Althea | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
weyerbacher.com

Style: 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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
237
Reviews:
45
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
10.51%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
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For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 237 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of BeerMama2014
4.94/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was the first Belgian ale that I liked. The sweet fruit flavor balances nicely with the ale qualities to give this beer one awesome taste!

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Photo of JC333
4.62/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BeerzMcKenzie
4.39/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chadtxblue
4.34/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.26/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KTCamm
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
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 StrongOakOnTheFront
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of CharlesK
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kotzbauerm
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KJ2013
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of sheofshortness
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of briancathy
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thrifty101091
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of strYkn14
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of themind
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An outstanding offering from Weyerbacher. This beer pours a nice frothy head with a mouth watering subtle plum aroma. The base beer dubbel is very enjoyable as the plums leave a nice aftertaste. I was happy to have grabbed a bottle of this stuff and I would purchase it again. For $8 bucks this beer was a steal.

Bottom Line: Enjoyable brew from th Easton boys.

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Photo of zac16125
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
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 Beastcpa
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrDemento456
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Woo! A new Weyerbacher beer! Into a pint glass

A - Great carbonation with a solid 2 inch head in my glass. Beer is a hazy amber brown. Looks good.
S - Well it smells mildly tart not very medical, fruity yeasts very sweet smelling.
T - Well it's actually quite good mild tobacco with a touch of sweet herbal plum not very tart but balanced. Dubbel notes are mildly sour mostly sweet caramel malts and bready body. Just a mild dry finish with a medicinal cherry tint. Overall tasty.
M - Medium bodied, chewy and tart. On body with the style.

Overall not overly blown away but this is the first plum based beer that works. Pity it's 8 dollars a bomber or I would get another.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dry fruity bitter finish beer. Decent but not quite up with some of the better dubbels.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
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 DavoleBomb
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Burgundy brown color. Three plus fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is very good and plenty of lacing is left.

4.25 S: The plums in this are absolutely wonderful. Big aroma that perfectly complements the base beer. Blackberry, currants, and figs add in an extra fruity kick. Starts dry but has sweet caramel undertones. Lightly spicy yeastiness with pepper and a hint of clove. Very nice.

4.0 T: Taste is also quite good, but it doesn't quite match the nose. Fruits mentioned above again with lots of plum. Tangy tartness that wasn't evident in the nose. Caramel and toasty malts. On the drier side overall.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a light spritziness. Light on the tongue and super smooth.

4.0 D: Tasty beer that I recommend picking up.

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Photo of EliColburn
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Floral to the tastebuds while delivering a sensational mood

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Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark brown with a 1/2" head that falls slowly to a spotty surface covering.

Smell: malt sweetness, dark fruits. and a bit of floral hops come through to the nose.

Taste: nice malt base with plums, a hint of nuttiness, and some earthiness. The bitterness is moderate and alcohol is mildly warming.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smoother and a touch dry at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste as the flavors linger on the tongue.

Overall: a very tasty belgian dubbel that everyone should give a try. Easy to consume and refreshing from a malt-forward perspective.

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Photo of needMIbeer
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of stortore
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
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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Althea from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.71 out of 5 based on 237 ratings.
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