Althea | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Althea is a Belgian-style Dubbel brewed with plums, bottle conditioned in a 750 ml/25.4 oz. cork and cage bottle, which weighs in at a substantial 7.7% ABV. It’s a beautiful, dark and fruity ale conceived and brewed by our New Jersey Sales Representative and former Philly Beer Geek, Natalie DeChico.
Every year, hundreds of women in Weyerbacher’s home, Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, are diagnosed with breast cancer. For many of these women, this means countless doctor visits, months of treatments and more. All too often this means lost wages and insurmountable bills during what is possibly the most trying time in that woman’s life.

For every bottle of Althea sold, Weyerbacher will donate $1 to The Pink Ribbon Fund to help these women – our mothers, daughters, wives, sisters and their families – cover costs like travel, child care, prostheses and more.

Althea hit the shelves in October 2013 to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A limited run with an extremely important purpose, Althea is a unique and delicious way for beer lovers to support women in their fight against breast cancer.

Added by Jason on 08-26-2013

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Ratings: 237 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of Satorn
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BA Ozzylizard for the PA gem. Received in NBS BIF#3.
Finally popped this bad girl's cork. Poured a roiled brown with some sandy head bursting up and then quickly retreating to a thin, scattered layer. Very lite lacing.
Smell is of smooth brown sugar sweetness, some plum, and slightly funky yeast.
Taste is definitely plum forward (a bit tart), with a slight white wine grape nod. Also, as I sip more, I find some fig and date notes, as well as some brown bread. Lots going on here.
Mouthfeel is slightly fuller than I expect in a dubbel. I like that. Low carbonation. Quite good.
Overall, I find this to be a very interesting dubbel, and I'm grateful to have tried it.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 750 ml bottle in a snifter. This excellent dubbel pours a
deep muddled brown with a fantastic head of light tan foam that subsides to
a thick ring, thin layer, and light lacing. Nose of plums, light brown sugars, and
subtle breaded yeast. Flavors follow and hit the right notes for the style with plum
and light brown sugars touched with dark biscuit and breaded malts. Excellent mouth feel
with medium low carbonation that is soft and light with subtle dryness on the finish.

Overall, another fantastic brew from a fantastic brewery and a good donation to a great
cause----drink up!


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Photo of dbrauneis
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rderedin
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Dmbphoenix
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dragginballs76
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Deep plum color, nice thick tan head with pretty good lacing.

Smell - Lots of plum and dark fruit, little bit of yeast, grape and cherries. Little bit of brown sugar as grape as well.

Taste - There is plenty of plum and grape in the flavor, seems to be less yeast in the taste than the smell. Cherries and brown sugar.

Feel - Heavy side of medium, very well carbonated. Nice warmth from the alcohol.

Overall - Pretty good beer, I like the plum in the flavor and it has just the right amount of sweetness.

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Photo of jwat
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stortore
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a chalice.

Pours a medium amber, cloudy, with a one finger head and a thin coat of lacing. The smell is malt, plums, cherries, raisins, figs, yeast, dates, purple grapes. The plums really give the aroma a boost. The taste also leads with the malt and plums, then caramel, figs, some cherries and raisins, dates, light wine and grapes. Mostly smooth, a little light bodied for the style, maybe a touch over carbonated.

The big plum presence gives this a nice twist on a traditional Dubbel. Great aroma, really good flavor, kind of refreshing and enjoyable to drink. Certainly worth a purchase.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LennyBound
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 oz bottle BB 09/10/16 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – slightly sweet and fruity
Head large (Maximum seven cm, aggressive pour), light brown, fizzy with rocks, diminishing to a one cm creamy ring and layer
Lacing - none
Body – dark amber, cloudy, clears up some as it warms
Flavor – begins slightly sweet with a plum flavor, some weak yeast phenolics also come through; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

A very enjoyable dubbel with the alcohol well hidden. The plums contribute a pleasant flavor which reduces the yeasty phenolics, smoothing the flavor into something which, considering the well-hidden alcohol, makes this deceptively quaffable. The only other plum-based brew I’ve ever had was also quite flavorful, as I recall. If I could only remember the name…

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of CharlesK
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hman43
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours a cloudy light brown with reddish hues. There is a light brown head.

Smell: It has aromas of cherries, malt, and a bit of sour on the nose.

Taste: The taste features cherries with plums mix into with a sweet and sour malt bill.

Feel: It has a moderate feel to it with a sour and slightly sweet finish.

Overall: This is a good example of a dubbel with a complex combination of malts and fruity esters.

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Photo of gutbuster
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very murky garnet in color with a dense frothy off white head that lingers well almost to the bottom of the glass. Very heavy amounts of lacing. Very appealing.

Dark fruits jump out of the glass with the aromas of plums and cherries. Very red wine like.

Taste consists of more of the already mentioned dark fruits, with just a hint of toast. Finishes with just a bare hint of caramel sweetness.

Highly carbonated and medium bodied. Dry and just a tad tart.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rizzy17
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of adamette
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

stamped on the neck of the corked and caged bottle that I bought at Heinen's in Mentor about one month ago, cost of $7.99. Could that be a marked down price since the "best by" date had passed?

Look. Pours a dark copper nearly brown body under a creamy, generous light brown head that lingers a while.

Smell. Rather standard Dubbel smell. Strain to pick up any plums in the smell.

Taste. High malt content, somewhat standard (but delicious) dubbel malt and some grains taste with just a whisper of dark fruits.

Feel. Dances on the tongue, high in carbonation but that strong malt syrupy goodness lingers long after in the taste.

Overall: Solid dubbel which is what I expected going in.

Notes: Glad to contribute to support Breast Cancer research through Weyerbacher.

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Photo of RobAM
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this before (last year) but didn't rate it. It's OK but I taste alcohol right up front. . And that knocks my rating down. Try harder weyerbacher

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Photo of BeerzMcKenzie
4.39/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jopezu
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours a murky, solid mahogany with lots of big sediment and a massive head that sticks around. nose; spicy cinnamon apple, & tart belgian yeast. taste; very tart/sour plum, fig, tart green apple, spicy brown sugar, & cherry. some interesting very highly carbonated & medium mouthfeel. the lack of sour/tart acknowledgement makes me think i got an "off" bottle here. couple that with my dislike for sours, and it's difficult to understand why i actually kinda enjoyed this one, ha! the fruits are nice, and the tartness sort of subsided after a bit. again, odd. i need to locate another bottle somewhere and see if it matches.

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Photo of Griggsy
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BWH3
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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