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Waterloo Double 8 Dark | Brasserie Du Bocq

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BA SCORE
3.91/5
Very Good
83 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#10,385
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
83
pDev:
9.97%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  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.

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Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of dcmchew
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smartassboiler
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jdhilt
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Explodes with a five+ fingered light tan head fades quickly to a ring that leaves some lace. Nice mahogany color. Malty smoky nose. Good carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Flavor is smoky caramel, some sweetness and hints of the higher ABV, clean finish. €6.00 ($8.22) 750ml bottle from souvenir shop Waterloo, Belgium. Best by Jun 6, 2008. Marketed by Belgian-Beer-Tradition Breweries Brussels, Belgium.

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Photo of wl0307
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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 samEBC
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of WOLFGANG
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of Marius
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
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 patre_tim
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of mdagnew
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
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...

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Photo of kwjd
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of canucklehead
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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 desint
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.12/5  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

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Photo of DOCRW
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of YvesB
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thierrynantes
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Waterloo Double 8 Dark from Brasserie Du Bocq
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 83 ratings
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