Weyerbacher Althea

Posted: December 15, 2015 in Dubbel, Reviews, Weyerbacher Brewing Company

Weyerbacher’s tap-room was relatively large, but with little to no ambiance. It was dark and the bar was nice enough, but it just didn’t thrill me. They had 12 different beers available for sampling and a shelf with some merchandise on it. We didn’t take the tour, but they do offer them. The crowd was also not what I expected. It was a lot of families with older kids. They also had very few offerings available under 7%, so you had people draining large glasses of imperial strength beers at lightning fast speed. I don’t know what I was expecting, but given the age of the brewery, I thought there would be more. We found our way to a high-top table while I sampled. This was one that Val picked out.

althea

ABV: 7.7%

Style: Dubbel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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. 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.”

Random: Our table was right next to the bottling line, which was smaller than I expected.

This beer poured with one finger of ecru-colored head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark mahogany color that was cloudy with moderate carbonation visible despite the cloudiness. The nose had a lot of spice (specifically clove), then went into dark fruits with dates and plums. The taste started with generous sweetness from candi sugar and molasses, but quickly went into dark fruit. First, I picked up plums, but then dates and figs came through with currants. The booze was present and warmed the back of my throat, but wasn’t overwhelming. It had a medium thick body with light carbonation. The finish was sweet and fruity with plums. I enjoyed this beer and it was a well-done American interpretation of a dubbel and proceeds go to a good cause. Grab one when you see it on a shelf.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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