Waterloo Double 8 Dark - Brasserie Du Bocq
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4.55/5 rDev +16.4%
Appearance = dark brown, amber
Aroma - licorice, brown sugar, biscuit and toast, dark Belgian sugar and a little alcohol.
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.
05-05-2014 19:59:14 | More by boddhitree
4.38/5 rDev +12%
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.
07-23-2008 14:13:24 | More by checkfeet
United Kingdom (England)
4.38/5 rDev +12%
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.
11-11-2008 01:20:35 | More by wl0307
4.3/5 rDev +10%
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.
09-15-2008 00:30:36 | More by dnichols
4.18/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
10-31-2011 12:04:29 | More by BeerSingh
4.18/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
11-05-2010 15:41:12 | More by eric5bellies
4.1/5 rDev +4.9%
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
07-24-2011 04:05:14 | More by joemcgrath27
4.1/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
06-20-2010 02:52:38 | More by WHROO
British Columbia (Canada)
4.05/5 rDev +3.6%
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)
12-21-2009 19:52:29 | More by canucklehead
4/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
07-29-2011 20:02:45 | More by andrenaline
4/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
10-06-2013 18:00:21 | More by svanet01
4/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
07-21-2010 02:38:31 | More by alpineclimber
Waterloo Double 8 Dark from Brasserie Du Bocq
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