Waterloo Double 8 Dark | Brasserie Du Bocq

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Du Bocq
Belgium
bocq.be

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jdhilt on 06-19-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
81
Reviews:
32
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
10.2%
 
 
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Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of chrisg02176
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of boddhitree
4.56/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance = dark brown, amber
Aroma - licorice, brown sugar, biscuit and toast, dark Belgian sugar and a little alcohol.
Flavor -
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.

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Photo of Brim
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of frontalot
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Blumstein
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Lipa
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of checkfeet
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Waterloo

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.

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Photo of wl0307
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of dnichols
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BigCheese
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Marius
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was one of the first speciality beer that I have tried back when I got interested in this sort of thing, and it was, for a long time, my favourite beer. Re-visiting it now, after about 700 new beers, I realise that, while it isn't as good as I remembered, this is still a solid beer, all around.
Very dark amber, almost opaque, with a bit of head. Caramel, citrus, in the nose, with a bit of lambic funkiness, and, believe it or not, notes of bourbon and some vanilla. The taste is quite well balanced, with notes of cocoa, vanilla, caramel and some alcohol. Medium body with a bitter-sweet (more sweet than bitter) after-taste.

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Photo of Meow100
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

caramel, bubble gum, dark fruit, lighter mouthfeel than expected considering the darker color, greatly enjoyed

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of Antyk
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerSingh
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful dark ruby and brown colouration with a creamy latte head that has good retention and leaves some lace. Zero carbon evidence in the glass.

S - Phenol clove aroma some band-aid aroma too but thankfully it is not too pronounced mild to moderate alcohol light fruit and some candy sugar from the crystal malts.

T - Sweet, supporting a mild hop bitterness with mild linger and there is also some fruit but it is slight and the flavour is more onto the malty sugary end with a light boozy element.

MF - Full and creamy with plenty of tingly body and boozy warmth.

Overall - Top notch! This beer is full of flavour and has a nice balance and warmth that makes it a pleasure to sip at. For me this made a cracking after dinner tipple.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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

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Photo of WHROO
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber into the "glass" - they actually use a ceramic goblet for this beer - It provides a nice head with retention. Good flavor. Enjoyable.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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)

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Photo of rulisekmartin
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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Waterloo Double 8 Dark from Brasserie Du Bocq
3.92 out of 5 based on 81 ratings.
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