Waterloo Double 8 Dark - Brasserie Du Bocq

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very good

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Reviews: 29
Hads: 67
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 5.88%
Wants: 2
Gots: 16 | 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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Photo of boddhitree
4.56/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance = dark brown, amber
Aroma - licorice, brown sugar, biscuit and toast, dark Belgian sugar and a little alcohol.
Flavor -
In the front, a nice alcohol flavour but not "bite," some decent amount bitterness.
In the middle, more alcohol but brown sugar and dark candy sugar. Malt is also present like biscuit and/or abbey. It's got lots of sweet flavors here. Yum!
In the back, some sourness, less sweet, and some Pils malt flavour.
Aftertaste, slight tartness, actually almost a coriander taste, but not quite... and of course sweet malts and wonderful dark sugars.
Overall, a wonderful mix of dark candy sugars, some bitterness up front and a nice balance with tartness/spiciness in the back. Very good beer. You taste the alcohol a little but it doesn't burn at all and it drinks very smoothly and stays thick in the mouth. (834 characters)

Photo of checkfeet
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Waterloo

Poured out of stubby bottle, purchased in Thailand.

Appearance: Bay color - a warm chocolatey brown. Full of tiny bubbles come up the side to create a thin, even head that slowly dissipates into a patchy lacing.

Nose: Like eating whole wheat cherry pancakes with maple syrup on top. Throw in some nutmeg, perhaps apples and plums. Alcohol esters and pepper as well.

Taste: crisp, lighter fruit compared to the nose, more like apples or tropical fruit to start. Gets a heavier taste, like syrup on walnut brown bread, in the middle. Then sits on the back of the tongue for ages, leaving a pleasant, bitter, fruity chewiness in the mouth. The tight carbonation helps give it a perfect mouthfeel with a great combination of lightness and complexity.

A very tasty treat. (780 characters)

Photo of wl0307
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BB 15/10/09, served chilled in Westmalle's broad-rimmed goblet.

A: dark reddish gloss over a light brown base, topped with a beige frothy head with superb retention, while the carbonation remains semi-lively and not OTT.
S: a rich estery note mixed of aromatic Chinese red-bean paste, black sugar, date jam, dark chocolates, lightly sour-citrus and a sour-sweet note of lactose-drink comes with a faint hoppy touch. Very pleasant and integrated.
T: an effervescent mouthful of sour-sweet and spicy taste of dark maltiness, citric hops, and lactose-drink-like sour yeastiness precedes a chewy, spicy, and estery aftertaste reminiscent (again) of Chinese red-bean paste, figs, red date jam, with a touch of menthol or similar leafy herbs lagging behind. A mildly warming flow of alc. quietly creeps down the palate by stealth, where more chewy+dry-ish black tea-leafy tannins and toasted maltiness also linger.
M&D: marvellous on the mouthfeel, soothing and full of microscopic fizz, this medium-bodied but considerably deep dark ale is solid, reasonably complex, and retains an integrated flavour profile as well as aroma. A fantastic and well-balanced brew. (1,158 characters)

Photo of dnichols
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: It poured a dark tan body with a caramel tinted one finger head. The head fell slowly leaving a clear layer of foam over the surface of the beer. There was thin but even lacing.

S: It smell of deep sweet roasted malts with a big dollop of brown sugar, as well as some ripe white fruit aromas.

T: It hit the tongue with a mountain of sweet malts and sticky candy. There were dark ripe fruits and a bit of tang from muted hops.

M It was medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation and smooth, rich and complex presnece on the tongue. It finished warm and clean.

D: It was a very enjoyable BSDA with the richness and complexity expected from Belgium Brewers. It might be a bit heavy and have too high and ABV to support a long session but it is a great brew for a night at home in front of a dire. (809 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of BeerSingh
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (1,700 characters)

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful dark ruby and brown colouration with a creamy latte head that has good retention and leaves some lace. Zero carbon evidence in the glass.

S - Phenol clove aroma some band-aid aroma too but thankfully it is not too pronounced mild to moderate alcohol light fruit and some candy sugar from the crystal malts.

T - Sweet, supporting a mild hop bitterness with mild linger and there is also some fruit but it is slight and the flavour is more onto the malty sugary end with a light boozy element.

MF - Full and creamy with plenty of tingly body and boozy warmth.

