any noticeable alcohol

Photo of elricorico
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured slowly from a stubby bottle. Deep dark brown with a solid three fingers of head that seems not to recede at a snail's pace. Some lacing in clumps as I drink.

Smell is rich and sweet. Strong impression of dark dried fruits, belgian yeast and some herbal notes. Plums seem to jump out in the aroma the most.

Fairly sweet to taste as well, immediate dark cherries and candy sugar at the front of the tongue. Cherry sweetness holds on throughout, bending just slightly towards sour at the back of the tongue. Lingering herbal notes and just the faintest of alcohol heat at the very finish.

Body is a touch lighter than many of the BSDAs out there, but not bad. Carbonation is not lacking, but stays comfortable.

Really a good beer, easy to put down and suitable for a chilly fall day (which unfortunately we seem to be experiencing at the end of August...) I'd recommend it if you like the style.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper with a stupidly huge, growing tan head.
Rich spicy aroma with lots of golden syrup and brown sugar. Incredibly sweet. Noticeable cloves and cinnamon play a large part too.
Similarly sweet flavours, the golden syrup and brown sugar really dominate. Some hot alcohol follows through making for quite a cloying beer.
Too much carbonation.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of BeerSingh
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another one from the Gourmet Shop at Siam Discovery. Had it perched on the balcony of the Lebua in Bangkok overlooking the Chao Phraya river. Poured this one out while my lady continued to sip the St Louis Framboise.
The Waterloo helped itself with a massive, tan coloured head into the wine glass with a dark, mahogany coloured body and plenty of sedimentation. I believe I would not have even poured out half the beer that the glass was brimful. As the head settled, it left peaks of lacing. A light twirl just washed off the peaks with a sticky, oily film that hung on to the edges hooked to some yeast particles. The aroma was typical BSDA - caramel malts, yeast and bread and dark fruits like prunes and plums. Decent length of nose as the beer warmed up in my hands.
The taste was even better - a very nice balance of sweet and spicy. Sweet from the candi sugar and caramel malts and a clovey spiciness of additives unknown and perhaps the yeast. The caramel and fruity sweetness was there throughout the play, while a panoramic slideshow of spices like cinnamon and cloves, dark fruits like plums, figs and prunes and a wee bit of hop bitterness filled in well. The finish was moist and sweet with a little bit of breadiness and yeast tartness. Sweeping, complex array of flavours - in both depth and length. It could have been the ambience, the view or the company, but I was really enjoying this beer.
Mouthfeel was medium, with ample life on the palate from the carbonation especially as the beer had warmed up to room temperature. I had discovered a nice sipper, though I may have given hardly 10 minutes between two pours of this 330 ml beauty. Maybe next time would be a different story.

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at De Bekeerde Suster, Amsterdam, Netherlands

A: The beer is hazy dark reddish brown in color. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down and left a large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Light aromas of dark fruits are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of dark fruits with hints of sweetness and faint amounts of spices towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very drinkable dubbel that seems to have just enough sweetness. The alcohol is very well hidden.

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2.83/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Brownish color. Yeasty nose like the Belgian beers, dark fruit in the nose style prunes and brown sugar.

The entrance in the mouth is good, well spiced with a little aftertaste of alcohol as a bit in a rose wine a tad too dry.

Too bad that feeling, just moved to take the place of the spices that evaporate completely in the finish.

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4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a dark Mahogany colour with an off white head that retains well and reduces to a film.

S - Molassis, malts and spicyness, caramel and booze

T - Plenty of burnt caramel and toffee up front with a little dark fruit.

M - Medium body and carbonation makes for a smooth drop.

D - This is a full flavoured Dubbel that is well worth a try.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MTNboy
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is dark brow with a red hue. The head and lace are both frothy and an almost tan off white. The aroma is roasted malt with raisins and prunes. It has a spicy end but is mainly dried fruit like in flavor. The mouth feel is on the heavier end of medium. Overall not that bad.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of WHROO
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into my St.Idesbald Stemmed bewty...looked dark, hearty, yeasty, with soft carbonation & a little foamy head that melted away after a few minutes.

S: love the smell of the Belgian strong darks & this was no exception...dark fruits, sweet, malty...very fruitcake-ish.

T: Malty, sweet, dark - very full & rounded, could easily detect the high ABV...finishes with a definate clean dryness.

M: Full, smooth, clean & dry...

D: One of those high ABV's that aren't too alcohol strong, yet strong enough to thoroughly enjoy just one...was very content after the one, but would not have said no to another.

VERY ENJOYABLE

Photo of mdagnew
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a deep burgundy red colour with some brown hints... massive light tan head pours thick and meringue like then faded slowly to good frothy coating... loads of carbonation rushes to the surface... light sticky lacing...

Aroma - Sweet toasted bready and caramel malts, dark candy sugar, lots of yeastiness, overripe dark fruits (plums, some banana, raisins, dates), some light sour vinegar notes, leathery traces, some pepperiness...

Taste - Lots of toasted biscuity and bready malts, brown sugar and treacle sweetness, very metallic, quite earthy and musty, again some dark overripe fruits (raisins, dates and prunes), alcohol just noticeable, some vegetal hints, light sourness, salty traces...

Feel - Sharp initially then becomes smoother... medium / full bodied... fairly drinkable for 8.5% but a bit sweet and sickly...

Overall - An average and pretty standard example of a Belgian Dubbel...

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of jdhilt
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Explodes with a five+ fingered light tan head fades quickly to a ring that leaves some lace. Nice mahogany color. Malty smoky nose. Good carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Flavor is smoky caramel, some sweetness and hints of the higher ABV, clean finish. €6.00 ($8.22) 750ml bottle from souvenir shop Waterloo, Belgium. Best by Jun 6, 2008. Marketed by Belgian-Beer-Tradition Breweries Brussels, Belgium.

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Waterloo Double 8 Dark from Brasserie Du Bocq
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