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Waterloo Double 8 Dark - Brasserie Du Bocq

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BA SCORE
87
very good

55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jdhilt on 06-19-2007)
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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

metter98, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of Poupae
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Poupae, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of mchen
4/5  rDev +2.8%

mchen, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of SGToliver
2.25/5  rDev -42.2%

SGToliver, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of Cookeeman
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Cookeeman, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of kevinhughes
4/5  rDev +2.8%

kevinhughes, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Marius, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of BigCheese
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

BigCheese, May 09, 2012
Photo of CummingsK21
5/5  rDev +28.5%

CummingsK21, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of thierrynantes
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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.

thierrynantes, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  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.

Sammy, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of ThaCreep
2.83/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

ThaCreep, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of BeerSingh
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

BeerSingh, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

andrenaline, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.1/5  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

joemcgrath27, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of anakar
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

anakar, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of Everydayoff
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 330ml bottle into a chalice with best before end on back label.

A:
The pour generated dark ruddy brown texture with average tan head. The carbonation seems to be high with some lacing patches left after dissipation.

S:
Quite complex and various smell of caramel, honey, fruity reminiscent of plums and raisins together with bready/biscuity malt.

T:
The taste is similar to other BSDA but with more sweet component overwhelming. That dominates by sickly sweetness from molasses, treacle, raisins and plums. Malt and hop are mute and mild.

M:
The body is rich and full, smooth with some chewy mouthfeel.

O:
Good brew but a bit to sweet for me should be better to pair with some foods than drinking it alone.

Everydayoff, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of mdagnew
3.23/5  rDev -17%
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...

mdagnew, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of eric5bellies
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

eric5bellies, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of elricorico
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

elricorico, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of alpineclimber
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

alpineclimber, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of AgentMunky
3.93/5  rDev +1%
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.

AgentMunky, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

biboergosum, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

CrazyDavros, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of WHROO
4.1/5  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

WHROO, Jun 20, 2010
Waterloo Double 8 Dark from Brasserie Du Bocq
87 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.