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Belgian Dubbel
3.69 | pDev: 10.57%
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: 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.
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Photo of ovaltine
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky rich brown color with a light tan head. The plums are very forward on the nose, but there’s also brown sugar and toffee notes. I am REALLY intrigued to see what this tastes like.

The plums are very tart and really dominate the taste, almost to the point that they detract from what this Dubbel could be ..... and then they retreat, and the brown sugar and toffee flavors step forward. Wow.

The mouthfeel has a depth and substance that you’d expect with a Dubbel, but there’s literally no alcohol presence, which is impressive in a fruit-forward beer that’s packing 7.7% ABV.

This is truly a pleasure to drink, and the fact that some of the proceeds from this excellent beer are supporting a cause that impacts so many of us and the women in our families, that elevates this to “must drink” status.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
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 +7.6%
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 Dragginballs76
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
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 stortore
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
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 Ozzylizard
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
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 hman43
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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 -2.7%
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 adamette
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
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 -2.7%
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 jopezu
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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 MacMalt
3.29/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from cork and cage bottle into pint glass. The color is a deep, cloudy mahogany with a nice, thick, light tan head and thick lacing. A very attractive pour. The smell is mostly a bready malt with some spice and the faintest aroma of fruit. While Weyerbacher is one of my favorite brewers, either I bought a bad bottle or I just don't get this one. Very bitter, very sour. I don't taste the plum at all. The mouthfeel is fine; I just don't like the taste. Again, this is so uncharacteristic for Weyerbacher that I'm going to assume I bought a bad bottle.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.39/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the brewery. From notes. Reviewed 12 October 2015.
Brownish clear. Allegedly pinkish due to plums, but I don't see it.
The nose is cherry cough syrup and clove/Belgian yeast.
The taste is dubbleish, but sticky sweet. Niceish for an American effort, but a bit mild and underwhelming. Fruity-clean finish with only a hint of syrup.
I didn't love it, and won't seek it out, but it's a decent dubbel.

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Photo of stevoj
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from delabierman. Plums add sweetness, but detract from the overall dubbel character. Slightly tart and fizzy. A bit too fruity for the style. Shame as Weyerbacher turns out nice Belgian ales.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting beer....a dubbel brewed with plum. The beer poured cloudy red with a slight purpleish hue. The scent carried some dark fruit. The taste had the similar Belgian flare with almost a pinot noir push. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's ok.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

6/12....pours crimson brown with white thick bubbled foam. Rich dark fruit and china mom nose. Complex fruity taste, plummy and jammy. Some chocolate, nutty and cola flavors.

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Photo of zac16125
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle into a chalice
bottling dates rubbed off

A: Hazy, mahogany brown, 1+ fingers width of dense tan head, great retention, fair amount of lacing. 4.25

S: Dark fruits, candied sugar, caramel/toffee, fruity esters, subtle spice. Plum is noticable. 4.25

T: Dark fruits, cocoa, spice, fair amount of bitterness. 4

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation heavy but appropriate, fairly smooth, drying finish, drinkability is good. 4.25

O: Very enjoyable American take on a Belgian classic. 4.25

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Photo of Alissa2579
1.36/5  rDev -63.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked this up at the liquor outlet in boonton. I was expecting a fruity beer with the pink label and plum infusion. Boy was I disappointed. This is a dark heavy beer. I picked up no fruit notes

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber color, good retention, some sediment. The aroma has dark fruits very much like a Belgian dubbel. The plums used in the brewing process are slightly evident in the nose and taste. Bready malts and Belgian yeast, watery dark fruit. Light and crisp. About par for the course.

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Photo of avalon07
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Had this beer on tap at Crafty Draught, poured into a tulip glass. Had a brown color and a murky consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A pretty good aroma of fruit, yeast, and some malt.

T: Tasted of yeast, fruit (apples especially), yeast, malt, and a sweet almost candy-like quality. A solid flavor, except for being a little overly malty in the finish.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a drinkable beer. Not awe-inspiring, but worth a try.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a beautiful brown with garnet hue. Lovely firm head. Nose is a bit of brown sugar and a soft bread with some malty sweetness. yeast and a bit of pepper. Plum and dark fruit like date. Floral and spices too. There's a sour scent that's just faintly under the nose. Like prunes maybe. Taste is light peppery and fruity. The fruit is sweet but there's a tartness to it. It has a mouth watering quality amidst the dry yeast. It has soft sweet malty bread in ti but it's melt in your mouth light. It's one of the sweeter dubbels I have had. Floral and brown sugar end this one with a light little ticklish bit of bitterness to linger alongside that dry malt and that plum.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle dated 9/19/14 poured into a goblet
A: Dark brown with a 1.5-finger head
S: Please see BeerMiler12's note right below mine. I couldn't write it better. Belgian yeast/malt/prune to be simple
T: Matches the nose initially with nice malt, Belgian yeast and plum notes, but just after the plum hits it turns to spoiled prunes and has a rather unpleasant finish
M: Medium-bodied but the unpleasant finish takes it down a notch
O: Happy to try this but I prefer the othr beers I've had from Wererbacher

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a deep red/mahogany color with 3+ fingers of head that slowly settles down to a fluffy cap that leaves some nice lacing

S: Belgian yeast, dark fruitiness, lots of plum, and some light spices stand out. Quite a bit of maltiness as well that balances the yeastiness nicely

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the Belgian yeast, dark fruits, and spiciness. Plum definitely stands out. An odd twang comes through from the yeast as well, which is a little distracting. Finishes with a light sweetness and more of the dark fruits and plums

M: Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation

O: The yeasty twang mid-palate is definitely a little distracting. Aside from that, it's a solid brew that supports a great cause

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Photo of Roguer
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful Dubbel: dark brown with garnet highlights, fairly clear with lots of carbonation, and topped by a thick, 1 1/2 very firm cream-colored head. Excellent retention.

Spicy, yeasty dubbel aroma. Banana bread, dark bread, a hint of cloves and nutmeg, a bit of alcohol presence. Tons of caramel and toffee, and a bit of black pepper. Prunes and dates. I don't get plum, but it may just blend together with everything else.

Plum does come through on the flavor, providing just a hint of sweetness to an otherwise bready, spicy dubbel. Very traditional abbey-style ale. For flavors, see the nose: spiced bread dominates.

Very lively with moderate sting. Medium-full feel with sticky retention.

Overall, a very nice dubbel that is stylistically not out of place. It's a little watery and spicy for my preference, but it certainly represents well among North American dubbels.

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Photo of tgolden14
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first, the plum flavors in this beer completely overwhelm and not in a good way. However, subsequent sips allow for the greatness in this beer to come out. This is a very refreshing brew, with just the right amount of fruit to go along with just the right amount of hops. Surprisingly, It pairs very well with a meaty lasagna.

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Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 238 ratings