Overall - Top notch! This beer is full of flavour and has a nice balance and warmth that makes it a pleasure to sip at. For me this made a cracking after dinner tipple. (745 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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 (502 characters)

Photo of WHROO
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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 (627 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very solid double with all the deep fruity notes hidden behind a malty mouthfeel. Not the most complex example of the style but really no faults either. I liked the smooth finish and enjoyed the yeasty nose on the beer as it warmed up. Strange how there is only 7 reviews for this beer and most from the UK ( It only recently showed up in BC) (342 characters)

Photo of janubio
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Red-amber colour, with a big off white head that leaves crown and lace. Smell of dark fruits, I swear I smell something like blue cheese?, caramel, hints of chocolate, red berries. Full body, carbonatios is very good too. Sticky palate. Taste of red berries, chocolate, caramelm some brandy feel. Really good. (309 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a super hazy dark mahogany, two fingers of head with solid retention and no real lacing.

S - Certainly spicy, with cinnamon and cloves coming through, the yeast esters are certainly standing out along with a musky sweetness on the finish.

T - A touch of molasses off the top, the cloves and spices come through next, a musky bitterness follows on the finish. Certainly rich and a touch of ABV heat is detectable on the finish. A bold dark Belgian indeed, and certainly not for the faint of heart.

M - Lighter bodied ale that explodes on the tongue, but goes down smooth and finishes surprisingly wet.

O - Overall a tasty dark Belgian, offering some bold flavours. Glad I had the opportunity to take it for a spin. Certainly recommended to any fan of dark Belgians, and I would take down another bottle no questions asked. (835 characters)

Photo of svanet01
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brabantse Aap in Amsterdam.

Served in a porcelain chalice - dark, malty flavor, characteristic of a trappist dubbel, but with a little more punch. Not much carbonation, a rather smooth finish. Overall, a nice representation of a dark, Belgian-style strong ale. (275 characters)

Photo of alpineclimber
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up from my good, local beer store. A new beer on the shelf.

Beer poured out of a brown 33cl Belgian bottle, dark burgundy brew with a foamy off white head. Smell is of dark fruits, malt and a slight tinge of alcohol. Taste is of dark fruit and malty goodness, phenols are strong in this brew. The bitterness is in the finish, alcohol is very present in the finish as it hits the back of the throat. A decent medium mouth feel that is slick.

Overall not a bad BDSA, I would drink this again. (500 characters)

Photo of elricorico
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (903 characters)

Photo of anakar
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App - due to me talking while pouring I got this one out of the bottle to a glass in a 70% froth/30% beer ratio. But after the head went down (which was quite quick) it looked very dark bronze color but clear, no cloudyness

Smell - like any other duppel bock, this smelled of caramel and toffee and alcohol... nothing else to it

Taste - This was a real heavy beer. Strong notes of caramel and toffee, and again, lots of alcohol in the taste - and I've had a few stronger beers, this one is heavy.

Mouth - Nice and smooth, a little carby, but the major thing is that feeling of heavyness and fullness you feel after having it. (628 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a squat 33cL bottle into a Rochefort goblet.

A: Red-dark opaque brown. Thick, creamy head is tannish with great retention. Nice lacing.

S: Light, but nice. Dark malts and sugars are the dominant smell.

T: Yum. Tastes like I thought it would -- dark and sweet with a mild spiciness -- but less full-bodied and complex than I'd hoped. Not very heavy, pretty straightforward, and malty. Possible fruity hints around the edges. The aftertaste is smooth and suggests hops without actually going there.

M: Good. A little sticky-sweet, but light enough and with just the right amount of carbonation to avoid this being a problem.

D: Too sweet and boring for me to drink much more than one. If I were going for a dubbel, I'd get something with more pizazz, but still...it's good. Probably more so than I've given it credit for. (836 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.), purchased from Bières & Chopes, and tasted in 2011.

Appearance : deep red color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : roasted malt aroma.
Taste & mouthfeel : sweet caramel and roasted malt flavors, with alcohol presence.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian dark ale. (294 characters)

Photo of MTNboy
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (283 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (769 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (271 characters)

Photo of khmel
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Brown maple color, hazey, more opaque than not. Ruby hints around the edges. Craggy dense head at 2 fingers with GREAT retention and lots of lacing. Beautiful little carbonation trails rising slowly throughout the session.

S: Dark bread, raisins, sweet malt.

T: Sweet malt, dark bread, fruity, yeast in the finish.

M: Smooth, medium body, not over carbonated, dry finish but balanced.

O: Quite an enjoyable duppel! (423 characters)

Photo of jonb5
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, poured into Kasteel chalice.

A: Very dark mahogany, opaque, one fat finger head, very good retention and lacing.

S: Raspberry, malt, molasses.

T: Brown sugar, malt raspberry, molasses, hints of yeast and cork, booze well hidden.

M: Smooth and crisp. Light body for the high abv, moderate carbonation.

O: Fairly typical dark beer from the Du Boca line up, for some reason there seemed to be less going on than with lower strength beers from the same brewery, by no means
a bad beer but unexciting. (518 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (407 characters)

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Waterloo Double 8 Dark from Brasserie Du Bocq
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